Vol. II No. 48 Saturday November 29 - December 5, 2003
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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Clubs

The Lady Lunch Bunch Group’s annual trip to the Lampang Ceramics Fair will take place on Thursday December 4. Included will be a visit to the fair, lunch, visit a ceramics factory, the forest market and a plant market. Please let organizer Anne know if you wish to join, and bring your guests, as soon as possible as she has to book a coach or mini bus depending on numbers and if you wish a vegetarian lunch. A deposit of 500 baht would be appreciated. If you want further information ring 053 216 132.

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] .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.

Dining

The Grillstation is kicking off its barbeque season on Saturday, November 29, from 6 p.m. until late. Buffet grill includes southern style barbequed spare ribs over charcoal, baked potato with sour cream or butter, salad, and oven fresh garlic bread. Eat as much and as often as you can! The Grillstation, 23/8 Charoenpathed Road, 50100 Chiang Mai opposite Porn Ping Hotel.

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. To Nobody Restaurant has also begun to take orders for Xmas parties, Xmas office receptions, caterings, cookies, ‘stollen’ and home smoked goodies which you might need for the upcoming festive season. Call Chef Joerg or Sunisa on 053 214 483 or just drop by for more information.

German Xmas Cakes (Stollen) have arrived at the Grillstation (opposite Porn Ping Hotel) ready for you to purchase. Either for yourself, or as a surprise for friends and family. 3 different kinds are available. Plain Stollen, with marzipan filling and even with a marzipan-rum filling. To place your order, just call, 053 818 355 or 01 883 9361.

Education

Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Prof. Paul J. Crutzen to give keynote speech at Chiang Mai University on Thursday, December 4, at 2 p.m.: “Air pollution in Asia and its impact on regional and global climate”. Info and free tickets: Phone (053) 943 661-5, 224 076 and 941 007.

Iran Cultural Show week” exhibition December 1 – 7, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Organized by the CMU Art Museum and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Presenting works by two distinguished Iranian artists. Ms. Jila Rassam Arabzadeh, the well-known carpet designer and Ms. Farah Kimia Ghalam, a miniaturist as well as handicrafts, traditional costumes, book, pictures and poster.

The winter season is coming and in order to stay fit and slim The Dance Zone invites everyone who loves modern dance, pop jazz and even hip-hop to train in intermediate and advance techniques. This program will start on December 6 and will go through February 21, every Saturday from 18.00 – 19.30. The instructor Parinye Jittawong, an executive choreographer trains and uses the curriculum of professional dancers. The price is 700 baht per month with a one time registration fee of 300 baht which will be waived for the first 10 people who apply! So hurry up and register at the Public Relation Counter at Kad Suan Keaw Ground Floor.

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] 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.

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

Entertainment

Last minute announcement: Tonight, Saturday, November 29 at 7 p.m. on the 7th floor of Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center London Theater Production will perform in Chiang Mai ‘Educating Rita’ with Ben Dudley and Mary Hanley. Educating Rita is a funny, heartwarming tale about a working class hairdresser from Liverpool who enrolls in an open university course because she wants a better life. Her teacher is Frank, an alcoholic poet, who no longer writes poetry but will have a big impact on Rita’s life. The comedy drama was penned by Willy Russel, who also wrote Shirley Valentine. It was made into a popular movie with Michael Caine and Julie Waters. Tickets are sold at 200 baht per person.

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.

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.

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.

Solo painting exhibition by Doris Kraushaar - “Luminous Anonymity” from December 13 - 31 at The House, 199 Moon Muang Road, T. Sriphum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200, tel. 053 419 011.

Events

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: [email protected]

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.



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