COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Evening at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai. FarangSes Restaurant has a set menu for 6,600 baht net for two or ‘Le Grand Lanna’ for 3,100 baht net for two persons. FarangSes guests who select the Valentine set dinner menu will be given take home chocolate at the end of the meal. Every lady will receive a red rose. Table reservations at 053 888 888.

The Pub on Huay Road celebrates Valentine’s Day on Monday, February 14. Special priced cocktails for ladies that come in with their boyfriend, husband or special person. The ‘Wednesday draw’ is certainly pulling them in (no pun intended). To participate all you have to do is spend 200 baht in one session and you will receive a free ticket. The ticket will then go into our draw. To win you must be in The Pub when the draw takes place at 7 p.m. Full coverage of all live major sporting events in the sports bar. Call Grahame on 0 5321 1550 for more details.

Flowers and Love! Colors will be celebrated in a special exhibition of watercolor and pastel paintings by Thirayuth Boonmi from now until Valentine’s Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at the Chiang Mai University Historical Museum (Pin Mala Art Museum, beside the CMU Central Library). For more information, please contact 053-943-592

The House, restaurant and wine bar has a special menu for lovers! Call for reservation at Tel. 0 5341 9011.

Amari Rincome Hotel welcomes all lovers, young and old, for a romantic Valentine’s Dinner at La Gritta. Chef’s special creation for 650 baht net per person. Call 0 5322 1130 for reservations.

Events:

6th Annual Benefit Gala of FERC (Foundation for the Education of Rural Children) on Saturday February 19, 2005 at 7 p.m. Guest star and Grammy Award winner Barbara Bailey Hutchinson will be the main attraction of the night. All inclusive tickets (Food, Comedy, Wine and Fun) are available at Chiangmai Mail (0 5323 4102), Amari Rincome Hotel (0 5322 1044) or Good Morning Chiang Mai News (0 5327 8516).

Lady Lunch Bunch February will be at Palaad Tawanron Restaurant (set on Palaad Waterfall and reservoir, top of Suthep Road, behind Chiang Mai University) on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at noon. Cost will be 250 baht for a great meal. Contact organizer of the month Annette at Tel. 0 1951 5284, 0 5387 4126 or 0 5323 5387 before February 15, or email [email protected]

‘Puppets Unite’ at the CMU Art Museum. Southern Asian Puppetry until February 20, 2005. For more information call 0 5394 3625. The Art Museum is located on the corner of Nimmanahaeminda and Suthep roads. For more information, email artcult @chiangmai.ac.th.

INTG. The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is on Tuesday, February 22, 2005: Annabelle Boissier - ‘How does an artist become international? Thailand as a case study’. For more information email: [email protected]

Pray for Peace on Sunday, February 13, 2005. Several churches and organizations will hold a combined service for the tsunami victims. In front of Montri Hotel on Rachadamnern Road from 4–7 p.m. For more information email [email protected]

Get involved in modern art! Internationally acclaimed artist Navin Rawanchaikul has pursued a year-long project called “Fly with Me to Another World,” aimed at creating a new model for community participation in the creation and integration of contemporary art. From Feb. 17-20, Navin will host an international symposium called “Public Art In(ter)vention” at Chiang Mai University and Lamphun’s Hariphunchai National Museum. Artists, curators and art critics, both local and foreign, will talk about the role of art in modern society. Free admission, but seating must be reserved. For more information, call 0 5389 0277.

Classical Music Concert by Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra on Friday February 25, 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, Kasem Store, or at Chiangmai Mail.

‘Everything Stops for Tea’ on Sunday February 27, from noon at the Gymkhana Club Chiang Mai when there is an open day for friends and sponsors to catch up on what the Cricket Alliance has been doing during the last year. Entrance is free, and there will be a Full English Tea, raffle, and lot’s of items on sale!

Ang Khang Season Fun Rally will take place on the last weekend in April. The winner will receive a trophy presented by HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani. More information, please contact the Amari Rincome Hotel, Sales Department.

Dining

Sunday Brunch is a Chiang Mai tradition at the Amari Rincome Hotel and it’s more deliciously tempting than ever. Forget about your diet for one day and spoil yourself with a cornucopia of special delights, followed by fresh strawberries. 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.

