COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events

Dr. Nopanand Chanorathailul will present “An Evening with Talented Young Pianists” on Saturday, October 22 at 7.30-9 p.m. at the Multi Media Room, Maekao Campus. Nicha Pimthong and Thaya Kongpakpaisarn will perform pieces by J.S. Bach and Chopin. Free admission.

The next dinner meeting for Skål International Chiangmai and North Thailand will be on Thursday, October 27, at Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel. For reservation, email [email protected] or by fax to 0 5390 4777, (with a copy to Michael Vogt at Michael @chiangmai-mail. com)

NGO forum on Tuesday, October 25 from 4 - 6 p.m. with the topic: Older people’s potential in using culture to fight HIV/AIDS. At the HIV/AIDS Action Centre, HDN, 21-22/1, Soi 1, Ratchaphakhinai Rd. Call 0 5341 8438 to reserve a seat or email ngo [email protected] for more information.

Gong Dee Studio in Soi Nimmanahaeminda 1 will feature tenor Brook Kitavadhana with HIS favorite songs, before he moves on. Sunday November 6, 2005. Limited Seating. Tickets available at Gong Dee for 300 baht.

Ladies Lunch Bunch Group meets on Wednesday November 9 at noon at The Empress Hotel, 199/42 Chang Klan Road (main restaurant - private room). Thai, Western, Japanese and Vietnamese Lunch Buffet, for 160 baht p.p. Reservations through organizer Jo Ann Steele: jos [email protected]

“Shanghai in Chiang Mai” - art with the twist! La Luna Gallery will host a solo exhibition for Christian Develter’s work starting on October 29 at the gallery on Charoenrajd Road. For more information check website: www.lalunagallery.com

Goethe-Institute Bangkok and the Faculty of Fine Arts of CMU Art Museum is staging an art exhibition ÒSigma Polke, music from an unknown sourceò until October 28 at the Front Gallery (1st floor) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

CMU Art Museum is the host for the art exhibition ÒCultural Identityò by Orawan Slis-Kusonsong from the Netherlands until October 25, daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For further information check www.mem bers.home.nl/orawan. At the back gallery on second floor.

Panisa Gallery shows the work of Ajarn Tongchai Sisu Prasead, Ajarn Ponjai Jayma, Ajarn Ritigon Magaeo and Anan Rechawanin at their gallery until November 7, 2005, opposite the Niyom Panich Toyota showroom, Mahidol Road. Open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Next INTG meeting at the Alliance Francaise on Tuesday, November 8 2005. Olivier Evrard will touch the topic: “Is ‘taization’ equivalent to assimilation? Acculturation and perpetuation of ethnic boundaries in Northern Thailand and Laos”. More information, e-mail Convener Brian Hubbard at [email protected] or Tel./Fax: 0 5321 3972.

The Writers Club and Wine Bar in conjunction with the Suvannabhumi art gallery is staging a six month season (until February 2006) of contemporary Burmese art, by leading artists, some of whose work can not be shown in Burma because of its political nature. Open Sundays – Fridays, 12 – midnight, closed on Saturdays on Rachadamnoen Road, opposite La Villa Restaurant.

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

Every Saturday from 5 p.m. Wualai Walking Street, the Silver Street of Chiang Mai.

Midnight Market every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in front of Kad Suan Kaew Department Store from 6-11 p.m. Kad Sum Murd Market.

Dining and Restaurants

Cozy, diverse and tasty, the perfect family lunch is served at the Amari Rincome Hotel! Enjoy the Daily International Lunch Buffet for only 325 baht at La Gritta Restaurant and welcome back ‘old’ and ‘new’ Chef Stefan Frenzel. Reservations at tel. 0 5322 1130.

Amazing Sandwich Restaurant, the Sandwich Specialist in Chiang Mai since 1998, with three branches, serve sandwich extravaganzas and burgers with amazing quality at reasonable prices. Branch 1 is at 252/3 Prapokklao Rd. beside Thai Airways office, Branch 2 at 20/2 Huey Kaew Rd. opposite Orchid Hotel and Branch 3 at Sompetch Plaza, near Rydges Tapae Hotel.

Buonissimo, La Trattoria del Sergio. Italian Restaurant, delicatessen, and wine shop. The finest array of antipasti, traditional Italian cheeses, and breads. Chiangmai Prao Rd, 500 m past Ram 2 Hospital, opposite side of the road, tel. 0 5385 3098-9 or check out www.buonissimo.co.th

Bella Italia, new Italian venue in the middle of town. Home cooked specials, changing daily, and pasta dishes as economical as 35 baht per portion. Open for lunch and dinner daily except Sundays. October Special: home cooked Zuppa di Pesce! For group reservation and/or a map, call 0 9851 7607.

