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Piano lovers treated to piano solo

Mardi Gras will be greater than last year

It’s a draw at Chiang Mai Expats Club

How to Plant a Forest: A talk and book launch by Dr. Stephen Elliott

Com & IT Sale 2006 at Pantip Plaza

Piano lovers treated to piano solo

(L-R) Pinkaew Fagel, Wim N.M. Fagel, GM Amari Rincome Hotel, Adolovni Acosta, pianist, Gijsbert Roodenburg, GM Amora Tapae Hotel, Joon Patinya Srisuk, Sales & Marketing Mngr., Horeca Wholesalers, (back) Murray Dickson, GM Chiangmai Mail and Nui Phanthusart.

Piano lovers were recently treated to a solo performance by renowned Filipino pianist Adolovni Acosta, brought to Chiang Mai by D&M Music Studio in association with the International Y’s Men’s Club, for a recital entitled, “Mostly Chopin.”


Mardi Gras will be greater than last year

Staff Reporter
As with last year, Chiang Mai will hold the Mardi Gras Festival to celebrate the beginning of tourist season, on a date to be confirmed. This year’s festival is planned as a double celebration, both to welcome tourists to the city and to celebrate the 60th anniversary of HM the King’s ascension to the throne.
Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Muranupakorn welcomed the planned festival, noting that it helped promote Chiang Mai as a tourist destination. He also drew attention to the celebration of HM the King’s ascension to the throne and the International Horticultural Exposition Ratchaphruek 2006, to which Chiang Mai is host. Chiang Mai will welcome an estimated 3 million visitors this tourist season.
Chiang Mai Mardi Gras will be held on Chang Klan Road and feature many activities, including the Mardi Gras parade, stage shows, cultural shows, a Miss Mardi Gras contest and much more.
Secretary of Chiang Mai Mayor Pornchai Jitnavasthien added that the double celebration of HM the King’s ascension and the beginning of tourist season, along with the International Horticultural Exposition, will ensure that this year’s Mardi Gras parade will surpass those of previous years.


It’s a draw at Chiang Mai Expats Club

Chiang Mai Expats Club met as usual on the second Saturday of the month at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel at 10:30. There was a nice crowd who enjoyed the camaraderie of each other along with coffee and snacks. Jim Cox, the president of the club and master of ceremonies for the day, ran the meeting with the help of Chuck Boling.

Chadwick Grey and partner Laura from ArtSpace explain Gesture Drawing to members of the Expats Club.

The speaker was Chadwick Grey who runs ArtSpace on the south side of the Night Bazaar. He and his partner Laura are from New York City and came to Chiang Mai as tourists. They received a commission from Go Putt Putt Golf and ended up starting their own art studio business about 3 years ago. Many people have experienced their classes, which deal mainly with drawing and oil painting.
There were printed pages on the table with a couple of illustrations and a few “how to” suggestions. Chadwick explained “gesture drawing” which is a quick stick figure to catch the essence of a model. With the help of the model he brought along, he talked us through drawing the human figure. The model struck several different poses, then Chadwick moved on to “blind contour” drawing. “Blind contour” drawing involves drawing the contours of the figure without looking at the paper. Finally, he took us into using ovals to build the figure. Chadwick wandered around the tables, making comments of “good” or “excellent” and did not break out laughing once! He offered a discount to CEC members and will sign up as a Member Friendly Merchant.
After the Open Forum and the Lucky Draw, members discussed the party planned for September 23. Remi Nantip, along with Bennet Lerner, will be playing the electric organ and piano. There will be dance demonstrations, cake and ice cream and prizes galore. We expect a good crowd so it will also be a chance to see friends who don’t ordinarily show up. The party will be held at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel at the usual meeting time of 10:30, Saturday morning - mark your calendar now.


How to Plant a Forest: A talk and book launch by Dr. Stephen Elliott

Reinhard Hohler
Ecologist Dr.Stephen Elliott graduated from Edinburgh University in 1985. After a brief spell on post-doctoral projects on medicinal plants in Indonesia and lowland gorillas in Gabon, he settled in 1986 as a lecturer in Chiang Mai University’s Biology Department, where he lectures on tropical plant ecology and conservation biology.
In 1994 Dr. Elliot founded the Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU) with Dr. Vilaiwan Anusarnsunthorn. The purpose of the FORRU is to carry out research to determine the best way to restore natural forest ecosystems to degraded sites within protected areas. The project has generated four books and numerous papers published in scientific journals, and has been recognised by the Thailand Research Fund as amongst the top 15 science projects in the country.
On the evening of September 12 at the Alliance Francaise, Dr. Elliott gave a talk for the Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG) and presented his latest book, entitled “How to Plant a Forest”. The book has just been published in both English and Thai. Chinese, Lao and Khmer translations are being prepared for later in the year.
The paperback’s 200 pages prove that it is possible to transform largely deforested landscapes into lush tropical evergreen and deciduous forests, supporting rich bio-diversity, in just a few years. Understanding forest regeneration by learning from nature, FORRU demonstrates how the framework species method of forest restoration has been successfully adapted to re-establish natural forest ecosystems in northern Thailand. In addition, the techniques and logistics of implementing forest restoration projects are explained and most importantly, how to motivate and involve local people.
The book is not, however, solely focussed on northern Thailand. The principles and practical concepts described in it could be applied equally well to other forested areas in the world. Dr. Elliot hopes the book will be useful to anyone interested in restoring forest ecosystems for wildlife conservation and environmental protection. The book aims to demonstrate that forest restoration is no longer a fantasy but has become a realistically achievable goal.
The book includes a glossary, references and an index and was sponsored by the United Kingdom’s Darwin Initiative. For further information, please go to www.forru.org, or e-mail [email protected]


Com & IT Sale 2006 at Pantip Plaza

(From left) Phumkanok Ariyanana, asst. GM of Pantip Plaza, Chiang Mai, Sarawut Klanthakasuwan, asst. manager of ICT City, Prachasith Jaikwang, MD of Lanna Exhibition and Printing Co. Ltd, and Thawidech Jaisuk, asst. dean of the Information Technology Department of North-Chiang Mai University at the event “Com & IT Sale 2006”.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Pantip Plaza, Chiang Mai will hold the “Pantip Com & IT Sale 2006” between October 5 and 8. The sale will be the first of its kind to take place in Pantip Plaza. Electronics manufacturers will be displaying computers and computer accessories including laptops, printers, digital cameras, WiMAX broadband wireless technology and other communications devices. The products on display will be sold at discounted prices.
During the event there will be a range of extra activities including competitions, auctions, computer skills demonstrations and a number of IT seminars run by leading IT companies, North Chiang Mai University and the Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA).



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