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 last Wednesday of every month. Chiangmaifriends or 053-206121.

Chiang Mai Expats Club: 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. for 12.30, 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

Zonta Chiang Mai and V-Day present; The Vagina Monologues: An Obie award-winning play. All proceeds to the Wildflower Women’s Home. The play celebrates women’s sexuality — its strengths, delights, pains, and vulnerabilities. Based on interviews with more than 200 women, the play delivers poignant and hilarious testimonials from a diverse group of women. CHIANG MAI    28 FEBRUARY, Two performances only:  15.00 and 19.00 at THE PLAYHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX. 177 Changpeuak RD. (next to TOPS Market). DONATIONS 300 BAHT.

“In order for the human race to continue, women must be safe and empowered”. For tickets and/or reservations call Laura 0840424069 or write [email protected]         

Soroptimist  International  Chiangmai presents: How can you help your body balance or heal itself by using your own body fluid? a lecture by Lucia Victor about Urine Therapy.on Wednesday 24th February 2010, at 6.00 p.m. at the Amari Rincome Hotel. For advance booking please e-mail [email protected]

Benefit Concert for “Foundation To Encourage Potential Of Disabled Persons” that includes Baan Piranan, Freedom Wheelchairs and The Disabled Center.:Baan Piranan is home care for children with severe cerebral palsy, Freedom Wheelchairs makes custom wheelchairs for specific needs and gives them to the needy. I am donating the use of my home. Don Slepian, an American Keyboard Artist, will be presenting a program of live Electronic Classical Music. At 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. Saturday, February 13, 2009. 7:30PM. Free admission/donations encouraged.

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]

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.

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.

Copies of the 6th edition of “De Mortuis: the story the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery” are now available. This edition has notes and stories of the 150 persons buried in the foreigners’ cemetery since 1898; more than forty entries have been added in the last ten years and it now runs to more than one hundred pages. “De Mortuis” is an interesting pocket history of some aspects of Chiang Mai life and of some of the foreigners who lived and died there.Priced at Baht 200 per copy, it is available at the Cemetery, The Pub, Tuskers, The Writers Club, Darling Wine Bar, Gymkhana Club and other locations in Chiang Mai.Or, by post from the honorary treasurer, A. C TUCKER, PO BOX 228 CMU, CHIANG MAI 50202, THAILAND. Cheques made paid payable to “A. C. Tucker” as follows, Baht 230 (mailed to Thailand), Pound Sterling 5.50, and US$ 9.00 (worldwide). These donations to cemetery funds are used for maintenance and upkeep.

Down by the River with Ana Gracey & band. A fundraising event for temple dogs hosted by the students of the Prem Tinsulanonda International School’s “Hand to Paw Outreach” program. An evening of Jazz, Blues, Soul and Funk covers and originals performed by some of the best musicians in town. The Gallery Restaurant & Jazz Club, 25-29 Charoen Raj Rd., 6:30-7:30 appetizer buffet, 7:30-9:30 Live performance, Tickets: 400 baht per person. Tickets on sale at The Prem International School admin office, Care for Dogs Foundation and The Artist Spa on Nimmanhaemin Rd or contact Joy at 086-197 8398, [email protected] All proceeds will support the Hand to Paw Temple Dog Food Drive and the Care for Dog Foundation TvT Treatment Program. Saturday, March 20, 2010,

Dr Piyakaset Suksathan from the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden gives a talk entitled: “Plant diversity in N & NE Thailand”. Take the chance of asking questions to one of Thailand’s most experienced botanists, who has written an excellent book on ferns (sold out, unfortunately). February 28th at 3 pm at Dokmai Garden’s shop.300 Baht includes the talk, afternoon coffee and admission to the garden including guide. Make a reservation, please: [email protected]

“Birds in your garden, and how to attract them.” Bird researcher Tony Ball, famous for his CD:s on Thai bird calls, will lead an excursion at Dokmai Garden where we study common birds, and discuss ways of making our gardens appealing to birds. Of the currently 63 species of wild birds encountered in the garden, we may see 20-30 species. Sunday the 21st of March. 7-10 am. Dokmai Garden’s parking area.300 Baht, including guides, admission and coffee with banana cake afterwards. Bring: binoculars. Make a reservation, please: [email protected]

Watch the Academy Awards on a big screen at the beautiful Rati Lanna Riverside Resort and Spa in Chiang Mai on Monday 8th March @ 6:30 pm.Welcome cocktails, soft drinks and buffet —  are included in the cost of the ticket @ 750 Baht, with all proceeds going to Care for Dogs Foundation. The evening is made possible due to the tremendous generosity of the Rati Lanna Riverside Resort and Spa management. Ana Gracey and Antima Khuttiwung perform as well as a raffles plus auctions, allowing participants to raise money for Care for Dogs Foundation. Rati Lanna Riverside Resort and Spa, Changklan Road (053 999333)  Hair Pro (Phone 053 400253), Huay Kaew Road + Kad Farang(Hang Dong)  Via credit card / Paypal or bank transfer at Care For Dogs Web page.  We can even provide Ticket delivery for locations in Chiang Mai city.

