Chiang Mai this week

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Community Happenings is an opportunity for all clubs, businesses, hotels, restaurants and entertainment outlets to inform the Chiang Mai Mail’s readers what new “happenings” are coming up.
Send us your happenings by email to: [email protected] or by fax to 053 260 738
or stop by the office at Chiang Mai Mail Publishing Co., Ltd., 209/5 Moo6, T.Faham, A.Muangchiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000
Deadline is Wednesday at 6 pm


Christmas Events

Ladies Christmas Party Night at the Mandarin Oriental’s Horn Bar, December 10 from 7p.m. Free welcome cocktail plus other special offers, including free raffle and optional set dinner 800 baht at Akaligo. Contact [email protected]

Expat Ladies Christmas Lunch. Le Coq d’Or, December 11. Husbands, partners welcome. 600 baht includes a champagne cocktail and 4 course dinner. For reservations, [email protected]

Annual Christmas Concert. Chiang Mai International Choral Society. December 12, 7.30p.m. at Payap’s Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall. Christmas music, Spirituals, Broadway hits and the Spirit House Singers.  For further details

Seven Foundations Annual Charity Christmas Dinner & Fundraiser, December 13, 6.30p.m.until 9.30p.m. Chiang Mai Flute Club, silent auction and bucket lottery. Tickets 600 bht, (children 300 baht) Proceeds to Seven Fountains Educational Sponsorships. 600 baht adult, 300 baht child. For reservations or further info Tuyet Cahill 083-152-8427 or [email protected]

ZONTA International Dinner at Suan Paak Salad House, December 13, 11.30am until 2pm. Traditional Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings. 350 bht, (children 150 bht), featuring the Payap Choral Singing Group. Contact Dr. Laura 084-042-4069 or contact

SKAL Christmas Gala Dinner at the Payorm Room, Amari Rincome, December 18, 6pm.  Christmas Carols & entertainment. Tickets 1200 baht including wine. For further details www.skalchiangmai .com or [email protected] or 086-587-4639

International Song Festival at Sacred Heart cathedral, December 14. Antoine Garth and Anima Mundi present Noel Noel—Sacred Music for Advent & Christmas. Tickets 150 bht (students 100 bht). For further info or tickets, [email protected]

Gymkhana Club-Carols by Candlelight, December 19, 7p.m.

Spirit House Restaurant December 20 The Spirit House Singers present ‘Just a Few Carols’, 7p.m. until 9p.m. 200 bht,  including light buffet. For reservations [email protected]

The Eight Reindeer Monologues at ArtSpace on 7. December 21, 24,25,26,27,28. Doors open 7p.m, performance starts 8p.m. Donation 250 baht. Tickets available at the door or contact The Gate Theater Group 087-177-2195 or [email protected]

Chiang Mai Friends Meeting Christmas Special. December 23. Slide Show from Alaska by Martha and Joe for those who miss the snow. Uniserve CMU off Nimmanahemindha Road. 5.30p.m.dinner 7p.m. meeting. retireinchiangmai

Chiang Mai Expat Club Christmas Party on December 27 at the Shangri La, 450 baht per person. Traditional menu. For tickets contact any board member.


Groups and Meetings

Ladies Expat Lunch Group, monthly, 12 noon. For reservations or further info franybill

Alcoholics Anonymous. Meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Nawarat Room at the YMCA. For further info 084-485-0100 or [email protected]

Womens’ Correction Institute. Ratvitee Road. ‘Chaun Chom’ a café run by inmates. Open from 8.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m.

Travel Club meets every month at Tuskers Bar & Grill located on Soi 1 just off Chaiyaphum Rd. For further info - [email protected]

Dining Out Group. Once a fortnight, alternating between Western and Asian food. Between 100 and 500 baht per head. For further info: diningoutcnx

LYC Chiang Mai—a social group for Asian and Western gays and lesbians. Frequent activities includes potlucks, BBQ Coffees and Movie Nights. For more info or schedule of upcoming events [email protected]

Hash House Groups. Group of social riders meet third Sunday every month at 1 p.m. for a secret trail, drinks and food. For further details email Andrew Shepherd at daglocks or call 084-780-6459.

The Chiang Mai International Women’s Book Club. International group of English-speaking book lovers., 7p.m., last Monday of every month. For further info email [email protected]

Chiang Mai Friends Group. A networking group of Expats and Thais  who support the community in educational and environmental projects. For further info call Boong on 089-433-1505 or email info

Chiang Mai Readers & Book Discussion Group meets monthly over lunch to discuss a previously agreed book. Everyone welcome. For further details contact Janet at [email protected]

Textile Art Group. First Friday of the month at the Raintree Centre. opposite Narawat Bridge. Weaving, surface decoration (batik, etc.), embroidery, etc.For further info contact Maya on 053-291-692.

Informal Northern Thai Group meets monthly at the Alliance Française, Charoen Prathet Road. For further info visit www.intgcm.thehost

Chiang Mai Expats Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. at Shangri-La Hotel. Arrive 10 a.m. start 10.30 a.m. 80 baht per person.

