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

Chiang Mai Friends Meeting Christmas Special. December 23. Slide Show from Alaska by Martha and Joe for those who miss the snow. JJ Markets, off the Superhighway behind Tesco. 5.30p.m. dinner 7p.m. meeting. [email protected]

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


Groups and Meetings

Expat Women’s Lunch Group meets fourth Wednesday at noon. Contact [email protected] for further details.

Alcoholics Anonymous. Meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Nawarat Room at the YMCA. For further info, call 084-485-0100 or chiangmaiwestaa

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 dorothy.engmann

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.meets 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 community integration and educational and environmental projects. For further info call Boong on 089-433-1505 or email [email protected]

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 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 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 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.

Serious Chess players wanted, to meet and play at The Pub.  For full details contact John on 089-7109-926

Bridge players wanted -.Beginner level couple looking for same to play and enjoy bridge. Please call John or Ana at 085-7109-926


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 mikesh[email protected]

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 www.taichichiangmai .com. 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

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 /

Chiang Mai Winter Fair December 27 until January 5 behind Chiang Mai City Hall. Local shows and performances including Miss Chiang Mai Contest.

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]

Art Space on 7 at Sirimongalajarn soi 7. The Gate Theater presents ‘The Eight Reindeer Monologues’ December 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28. Doors open 7p.m. Performance starts 8p.m.. For further details contact 085-622-6607

AUA Language Centre Ratchadamnoen Road. January 17 A Flute and Piano Duo Recital starts 7.30p.m. Peter H. Bloom (flautist) with Mary Jane Rupert (piano). Tickets 300 baht from Mongkol 081-682-800

Payap University College of Music ‘The Jazz King Musical compositions’ on January 4. Also ‘Jazz Study Concert’ on January 7. For further info 053-248-037 or [email protected]

Artspace on 7 at Sirimonga­lajarn, Soi 7: ‘Where is my Prize’ January 1-3. Music from Stephen Sondheim performed by Antoine Garth. 600 baht includes drink and dessert. Reservations required. Contact 085-622-6607

The Santi Studio. 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.

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 8 p.m. Email- [email protected]

Films and Theatre

Alliance Français. 138 Charoen Prathet Road. Friday Films start 8 p.m. January 23 ‘Traffic’ (1971) by Jacques Tati. January 30 ‘La Grande Vadrouille’ (1966) by Gerard Oury. For further info, email [email protected]