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


Groups and Meetings

Guys & Dolls Dinner Group: Next meeting March 8 at the Chedi Hotel. For further details contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Expat Women’s Lunch Group. For further details 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]

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 community integration and educational and environmental projects. Next meeting February 25 at La Gondola Restaurant Ketawa Hotel. 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, embroidery, 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 www.intgcm.thehostser

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 on 2nd and 4th Saturday every month at 2 p.m. for 2.30 p.m. start. 1110 Nakornping Condo. 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.cmpg

Chess Club: Serious Chess Players, wanted to play anywhere around Chiang Mai at almost any time call 085-7109-926.

Nicotine Anonymous meets every Saturday 1 p.m. at Building 11 Behins m’cormick Hospitals For More info. Contact EARL 086-1946300



The Prem Golf Academy: Private Lessons and custom programs available. For further info 053-301-500 (ext 5415). Up to 50% discounts for bookings in 2009. Junior 5 day camp March 16 – 20.

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

Hash House Groups: Group of social runners 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

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

Charity Events

5th Annual Run 4 Relief: March 7, Huay Tung Tao, starts 7 a.m. 200 baht per person (200 baht for T shirt, 200 baht for flip-flops). In aid of the Internally Displaced People (IDP’s) of Burma. For further information contact Josh Ryan 089-557-8996 or [email protected]

Costume Party at the Holiday Inn in Aid of Thai­landfreunde e.V. on March 7. Starts at 6.30 p.m. 700 baht a ticket, Entertainment includes Latin American Dancers, Clown and Magic Show, Cabaret Show. Tickets or further reservations contact Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon 089-633-8586

Courses, Lessons, Classes

Charcoal Portrait Workshop, Soi6 Moonmuang Rd: Beginners or experienced, flexible hours, affordable price, lots of fun. For further info contact Claudia 082-558-8123 or [email protected]

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]

Infant Massage Training Course: Moonmuang Rd. Learn from an accredited instructor of International Association of Infant Massage. For inquiries, contact Claudia at 082-558-8123 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.taichichiang 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.asianhea

Latin and Ballroom/Salsa Dancing: Soi 7, Suthep Road. Ballroom/Salsa and Latin, belly dancing. For further info email [email protected] 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.

Art classes at ArtSpace on 7. Short courses given by highly qualified and experienced artist, fees include materials. Develop your potential! For further details contact Laura on [email protected]

Music / Entertainment

Artspace on 7 CD release party on March 7 for singer/songwriters Matthew Whiston and Bradley Dean Whyte’s ‘Geography of Hungry Ghosts’. Free Performances. Reservations required contact [email protected]

9th International Dance Festival 2009: Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Over 600 dancers and performing artists over the 3 venues. Several groups coming to Chiang Mai.  Demonstrations & workshops. For further information contact [email protected]

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.

Logic Asia Asian Tour: International Jazz group at Moxie Restaurant, dusitD2 Hotel between March 6–8, from 7 p.m. onwards each night. March 9, Payap University workshop between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Guys and Dolls lecture musical by pianist Tidaratana Punprapai, Wednesday March 11 at 7.30 p.m. at Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall Payap University Maekhao Campus. Works by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Bohuslav Martinu and Claude Debussy. Admission Free.

Saxophone Recital by Kritsana Chitpreecha on Saturday March 7 at Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall Payap University Maekhao Campus. Starts at 7.30 p.m. Works by Glazunov, Villa-Lobos, Bach, Jopin. Admission Free.


Photograph Exhibition: ‘A Distant Mirror: a record of Old Chiang Mai’, from February 21–April 24 at the Lanna Architecture Centre Chiang Mai (intersection of Ratcha­damnoen and Prapoklao Roads), weekdays 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for further info 053-107-772

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. Email- [email protected]

Films and Theatre

Alliance Français: 138 Charoen Prathet Road. Friday Films start 8 p.m: March 6 ‘Le Jour Se Leve’ (1939) by Marcel Carne; March 13 ‘Le Charme Discret De La Bourgeoisie’ (1972) by Luis Bunuel; March 20 ‘Pierrot Le Fou’ (1965) by Jean-Luc Godard; March 27 ‘13m2’ (2007) by Barthelemy Grossmann. For further info email tbaude


Try ‘The Gathering’, an international fellowship of Christians meeting Sundays at the Lotus Hotel (Pang Suan Kaew), 10:30 a.m. Good refreshments and good friends. Call John at 080-131-721