Vol. III No. 6 - Saturday February 7 - February 13 2004
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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Announcements for Events and Shows

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.

Koh Saxman in Concert. The Rhythm of Love and Happiness. At Tom Tom Restaurant on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14. Entrance fee for a table of 4: 750 baht incl. 1 bottle (0.7 l) Johnny Walker Red Label Whisky.

La Cigale Children Choir will perform at Kad Suan Keow Theatre on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p. m. Tickets are priced at 50 baht and can be bought at the information counter.

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.

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.

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.

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

‘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.

Last chance to reserve: 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. For reservations call Audrey, tel. 053 283 166 or Annette tel. 053 874 126 or 09 558 5204 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

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 offers a Valentine Cous Cous Night and free desert for every couple on February 14. Otherwise the daily BBQ, salads & french-fries buffet is still on 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.

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.

Kurt’s Restaurant on Anusarn wants YOU to be there when he celebrates his birthday. Join his birthday party on Friday February 13 from 7 p.m. onwards. Food is on the house; you only pay for your drinks.

Education

Raffles LaSalle International Design School, Bangkok will be holding an information session in Chiang Mai for students who are interested in fashion design, fashion marketing & management, graphic design, multimedia design, interior design and product design Feb 9-10. Those interested, please call 01-869-0566 for more information. Website www.raffles-lasalle .ac.th or call 02-632-7667.

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.

Spreading Peace through Science and Commerce in Developing Countries. Dr. Richard J. Roberts, a Nobel Laureate for Medicine will deliver a keynote speech and a dialogue on Thursday, February 12. 2 p.m. keynote speech and dialogue at Chiang Mai University: 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]

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.

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.

FERC (Foundation for the Education of Rural Children) will hold its fifth Gala Dinner on Saturday, February 28, at Le Grand Lanna, soon to be the new Chiang Mai Mandarin Oriental. Dinner and dance for the price of 1,500 baht p.p., and with the assurance that you will be helping to fulfill the 2004 project: the building of a library/study center in Mae Sariang District. Tickets can be purchased at Amari Rincome (guest relation desk), FERC committee members or at the Chiangmai Mail office (Marion 053 234 102).

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] 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: [email protected] hotmail .com

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).

Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcast daily from 7.30-9 pm. The program can be he ard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to Thai nationals and foreigners alike.



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