COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events

Saturday August 6, at Kad Theatre at 7 p.m., ‘The Musical Concert’ Episode 3. Featuring selected songs from famous musicals. Guest artist former Broadway star Joan Eubank plus Richie Castro, Sue Eubank, Sarisa Hongtong, Book Kitavadhana, Yuthtana Lopanpaibul, Kai Pannipa, Tianchai Sooktiang and Rinnapa Sereesak. Tickets: 700, 500, 200 baht, available at the door.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand will be hosting the Elite Model Look Thailand 2005” contest and are looking for applicants between 16-25 years of age and a minimum height of 168 cm who would like to represent Chiang Mai and the northern region in the national contest in Bangkok.. Thai and foreign girls can apply now. Chiang Mai Competition on Saturday, September 3, 2005. The overall winner will be sent to the “Elite Model Look International 2005 World Competition”, in Shanghai in October this year with competitors from over 80 countries. Apply now at PR Counter Central Airport Plaza or Contact 0 2208 9946-9 for more information.

Formal Charity fundraising dinner hosted by The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort and RZIM Wellspring International, aiding women and children in ‘at-risk situations’, on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 7.15 p.m. Just Food and Im Jai House will be the beneficiaries. Guest speaker will be international author Dr. Ravi Zacharias, founder of Wellspring International and vocalist Usha Uthup with the children of Im Jai House will provide musical entertainment. Tickets are 2,100 baht per person and available through the hotel at 0 5388 8888 ext.. 8944 for further information.

The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG) at the Alliance Francaise is on Tuesday August 9, 2005: when Carool Kersten: will talk about “Dr. Muller’s Asian Journey: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Yunnan”. For more information email: Brian Hubbard. brihubb @loxinfo.co.th, Tel./Fax: 0 5321 3972.

“Art Is Fun” according to 20 young artists. The Chiang Mai University Art Museum and the Faculty of Fine Arts is hosting an “Art is Fun II” exhibition now through August.

American Voices Concert at Payap University Henry Luce Chapel on August 18, 2005 at 7.30 p.m. Vocalist Ira Spaulding and pianist John Ferguson will join the Payap choir to perform American traditional songs arranged by Aaron Copland, Broadway songs, and music by George Gershwin, including excerpts from his famous folk opera “Porgy and Bess”. Entrance is free but bookings can be made by calling the Music Department, at 0 5324 8037.

‘Proud Ladies, Pink Skies’, Burmese Art on display at La Luna Gallery until August 14. La Luna is open daily except Mondays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tel. 0 5330 6678. Preview on www.la lunagallery.com.

CMU exhibition features the work of Natee Utarit. “Ballad for Khrua Inkong” will be shown at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum through to August 21. 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Don’t forget to visit Thapae Sunday Walking Street every Sunday along Rachadamnoen Road running from 5 p.m. until midnight.

Dining and Restaurants

Enjoy the Amari Rincome Hotel’s daily International Lunch Buffet at La Gritta Restaurant. Let chef Dirk spoil you with a cornucopia of special delights. Reservations 0 5322 1130.

Amazing Sandwich Restaurant, since 1998 the Sandwich Specialist in Chiang Mai, has opened branch number 3 at the new Sompetch Gold Place, a few meters before you reach the Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel. All branches serve individual kinds of sandwiches, burgers, baguettes, subs, buns or cold platters with amazing quality at reasonable prices. Branches 1 and 2 are at 252/3 Prapokklao Rd. beside Thai Airways office and 20/2 Huey Kaew Rd. opposite Orchid Hotel.

Buonissimo, La Trattoria del Sergio now renovated and back in full swing. Italian Restaurant, delicatessen and wine shop, Chiangmai Prao Rd, 500 m past Ram 2 Hospital, opposite side of the road, tel. 0 5385 3098-9 or check out www.buonis simo.co.th

Chiang Dao Nest - Rainy Season Special 10 percent discount for Rimping Supermarket cardholders on all food, drinks and accommodation from now until August 31, 2005. For more details please see http://nest.chiangdao.com

Chiangmai Kebab, the newest Kebab shop in Chiang Mai opens daily at 5 p.m. – 2.30 a.m. Traditional home made Pita bread, salad and your choice of chicken or beef Kebab with the sauce you choose. They also serve Falafel and Samosas fresh daily. Parking next to DK Book Shop behind Oriflame. Tel. 0 7188 1832.

Chez Gibus Grill House: Tuck into fresh delights such as Chef Alain’s famous ‘Chateaubriand’. Or choose your favorite cuts from a display of prime quality meats and seafood from the BBQ station. Match your meal with a fresh salad from the salad bar and flavor it with your choice of sauces. Swiss Chef Alain is there from 6-10 p.m. except Sundays. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Table reservations on Tel. 0 5327 2712.

Fondue House opposite Central Airport Plaza. A haven of good food to let you relax after a hectic day and enjoy fondue with the family. Try it, you won’t be sorry. For reservation 0 9423 1688 or 0 5320 1551.