Chiangmai Kebab, 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.

Fillmore East’s famous tender juicy USDA and Argentinean Angus Steaks and huge burgers for the kids can be enjoyed at the ‘dry again’ River Restaurant on Charoenrasd Road. For table reservations call Ron at 0 5326 2418.

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.

Glass Onion, Restaurant or Meeting Place? Wine or cocktail bar? Sundowner venue or late night cocktail? Expect the unexpected! The Glass Onion is at 61 Nimmanahaeminda Avenue in the Room #1 Mall. Parking at rear. Open daily from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.. Reservations: 0 5321 8479

Imperial Mae Ping Beer Garden will celebrate its Oktoberfest until October 25, daily from 5.30 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. Kick back after work with friends and enjoy German food, live music and a steady flow of beer. More information and reservation at 0 5328 3900.

La Casa, true Italian cuisine serves over 200 dishes of home cooked specialties at 5 Irrigation Canal Rd. and you will receive 10 percent discount by cutting out their advert from the Chiangmai Mail. Reservation for table or catering service at 0 5321 5802.

My Home, eat and feel at home at ‘My Home’ with daily changing specials, freshest ingredients and sweet western desserts and cakes cooked to your liking. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Parking available. 328/1 Charoenrad Rd. Watket District, Muang, Tel. 0 5324 2505, Fax: 0 5324 2506.

Pum Pui, the one and only in Chiang Mai, might not be easy to find but when you do, it is definitely worth it! Black Truffles have arrived and are featured on various dishes. Table Reservation at 0 5327 8209, 24/1 Moon Muang Soi 2.

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.

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.

Schmidt Co in Chiang Mai offers the best brands of latest products for bakeries and pastry chefs to get ready for the high season. Sweets, flours, imported chocolates and much more. Check advertising for telephone numbers and contact details. Grand opening on November 3.

Seven Suns Restaurant and Guesthouse offers avocado salad in season, and spinach and Parmesan cheese wrapped in filo pastry, as fresh as you can get it in Chiang Mai. Great for a light lunch Seven Suns at 155 Rachamanka Road, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, telephone 053-814-325. Open daily. Aussie BIG Breakfast served all day.

The Pub on Huey Kaew Road celebrates the horse racing season coverage of the Melbourne Spring Festival on Saturday 22 with the Cox Plate and on Saturday, October 29 the huge Derby Day. Both events start at mid-day. Even though Christmas sounds a long way off orders are being taken for boxes of Christmas crackers. Deadline is the end of this month. For more info call Grahame. Don’t forget the Saturday night special of 15 percent discount on all main course meals. Tel. 0 5321 1550.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan is ideal for expats and Thais alike. Enjoy all-time German favorites like Pork knuckle, bratwursts, beer (even Oktoberfest beer) and trout from the Royal Project, (not to be missed). 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.

Chiang Mai Movie Schedule

Interested in what is shown at ALL theaters in Chiang Mai? Check this out: http://www.mo vieseer.com/DisplayPer Day.asp?Channel=2 It has all the movies and times at all the theatres in Chiang Mai.

Art films at CMU. 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. October 22: The nightmare before Christmas (USA 1993), October 29: The Adventure of Iron Pussy (Thai, 2004, film award in Cannes).

Clubs

Chiang Mai Expats Club. Biweekly meetings, every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Art’s Cafe, 291 Thapae Rd, at Thapae Gate at 10.30 a.m., upstairs. November meetings on Saturday, November 12 and November 26. For more info, email at: [email protected] maiexpatsclub.com, www. chiangmaiexpatsclub.com

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

A matchmaker service of sorts is fixing up families with pets who really need homes. The Lanna Dog Rescue, a very active group in Chiang Mai, is determined to improve the lives of abandoned and sick dogs that should have happy homes. Temples often act as shelters for unwanted dogs. The Lanna Dog Rescue is working with temples by organizing sterilizations, and providing vaccinations, medical care and food. For information, please go to www.lannadog.net

Education

Co-Dependents Anonymous (Chiang Mai) group meeting every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. Email: [email protected] or call 0 5863 9898. Al-anon (Chiang Mai) group meeting every Saturday from 3-4 p.m. Call 0 5863 9898 or 0 7892 7043. Email [email protected]

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

32 Meter Taxis now in Chiang Mai. The correct fare is 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. Insist on the meter being used!

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: [email protected]