COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events:

Dine and Dance under the stars! The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC) fund raising gala on February 18, 2006, 6.30 p.m. at Baan Wongmalee to raise money for a school dormitory. Tickets are 1,500 baht each and available at Amari Rincome Hotel, or from FERC board members. For information, contact www.thai-rural-educa tion.com

The Riverside Bar & Restaurant is celebrating its 22nd anniversary on Saturday, February 18, 2006. Join in and celebrate with a 10 percent discount all night on foods and drinks and in the early evening free punch on the house.

Benefit Concert at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, in aid of the Viengping Children’s Home on Saturday, February 18, 2006. ML Usni Pramoj and friends will perform classical pieces from Mozart in honor of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s death. Begins 5.30 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by the one hour concert at the Intanin room. Space is limited! Early reservation recommended: 0 5329 8181 or [email protected]
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The World Music Concert “The Roots of Asian Sound”, performed by Changsaton Group from The Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University on Saturday 18 February 2006 with the first show at 2 p.m. and second show at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Tickets 300 and 150 baht available at Gong Dee Studio. For further information 0 5322 5032.

Tea Time Concert in idyllic garden atmosphere. Bangkok String Quartet will be playing popular pieces by great composers and old favorites. Mozart, Bach, Boccherini, Tchaikovski and more. Sunday, February 19, 2006 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Khao Hom Culinary School in Mae Rim. Tea and Snacks are served during intermission. Ticket 450 baht, available at Gongdee Studio, Tel 0 5322 5023, 0 5322 2230.

Thai German Service on Sunday, xxxxxxx. Start with coffee and cake at 3.15 p.m., followed by a service at the Christian German School. Special Children service parallel at the same time. More information from [email protected] or should you need a map how to get there, check: http://www.cdscm.org/Anfahrtsskizze2.jpg

Next INTG meeting at the Alliance Francaise on Tuesday, March 21, 2006: ‘Great Leader, Dear Leader: Demy-stifying North Korea under the Kim Clan’. A talk and book launch by Bertil Lintner. More information, e-mail Convener Brian Hubbard at [email protected] or Tel./Fax: 0 5321 3972.

HIV/AIDS Fundraiser concert on cello, piano, and violin by Tong-Il Han (piano), Leslie Parnas (cello), James Oliver Buswell (violin) on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at Payap Mae Kaew Campus, Multi Media Room, at 7 p.m. Tickets available for 200 and 500 baht. For tickets contact Kwan at AIDSNet Foundation at 0 5322 2417. Music by Schubert, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. www.chiangmaimusicfestival.com.

Next Skål Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 06 at Maesa Elephant Camp in the Maesa Nursery Area, hosted by Anchalee Kalmapijit, Operation Director, Maesa
Elephant Camp with guest Speaker Junnaphong Saranak Director Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1. Start is already at 4.30 p.m. and the program will include a mini mahout training course, elephant riding and a show program. To assist the planning in this event, the Skål Club would appreciate your advising your attendance
early by email to [email protected] or by fax to 0 5390 4777, (with a copy to Michael Vogt on [email protected])

Senior Recital on clarinet and arranger by Ritthikun Thummakum at Payap Mae Kaew Campus Luce Chapel on Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 7.30 p.m. Composers played: Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, Swearigan. Free admission.

Senior Recital on guitar by Shethasak Sanglee at Payap Mae Kaew Campus, Multi Media Room on Friday, February 24, 2006 at 7.30 p.m. Composers played: Tarrega, Barrios, Brouwer, Monti, Sanglee. Free admission.

“Bring Good Things To Life” Art Competition 2005, organized by Toshiba. Plus watercolor painting exhibition by Eng-on Homsuwan at the gallery, first floor of CMU Art Museum. Exhibition from January 26 – February 26 2006, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m

The Faculty of Fine Arts, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Northern Campus) presents The Art Thesis Exhibition 2006 at CMU second floor of ‘the gallery’ until February 26.

