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: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the YMCA’s Nawarat Room. Info: 084-485-0100, email chiangmaiwestaa

Al-anon: Support group open to those affected by alcoholism in a relative or friend. Every Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m, Seven Fountains, 97 Huey Kaew Rd. Info: 087-300-4668, www.alanonthailand. org, or email: [email protected]

Co-dependants Anonymous: Support group for those having problems with healthy relationships with others. Every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Seven Fountains, 97 Huey Kaew Rd. Info: 085-863-9898

Nicotine Anonymous:  Meets Wednesday and Saturday, 1 p.m., Building 11, behind McCormick Hospital.  Info. 086-194-6300 or 081-027-6836.

LYC Chiang Mai: Social group for Asian/Western gay men and lesbians. Info and events: email [email protected]

Chiang Mai Friends Group: A new-style club for Thais and expats working towards community integration, educational and environmental projects and Lanna cultural appreciation, as well as ‘meeting and greeting’ and fun! Info: 089-433-1505 or email [email protected]

Chiang Mai Expats Club: 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. for 10.30, Shangri-La Hotel. 80 baht per person.

Informal Northern Thai Group: Monthly meeting with talk at Alliance Française, Charoenprathet Road. Info:

The Royal British Legion, Chiang Mai. Social meetings 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month, 7 p.m. at The Olde Bell British Pub on Loi Khroh Road.

Not just for UK ex- servicemen, but for anyone who supports the Legion’s aims and objectives. New members welcome.   



Hash House Groups: Social runners, third Sunday each month, 1 p.m. Secret trail, drinks and food. Info: [email protected] or 084-780-6459.

The Gentleman’s Club: The Pub, first Monday of the month. Beer and a roast lunch. Info: 053-211-550, email [email protected]

Dining Out Group: Once a fortnight, alternating between Western and Asian food. 100 baht - 500 baht per head. Next event, Billy’s Restaurant on August 6, at 7 p.m. Info and reservations: [email protected] 

Chiang Mai Readers & Book Discussion Group: Monthly over lunch to discuss a previously agreed book. All welcome. [email protected]

The Chiang Mai International Women’s Book Club: Group of English speaking book lovers. 7 p.m, last Monday of month. Info: christa

Soroptimists International Chiang Mai: Professional women’s group, monthly at the Amari Rincome Hotel. New members welcome. Info: [email protected]

The Chiang Mai Computer Club: Tuesdays 1 p.m. at Tuskers Bar. Info: 087-180-4665.

Chiang Mai Bicycle Club: Every Sunday, 7 a.m, Thapae Gate. Info:

The Textile Art Group: First Friday of month at the Raintree Centre opposite Narawat Bridge. Weaving, batik, embroidery, etc. Info: [email protected]

Travel Club: Monthly at Tuskers.Info:dorothy.engmann

The Expat Ladies Luncheon: Monthly at selected, reasonably priced venues. All welcome. Next meeting August 25 at the Pasta Café. Info and reservations: franybill

Chiang Mai Chess Club: 7pm, Wednesdays, The Pub, on Huay Kaew Rd. All welcome. Info: John on 085-7109-926.

Nederlandse Vereniging Thailand Chiang Mai: Evening meeting for the Dutch community in Chiang Mai, August 8 at Hollanda Montri Guesthouse, 365 Charoenrat Rd, beginning at 7 p.m. All welcome. Info: [email protected]

Chiang Mai Rotary Club members will meet at Montfort College at 10.a.m. August 6, to release 200,000 fish into the Mae Ping River

Charity Events

CMU Art Museum Theatre presents ‘We’re gonna go Dancing!’, a fundraiser for the Volunteers for Children’s Development Foundation on August 9,

 At 7 p.m, This dynamic contemporary dance production is presented by the Japanese Contemporary Dance Network, The Japan Foundation, CMU’s Japanese Studies Centre and CNX Art Connex with support from the CM Consulate General of Japan and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan. Performers will include Japanese dancers, the Wandering Moon group, Endless Journey and Payap’s College of Music.Tickets 50 baht at CMU Art Museum. Opening talk at 5 p.m., August 3, Thepsiri Gallery, Soi Wat Umong. Reservations and info: 081-884-3687 or email on [email protected]

Soroptimists International Chiang Mai: Open meeting on August 19, 5 p.m. at the Amari Rincome Hotel, all welcome. Features ‘Songs of Memory: Traditional Music of the Golden Triangle’, a presentation by Victoria Vorreiter, which will highlight these ancient musical traditions using film, recordings, and images .Non- members 350 baht, including high tea. To reserve, email [email protected] For more info on the speaker and her subject, please visit www.

