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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Announcements for Events, Concerts and Shows

Tonight: Saturday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Kids Ark Foundation Gala Dinner 2004’ to raise funds at The House Restaurant, presided over by Princess Jao Doung Duen Na Chiangmai and H.E. the hon. Ambassador of Sweden Jan Nordlander, entertainment by ‘the house orchestra Sabai’ and a fashion show. Limited seating available. Cost: 2,800 baht. For reservations call Joe at 053 419 011.

CMU Arts Museum features Craft from March 5 – March 9. Over 100 shops and OTOP products to see. Inaugural presentation of top freelance designers in different fields. For more information visit www .craftdesignfest.com

Life Cycle of people in Thailand, a photo exhibition by Ivar Sviestins at the Chiangmai City Arts and Cultural Center is still on until March 31. Supported by the United Nations Population Fund in Thailand (UNFPA), the Embassy of Sweden and the Planned Parenthood Association (PPAT).

HQ Art Gallery exhibition ‘Icons of Serenity’ by Suriya Siemmai and Wattanapong Yotaitiang. Contemporary art to be seen from March 1 until March 31, Monday – Saturday 8.30 a.m. – 5. 30 p.m. - HQ Art Gallery is situated at 3/31 Samlan Road, opposite Wat Phrasing.

INTG: The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is Tuesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai. Everybody is welcome. The speaker for this INTG talk will be: Reinhard Hohler who will talk about his “Mekong Expedition 2002 in perspective.”

The CDSC will be host to the first ever Church service of Pastor Burkhard Bartel on Sunday, March 7 at 4. p.m. Meeting to socialize starts at 3 p.m. in the premises of the Christian German School Chiang Mai.

‘The Village Street Band’ from Switzerland - Sunday, March 14, Amari Rincome will have a one night appearance of the Village Street Band. Show and dinner-buffet will start at 7.p.m. Call 053 221 130 for reservation.

City, an exhibition of photographs from Chicago. March 17 – 23 at Lansilapa Art Gallery at central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai, 2nd floor. Organized by the United States Consulates General Chiang Mai.

Coming up:

March 26-28 at the Sheraton Chiang Mai Hotel, “Mekong 2004” photo exhibition in conjunction with the Ninth PATA Mekong Tourism Forum.

March 28, 2004 at the Kad theatre, The Nutcracker 2004. A combined ballet performance by local students, international dancers and popular Thai singer Manunut Samaerasut. Tickets from 100 baht 500 baht with all proceeds going to the foundation for people with Down Syndrome in northern Thailand.

Clubs

The next Ladies Lunch Bunch will take place on Wednesday, March 31 at Siam Garden. Siam Garden is located about half an hour’s drive south of Chiang Mai in Sarapee District. An international buffet-style lunch will be served at 12 noon for 150 baht per person. Please reserve if you are coming (or not) by Sunday, March 28 by email: [email protected] com or 053-429-878.

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]

Zonta International Chiangmai Club will have a charity dinner (Rose Day Party) to raise funds on Sunday, March 7 at 6.30 p.m. at the Penthouse of the Amari Rincome Hotel. Tickets are available at 600 baht at the entrance. Please wear yellow to symbolize the yellow Zonta rose.

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.

Dining

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.

Chez Gibus Grill House Restaurant offers a daily BBQ, salads & french-fries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Sundays. All you can eat for only 199 baht. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Table reservations at tel. 053 272 712.

Kurt’s Restaurant, formerly known as Formula 1, will once again show every race and pamper their guests in the restaurant at Anusorn market. The race on March 7 starts at 10 a.m., so get there on time!

The Grillstation’s Steak Night is today! Coming up: Formula 1 race-specials. The season starts March 7 at 10 a.m. Grillstation will serve a breakfast buffet for 150 baht /p.p. from 9 a.m. onwards, including homemade pretzels and Bloody Mary drinks.

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.

Education

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 teachings of ‘Eckhart Tolle’, a modern master and the author of ‘The Power Of Now’. Listen and watch free in English. A guide to spiritual enlightenment. Contact Ivan on 053 423 602 or 01 473 6414.

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 0 5324 7800

Entertainment

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 the Daeng Fantastic Quartet. Listen to jazz favorites down the years, and enjoy a specialty theme buffet created by expert chef, Adrian O’Herlihy.

CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Mar 7: The Day I became a woman (2000) – Iran - Tales of women of different ages who struggle for identity. Mar 14: Boys Don’t Cry (1999) – USA - based on a true story - a woman who chose to live as a man, but ends up in jail where her secret comes out. Mar 21: Butterfly Man (2002) Thai / UK – a Thai-UK love story of a man who leaves his girlfriend in Bangkok and falls in love with a Thai massage girl.

Services

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: Pha [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).



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