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Northern region seminars held to solve industrial problems

Flowers to Flesh - an evening of photos, poems and song

Boost for fundraising 1,400 km walk for Lamphun orphanage

A dog is for life - and every home should have one!

CMF Special Meeting with the Superintendent of Chiang Mai Immigration

Dazzling Dreams Comes to Chiang Mai

Northern region seminars held to solve industrial problems

Memorandum of agreement signed by 8 provinces

Earlier this year, 8 upper northern provinces signed a memorandum of agreement to cooperate in an investment plan to support industry in Lamphun. As a result, three workshop meetings were planned, the first of which was held on July 1, during which each province was to put forward for discussion a summary of industrial problems in its area together with possible solutions. Lamphun province held its seminar on August 18, during which 4 projects were put forward, each determining an area at issue within the provincial industrial community. Specifically designated were labour issues and central industrial performance data concerns. An alternative energy project designed to reduce manufacturing costs was also discussed.
The Lamphun meeting was signed into the memorandum of agreement, with the province’s deputy governor, Banhan Buranaprapa, witnessing the signatory officials and representatives from the Regional Investment and Economic Center 1, the Regional Energy Coordination Office 10, the Ministry of Energy in Chiang Mai, the Service Center for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises, the Joint Venture Service Center and SMEs Support Chiang Mai, the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotions , the Lamphun Industrial Council, and the Department of Industrial Promotion’s Region 1 Center. The third seminar will be held in Chiang Mai in October, and will summarise all data from the previous meetings.


Flowers to Flesh - an evening of photos, poems and song

Earlier this month on August 16, artist Galen Garwood hosted an exhibition of his photographs at Baan Panom, Chang Puak, entitled ‘Flowers to Flesh’ - an exotic mix of photographs which followed a connecting theme between nature, portraiture and the more erotic!

Pictured are Virginia Bird, Galen Garwood and Antoine Garth at Baan Panom for their evening exhibition event.
The well attended exhibition also included a reading of Garwood’s poems from his two new books at present in progress, ‘Flowers to Flesh’ and ‘The Book of Pod’.
Special guest performer Antoine Garth dazzled the audience with his interpretations of the music of some great jazz legends.
Amongst the door prizes generously donated were a sampling of gifts created especially for the evening by Virginia Bird of Sabu Sabu. Her all natural body products were labelled using Galen’s photographs and poems from the exhibition as a special souvenir of a very original occasion. Galen, who is also a painter and filmmaker, left after the event for a brief tour in the United States, where several of his films will be screened at various film festivals.
A percentage of the proceeds from Galen’s event are being donated to the 2009 Hilltop Charity.


Boost for fundraising 1,400 km walk for Lamphun orphanage

Tuskers hold charity event for Glen of Croston House

To get Glen Croston’s fundraising 1,400 kilometre 45 day walk across Thailand off to a great start, Tuskers’ Bar and Restaurant is hosting an evening of fun and charity on August 29. Glen is the owner of Croston House Children’s Home in Lamphun, which at present supports 29 disadvantaged children from broken homes ranging in age from 22 months to 15 years. The children come from homes where there are drug, HIV/AIDS and other problems; many have simply been left with other relatives after their parents left and have not returned.
The evening at Tuskers’ will include a special barbecue at 200 baht per head, 100 baht of which will be donated to Croston House, and a raffle with some great prizes. Special attractions are the “Cut 4 It Charity Special - based on the purchase of drinks. When you buy a drink between 7 and 8 p.m., you cut a card - a heart gives 50% of the price to Croston House; a diamond or club gives 25% and a spade gives 10%. Original, yes?
The second attraction is the “Play your cards right Charity Special.” Tickets are 20 baht - a draw will be held for the right to join in the “Play Your Cards Right” game for half the cash pot of the total of tickets sold. The remaining 50% goes to Croston House. Other games of chance and skill will be played, with the chance to share the entrance fee with Croston House.
Sounds like a “lorra”, (“lot” of for those who don’t hail from Liverpool), fun - also sounds as though revellers should leave their vehicles at home that night!


A dog is for life - and every home should have one!

“Care for Dogs” Adoption Fair at Carrefour

Elena Edwards
Care for Dogs - and they really do care for dogs - is hosting an adoption fair at the Carrefour superstore on the Superhighway on August 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. A bevy of cuddly and totally irresistible puppies, all rescued from locations around the city, will be on display, hoping that kind people will take them home and give them the love and care they deserve, and which they will return 100-fold to their new family for all of their doggy lives.

“I didn’t pee on the blanket - honestly!”
Care for Dog’s booth will be on the ground floor, opposite Swenson’s Ice Cream store - there will be doggy items for sale, and donations to enable more help for more sick and unwanted dogs will be gratefully accepted. Don’t resist - choose an adorable puppy - pop into Carrefour for the puppy food, lead and collar, stop at your local vet’s for a doggy bed and some toys, and you’re set for a happy life with your new little friend! A word of warning, though, Thai “street dog” puppies are addictive - you may find, as did this writer, that you end up with rather more little friends than you originally intended! Which, of course, is simply the best!


CMF Special Meeting with the Superintendent of Chiang Mai Immigration

“Immigration Laws for Foreigners and Thais”

Duenpen “Boong” Chaladlam (left) with Pol. Col. Prayut Chommalee.

Chiang Mai Friends’ group would like to invite all interested persons to a special meeting during which Pol. Col. Prayut Chommalee, the Superintendent of Chiang Mai Immigration, will give a talk entitled, “Immigration Laws for Foreigners and Thais”. Translations will be given verbally during the talk; participants are encouraged to send in by advance email any questions they may have. The meeting will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel on Wednesday September 10, and will run from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a buffet lunch. 150 tickets costing 450 baht each and including coffee/tea and a buffet lunch are available; please book by September 5 at Chiang Mai Friends’ Group Office, at Boutique Travel Service, 44/3 Sridonchai Road. For directions, please email www. btsthailand.com/contact. php, for further info, or if you have any queries, please contact Khun Boong at [email protected] .com or call on 053 206 121, 089 433 1505.


Dazzling Dreams Comes to Chiang Mai

On August 16, Dazzling Dreams of London opened the doors of its new and exclusive design store to selected guests. Located in the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Dazzling Dreams is a boutique store selling “his and hers” fine accessories’, luxury home accents, crystallized furniture and themed artwork, all created by cutting edge British designers.

“Elegance” is the byword for Dazzling Dreams.

The exclusive products are aimed at an audience who appreciate the romance of the classics coupled with an elegant blend of “dazzle”, as every luxurious treasure produced is subtly embellished using fine crystals or gemstones.
Dazzling Dreams, formed in 2004, already has shops in London, Dubai, Los Angeles, Hanoi, Angkor and Bangkok. In line with the theme of the shop, guests were treated to a Thai classical dance performance by three young Thai ladies. Sajjad Rahmano, managing director of Dazzling Dreams, presented a “signature” gift of two scented teddy bears to Savas Rattakunjara, the resort manager of the Dhara Dhevi.
For further information, please visit www.dazzling dreams.com.
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