Exhibitions and concerts

A Little Night Music: The Princess Galyani Vadhana Chamber Orchestra from Bangkok will present two wonderful concerts at CMU’s Faculty of Humanities’ 8th floor Wijisin Hall on August 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. Programme will include works by Mozart, Bellini and Tchaikovsky. Tickets, at the door or in advance on 083-321-2883, are 500 and 300 baht, students with ID 100 baht. For full info, see this issue’s Art, Music and Culture page.

The ‘Hoon Chang Fon’ traditional Lanna puppet duo, recently awarded the World Festival of Puppet Art’s special Award for Poetic Interpretation in Prague, have lost their pitch in the Sunday Walking Market as a result of taking time off to compete in the international festival. The now internationally famous duo has at present no way of earning a living. You can support them by hiring them at your next event or party. They deserve our appreciation and continued support; please do contact them on 085-717-2879.

Galerie Panisa present ‘Art and Amity V1’, an exhibition of work by their students and teachers, on view until August 19 at their gallery, located at 189 Mahidol Road, opposite the Toyota showrooms. Info: 053-202-779.


Networking Evening: AA Insurance Brokers Co.Ltd and Networking One invite you to these events, held on the 1st Thursday of each month, from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at the Shangri-.La Hotel. A great opportunity for business professionals and individuals alike to meet, network and exchange views in a social environment. Attendees are encouraged to bring along colleagues and business associates to take full advantage of the networking. Next meeting August 6, sponsored by AA Insurance Brokers Co. Ltd.

Le Mercure Hotel: Special offer, Sunday Brunch, book 1 week in advance, get 30% discount. Wednesdays are ‘ladies’ day’ – two eat for the price of one. Lavish and delicious!

Courses, classes, educational opportunities

Chiang Mai University’s Language Institute is offering a new non-profit multi-skill volunteer teaching programme which includes a Non-Imm. ‘O’visa. Volunteers can be placed in schools, hospitals, etc, according to qualifications and experience. Tailor-made placements in any field; commitment of at least 4 hours per week. Placement and visa fee requested to cover expenses. For more details, or if your school or organisation needs volunteers, 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. Info: [email protected]

Reiki training courses: all levels. Info: [email protected] or www.asian

Latin and Ballroom/Salsa Dancing: Soi 7, Suthep Road. Ballroom/Salsa and Latin, belly dancing. Info: 086-187-1263, email [email protected]

Grow International Learning Centre offers alternative education based on ‘GED’ Syllabus for middle/high-school students wishing to study for the international high school certificate. Info: Sonthaya Chutisacha, (Sandy), on 081-846-5770, email [email protected] or visit


Tennis Players: The Gymkhana Club. Monday nights are Singles nights, 4:p.m - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday are Doubles nights, 4:p.m - 6:30p.m.  Competent players welcome. Non-members 80 baht walk-in, games free for members.

Info: Michael on 087-188-7414 for more information.  

Chiangmai International Taekwondo: All ages taught in your own home, private lessons by World Master Tom Zuza, 7th Dan. Info: 083-276-2013/083-475-1752, email [email protected]

Tai Chi Classes: Experienced Tai Chi Sifu gives lessons. Info: 084-600-5268, email liangxiaochenmen

Tai Chi Classes: Chen style Tai Chi classes for beginners, Mondays Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Hillside 4 Condos, 4th floor, exercise room. Info: 089-955-5350, or Private classes also available.

Karate Practice: Monday/Wednesday 5.30 p.m, Free. CMU’s Student Services building. Karatedo Fed. Wado-kaj karate. Info: admin

Quiz nights

Mondays: Tuskers’ Bar: Info: call Chas on 087-811-4665, or

Tuesdays: The Olde Bell, 8.30 p.m. Call 087-811-9468, email [email protected]

Thursdays: UN Irish Pub. Call 053-214-554

Fridays: The Pub. 8 p.m. Call Grahame on 053-211-550

Monthly at the Garden Bar: Starts 8 p.m. 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. 1110 Nakornping Condos. No fees. Refreshments. Info: Mike on 087-305-4006. Please note: the ‘Many Lamps - One Light’ programme will be in recess from 25th July to 22nd August. 

Baha’i Faith - What is it? Why is it fresh and important? New topics. Monthly, 9th and 19th, at 1110 Nakornping Condos, 2.45 p.m. Info:

Mike or Rose on 087-305-4006, Please note: ‘Baha’i Faith’ will be in recess from 19th July to 19th August, inclusive.

Exploring Christianity: ‘The Gathering’. Sundays, Lotus Hotel, 10:30 a.m., 5th floor. Good refreshments, good friends. Info: Pastor John, 080-131-3721

Sri Sathya Sai Baba, spiritual master. Study and discussion group for Chiang Mai devotees. Info: Bob at 081-469-1507, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Meditate with the Green Papaya Sangha in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Yoga Studio 65/1 Arak Road.  Beginners welcome. Info: [email protected]