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 lyc.cnx

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 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 http://chiangmai.,    



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: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]

Charities and Special Events

Join The Chiang Mai Friends Group’s 2nd anniversary party in the Temple Faire Style. Friday, January 22. 6.00 p.m.-10.00 p.m. at JJ Market, Chiang Mai . Dress: Thai Style or Business Casual. Tickets : 599 Baht including buffet dinner and soft drink & a glass of wine. Costume Competition/Raffle/Games/ Live Band. Please R.S.V.P. to Khun Air 053206121, 089 4334926

FERC Sweet Charities February 13, at Bake & Bite off of Kaew Nawarat Road, Soi 3. Starts at 6:30 and will include  hors d’oeuvres, 2 glasses of wine (non-alcoholic drinks included in ticket) selection of homemade desserts. A small silent auction upscale donations, Tangerine Blue will entertain, and DJ Dancing afterwards. Cocktail dress please, no ties required. Tickets 800baht from any FERC Board member or Bake & Bite Restaurant. Further info [email protected]

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: [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,

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.

6th Annual Run 4 Relief: Huay Tung Tao, Mae Rim district. Registration- 7am, Race- 8am, Kids dash- 9am. Cost: B200 entry, B200-tshirt, flipflops. The event will include a 100 metre dash for small children and a 5 km run and walk, including the popular FlipFlop division (free pair for those who try). Villagers often have to run wearing only flip flops.  See if you can do the same.  All funds raised will go to help the Internally Displaced People (IDP’s). Sponsored by Christians Concerned for Burma. Tel 089-557-8996 [email protected] February 20.

200 Club Special 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 concert.chiangmai January 23.

“Christianity and Human Rights in Vietnam: The Case of the Ethnic Minorities” (1975-2009) by Dr. James F. Lewis, Professor of Religious Studies, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, USA. William J. Yoder Seminar Room, McGilvary College of Divinity, First Floor Kaew Nawarat Campus (across from McCormick Hospital) January 14. [email protected]

Bo Sang Umbrella and San Kamphaeng Handicrafts Festival: January 15-17 in Bo Sang and San Kamphaeng, featuring parades and musical concerts.

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.

Talk on orchids: Calling all gardeners! Orchid expert, Folbert Bronsema will give a talk on orchids,  January 24 at 3 pm, Dokmai Gardens. 200 baht including coffee and entrance fee to the garden. More at

Melodies of Japan : A Charity Concert with Sushi Dinner and Charity Fair.. With pianists Atsuko Seta and Bennett Lerner, flautists Annette George and Xavier Vichitporn, violinist Krit Mekara, and harpist Judith Utley, along with the Duriyasilp Harp Ensemble. Proceeds go to the AIDS Ministry of the Church of Christ in Thailand. February 7 Dinner at 5:30 pm, concert at 7:30 pm. Dinner and Fair at the Music Park in front of the Music College’s Sri­sangwal Building. Concert in the open-air Amphitheater of the Christian Communication Institute. Payap University, Kaew Nawarat Campus across from McCormick Hospital. Tickets 500 Baht (concert, dinner and tea), Students 200 Baht (concert only). For more information, call 053-248-037

Flower Festival: Nong Buak Hat Park, February 5-7.

The Foundation of Native Thai Orchids charity concert ‘The third of Baao-Parn for native Thai orchids to forest’ on Friday February 5. 8 pm 700 Years Stadium. Carabao to play.

Exhibitions and concerts

“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.

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

Honor Recital by Students and Teachers Payap Music Academy. Saturday, 30 January 2010 at 7.30 PM . aisuree Chutikul Music Hall, Payap University, Mae Kao Campus 100 Baht (053-266 386).

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.

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

Alliance Francaise January films: 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.

Showing of PANOM, Cousin to the Clouds, a documentary film on the Asian elephant by Galen Garwood: Chiangmai 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.

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.

OHM’s Concert: Ohm Chanteyoon and his friends: Presented by Payap University. Violin Solo’s and Orchestra Music from the Romantic Period. Compositions by Bizet, Sarasate, and etc. Date: Friday, 22 January 2010 at 7:30 PM at Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall, Payap University, Mae Kao Campus . Admission Free (Tel : 053248 037)

Painting and Printmaking” at Tita Gallery: An Art Exhibition Of A Cross Over Between Painting and Print­making by Srijai Kungtawang. From January 9 until February 9. open daily from 8am until 6pm at Tita Gallery opposite the Four Seasons in Mae Rim. For further details [email protected]

Think Ho Market Artists: Street market at Think Park at Nimmanhaemin every Thursday and Friday until June 30.

