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.
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Support and Information Groups

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 email chiangmaiwestaa

Al-anon: Support group open to anyone affected by alcoholism in a relative or friend. Meets every Saturday, 4-5 p.m. at Seven Fountains, 97 Huey Kaew Rd. For info: www.alanonthailand .org, email: [email protected] .org or call 087-300-4668.

CODA: Co-dependants Anonymous is a support group for people having problems with maintaining a healthy relationship with others. Meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Seven Fountains, 97 Huey Kaew Rd. For info call 085-863-9898.

Nicotine Anonymous: Meets every Saturday 1 p.m. at Building 11 behind McCormick Hospital. For further info contact Earl at 086-194-6300.

LYC Chiang Mai: Social group for Asian and Western gay men and lesbians. For more info or schedule of upcoming events [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 Next meeting May 27.

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).

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


Other events

The Fourth of July! Early notification of invitation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America on behalf of the US Consulate-General to the annual celebration of Independence Day to be held this year from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the grounds of the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium. Admission 100 baht, includes entertainment, games, door prizes and a firework display. No parking will be allowed; please take a taxi or ask a friend to drop you off.

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.

Informal Northern Thai Group: A presentation on 18th - 20th Century Thai and other Southeast Asian Paintings of the Lord Buddha will be given at the Alliance Française meeting rooms by James Bogle on June 9 at 7.30 James is an expert on Asian art, and a dedicated collector of the genre.

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]

Soroptimists International Chiang Mai: Professional women’s group meets June 17 at Amari Rincome from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Speaker is Jaz Goven, from Emotional Freedom Technique. Tickets 250 baht, (Soroptimists), 350 baht, (guests), including high tea. New members welcome. For further details, contact Cory on [email protected]

Exhibitions and concerts

International Song Festival presents an evening of Italian madrigals and the Birth of Opera on June 13, given by the Anima Mundi Early Music Ensemble, led by Antoine Garth. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Spirit House restaurant. An Italian buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets are 600 baht. For reservations, please call 084-803-4366.

Chiang Mai Arts: University Art Centre May 6-28. Art Thesis of Graduate Students, (Master Degrees), Visual arts exhibition, understanding the beauty of art. 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For further info, email to cmuartscenter

JJ Markets: 7 p.m., June 12 sees another round of the annual JJ’s Talent Contest, with students competing for scholarship prizes.


JJ Indy Street: JJ Markets project to help small SMEs and the unemployed. Regular Thursday market between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., local goods from local people Well worth a visit. JJ’s is located next to Tesco Lotus, just off the Superhighway.

JJ Markets: Grand sale to June 30. 20%-80% reductions on clothes, home décor, local crafts, etc. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Located off the Superhighway behind Kam Thieng flower market.

Dining Out Group: Next meeting, Ooh La La Restaurant, June 11, 7 p.m. This is an excellent French Normandy restaurant, a bit pricey but well worth the money as they use nothing but the finest ingredients. Please email Paul for bookings or further info on [email protected]

Courses and classes

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

Reiki training courses: All levels. For further info please contact [email protected] or visit the website on www.asianhealing

Relief from tension by self-tapping your acupuncture points (no needles needed). Two workshops with Jaz Goven on June 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. At Siri Wattana, Chiang Mai. Cost 600 baht each per workshop to book. Call Ayesha on 053-802-696.


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

Religion and Spirituality

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 on 053-811-464 for directions to Suan Thip Retreat.

Exploring Christianity: ‘The Gathering’ - an international fellowship of Christians meeting Sundays at the Lotus Hotel behind Central Mall, 10.30 a.m., 5th floor. Good refreshments and good friends. Call Pastor John at 080-131-3721.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Spiritual master. Devotees in Chiang Mai are now holding a study and discussion group. For further details, please contact Bob on 081-469-1507, between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Baha’i Faith - What is it? Why is it fresh and important? New topics on 9th and 19th of every month at 1110 Nakornping Condo, off Huay Kaew Rd. at 2.45 p.m. Call Mike or Rose on 087-305-4006.

Meditate with The Green Papaya Sangha in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh every Thursday from 7.30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Yoga Studio 65/1 Arak Road. Beginners warmly welcomed. For info, email to greenpapayasangha