COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Community Happenings and Festivals to Honor H.M. Queen Sirikit

Monday, August 9, at 6.30 p.m., long life blessing for Her Majesty the Queen at the Pack Squadron in Mae Rim district. Minister’s spouses, who reside in the North, members of parliament from 11 northern provinces will join in the blessing. Channel 11 will televise the blessing ceremony live.

Tuesday, August 10, student activities will be carried out at Wattano Tai Payap School, including a nursery song competition, music performance from Montfort and Dara Academy College and many more contests.

Wednesday, August 11, in the morning, Chiang Mai governor will preside over the big cleaning day project at the Thapae Gate. Residents in every district will help clean their city. Fireworks at 9 a. m. to mark as a starting time for every district to start the cleaning activity. The Lanna style procession will walk around the city and gather at the Thapae Gate.

Thursday, August 12, 2004, 72nd Birthday of H.M. Queen Sirikit. Official honor ceremony of candle lighting, starting at 9 a.m. at the Chiang Mai University Convention Hall, as well as, again in the evening beginning around 7 p.m. at the same venue.

Other Events

Saturday, August 7, 2004 at Payap University, Charity Concert, multi media room Mae Khao Campus behind Carrefour. Classical music presented by “Pure Heart” Project Chiang Mai. Violin Sonatas by Handel, Dvorak Paganini and more. Violin: Somchai Wattanaprasopsuk, Piano: Chan Po and on Guitar Manoon Ploypradab. Start 7 p.m. Entrance free! All proceeds from this evening’s activities will go towards helping needy children in Northern Thailand. www.pureheart-thailand.org. More information call 0 9264 0600.

Panda Road Show at Central Airport Plaza, August 3-12, 2004. Learn about the life of these bears in the Panda Exhibition. Experts will teach, Panda pantomimes, dolls, toys and souvenirs on sale for the ‘We Love Panda’ Project.

‘Ejection Life Is Equal’, an art exhibition from August 1-31, 2004 at the Art & Cultural Centre behind the 3 Kings Monument. The Ejection Group 2004 will exhibit contemporary art, many styles from Thai and International artists from Chiang Mai. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 8.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

‘Lady Lunch Bunch’ venue for August. Wednesday, August 11, at 12.00 noon at ‘La Gritta Restaurant’, Amari Rincome Hotel, Nimmanhaeminda Road. Car Park available. Thai, European and Vegetarian dishes buffet lunch. Reserve until deadline Monday, August 9, at 6 p.m. latest with Linda Buck. Tel. 053 426 101 or Mobile 071913807 or e-mail, thai bucks [email protected] And should all this fail try thai bucks2003 @hotmail.com. See you at Amari!

Dining

Amari Rincome Hotel in Nimmanhaeminda Road. August is Swiss Food Month, a reflection of Switzerland’s long culinary history. Mothers Day, Thursday August 12, 2004, you can show your Mum just how much you care about her. Exotic Lunch Buffet with BBQ or for dinner time it will be a delicious (6 course) set menu of Italian specialties (choices of main course and dessert). Dinner on that day, 650 baht net, children eat for half price. Table reservation on 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.

Buonissima Italian Restaurant and Shop! European Deli! Cheese, wine, homemade pasta, bread and even Italian olive oil. Call for table reservation, just come to the shop or even order by Internet. Tel. 053 853 098–9 or website www.buonissimo .co.th

Chez Gibus Grill House is featuring an ‘All you can eat BBQ’ daily for only 219 baht. Chez Gibus is open from 6 p.m. to 10.p.m. daily except Sundays. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Make your table reservations on tel. 053 272 712.

Fondue House opposite Central Airport Plaza changed its look. Check it out to be surprised even more when testing their delicious Red wine or Chocolate Fondue. Traditional fondue, but light and tasty. Call for reservation 09 423 1688 or 053 201 551.

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.