Amazing Sandwich 1, ‘a shady island in a sea of rice’ Deli Restaurant and Takeaway, between Thai Airways Office and Vista Hotel is also delivering to your door for orders over 350 baht. Lunchtime orders for delivery have to be faxed in not later than 10.30 a.m. Please phone after faxing to check if your order has been received. Tel/Fax: 0 5321 8846

Buonissimo Italian Restaurant and Shop! Discounted wine and international spirits available. Great for ‘party shopping’ while munching on a Pizza! Shop on the Internet, e-mail [email protected] buonissimo.co.th or phone Sergio at 0 5385 3098–9 or through the website www .buonissimo.co.th.

Central Duangtawan Hotel has a daily Dim Sum lunch at their Sunflower restaurant for only 270 baht per person. The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. Tel. 0 5390 5000 ext. 3227

Chez Gibus Grill House has a ‘Chateaubriant’ with diplomas! Chef Alain, the Swiss specialist from Chez Gibus is there 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. Fondues for everybody’s tastes. Check it out and let yourself be surprised 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.

Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1,100 baht ++ per person, children up to 12 years 550 baht ++. A jazz trio provides lively and relaxed background entertainment. Reservations recommended. Tel 0 5329 8181 or email siriluck.lertlarpyot @ four seasons.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.

Pum Pui, Italian Restaurant da Franco in the middle of town serves not only very special Pizzas, they also serve great Italian wines in ‘almost Italian’ surroundings. Table reservations with Franco at 0 5327 8209.

Rydges Amora Thapae spoils its guests in their heated beer garden terrace. Enjoy the warmth of the charcoal heaters while you grill your sausages. Beef tenderloin and salmon promotion throughout February 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 Thapae Hotel, Chaiyapoom Road, Chiang Mai.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant. New! Live Music every Saturday evening, featuring tenor Book Kitavadhana at the Ban Naifan 2Clubhouse. The place to meet after a relaxing Spa treatment at Baan Saen Doi. www.saenkhamterrace. com or www.baansaendoi .com.

Subway, the Sandwich place, now open at Chiang Mai Pavilion with great sandwiches, salads and the size to satisfy even the biggest appetite. Freshly baked bread, salad and deli style sandwiches. Outside catering with giant Subs and Party platters. Tel 0 5381 8970.

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.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan gives you daily, except Tuesdays, a good opportunity to indulge yourself in treats for your taste buds and discover new delights from Germany. Open for lunch and then for dinner from 5 p.m. onwards. Call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483 or 0 7183 1202.

Clubs

LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the LuckyDogs Ltd.) needs 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: c_ dpro ject @yahoo. com.

Education

Creative Meditation every Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. at the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre in Changpuak, Chiang Mai. More information tel 0 5321 4904 after 5 p.m. Foreigners very welcome.

Services

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: 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 is on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners.

Payap University Music Department presents music concerts this week on the Main (MaeKhaw) Campus. These are free and open to the public. Those who wish to donate to Payap’s Music program may do so at the Wednesday concert.

Tuesday, February 15, 7.30 p.m., at the Multimedia Room (Library Building): Senior Recital by guitarist Passakorn Puprapar.

Wednesday, February 16, 7 p.m. at the Henry Luce Chapel: Payap University Founder’s Day Celebration with a full concert by the Symphony Orchestra. Pieces will include a Haydn Symphony and Mozart’s Piano Concerto (soloist Remi Namtep).

Thursday, February 17, 7.30 p.m., at the Multimedia Room (Library Building): Senior Recital by tenor Bunphot Chaiwong.

Friday, February 18, 7.30 p.m., at the Multimedia Room (Library Building): Honor Recital, featuring a variety of solos and ensembles by selected music majors.

Next week: On the Nawarat Campus, Somsawali building, February 26, a Concert of Song and Praise, featuring compositions by Ajarn Garrett Intorn, performed by the Dara College Band, the McGilvary Faculty of Theology’s mixed choir, and various vocal and guitar soloists. Tickets are 100 Baht.