COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Clubs

The next Lunch Bunch is ‘pot luck’ at the house of Annelie Hendriks on Wednesday January 14, 2004 at noon. Please bring a plate of food, homemade or bought, cold or warm, sweet or savory. Annelie will supply plates, cutlery, coffee, tea and of course her own dish. For the brave ones, you can join at around 02.30 p.m. for a bicycle tour of maximum one hour (flat surface was promised) in the beautiful countryside around Annelie’s house. Bikes can be rented. Please reserve if you are coming and if you will join the bicycle tour before January 11th. Telephone number 0 5386 6086 or my e-mail: anneliehendriks @hotmail.com

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]

Dining

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. 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.

Amazing Sandwich, ‘a shady island in a sea of rice’ Deli Restaurant and Takeaway, between Thai Airways Office and Vista Hotel is also delivering to your door for orders over 350 baht. Lunchtime orders for delivery have to be faxed in not later than 10.30 a.m. Please phone after faxing to check if your order has been received. Tel/Fax: 0 5321 8846

Grillstation will have a southern style barbecued spare-ribs night on Saturday, December 27th from 6.00 p.m. until late.

The Rydges Chiang Mai offers a daily buffet lunch from Monday to Saturday from 11.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at “Chillis” Restaurant - Thai and international buffet at 200++ baht per person. The Rydges at Thapae Chiang Mai is also a perfect place to take the family to dinner in the evening. Buffet dinner every day from 6-10 p.m. at 300++ baht per person. Rydges Beer Garden is open now from 5 p.m. – midnight, Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. buy 1, get 1 free (glass of beer or jug), snacks and special dishes only 40 baht net per serving, BBQ and suckling pig every Sunday, freestyle live music with female singer. Parking available at the hotel.

To Nobody Restaurant takes last table orders for their New Years Buffets. Also informing that caterings or orders regarding parties and office receptions which require home smoked goodies for the upcoming festive season should be ordered well in advance. Call Joerg or Sunisa at 053 214 483 or just drop by for more information.

German Xmas Cakes (Stollen) are still available at the Grillstation (opposite Porn Ping Hotel) ready for you to purchase. 3 different kinds, 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.

The Meeting Place, a new ‘watering hole’ after being shopping. Cool off and drop by for a chat or a drink. Just behind Rimping store on the left side.

Chez Gibus Grill House Restaurant has his BBQ, Salads & French Fries Buffet daily except Sundays from 6.00 p.m. to 10.p.m. All you can eat for only 199, — baht. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Table reservations –Tel. 05327 2712

New Years Events in and around Chiang Mai

Amari Rincome Hotel’s motto on 31st December is, out with the old and in with the new. Start 8.00 p.m. with a fantastic gala buffet, Thai classical Dance, fireworks, a grand prize draw, live music and dancing to ‘Daeng Fantastic’. Price 1,900 baht, Children under 12 years 1,200 baht.

January 1st 2004, New Years Brunch at La Gritta from 11.00 a.m. – 14.30 p.m. Amari supplies the food, you bring your own company. Adults 450, — baht, children under 12 years only 250 baht.

The Bears Den at the River will celebrate New Years Eve with an All Night Happy Hour Special. Reduced prices on all drinks, British and Thai a la carte menu available from early until late. Follow the Bear and enjoy fireworks at midnight.

Chez Gibus: Wednesday 31st December 2003 at 9.00 p.m. there will be a hot and cold buffet with BBQ, all kinds of meat, seafood, vegetables, salads, cheese and a special ‘Midnight Onion Soup’ from 1.00 a.m. onwards. Music from the 60s to the 80s and a good mood is guaranteed. Price 650 baht for adults. Children until 12 years of age baht 200 baht. Reservation (and more information) until latest 29th December at 0 5327 2712.

What’s up in Darling Wine Bar? On Wednesday, 31.12. 2003 the party will start with a Swiss cheese fondue pan from 7.00 p.m. onwards. 20% discount will be on all bottled wines. Champagne to toast the New Year is even be sold by the glass! Good Mood guaranteed!

Fondue House (opposite Central Airport Plaza and Custom Office) will have a great New Years Party. Reservations are advisable. For table reservation call: 0 5320 1551 or 0 9432 1688.

‘Four Seasons Resort’ Chiang Mai will savor an exciting culinary experience for the last dinner in 2003 with a selection of culinary stations at ‘terraces’. Live band, Thai dances and fireworks. Not to b missed! Baht 11’000, —per person plus 10% service charge and VAT. For reservation contact 0 5329 8181 ext. 731 (Food and Beverage office).