Kurt’s Restaurant (ex Formula 1) shows every race and pampers guests with buffets, Swiss and international food as well as their tasty pizzas. Kurt’s Restaurant is located at Anusarn market. Table reservation on 0 5327 4402, or 06 0710562 for the German F1 Grand Prix at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, 2004.

Rydges-Amora Tapae Hotel invites all mothers to eat free from Thursday, August 12 – Sunday August 15 and even receive free special jasmine flowers when they come with their children.

Rydges also presents a ‘Daily Lunch Buffet’. Designed to cater for the needs of the busy people in town throughout the week, the Business Lunch invites you for a quick but tasty bite. Evening time is British time during the month of August! Car park with direct connection to hotel. For more information contact the Sales Dept. at 053 251 531, Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel, Chaiyapoom Road, Chiang Mai.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant, One of Chiang Mai’s best kept secrets regarding Northern Cuisine. The place to meet after a relaxing Spa treatment at Baan Saen Doi. Both places are to be found at Baan Naifan 2. Check it out at www. saen khamterrace .com or www. baansaendoi.com

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, Mondays – House Spirits 50 baht all night long. Wednesdays – Ladies Night and free Bingo. Ladies drink free again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Thursdays and Fridays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. it’s 2 for 1 on House Draught, Bottles, Spirits and Wines. Group reservation: Tel/Fax: 0 53 260404.

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, Charoen prathed Road.

The Hole In The Wall, Public House Chiang Mai, newly opened English Pub in the heartland of Chiangmai where you can tuck into traditional Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie or have a 3 course English Lunch for only 90 baht net. 39/7-8 Ratchamanka Rd., T.Phrasing, Tel 0 5328 3824.

‘The Pub’ on Huay Kaew Rd. has a new promotion throughout August.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2 sirloin steaks and a bottle of Australian wine for only 999 baht. Tetley Bitter is now available as well. Friday Happy Hour from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. wide variety of sports, including Aussie Rules Football shown in the Sports Bar. Special occasions catered for call 0 5321 1550 and speak to British Manager, Grahame, for more details.

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.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan celebrates 3 years in Chiang Mai. August promotion: Grilled Duck Breast on Sauce Malteser, croquette potatoes, asparagus and Brussels sprouts. Daily from 5 p.m. onwards, except Tuesdays. For group reservations, call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483.

Clubs

The Writers’ Group has re-launched itself and appeals to all writers to join their informal discussions and work critique. There are two meetings (each about 90 minutes); the informal ‘Scribblers’ meets on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss elements of novel and short story writing, while the more serious ‘Wordsmiths’ meet every fourth Wednesday to critique selected work of the members. These take place at the Writers’ Club and Wine Bar on Ratchadamnoen road from 7:30 p.m. sharp. More information: [email protected] 1stop chiangmai.com

Attention all Chess players: an informal Chess Group now meets at Home Restaurant (down a small Soi to the left of Rydges Amora Hotel on the Moat), every Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. All levels welcome, simply show up (with a set if you have one). More information: [email protected] 1stopchiang mai.com

The Chiang Mai Stage Club holds many activities for people who are interested in all aspects of drama. The group meets every Monday evening at 7 p.m. Are you interested in plays, readings and performances? Just contact cmstageclub @ yahoo.com for further information.

Lucky Dogs Club Chiang Mai needs volunteers (students are welcome!) More information at 09 997 8146 or mailto:c_dproject @yahoo.com

Open Mike every Tuesday at the Irish Pub from 9 p.m. onwards. Show your musical skills, no matter if it is just singing or playing an instrument. Poetry or song. Email treeberstein @hotmail.com for more information. Mikes are provided, just bring along a good mood and help the jam.

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

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 a.m. to 12 noon, and on Sunday from 3-4.15 p.m. Info-line 053-262-660. Movie-line 053-262-661. Email: raintree @cmc church.org.

CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Check at CMU for the updated plan!