Eastern Courier : April 29th 2011
8 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 29, 2011 NEWS You're a good man ... Playing the part: Pakuranga resident Mitchell Zwaagdijk is starring in the Manukau Performing Arts production of the Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Goto www.easterncourier.co.nz to watch the actors rehearsing as Charlie Brown and his younger sister. Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock are all characters we know and love. They will be taking the stage in the Manukau Performing Arts production of You re a Good Man, Charlie Brown starting tomorrow and running until May 14. Based on the Peanuts car- toon strip, the story follows a day in the life of Charlie Brown and features Pakuranga resident Mitchell Zwaagdijk. The former Edgewater Col- lege student is playing the part of Schroder. You re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is on at the Spotlight Theatre, Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe, from April 30 to May 14. Visit www.mpatheatre.co.nz for booking information. Young SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB'S EASTER BONNET PARADE Friends forever: Wiki Cooper, left, and Aileen Leke from Pakuranga. Photos: KRISTINA RAPLEY Easter Bonnets: The best hats of the day from left: First placed Jose Duncan from Howick, second placed Joan Clarke from Half Moon Bay, and third Jean Barnes from Pakuranga. Game faces: From left: Joyce Brumby, Vi Baxter, and Ena Aranerich enjoy a game of Rummikub. Sitting pretty: Eileen Hutchins from the Pakuranga Senior Citizens Club. at heart The twilight years are upon them but they re still young at heart. There was plenty to laugh and smile about at the Pakuranga Senior Citizens Club s Easter Bonnet Parade last week. Eggs, chickens, rabbits and ribbons donned their hats as they set about their games of Scrabble and cups of tea. Club president John Bullen says they would love some new members as six have died since the beginning of the year. It s sad, some of them had been members for many years. There are about 45 members at the moment but not all of them turn up regularly. The club was estab- lished in 1973 and Mr Bullen says in the early days they used to have up to 80 members so numbers have dwindled over the years. The group meets at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Pakuranga every Thursday from 10am- 2pm to play games of bingo, cards, board games and bowls. The annual fee is $5 and there s entertain- ment, guest speakers and subsidised trips every other month as well as a Christmas function. There are a lot of lonely people out there, people who live on their own, Mr Bullen says. This is the highlight of their week to socialise and mix and mingle. Pakuranga resident Eileen Hutchins lives on her own and joined the group a couple of years ago. It s just for the com- pany really and to get out of the house for the day. Anyone is welcome to join the group, even if they aren t over 60, Mr Bullen says. Contact him on 576-8161 for more infor- mation.
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