Kurt’s Restaurant, former Formula 1, will have a European New Years Party on 31st December from 7.30 p.m. onwards. A very special homemade Buffet, including his famous pizzas for only 350, — baht per person. Table reservations can be made direct, by phone or via e-mail: kurthausammann @hotmail. com

La Veranda -Dine in the finest festive French style. Choose from two different Gala menus and do it ‘the French way.’ Children can be served a special children menu during that night. Table reservation at 0 5321 4420.

Le Coq d’Or will welcome 2004 in style with a four-course dinner menu, Winter Foie Gras Terrine, Lobster Soup with Golden Caviar, Lobster Thermidor, Strawberry Milfieulle, Petit Fours & Chocolate. Live Music, Lucky Draw and Fireworks. Adults 2,500 baht, children 1,200 baht. Reservation with Rest. Mgr. Khun Kitti at 0 5328 2024.

Le Grand Lanna will celebrate the New Year in style on 31st December 2003. Please reserve a table in advance to avoid disappointment. Le Grand Lanna offers delicious cuisine in charming surroundings. Call: 0 5385 0111.

Rydges Thapae Chiangmai Hotel will celebrate Pure Extravaganza on 31st of December with 4 different Theme parties in the entire hotel. All parties will offer full buffets according to the theme and with a mixture from all over the world. Lucky Draw, Fireworks and much more. Call 0 5325 1531, ext. 8054 for table reservation. Check out Page 15 for more information.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant at the Clubhouse of Ban Naifan 2 will serve delicious Thai cuisine have their champagne chilled. For table reservations at the terrace or inside the restaurant on 31st December 2003 call or Fax 0 5383 8990.

The House will have a Champagne Promotion for New Years Eve, where each bottle will be served with a bowl of strawberries, dipped in chocolate and truffles. New Years Gala Menu baht 2004 p.p. Table reservation at 0 5341 9011.

The Tavern, will be open for all Pub Lovers until the wee hours of the morning. Cold drinks, hot music and special offers available.

The Imperial Mae Ping’s Party Theme is Viva Las Vegas. Gala Dinner and varieties entertainment.

The Meeting Place, behind Rimping Supermarket will have a Dinner Buffet and Live Music on Wednesday 31st of December from 7.30 p.m. onwards. Pay 450 baht for yourself and your partner eats free. It’s a ‘2 in one’ price.

To Nobody German Restaurant will have huge German Specialty Buffet on 31st of December including Seafood, BBQ, fish & game specialties, and all kinds of goodies. It will be a ‘family affair’ and table reservations needed. Call Joerg or Sunisa at 0 5321 4483 or just drop by for more information.

Education

Childbirth Preparation Classes - Contact Raintree Community Resource Center (053-262-660) if you are interested in the classes, which are offered free of charge. Raintree just changed the times of opening on Sundays to 3.30 - 4.15 p.m. Also Raintree Resource Centre will be closed from 22nd Dec. - 3rd Jan. (inclusive). It will reopen on 4th Jan. ’04.

Entertainment

“Luminous Anonymity” -Solo painting exhibition by Doris Kraushaar - ongoing until December 31st, at The House, Restaurant, Gallery and Ginger Shop. You can combine looking at beautiful paintings with shopping at the Ginger boutique which offers something for everybody. Open until 9 p.m.

Events

Pure Heart Project Foundation will have a “Benefit Dinner” on Children’s Day, Saturday, 10th of January 2004, at the Ballroom of the Rydges Thapae Chiang Mai. Tickets (1000 baht) are available at the Rydges Business center or directly from the Pure Heart Project Leader, Tel 0 7192 8945. The program includes an international buffet dinner, a show by Voice Studio, traditional hill tribe performances and much more. The PHP supports the Sunflower Home Project in Mae Hong Son and is giving school uniforms to the hill tribes’ education center, Mae Ka-jan, Chiang Rai.

The Chiang Mai Red Cross and Winter Fair will take place from Dec 30th until Jan 11th nightly at the big field behind City Hall.

New Year Garage Sale - Your opportunity to sell unwanted items. The event will start at 9 a.m. and run to 2 p.m. on January 3, 2004 at Icon Square Building B (behind Computer Plaza). Both foreigners and locals are welcome. Space available at 250 baht per 2x3meters. Vendors should bring their own table or mat. For more information or booking, contact K. grace at 01-6711131, email: [email protected]

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 3.30 - 4.15p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays). Free library membership with more than 600 videos and 5,000 English books available. Info-line 053-262660. Raintree Resource Centre will be closed from 22nd Dec. - 3rd Jan. (inclusive). It will reopen on 4th Jan. ’04. Movie-line 053-262661, e-mail: [email protected]

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.