COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Community Happenings and Festivals

The Chiang Mai Stage Club is doing a dramatic reading of “Aren’t You Happy for Me?” by Richard Bausch at the Irish Pub on Tuesday May 18 at 8 p.m. Originally a short story, it was recently adapted into a one act play by Chrissy Erwin and Robert Service. It’s a funny, bittersweet story about a father (a rather sarcastic guy) who is struggling to accept his feisty, grown-up daughter’s life decisions. This dramatic reading is part of the fantastic Spoken Word events which take place every second Tuesday and are organized by Mike Atkins.

Grace International School’s ‘Car Boot Sale’ on Hang Dong Road is today, Saturday, May 15 beginning at 8 a.m. The 25 baht entrance fee entitles you to go shopping for toys, books, clothes, handicrafts, homemade jams and sauces, even furniture of all kinds. For entertainment a Taekwando exhibition will be held, there will be basketball shootouts, and enough food, drinks and fun for the whole family!

Chiang Mai will once again host the Mango Festival for 2 weeks in May at the Buak Hard Park with a fair, ‘everything around Mango’ and the obligatory beauty contest.

Chiang Mai Art Museum and Valentine Willie will continue the painting exhibition called, “Chang Fee Ming” until May 28. For more information contact CMU at 053 218 280.

CMU Art Museum and Theatre will present a celebration titled “Flowers blooming in the heart of grass-rooted people” on May 15 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on May 16 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Art exhibition, art demonstration, concert from local Thai folk music champion, Soontri Wetchanon and much more…

Forest Pride Festival - Saturday May 15 - exhibitions, stalls, music and talks at the Chiang Mai Art Museum. Sunday May 16 join thousands as they walk from the Art Museum to Doi Suthep to celebrate the forest. For more information call 053 810 623 - 4.

May 29: Charity Classical Concert for Chiang Mai’s ‘Foundation to Encourage the Potential of Disabled Persons’. Classical music by W. A. Mozart, A. Borodin and Thai Folk music, played by M.L. Usni Pramoj, (viola), Tasana Nagavajara (violin), Kittikhun Sodprasert (violoncello) and Siripong Tiptan (violin). Begins at: 5.30 p.m. with a cocktail reception before the concert at the Four Season Resort’s Intanin Room. The minimum donation of 500 baht per person will go 100% directly to the Foundation. Complimentary shuttle transfer provided. Ticket holders will be eligible to enter a lucky draw. Limited space! Reservations: at 053 298 181 or email: [email protected] foursea sons .com

The annual Lychee Fair will take place during the month of May at the Provincial Stadium in Chiang Rai. Various agricultural displays, Lychee wine and exhibitions, folk dancing, local handicrafts, and of course the ‘Miss Lychee’ beauty contest.

Inthakin Festival - May 15-21, from 4 p.m. to midnight. Special on May 22, merit-making at 10 a.m. Staging at Wat Chedi Luang on Phra Pokklao Road, Chiang Mai. It is to ask for peace and rainfall during the appropriate season.

Modeling: Priew Magazine is looking for girls who want to participate in the ‘Super Model 2004’ competition. Contestants should have a minimum height of 165 cm and be under 23 years of age. Applications can be made in Chiang Mai from now until May 21 at Central Airport Plaza.

Dining

Amari Rincome’s May promotion is called “The British Table”. Traditional and contemporary British Flavours. It features specialty items with a British flavor, as well as some of the traditional choices, from light and contemporary dishes to the more classical and quintessentially British roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. Sample the light and refreshing chartreuse of poached salmon with English peas and Stilton vinaigrette and English pea coulis, or the Scottish king scallop and mussel salad with aged sherry vinaigrette. Reservations at the Amari Rincome Hotel. Tel 053 221 130.

