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Community Happenings is an opportunity for all clubs, businesses, hotels, restaurants and entertainment outlets to inform the Chiangmai Mail’s readers what new “happenings” are coming up.
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Chiang Mai this week

The (*) denotes this week only or last remaining week


April 12. Drum Competition at the Three Kings Monument. Over 100 teams taking part.

April 13. Local Residents offer food to Monks from 6 am at Thapae Gate. Official Opening of Songkran at 08:09 at Thapae Gate. Ladies procession on bicycles carrying umbrellas from Narrawat Bridge, up Thapae Rd, expected to arrive Thapae Gate at 8:15 followed by a beauty contest. 2 pm Bhuddha Image Procession from the Governors Residence to Wat Phra Singh.

April 14. Ceremonies of ‘Returning sand to the Temple’ from 3 pm until 6 pm.

April 15. Respect to the Elders. Procession to The Governors Residence to pay respect, starting at The Three Kings Monument.

Volunteers wanted. Volunteers wanted to ‘man’ the polite zones around the moat area. To assist tourists and local authorities. Anyone interested should contact Boong Duenpen Chaladlam on 085 037 2048.


Groups and Meetings

The Royal British Legion Chiang Mai sub-branch. Informal social evening at The Olde Bell Loi Kroh Rd (next to the Raming Lodge Hotel). Wednesday April 2 from 7 pm. All are welcome; ‘you do not have to be British or have served in HM Forces. A free buffet will be provided. For further info [email protected].

The Gate Theater Group is holding auditions for the Arthur Miller production ‘A view from the Bridge’, ‘The Homecoming’ by Harold Pinter and; The Middle of the Night’ by Paddy Chayefsky Looking for 6 men and 6 women, also stage hands. For further info contact Stephan Turner 087 177 2195 or Bob Young 086 671 3371.

*Travel Around Chiang Mai. March 30 The Faculty of Dentistry CMU, on its 36th anniversary. Open to locals and visitors. Sites include Mong Village on Doi Pui, Phuping Palace, Wat Phra Thard on Doi Suthep and much more. For further details Tel 053 944 440.

Hash House Groups, recent launch of Chiang Mai Bike Hash. Group of Social riders meet on the third Sunday of every month at 1 pm for a secret trail, drinks and food. Next meet will be Sunday April 20. For further details contact Andrew Shepherd daglocks or 084 780 6459.

Chiang Mai Friends Group. A networking group of Expats and Thai who are in business. ‘Green Resource Ethnic Education Networking’. The next meeting will be Wednesday March 26 from 7 pm until 9 pm. Also starting up a ‘Cross Culture Education Project’ for volunteer teachers. For further info contact Boong Duenpen Chaladlam 089 433 1505 email info

Chiang Mai Readers and Book Discussion Group meets monthly over lunch to discuss a previously agreed book. Everyone welcome. Next meeting 12 noon April 3 at Cake Cottage Restaurant, behind Kad Suan Kaew. For further details contact Janet [email protected].

Textile Art Group. Regular meetings are held 12 noon on the first Friday of every month at the Raintree Centre, opposite Narawat Bridge. Skills include weaving, surface decoration (batik, etc), embroidery, etc. Experienced and inexperienced, all are welcome, bring refreshments and your work, enjoy the creativity! For further info, please contact Maya on 087 193 2054/053 291 692.

Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG) meets at the Alliance Francais, Charoen Prathet Road. Tuesday April 8, Dr Duentemduang na Chiengmai talks about the future of Chiang Mai. For further info, visit the website at

Many Lamps-One Light. Multi-faith inspirational programmes. 2nd and 4th Saturday every month at 2:30 sharp. Room 209 Hillside Condo 4. No fees. No Speakers. Refreshments. Very friendly. April 12 ‘The Golden Rule’. April 26 ‘Love of God’. For further info call Mike 087 305 4006.

Alcoholics Anonymous. The Chiang Mai West International Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm in the Narawat Room at the YMCA, located near Central Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall. For further info call 084 485 0100 or [email protected].

"The Practice of Life", a Buddhist mindfulness approach to living. Every Wednesday night at 7 pm. Contact Numnim for directions to Suan Thip Retreat. Call 053 811 464 Chanting group being formed every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm. Toning, Drumming, Crystal bowl, Tibetan, Sufi, Gregorian Chants.

Chiang Mai Expats Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on Huay Kaew Road. Arrive 10 am, start 10:30 am. 80 baht for members, 100 baht for guests includes coffee and cake.

Chiang Mai Jewish Expats Club New Club. A warm inclusive community of English speaking Jewish Expats. For further info contact cmjewish [email protected] or Tel 087 661 4657.

The Gentleman’s Club meets at The Pub on Huay Kaew Road every first Monday of the month. It is for males who enjoy beer and a roast lunch. For further info call Grahame 053 211 550 or email thepub

The Chess Club meets at The Pub on Huay Kaew Road every Wednesday at 7 pm. All levels welcome. For further info call 053 211 550 or email [email protected].


*Elephant Polo Tournament. Antantara Golden Triangle. March 31 until April 6. Teams from around the world take part in the Kings Cup. For further details www.