Chef Jovi from Fujian, the Chinese Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai has created a new lunch Dim Sum Menu for only 500 baht per person. Open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and evenings from 6 p.m. onwards. Table reservations recommended at 0 5388 8888.

‘La Casa’, true Italian cuisine serves over 200 dishes of home cooked specialties. La Casa is at 5 Irrigation Canal Rd. and you will receive 10 percent discount by cutting out the advertising on back page. Reservation for table or catering service at 0 5321 5802.

Rachamankha Hotel serves Afternoon Tea for you and your guest’s delight. Light cheese cakes, apple strudel with whipped cream and scone mascarpone and jam among many other different sweets. Reservation or more information, call 0 5390 4111.

Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel features a Pizza Margherita promotion with free coleslaw for only 160 baht net. All through August at the Chillies Restaurant from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, reservation or outside catering, contact the Sales Dept. at 0 5325 1531, Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel, Chiang Mai.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant offers a huge range of Northern Thai dishes with favorites like deep fried shitake mushrooms, spicy lemon grass salad, or a gurami fish salad. 6 to 8 km along the Kan Klong Chonprathan Road from Chiang Mai University, depending upon your navigation skills. Look for the over bridge into Baan Nai Fun 2 and look for the clubhouse building on the right. Reservation: 0 5383 8990, open 11 a..m. to 10 p.m.

The Chedi Chiang Mai, 123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road: Chicken Tikka, Lentil soup served in a fresh baked bread or steaks as you desire. Upscale dining at lunch or for dinner. You will not be disappointed.

‘The Duke’, on the East Side of Ping River, near the ‘little’ Rimping Supermarket is open daily for lunch and dinner with a menu created for the expatriate and the Thai community. Children very welcome. Telephone 0 5324 9231.

The Grillstation covers the Formula 1 Season and shows every race in the season. Receive your personal race-info. Reserve your table in advance at 0 5381 8355 or 0 1883 9361, Grillstation, opposite Pornping Tower, Charoenprathed Road.

The House, Restaurant, Tapas and Wine bar: Stylish, romantic, charming and an eclectic international mix of Mediterranean, French, Italian and Asian Cuisine. New menu! Call The House for reservations at 0 5341 9011.

The Pub on Huey Kaew Road has revamped their menu and included a new range from Yorkies Pies. The weekly prize draw on a Wednesday is very popular but you have to be there at the time of the draw (7 p.m.) to win. Aussie Rules Football every weekend. Games schedule is displayed in the bar. Every Friday 20 percent discount all night. For further details contact Grahame on 0 5321 1550.

The Writers Club and Wine Bar on Rachadamnoen Road opens daily except Saturdays. Every Friday evening, the meeting place for local and foreign writers and journalists.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan is ideal for expats and Thais alike. Enjoy cold German Draught beer and discover new delights from Germany. Special of the month: Duck Thuringia style. Open for lunch and then dinner from 5 p.m. onwards, (daily except Tuesdays). Call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483 or 0 7183 1202.

Movie Schedule Chiang Mai

Look at http://www.major cineplex.com/pda/show time.php and go to ‘Chiang Mai Branch’ for local show times at Central Airport Plaza.

Similar movies are shown at Kad Suan Kaew and across the street at 12 Huay Kaew Road. Check www.chiang maivista.com for those times.

Art Films at CMU screens free movies every Saturday at 6.30 p.m. in the Media Room of Arts and Design at CMU Arts Museum. More information at 0 5394 4846, ext. 22

Clubs

The Grand Opera Society of Chiang Mai starts its membership register. If you enjoy opera evenings and would like to be a part of it, send an email to Dr. Howard C. Graves, Jr. at hcgravesjr @yahoo.com.. Your name will be added to the membership registry and you will be notified of the operas as they are presented.

LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the LuckyDogs Ltd.) has moved to new premises, only 5 km from the old place. Bigger kennels with wider running space for the necessary play and exercise. For more information get in touch with Nienke Parma, M. D. LuckyDogs, Please contact Nienke at 0 9997 8146 or email: c_d [email protected]

Education

Co-Dependents Anonymous (Chiang Mai) group - meeting every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. Email: co da [email protected] yahoo.com or call 0 5863 9898, 07 8927043. Al-anon ([email protected]) group - meeting every Saturday from 3-4 p.m. Call 0 5863 9898, 07 8927043.

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.

Monk Chat at Wat Suan Dok every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. First hand information in English from English speaking novices and monks concerning questions you always wanted answered.

Services

31 Meter Taxis now in Chiang Mai! 40 baht for the first 2 km and 4 baht for each subsequent kilometer. Waiting time – 1 baht per minute. Taxi Call Center, Tel 0 5327 9291, 0 5327 1242 ext 16, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 20–40 baht charge for call-out service, depending on location.

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.

T.I.T.S. - English Language Radio Station, daily from 8 a.m. – midnight. FM 106.50 MHZ to stay informed about your community. Requests and comments, phone 0 5321 8006 or e-mail: TITS. [email protected]