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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events

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.

Last chance to reserve your spot for the pot luck lunch of Lady Lunch Bunch Group in the countryside of Doi Saket, 16 km north of Chiang Mai on January 19, 2005. More info email anneliehendriks @ hot mail.com

INTG. The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is. Tuesday, January 25, 2005. Shane Beary will talk on “Redeveloping & Repositioning Chiang Mai as a Tourist Destination”. For more information e-mail: [email protected] loxinfo.co.th

Classical Music Concert by Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra on Friday January 28, 2005, at Kad Theatre (5th Fl. Kad Suan Kaew complex). Season and Single Concert tickets are available at Kad Suan Kaew Information Desk, Amari Rincome Hotel, Rimping Supermarkets or from Marion at Chiangmai Mail. Subsequent concert dates, set in the same venue are Friday, February 25 and Saturday, March 12.

Burns Night, on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 8 p.m. at Chiengmai Gymkhana Club. An evening of Scottish culture, bagpipes, poetry, haggis, dinner and drinks. Dress traditionally if possible; casual if preferred. Limited tickets are available at 480 baht. Call Adam 0 6920 1409 or email [email protected] for reservations.

‘Education for peace’, Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo will give a keynote speech at Payap University at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2005. Information and free tickets: Phone-Fax 0 5321 7271, email [email protected] payap .ac.th. Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo is a Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the Catholic Church in East Timor, consistently pleading for peace and freedom. His attempts succeeded in May 2002 with the East Timorese independence.

Benefit Concert at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, in aid of the Thailand Business Coalition on AIDS and Viengping Children’s Home, on Saturday, January 29, 2005. M.L. Usni Pramoj (viola) accompanied by Tasana Nagavajara (violin), Kittikhun Sodprasert (cello), Siripong Tiptan (violin) and Apichet Payonlert (clarinet) will perform classical pieces from Mozart and Beethoven. Space is limited and we recommend booking early by calling 0 5329 8181 (Reservations) or email: [email protected] sons .com

Chiang Mai Flower Festival will take place the first weekend in February. More information next week.

Exhibition ‘The Mysterious Mekong’, “From Simao Port to Ho Chi Minh City by Hover craft” compiled by Reinhard Hohler, can be seen throughout January at the L’Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient, 131 Charoen prathet Road, opposite the Alliance Francaise to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG). The photographic exhibition includes an exhibition of books, photographs, and documents from the EFEO library. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pell Mell - an Art Exhibition by Austrian artist Doris Kraushaar at The Writers Club and Wine Bar, 141/3 Racha damnoen Rd. opposite La Villa Italian restaurant.

Exhibition of Thai and Japanese Contemporary Art until January 25, 2005 at the Exhibition Room CMU Fine Arts Faculty. Exhibition open Monday to Friday office hours. In collaboration with Tokohgakuen University, Aichi Prefecture Art University, Jurashiki Art and Science University, Nagoya Zokei Art University, West Fujeda High School Toko haga kuen High School and Namazu Special Education.

CMU Fine Arts Faculty has a historical photographic exhibition “Lanna King Gilded Palace and Khum Kaew” at the Chiang Mai City Art and Culture Hall (near the Three Kings monument) from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. until January 28, 2005.

Dining

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

Enjoy the Amari Rincome Hotel’s famous Sunday Brunch, more deliciously tempting than ever. Forget about your diet for one day and spoil yourself with a cornucopia of special delights. Make a reservation at La Gritta Restaurant and enjoy gourmet treats for the whole family. Every Sunday from 11.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Telephone 0 5322 1130.

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. 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 order by Internet, [email protected] .co.th. 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 p.m. - 10.p.m. except Sundays. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Make your table reservations on Tel. 0 5327 2712.

Fondue House opposite Central Airport Plaza serves delicious Fondues for everybody’s taste. Check it out and be surprised even more by tasting their delicious Red wine or Chocolate Fondue. Traditional fondue, but light and tasty. Call for reservation 0 9423 1688 or 0 5320 1551.

Fujian, the Chinese Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai where you can enjoy the extraordinary! Dim Sum and Chinese Nouvelle Cuisine. Open daily for Dim Sum Lunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and evenings from 6 p.m. onwards. Table reservations at 0 5388 8888.

Weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Cost: 1,100 baht per person ++, Children up to 12 years 550 baht. A trio with guitar, percussion and bass will provide lively and relaxed background entertainment. Reservations recommended. Tel 0 5329 8181 or e-mail: siriluck.lertlarpyot @fourseasons.com

Fillmore East’s famous USDA and Argentinean Angus Steaks can now be enjoyed at the new River Restaurant on Charoenrasd 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.

Rydges Amora Hotel spoils their guests in their heated beer garden terrace. Enjoy the warmth of the charcoal heaters while you can grill your sausages. Beef Tenderloin and Salmon promotion throughout January at Chillis Restaurant. Open daily from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.. 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.saenkham terrace. com or www.baansaendoi.com

Subway, the Sandwich place, now open at Chiang Mai Pavilion with great sandwiches, salads and the size to satisfy your appetite.

Tapas Bar at The House now has an extended covered terrace with a middle Eastern-Indian ambience. New exciting dishes on the 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. 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 Pub on Huay Road is open everyday. Tetley Bitter in cans and Tiger Beer on draught is available. Full coverage of all live major sporting events shown in the sports bar. Special occasions catered for. Call Grahame on 0 5321 1550 for more details.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan promises to spoil you. 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

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 to establish an understanding in children on how to safely and hygienically interact with dogs. Interested? Please contact Nienke at 0 9997 8146 or email: [email protected] yahoo.com

Education

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

‘Education for peace’, Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo will give a keynote speech at Payap University at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2005. See listing under events.

Services

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 0 5326 2660. Movie-line 0 5326 2661. Email: [email protected] cm c church.org

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 0 5322 6135 or e-mail for more information: Pha_mai_clinic @hotmail.com

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.

Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcast daily from 7.30-9.00 pm. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners.



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