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 chiangmai [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.alanon, or email: cm

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 lyc.cnx

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: ans. [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 /service.html,    



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: 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: [email protected]

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 biggest gift fair in Chiang Mai is at the Northern Industrial Promotion Center on Toonghotel Road. November 27-December 6. 

11th Chiang Mai Food and Entertainment Festival Date: through December 4, at Kad Cherng Doi. 08-7178-1444, 08-4177-8309.

16th CMU BOOK FAIR from 9am - 8pm with over 140 booths offering special discounts on books and stationary. At Chiang Mai University through December 2. Info:  0 5394 4508.

6th Northern Agricultural Fair. “Safe Agricultural Practices, Environment Concern and Sufficiency Economy Principle”  through December 3. Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University.

The Grand Opera, Ballet, Theatre Society will present the first two episodes of the BBC television series “I, CLAUDIUS”   Tuesday, December 8.   For more information, e/m [email protected]

Garage Sale at Lanna International : Lanna International School Chiang-Mai December 5. Ms Neung 053 806230/1

Nimmanhaemin Art & Design Promenade: NAP 2009: Nimmanhaemin Soi 1, December 5-9.

13th Lanna Architecture Fair: Going Green.  With construction products, decorative items and products for interior design for sale. A free architectural and consultation service. December 10-13, 3pm to 11pm. Think Park –opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel.

Charities and Special Events

Benefit Concert for “Joop Jang” at Baan Piranan. To sponsor “Joop Jang” a 6 year old Cerebral Palsy child who has no sponsor. Baan Piranan has taken her in and is bearing the costs but cannot afford to.Baan Piranan is home care for children with severe cerebral palsy. Paul Schoenkopf is donating the use of his home. Don Slepian, an American Keyboard Artist, will be presenting a program of live Electronic Classical Music. You can hear a sample of his music on his website, Don Slepian’s Live Electronic Classical Music Show. The Home of Paul Schoenkopf and Sarawut (Nop) Sriwichai: 175/2 Santitham Road, Chang Puak. Directly across the street from the YMCA International Hotel. The corner house with the yard. Free admission/donations encouraged. Saturday, February 13, 2009 7:30PM

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].

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

 ‘Bike for Elephants’ tour in Northern Thailand. Two days of adventure and fun biking through the Mae Tang valley, in Chiang Mai province.This event will raise much needed funds for the Elephant Nature Park and create awareness about the plight of Thai elephants. The Elephant Nature Park, in a beautiful mountain range north of Chiang Mai, is a safe home to rescued elephants that were previously neglected.February 6 and 7,

Charity Marathon to Doi Suthep: The Wilderness Society Organisation of Thailand invites you to join the ‘Charity Marathon to Doi Suthep’ on December 10. 100 baht per person with funds to go to support the Mae Ai permanent dam construction. The registration is available from now onwards. 053 963 029, 081 784 2076, [email protected]

Exhibitions and concerts

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.

“Patterns, Passages and Prayers: Traditional Culture of the Golden Triangle.” which will be launched at the Tamarind Village Hotel, with a splashy opening event with live music, December 20, running through April 30 2010.

An Evening with Ko Thet & The Classical Guitar. Ko Thet Shwe is from Burma and has been playing classical guitar for over 30 years. He is self-taught and has gone on to study with teachers from around the world and to go on to give concerts in Europe and Asia. He has been the resident guitarist at The House Restaurant in Chiang Mai since 2007. His guitar performance at ArtSpace will consist of the pieces he will perform in Bangkok in front of a panel of judges this December to qualify for his FTCL (Fellowship of Trinity College, London), in guitar performance. The program will consist of music from different eras and backgrounds. ArtSpace Tuesday, December 1. 7:00pm, Free Admission.          

Christmas Concert featuring excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Chiangmai Philharmonic Orchestra and Payap University College of Music Choir. Friday, December 11, time to be announced. Luce Chapel, Payap University Mae Khao Campus.

Imagine: An exhibition of work from students aged 3-18 from Prem Tinsulanonda International School. The exhibition features work from the Visual Arts, Design Technology and Information Technology programs. Chiang Mai University Art Museum. Chiang Mai University Art Museum . [email protected] December 3-19. Official opening on Thursday December 3rd at 7 pm

String Quartet Concerto Music School presents the Chiang Mai String Quartet with selections from Handel, Bach, Mozart and more. December 5 at the AUA Auditorium, Ratchadamnern Road, Chiang Mai.  081-8833740. Tickets 200 Baht , Students 100 Baht.

Contemporary Art Exhibition: 40 pieces of contemporary art by a Lanna artists group who graduated with a master degree from Silpakorn University. Open daily except Sundays. At Galerie Panisa until December 7.

Doi Din Daeng & Sop Moei Arts Joint Exhibition: a joint exhibition between Doi Din Daeng (Chiang Rai) and Sop Moei Arts (Mae Hong Song), featuring high quality bamboo, textiles and ceramics. Until December 18, La Luna Gallery 053 306 678.

The Splendour of Nature by Charoon Boonsuan: at the 116 Art Gallery, 94-120 Chareon Muang Road. T.Wat-Gate, until January 31. 053-302-111


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: artspacecm

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

Free salsa lessons Mondays at the Latin Club, Nimmanhaemin Soi 6.


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. 4:00 pm 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 mastertomzuza

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: [email protected]

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 [email protected] or 053 301 500 (ext 5415).  Please bring your Pitching Wedge.  We will meet on the putting green near the parking area.

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

2nd  AnnualWalking–Running Mini Marathon. In honour of the Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen, The Botanical Garden Organization Ministry of Natural resources and environment hosts the 2nd Walking – Running Mini Marathonon  for the Queen’s cup. With 3 different competitions, a12k mini marathon, 6km micro marathon and a 3km walking marathon. Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. December 12. Application at For information call 053 841 234

Nimseeseng 4th Motocross-FMSCT Thailand Super Cross 2009: Nimseeseng race course, December 11-13. Chiang Mai-Lampang Road, Saraphi District. 081 855 5225, 053 219 340 # 444.

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.