COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events:

“Faces of Survivors”, an exhibition of photography by Mohamad Igbal until December 4, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the front gallery at CMU Art Museum, 1st floor, organized by Goethe Institute Bangkok and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Chiang Mai Motor Show at Central Airport Plaza, 4th Floor Lanna Hall. November 25 – December 5.

The third Debussy Festival! December 3, at 7.30 p.m. at Payap University, multi media room. Entrance fee: 100 baht. More info at 0 5324 1255.

Annual NAP Fair (Nimmanahaeminda Art and Design Promenade) at Soi 1 from Friday, December 2 – Monday December 5. Daily 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., a unique experience for art, design, Christmas shopping and more.

Annual Ladies Lunch Bunch trip to Lampang on Wednesday December 7. Departure at 8.30 a.m. Visit the Ceramics Fair plus more shopping stops on the way. Return about 5 p.m. Interested? Contact Anne Dawson at 0 5321 6132 or e-mail: [email protected] cm.ksc.co.th

Rejoice Christmas Party, for kids affected by HIV, is Saturday Dec 10, at The Pub, Huay Kaew Road. Support the event with donations in form of toys or cash (to buy toys and medication). More information needed? Just call Mrs. Dot on 0 1671 1638 for more details.

ArtSpace offers on-going community classes for beginners or intermediate levels, focusing on a variety of painting classes. Professional lecturer/artist Chadwick and Laura are currently displaying work at ‘Ginger’, beside ‘The House’ Restaurant. Info at 0 4041 7982.

51st National Art Exhibition until November 30 at CMU Art Museum, Back Gallery, 1st floor.

Contemporary Art Exhibition by Staff members of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiangmai University in the gallery (2nd floor) until December 8, daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Concert “Breathing New Life through KOTO” on 9 December at 7 p.m. Come to witness the beautiful fascinated and charming music by five topmost Japanese Koto and Shakuhachi. Check out www.jfbkk.or.th at the theater of CMU Art Museum, organized by ‘The Japan Foundation Bangkok and CMU Art Museum.

Fashion and Jewelry Fair at Central Airport Plaza Ground Floor from November 19-27, . Accessories, textiles and jewelry from Thailand and abroad.

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.

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. Reservations at tel. 0 5322 1130.

Amazing Sandwich Restaurant, the Sandwich Specialist in Chiang Mai since 1998, has opened its third branch at the new Sompetch Gold Place, a few meters before you reach the Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel. All branches serve sandwich extravaganzas 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. Italian Restaurant, delicatessen, and wine shop. tel. 0 5385 3098-9 or check out www.buonissimo.co.th.

Bella Italia, new Italian venue in the middle of town, will celebrate an Italian Food Festival on December 17 with specialties, live music and lots of surprises. Open for lunch and dinner daily except Sundays. Ask for the ‘Daily Special’ and call Chef Franco or Roberto for group reservation and/or a map, at 0 9851 7607.

Chiangmai Kebab opens daily at 8.30 a.m. – 2.30 a.m. From breakfast to traditional home made Pita bread, salad and your choice of chicken or beef Kebab with the sauce you choose. They also serve Falafel and Samosa fresh daily. Parking next to DK Book Shop behind Oriflame. Tel. 0 7188 1832.

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. Place your table reservations for the festive season now. Call 0 9423 1688 or 0 5320 1551.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai offers a Sunday spread at their Lanna Terrace at the Cooking School with a scrumptious feast of live cooking stations featuring favorite items from around the world. Sushi, Dim Sum, antipasti or Mediterranean tapas, foie gras and Thai dishes are being offered, along with the fruit juice and smoothies bar plus unlimited martinis or beers. Additional food stations from other countries such as India and Malaysia are rotated on a weekly basis. Sunday Brunch is served between 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and costs 1, 300 baht per person (650 baht for children).

Fresh Farm Company delivers delicatessen to your door. Beers in barrels, wines from Italy, Germany, Rumania, even Crikova Sparkling wines from Russia. Add smoked salmon or fresh rainbow trout and make your festive season a success. Alfred Herbold, phone and fax 0 5386 2214.

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

Imperial Mae Ping Hotel promotes ‘Healthiness through Omega’. Gold Leaf restaurant serves a healthy seafood menu based on the omega acids found in shellfish and fish for a better cardiovascular health. Available throughout the month of November for lunch and dinner. 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.

Le Crystal, new French Restaurant offers special menus for Lunch and dinner throughout November. Good tasty French dishes, outstanding service and a wine cellar which is a showpiece in itself. For more information or reservations please call 0 5387 2890-1. The restaurant is located just north of Lanna Hospital along the river. An interactive map can be viewed at www.lecrystalrestaurant.com

Mi Casa, homely, artistic and Mediterranean in the middle of Chiang Mai on Suthep Road. Lots of vegetarian specialties. Check advertising for directions on ‘Hillary’s Page’. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from Open Tuesday – Sunday from 12, noon – 2.30 p.m. and for dinner from 6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. Telephone 0 5381 0240 or email [email protected] Mi Casa, 60 Moo 8, Suthep Road, Chiang Mai.

My Home, eat and feel at home at ‘My Home’ with daily specials like their specialty: Burmese chicken or Burmese goat….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! Pizzas, freshest Italian salads and a huge wine selection…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.

Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel will feature an International Lunch Buffet for 250 baht ++ and an International Dinner Buffet for 350 baht ++ at their Chillies Restaurant daily. 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.

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 more. Call 0 5329 7880-1 for details.

Seven Suns Restaurant and Guesthouse are rumored to have the finest Fish and Chips you can find. Worth a try! Great for a light lunch. Seven Suns at 155 Rachamanka Road, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, telephone 0 5381 4325. Open daily. Aussie BIG Breakfast served all day.

The Pub on Huey Kaew Road gives the first drink free if you bring their advertising from Page 18. Sunday Roasts for the whole family. Call 0 5321 1550.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan takes your orders for Xmas now. Stollen, cookies, smoked trout, home made sausages, pates, and ham. Be sure to place your order in time. 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.

Clubs

Chiang Mai Expats Club. 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. Next meeting on Saturday November 26. For more info, email at: [email protected] chiangmaiexpatsclub.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: [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

ArtSpace Community Sessions every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. focusing on Life Models. Instruction available. Bring own material. Newsprint and butcher’s paper provided. 500 baht per session or 300 for ArtSpace students. Call Chadwick at 0 4041 7982 or email: artspa [email protected]

Co-Dependents Anonymous (Chiang Mai) group meeting every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. Email: [email protected] yahoo.com 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 alanon_cnx @yahoo.com

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.