The Chiang Mai Ladies Lunch Bunch Group will meet again this coming Tuesday, 18th March, at 12.00 o’clock noon at the German Restaurant ‘To Nobody’. The Lunch Bunch Group is a mixture of Western & Thai Ladies having lunch together, chatting, exchanging news, and just getting to know their way in and around the community. A very enjoyable, light-hearted occasion. Everybody new is most welcome. For reservations or directions please call Mrs. Dot Delaney, tel. 01 6711 638, or directly ‘To Nobody’ Restaurant, tel. 0 5327 8794. The lunch menu will be Western, including some vegetarian food.


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.


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]


The “Ladies Paint The Blues” exhibition by Doris Kraushaar and Susanne Tavernari will continue until March 31 at Prof. Dr. Guenter Faltin’s residence, Appt. M, Nimmanhiman Road Soi 1. A very interesting combination of both artists, and very worthwhile visiting. Paintings will be for sale as well.

Ruediger Liesmann, Tenor, and David Wilson, Piano, will perform Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise” (Winter journey) on Saturday, 15 March, 7:00 p.m., at the AUA Auditorium, Rajadamnern Road. The admission fee is 100 baht per person. No reservation necessary.

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]

St. Patrick’s Weekend at the Amari Rincome - an evening of live Irish music and a celebration of traditional Irish food on Saturday, 29th March. Live Irish music will also be featured during buffet brunch on Sunday, 30th March. Listen to the sounds of the Bangkok based traditional music group “No Fixed Abode” (playing on both days). Sample the traditional fare including corned beef and cabbage, salmon Innisfree, chicken Pascal, shepherd’s pie, Dublin coddle, Irish stew, Gaelic steak, beef and Guinness casserole, bubble and squeak, colcannon and of course Molly Malone’s Irish risotto. Saturday evening: 7 p.m. until late; Sunday morning: 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. THB 700 net per person (Saturday buffet dinner) or THB 350 net per person (Sunday buffet brunch).


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.

Out of town events

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 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 [email protected]