Chiang Mai Toy Ride: TAKE A RIDE. GIVE A TOY. BRING A SMILE. helping children in need with charity motorcycle parade, party, food, live music, games and toy giveaway! On this festive Sunday morning, hundreds of riders on motorcycles of all types and sizes, laden with toys, games and stuffed animals, will parade through Chiang Mai and then create a massive pile of toys to be given to boys, girls and babies in need. Following the ride to the X-Centre Zorb Ball field, the charity party kicks off at noon with bands for kids, rock ‘n’ blues for farang, clowns, magicians, a monkey show, games and prizes for the kids, food from local vendors, awards for best decorated bikes and, once again, the highlight of last year’s event: the toy giveaway to the children! All motorcyclists are invited to join the event whether their bikes are large or small. And there’s no admission charge: just bring along a new toy to warm a needy child’s heart. Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride and Party on Sunday, 21 February 2010. • Motorcycles of all sizes and riders of all ages welcome! • 9:45 am – meet at Tesco Khamtien for the ride/parade through Chiang Mai. • Noon – party at X-Centre near Mae Rim with music, games, food and toy giveaway. • Admission/donation: one new toy and a great big smile!

Citylife Garden Party:  21 February 2010, Citylife Garden. [email protected] From 11am until 5pm CityLife Garden Party supporting The 200 Club raising money for Maetang Elephant Park. All welcome, free entry.

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.

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 February films: Friday, February 19, 8 pm, Vipere Au Poing (2004). JE NE SUIS PAS LÀ POUR ÊTRE AIMÉ (2005), Friday, February 26, 8 pm, Voisins, Voisines (2005)

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

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.

Nocturnes and Barcarolles (Part6) Music of Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) and his Contemporaries (1915-1923) with Bennett Lerner, pianist, and Tasana Nagavajara, violinist, playing music of Faure, Tcherapnin, Bartok, and Ravel Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM at Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall, Payap University, Mae Kao Campus. Admission : 200 Baht (Students 100 Baht) Information : 053-248 037

The 7th Art Exhibition by Professors from Jet Yod Group The 7th Art Exhibition showcase work from 19 professors from Jed Yod Group and works from senior students at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna in Painting major, Sculpture major and Printmaking major including 6 special guests. From 5 -26 Feb Chiang Mai University Art Center 053 218 280, 053 944 833.

A Celebration of Chopin’s 200th Anniversary:D & M Music Studio proudly presents   “A Chopin Recital by Atsuko Seta & Keiichi Takahas”. Tickets priced at 300 Baht and 200 baht for student and are available at the door or call Khun Mongkol : 081-682-8000 for advance booking or email: dm_music_studio Saturday, February 27th 2010 at AUA Language Center Auditorium in Chiangmai on Rajdamnern Road.

Graduate Recital : Classical Guitar by Phirat Premsira presented by Duriyasilp College of Music, Payap uNiversity. Friday, February19, 2010 at 7.30 PM. Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall, Payap University (Mae Khao Campus) Admission Free.

Grandma Cares Exhibition will be opening on February 27th at 5 pm.  The event is called “Where I Belong” and it will consist entirely of photos taken by the children who are in the “Grandma Cares” Partnership Program.  The pictures will display the children’s perception of family and how their world has been shaped by difficult experiences.  To read more about it, please go to our website at  and click on the Photo Exhibition page.

A Piano Recital by Phat­charaporn Ruttanawalee: Presented by Duriyasilp College of Music, Payap University.Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc and Ginastera. Thursday, February18, 2010 at 7.30 PM at CRK Recital Hall, Payap Universit (Kaew Nawarat Campus, opposite McCormick Hospital). Admission Free

The ChiangMai Chamber Music in Music Under the Moon Light, Presented by The Chiangmai Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation and Duriyasilp College of Music, Payap University. Listen to a wide variety of music while enjoying food under the moon light. Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 6.00 PM, Outdoor Space Duriyasilp College of Music, Kaew Nawarat Campus,Payap University (opposite McCormick Hospital). Free Admission.

Art Thesis Exhibition 2010. Undergraduates from the Department of Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Art, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiangmai and an Art Exhibition by teachers from the Department of Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiangmai. 5 th - 26 th February 2010. Opening Ceremony will be on Friday 5th February 2010. at 6 pm.  Chiangmai University Art Center.

Duriyasilp College of Music of Payap University Presents An Honor Recital. Music for piano, guitar, clarinet, violin, viola and chorus by Bach, Barrios, Beethoven, Brahms, Telemann, Granados, Miskinis, Chopin, Kabalevsky, Krommer and Monti. Saturday, February27, 2010 at 7.30 PM. CRK Recital Hall (SW201) Payap University, Kaew Nawarat campus. Admission Free


Networking Evening: Thursday, March 4 Rachmankha Hotel.6 Rachamankha 9, T. Phra Sing.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 Rachmankha 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.

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.

Dim Sum at the Royal Princess Hotel:Sit back in comfort and dine on steamy, succulent and saucy dishes, ideal for the winter season.  Long famous for the best Dim Sum Buffet in Chiang Mai, Jasmine invites you and your family to indulge in our wide selection of Chinese delights. THB 350.-net per person including tea, salad and fresh fruits. For more details please call (0) 5325 3900 ext 2804. Feb 1-28.

 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] asian or www.

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.


Tai Chi Classes: Yang &Chen style Tai Chi guide you to find internal soft Chi flow and intensive energy in your own body! Info: 085-5211-528 ,email greatsam88

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]

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

Golf Prince Cup 10 2010 at the Lanna golf club centre. The Prince Royal’s College Alumni Association invites all golfers to compete the “Prince Cup 10th” on 28 February 2010. The winner will win the PRC Spirit Award cup including Hole-in-one award and others. @ Lanna golf club centre.

Apply now until 26 February 2010 @ The Prince Royal’s Alumni Association or call 053-266290

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 pro grammes.2.00pm for 2.30 start on 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month. Call Barbara 081 830 4281 for details. All most welcome. No fees. No donations

Baha’i Faith - Bahai Faith.  Why ?: For more information please call Nichola 0807 904 604 or Nasser 0817 652 003/053252382

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: