Community Happenings

Send in your Community Happenings

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-kind of 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 and women, 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 https://travelregistration. 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,    



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:diningoutcnx 

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

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

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

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

Miss Chiang Mai Motor Show 2009 will be organised at from December 18-27, at Arena Hall, Big C Supermarket, Donchan branch on Chiang Mai-Lampang superhighways, Chiang Mai. 

The Grand Opera and Ballet Society’s 2009-2010 season opens at Rimping Condo Tuesday November 24. The magnificent Covent Garden production of Bizet’s “CARMEN” will be offered. For more information email howardgraves

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].

Agro Fair 2009 at CMU Art Center, until November 25, performances, workshops, exhibitions and Agro clinic. 10:00 am until 8:00 pm.

5th Lanna – Japan festival 2009: Until November 29053 203 367 ext. 104.Zen Japanese Tea Brewing and Ikebana Flower Arranging Demonstrations. November 25, 10 am - noon. Guest lecturer: Fumiko Boughey. CMU Art Center Tel. 053 203 367.

Japanese Education Fair 2009  27 November. 10 am - 4 pm. Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel, 2nd Floor Ballroom Tel. 053 814 550.

18th Comic Party: Enjoy a range of activities for comic and animation lovers. Cosplay competition and 3rd J- Music Cover Dance. Winners will join a competition in Japan. November 28 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Central Airport Plaza.

Million Can Lids Build Artificial Legs #2: collecting aluminium for the Artificial leg foundation, donate at Mr.Pitak Suiluang at Nextpro Institute.

Make your own Gingerbread House and help orphans this Christmas by ordering a gingerbread house kit for 600 baht. Call June at 089-9509769 or e-mail [email protected] for information.

Registration is now open for the Tour de Thailand 2009.: The 7th Annual Tour de Thailand bicycle charity ride departs Chiang Mai for Phuket on December 8. The tour, which will end January 3, will cover the vast length of Thailand, totaling 2,300 km or 1,438 miles. Register for the ride now: html. For more information visit the website:

Exhibitions and concerts

Uncaged! The Art of Ability: at The Mute Mute Gallery on Tha Pae Road until November 30 showcases the art of two exceptional boys with cerebral palsy. The event is free but donations are welcome and the boys’ art is available for purchase with proceeds going to Baan Piranan.

Eduardo Tami, D & M Music studio presents a Tango concert by this internationally known flautist from Buenos Aires, Argentina with piano collaborator Son Han Nah. the first prize winner of the Beethoven Piano Competition in Thailand 2009. Eduardo Tami began his flute studies at the Conservatory of music “Juan Jose Castro,” where he had some outstanding Argentine musicians as teachers. Performing as a popular music arranger and performer, he toured with several artists all over the country (Argentina). The repertoire consists mostly of music coming from this part of the world, such as Tangos, Milongas, Valses, and Candombes. Wednesday, November 25, 7:00 pm.  AUA Language Center Chiangmai on Rajdamnern Road. 300 baht, 200 baht for students. Tickets available at the door or call 081-682-8000.

“Songs from the Mountain” Instrumental and vocal performances in a world music style. College of Music, Payap University, Kaew Narawat Campus (across from McCormick Hospital). Wednesday, November 25 at 7 pm. For information call: 053-248-037.

“The Splendour of Nature” exhibition, featuring the work of Ajarn  Charoon Boonsuan, will be held on Sunday, November 29, at 6.00 p.m. at  116 Art Gallery. Chulathat Kittibute, the national artist  in applied  arts and contemporary architecture, will preside over the opening ceremony. More than latest 40 pieces of work will be exhibited and  one of his longest paintings (3m) will be on display to the general public for the first time. For more details on the opening of “The Splendour of Nature” art exhibition by Charoon Boonsuan , telephone 081-886-2888 ( Pool) or  email: [email protected] .com

 Okinawa Song & Dance Theater “Chura”. Ryukyu Dance & songs performed by a professional female theatre from Okinawa. Somsawlee Building. Kaew Nawarat Campus (across from McCormic Hospital)

Tickets: 200 baht, students 100 baht. Friday, November 27 at 7 pm. Information: 0 5324 8037.

Alessio Monti & Friends With: Shan, Art, Mu, Um, Kija. music by:. F.Sor, J.S.Bach, A.York, M.Giuliani, F.Schubert,  A. Monti. Friday, November 27 at 7:30 pm. AUA Auditorium, Ratchadamnern Rd. Tickets : for one concert 300 baht, Students 150 baht. For both concerts 400 baht, Students 200 baht Tel: 086-916 1999.

Ramwong & Bon–Odori Festival. Procession of Bon-Odori dance group from Thapae Gate to Three Kings Monument. Enjoy several performances on stage. Sunday, November 29 from 4:00 pm. Three Kings Monument. Information: 05325 9094.

Voice of Praise College. Youth/Adult students from USA. Saturday, December 5, 2009. Luce Chapel/Mae Khao Campus.

The Santi Music School Presents A Christmas Sing Along and Block Party Featuring Santi Music School Choir and Soloists Wednesday December 9 at Santi Music School, Sri Mangkalajarn Soi 5 6:30 pm. 50 baht tickets Come usher in the holiday season with your favorite Christmas carols. For information, call 053-224 344

“ Phra Chao Tilokarat” a play to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University and the 600th anniversary of King Tilokarat, will be performed on December 10 (in English) , December 11 and 12 (in Thai) at 7 p.m. at Lan Rom Mai between H.B. 1 and H.B. 5, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University. Tickets are available at HAS Center, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University Tel: 053-942308, Robinson Department Store Tel: 053–320-3640-59 Ext. 201. Proceeds will be donated to a fund for needy students.