Karate Practice at the Student Services building at Chiang Mai University. Karatedo Federation Wado-kaj karate. 5.30 pm every Monday and Wednesday. This practice is free. For further info admin

*Cricket. 21st San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes at Gymkhana Club. Sunday March 30 until Saturday April 5. Teams from Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, England, Greece, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, UAE and Vietnam. For up to date information visit www.

Chiang Mai Bicycle Club Meets every Sunday at 7 am at Thapae Gate. For further info

Lawn Bowls. Gymkhana Club. Anyone interested in playing lawn bowls or joining a club, forming a league should contact Chris Simmonds 081 288 6784.

Saturday Ball Hockey at Buan Hat Park. For children under 11 years old. Adult supervision. For further info [email protected].

Sport on TV at UN Irish Pub 24 Ratwithi Rd. Includes Heineken Cup Rugby Quarter Finals April 5/6, FA Cup Semi Finals April 5. IRB Australian Sevens April 5/6. Tel 053 214 554.


Lanna Fantasy at Khum Khanm Theatre (behind Carrefour on the Superhighway). Set show from 7 pm until 9.15 pm. 1,200 baht includes dinner, one drink and the show. For reservations or further information call 053 304 121 (English spoken).

*Groove Riders Exclusive Concert in the Garden at To-Sit Kad Farang Chiang Mai. March 25, Info www.tosit. com, 053 435 320, 084 611 7474.

Exhibitions, Fairs, Markets

*Airport Plaza 1st and 2nd Floors in the Northern Village area. Features ‘Inspiration Creativity Collection’ over 40 dresses, unique designs from the Elephant Life Experience, part of the Ngan Chang Event. In aid of the Thai Elephant Conservation Campaign.

Galerie Panisa 189 Mahidol Road (opp. Toyota showroom). ‘Dialogue of Beauty’ exhibition with works from Pongsiri Kiddee and Parichart Supapan. From April 16 until May 12. Open Monday to Saturdays 9 am until 6 pm. For further info Tel 053 202 779.

Kad Suan Kaew Huay Kaew Rd ‘Small Printing Exhibition’ until April 16. Featuring works by students from the Faculty of Architecture Rajamongkol Lanna University of Technology.

*Minimal Gallery Nimmanhaemindha 13. From March 26-29 ‘Wednesday Photo Project’. Looking for anonymous photos ‘taken on a Wednesday’. For further details [email protected] or 087 694 8483.

Fine Arts Museum C.M.U. Nimmanhaemindha Road. March 7-30 ‘Art Thesis Exhibition’ 100 pictures, photos and sculptures from Graduates of the Faculty of Fine Arts. March 31 until April 3 ‘International Baccalaureate Art Exhibition’ featuring works by students from the Prem Tinsulanonda International School. For more info; [email protected].

Courses, Lessons, Classes

Prem Center. The following is available to students ages 9-17; Songkran Camp April 7-19. Holiday English Camp April 20-27. Extreme Siam June 22-30. For further information contact Jay, Head of Camps [email protected] or

Reiki training course. Levels 1 and 2 , will be held in Chiang Mai March 5-8. For further info, please contact [email protected], or visit the website on www.

ArtSpace on Seven offers Mister Bradley’s preschool music classes (www.mister and combo art/music classes for kids aged 5-8. These classes promote English skills in an American style sing-along environment. Contact Bradley at 084 041 7982 or bradblanco

Thai conversation classes twice a week Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Hillside 4 Condo, 5 pm. 60 baht. Meet on the 4th Floor next to the swimming pool. For further details please email Elena on [email protected].

Latin and Ballroom / Salsa Dancing, Soi 7, Suthep Road (near Chiang Mai University). Salsa beginner class; 6.30 Wednesday, intermediate level 4:15 Saturday. Ballroom/Latin classes beginner class; 6:30 Thursday. Intermediate level; 6:30 pm Tuesday, 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday. For further information email [email protected] or telephone Linda 086 187 1263.

The Chiang Mai Photographic Group meets Wednesday’s 7 pm at Tuskers Bar & Grill located on Soi 1 just off Chaiyaphum Rd. contact Chas for further details 087 180 4665.

The Chiang Mai Computer Club meets Tuesday’s 1 pm at Tuskers Bar & Grill located on Soi 1 just off Chaiyaphum Td. Contact Chas for further details 087 180 4665.


AUA Language Centre Rajadamoen Road. D & M Music Studio presents a Saxophone and Piano Duo Recital at 7:30 pm on March 29. Starring Thai Classical saxophonist Nopphon Phunsombatlert, based in France, and Elise Bron on Piano.

Book Kitavadhana, a talented and well-known local baritone, will give a recital of classical pieces and songs from famous musicals on Sunday March 30 at the Saisuree Chukikul Music Hall on Payap University’s Mae Jo Campus. The concert will start at 7.30; tickets (limited availability), will cost 300 baht, and can be reserved by calling 089 635 6355.

Artspace Art Factory Party. April 11 from 8 pm. The Alchemy Pops will be playing favorite dance covers and original tunes. ‘Serious fun’. Tickets 200 baht at the door, includes one free drink. For further info or reservations [email protected] or 084 041 7982.

