COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events

Charity Christmas Piano Concert, Saturday December 25 at 6 p.m. at the A.U.A., 24 Rajadamnoen Road. Different pianists from Chiang Mai play compositions from Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Musorgskij. Free admission. Donations for children’s home are welcome.

Annual Rose Show 2004 until December 26 at Kham Thiang Flowers and Plants Market. Open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Doi Kham Royal Project Fair: December 23–26 at CMU Cultural Hall, daily from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Expect to find the kingdom’s finest organic produce there, and much more.

Chiang Mai Community Church (CMCC) will have an evening service on December 26 at 4.30 p.m.

Northern region Cheerleader Championship at Central Airport Plaza on Sunday, December 26, 2004 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Acoustic Artists say Good Bye 2004 on December 29 at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hall in Kad Suan Kheow. Well known singers from Bangkok will entertain. No entrance fee!

Annual Winter Fair from December 30 - January 10, at the outdoor field behind Chiang Mai City Hall. Many products, presents and the Miss Chiang Mai Beauty Queen Contest.

Chiang Mai Silver Street’, Wualai Road is adopting the ‘Walking Street’ concept on Saturday January 1st and January 8, 2005 from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wulalai will host Lanna arts and handicrafts.

Pell Mell - an Art Exhibition by Austrian artist Doris Kraushaar. Opening Tuesday, December 28 from 7.30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at The Writers Club and Wine Bar, 141/3 Rachadamnoen Rd. opposite La Villa Italian restaurant.

Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova Tennis matches at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on January 2, 2005. Tickets available at Thai Ticket Master, first floor Central Airport Plaza for 1,500 baht. Check the website www. thaiticketmaster.com for more information. Match time: 3 p.m.

Exhibition ‘Mysterious Mekong’, to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG) will take place throughout January at the L’Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient opposite the Alliance Francaise. Opening ceremony January 7, 2005 at 6.30 p.m.

Only 200 tickets at 200 baht available for a Classical piano recital by New York concert pianist, Bernice Silk at Gong Dee Studios, Nimmanhaemin Rd. Soi 1, on January 15, 2005 at 7.30 p.m. Proceeds go to The Chiang Mai Disabled Center.

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

From matter to life: Science and Society. Public dialogue by Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Strasbourg. Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 9.30 a.m. at Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai (Information & free tickets: Phone 053-916-000 and 917-034, Fax 053-916-034 and 917-049, E-mail [email protected] mfu. ac.th.) and on Wednesday, January 5, 2005, 9.30 a.m. at Chiang Mai University (Information and free tickets: Phone 053-943-661-5, 224-076 and 941-007, Fax 053-219-252, 943-666 and 942-666, email vpi @chiangmai.ac.th and opxx [email protected])

Dining

Alois Chiang Mai’s newest southern German (Bavarian) restaurant will feature Ducks ‘German Style’ from December 25 - January 2, 2005. For outside orders, please arrange with Alois in advance at Tel. 0 5327 8515, Open daily (except Mondays) from 11.30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Opposite Golden Fern Guest House.

Amari Rincome New Years Eve Gala Buffet on Friday, December 31 from 8 p.m. till late. Start the New Year with a bang and follow up with a New Year’s Brunch on January 1st from 11.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. Amari supplies the food, but you have to bring your own company. New Year’s Gala 2,100 baht net, children under 12 years 1,100 baht net. Make your reservation well in advance at the Guest Relations 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 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! New Years Gala Dinner! Check advertising on page 23. European Deli to go! New wines and champagnes have arrived! Cheese, homemade pasta, bread and even Italian olive oil. Call, come to the shop or even order by Internet, [email protected] buonissimo.co.th. Tel. 0 5385 3098–9 or check www.buonissimo.co.th

Chez Gibus Grill House Countdown 2004 will feature a Gala Buffet on Friday, December 31, 2004. ‘All you can eat BBQ’ and home made onion soup at 1 a.m. Great music to get you ‘in the mood’. Only 490 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.

Fillmore East’s famous USDA and Argentinean Angus Steaks can now be enjoyed at the new River Restaurant on Charoenrat Road. For table reservations call Ron at 0 5326 2418.