Alliance Francaise screens “Stavisky” Friday, November 27. 8 pm at 138 Charoen Prathet Rd. 053-275-277.

Chiang Mai Photographic Group Exhibition at the Northern Village, Central Airport Plaza, until November 29, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.

Thai–Lanna Contemporary Painting Exhibition, at CMU Art Center, Nimmenahaemin Road, until November 29.

Contemporary Art Exhibtion by Lanna Artists at Gallerie Panisa until November 27 every day except Sundays. 053-202-779.

Dance Performance from CHURA group from Okinawa: Ryukyu Dance performed by a woman’s dance group from Okinawa. Tickets: 200 baht (Students 100 baht). November 27 from 7 pm - 8.30 pm. Somsavali Building, Payap University (Kaew Nawarat Campus).

Guitarman Movie Premiere  Guitarman is throwing a party to celebrate the premiere of its very own documentary, ‘Guitarman the Movie’. Filmed in the summer of 2009, the film features some of Chiang Mai’s best musicians. The premiere party includes a showing of the documentary in the bar followed by an all-star jam of some of Guitarman’s legendary performers. November 27 at Guitarman, Loi Kroh Road.

The North Gate Jazz Co-Op: Open mike night every Tuesday from 9:30 pm. All musicians welcome to join. Chang Puak Gate.


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.

Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai will present a “Saturday Night – Seafood Buffet” at the hotel’s small pool on every Saturday evening between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m., starting from November 7 onwards.  The special price is just 499 baht net per person.

Rio Restaurant at RatiLanna Spa Resort, Changklan road,  offers a special offer for their Brazilian BBQ Buffet, grilling with a taste of the skewer, “Come 4 and Pay for 3”. Daily from 6 pm to midnight until January 31.

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


The Gymkhana Club is looking for competent singles tennis players for Monday nights; also competent doubles players for Tuesday andFriday 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 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

Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures has launched a new program offering 20 percent discounts on outdoor equipment.  There will also be rock climbing technique and equipment demonstrations, a pull up contest, rocking climbing contest, and cave demonstrations. For more details, please call 053-207-102 , or email : [email protected],  , or contact the office at 55/3 Ratchapakinai Rd, tambon Phra Sigh, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50100. www.

Prem Golf Academy, short game clinic at Stardome Driving Range Sunday December 20, 9am to noon. 500 baht, open to players from 12 years on up.  Call or email for reservation at spikec or 053 301 500 (ext 5415).  Please bring your Pitching Wedge.  Meet on the putting green near the parking area.

 Private instruction will be available after the clinic.  30 minute lesson /500 baht

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: greenpapayasangha

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.

Thanksgiving Dinners

Bake & Bite will be serving a Thanksgiving Buffet at their new location November 26. Roast turkey, stuffing, roast lamb, soups and salads and the dessert station. 450 baht a person, 200 baht for children under 12. Two seatings; 5:00-7:00 pm or 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Kaew­nawarat Soi 3/2.  053-249-689. Booking is required.

Art Café is offering a Thanksgiving Day set menu with Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more. November 25, 26 and 27 from 11 am to closing. 360 Baht per person, 230 baht for children under 12.  Thapae Road 053-206-365.

The Duke’s river location is offering a Thanksgiving dinner with either turkey, prime rib or salmon and all the fixings for 495 baht for adults (turkey and salmon—795 baht for prime rib) and 195 for children under 12 (turkey only). Opens at noon for service for the Baan Saa Fan Children’s Home. Other seatings are at 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm. 053-249-231 to reserve spaces. 49/4-5 Chiangmai-Lamphun Road.

PunPun Guesthouse is putting on a traditional Thanksgiving meal with three seatings: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the second will be at 3:30 to 5:30 pm and the last from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For reservations for Thanksgiving ONLY: [email protected] .com or telephone 053-243-362 or mobile 08-0491-8484 Give the time of the seating that you want and how many in your party. Reservations are required. 321 Charoenrat Road.

 Amari Rincome Hotel is offering an International Buffet Lunch at the La Gritta Restaurant from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and a set dinner from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The lunch is 450 baht per person net and the dinner 750 baht per person.  For reservations call 053-221-130. 1 Nimmanhaeminda Road 

[email protected] and Chef Chalong will be presenting a classic Thanksgiving dinner with roast turkey, chestnut stuffing, baked ham, chestnut pie and more. 899 baht for adults and 499 baht for children. Dinner buffet is served from 6:30 pm onwards. A roast butterball turkey is available for takeaway for 3,500 baht (includes 5kg turkey, chestnut stuffing, giblet gravy, candied yams, butter vegetables and cranberry sauce). Please call to book 053-999-9999 or email [email protected] 100 Chang Klan Road.

Charcoa from November 27 to January 3 serving roasted turkey rolled with a special stuffing and gravy or cranberry sauce 229 baht, includes a free Chef’s salad. 4 Soi 1 Sriphum Rd.  053-212-681 for information or reservations.

Shangri-La Hotel will offer a Thanksgiving buffet dinner at the Kad Kafé Restaurant from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Buffer dinner with an extra carvery station featuring traditional roasted turkey meat. 352  per person. 50% discount is applicable for all in-house and walk-in children under 12 years old. Reservation in advance is recommended. 053-253 888 89/8 Chang Klan Road