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: [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: The next meeting will be a celebration of the group’s second anniversary in January 22, 2010. A ‘Pot Luck’ evening is planned, suggestions and ideas for this very special event can be sent to [email protected] or 053-206121.

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

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 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.usconsulate. gov/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. cmreadersgroup

The Chiang Mai International Women’s Book Club: Group of English speaking book lovers. 7 p.m, last Monday of month. For info please email: ChiangMaiBookClub

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:[email protected]

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

Motorcycle Global Travellers Meeting January 16, 2010, 7:00PM, at Chiang Mai Saloon #2, 30 Ratchawithi Rd. Open to general public. Free entry. This annual gathering is for motorcycle travellers seeking or wishing to share information on motorcycle travel in SE Asia or around the world. Adventure motorcycle travellers can find information at: http://www.

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, www. 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: cory

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,

Tourism Authority of Thailand presents Mini Light & Sound Nopburi Sri Nakorn Ping Chiang Mai Performance on every third Saturday of December 2009 and January, February, March and April 2010 at 7.00 pm./Thai Version and at 8.00 p.m./English Version. Tickets (299 baht/person) are available TAT Chiang Mai Office Tel. 053-248604, 053-248607 and Chiang Mai College Dramatic Arts Tel. 053-271596.

Rajapruek Garden 2009: Festival of Million Flora” Flowers and music in the garden. December 19 to January 31 at Royal Flora Ratchapruek.

The 1st CMU Art Center Winter Song Festival from December 2009 to March 2010 and the Musical Performance (Classic, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Indy, World Music, and Live Music) at CMU Art Center.

 CM Red Cross’s Winter Fair: hundreds of stalls at the Fairground behind Chiang Mai Provincial offices. From December 30 to January 10. 053 212 638. Miss Chiang Mai Contest with the finals on January 5.

Special Presentation Dinner at The Chedi Hotel: 200 club will present the cheques to Lanna Dogs Rescue and the Maetang Elephant Park Elephant Clinic. Tickets 1500 baht per person includes 2 drinks, canapes followed by a 4 course dinner. Live entertainment plus an Elephant Art Exhibition. Dr Chao Duangduan Na Chiangmai will be presenting the cheques. January 19. For tickets please contact [email protected]

The Four Seasons Resort will host a Chamber Music Concert:  by M.L. Usni Pramoj on behalf of Vienping Children’s Home. Concert starts at 6.30pm followed by dinner at the Resort’s Cooking School. Concert tickets 850 baht, Dinner 1250 baht plus service plus tax including non alcoholic drinks. For reservations or further info 053-298-181 or [email protected] January 23.

Exhibitions and concerts

Eddie Baytos and the Nervis Brothers: Direct from New Orleans via Hollywood, Eddie Baytos will be pumping out hot Zydeco, Ska, Blues and Tex-Mex, featuring well known Chiang Mai resident Joe Cummings, at the Guitarman on January 8 and 9. Loi Kroh Rd.

“Patterns, Passages and Prayers: Traditional Culture of the Golden Triangle.” featuring Hill Tribes photos and artifacts from the Golden Triangle . At Tamarind Village through April 30 2010.

Images of Asia: 14 oil impressionist paintings on exhibit by Yuth Suripong. Tita Gallery Mae Rim until 7th January.

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

Galerie Panisa is staging the 10th exhibition on painting arts by Sa-ngiam Yarangsee 2009 until January 4, 2010. At Galerie Panisa, Mahidol Road. Open daily from 9.00 a.m. to  6.00 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Tel. 053 202-779 for more information. www.

Piano Recital by Lisa Caliri and Pamela Pra­sarttongosoth: D & M Music Studio will present a classical piano recital performed by Lisa Caliri and Pamela Prasarttongosoth. Featuring works of Chopin, Schumann and Barber. Tuesday, January 5 , 2010 at 7 p.m. at AUA Language Center Chiangmai on Rajdamnern Road. Tickets are 300 baht, 200 Baht for students available by calling 081-682-8000 or at the door.

Japan Design Today 100: The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with Chiang Mai University Art Center and CNX Art Connex proudly present a unique design exhibition from Japan which will represent the finest of Japanese designs from 1990s o the present.Chiang Mai University Nimmarnhaemin Rd.. January 8-21, closed Mondays and National holidays from 9 am to 5 pm. Opening Ceremony will be on Friday January 8 at 6 pm.

Master’s Piano Recital by Remi Namtep at Payap University, Saisuree Hall. January 9 at 7:30 pm.

Don Slepian’s Live Electronic Classical Music Show. Thursday, February 11 at 7:00PM. Payap University, Kaew Narawat Campus, Across from McCormick Hospital. Music School.l Room SW201.

Alliance Francaise January films: January 8, 8 pm. Le Pere Noel est une ordure (1981. Friday January 15 8pm: Quand tu descendras du ciel (2003. Friday January 22 8 pm: Les Soeurs Fachees (2004. Friday January 29 8 pm: Mon petit doigt m’a dit..

Open Mike night every Tuesday at the North Gate Jazz Co-Op. Starts at 10 p.m. Chang Puak Gate.

Woven Legends by Patricia Cheesman: at O.P. Place Chiangmai (Le Meridien Hotel Chiangmai) 0-5325-2004, 08-6430-0794 until January 31.

Rong Wong-Savun, One For the Road: Exhibitions with Rong Wong-Savun’s works, books and photographs. January 9-30, 9 am to 5 pm, closed Mondays and holidays. 1st floor of Chiang Mai University Art Center 053-218280 and 053-944833.

Showing of PANOM, Cousin to the Clouds, a documentary film on the Asian elephant by Galen Garwood: hiangmai Art Center Theater, Chiangmai,Thailand (239 Nimmenhaemin Road), Ticket prices are 250 baht and 150 baht for students.  A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital near Lampang, Thailand. Friday January 15, 7 pm.

Charlie Suriyakham presents “Clarinet Pointillism”: Joining Suriyakham will be David Wilson, Chaipruck Mekara, and Sarun Ganyl. In this recital, Suriyakham will play a wide variety of pieces from Opera to Jazz to Klezmer to 21st century music. CRK Recital Hall, Payap University (Kaew Nawarat Campus, opposite McCormick Hospital). Thursday January 7. 7:30 pm. Free admission.

Kuwang Salee Spirit and Voice of Nature:A site specific performance of dance theater. By Waewdao Sirisuk and Ronnarong Khampa. Wat Ton Kwaen, Hang Dong. 087-817-2734. January 23 & 24.

Classical Guitar Recital by Mutita Narkmuang: Presented by Duriyasilp College of Music Payap University. Music by Yocoh, York, Falla, Tárrega, Guimarães, Mangoré, Monti and H.M. King Bhumibol. Friday, January 29. 7:30 pm. CRK Recital Hall [SW201]-Duriyasilp College of Music Payap University  (Kaewna­warat campus) Admission Free.

Artists Talk Program by Wandering Moon Theatre: Bowing: Asia-Europe Pointe to Pointe Dance Film and Mail Order Bride Project (installation and performing arts) at Thepsiri Gallery, Soi Wat Umong, behind campus. January 4, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Additional workshops on the Dance film are available on January 5 and 6  from 6 pm to 9 pm. 08 9429 3770. The Mail Order Bride Project is looking for more volunteers to join the project. 0821 891 190.

Burmese and Bread & Butter players performances: January 10 at the Rachamangkha Hotel. Jan 15th and 16th we will show the result of our collaboration at ESC and maybe Chiangmai University after dark. performance times are 7.30 and the running time is 40 to 50 minutes.www.


Networking Evening: rescheduled for January 14 at the Shangri-La. Please be sure to mark your calendar for this important business networking event!AA Insurance Brokers Co. Ltd and Networking One invite you to these eventsfrom 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.

illy HOURS at LATITUDE 18. One price for any coffee on the menu. illycaffé, Europe’s most authentic, quality, and creative premium coffee brand. Latitude 18 provides a unique coffee culture at only THB 99 for any coffee on the illy menu during 2-4 pm daily. Available at Le Méridien Chiang Mai’s Newly Developed Coffee Culture. Latitude 18 is located at Level Lobby, For more information or to make a reservation, please call +66 5325 3666 or visit

Antique and vintage Cambodian silk from an exceptionally large collection of ceremonial ‘chongkraben’/hip wrappers and ‘phaa sin’/tubeskirts for sale and viewing at Sipsong Panna Shop & Gallery, at 9 Nim­manhaemin Road. Open 10 am to 5:30 pm. For more information contact Susan Stem 053-390-499.

Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium Christmas Festival: Synchronized swimming shows 3 times a day until January 3.

Playhouse Entertainment Complex Promotion: special promotion for newly opened Playhouse show. For more information please contact Aopi 08 40 20 45 63. [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: artspacecm

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

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

Volunteer placement at a grade school in Chiang Mai to teach English – mornings Monday through Friday. Call 0833 212 787 or email [email protected] .com for more information.


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 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 : info,  , or contact the office at 55/3 Ratchapakinai Rd, tambon Phra Sigh, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50100. www.

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

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 084-9034325, 053-291272 , 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.

FISU courses now in Chiang Mai: