COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Community Happenings and Festivals

SUNDAY: US Independence Day! Exciting US 4th of July Extravaganza for all U.S. passport holders and their guests, (provided your ID or passport number has been submitted to the Consulate by Thursday, July 1). From 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. fun, food and shows for young and old. Admission is 50 baht for adults and 20 baht for children. For more information, call 053-252-629, ext. 0.

GRAND OPENING: Sunday, July 4, at 2.45 p.m. Grand Opening at Pantip Plaza at 1st floor, Chi Chang’s Digital Lifestyle. My Style, My Sony. My Sony Fair from July 4–11, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

INTG: The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is Tuesday July 6, at the Alliance Française at 7.30 p.m. Everybody is welcome. The presentation and the speaker for this INTG talk will be Dr. Duongchan Apaavaatjrut Charoenmuang on the theme "The impact of Air Quality on Chiang Mai residents". Please note that the July talk is on the FIRST TUESDAY, July 6.

Gong Dee Studio presents on Saturday, July 10, a program of Delicious Songs, performed by soprano Sheilagh Angpiroj and pianiast Bennett Lerner. Songs by Donaudy, Respighi, Korngold, Christopher Berg, and Poulenc at Gong Dee Studio, Nimmanhemin Rd., Soi 1 at 7.30 p.m. Admission 200 baht. Reservation advisable.

The Influential Sri Lanka? A continuation of work by Chiang Mai-based photographer Angela Srisom wong wathana. Black & white pictures and color range from fine, symbolic stone carvings to world class 5th century frescos. A-Gallery, opposite Gong Dee Studio, on Nim manhaemin, Soi 1 until July 22, from Monday – Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Friday, July 23, I got rhythm! Music by George Gershwin, performed by Bennett Lerner and David Wilson, pianists, with Chaipruk Mekara, clarinetist, Pantawat Nawig, percussionist, and Remi Namtep, electonist. Special guests, Joan Eubank, vocalist, and Bernard Sumner, pianist. Multi-media room, Mae Kao campus, Payap University at 7.30 p.m. Admission free!

Fashion ‘n’ Concert - High fashion and music at the Imperial Hall at the Empress Hotel on Friday July 9. Free admission after reservation at 0 1881 9226.

Dining

Amari Rincome Hotel in Nimmanhaeminda Road celebrates all National Holidays with special Lunch Buffets. Don’t miss the splendid American Lunch on Independence Day, 4th of July and the French Bastille Day on Wednesday, July 14.

Hollywood Legends, July 5-11 a culinary celebration of Hollywood’s golden age in "The Brown Derby Week". Dishes from the ‘Brown Derby Restaurants’ in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, such as the world famous Cobb Salad – invented by the Derby’s owner Bob Cobb. Or Spencer Tracy’s favorite French Onion Soup, Kirk Douglas’s Corned Beef Hash, Barbara Hutton’s Caramel Custard and Roast Stuffed Turkey with Giblet Gravy favored by William Randolph Hearst. Try the Pork Paprika based on Edward G. Robinson’s family recipe and many, many more dishes. To add to the atmosphere – the music of the week will be Big Band Swing! Table reservation at 053 22 1130.

Amazing Sandwich has two restaurants: ‘The shady island in a sea of rice’ branch No. 2. opposite Kad Suan Kaew 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.

‘Baan Rom Mai’ -‘Garden Restaurant’ in the newly opened Chang Klan Plaza on Chang Klan Road. Thai and Isaan Food in a Bali style environment. Small Conference and Karaoke Rooms, delicious Thai Food! Open daily from 10 a.m. – midnight. Table reservation, Tel. 0 5382 0037-8.

Chez Gibus Grill House offers BBQ, salads and French fries from 6 p.m. to 10.p.m. except Sundays. 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 tasting evenings or table reservations, call 053 227 427. Closed Mondays!

House of Palm, traditional and southern Thai cuisine. Happy to assist in party arrangements. Closed every Wednesday. On Doi Saket Highway. For directions and reservations call 0 5329 1401, Mr. Montri.