Art Exhibition: Geography off Progress: Bram Braam (NL)-Installation

“Some Systems Make Something.” The concept is based on a system that leads you through different possibilities leading to different outcomes. Miriam Temme (NL)-Photographs “In my work i photograph places and landscapes. I attempt to make a place a mental place.” Minimal Gallery Until January 27. 084-169-3283 for more information.

Senior Recital: Classical Guitar by  Mutita Narkmuang: Music by: Yocoh, York, Falla, Tárrega, Guimarães, Mangoré, Monti and H.M. King Bhumibol.

Date : Friday January 29 at 7:30 pm. CRK Recital Hall, Payap University (Kaew Nawarat Campus, opposite McCormick Hospital) Admission Free

Sompong 2010, Daddy’s Home Exhibition: 9 Art Gallery / Architect Studio, Chiang Rai Sompong Sansap’s 79th art exhibition, until January 31.

Payap Air: A Season of 5 Films on the Atmosphere, Biosphere & Society : Crude Impact: is a powerful and timely story that deftly explores the inter-connection between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil. January 28. The Power of Community: A documentary about the kinds of adaptations we could make to living in a world constrained by the need to radically cut back on fossil fuel use to reduce CO2 pollution. February 4. Blind Spot: a documentary film that illustrates the current oil and energy crisis that our world is facing. February 11. What a Way to go, Life at the End of Empire: A middle class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American Lifestyle. February 18.  Films start at 5 pm.  Pentecost Building, Room 419 (formerly the Graduate and International Studies Building) Payap University, Mae Khao Campus (behind Carrefour). Organized by Steve Green & Ricky Ward. Telephone inquiries 084-985-9668. Each screening will be followed by an opportunity for discussion facilitated by a member of the NCCN.

A Voice Recital, The Guest Artist Series 2009: by Duriyasilp College of Music, Payap University. Pamela Hinchman, Soprano, Laurance Davis, Piano Chaipruck Mekara, Clarinet. Tuesday, February 2 at 7.30 PM. Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall, Payap University (Mae Kao Campus). Free Admission.

Abuse the Youth and Zero Hero at the Guitarman Pub: 8 pm Friday January 29. Two of Thailand’s top indie bands together with two of Chiang Mai’s most popular bands, only at the Guitarman.


Networking Evening: Thursday, February 4 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 events 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.For more info email [email protected]

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 www.

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.

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

Australian Wine Party from Ambrosia Wine Ltd and The Grill: Grand Heritage Hotel 54 Huay Kaew Rd, 6 pm to 9 pm, Wed Jan 27. 350 baht per person with wine, snacks and canapes.081-671-2306 or 053-415-222 ext the grill.

Olde Bell Special Promotions: Half price pies on National Pie Day January 23 for gold card members, Australia Day Free BBQ Tuesday January26, starts at 7:30 PM. Special Sunday brunch menus with roast lamb or duck.

Specials at Moxie at Dusit D2: Steak night through January 23 featuring waygu beef, ribeye and sirloin for 950 baht ++, and an Ocean Treasures special seafood buffet the 29th and 30th of January for 899 baht net for adults and 450 baht net for children. Starts at 6:30 PM.

Valentine’s Day at the Grill: Complimentary glass of sparkling wine, a red rose and chocolates for every lover. 17th floor Grand Heritage Hotel. February 14 only.

Celebrate Valentine & Chinese New Year Day @ Amari Rincome Chiang Mai: When Red of Valentine’s Day meets Red of Chinese New Year, why not celebrate at La Gritta with East Meets West Red Passion dinner. Only 1,499 Baht net for 2 exclusive “East Meets West” set dinner with 2 glasses of Rose wine for you and beloved, and get a free kid’s menu when bring your little one (age under 7-year-old). For more info, call Amari Rincome Chiang Mai 053 221 130 or email: [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 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

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.

Fundamentals of Fundraising:, will be held from 9:00am-12:00p on Thursday, February 18th in the Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center, Payap University. Located on the second floor of the Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center, Payap University (Mae Khao Campus), the FRC is open Monday through Friday from 9:00a-4:00p. For more information and to register, please call Vanessa at 053 851 478 Ext. 7450 or email [email protected] by February 12th . The workshop will be free and open to the public. A 100 baht fee, per registrant, will be charged to cover the coffee break and materials.


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 liangxiaochenmen

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]

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.

Doi Suthep Mini Marathon February 14. Kruba Sriwichai Monument 081-8837111

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: 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.

FISU courses now in Chiang Mai: