COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Dining

Do you need some homemade breakfast before hitting town? Or maybe a light lunch? Stop at Petri’s, a small neighborhood restaurant, opposite Kad Suan Kaew. Toast, homemade pita bread, juice, butter, jam, coffee as much as you like plus a big selection of breakfast items to choose from. Like Swedish potato pancakes with bacon or an omelet with cream stuffing of shrimp, ham, bacon or mushroom. All served for only 95 baht.

La Gondola Restaurant, located at the Riverside Garden of Rimping Condo (next to Nakornping Bridge), now features a Weekend Pasta Buffet at 189 baht (children 129 baht), every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. Phone 0 5323 5942 for reservations.

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

A Joint Recitalmusic concert by Remi Namtep, pianist, and Suratchai Chenyayanij, flute, will be performed on Sunday, March 30th , at Gong Dee Studio Nimmanhemin Rd., Soi 1, starting at 4 p.m. Admission is free (contributions accepted). Tel 053 225 032, 053 219 499 and 053 894 082.

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.

An Irish Delight at the Amari Rincome! On 29th March, a memorable buffet dinner of irresistible Irish specialties, perfectly prepared by the Amari’s very own Irish executive chef, Adrian O’Herlihy. Savor the delicious flavors during a jolly evening of fun, foot-tapping music and lilting melodies, which will send you home with a selection of songs in your heart, and many a tasty treat in your tummy. The traditional dishes from the Emerald Isle will include 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! 7 p.m. until late! Baht 700 net per person. For reservations call: 0 5322 1044. Music by the talented Irish-Japanese group “No Fixed Abode” which features Paul Jensen (guitar & vocals), Frank Crocker (concertina, bodhran & vocals) and Tetso Kamogawa (fiddle). On 30th March, “No Fixed Abode”, the Irish-Japanese group will add a generous touch of Irish charm to the famous Sunday Brunch with a second performance of spirit-lifting sounds and musical magic, which will surely last you through into Monday. Time: 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Baht 350 net per person. For table reservations please call: 053 221 272 or 053 221 044.

The Chiang Mai Arts and Culture Festival will be held April 4 to 9, just before the Songkran Festival. This program is being organized by the Tourist Authority of Thailand, Northern Region, together with Chiang Mai Municipality, Chiang Mai University Art and Culture Promotion Office, and Wat Pa Pao. “Poy Sang Long”, a tradition originating in Mae Hong Son, is the name of the festivity which will be held at Wat Pa Pao April 4-6, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Along with the traditional art festivities being held from April 4-9 at Art and Culture Promotion Office, Chiang Mai University (located on the right hand side of Irrigation Road, and in front of Kad Ton Phayom), there are going to be Lanna traditional musical displays, dance performances, and a puppet show. For further information, please ring to TAT northern office: 053 248 604.

Gongdee Gallery and Studio will organize a painting exhibition by Wichit Chaiwong, the owner of Gongdee Company Limited, at Gongdee Art Room, which is located on Soi 1, Nimmanheminda Road. The exhibition will open on April 1 and last until April 28. Please note that the exhibition will be closed during the Songkran Festival celebrations.

The Paris Mozart Trio represents a new generation of chamber music Sunday 6 April at 19.00 p.m. at AUA Chiang Mai, 24 Rajdamnern Road. They offer an inspired and enthusiastic new interpretation of the classical repertoire, whilst keeping with its traditional values. The trio, who have performed with success in Europe, the United Stated and in Asia, aim to give the best possible rendition of some of the greatest pieces that classical music has to offer. For more information contact Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai 053 275 277, or AUA Chiang Mai 053 211 973 / 214 120.

* Tentative schedule for the Chiang Mai Songkran Festival (April 11-15, 2003): 8-15 April at Municipal Stadium, Chiang Mai, Grand Songkran Festival. 11-15 April at Prasingh Temple: paying homage to Buddha Sihingh image, plus various Lanna cultural performances. 11-13 April at Wat Loke Molee Temple: the pagoda bathing ceremony; local Lanna drum contest; merit making by Chiang Mai city fathers; local Lanna dancing contest. 13 April at Thapae Gate: old Lanna Thai festival; local food market (Kad Mua); Miss “local food-seller” beauty contest; Buddha bathing procession (start from railway station in the afternoon). 13-15 April on Ratchadumnoen Rd., Walking Street & international food street. 15 April starting from Thapae Gate, will be a parade of residents paying respect to the Chiang Mai governor.

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: [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.

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 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