COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events:

The American Consulate General would like to invite all U.S. passport holders and their guests to come to the American Consulate (at 387 Wichayanond Road) and join in on another exciting July 4th extravaganza.  To be featured from 4 to 8 p.m.: hot dogs, Budweiser, Fresca, live entertainment every hour including a rousing rendition of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” Consular Services information, a Bouncy Castle, fabulous door prizes like airline tickets, a free crafts booth, The American Store, a rousing sing-along and fireworks filling the sky at 8 p.m.  If you have friends who aren’t American, they may come as guests of an American passport holder, provided their ID or passport number is received by e-mail at the Consulate by Monday, July 3, at noon.  Admission is 50 baht for adults and 20 baht for children.  E-mails should be directed to [email protected]  Official IDs are needed for entry.  Come and celebrate the 230th American birthday!

The Korean-Japanese experimental music duo ‘10’ will give a concert at Payap University.  Performers are ‘Marqido’, who is a laptop artist from Tokyo, and ‘ito’, who plays a wide array of acoustic and electronic instruments, including piano, organ and keyboards. Date: Saturday, June 17, 2006, at 7:00 PM. Place: Payap University, Multimedia Room (Mae Kao Campus . Time: 7:00 PM.  Admission free. 

Floating Form: A new exhibition by Amonthep Mahamart Opening: Welcome to the Exhibition and Meeting with the Artist. Wednesday 5 July, 2006 at 6 PM. Venue: Art Space Ji-Qoo 4/2 Soi5 Nimmanhemin Rd, Suthep, Chiang Mai. Contact: 0-5389-4250 / [email protected]

A Cancer Support Group in Chiang Mai is being set up and a preliminary Meeting to get things moving will be held at: S.P. House, 432, Super Highway (located between the large billboards of JVC and Hino and almost opposite Carrefour) on Tuesday, 6 June from 18.30. Ample parking. It is to be an open meeting meaning that anyone is welcome to attend. More information is available from Chris or Erica at [email protected] or David at 053-390-141

Sonic Flood Concert Sat July 1st and Sun July 2nd 6pm at Ban Lan Tong, Lotus Pangsuankeaw Hotel. Tickets on sale at Kingdom Book & Music, or contact Theresa at 06 184 0176. Tickets priced at 300 B, 500 B, and 1500 B. Youth and Youth Leader Conference held by Sonic Flood on the 31st of June to the 3rd of July. Cost 1200 B, contact Sam for registration at 07 101 1903 or [email protected]

DEBUSSY FESTIVAL 5: Piano, chamber, and choral music by Debussy, Copland, Grieg, Rickard, Thompson and Whitacre, performed by Bennett Lerner, pianist, and his friends Tassana Nagavajara, violinist, and Payap University’s Sacred Music Singers, Ayu Namtep, conductor. Date: Saturday June 3, 2006 at 7:30 PM Place: Payap University, Multi-Media Room (Mae Kao Campus). Tickets: 100 Baht.

Exhibition:”The Natural Treasure Lanna…The Charm of the North” a Painting Exhibition by Jay Surasen at Exhibition Centre, Sofitel Central Plaza Bangkok from 1st – 30th June 2006 at 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Part of the proceeds from the sale of work during the exhibition will be donated to “The Earth Safe Project for Conservaton of The Ping River Water Source” Amphur Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai Province.

“Footlight’, a tribute to Broadway! Please mark June 3 on your calendars for the Chiang Mai Choral Society International’s performance of Broadway favorites. The show will feature solos, ensembles, and choral performances of tunes from Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Camelot, Cats, Sound of Music, Music Man, South Pacific and others. You don’t want to miss this one.

Ongoing events: 

Every Friday night from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm we are putting on a free concert at Suan Buak Hard park, on the south end of the moat. We invite every one to come. We will be playing contemporary Christian music with dance and occasionally drama. We also invite other Christian musicians, actors, and dancers to join us. They can call Daniel Shultz at 0 1952 6487 or email me at [email protected]

Dining and Restaurants.

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. 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

Fish and Chips: The new hours of trading for Charlie’s English Fish and Chips will be from 24 April Open 12 30–8 30 pm. closed Saturdays. Tel 06 916 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. Place your table reservations for the festive season now. Call 0 9423 1688 or 0 5320 1551.

Sunday Brunch at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai at the Lanna Terrace Cooking School from 11.30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1,500 baht ++ per person, children up to 12 years 650 baht ++. A scrumptious feast of live action stations featuring favorite cuisines from around the world. Reservations recommended. Tel 0 5329 8181 or e-mail s[email protected] seasons.com

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 for their latest specials at phone 0 9557 8470.

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

Seafood Delight Promotion at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel’s Gold Leaf Restaurant during lunch and dinner. Neptune’s catch, Crystal Prawns, Salmon, Pearl Cod, Halibut and more with delicious sauces daily. 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 mica [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.

Paradise Pizza at 7/2Ratchawitchi Rd. across from the Irish Pub has a games night, every Monday at 7 p.m. Cribbage, backgammon, chess and more. All welcome. More information at 0 5341 8409

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.

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] mankha.com

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. If you are looking for authentic German (and International) good food, look no further. 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, hummus 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=2
It 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 [email protected] club.com, www.chiangmai expatsclub.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]

Education

ArtSpace Community Sessions every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. focusing on Life Models. Everyone is welcome to join. Newsprint and butcher’s paper provided, please bring all other materials. A great way to get involved in the local art community and meet new people while developing your skills. Beginners are welcome! Painting and drawing classes are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Chadwick: artspa [email protected] or 0 4041 7982.

‘Overstay fine’ more than doubles! The Thai Immigration Bureau has announced that the overstay fine will be changed from 200 baht per day to 500 baht per day effective Wednesday, March 15. This may be of particular interest to tourists, visiting guests, maids, and contractors.