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.

Imperial Mae Ping has a ‘Fantasia Night Gala Dinner’ on Friday, December 31st at the Mae Ping Beer Garden. Tickets 2,500 baht each. For reservation, please call 0-5328-3900.

Novotel Chiang Mai, next to Rimping Supermarket will celebrate with ‘A Night In New York’, performances by Simon Cabaret and many surprises. Huge buffet and great music! 1,750 baht for adults and 1,000 baht for children under 12. On January 1, 2005 they will host a ‘recovery new year brunch from 11.30 a.m. onwards. 450 baht net for adults and 250 baht net for kids under 12. Reservation at 0 5322 5500.

Rydges Amora! Four In One Party on December 31, 2004. Four theme parties, Jazz and Blues, Live Music, Rock n’ Roll, and ‘Kad Mua Kua Lang’. Jungle Night around the poolside and all parties offer a full buffet of many dishes from around the world. Rydges Amora has car park with direct connection to hotel. For more information contact the Sales Dept. at 0 5325 1531, 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

Sheraton New Years Gala Night on December 31st at the spectacular Lanna style decorated grand ballroom. For reservations contact tel. 0 5327 5300, extension 1138. Adults 2,500 baht net per person, children 1,250 net per person.

Tapas Bar, at The House now has an extended covered terrace with a middle eastern-Indian ambiance. New exciting dishes on the tapas menu. Tapas bar is open daily from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tel. 0 5341 9011.

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 7-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays 7-9 p.m. it’s 2 for 1 on House Draught, Bottles, Spirits and Wines. Tel/Fax: 0 5326 0404.

The Hole-In-The-Wall, Public House Chiang Mai, recently opened English Pub in the heartland of Chiangmai where you can tuck into traditional Fish and Chips, 39/7-8 Rachamanka Rd., T. Phrasing, Tel 0 5328 3824.

The House celebrates New Years Eve with a luxurious Gala menu, sparkling wine promotion and strawberries dipped in dark chocolate which come with each bottle. Tel. 0 5341 9010, Fax: 0 5341 9010 or e-mail: [email protected] cm.ksc.co.th

The Pub on Huay Kaew Road will have a normal ‘amateur’s night’ on New Years Eve but will reserve New Years Day for the serious drinkers. Call Grahame 0 5321 1550 for more details.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan promises to spoil their guests with a sumptuous buffet on December 31st from 6.30 p.m. onwards. Homemade mulled wine promotion throughout December for only 80 baht per glass. Reservation needed for December 31st, 2004. To Nobody is open daily for lunch and from 5 p.m. onwards, except Tuesdays. Call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483 or 0 7183 1202.

Clubs

Lady Lunch Bunch Group is holding their next pot luck lunch in the countryside of Doi Saket, 16 km north of Chiang Mai on January 19, 2005. More info email anneliehendriks @ hotmail.com

LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the LuckyDogs Ltd.) is looking for volunteer teachers! (Students are welcome) We need enthusiastic and serious people who are willing to help developing our school program that aims at establishing an understanding in children on how to safely and hygienically interact with dogs. Interested? Please contact Nienke at 09 99 78 146 or email: [email protected] yahoo.com

Education

Ongoing Space UK exhibition until January 17, 2005 at the observatory in CMU. Workshops, lectures and more to understand the solar system. More information at British Council Chiang Mai, 0 5324 2103.

FT Fitness Thailand, Chiang Mai’s world class Fitness Center offers daily fitness classes to your requirements. On the second floor of Rimping Supermarket-Chotana, next to Novotel, open daily, English speaking instructors.

Services

Blue Elephant Laundry. Hand washing clothes is not a popular option today. Blue Elephant Laundry at the junction of Irrigation Canal and Ton Payom Market, say they can make all your cleaning nightmares disappear. Call Panida and her staff at Laundry 1: 8/5 Suthep Rd. Tel. 0 5327 9169, 0 6186 4785, Laundry 2: 27 Sirimangkralajahn Rd. Soi 7 Tel. 0 5389 4647.

Meter Taxis. 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.