COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Announcements for Events, Concerts and Shows

Chiang Mai’s first ever Vespa Rally takes place on April 4, as part of the government’s ongoing effort to make people wear helmets. More information at – 053 213 664.

Solo Exhibition by Chanon Chanphanao all through April at Umong Sippadhamma, near Wat Umong. Daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

City Art & Cultural Center will feature a photo exhibition called Life Is Nice’ - by Decha Buranabanpot. April 2 - 30, except Mondays.

Second Thesis Art Exhibition by students of Media Art Design from Rajamankala Institute at Central Airport Plaza. 1st floor, Zone A. April 1 – 4.

Panisa Gallery presents the art exhibition: ‘The Third Step on the Road to Becoming a Lanna Artist’ by Pornchai Jaima between March 19 – April 7.

Exhibition of 30 photos ‘Adhemar Leclere and the Phnong’ will still be shown at the EFEO premises in Chiang Mai (opposite the Alliance Francaise) until April 8, 2004.

Songkran activities in Chiang Mai

Cultural processions of 8 Lanna provinces and 5 countries in the Mekong Sub-region on Saturday, April 10 from 4.30 p.m. – 8 p.m. The processions will begin at the Wing 41, Sanam Bin Road heading to Chaeng Ku Hueang, entering through Suan Dok Gate. The end of the processions will be at Nong Buak Hat Public Park. The principle ceremony will take place in front of Nong Buak Hat Public Park at 6:30 p.m.

A musical fountain show entitled The River of Friendship, Lanna Civilization, and Cultures will be shown daily at 9.30 p.m. from Friday April 2 - Sunday April 15 on the bank of the Mae Ping River, in front of the Office of the Chiang Mai Municipality.

Happenings At Nong Buak Hat Public Park:

Daily from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday April 2 - Sunday April 11: Cultural presentations and demonstrations of the 5 Greater Mekong Sub-region countries and the group of the 8 upper northern provinces will be shown daily at Nong Buak Hat Public Park. Represented will be the 8 upper northern provinces and the five Greater Mekong Sub-region countries.

Daily from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Exhibition of OTOP products from the 8 Lanna provinces, demonstration and sales of Grand Lanna cuisine and products from the Royal Projects.

From Friday April 9 – Sunday April 11: Tourism trade and consumer fair.

Clubs

Lucky Dogs Club Chiang Mai needs volunteers (students are welcome!). More information at 053 342 362 or 09 997 8146.

Open mike is cancelled - Due to a horde of drunken cricketers taking over the Irish Pub and Songkran afterwards, there will be no Spoken Word on April 6. April 20 will be the next SW. In order to give more people a chance to read after the cancellation, no featured writer, just a shedload of shorties. Maximum of 10 minutes and the regular Open Mic format.

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

Amari Rincome’s April promotion is called “Reflections of the Danube” - Contemporary Austrian Cuisine and features dishes like salmon tart with horseradish cream cheese mousse, the famous Austrian goulash soup, and don’t forget the extensive selection of desserts that Austria is well known for!

Easter Day Brunch on Sunday April 11 at La Gritta Restaurant. “Easter Egg” theme and colorful decorations. Games for kids, including “Hunt the Eggs” and many others, with prizes for the winners! Starts 11 a.m. Price: 350 baht net, 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 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 offers BBQ, salads & french-fries except Sundays from 6 p.m. to 10.p.m. All you can eat for only 219 baht. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Make your table reservations at tel. 05327 2712.

The Grillstation’s famous Formula 1 Sundays continue with specials prepared by Gypsy and his staff. Come early or reserve your table in advance at 01 883 9361.

The Rydges-Amara Chiang Mai offers a great daily business lunch buffet with Thai specialties and a variety of international, mouth-watering highlights. Daily from noon – 2 p.m. at Chillies Restaurant inside the Rydges Hotel. Only 200 baht/person. A true value for money!

Kurt’s Restaurant, formerly known as Formula 1, will show every F1 race and pamper guests with buffets, Swiss and international food as well as their tasty pizzas. Kurt’s Restaurant is located at Anusorn market.

Rydges-Amara 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 Bear’s Den has ‘Sports on a Big Screen’ whenever a big sporting event is on, like Formula 1 or rugby. New opening hours - noon to 2 a.m. daily - lunches served from noon to 3 p.m. ‘Special’ all day big English breakfast has been added, in addition to the regular three-course Sunday roast lunch. On Saturdays and Sundays – BBQ your own choice from the ‘specials board’ or the chef will cook it for you. Every Wednesday is Ladies Night - free drinks for the ladies between 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.. Offer applies to draft beers, house wine, house spirits, mixers and soft drinks only – Sorry but guys have to pay regular prices.

Education

Bridges, dialogues towards a culture of peace, will feature a keynote speaker at CMU on Friday April 9 at 2 p.m. Prof. Robert Huber, a Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, professor at the Technical University in Munich and former director of the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry will talk on ‘Protein structures in medicine’. For information and free tickets, phone 053 943 661-5 or e-mail [email protected]

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.

Entertainment

CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, April 4: Dead Man Walking, USA -1995- 120 min movie of a nun who starts to counsel a prisoner, sentenced to death. Can she save his soul? Sunday, April 11: Sweet and Low Down, USA -1995- comedy, directed by Woody Allen. Keywords of this movie would be: jazz guitarist, genius, arrogant, alcoholic, dreams, great music.

Services

Subnotic Events Agency, an international event and entertainment company are organizing a fund-raising event with show and performers at the beginning of June in Chiang Mai. They would like to get in contact with small and medium sized charity organizations and individuals in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand who need urgent funds for their charity project and are interested in explaining their project at this event. For more information, contact 09 191 8512 Anong, 01 027 1335 Dao or 05 041 3621 Lou. Also: volunteers are needed for setting up the event.

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]

Back on the air! Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcasting live, daily from 7.30-9 pm. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information for Thai nationals and foreigners.