COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Clubs

The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is Tuesday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai. Everybody is welcome. The speaker for this INTG talk will be Dr. Don Swearer and his theme is, “Missionaries, Martyrs, and Political Change in Northern Thailand in the Late 19th Century.” Don Swearer is the Charles & Harriet Cox Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College, U.S.A. His principal area of research has been Buddhism in Thailand, especially in the north.

The next Lunch Bunch is ‘pot luck’ at the house of Annelie Hendriks on Wednesday January 14 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 2.30 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 11. Telephone number 053 866 086 or my e-mail: [email protected]

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 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 a.m. – 2 p.m. 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 can deliver 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.

Bears Den, ‘Follow the Bear’ is their theme and they have a lovely traditional British and Thai menu which you can enjoy while overlooking the river. Music is kept at ‘normal levels’ to allow conversation. Open daily 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Chez Gibus Grill House Restaurant has his BBQ, salads & french-fries buffet daily except Sundays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. All you can eat for only 199 baht. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Table reservations at tel. 05327 2712.

Sunday Brunch every week at the renovated Citrus Caf้ of the Novotel Chiang Mai from 11 a.m.- 2.30 p.m. A buffet menu from around the world with Mediterranean food, roasts, a huge salad buffet, Thai favorites and anything a sweet tooth likes for dessert. 350 baht net (children from 6 to 12 years old – 175 baht net). Special promotional offer when you come in a group of 6, only 5 must pay.

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

The Rydges Chiang Mai offers Sunday Family Brunch with Thai specialties and a variety of international, mouth-watering delights. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Chillies Restaurant. Special children’s buffet and kindergarten with somebody looking after the kids, so parents can eat in peace. 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. Table reservations at 053 251 531.

Education

The winter season is here 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 go through February 21, every Saturday from 6-7:30 p.m. The instructor, executive choreographer Parinye Jittawong, trains and uses the curriculum of professional dancers. The price is 700 baht per month with a one time registration fee of 300 baht. Register at the Public Relation Counter at Kad Suan Keaw ground floor.

The Plearn Center for Language, Art and Culture is open now. ‘Little Chef’ program for children, language lessons for kids and adults and much more. For more information call 053 247 800.

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. Raintree will re-open on January 4, 2004.

Payap University will hold a Service Learning Conference from January 4 – 10. For more information contact Yuthachai Damrong-manee at 09 635 1552.

Entertainment

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.

Events

Pure Heart Project Foundation will have a Benefit Dinner on Children’s Day, Saturday, January 10, at the Rydges Thapae Chiang Mai Ballroom. Tickets at 1000 baht are available at the Rydges Business center or directly from the Pure Heart Project Leader, tel. 07 192 8945. The program includes an international buffet dinner, a show by Voice Studio, traditional hill tribe performances and much more. 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.

During National Children’s Day on January 10, Wat Suan Dok will hold a big fair at their grounds. Lucky Dogs Club will kindly be provided with their own booth and activity time. All kinds of assistance is welcome, from membership in Lucky Dogs to sponsoring activities, donations, dog food or materials and becoming a volunteer. For more information, please, contact: Lucky Dogs Club 1/14 Moo 7, Baan Puka, T. Tonpao, A. Sankhampeang, Chiang Mai 50130, tel. 053 432 362 or 09 997 8146.

The Chiang Mai Red Cross and Winter Fair will take place from Dec 30 until Jan 11 nightly at the big field behind City Hall. Entertainment booths, food stalls, crafts and activities for young and old. Entertainers like Clash, Micro, Taxi and others will entertain. OTOP products for sale and of course the Miss Chiang Mai Beauty Contest will take place, where the winner will compete in the Miss Thailand contest in Bangkok as a representative of Chiang Mai.

Lamphun Wine & Sausage Fair will take place from January16 - 19 at the provincial cultural center at U-mong sub district. Shopping, watching and exploring.

Dimension of Happiness is the name of a Graphic Arts Exhibition which will be shown at the CMU Art Museum Exhibition Hall daily except Mondays from 9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Art work from Chaiwood Ruamruedeekul.

Solo Exhibition by Jittiwut Sriyang at Umong Sippadhamma, near Wat Umong during January and February 2004.

The Thong Gwow Games will start on January 6 and last until January 17. Universities from all over Thailand will compete in Chiang Mai. Check out our Sports section for details.

Coming soon at the Kad Theatre is a Chinese Opera on January 16-17 at 7 p.m. Tickets 300, 200, 100 baht at the Information Counter of Kad Suan Kaew.

Services

Raintree Resource Centre - located just east of the Nawarat Bridge, offers the free booklet: “Helpful Hints for getting settled in Chiang Mai”. Open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – noon and Sundays 4 - 4.45 p.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, send by 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).

Rydges Tapae Chiang Mai has opened a Business Center on the second floor, providing a full range of services to local business people and visitors. Services include: high speed Internet access, both cable and wireless; facsimile service, send and receive, scanning to documents and pictures, photocopying, collation and binding as well as camera chip downloads and CD Rom burning. Private “virtual office” for home businesses wanting to make an impression. Eight person meeting room with full secretarial support either task based or per hour. For further details and to arrange an inspection, contact Khun Aoy, on 053 251531, extension 8054.

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.