Rydges-Amora Tapae Hotel presents a ‘Daily Lunch Buffet’ - Designed to cater to the needs of the busy people in town throughout the week, the Business Lunch invites you for a quick but tasty bite. An extensive fresh salad bar, a well-balanced buffet, the soup and the carving of the day, along with the famous Rydges desserts are the best choice for a light and healthy lunch, daily, between 12 noon and 2 p.m. Car park with direct under-cover connection to hotel. For more information contact the Sales Dept. at 053 251 531, Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel, Chaiyapoom Road, Chiang Mai.

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 0-5381-8355 or 0-1883-9361, Grillstation, opposite Pornping Tower, Charoenprathed Road.

The Bear’s Den Bar & Restaurant, a/c main bar and restaurant, garden bar and beer terrace, beside Rimping Condominium. All major LIVE sports action shown on the big screen, English Football League, Six Nations Rugby, Formula One. Traditional British ‘Pub Grub’, European and Thai Meals served daily. Sunday – Roast Beef with all the trimmings, 220 Baht served all day. Group reservation: Tel/Fax: 0 53 260404.

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 Rules Football 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 on Moon Muang Road. Call Manager Joe for information and reservations at 053 419 011. Closed Sundays!

To Nobody (Soi Tewan) celebrates 3 years in Chiang Mai. Pork Knuckle and Pork Spareribs and Sausages and Loin of Pork, served with Red Cabbage, Potatoes and garlic baguette. Only 199 baht per person. From now until July 10, daily from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., except Tuesdays. Group reservations, call Joerg or Sunisa at 0 5321 4483.

Clubs

Lucky Dogs Club Chiang Mai needs volunteers (students are welcome!) More information at 09 997 8146 or mailto:c_ [email protected]

Shower singers - come forward! Do you 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

Public Talk by Nicholas Bourriaud on July12, 2004 (Monday), 7:30 p.m. onwards at Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient, 131 Charoen Prathet Rd., T.Chang Klan, A.Muang, Chiang Mai. Nicholas Bourriaud is a renowned art critic and curator who has actively organized contemporary art exhibitions and written for international art and cultural publications. He will present a talk as part of his research for the upcoming publication on the topic ‘ALTERMODERNISM’: Globalization, Buddhism and Contemporary Art. Lecture will be in English with Thai interpretations for discussion session. RSVP is recommended to ensure your free seat. For more information of all activities and to pre-register for lectures and field trips which are underway with the ‘Fly me to another world project’, please contact Fly With Me to Another World project office, Tel 0-5389-0277/ Fax: 0-5321-4305 or email at [email protected] flywithmeproject.org

Global Education Days at CMU-IC 2004: "Gateway to Your Future." The International Center of Chiang Mai University (CMU-IC) will host "Global Education Days at CMU-IC 2004" on July 16-17 (Friday and Saturday), 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. "GE Days 2004" will be the one-of-a-kind forum for students and families to understand & compare the advantages of studying in the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Visitors will discover options for Scholarships, hear Alumni Talks (in Thai), receive Expert Counseling and Visa Advice, and enjoy Games & Gifts. Free Assessment Tests will be given: Global English (for Communication), TOEFL, IELTS, or Japanese. Pre-Registration and info: 053.942881-8, [email protected], www.ic.cmu.ac.th

AIDS Competence Knowledge Fair at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel in Chiang Mai during July 7-9 in advance to the World AIDS Conference in Bangkok. AIDS Education Program (AEP) of CMU’s Education Faculty in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Salvation Army from England.

Raintree Resource Center -Located just east of the Nawarat Bridge. Free library membership with more than 600 videos and 6,000 English books available. Free booklet: "Helpful Hints for Getting Settled in Chiangmai". Open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 to 12 noon, and on Sunday from 3.00-4.15 p.m. Info-line 053-262-660. Movie-line 053-262-661. Email: raintree @cmcchurch.org.

Transformation by numbers. The Journey of your Life - seeing the whole picture. Come and learn about numerology, geometry, metaphysics, divination and how energy works. Talks, groups, readings and workshops. Contact: [email protected], tel: 01-55555-30, www.zenith5 .net

CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Services

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

The Phamai Clinic (Methadone Clinic), a government organization in Chiang Mai treats people who have problems with alcohol, smoking and drugs of any kind. Files are confidential! Call 053 226 135 or e-mail for more information: [email protected]

On the air! Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcasting live, daily from 7.30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Request line: 053 271 227. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information for Thai nationals and foreigners.