COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Dining

The Amari Rincome Hotel is celebrating Swiss National Day on 1st August 03 with a mouthwatering buffet, prepared by Chef Adrian. All 4 corners of Switzerland will be represented, including Walliser, Fish Soup, Risotto Tichenese and Zuger Kirsch Gateau. Don’t miss this special Swiss cuisine evening in the ‘La Gritta’ surroundings with ‘Dang Fantastic’s Live Band’ and a lucky draw. Adults 490 baht net, Children 300 baht net. For table reservations call guest relations at Amari Rincome 053 221 130 extension 14.

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.

Haus Munchen, the famous German restaurant closed recently, after 20 years of doing business in the Night Bazaar. The Haus Munchen theme will be added to the Riverbank House Restaurant, which is on the banks of the Ping River near Rattanakosin Bridge. It is temporarily closed for refurbishments that will include an air-conditioned section with riverside views. Chiangmai Mail will keep you informed when the new premises will open.

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.

Entertainment

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’Herlihy. Bring along family or friends.

Events

Say hey brothers, friends, and those who wannabe! For those of you who are interested: Chiang Mai’s Great Yogurt Debate will be held on July 26, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. Location will be the Mango Tree; 8/3 Loi-Kroh Road; Muang; Chiang Mai; Tel: 053 208 292. A minimum donation will be made to a charitable organization in the amount of 50,000 baht cash. Three different yogurts will be submitted to the judges. The names of the yogurts will be revealed only after the judges have tasted and submitted the forms to a designated taker. We are still open to challengers, should you, or your friends be interested. The donation is an unbelievable one thousand (1,000) baht along with a minimum of five plain yogurts which are to be submitted to the judges for evaluation of the yogurt. FREE beer to observers, lurkers and participants. Special announcement to the judges after the contest is completed. Let the good times roll - Release The Dogs Of War- The Drawing Of Sabers - More information can be obtained from [email protected]

Spiritual Skills Seminars announced for Bangkok and Chiang Mai - discover spiritual tools to help answer questions about life. “Have I lived before?”; “Have I had past relationships with my present spouse?”; “Do dreams really have any significance in my life?”. These questions, similar topics and more will be discussed at the upcoming spiritual skills seminars titled, ‘Is Life a Random Walk’ - Spiritual tools to help answer life’s questions’ to be held on 27 July 2003, at the Novotel Lotus hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 33 in Bangkok, and on 29 July at the Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai. The events are open to the public. The seminars will include workshops; small group discussions; question and answer sessions, and local speakers discussing topics like: Dreams the key to heaven; the spiritual purpose of relationships; and Surrender, love and past lives. The featured guest speaker, Dr. Karen Jensen, of Vancouver Canada, will present an interactive workshop titled, ‘The Grace of God’s Love in All Life’ - how we can recognize the actions of Divine Spirit in our lives. This event is sponsored by the Bangkok Eckankar Satsang, a local Thai group, with the expressed purpose of promoting the spiritual unfoldment and understanding for people of all faiths who are looking for divine love, wisdom and spiritual freedom in this life time. For further information please contact Bob, 01 801 8809 or Sukhbir, at 06 5599 232.

A land and house fair and auction, part of a joint project between Siam Commercial Bank Co., Ltd. (Public) and Legal Execution Department, Chiang Mai will be held three more times this year: August 23, September 6 and Oct 25 at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel. Confiscated properties will be auctioned and special interests in personal loans will be offered to bidders.

Conference on Religion and Globalization - Payap University’s Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture and the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, together with other co-sponsors invite interested people to attend an international and interfaith academic conference on Religion and Globalization which is being held from July 27 - August 2, 2003. Interfaith dialogue among Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and other religious communities will occur and many international speakers will deliver major plenary addresses throughout the week of the conference. Additional information may be obtained from the website, www.reli gionandculture.org or further inquiries may be made to Ph.D., Conference Coordinator, Payap University Mrs. Rebecca Lomax at e-mail: [email protected]

Concert Announcement - Manoon Ploypradub, guitar and Bernard Sumner, piano will give a concert in the multi-media room of Payap’s Mae Khaw Campus on the 23rd of August 2003 at 7 p.m. Admission Free.

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: [email protected] or visit the web site: www. chiangdao.com

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.