COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Announcements for Events and Shows

4th ‘Jed Yod Group’ Art Exhibition at Gong Dee Gallery by art instructors of the faculty of Fine Art, Rajamangala Institute of technology Northern Campus Chiang Mai. Daily from February 2 – 28 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Soi Nimmanhaemin.

28th Chiang Mai Flower Festival from February 6-8. It is a real treat to watch, with a parade in the morning of February 7th, with at least 30 floats near Nawarat Bridge. Cultural shows, bands, OTOP products on all days near a stage at Suan Buak Had Public Park.

3rd Chiang Mai Mardi Gras street festivities will be on from February 12 - 15. It will be held along Changklan Road at the Night Bazaar, where food, drinks and entertainment are available between 6 p.m. to midnight. Apart from the street carnival, there will be a Mardi Gras parade on February 11 at 3.p.m.

Photo exhibition at ‘The House Gallery’ (199 Moonmuang Rd.) from photographer Tirawat Sangphueng called ‘Rustic’. The special mood which Tirawat is well known for is caught with only natural light photos. Open daily except Sundays. Tel. 053 419 011.

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.

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

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

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. 053 263 015.

CMU Exhibition Hall: Flowers in Our hearts, individual explanation of ‘bloom’ interpretation from a women’s group. Faculty of Fine Art, Mo – Fr. 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

CMU Art Museum showing free classic movies every Sunday at 3 p.m.

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.

In Honor of Payap University’s 30 Anniversary Year, the Payap University Music Dept presents Etude Mania Friday, February 6 at 7.30 p.m. at the Multimedia Room, Payap University, Mae Kao Campus. Admission is free!

‘Identities versus Globalisation’, Southeast Asian Art Exhibition, from February 7-29 at CMU Art Museum. Modern art from 60 ambitious artists from 10 Asian countries, organized by The Heinrich Boell Foundation.

Clubs

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

More information at 053 342 362 or 09 997 8146.

Notice: the next Lunch Bunch will be on Wednesday, February 11 at noon, at Audrey’s Pie Sabai Bakery near Wat Umong. More information next week. Cost will be B190 p.p., including tea, coffee and water. Reservations by February 5 to Audrey, tel. 053 283 166 or Annette tel. 053 874 126 or 01 9515 284 or [email protected] eaglehouse .com

Cocktails & Sundowners

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 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.

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.

Dining

American football Super Bowl at the Grillstation – Monday February 2, from 6 a.m. onwards: shown on 2 large TV screens in stereo. Table reservations with Gypsy at 053 818 355, 01 883-9361 or e-mail: [email protected] - They will serve an ‘early bird breakfast’ with sausages, home fries, eggs, vegetables and bread including fresh brewed coffee and juice at 160 baht per person or just a Bloody Mary.

The famous Sunday Brunch at Amari, more deliciously tempting than ever. 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.

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

Edfest 2004, the 4th Thai-British Education Exhibition is on February 3 at Lanna Hall, Central Airport Plaza from 3 p.m. onwards.

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.

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.

Entertainment

The award winning Thai band, Joe & Friends Band will play live for 2 nights during the Flower Festival (Feb 6 – 8) from 7 p.m. onwards at the Grillstation. German BBQ buffet and beers, lots of entertainment. Baht 200 p.p. Charoenpathed Road, opposite Pornping Tower.

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: raintree @ cmcchurch.org

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: Pha_ mai_ [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.