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 [email protected]

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., 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: www.

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: [email protected]

The U.S. Consulate encourages all American citizens to register with the US Consulate General.  Please visit 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, 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..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: [email protected]

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: [email protected].

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

The Chiang Mai Restaurants’ Association will hold the 22nd Chiang Mai

Food Festival from October 9 – 15, at Central Airport Plaza’s Lan Muan Jai. There will be with a grand opening ceremony and interesting and fun activities, including a Lhin Ping welcoming ceremony as well as stage shows.

Critical Mass Chiang Mai Bicycle Ride - Everyone on a bike, unicycle, skateboard, or roller-blades is invited to join the ride, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at Thapae Gate on the last Friday of every month to celebrate cycling and assert cyclists’ right to the road.  Short ride around Chiang Mai with drinks to follow. Info: forrestbrandt

Maejo University, Chiang Mai will host the 22nd Biot Game competition from October 17-21 as a part of its sports project on biotechnology aimed at Thailand’s university students. The event will be held at the Biot club, Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Maejo University, with the aim of encouraging sports for health and good relationships between students. Sports covered will be basketball, valley ball,  football, chair ball, and a questions and answer contest on  biotechnology, plus  a modelling contests for Mr. & Miss Biot. About 18 universities nationwide are expected to send their Biot clubs to take part in the event. 

The Seven Fountains Educational Sponsorship Programme is currently supporting the educational needs of 450 children who live in extreme poverty, paying for school fees, uniforms, textbooks, transportation and boarding for those who live far away from schools. The programme’s annual Dinner and Silent Auction will take place on October 31 at Seven Fountains Spirituality Centre.  Tickets are a minimum donation of 600 baht per adult and 300 baht for children 4 – 12 years old.  For tickets or more information please contact Tuyet Cahill at [email protected] or call on 081-032-1116

Siam Exhibition Co. Ltd is staging a Grand IT Sales Promotion at CMU’s Convention Centre between October 29 and November 1.  Featured will be products from Sony, Acer, Canon, Samsung, Toshiba, HP, Epson, Lexmark, Compaq, etc, all at promotional prices. Info: 029-101-310, www. or email on [email protected]

Central Airport Plaza will hold a ‘Chiang Mai Flora Blossom Celebration’ from October 16-18 and would like public participation in a flower design, decoration, flower arrangement and beauty contest under the concept ,’Celebration and Dress Design’ Expert Sakul Inthakul will help judge the contest, and the winner will receive a cash prize of  20,000 baht. Info: please call 053-809-085 .

Mae Jo Golf Club and Resort Chiang Mai, will celebrate its 5th anniversary on October 21 with the opening of a boutique hotel resort. For more information, please  contact  Nattaphon Thoop­putsar, Sales and Marketing Manager on.053 -354 431 – 2  or 089-212 -8877  Email on nattaphon, smmanager [email protected]

Charities and Special Events

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. Please contact Care for Dogs at [email protected]

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

and concerts

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. You can support them by hiring them at your next event or party. Please contact them on 085-717-2879.

‘Simply Suites’, a classical concert featuring harpist Judi Utley and flautist Annette George, with guest flautists  Jonathan McKeown and Susan Offner, will be presented by Payap on October 10 at the Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall ay 7.30 p.m. Tickets 200 baht, 100 baht for students. Info: 053-248-037.

Book Launch of ‘Songs of Memory, Traditional Music of the Golden Triangle’, by Victoria Vorreiter on Sunday, 1 November 2009 1- 5 pm at the Suriwongse Book Centre, 54, 54 / 1 Sridonchai Road, Haiya, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100. The launch will include a Photo Exhibit, ‘People with Hats – the Traditional Peoples of the Golden Triangle’. The exhibition will continue until November 15.

An Art Exhibition, ‘Moving in Mind’, by Kamol Tamseewan, will be presented from 2 - 29 October 2009 at CMU’s Art Centre, Nimmanhaeminda Road. Kamol is a talented young artist who made waves at ART Singapore last year. His exhibition is based on images of local life in his home village outside Chiang Mai, including a highlight of 6 large canvases and many abstract and contemporary artworks.

‘Look at This’ Gallery on Nimmanhaeminda Road is staging an exhibition of artworks featuring dogs and cats in conjunction with the Care for Dogs Foundation, beginning with an opening party on October 15 at 6.30 p.m.. The ‘LOOK AT THIS DOG’ party will feature a fashion show with gorgeous rescued puppies and dogs, an auction and live music from ‘Khun Den & Friends’ as well as wine & vegetarian snacks. All proceeds will go towards homeless dogs in need. The exhibition itself will run until October 23. Info:, or 053 400 921 / Care for Dogs, 084-752 5255 or www.carefor Don’t miss this one!


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. Guests are encouraged to bring along colleagues and business associates to take full advantage of the event. Cost 300 baht, including beer, wine and canapés.

The Royal Princess Hotel’s October promotions Golf For Fun and Hello Baby Panda Package will now extend until 15 December. A Vegetarian Promotion at the hotel’s Jasmine Room will run from 15-31 October between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with prices starting at 150 baht. For more info, please contact the Royal Princess Chiang Mai Hotel on 053-253- 900 or email [email protected], www.dusit. com or

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 volunteers

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.asianhealing


 The Gymkhana Club is looking for competent singles tennis players for Monday nights; also competent doubles players for Tuesday and Friday nights and competent, competitive doubles players for Wednesday nights. 4:00pm to 6:30pm, 80 baht walk-in fee for non members. Info: Michael at 087-1887414 or Ian at 086-1951753

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: [email protected]

The Prem Golf Academy is holding a short game clinic at Chiang Mai’s Stardome Driving Range on September 13 from 9 a.m.-12 midday, cost 500 baht per person. For reservations call 053-301-500, ext 5415 or email [email protected]

Prem Golf  and Tennis Academies: 5-Day Golf & Tennis Camp, Day Camp and Residential Camp options available. October 15-19.  Applications available online at

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.

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,

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]

Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Foundation holds Experience in Meditation every Saturday 3 p.m-4:30 p.m. at 218/6 Chotana Rd. 053-214-904