COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Education

Free Aerobic Classes - Chiang Mai Municipality is teaching aerobic classes free of charge. Monday through Friday at the old municipality sports stadium (gym 2) between 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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

Art Exhibition - C.M.U. Faculty of Fine Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary this February with a month long art exhibition. Works from present day students and teachers are on display, and include sculptures, paintings and printmaking. Free admission until February 26 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information call: 0 5321 8280.

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.

The Scandinavians in Chiang Mai will be meeting at Petri’s Pizza (opposite Kad Suan Kaew (Central)) on Saturday, February 22nd at 18.30. Please call Anita, tel. 053 226 969 or Karin, 053 852 551 for reservations. By email either [email protected] or karin @cm.ksc.co.th

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’, broadcast 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

Chun Ki Charity Event - there will be a “Forest Party’ on Saturday, March 1st at a nearby forest & waterfall location. Transport is available. For more information and how to become involved send an email to [email protected] yahoo.com Chun Ki is run by Chiang Mai professionals looking for a fun way to raise money for local charities.

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.

Chiang Mai University’s Forest Restoration Research Unit will run a workshop on Education Services for Forest Restoration March 17-19. The workshop will be conducted in English to showcase to Chiang Mai’s international community the educational services that have been developed by the unit to help local people restore forest ecosystems to degraded land. Registration is free. Limited to 30 participants. Contact FORRU at 053-943346 x 1134: email [email protected]

A grand charity fashion show will be put on by Piklik Shop on March 15 at Khum Khantok Restaurant, Chiang Mai. Small trade show for clothes, garments, and other textiles. Special items will also be on sale for 500 baht each, with proceeds going to charitable causes, including helping orphans and providing scholarships for promising but poor or disadvantaged students. Advanced free tickets are available at the Piklik Shop in the Chiang Mai Pavilion shopping mall. Tickets can also be used for a 25% discount when shopping at Piklik Shop.

Bike Ride for Charity - On Sunday, March 16th will be a sponsored Bike Ride where the proceeds will go to a local charity. The name of the event is Suthep for Charity! 250 baht entry. Entrants will receive a t-shirt, certificate and lunch from the Bagel Caf้. Water and support vehicles are provided. If you don’t have a bike and would like to take part, you can hire and get more information from Top Gear cycles or send an email to [email protected]

Mark your calendars for the best family entertainment of the year: Bangkok Community Theatre’s presentation of the hit family musical “Annie”. Bangkok Community Theatre (BCT) will stage “Annie” at the Bangkok Playhouse on Petchburi Road on March 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 and 30, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets at B550 for adults and B350 for students and children for all four performances will be available at CD Warehouse in the Emporium on Sukhumvit Road from mid-March. “Annie” has been described as the perfect family musical. It first opened on Broadway in November 1977 and won 7 Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical. A film of the musical was made in 1982 which was followed by a Disney remake in 1999. With wonderfully uplifting songs and dances, this is a true “feel good” show. In the words of “Annie’s” creator: “Those who come to see the show go away with a sense of optimism, a sense of hope and joy and love. I think that is why it is a success.” That kind of optimism from a little orphan girl as she hugs her dog and tells us “The sun will come out tomorrow” is just the kind of uplifting entertainment families need this Spring. This local production boasts 48 adult performers, 10 kids and a dog! Don’t miss it! (For more information please visit the BCT website at www.bct-th.org) Proceeds to benefit Thai Children’s Charities! “Annie” will be made possible through the generous support of sponsors: NEWCITY (Bangkok) PCL, International School Bangkok (ISB), Kleenex by Kimberly-Clark, Bangkok Hospital, Toblerone, MBMG International, The Little Gym, Kesinee International School, Raja’s Fashions, Transpo International, Covermark and CD Warehouse. The Amari-Atrium hotel, which is located just down the road from the Playhouse, has kindly put together a special “Annie” package for out-of-towners who might be coming to Bangkok to see the production of “Annie”. 27/03/03 to 01/04/03 one double room (2 adults and 1 child below 12 years old) at US$50 per room per night. (Price includes service charge, VAT, and daily American breakfast.) Also, if a family needs two rooms with a connecting door, the first room is US$50 as per above and the second one is US$30 per night (max 3 kids in the room). Anyone wishing to book the package should contact the reservation department, attention Khun Naruemol ญ reservation manager either by fax 02-718-2021, or email reservations @atrium.amari.com