COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events

Loy Krathong week. Nine days of Yee Peng (Loy Krathong) Festival in Chiang Mai. Check out our separate schedule on page 4 here in Chiangmai Mail.

Culture of Peace, November 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., a one-day event at the Convention Hall, Chiang Mai University, by the Brahma Kumaris Foundation, Chiang Mai. Workshops on culture for peace, values harmony, - many games and music from Grammy.

‘Simply Nai’s’ latest exhibition of Nai Glinhom at Panisa Gallery. 189 Mahidol Road, Haiya Sub-District. Tel 0 5320 2779 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Twin Lotus, Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Photo Computer Graphic Prints at Gongdee Gallery from November 1-28.

‘Art by Alain’, at the Writers’ Club and Wine Bar, Rachadamnoen Road, from November 16-30. Prices range from 6,800 to 9,000 baht and there are some prints even lower in price.

Sunday Bike Group will organize a ride up to Doi Suthep on the King’s birthday on Sunday, December 5. Registration 180 baht. Starts at Thapae Gate at 7 a.m.

Choral Society’s annual Christmas Concert is Saturday, Dec 17, at 7 p.m. CMU Convention Center’s small theatre. More details later.

Rejoice Christmas Party for kids affected by HIV is Saturday Dec 11, at The Pub, Huay Kaew Road. Support the event with donations in form of toys or cash (to buy toys and medication). For more information call Dot on 0 1671 1638.

The Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant, Saturday, December 4 it’s a 60’s Party. Come dressed like in the old days.

Long Distance Bike Fund Raising for the Phansa Girl’s School, Pasang, Lamphun, supported by Zonta International Chiang Mai. David Curtz will ride 1500 km from Phuket to Chiang Mai in nine days. Meeting point in Chalermprakiat School. Asking for pledges at 1 baht per km or donate items for auction to support the 200 orphan girls at this school. Contact: Hope at 0 5326 2691, 0 1783 5253.

Chang Klan Plaza Stage Challenge every Friday and Saturday from 6–10 p.m. Singing and folk song contest during the month of November. More information at 0 5382 0037-8.

Saturday, December 4 the annual Christmas Charity Dinner benefiting the poor of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Seven Fountains. Tickets are 1,000 baht. Please contact: Than Hartman (053) 365349 Jo Steele (053) 443110; (01) 724-1704 or email [email protected]

‘The economics of peace’. Thursday, December 9: Nobel Laureate for Economics, La Jolla, Prof. Clive W. Granger gives a keynote speech and dialogue at Chiang Mai University at 2 p.m. Clive W. Granger is professor of economics at the University of California in San Diego and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for the development of methods of analyzing economic time series with common trends. Information and free tickets: Phone 053-943-661-5, 224-076 and 941-007, Fax 053-219-252, 943-666 and 942-666, email [email protected] and [email protected]

Dining

Alois - Chiang Mai’s newest restaurant will explore southern German (Bavarian) cuisine. Open daily (except Mondays) from 11.30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Tel. 0 5327 8515, opposite Golden Fern Guest House.

Celebrate Loy Krathong Lanna Style at the Amari Rincome Hotel. Make a reservation at the guest relation desk or at La Gritta Restaurant. Telephone 0 5322 1130.

Amazing Sandwich One and Two opposite Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall and the ‘old’ Deli Restaurant and Takeaway between the Thai Airways Office and Vista Hotel. Tel/Fax: 0 5321 8846.

‘Baan Rom Mai Garden Restaurant’ in 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.

Buonissimo 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. 0 5385 3098–9 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 6–10 p.m. daily except Sundays. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Make your table reservations on tel. 0 5327 2712.

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 Beer Garden is open now! Daily Happy Hour from 5–8 p.m. Special on Chiang Beer. Buy one, get one free for only 200 baht. Ongoing ‘Daily Lunch Buffet’. Car park with direct connection to hotel. For more information contact the Sales Dept. at 0 5325 1531, Rydges Amora Thapae Hotel, Chaiyapoom Road, Chiang Mai.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant was one of Chiang Mai’s best kept secrets regarding Northern Cuisine until the Chiangmai Mail’s Dining Out column revealed it. The place to meet after a relaxing spa treatment at Baan Saen Doi. Both places are at Baan Naifan 2. Check it out at www.saenkhamterrace.com or www.baansaendoi.com

The Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant, beside Rimping Condominium. Mondays – house spirits 50 baht all night long. Wednesdays – Ladies Night and free bingo. Ladies drink free from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. it’s 2 for 1 on house draught, bottles, spirits and wines. Tel/fax: 0 5326 0404.

The Grillstation has a new menu and drinks list with German and international specialties as well as German draught beer, a fine selection of schnapps, fresh brewed coffees, wines by glass, carafe or bottle. Reserve your table in advance at 0 5381 8355 or 0 1883 9361, Grillstation, opposite Pornping Tower, Charoenprathed Road.

The Hole-In-The-Wall, Public House Chiang Mai, recently opened English Pub in the heartland of Chiang Mai where you can tuck into traditional fish and chips, shepherd’s pie or have a three course English lunch for only 90 baht net. 39/7-8 Ratchamanka Rd., T. Phrasing, Tel 0 5328 3824.

The Pub on Huay Road is open every day for cool cans of Tetley smooth flow and draught Tiger. Full coverage of all live major sporting events shown in the sports bar. Bookings for Christmas lunch are now being taken. Call Grahame on 0 5321 1550 for more details.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan is taking Christmas reservations and orders now. From cookies and cakes to turkey, smoked trout and pork knuckles. Party reservations for the festive season are being taken. Open daily for lunch and from 5 p.m. onwards, except Tuesdays. For group or catering reservations, call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483.

Clubs

In search of Santa! Unique hand made items from the international community, second hand clothes or items for Zonta to sell for the ‘Grandma Cares’ and ‘Thursday Club’ projects.

Needed! Helpers to work on one of the 40 booths at 500 baht a space at the Chiangmai Red Cross Station #3-way to Warorot market (after you cross the Nakhorn Ping Bridge) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 18, (Saturday). Food and drink vendors also needed as well as musicians, magicians and entertainers welcome to “show-off”. Contact Margaret at 0 5324 7083, 0 1472 8113, or Hope at 0 5326 2691, 0 1783 5253.

Attention all Chess players: an informal chess group now meets at Home Restaurant (down a small soi to the left of Rydges Amora Hotel by 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] 1stopchiangmai .com

Lucky Dogs Club Chiang Mai needs volunteers (students are welcome!) Health and Happiness for ‘underprivileged’ dogs can also be given with canned dog food or small (even big) donations. We greatly appreciate any help. More information at 0 9997 8146 or mail to: c_ [email protected]

Education

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’.

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

Services

Blue Elephant Laundry. Washing clothes by hand is not really a popular option in the modern lifestyle, but Blue Elephant Laundry wants to change all that. Situated at the junction of Irrigation Canal and Ton Payom Market, they say they can make all your cleaning nightmares disappear. Call Panida and her staff at 0 5327 9166 or 0 6186 4785.

Taxi meter – more and more arriving in Chiang Mai. 30 baht for the first 2 km and 4 baht for each subsequent kilometer. Waiting time – 1 baht per minute. Individual drivers with taxi: Call Nok tel. 0 9261 4290, Singkame at 0 1952 0900, Werapong at 0 1960 1391, Winyu at 0 1885 4469, Somboon at 0 9851 3708, Wisan at 0 7177 0929 and Somchai at 0 6181 6386.