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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

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

Gymkhana Club Carols by Candlelight and a Christmas Pageant, December 19. Starts 7p.m. Sing carols and re-enact the Christmas story outdoors in the attractive grounds of the Gymkhana Club. Everyone is welcome! Sponsored by Chiang Mai Community Church.

Music College of Payap University presents a Christmas Concert, includes the Payap Choir at the Henry R. Luce Hall, Mae Kaow Campus, December 20 at 7.30 p.m. Free Admission.

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

The Eight Reindeer Monologues at ‘ArtSpace on 7’ on December 21 & 24-28. Doors open 7 p.m. Performance starts 8 p.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. 5.30 p.m. dinner 7 p.m. meeting. [email protected]

Chiang Mai Expat Club Christmas Party on Saturday 27 at the Shangri La Hotel. 450 baht per person Full traditional menu offered. For tickets contact any board member.


Groups and Meetings

Ladies Expat Lunch Group monthly-starts 12 noon. For reservations or further info, contact [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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

LYC Chiang Mai social group for Asian and Western gay men 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 [email protected] or call 084-780-6459.

The Chiang Mai International Women’s Book Club. International group of English speaking book lovers. 7 p.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 community integration and 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 cmreadersgroup

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

Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG) meets at the Alliance Française, Charoen Prathet Road. For further info visit

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 2 p.m. for 2.30 p.m. 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 thepub

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.  Private Lessons and custom programs available. For further info 053-301-500 (ext 5415).

Tai Chi Classes. Experienced Tai Chi Sifu gives lessons. For further details contact Liang at 084-600-5268 or liang.xiaochenmen

Karate Practice. Student Services building at Chiang Mai University. Karatedo Federation Wado-kaj karate. Monday and Wednesday 5.30 p.m. This practice is free. 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, 19 – 21 December. Presented by Gabfai Community Theatre, Community Theatre Network and Child Trafficking Watch Thailand.


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 [email protected] or visit www.

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 courses—all levels. For further info please contact [email protected] or visit the website on www.

Latin and Ballroom/Salsa Dancing. Soi 7, Suthep Road. 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 /

Charity Rooftop Party 10 January 2009. Hillside Plaza & Condotel 4: 800 baht per ticket includes international buffet, live entertainment, 2 complementary drinks and a luxury voucher from The Chedi Hotel. Tickets available at Hillside reception, Amari Rincome reception and The Pub or charityroof [email protected]

Strange Snow The Gate Theatre Group at the Studio Theatre 7th floor Kad Suan Kaew. Every Friday and Saturday until December 20. Doors open 7pm, performance starts 7.30pm. Ticket 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 baht and 150 baht for students. For further info 081-682-8000

The Santi Studio. Jazz History 101 Class.150 baht per class. Antoine Garth looks at the development of Jazz including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington etc. For further info contact Antoine at [email protected] or 085-225-2169.

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

European Union Film Festival 2008 at The Vista Kad Suan Kaew, December 12 - 21. Please see coverage on Entertainments Page.

Alliance Français: 138 Charoen Prathet Road. Films start 8 p.m. Friday December 19 ‘DIVA’ (1980), Jean-Jaques Beneix. For further info, email [email protected]