Vol. II No. 25 Saturday 21 June - 27 June 2003
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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 souffl้. 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

Come and find out about the IELTS test. New Cambridge Institute Thailand will be in Chiang Mai to give a presentation on July 19th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Kad Suan Kaew. The seminar will be delivered by an experienced IELTS examiner. Please contact 053-894683 for further information.

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] science.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.

Entertainment

Free lecture at Chiang Mai University Art Museum Theatre, Nimmanhaemin Road, Chiang Mai, every Sunday, 5 p.m., tel. (053) 218-280. Francis Wittenberger, 3-D artist, is conducting a lecture on Special Effects for students and interested people on Sunday. Before the lecture, Mr Wittenberger will show an art film. During the screening he will stop and rewind the film periodically and discuss the techniques involved in making the film. 22nd of June: “Super nova”: SFX on the Set (part one).

Saturday jazz at the Amari Rincome Hotel - each Saturday at 6.30-10.00 p.m., La Gritta Restaurant at the Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai arranges a live jazz performance by Daeng Fantastic team of four. Listen to jazz favorites down the years, and enjoy a specialty theme buffet created by expert chef, Adrian O’Herihy. Bring along family or friends.

Events

Number One Media will host a dance contest to encourage children to avoid drugs and get proper exercise. Applicants can apply in groups of 10 - 20 people for kindergarten and primary school level and groups of 6 - 10 for 13 - 18 year olds. The contest will take place at Thapae Gate from 3 - 4.30 p.m. on Thursday June 26. The winners will receive trophies and scholarships.

The black and white photographs exhibition “At that Moment” by Phum Naritchart and Utaiwan Boonloi can be visited at Gong Dee Gallery between June 1-28. The exhibition is under the concept of memorizing experiences & things along the journeys of different people, places, and time. The opening ceremony will be held on June 1 at 6.30 p.m. Gong Dee Gallery is on Soi 1, Nimmanhaemin Road.

All U.S. passport holders and their guests are invited to another year’s incredible 4th of July at the American Consulate General, 387 Wichayanond Road, Chiang Mai, Friday, July 4th, from 2 to 8 p.m. This year, rain or shine, we promise NO MUD! (We’ll have the lawn covered and plenty of tents.) We’re sorry - no parking is available at the Consulate. You can park at the nearby Wararot Market lot or take public transportation. This year’s extravaganza will include burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, American soft drinks and beer, patriotic fun and crafts, prizes and entertainment on the hour - with everything from “Elvis” to the Chiang Mai Choral Society, and local marching bands like Regina and Montfort. Admission: 50 baht for adults, 20 baht for children. For more information, call 053-252-629, or e-mail [email protected]

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 Nimmanhaemin 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.

North Thailand’s first food trek! - Rainy season special. Free room. Chiang Dao Nest Mini-Resort is proud to present North Thailand’s first food trek. No hiking, hilltribes, elephants or rafting, just fine food and wine in the mountains. The special offer is this - enjoy a three-course evening meal with a good bottle of wine, and a large breakfast the following morning. The room is free. Price for two people: 1390 baht, equivalent to just 695 baht each. Offer available until 31st August 2003. Transport can be arranged from Chiang Mai at additional cost. Offer open to all - expats, tourists, and Thais. Chiang Dao is 80km north of Chiang Mai, home to the famous Chiang Dao Caves. It is very convenient for people living in or visiting Chiang Mai, taking under 1 1/2 hours by road. For further info tel. 053 455 795, mobile: 060 171 9875, email: chiangdaonest @lycos.com or visit the web site: www.chiangdao.com

For The Kids

Dumex Milk Products, in cooperation with Chiang Mai Municipality, Chiang Mai Ram Hospital, Anubaan Kindergarten Chiang Mai School, Rajabhat Institute of Chiang Mai Demonstration School, and Varee School invite all parents who have 1-6 years old children to join the “Kids’ intelligence improvement” project by attending the seminar and special lecture on children’s intelligence. The program will be organized on Saturday 28 June, 8.30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at San Phra Net Room, Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel. For reservations call 053 241 163 or 053 244 693.

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.

Shopping

Lamphun Provincial Administration Organization has opened a new market in a traditional Lanna-Thai style called “Kad Kua Mung”, which means a roofed-bridge market, every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. In the past, Kua Mung or roofed bridges were built across rivers as a resting place, with two-sided long benches, for people who got tired during a long journey. Kad Kua Mung Tha Singha offers 4 different kinds of products, transformed into agricultural products, from the Royal Project, One Tambon One Product, and local products. Kad Kua Mung Tha Singha is located in front of the most respected and revered Wat Phra Thart Haripunchai Woramahawiharn. For more information, contact the Department of Social Development and Tourism Promotion at Lamphun PAO tel. 0-5351-1191.



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