HIV/AIDS Fundraising Concert by the University of Ulsan Chamber Ensemble on violin and cello by Jung-Il Lee, James Oliver Buswell and Leslie Parnas at Ban Wang Tan on Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 7 p.m. Tickets at 100/200/500/1000 baht. Compositions by Mozart, Bach and others. For tickets contact Kwan at AIDSNet Foundation at 0 5322 2417. www.chiangmaimusicfesti val.com.

Free Concert by the violin-cello ensemble of the University of Ulsan Chamber. Jung-Il Lee, James Oliver Buswell and Leslie Parnas will play Mozart, Bach and more at Payap University, Mae Kaew Campus, Multi Media Room on Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 7 p.m. www.chiangmaimusicfesti val.com.

NLP (10 hour English language) course on February 20-21 2006. Handouts and certificate are included. All sections of the NLP discipline will be shown and practiced during the work-shop style course. Information: 0 5321 1542 or 0 7177 8186 or Email: [email protected]

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 Ry-dges 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. 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

Farang Ses restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi offers delicious Foie Gras and other tantalizing delicacies which are paired with a world class selection of wines and impeccable service to provide you with a truly extraordinary dining experience. Farang Ses is open daily from 7 p.m.– 10 p.m. Advance reservations required, call Tel: 0 5388 8888 ext. 8997 or 8549

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.

Fresh Farm Company delivers delicatessen to your door throughout the year. Bitburger beer in barrels, quality wines from Australia, Germany, Italy. Place your order with Alfred Herbold or check with ‘To Nobody Restaurant’ for their latest specials, phone 0 9557 8470 or Joerg Eisenschmidt at 0 7183 1202.

Fujian, at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi serving authentic Cantonese cuisine and tantalizing contemporary Chinese dishes in an elegant two-storey Sino-Portuguese style mansion, tucked away in the picturesque corner of Kad Dhara market surprises with special Dim Sum special lunch offers. Open daily for Lunch 11.30 a.m. -2.30 p.m. and for dinner from 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. For details and reservations, please call 0 5388 8888 Ext. 8548.

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

Every Saturday Night Imperial Mae Ping Hotel offers a Grand BBQ at the Chang Beer Garden. Roast sirloin, BBQ spareribs, whole fish grilled in banana leaves and many more succulent items. Dinner served from 6.30 – 10.30 p.m. at baht 395++ per person, baht 495 ++ food and a glass of Chang draft beer or baht 595++ food and unlimited Chang draft beer. More information and reservations 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 in the fragrance from the Thai garden and the view of the Ping River. For more information or reservations please call 0 5387 2890-1.

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.

Primavera, Mediterranean restaurant in the middle of Chiang Mai serves Greek, Spanish, Italian and even Thai food. Opposite Amora Thapae Hotel with a big terrace to relax after an evening shopping.

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]

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 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.

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.

The Riverside Bar & Restaurant, experience excellent cuisine, both Thai and western, in an atmospheric, dreamy setting overlooking the Ping River. Soft live piano and guitar music in the early evening followed by three quality bands as the night rolls on. Board the nightly cruise boat at 7.15 p.m. for a romantic and idyllic dining experience or charter a boat for your own private party. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. 9-11 Charoen Rat Road. For reservations Tel. 0 5324 3239..

TTK, The Thai Kebab, on Changklan Road opposite CM Central Hospital serves kebab, schnitzel, falafel, hum-mus and much more. Free salad, pickles and sauce to every meal. Open daily from 11.30 – 22.30. 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

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 info @chiangmaiexpatsclub.com, www.chiangmaiexpatsclub.com. Note: On Saturday, March 25, Christopher G. Moore, author of over 17 novels and one collection of interlocked short stories will be the guest speaker. Christopher Moore is probably best known by his cult classics, Land of Smiles Trilogy, his behind-the-smiles study of his adopted country, Thailand, and his highly popular Vincent Calvino Private Eye series.

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.