Western Leader : November 18th 2010
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It s all thanks to an organ- isation called StarJam. We get to write our own songs and sing them, some- times with harmonies, in dif- ferent parts, says Amy, 12, of Whenuapai Primary School. Amy and Jessie, 15, attend a weekly StarJam singing workshop with other young singers, all of whom are dis- abled in some way. Apparently we see in shades of grey, Amy says. Although we wouldn t know, because we ve never seen colour. We can t see long- distance, we can only read very close up. StarJam runs various musical and performance workshops such as drumming and dance for children with all kinds of disabilities. Star- Jammers get opportunities to perform throughout the year -- the idea is that getting on stage builds confidence. The workshops improve their performance skills and along the way they develop long-lasting friendships. Our group has been together so long now, we ve really grown together, we re like a family, Jessie says. Founder Julie Bartlett was inspired to create StarJam when her brother, who has Down syndrome, made a great speech at her wedding. She noticed that her guests were able to connect with him because he had the guts to get up in front of an audience -- something most people find difficult to do. A cast of 85 StarJammers from all over Auckland are preparing for their end of year concert on November 20 at Epsom Girls Grammar. The $25 tickets are selling fast. Contact Kiri on 523-3500. Advent Fair at school Families can spend a fes- tive day out this week- end at the Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School s Advent Fair on Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Shop for unique Christmas decorations and gifts inspired by nature. Create your own advent wreath, Christ- mas crackers or dipped candles. There will be live music, a cafe and family fun such as face painting and puppet shows. The fair is an import- ant fundraiser for the school. The school is at 5 Helios Place, Titirangi. Cruisy nights with the Coastguard Cruises with the Coast- guard to help familiarise Kiwis with popular Hau- raki Gulf anchorages include Waiheke and Coromandel on Novem- ber 30 and Kawau and Mahurangi on December 7. Each cruise offers a full commentary out- lining what hazards to look out for, and a num- ber of safe boating tips, Coastguard Northern Region chief executive officer Dean Lawrence says. It also includes an his- torical account on each area and information on additional recreational activities available at each location. People can bring snacks, and food and beverages will be avail- able to purchase. Volunteers from the rescue vessel will also be manning a sausage sizzle. Each cruise departs from the Fullers Down- town Ferry Terminal at 5.30pm, but can be boarded from 5pm, and returns at about 10pm. The Waiheke-Coro- mandel cruise is $45 a person and the Kawau- Mahurangi $40 per per- son. Phone (09) 303-4303 for bookings or visit www. coastguard.org.nz for more information. United on liquor bans By STEPHEN FORBES With the festive season almost here the police and the council are joining forces to enforce liquor bans throughout west Auckland. Henderson police senior sergeant Regan James says last year there was a significant drop in disorder and violence in the areas where bans were in place. And police are warn- ing people who break the law that officers won t tolerate disorder. An incident on Auck- land s North Shore last weekend highlights some of the problems they face. A large group of youths were reported to be drinking at Castor Bay on Saturday night. The beach area is covered by a liquor ban. When police were sent to the area at about 10pm the young people refused to leave. Police put in road blocks and attempted to disperse the crowd of about 130 people, but some of the youths started throwing bot- tles. One person was later arrested. The Waitakere City Council introduced tougher controls on liquor in 2008. This includes 24- hour liquor bans in Henderson, New Lynn, Glen Eden, Titirangi, Westgate, Green Bay and Te Atatu Penin- sula town centres, as well as overnight restrictions in a num- ber of parks through- out west Auckland between 7pm and 7am. The bans also extend to the possession, or drinking, of alcohol in vehicles in the designated areas. Liquor has been banned at Piha over summer since 2003. The ban proved to be a success and it was extended to include Ranui Domain, Star- ling Park, Te Pai Park, Waikumete Cemetery, Ceramco Park, Kauri- lands Domain, Parrs Park, Harbourview Reserve, Brains Park, Taipari Strand, Wai- kumete Cemetery and Archibald Park. Business has a Big Day In Titirangi village will be lively this Saturday as residents get involved in The Big Day In at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall, from 10am to 3pm. The event is intended for residents who run home-based businesses to promote their work and network with others. There will be prizes, giveaways, entertain- ment for the children and free refreshments. The first 100 visitors through the door will receive a goodie bag. See www.connecting 0604.co.nz for more information.
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