Payap University. Mae Kao Campus. March 30 at 7:30 pm. Voice Recital by Book Kitavadhana, at the Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall. Classical Pieces and songs from musicals. 300 baht a ticket. Limited only 300 tickets available. For reservations or further info Tel 089 635 6355.

The Grand Opera Society of Chiang Mai. Next meeting/performance will be on March 25, and will follow every other Tuesday with a DVD performance and interval supper. To become a member please send your name, email address and telephone number to [email protected].

Santi’s Grotto, Thapae Soi 2 (below City View Condo) "Do it Night" or "Open mike night" every Tuesday from 8 pm until whenever. Music/Comedy/Dance/Tell a story, up to you.

UN Irish Pub Jazz Night every Wednesday from 9 pm featuring ‘New City Gurus’ at 24 Ratwithi Rd. Tel 053 214 554.

Horn Bar at the Mandarin Oriental. Cool club sounds, stylish seating, excellent mixology every night. For further info call 053 888 888 ext. 8623.

Holiday Inn Bachelors of Jazz. Every night except Mondays. From 7 pm until 11:45 pm. For info contact 053 275 300.

Dining Out

*Shangri La Hotel Changklan Road Special Promotion at the WOW Bar; Wagyu Beef imported from Australia. Now until the end of March. For further info or reservations Tel 053 253 888.

*D2 Hotel Changklan Road. Tapas in the Mix Bar. Special Promotion for March only. Served from 5 pm until 7 pm while relaxing to unique lounge music. For further info Tel 053 999 999.

Manderin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. Farang Ses Restaurant. March Promotion. From 7 pm until 10 pm Tuesday until Sunday. 4,500 baht ++ includes quail leg in port wine jelly, steamed cod fish with Iranian Caviar, pan friend Black Angus Beef and much more. For further details or reservations Tel: 053 888 888 ext. 8549.

SKAL Dinner. March 27 D2 Hotel. Start 6:30 cocktails served at Mix Bar followed by dinner. Guest speaker Chattiya Thaipiromsamukkee (Lena), Managing Director Indies Organizer, discussing ‘Elephant Parade in Chiang Mai’ for further info or reservations email [email protected]

Caffe Gourmet by La Gondola, Ratchamankha Road. NEW. Jazz Nights every Saturday night 8 pm until 10 pm. Jazz Sunday Brunch from noon until 2 pm.

D2 Hotel Changklan Road BBQ in the Beer Garden every Friday and Saturday from 5 pm until the end of March. 299 baht ++ per person. Also jug of beer 150 baht ++, glass of beer 50 baht ++. For further info Tel 053 999 999.

Elizabethan Room 252/1 Charoenprat Rd (opposite Rimping Condo). Medieval Feasts every Friday Night. 350 baht includes Roast Pork Joint, half chicken or tender ribs plus much more. Also serves cream teas and Sunday Lunches. For reservations Tel 053 306 442 or 083 572 3820.

German, Austrian, Dutch, Swiss Stammtisch meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 7 pm, The Green Oasis Guest House, Prapokklao Soi 8. Everybody who is interested in German culture, food/drinks is welcome. For further info call 053 209 112 or 086 911 5976.

Riverside Restaurant Dinner Boat Cruise. Leaves the restaurant at 8 pm. After boarding at 7:15 pm you can order food and drinks from the restaurant menu. Very popular cruise, reserve your table Tel 053 243 239.

Films and Theatre

Into The Woods. Chiang Mai International School presents ‘Into The Woods’ at the Kad Theatre Kad Suan Kaew. March 28/29, two performances each day at 10:30 am and 7 pm. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Adults 200 baht, students 100 baht. Ticket Information 053 306 152.

Ealing Studios Movie Festival at the Gymkhana Club. 2nd and 4th Fridays, 7.30 start. March 28; The Lavender Hill Mob. April 11 The Ladykillers. April 25 Whiskey Galore.

EU Mini Film Festival At CMU College of Arts, Media and Technology, Room 114. Tuesday March 25, 6 pm ‘Kirikou and the Sourceress’ French family/animation, and ‘The White Palms’ Hungarian drama. Thursday March 27, 5 pm ‘The Queen’ English drama and ‘The Lives of Others’ German drama. Friday March 28, 6 pm, ‘Innocent Voices’ Spanish Dramaand ‘Azur and Asmar; The Princess Quest’ Arabic and French family/animation. All films shown with original soundtrack and Thai subtitles. Admission free!

Alliance Francais 138 Charoen Prathet Road. Films start at 8 pm. March 28 ‘M Klein (1976) by Joseph Losey. April 4 ‘L’Armee Des Ombres’ (1989) by Jean-Pierre Melville. April 11 ‘Une Vie’ (1958) by Alexandre Astruc. April 18 ‘Ascenseur Pour L’Echaufaud (1958) by Louis Malle. April 25 ‘Le Couperet’ (2005) by Costa Gavras. For further info tbaude


House of Praise. International Service Sunday 9 am until 10:30 am. Thai Service 10:45 until noon. For further info or directions Tel 053 212 904 email [email protected] or visit