COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events:

The Second Annual Rooftop Party aiding local Chiang Mai charities will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. on the roof of Hillside Plaza and Condotel 4, Huay Kaew Road. The charities that will benefit include Viengping Orph anage, Baan Kingkaew Orphanage, Suan Dok Hospital’s Services to the Disabled (Dr. Apichana), The Down Syndrome Center of Chiang Mai and the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children. Last minute tickets cost 500 baht each, and that includes a Thai and western buffet dinner, entertainment and a great T-shirt, which is free with each ticket. One hundred percent of all money goes directly to the charities, as all expenses have been underwritten. Check with board member Steve Yarnold at 0 9555 9179.

ArtSpace Student Art Exhibition, “The Figure” - Paintings and Drawings. Opening Event at Art Cafe, Thursday, January 19, 2006. From 6–8 p.m., meet the artists. Show dates January 19 - February 19, 2006. Art Cafe is located directly across from Thapae Gate. For inquiries about the exhibition or ArtSpace classes, contact Chadwick:at 0 4041 7982 [email protected]

One of Thailand’s foremost watercolorists, Suchart Vongthong, will lead a two-day course called “Fun With Watercolor”at Galerie Panisa Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 053-202-779 for more information.

“Earth, Wind and Water”, exhibition by Jason Tamthai and Jittiwut Sriyang at
La Luna Gallery
, 190 Charoenrajd Road, Chiang Mai, Tel.: 0 5330 6678. From January 14-28, open daily except Mondays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday by appointment only.)

Chiang Mai’s first open Burns Night to celebrate the works of the famous poet will be held at ‘The Pub’ on Huay Kaew Rd. at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. An evening of Scottish culture, bagpipes, poetry, haggis, dinner, and drinks. Dress: traditional if possible, casual if preferred. Limited tickets available 500 baht. Call 0 5321 1550 thepub
@home.in.th for reservations.

The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC) fund raising gala on February 18, 2006 at Baan Wongmalee to raise money for a school dormitory. Tickets are 1,500 baht each and are available at Amari Rincome Hotel, any Rimping Supermarket or from FERC board members. For information, contact www.thai-rural-education.com.

Learn the basics of Tai Chi Beginners’ Yang 81 Style Tai Chi with Julie Morris. The series of 10 classes began Monday, Jan. 9 and is ongoing through Monday, Jan.
30. Classes are Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. Classes are limited to 10 students so everyone can have personal attention. Held at exercise room on the 4th floor of Hillside Condo 4, Huay Kaew Road going west from Central department store. Private classes are also available.

Informal Northern Thai Group meets Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai. Everybody is welcome. The speaker will be: Kwan-
chewan Buadaeng: “Continuation and Disruption of Karen Religious Movement: Case of the Myitta Byamasoe in Burma” For more information e-mail: [email protected]

Skål International Chiang-mai & North Thailand “January” Dinner and Meeting will be on Thursday, January 26, at the Amari Rincome Hotel, at 6.30 p.m. Welcome Drink, followed by a Meeting, followed by Dinner. The cost as usual will be 500 baht per person, which includes a three course dinner, tea and coffee. Plus a “donation” for the Wine Fund (from those of you who drink!) Please advise us of your attendance (or not!) by email to [email protected] mai.com or by fax to 0 5325 3352, as soon as possible.

“Experience Bamboo” at CMU Art Museum until 20 January 2006 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. New Bamboo Architecture and Art by Markus Heinsdorff and Christoph Toenges, organized by The Goethe Institute. Bamboo is one of our fascinating building materials, fast renewable and ecological resource.

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.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Any Dream Will Do! Voice Studio presents on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, 2006 the classic family musical of all times. At Kad theatre in Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall. Tickets available at the information desk.

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.

Chiangmai Kebab opens daily at noon – 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 reserva-tions for the festive season now. Call 0 9423 1688 or 0 5320 1551.

Fresh Farm Company delivers delicatessen to your door throughout the year. Bitburger beer in barrels, quality wines from Germany, Italy, Romania, even Crikova Sparkling wines from Russia. Ask for the full list or place your order with Alfred Herbold, phone and fax 0 5386 2214

Glass Onion, Wine, Piano or cocktail bar? Every night a different theme. Expect the unexpected! The Glass Onion, 61 Nimmanahaeminda Road in the Room #1 Mall. Parking at rear. Open daily, except Mondays, from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Reservations: 0 5321 8479

Imperial Mae Ping Hotel is already planning the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities to welcome the year of the Dog. The Gold Leaf Restaurant serves delightful Chinese Table menus from various parts of China (as created by the Imperial Queen’s Park highly esteemed Imperial China Restaurant) for 5–10 persons from January 28 –31. Look out for Fortune Cookies and your very own Angbao. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Advance reservations recommended. 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, lets you experience finest French Cuisine, special set Lunch and Set Dinner Menus at Le Crystal French Restaurant, outside for nature lovers on the garden balcony which is designed for those who prefer to dine amongst the natural surroundings of the fragrance from the Thai garden and the view of the Ping River. Set Lunch and set dinner menus including Entr้e, Main Course, and desserts rotate monthly. For more information or reservations please call 0 5387 2890-1. The restaurant is 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. Open from Tuesday to 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! Great Pizzas, huge salads and a wide variety of wines from around the world. Experience a quiet garden atmosphere in the middle of Chiang Mai. Table Reservation at 0 5327 8209, 24/1 Moon Muang Soi 2.

Rachamankha Hotel is known as the chic place to enjoy a real afternoon tea. Rachamankha Hotel, telephone at 0 5390 4111 or e-mail: [email protected]
.com

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 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 is still rumored to have the finest Fish and Chips you can find. Worth a try! Great for a light lunch. Seven Suns at 155 Rachaman-
ka Road, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, telephone 0 5381 4325. Open daily. Aussie Big Breakfast served all day.

The Green Oasis (behind Bake and Bite near Thapae gate) has daily specials and serves anything from breakfast to dinner with wines and champagne plus Bitburger beer. Next to the ‘old’ Bake and Bite shop near Thapae Gate. Open daily from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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

TTK, The Thai Kebab, on Changklan Road opposite CM Central Hospital serves kebab, schnitzel, falafel, hummus and much more. Free salad, pickles and sauce to every meal. Open daily from 11.30 – 22.30 except Sunday. Telephone 0 5382 0234, or 0 9634 4249

Movie Schedule Chiang Mai

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

Art films at CMU. Free movies every Saturday at 6.30 p.m. in the Roof Top of Media Arts and Design Building at CMU Arts Museum. More information at 0 5394 4846, ext 22.

Clubs

A newly-formed group who want to ring in the New Year with “Chiang Mai Voices”
is coming together. Rainy Riding, already well-known in Chiang Mai for her choral work, will be the director – with assistance from others in the community. Practices start in late January, and they would like to encourage more people to join to perform a Christian Music Celebration set for May 2006. For more information, please contact Jo Steele at [email protected] or Lindy at [email protected] The group is also looking for a centrally located meeting place and a pianist; if you can volunteer, help out, or make a suggestion, please email or call.

Chiang Mai Expats Club. Meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on Huey Kaew Road at 10.30 a.m. For more info, email [email protected], www.chiangmaiexpatsclub.com.

LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the Lucky Dogs 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.