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Lyttelton, portal to Canterbury’s historic past, a vibrant sustainable community creating a living future

Saturday June 15 Workshops

(bookings through the information centre)

10 – 1 Fanciful Fascinators with Stela Cruickshank - The Portal

Using upcycled materials and experimental techniques to make awesome head-wear for the Street Party. The Portal, $10

1:30 – 4:30 DIY Dress Ups with Justine Balcar of Redflax of Rethreads - The Portal

We'll be using FAST techniques to whip up some costumes - gluing, cutting and tying, sewing with long stitches and big needles. Some sewing experience is helpful, but not neccessary. Briar is a designer who uses scissors and a short attention span to create designs that people can wear and dance in. She loves passing on the basics, and believes every day is an excuse to dress up! The Portal, $10.

Reusable cups

Only Globelet reusable cups are being used at the street party for ALL drinks and soup. Globelets are New Zealand-made and are recyclable, reusable, BPA-free. You buy your globelet for $2 when you buy your first drink, then the Globelet is yours to use for the night (you can even rinse it at our rinse station!). At the end of the night you can take it home or return it for a refund.

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Glow Paint not Glow Sticks

Glowsticks are lots of fun, but not so great for our environment. The chemical generally used in them is Dibutyl phthalate, which can cause irritation or nausea.

The outer of glowsticks is made of plastic. The combination of Dibutyl phthalate and plastic is a nightmare! We think they would take 1000+ years to breakdown in landfill. If they don't make it to landfill (which they often don't) they're not something we want polluting our waterways.

So we have come up with something that has less of an impact on our environment: Resene have a paint called "Nightlight" ( Follow the safety instructions for this paint and combine it with the idea in this video ( to make glow-in-the-dark bracelets that your children will want to keep and bring out every night! You could also create glow in the dark wands using sticks if short of time. And there must be many other creative ways to play with this stuff!

Happy glowing!