COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Dining

Sunday Brunch is back! By popular demand, the Amari Rincome Hotel has re-introduced the famous Sunday Brunch, which is now more deliciously tempting than ever before. So, forget about your diet for one day and spoil yourself with a cornucopia of special delights created by the executive chef from Ireland, Adrian O’ Herlihy. Make a reservation at La Gritta Restaurant and enjoy unlimited gourmet treats for the whole family. Every Sunday from 11.30 – 14.00 hrs. Adults 350 baht, children 200 baht net.

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

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.

Voice studio, in cooperation with the “Kid’s Ark Foundation”, presents “The Pretty Genius”, a charity concert for poor children. The evening will include performances by the champion of the electronic keyboard contest 2002, the ‘Fanta Youth Ambassador 2003’, and the champions of ‘Chiang Mai Kids 2002’. The concert will take place on March 8 and 9 from 7 p.m. onwards at the Chiang Mai Art & Culture Museum Theatre on Nimmanhemin Road. Tickets are 200 baht, and for more information contact Rita Holm-Gustafsson on 053 261 963, or email [email protected] hotmail.com

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.

Experience Michael Leuschner’s Piano Concert at Gongdee Gallery on Friday, March 14. This event will be a rare opportunity to experience the masterful sounds of one of Germany’s foremost pianists. Music lovers will appreciate this very special evening, programmed to include works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Moussorgsky. Venue: Gongdee Gallery (in Soi 1 Maemanhaeminda, adjacent to Amari Rincome Hotel). Time: 19.00 – 21.00. Tickets: Adults 450 baht (including a Cocktail), Children: 200 baht. For reservations call- 053 221 044 or 053 221 130 ext. 14.

The 4th Thai Elephant Day will be held at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp on March 13 this year from noon to 4.30 p.m. Visitors can join the party for free, see many elephant activities, and get the chance to name a newborn elephant. The highlight activity is the “Satoke Chang” – a really big lunch for the elephants in a type of Lanna-style food container. There will also be a “Baai Sri Soo Kwan” blessing ceremony for the elephants and a baby elephants show. During the festival, guests are invited to provide a name for a baby elephant, born on February 7th. The best name will win a prize. The camp is located in Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai. For further information, call 0-5320-6247-8.

A grand charity fashion show will be put on by Piklik Shop on March 15 at Khum Khantoke 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]

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]

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

The Humanities Faculty, Chiang Mai University, is holding an International CMU Summer Camp 2003, which is being scheduled during the summer semester. There are 4 classes in the camp, with the first a Culture Tour experiencing cultural eco-tourism, the second is [email protected] using an English language program in computers and mobile phones. The third covers Communication, developing conversational skills, and finally there is Presentation, showing how to creatively present information. The dates for the classes are as follows: The Culture Tour will run for 15 days from March 11-29. [email protected], Communication and Presentation are ten days each and will be held on March 31 - April 11, April 17-30, and May 2 -10. The enrolment fee for the first class is 3,500 baht and for the other classes are 2,400 baht. Interested people can apply at the Humanities Service Center, Humanities Faculty, Chiang Mai University, telephone 053 943 217 and 053 942 308.

The Education Mall Center in Kad Suan Kaew will hold its second Genius Camp March 18 - April 10 to improve children’s skills in learning and development. There will be three camps: music, art and mathematics. Each camp will be divided into 4 groups, three days per group. They will run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Education Mall Center, 7th floor of Kad Suan Kaew. For more information, contact the Education Mall Center, Kad Suan Kaew tel. 0-5322-4541-3 everyday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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.