COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Dining

The well known restaurant‚ Le Coq d’Or’ in Chiang Mai offers new light summer lunch menus, starting at only 390 baht ++ for a 4-course menu plus coffee or tea. So next time you feel like dining in a most elegant, yet relaxed, setting, take your business partners or family there. For reservations call Khun Kitti, the restaurant manager at 053 282 024 or 053 801 501.

Are you pining for some homemade breakfast before hitting the town? Or maybe a light lunch? Stop in 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.

From now until October 2003, La Veranda French Restaurant introduces a delicious hot summer season menu, with prices starting at B. 290 per person. With over 20 years French gastronomie experience, Chef Gilles Polteuin offers 6 new menus with an emphasis on quality and health - all fruit and vegetables from Royal Project farms. The latest addition is Doi-Kham trout filet with Riesling white wine sauce, and filets of catfish Grenobloise style. The chef also recommends his iced mango soufflé. Bookings of 4 and over receive a complimentary bottle of wine, and each visitor in May will receive a 15% discount voucher. For reservations, please call La Veranda on 053 818 495, or 09 850 5611.

Education

Environmental education for free! Chiang Mai University’s Forest Restoration Research Unit is pleased to announce that its new education program can provide free training and extension services to schools and other community groups in forestry and other environmental issues. Discover biodiversity along a forest trail, learn how to grow trees at our nurseries or join a tree planting day. Classroom events or field workshops; 1/2 day to 3 day programs to suit your needs. Contact [email protected] cmu.ac.th or call 053 943348 or 053 943346 x 1134 or 1135.

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.

Events

Next event at Anywhere Bar - On 17th May, Saturday evening, from 9 p.m. [21:00] onwards there is the chance to win a glass of brandy. 5 earthenware bottles will contain a spirit drink, one of which will be a brandy. Your pleasurable task is to identify it [the brandy] and claim your prize. Some food will also be provided so a reply would really help us with the catering requirements. Contact Keang & Ewan, tel. 053 227 195, email [email protected] or drop by the Anywhere Bar, 57/17 Siritorn Road, T. Changpruak. Open noon until late.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is going to arrange a workshop on Mass Media’s Roles in the Solution of Children and Youth Problems on May 14 at the conference room of International Service Center, Chiang Mai University. The workshop will be held to give representatives of the mass media an opportunity to help set strategy to raise potentiality and solve children and youth problems. Mass media people and UNICEF staff, including Gamini Abeysekera, and people concerned, like Teresa Stuart, are expected to be at the workshop to express their ideas on this issue.

Don’t miss Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", which will be presented by CMIS Grade 9 - 12 performing class. Date: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 15 - 17, Time: 7 p.m. Where: KAD Theatre 5th floor., Kad Suan Kaew. Ticket price: adults 200 baht, children and students 100 baht. Tickets can be purchased at the front office at CMIS, at the Central Information Counter (Kad Suan Kaew) or at the door.

The Lunch Bunch Group will be meeting on May 14th at midday at Annette’s house behind Wat Chet Yod. Everybody is welcome and it will be, as always, a lot of fun and a chance to make new friends. Instead of pot luck, food will be provided by a caterer for only 180 baht per person. Equally scrumptious food, including vegetarian dishes. For more information and/or directions and reservations, please call Annette, if possible not later than May 10, at tel. 053 874 126 or 053 235 387 or 053 409 136.

Wanted: Singers! Can you sing? Would you like to try out for Chiang Mai’s only community choir? Contact Ellen Clark, choir secretary, on 053 309 187 (office), 053 853 265 (home), 01 883 2423 (cell), or email [email protected]

Bagan and beyond - the photographic exhibition takes place until 31 July 2003 at ‘A Gallery’ in Soi 1 Nimmanhemmin Rd, opposite Gong Dee Gallery. Visit the exhibition for free, and let the photographer Angela Srisomwongwathana share the sheer excitement of taking pictures with you.

The Exhibition "Under the House" by local Chiang Mai artist Niwat Kosal can be visited at Gong Dee Studio, Soi 1 Nimmanhemin Rd until May 28. The exhibition is mainly focused on bright, serene and warm acrylic paintings on canvas, all to do with the former resting area of a house, where activities were conducted together with neighbors.

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, Chiang Mai (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.

Do you like to party but don’t want to bother with cooking for hours? Let To Nobody’s Restaurant take care of it all. Homemade sausages, pork knuckles, smoked trout, different smoked fish specialties or even roasted duck and quail. You decide, then let To Nobody do the cooking. For more information, call or come by To Nobody at 99/8 Moo 10, Suthep Road, Tel. 053 278 794. Open daily except Tuesdays from 17.00 onwards.

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.

Promotions

The 700th Anniversary Sport Complex is offering a special promotion for its sport complex members and clients who stay at the 700th Anniversary Dormitory. The dormitory has been decorated in the Lanna style, and there is a special 20% discount from 700 baht to 500 baht through June. For more information or room reservations call 053 210 825, 053 212 928.

Chiang Mai Hill Hotel is offering their latest promotional package of ‘Double Discount & Double Bonus’ with buffet lunch coupon at a special price of 700 baht for 5 people. Country music entertainment will be provided by ‘Oudy’ Nirat Dulayaphan. Also, collect 20 ticket tags and have your choice of enjoying swimming, fitness, getting an aroma therapy massage at Arokaya, or taste Japanese meals at Sui Zente Japanese Restaurant until August 31. To purchase coupons, ring the Sales and Public Relations Department, Chiang Mai Hill Hotel, tel. 053 400 601-5, 053 210 030-4.