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6 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 www.times.co.nz Some children can hear, but have trouble understanding what they hear. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) can adversely affect learning, reading, social development and behaviour. www.soundskills.co.nz Is your child having problems understanding at school? This could be an Auditory Processing Disorder SoundSkills specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of APD Presentation: 7.30pm – 9.00pm Wed 15 May, Thurs 13 June, Wed 10 July, Thurs 15 Aug, Wed 11 Sept, Thurs 10 Oct, Wed 13 Nov. Venue: The Pa renting Place, 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane. 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The public showcase runs from May 10-12 at the Auckland Council- owned Log Cabin in Beachlands. Artworks on show include high quality paintings, woodturnings, textiles, weaving, photography, felt- ing and pottery. The family-friendly event at the cabin in Wakelin Road includes a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, and craft activities for children, thanks to support from the Beachlands Community Trust. Organiser Christina Rodriguez will have a number of her acrylic paintings and mixed media art- works on show. “We want to have more local artists display their work, and I would also like to hold more regu- lar exhibitions,” the schoolteacher told the Times. Mrs Rodriguez enjoys capturing local scenes on canvas and says she paints for enjoyment rather than to earn money. Two of the other artists taking part are painter Helen Blair and expert woodturner Ross Johnson. Mrs Blair’s recent creations include a depiction of a person fishing in the sea at Snapper Rock, Beachlands. “I went down there one day with my paints and easel and my hus- band and other people were fish- ing off the rocks,” Mrs Blair says. “I just really like the reflections happening in the puddles. It really inspired me to paint it.” From the quality of the pieces he creates, it’s hard to believe Mr Johnson has been turning wood for only four years. He will display up to 70 of his mostly native tim- ber pieces, including vases, bowls, pens and babies’ rattles. Mr Johnson’s skills recently earned him several accolades. He won four prizes, including two for first place, at the Coca-Cola Easter Show Art Awards. “I’ve got a lathe and workshop at home and I’m lucky to have the space,” says Mr Johnson, of Mara- etai. “I like a challenge, and while I’ve broken a few pieces on the way that’s what you expect.” The Log Cabin Art Exhibition is on May 10-12 at the Log Cabin, at the northern end of Wakelin Road, Beachlands. It’s open 6.30-10pm on May 10 and from 9.30am-7pm on May 11-12. Entry is free and all works are for sale. Natural beauty goes on show Taking part in the Log Cabin Art Exhibition, are, from left, organiser and painter Christina Rodriguez, painter Helen Blair and woodturner Ross Johnson. Times photo Wayne Martin LIVE THEATRE Stage play examines life themes By Chris Harrowell SIX actresses are throwing themselves into the lives of characters living half a world away and more than 20 years ago. Howick Little Theatre’s stage production of Steel Magnolias is written by North American playwright Robert Harling and directed by Terry Hooper. ItopensonMay11andissetinthe southern United States in the early 1980s. The play centres on the lives of six women in Louisiana, who gather regularly to chat in a beauty salon. Mr Hooper says it’s been one of his favourite plays since he was a teenager. “It’s just a fantastic story,” the Howickian told the Times. “It has brilliant characterisations and is a beautifully written piece. “ The play’s themes of womanhood and tragedy resonate through the ages, so there’s no way it can’t work.” The all-female cast includes actresses Tracey Holdsworth, Judy Rankin, Katherine Mewett, Jo Crichton, Jodie Ellis and Anne Wentworth. Much of its story focuses on the ups and downs of Ms Ellis’s character, Shelby. The fictitious southern belle suffers from ill health, but also experiences joy through her wedding and subsequent pregnancy. Steel Magnolias is the first Howick Little Theatre stage production Ms Ellis has acted in. She’s finding it a pleasant experience. “I’m really enjoying it and they’re a lovely group of people to work with,” says the 24-year-old Avondale resident. Ms Ellis is happy to accept the challenge of playing a woman more complicated than she appears. “She’s a really strong female character,” she says, of Shelby. “If you look at her in a shallow way she can come off as ditzy, but she’s not like that at all. She’s complex and a very strong person.” Mr Hooper says that despite being the sort of play that resonates with women, Steel Magnolias should also appeal to men. Steel Magnolias plays at Howick Little Theatre, Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga, from May 11 to June 1. Shows are at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on May 12 and 19. Tickets cost $28 for adults and $24 for seniors and students. To book, phone 534- 1406, or visit www.iticket.co.nz.
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