Amazing Sandwich now has two Restaurants: visit ‘The shady island in a sea of rice’ branch no. 2. opposite Khad Suan Keow Shopping Mall and the ‘old’ Deli Restaurant and Takeaway between the Thai Airways Office and Vista Hotel. 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. 053 272 712.

Darling, Wine Pub, on Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai’s best known wine bar offers a daily Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. For wine testing evenings or table reservations, call 053 227 427. Mondays closed!

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

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.

Rydges – Amora will host the yearly Herring Party on May 29 at the swimming pool of the hotel. Information from 053 251 531. Also, daily lunch buffet - value for money at the Rydges Amora Chili Coffee Shop. Car park with direct connection to hotel.

The Bear’s Den a/c main bar & restaurant, Garden Bar & Beer Terrace, Happy Hour is back on Fridays from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 2 for 1 on draught, bottled beers, wine and house spirits.

The Pub, on Huay Kaew Road, one of the best known places in town has a new improved menu, offering pub grub and tasty Thai dishes. Friday Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Every weekend Australian Rugby and the complete sports schedule displayed in the bar.

The Tavern, under new management, offers ‘All you can drink’ Heineken draft beer from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. for only 199 baht! Open daily from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Daily live music! Tel. 053 249 231.

The House, Restaurant, Tapas and Wine Bar: May specials, party arrangements, birthday parties, Spanish nights. Call Manager Joe for information and reservations at 053 419 011. Closed Sundays!

Clubs

The next Lady Lunch Bunch will be held at the Bear’s Den pub and restaurant on Wednesday May 26 beginning at 12 noon (260 baht per head). The Bear’s Den is situated on Charoen Ja Road. Parking is available. Please confirm attendance to this month’s organizer Dot Delaney not later than May 22 by email: [email protected] or phone 0 1671 1638.

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

More information at 09 997 8146 or email: [email protected] yahoo.com

Shower singers - Come forward! Do you normally sing in the shower? Consider sharing your hobby in a more social setting. The Chiang Mai Choral Society is looking for singers, people who can read music (or pretend to) and who love to have a good time on Monday nights while practicing. Find out more by contacting Ellen Clark, choir secretary, on 053 309 187 (office), 053 853 265 (home), or email [email protected]

Education

Ray Twine MA will start a 5-6 week course on NLP (cognitive behavior psychology) on Saturday May 22 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon. N.L.P. Modules, Beliefs -attitudes- required outcome, fundamentals of NLP, the buzzwords. Assessment of the priority senses. Relationship with harmony. Language -models of excellence. Patterns of the mind, the working part of NLP using proven methods to make mind-changes, breaking addiction, phobia, motivating enhancing skills in sport. Participants have lifetime methods plus a certificate. Fees for the course less than 1,000 baht. For reservation, call: 053211542 or mobile 0 9433 9629, email selfbelief2004 @yahoo.com

FT- Fitness Thailand, Chiang Mai’s World Class Fitness Center offers daily fitness classes to fit your requirements. Located on the second floor of Rimping Supermarket-Chotana, next to Novotel, open daily, English speaking instructors and many ‘low season specials’.

Training Course and Demonstration on Aroma Oils, Therapy and Massage May 20 – May 21, from 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Lectures on massage products, spas, spa treatments and more at the CMU Agricultural Faculty. Applications are available at CMU. Cost is 2,500 baht p.p. Call 053 944 088 for more information.

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.

Ballroom Dance Class at the 700 Year Anniversary Complex. Monday – Friday from 6.30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Instruction fee: 600 baht per person.

Entertainment

CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16: Hilary and Jackie (UK 1998) Director: Arnold Tucker. Tragedy of two gifted musical sisters. First very close, then separated and then tragedy strikes with Jackie falling victim to MS.

Services

Taxi Meter - important for the wet season. Call Nok - tel. 09 261 4290- 20 baht for pick up, 30 baht for the first 2 km and 4 baht for each subsequent kilometer.

The Phamai Clinic (Methadone 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

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.