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THE TRIBUNE, DECEMBER 21, 2011
WIDOWED Friendship Club, for over-60s, Awapuni
Community Hall, Newbury St, Palmerston North,
second Wednesday of month, 7pm. Contact Joy,
328 8840 or John, 353 0027.
SOCIAL Tennis, Awapuni Tennis Club, Newbury St,
Palmerston North. From 5.30pm. Contact Bill,
LESBIAN social group, for lesbians and women
questioning their sexuality, meet every second
Wednesday, 6.30pm, at a cafe. We also have
barbecues, movie nights and women's dances.
Contact malgra_lesbian_ email@example.com.
WOMEN'S Centre Friendship Group, 9.30am till
11.30am every Wednesday. Contact Katie,
MANAWATUNES Chorus, men's harmony chorus,
Wednesdays. Salvation Army Hall, Church St,
Palmerston North, 7.15pm. Free. Contact Ross,
500 CARDS, Wednesdays, 1pm till 3.30pm and
Thursdays, 1pm till 3.30pm. Senior Citizens
clubrooms, 309 Main St, Palmerston North,
50-plus welcome. Contact 357 8207.
SPEED skating, skating rink, Waldegrave St,
Palmerston North, 5.30pm till 6.30pm, Manawatu
Showgrounds Skating Club. Fee includes skate
AL-ANON, Roslyn Plunket Rooms, Vogel St,
Palmerston North, 7pm till 8pm, every Thursday.
Support for people concerned about someone's
drinking. Contact 355 2693.
MS Art Group, 10.30am, MS Central Districts, 51
Waldegrave St, Palmerston North. Contact
357 3188; firstname.lastname@example.org.
PALMERSTON North Altrusa Club, second
Thursday of month. Our focus is supporting literacy
in the community with fundraising and projects as
well as social events. Contact Robyn, 353 3262 or
Bev, 357 1822; altrusa.co.nz.
MANAWATU Petanque Club, 74 North St,
Palmerston North, 5.30pm, Thursdays and
Sundays, 1.30pm. Boules provided. Tuition given
by club members. Contact Keith, 354 4880 or
Cath, 357 0356.
NEW Parents Coffee Group, Community Birth
Services, Level 2, Westside Chambers, 151 The
Square, Palmerston North, 11.30am till 1.30pm.
Tea, coffee provided. Bring own lunch.
MANAWATU Breathe Easy Support Group,
supporting those with respiratory conditions. Third
Thursdays, 10.30am till 12.30pm, Cloverlea
Tavern, Tremaine Ave, Palmerston North. Contact
Owen, 358 7491.
MS Stretch Class, 10am followed by coffee
10.45am, MS Central Districts. Contact
357 3188; email@example.com.
SIT and Be Fit, Church of Christ, 37 Botanical Rd,
Palmerston North, 1.30pm. Free. Gentle exercise.
Contact Ian, 355 0112.
COUNTRY Rondayvu Music Club, Rangiora
Community Centre Hall, Rangiora Ave, Palmerston
North, first and third Fridays of month, 7.15pm till
10.30pm. Live entertainment. $2 entry. Contact
MARTON Friendship Club, meets every Friday,
2pm, Morris St, Marton. Contact Jean, 327 6943.
PRE-School Gymnastics, Saturday mornings, for
two and a-half to five-year-olds, Palmerston North
Gymnastics Club, Arena Manawatu, Waldegrave
St. Contact Lyn, 356 2873.
SOCIAL Tennis, Awapuni Tennis Club, Newbury St,
Palmerston North, from 1.30pm. Contact Bill,
TAI ji for balance, peace, relaxation, qi and
circulation. At 531 Ruahine St, Palmerston North,
9am. Contact Wilson, 356 8893.
NEW Year Fair, Holben Reserve, Foxton Beach,
January 2, 9am till 3pm. Contact Christina,
BUZZ Holiday Programme, five to 11-year-olds.
Games, painting, dancing, songs and more. At St
Albans, 339 Albert St, Palmerston North, January
16 to 20. $22 (9am till 3pm) or $25.50 (9am till
4pm). All food included. Work and Income subsidy
may apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org;
357 9411 or visit thebuzz.org.nz.
RECREATIONAL Gymnastics, School holiday
programme. Small groups catering for girls and
boys aged 5 to 16 years of all abilities, from
beginners to advanced, run by qualified staff in a
safe and fun gymnastics environment. Lessons
will incorporate the use of trampolines, beam,
bars, rings, foam pads and sprung floor. Sessions,
week one, January 16, 18 and 20, and week two,
January 23, 25 and 27, 9am till noon at
Manawatu Gymsports, 10 Downing St, Palmerston
North. $25 per session (day) or $60 for three
days. Contact 357 7065; manawatugymsports@
BUSINESS House Bowls, Hokowhitu Bowling Club,
starting January 19 for six weeks at 6pm. Make up
a team of three players of bowlers or non bowlers,
friends or workmates. $30 per team. Contact
Mary, 357 7670.
VOYAGE, a free education programme for children
who have experienced family violence. ARCS
Manawatu. Spaces available for term one, 2012.
Contact Ruth, 353 6257.
EZEE Meals, available from St Matthew's Anglican
Church, 109 College St, Palmerston North. Stock
up before Christmas. Last day shop open for this
year is December 22. Reopens January 10. Last
day for deliveries, December 23. Restart January
11. Frozen meals including roast dinners,
vegetarian meals and diabetic desserts. Prices
from $3.50 to $7.50. Shop open for sales and
telephone orders Tuesday 4pm till 5pm and
Thursday 11am till noon. Deliveries Wednesday
and Friday mornings. $2.50 per delivery. Contact
355 2254 during shop hours.
Warning to take
With summer now upon us
and minds very much on the
holiday season it is important
we all consider the dangers
associated with over exposure
to the sun.
The Cancer Society spends
considerable time working
with the community on issues
that have a link to cancer.
The society invests a
portion of its budget each year
in health promotion, so that
as well as being of assistance
to those who are dealing with
cancer, it makes sure work is being
done to prevent and minimise the
chance of others getting the disease.
Funding cancer research is part of
this, as is ensuring the healthy liv-
ing message is available to all.
An important activity the society
delivers is the SunSmart Schools
programme where schools are
encouraged to develop and
implement a sun protection policy.
The programme promotes compre-
hensive sun protection practices to
reduce children's exposure to UV
radiation and their risk of skin can-
The Cancer Society is promoting
this programme to all primary and
intermediate schools throughout
New Zealand. An accreditation pro-
gramme is available as a structured
approach to this work and to also be
another point of difference for
schools when promoting themselves
to future students.
Nationally 556 (23.6 per cent)
schools are accredited and 224 (9.5
per cent) are working towards
achieving this status.
Excess exposure to solar ultra-
violet (UV) radiation is of consider-
able public health concern in New
Zealand, and plays a key role in the
development of skin cancers and eye
diseases. There are about 1800 new
melanoma cases diagnosed each
year and overall skin cancers in New
Zealand result in nearly 350 deaths
annually, with about 250 of these
It has been estimated that excess
exposure to UV radiation is the
cause of more than 90 per cent of all
skin cancer cases in high UV
environments like New Zealand dur-
ing daylight saving.
Remember the SunSmart mess-
age -- never get sunburnt and make
sure you wear sun protective gear
such as a shirt with a collar and long
Slip into the shade, slap on a hat
that protects your face, head, neck
and ears, slop on some 30+ SPF
sunscreen and wrap on a pair of sun-
'Tis the season to be Googled
folk in the
rather than the
big cities who
are turning to
We turn to the Internet for practically everything these days, and the first stop
is usually Google. With Christmas shopping, parties and family get-togethers
to organise, how does Google, most internet users' first stop, come to the
rescue? Priyanka Bhonsule tracks New Zealand's search habits to find what
we have been looking up.
What is it about festive, cheesy
music that gets people in the
spirit of Christmas?
That seems to be the thing we
search for most often when we
type Christmas'' into Google.
Google Correlate is a feature
that finds search patterns after
tracking users' habits.
For example, typing in
mittens'' might show what other
related things people are search-
ing for, such as knitted hat'' and
Searching Christmas'' reveals
that the top related searches are
musical, from Bing Crosby to John
Denver, followed by types of music
like rock'n'roll Christmas'' and
Candy'' and Santa's elves''
also make an appearance in the
related searches, most likely by
children, while Jesus is far down
For some, Christmas is really
about the presents so what will
you be getting in your stocking
If Correlate results are any-
thing to go by, expect more musi-
cal gifts as karaoke Christmas''
and piano'' make an appearance
in the top 10 related searches for
Tough economic conditions
show their effect as creative
Christmas'' and homemade gifts''
make it into the top 10 as well.
Plenty of people want to offer
the best on Christmas morning so
top 10 Christmas gifts'' and
perfect Christmas gift'' are popu-
lar related searches, and some are
giving back with Christmas
donations'' being searched for, too.
Christmas gift exchange'' was
one of the top related searches.
Clearly, some people are not
expecting to be delighted with
And while Google is tracking
and correlating search patterns,
the search results themselves are
What about searching perfect
Well, you can always buy a goat.
Buy a Goat, a charitable gift for
life for a family living in poverty,
is the top link, followed by a link
from AskMen.com listing 25 gifts
men would like most for the
The top three gifts are a pair of
high-powered binoculars, mobile
phone and a portable satellite
There is also a link to the Darts
Warehouse, and firearms are
apparently the perfect stocking
Change the location setting to
New Zealand pages and lot of the
links are real estate. Apparently
for Kiwis, new house equals
perfect Christmas gift.
searches to compare interest in a
topic over time, internationally.
For the 90 days between Sept-
ember 7 to December 5, searches
for Christmas cards and gifts were
the fastest rising in New Zealand.
Christmas parades were next on
the list, probably from families
wanting to know when local
parades were on.
Some of the top searches for
Christmas'' in New Zealand:
Christmas gift ideas
Data sources: Google Correlate
and Google Insights.
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