Kapiti Observer : May 23rd 2011
10 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 23, 2011 Youth Week 2011... Events & Activities Youth Week (21st-29th May) is all about celebrating young people within our district. A range of activities has been planned by the Ka -piti Coast Youth Council. Thursday 26th May $300SHIP PRESENTATION CEREMONY $300ships are awarded to young people in the District to support them with their hobbies and activities. Presented by the Mayor & Youth Council members. Community Centre 5-6pm Friday 27th May POOL PARTY Free access to the Pool where young people can enjoy the inflatable water challenge, dive for coins, enjoy Police challenges, listen to music and grab a bite to eat. Raumati Pool 7-9pm Saturday 28th May GRAFFITI WORKSHOP O- taki young people are invited to attend a workshop about Graffiti Art and learn new techniques and create graffiti art murals. Plus a free lunch. O- taki Good News Centre 10am-3pm THE O- FACTOR Talent at its best takes the stage in Otaki. A chance for young musicians and performers to get on stage and compete to win great prizes. Plenty of spot prizes and free BBQ. O- taki Memorial Hall 7.00-9.30pm If you require further information, please phone 0800 486 486 2168559DS Food Court New now open! New food court entrance The new food court has seating for 250, a children's playground and a view over the landscaped stream New food outlets Sen Sushi & Shamiana are now open. The Hungry Wok will be open in May, and the new Mc Donald's store will be open in June Ph 04 902 9899 State Highway 1, Paraparaumu coastlands.co.nz 3757946AA Coastlands Food Court Hours Mon-Sat: 9am--5.30pm Sun & Public Holidays: 10am--4.30pm Careful what you eat By KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON Hardy: Wild mushrooms grow almost anywhere. Photo: KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON ATE A FUNGUS? Although unlikely, mushroom poisoning can be serious. Poisons.co.nz has this advice about fungus poisoning: call the National Poisons Centre on 0800 POISON (0800 764766) immediately. Take the person to a medical centre or hospital for activated charcoal -- this binds the poison in the stomach and stops it being absorbed. It is best if the person receives this within an hour of ingestion. Take a sample of the mushroom and refrigerate it. If possible, also take close-up photographs of the mushroom from all angles. After people have been seen by a doctor and sent home, they need to be monitored for a week. If they become unwell, take them and the mushroom back. Beloved by fairies and hobgoblins, delicious in stews and salads and stigmatised as poisonous, mushrooms are the real fun guys of the plant world. Cliches aside, you may have noticed more fungus and red- capped mushies popping up under trees, on roadside verges or at the bottom of your garden lately. That's because it's mush- room season and our damp summer -- and even damper start to autumn -- created the perfect growing conditions for more than 3000 varieties of mushrooms and fungi. The national poisons centre annual report said unidenti- fied mushrooms were the most common plant inquiry they received from the public in 2010. However, Mushrooms and Other Fungi of New Zealand author Geoff Ridley said fruit of fungi -- what we call mushrooms -- are nothing to worry about as long as you don't eat them. There's a lot of little brown mushrooms out there . . . a lot of them will be hallucinogenic, some will be poisonous and some will be nothing,'' he said. The best thing to do is teach kids not to put things in their mouths.'' With many of the varieties there is no way to tell which is which without looking at the spores -- the seeds'' they release from under the caps -- under a microscope. Just steer clear of the little brown ones,'' Mr Ridley advised. He said he had never heard of dogs or children being poisoned by wild mushrooms, because they naturally avoided them. You get a few poisonings each year, but it tends to be adults who want to exper- iment with what they eat . . . We have an innate fear of mushrooms . . . We'll buy them from the supermarket, but we don't want to eat [wild fungi].'' To see which mushrooms to avoid, go to poisons.co.nz. 3751737AA The Waikanae Estuary Care group invite you to their Open Day on Saturday 28th May If you have walked through the Estuary recently you will have noticed the change of plant life in some parts of the reserve. Join us and help further the change. Meet at the end of Takahe Drive, watch out for our flag. 9am: A brief introduction and start planting 10.30am: Morning tea followed by an overview of the planting project 12 noon: Barbeque at our plant nursery. Cancellation (or postponement to Saturday 11 June) will be announced on BeachFM 106.3 radio.
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