COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Education

All you expats out there who are looking for a chance to brush up on your basic business skills without entering a full-blown MBA program – where to go? Payap University has decided to open its Business Fundamentals course to the business community in Chiang Mai. The Business Fundamentals course is actually a prelude to the International MBA program for those students who lack a strong business background. Payap University has now decided to allow business professionals and owners to enroll in this course without continuing into the International MBA program. The course is a series of short classes on Principles of Management, Economics, Accounting, Finance, and Marketing for a total of 42 hours of instruction. The class is all day Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting on March 21 and ending on June 1. So, if you own a business that’s in need of a slight adjustment in the ratio of cost to profit, maybe this course is for you. For more information call the IMBA department at 053-304805, ext. 7203 or email [email protected]

Events

Chiang Mai will hold its 27th Flower Festival February 7-9 from 9 a.m. at Buak Haad Public Park. Flower float parade, flower displays, Miss Bupphachart (Miss Floral Beauty) contest, and many other interesting activities, including 9 activities at the Naowarat Bridge, flower exhibitions at Suan Buak Had, Kad Mua at the provincial governor’s residence, Miss International Bupphachart Contest, flower picture contest, international food fair, music concert, and entries from the One Village - One Product campaign. The flower parade, the highlight of the festival, will be start at the Naowarat Bridge 8 a.m. on February 8 and then move to Suan Buak Had Public Park. The flower floats will be parked at Suan Buak Had to let tourists get close to these decorated vehicles. The International flowers beauty contest will be held at night of February 8 at the Buak Haad Public Park at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be a contest of orchids and other flowers, and international foods for sale opposite to Wattanothai Payap School in stalls being run by 60 restaurants in Chiang Mai.

Charity shoot-out to support cancer patients - The Cancer Foundation of Northern Thailand, Montfort School Alliance Alumni, and the shooting club of the Chiang Mai Sport Association has arranged a charity shooting competition to support the cancer foundation, vying for the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup, on Sunday, February 9 at the shooting range of the 700 Years Anniversary Sport Complex from 8 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. With escalating costs, the Cancer Foundation relies on charity to assist them to continue their good work. Anyone who wishes to enter the competition or make a donation should contact the Division of Radiotherapy, Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital, 0-5394-5456 or Dr. Rak Tananurat, 0-1681-3413.

Photographic exhibition ‘Southeast by Southwest’ by Charles Freeland was scheduled to begin this month at the Gong Dee Gallery in Chiang Mai. Altogether about 40 pictures on display, presenting the view of the photographer during his trips around Thailand and Burma, Ankor Wat, as well as around the southwestern countries. Proceeds will be donated to a charity for children with AIDS in Chiang Mai.

Mass Lanna Wedding Ceremony, Valentine’s Day - Khum Khantoke, through Watchara Tantranon, has announced plans to marry 50 willing couples in their “Lanna Valentine’s Wedding” to promote Lanna wedding dress styles and to introduce the Lanna style wedding ceremony. Khum Khantoke will provide a free wedding celebration for one couple from each district. The bridal couples can invite 10 guests and pay only 300 baht each for additional guests. The other 30 brides and grooms can join the ceremony by paying 30,000 baht for 50 guests or 50,000 baht for 100 guests. All the couples will be provided with the costumes and all the paraphernalia necessary. Brides and grooms’ customary wedding parade will start from in front of Carrefour Department Store at 7 a.m., led by two elephants, and followed by 48 tricycles, leading to the Singha grounds where the guests will be waiting. The ceremony will proceed according to the Lanna ritual until late at night.

Strawberry Fair during Valentines Day - The 100th anniversary celebration of Samoeng District, Chiang Mai will be held at Samoeng District Office and Ban Dong Community School areas February 14-16 this year. Chiang Mai governor, Pisit Khetphasook will preside over the opening ceremony. Many unique activities, such as strawberry and banana eating competitions, gift basket decoration, wine container contests, and hilltribe beauty contests. Many of the activities are concerned with strawberries, such as the Miss Strawberry Contest, strawberry products contest, strawberry salad making competition, and selling the best strawberries in the world at an amazing low price. The taste of the local strawberries in Samoeng is renowned, especially in the Tambon Bor Kaew area. On February 15, the second day of the festival Dornphant Chantrawiroj, the president of Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Office, will preside over the “Sueb Chata” ceremony (long life) at 8.30 a.m., and this will be followed at 10.30 a.m. with the strawberry parade.

February 16 is Makha Bucha Day, a religious holiday throughout Thailand to celebrate the occasion of Buddha’s first sermon to 250 disciples. Everybody is welcome to come to the temples when the sun goes down on that day to join the ‘Wien Thien’ procession under the full moon. The processions go three times around the temple chedis with lighted candles, joss sticks and small flower bouquets.

Services

Looking for a wheelchair? Hopefully not! But many poor disabled children in Chiangmai are. So why not donate one for only 7000 baht? Visit the Freedom Wheelchair Workshop across from the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).

Laundry and Internet service, traditional Thai massage, Thai language courses. You find it all at the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).

Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcasted daily from 7.30-9.00 pm. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners alike.

For the kids

A Toys Library has been opened for Chiang Mai children at the Northern Child Development Center behind the Nakhon Ping Hospital. It is supported by the Japanese Government and the Japan Small Scale-Grant Assistance (SSGA). This library is designed to encourage childhood development and be a learning source which can provide equipment to support that aim. Activities at the Toys Library include lending and return service, instruction and demonstration of equipment and skill testing. The Toys Library also helps parents by selling the products made by those participating in the center’s vocational project to increase local families’ incomes. The Toys Library now has 63 members. Anyone can become a subscriber by paying a 100 baht annual fee. The equipment provided includes local natural product toys made from clay, bamboo, and coconut shell as well as plastic and metal toys. The library is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. except weekends. Interested people who want to subscribe for this training or become a member can contact 0-5389-0238-44 ext. 3210. The Northern Child Development Center Chiang Mai is located at 196 Moo 4 Tambon Donkaew, Mae Rim District.

Next Month

Chiang Kam district will host the 9th Thai Lue Festival March 8-9 this year at Wat Phrathart Sob Wan. Sanit Boonrueng, chief of Chiang Kam district, said that this festival is designed to conserve the art and culture of the Thai Lue, with many activities including stage performances, parades, merit making, and singing, dancing, wedding ceremony shows and cooking done in Lue style. The Thai Lue tribe migrated from Xixuangbanna (Sipsong Panna) District in China’s Yunnan Province to northern Thailand provinces such as Phayao, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, and Nan. In 1991, Nan’s Prince led the Lue people to the Chiang Muan and Chiang Kam districts, where they live in their traditional ways. Visitors will see Thai Lue Cultural Center, which contains equipments, utensils, and items showing Thai Lue lifestyle. The center is located in Wat Yuan in Chiang Kam, Phayao.