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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 info

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.

Dutch community in Chiang Mai: Evening get-together every 1st Tuesday of the month, Nederlandse Vereniging Thailand. Begins 7 p.m, everybody  welcome, at: Hollanda Montri Guesthouse, 365 Charoenrat Rd. Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand. Info: ans. [email protected]

The U.S. Consulate encourages all American citizens to register with the US Consulate General.  Please visit https://travelregistration.state. gov to register and/or update your current information. American Citizens are reminded that all services are provided by appointment only. To make an appointment or view additional information on our services, please visit our website at  http://chiangmai., Thank you!.    



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 meeting August 20, 7:00 p.m. at SU Korean Fusion Restaurant, second floor of the Circle at Soi 17, Nimmanhaeminda Road. 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]com

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: [email protected].

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


Care for Dogs urgently needs both Thai and Western volunteers for their new stall at the Sunday Walking Street Market, which will help to raise funds for the shelter’s ever-increasing needs. Volunteers will be selling Care for Dogs merchandise, collecting donations and spreading public awareness of Care for Dogs. Full shift hours are Sundays approx. 3.30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Half shifts 3.30p.m. till 7.30 p.m. and  7.30 p.m. till 11 p.m. These hours are still to be confirmed and may change. If you are able help out for either a full shift or half shift or some weeks only, please contact Care for Dogs immediately at [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

Exhibitions and concerts

The Gate Theatre’s next season will present Neil Simon’s famous play, ‘The Odd Couple’, directed by Stephan Turner, at the Studio Theatre on the 7th floor of Kad Suan Kaew on the 11th and 12th, 18th and 19th and 25th and 26th of September. Curtain up at 7 p.m; from 6 p.m. food and drink, catered by the Queen Victoria Pub, will be available in the theatre’s foyer.

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.

116 Art Gallery’s new exhibition, ‘The Love of Mother and Child’, featuring a group of emerging Lanna artists, will run from now until August 31, and celebrates HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday and Mothers’ Day. The gallery is located on Charoen Muang Road. Info:  or call on 053-302-111.

Antoine Garth and jazz trio present the Great American Songbook vol.3, an evening of jazz and a buffet dinner. Songs by Cole Porter, Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, etc. at the Shangri-La Hotel on August 23. Concert 6 p.m, dinner 8.p.m. Tickets, concert 200 baht, concert and dinner 550 baht.


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.

International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice will run a 5 –day writing retreat for women from  September 28 at a peaceful rural setting in Mae Rim. Daily Yoga/meditation/ mindfulness practices create space for creativity to emerge. Residential course, cost 6,000 - 9,000 baht dependent on ability to pay. Info: email on gin[email protected]

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

Studio Naenna; A 3-day indigo-dying workshop organised by Studio Naenna will run from August 29-30 at their main gallery off Huey Kaew Road at 138-8 Soi Chang Khian. 10 places only, cost 1000 baht. Info: tel 053-322-6042, or email on emailus1


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 [email protected]

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 www. 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.

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: greenpapayasangha