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


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 [email protected]

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, please visit www.alanonthailand. org, or email on [email protected], 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 on 086-194-6300.

LYC Chiang Mai: Social group for Asian and Western gay men and lesbians. For more info or schedule of upcoming events, please 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] Next meeting June 24.

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, Charoenprathet Road. For further info visit   


Upcoming charity events

Ram’s Summer-Sanook-Soiree: 7 p.m. on June 19 at Casa Antonio Ristorante Italiano on Charoenphratet Road will see the start of a very enjoyable evening for supporters of the famous Chiang Mai Charity Calendar. A delicious 4 course menu with free-flow wine, plus the knowledge that you’re helping this great charity, all for 750 baht. For more details or to book, please email Ramlah on [email protected]

Other events

The Fourth of July: An invitation, on behalf of the US Consulate, to USA citizens and their wives, kids and friends from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America to the annual celebration of Independence Day, held this year from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the grounds of the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium. Admission 100 baht, includes good ole’ American hot dogs, soft drinks, kids’ games, a watermelon-eating contest, a variety of entertainment, door prizes and a firework display. US citizens should show either their passports or a copy; each may bring 5 non-US citizen guests, both adults and children, who should also show a photo ID, passport or copy or school ID. Large group will need pre-approval. No parking will be allowed; please take a taxi or ask a friend to drop you off. For more details, please email [email protected]

Hash House Groups: Group of social runners meets 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.

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

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

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

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

Exhibitions and concerts

Pianist Thaya Kongpak­paisarn, winner of the National Beethoven Piano Competition 2007 and the 8th Bangkok Chopin Piano Competition 2008, will give a recital at Payap’s College of Music’s recital room on June 20 at 7.30 p.m. The recital room is in the Srisangwan Building on the university’s Kaewnawarat Campus. Admission is free.

La Luna Gallery’s preview exhibition, Elephant Parade, will run until June 26. Featured are lots of painted elephants, both large and small, created by various Thai artists, as well as some new exhibits. The ‘jumbo’ jumbos will later be travelling to Holland to be part of a huge parade in Amsterdam, aimed at raising awareness in the West of the plight of the Asian elephant.

Payap’s College of Music is hosting a concert by the Yale university-based Whim’n Rhythm Choir at 7.30, June 15, at the Saisuree Music Hall on the university’s Mae Khao Campus.


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.

Networking Event: 1st Friday each month, 6.30-9.30 p.m. at Le Méridien Hotel. Organised by Networking One, this event is a good opportunity to meet, discuss and do business! 300 Baht admission fee includes wine, beer and canapés. For more info or to book, please visit

Courses, classes, educationl opportunities

Chiang Mai University’s Language Institute are offering a new multi-skill volunteer teaching programme which includes a Non-Imm ‘O’ visa. No strings attached. You don’t have to sign on for their TEFL course! Volunteers can be placed in schools, hospitals, etc, according to their qualifications and experience. Commitment is a minimum of 4 hours per week. If you want to help, this seems a very good opportunity. For more details, please email Carmen on [email protected]

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


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. Please note: ‘Many Lamps - One Light’ programme will be in recess from July 25 to August 22, inclusive.

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. Please note: ‘Baha’i Faith’ will be in recess from July 19 to August 19, inclusive.

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.

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