COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Clubs

If you have a passion for making movies using film or video, and are looking for others who have similar interest - then ‘IndieClub’ is the community for you. Whether your interests lie in acting, directing, producing, writing, lighting or any other skill that is associated with making great film or video, join for free. Need more info about the Chiang Mai ‘IndieClub’? Email: [email protected] info.co.th

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.

Great time to shop! Computer Club of Chiang Mai (CMM) in cooperation with the Chiang Mai University Engineering Faculty has organized the “Computer Chiang Mai 2003” November 14-16 at Chiang Mai University’s Convention Hall on Nimmanhaeminda Road. Notebooks, printers, digital products, office automation, mobiles, telecommunications and other IT products will be available for people who love information technology and computers. This event should not be missed. From 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.

Dining

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 053 235 942 for reservations.

Enjoy the Amari Rincome Hotel’s famous Sunday Brunch, more deliciously tempting than ever. 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.

Do you need a special birthday cake? European style? To Nobody Restaurant offers cakes for any occasion, anybody and in any style. Just order 3 days in advance with Chef Joerg at 053 214 483 or come by the restaurant to do it in person.

Education

Date change: Creative Writing Workshop at the Irish Pub, Sunday, November 16, 3-5 p.m. 500 baht which includes handouts. For details and more information, please email [email protected] Also, writers wanted to read their original work at Spoken Word series. Ongoing monthly program at the Irish Pub. Featured writes read 20-30 minutes. Open Mike, 5 minutes. Contact [email protected] hotmail.com

Childbirth Preparation Classes - Especially for first time parents who are interested in the Bradley method, Juanita Duong, Diane Smith and Lori Rowe work together to teach a series of two 2-hour classes that will help prepare a couple for the birth of their baby. After the birth, one of these nurses will also do a follow-up visit to answer any newborn questions as well as assist with breast-feeding if needed. Contact Raintree Community Resource Center (053-262-660) if you are interested in the classes, which are offered free of charge.

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.

Yoga: Chiang Inn Plaza arranges yoga sessions with teacher Marcel Kraushaar- from Hathayoga every Saturday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Entertainment

Baan Chulasai School of Music and the Arts is sponsoring a series of concerts featuring the music of Ajahn Xavier Pitijet Vichitporn and his magic flute. Titled “Sunday Matinee Music in the Garden”, the concerts take place every other Sunday at 3 p.m. Baan Chulasai is located at 259 Charoen Prated Road. The concerts include melodies for flute (November 30), Christmas tunes (December 14) and a New Year Celebration (December 28). Reservations should be made ahead of time at 053-273-746 or by email at [email protected] .com as tea will be served. The Pianissimo tea consists of tea or coffee with a ham and cheese sandwich and a brownie for 180 baht. The Fortissimo tea consists of tea or coffee with a ham and cheese quiche and a brownie for 230 baht.

Friday, November 21 – Thursday, November 27, CMU, the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Humanities are organizing the tragic stage show “Ma Mia” which will be performed nightly at 6.30 p.m. on the 8th floor of the Faculty of Humanities. Language of the show will be English, Thai and Burmese since it will be a drama between Thailand and Burma about 100 years ago. Entrance fee is 300 baht to raise funds for the 40th anniversary celebration of the university. Information and reservations at 06 654 1150.

In Memory of Freddy Mercury - Saturday, November 22, 1-4 p.m., the Art Museum theatre will show a 1986 Queen DVD concert featuring Freddy Mercury in Wembley Stadium. It is being organized by the Assoc. for Cinema and Music Chiang Mai and there is no entrance fee.

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 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 at 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.

Chiang Mai Art Museum: “Inside the Mind” by Fumie Sasai. The exhibition is an installation of sculpture work with the use of natural lacquer. Runs through Friday November 28 from 8.30 – 12.00 a.m. For more information call 053 218280.

Gong Dee Gallery: Painting and Drawing exhibition, by Chamnian Thongma. The exhibition will be held until November 28. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Gong Dee Studio, 30 Nimmanhaemin Rd. Soi 1. For more information call: 053 225 032.

The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture and Baan Tuek Center Empower Foundation are pleased to invite everyone to participate in the grand opening ceremony and the reception for the International Live – Show Stagecraft Festival Thailand 2003, in Chiang Mai November 20 - 23 at Chiang Mai University Art Exhibition Hall.

Southeast Asian Temple Drawings by Associate Professor Mary Griep will be shown at the Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center (behind the Three Kings Monument). The exhibition will run December 2 - December 18; Tuesday - Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Use the rear entrance to the enclosed courtyard for free admission to the temporary exhibits gallery. An opening ceremony will be held December 2 from 5-7 in the enclosed courtyard. The exhibit will include a drawing of Angkor Wat that is 7 meters long and 2 meters high.

Events

Cinderella on Ice runs through November 18 at the Ice Skating Hall of the 700 year Complex in Chiang Mai. Ice skating enthusiasts as well as children of any age will be able to see a most colorful show. Tickets are 300, 500, or 700, baht. Show times: Monday–Friday daily at 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sundays: 11.30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. More information can be obtained from Kad Suan Kaew Ground floor information desk or by telephone from 053 224 444.

Sunflower Blooming Season is starting - from now until December 15 the hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son, one of Thailand’s most naturally scenic areas, turn to gold when the sunflowers come into full bloom. For more information call TAT Northern Office - Region 1: 053 248604, 248607, 241466.

Services

Raintree Resource Centre - located just east of the Nawarat Bridge. Free booklet: “Helpful Hints for getting settled in Chiang Mai”. Open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 10.00 - 12.00a.m. and Sundays 4.00 - 4.45p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays). Free library membership with more than 600 videos and 5,000 English books available. Info-line 053-262660. Movie-line 053-262661, e-mail: raintree @cmcchurch.org

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.