COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Clubs

Ladies! Young and old, working women or housewives, old time residents or ‘just new in town’. You are all invited to join September’s Lunch Bunch and meet new friends. It’s a great way to meet new people. The next Lunch Bunch will be on Wednesday, 17th September at noon at the Jirung Center for Health. A set lunch in the Ruen Maii Hom open-air restaurant for 180 baht. Please confirm by September 14 if you will or will not be attending! To [email protected] mai-chiangrai. com For directions: Head north on Mae Rim Road. Take the left turning to Mae Sa Valley, Elephant Camps, pass the strawberry fields, and take the first road on the right, a dirt road, leading to the castle like tower on the right side of the road. Look forward to seeing you all then.

The new ‘Chiang Mai Spa Society’ is looking for members. Their aim is to make Chiang Mai the “Wellness Capital of Asia”. The Spa society is supported by the Ministry of Public Health and Chiang Mai Public Health office. To become a member your field and interest should be from one of the following categories: health service (spas & long stay lodgings); health products (herbal products) or medical service (private hospitals). The Spa society would like to set up standards of spas and to support tourism - regarding spas - in northern Thailand. For more information contact President Ms Kanokwan Soonthornnond of Northern Heritage Spa Resort, Vice President Ms Ampai Sheehan of Siam Spa or Vice President Siwapong Kumwang from Jirung Health Resort (053 861 511-3).

Official English Toastmasters - Be one of the charter members of the official USA Toastmasters Club in Chiang Mai by contacting: Mr. Krit at tel. 053 861 511, or Mrs. Margaret at tel. 053 247083.

Dining

Attention Mexican food lovers! Tuesday September 16 is Mexican National Day. The Amari Rincome Resort will pay respect to this with a ‘Mexican Corner’ on their lunch buffet. So, all Mexican food lovers out there - look for your sombreros and join the Amari for only 280 baht per person, and spoil yourself with their sumptuous extended buffet.

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.

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] 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

A three-day contemporary piano music festival will be presented by the Music Department at Payap University in honor of Payap’s 30th anniversary, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26, 27, and 28, at the AUA auditorium, Rajadamnern Road. All concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 053-248-037. Day 1, Friday, September 26: Performances by Payap graduates and faculty, featuring music by Asian composers. Parinda Pong-Udom plays music by Takemitsu, Chou Wen-Chung, herself, and the famous Chinese “Butterfly Concerto”. David Wilson plays Stravinsky’s Sonata. Day 2, Saturday, September 27: Students, featuring music by Latin-American composers, such as Ginastera and Guastavino. Day 3, Sunday, September 28th: Bennett Lerner plays ‘Music by my Friends’, a program of music by composers he knows, or has known, personally, from Aaron Copland (American’s most famous composer) to young Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, Payap professor Thorsten Wollmann, well-known American composers, and Donald Richie (world-famous authority on Japanese film).

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]

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.

The Blue Note, a high class music club on Lamphun Road, offers music for music lovers. Swing, Bossanova, Blues, Soul and Jazz on a very high level but in a very agreeable volume! For reservations call Gunter or Wassana at 053 249 912 or just drop by. Blue Note is open daily from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Events

Beauty Suit’ performance & installation art exhibition at Chiang Mai University Art Museum runs through Friday September 26. An entertaining mix of mediums including video, sculpture, performance and sound. The exhibition is a collaboration between young Chiang Mai and international artists. An ‘Opening Night Fashion Parade’ will showcase the work of young artist/designers. For information contact Kat Olston 07 172 7833, [email protected]

Saturday September 27 – Sunday September 28, the 7th Family Fun Rally from Amari Rincome Hotel to Anghang Nature Resort will be held. A great weekend of fun for the whole family including games, activities and a prize for the winner presented by HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajanee. The cost of 3,490 baht net for two persons includes one night’s accommodation at the Anghang Nature Resort for 2 people, plus breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. For reservations please call: 053 221 044.

A major exhibition and yet another art highlight now features at Gong Dee Studio on Soi 1 Nimmanhaemin Road. Frank Roedel, a famous artist from Germany is showing some of his well-known collages through September 22, daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. This exhibition is being made possible by sponsors like the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the honorary Consul of the Federal Rep. of Germany in Chiang Mai, Schenker, Schering, the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, C.S.B. Cargo Service, Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thueringen, and the SV Sparkassen Versicherungen.

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 once more this year: Oct 25 at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel. Confiscated properties will be auctioned and special interests in personal loans will be offered to bidders.

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.