Many Lamps-One Light. Multi-faith inspirational programmes. 2nd and 4th Saturday every month at 2pm for 2.30pm start. Room 209 Hillside Condo 4. Topics; No fees. No Speakers. Refreshments. For further info call Mike at 087-305-4006.

“The Practice of Life.” A Buddhist mindfulness approach to living. Every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Contact Numnim for directions to Suan Thip Retreat Chanting group, every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.

The Gentleman’s Club meets at The Pub every first Monday of the month for beer and a roast lunch. For further info call Grahame at 053-211-550 or email [email protected]

The Chiang Mai Photographic Group meets every 2nd Wednesday 7 p.m. at Tuskers Bar & Grill. All those with an interest in photography film or digital are invited. Contact Chas for further details at 087-180-4665. www.


The Prem Golf Academy. Upcoming 5 Day Adult School December15-19. Private Lessons and custom programs available. For further info 053-301-500 (ext 5415). www.

Tai Chi Classes. Experienced Tai Chi Sifu gives lessons. For further details contact Liang at 084-600-5268 or [email protected]

Karate Practice. Student Services building at Chiang Mai University. Karatedo Federation Wado-kaj karate, free, Monday and Wednesday 5.30 p.m. For further info email [email protected]

Gymkhana Club. Tennis players wanted. Every Tuesday and Friday at 4 p.m. for doubles and mixed doubles. Prior playing experience helpful. Contact Michael at 087-188-7414.

Chiang Mai Bicycle Club meets every Sunday at 7 a.m. at Thapae Gate. For further info visit

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


Arts, Culture & Theatre Fesitval at the Chiang Mai City Arts Centre and Three Kings Monument. 12th – 14th and 19th – 21 December. Presented by Gabfai Community Theatre, Community Theatre Network and Child Trafficking Watch Thailand.

Courses, Lessons, Classes

Line Dancing at the Centre of the Universe, every Wednesday 5.30 p.m. 200 baht per person. For directions or further info call 081-473-0746 or [email protected]

Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.  Group classes, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at Hillside 4. Beginners or experienced. Call Julie at 089-955-5350 for details or visit Chen style lessons also available.

The PREM Tennis Academy. After school tennis programs, Saturday tennis programs, camps and tournaments. International experienced coaching staff. All ages and abilities accepted. For info contact Director Randall Scott at randalls or visit

Chiang Mai International Taekwondo. Training now for all ages at 3rd Floor EQ Square, Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road. World Master Tom Zuza 7th Dan. All aspects taught. For further info call 083-476-2013 or email [email protected]

Reiki training course (all levels). For further info please contact [email protected] or visit the website on www.asianhealin

Latin and Ballroom/Salsa Dancing. Soi 7, Suthep Road. Various classes and times. Ballroom/Salsa and Latin, Belly-dancing.. For further info email [email protected] .com or telephone Linda at 086-187-1263.

The Chiang Mai Computer Club meets Tuesdays 1 p.m. at Tuskers Bar & Grill. Contact Chas for further details at 087-180-4665.

Music / Entertainment

EPICES by Bernard Andres. A lecture recital by Pathsharasakon Po, Harpist on Wednesday December 10 form 7p.m. at Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall, Payap University Mae Kaow Campus Payap University, Admission free.

Strange Snow—presented by the Gate Theatre Group at the Studio Theatre , 7th floor, Kad Suan Kaew. Opens December 5 and every Friday and Saturday until December 20. Doors open 7pm, performance starts 7.30pm. Tickets 300 baht. For reservations or further info 087-177-2195 or [email protected]

AUA Language Centre Ratchadamnoen Road. A piano recital by Na Nandhorn Boonruang & Ingvo Clauder December 16 at 7.30p.m. Tickets 300 bht,(students 150 bht). . For further info 081-682-8000

Santi  Music School. Jazz History 101 Class.150 baht. Antoine Garth looks at the development of Jazz including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington etc. For further info contact Antoine at garthastro or 085-225-2169.

December 17 Starts at 8 p.m. For further info, email lotus

Quiz nights

Mondays- Tuskers’ Bar. For info call Chas on 087-811-4665, or

Tuesdays- The Olde Bell, 8.30 p.m. Call 087-811-9468, or [email protected]

Thursdays- UN Irish Pub. Call 05302140554

Fridays- The Pub. 8 p.m. Call Grahame on 053-211-550

Monthly at the Garden Bar-December 17, 8 p.m. Email- [email protected]

Films and Theatre

European Union Film Festival 2008 –please see coverage on entertainments page!

Alliance Français. 138 Charoen Prathet Road. Films start 8 p.m.. Friday December 12 ‘Les Brigades du Tigre’ (2006) by Jerome Cornuau. Friday December 19 ‘DIVA’ (1980) BY Jean-Jaques Beneix For further info, email [email protected]