COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Announcements for Events and Shows

International Classic Piano Ensemble on January 30 at 7 p.m. at Lotus Kad Suan Keow Hotel Chiang Mai. For more information check with Kad Suan Keow counter service G floor or CMM Vol. III No. 2, page 19.

Dimension of Happiness is the name of a graphic art exhibition which will be shown at the CMU Art Museum Exhibition Hall daily except Mondays from 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artwork from Chaiwood Ruamruedeekul.

Spoken Word at the Irish Pub on Thanon Ratwithi. Sign up for a 5 minute open mic slot from 8 p.m., and listen to local writers from 9 p.m. - followed by live music. Any language, any topic, anything goes. If you’ve got something to say or just want to listen, come on down! Next event: January 27 with John Muse. Email Mike Atkins for info [email protected] hotmail.com

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

11th Annual Art on Ground Exhibition at the Chiang Mai Art & Cultural Center ongoing until Sat January 31. Daily 8.30 a.m. – 5 p.m., adults 50 baht, children 40 baht entrance fee.

January 27 February 2 are Happy Book Days at CMU: books for sale, writers to talk to, entertainment for children. For more information call 053 218 280.

The Unipolar World – Can the US lead? Nobel Peace Laureate (1996) Prof. Jose Ramos-Horta will give a keynote speech and dialogue at Chiang Mai University Thursday, January 29 at 4 p.m. Info and free tickets: Phone (053) 943 661-5, 224 076 and 941 007, Fax (053) 219 252, 943 666 and 942 666, email [email protected] and [email protected]

Chiang Mai Flower Festival from February 13-15. It is a real treat to watch, since more than 3000 species of orchid are in bloom and nearly one-third of these are on display. More information at a later date.

Chiang Mai Education UK 2004 Exhibition. Tuesday, February 3 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. More information can be obtained from the British Council Chiang Mai. Tel. 0 5326 3015.

CMU Exhibition Hall: Flowers in our hearts, individual explanation of ‘bloom’ interpretation from a women group. Faculty of Fine Arts, Mon – Fr. 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.

CMU Art Museum showing free classic movies every Sunday at 3 p.m. January 25: Children of Paradise (1945) French film set in the 1840s and about four men who love one mystifying woman, but each in a different way.

Every Saturday, San Kamphaeng District Shopping Street, ongoing event until February 21. The event features Thai northern handicrafts. On January 24: basketry and woodcarvings will be displayed. On January 31: mulberry paper will be featured prominently. On February 7, cotton fabrics will be on sale. On February 14, Valentine Day, beauty products from Thai herbs will be displayed. On February 21, the last day of the event, handicrafts will be on display. San Kamphaeng District Office, the venue of the event, is located at the 14th - 15th km of the Chiang Mai – San Kamphaeng Road, opposite YMCA Crafts. As the event area covers much ground, for ease of travel, visitors are offered several shuttle service options consisting of transfers to and from the event venue, as well as tours of the festival highlights, by motorcycle, mini-tram, electric carts, traditional horse-drawn carriage or trishaw.

Clubs

Lucky Dogs Club Chiang Mai needs volunteers (students are welcome!).

More information at 053 342 362 or 09 997 8146.

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]

Cocktails

A new meeting point has opened in town: Rydges Hotel has opened its new Lobby Bar! Happy Hours from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m.! Meet your friends and business partners and enjoy a drink and a snack. Free car park available.

The Bears Den has a new Early Bird Happy Hours Buffet from Monday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thai & international buffet, all you can eat! 99 baht adults / 49 baht children.

The Meeting Place is 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.

Dining

Amari Rincome Hotel has a new promotion during the month of January called: Food from Down Under, which means of course Australian food. It will be on through Friday January 30, daily from Monday through Friday. Of course there is also a vegetarian version of Down-under food available.

The famous Sunday Brunch at Amari, 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 also deliver to your door for orders over 350 baht. Lunchtime orders for delivery have to be faxed in no later than 10.30 a.m. Please phone after faxing to check if your order has been received. Tel/Fax: 053 218 846.

‘Follow the Bear’ to the Bears Den, where they offer a Sunday roast set lunch with soup-starter, roast of the week (lamb, beef, pork or chicken), roasted or mashed potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, vegetables, gravy and of course dessert for only 370 baht while sitting overlooking the river. Bookings at 053 260 404.

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. 053 272 712.

Aussie Fun BBQ at the Grillstation on Monday, January 26 all evening. University Students from Perth will be there to participate. So, all you Aussies in Chiang Mai, show unity and come along. For table reservations, please call 053 818 355.

Haus Muenchen has re-opened, just 50 meters from its previous location in the night bazaar, opposite the Chinese community hall, near Mc Donald’s.

The Rydges Chiang Mai offers Sunday Family Brunch with Thai specialties and a variety of international, mouth-watering highlights. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Chillies Restaurant. Special children’s buffet and kindergarten with somebody to look after the kids so that parents can eat in peace. Rydges Beer Garden is now open 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.

The Tavern Pub will be closed for renovations and will re-open early February. We will keep you informed when it will be re-opened and as what.

Education

The Plearn Center for Language, Art and Culture is now open. ‘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.

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.

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 a.m. - noon and Sundays 4 - 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]

The Phamai Clinic, a governmental organization in Chiang Mai treats people who have problem with alcohol, smoking and drugs of any kind. Files are confidential! Call 053 226 135 or e-mail for more information: [email protected]

Looking for a wheelchair? Hopefully not! But many poor disabled children in Chiangmai area. So why not donate one for only 7,000 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 Centre 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. 8 person meeting room with full secretarial support either task based or per hour. For further details and to arrange an inspection, contact Aoy on 053 251531, extension 8054.