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.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 last Wednesday of every month. Chiangmai friends 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.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. [email protected].

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: meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at D’Lite Food and Bakery, directly across from Immigration.Info: http://chiang

 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

Soroptimist  International  Chiangmai presents: Soroptomists at Amari Rincome 6 PM. The Permaculture way of growing your food, Christian Shearer of Panya Project on April 22.

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.

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.

The Chiang Mai Arts and Culture Festival : around the Tom Payom Market near the city’s university and is an annual highlight of the social calendar in the region. This year’s festival runs from April 9th to 13th.

JJ Market: Jing Jai Market Walking Street, every Thursday and Friday from 5 to 11 PM

Chiang Mai Beach Party: Saturday April 10 and Sunday April 11 at Huay Tung Tao. Dance to a Laser show, Turbo sound system, Shadow dancers, Fire dancers and more. Saturday begins at 6 PM, Sunday starts at 1 PM. Tickets from 200 baht.

Dokmai Gardens Lecture on permaculture as self-sufficient agriculture. Come and listen to Khun Christian and his experience from the Panya project. April 25 3 PM. Dr Piyakaset from the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden gives a talk entitled: “Plant diversity in N & NE Thailand”. May 16 at 3 PM. Bird excursion with Tony Ball April 11. We gather at Dokmai Garden 7 AM. Admission fee is 300 Baht, including coffee afterwards. Tony Ball’s 3 CD:s on bird calls are for sale in the Dokmai garden shop. iinfo

Suriwong Book Fair Date: 26 March 2010 - 09 April 2010 Location: Suriwong Book Centre   Suriwong Book Centre invites bookworms to a fair named ‘Suriwong Book Fair’ during 26th March – 9th April.

Tawandang Concert April 2010 .at Tawandang   Tawan Dang will hold a concert to celebrate the Songkran festival. Enjoy a performance by musicians Billy Ogan and Inca on 8th April. Ticket costs 1200 for 4 people with free Singha product.

Northern Auto Show 2010 VSign Media will hold an exhibition of innovative automobiles (which can be test driven), a car stereo show with top cars from around the country, and decorative car parts at discounted prices. Enjoy sexy pretty girls’ competitions, activities, prizes of Blackberry 9700 mobile phones, a food centre, and live music from well-known bands. . April 8-11. G Floor Aquarium area @ Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport.

Charin Nanthanakorn croons Thai classics at the Suriwong Hotel, Pheung Fah Restaurant. 7 PM April 10.

Songkran at Central Airport Plaza from April 13-18: special stalls, markets and bonus shopping prizes

Family Fun Park Date: 13 April 2010 - 15 April 2010 Location: @B1 Kad Suan Keaw   Kad Suan Kaew:Family Fun Park from April 13-15.. Enjoy the activities provided. Meet and greet with ‘M and Sing Tho from the Stars’ at @b1 area.

5th Radioactive Generation Songkran Festival 2010: See Jetset’er perform on 13th March, Da Endorphine on 14th March and The Richman Toy on 15th March. Kad Suan Kaew

Tha Phae Gate: Chiang Mai’s official Songkran location: from April 13-16, parades, food, and more.

100 Pipers concert for friends Celebrate the Songkran festival with a concert held by 100 Pipers. Enjoy bands such as Slot Machine, Etc. and Mocca Garden during 13 – 15 April at 12 Huay Kaew.

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.

Alliance Francaise April films: Every show starts at 8 PM. Friday, April 16: Ascenseur Pour L’Echaufaud (1958) by Louis Malle with Jeanne Moreau • Maurice Ronet • Lino Ventura Georges Poujouly • B&W • 92mn • Music by Miles Davis • Eng. s.t.. Friday, April 23: Le Couperet (2005) by Costa Gavras with José Garcia • Karin Viard • Geordy Monfils Christa Theret • Ulrich Tukur • Olivier Gourmet • 122mn • Eng. s.t..Friday, April 30,: L’Homme Du Train (2002) by Patrice Leconte with Jean Rochefort • Johnny Hallyday • Jean-François Stévenin Charlie Nelson • Pascal Parmentier • Isabelle Petit-Jacques • Edith Scob • 90 mn • Eng. Subtitles.

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

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

 “Songs of Memory: Traditional Music of the Golden Triangle,” a multi-media exhibition highlighting ancient songs and ceremonies of the Hmong, Mien, Lahu, Akha, Lisu, and Karen peoples through a remarkable array of musical instruments, clothing, documentary films, and photos.  At the Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Centre (at 3 Kings Monument), 8:30 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Sunday, through 30 April. Curator walks with Victoria Vorreiter every Friday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 PM. Advance reservations required. Contact: Tamarind Village Guest Service at (053) 418-896 for reservation.

Phan Artist Group presents the Contemporary Art dedicated to Panom Kawnoi from 15th March to 15th April at 9 Art Gallery / Architect Studio, Chiang Mai. Open daily (except Monday) 10.00 AM. – 8 PM.

Natural Six: La Luna Gallery celebrates its 6th anniversary with six artists pay tribute to nature in an art exhibition. The artists have all been inspired by the beauty of our surroundings, from forests to fowls and from stones to ships in Halong Bay. 10 am - 8 pm, Tue - Sun (closed on Monday)

Contemporary art work: HQ Art Gallery is holding an contemporary art work exhibition by talented artists or students including woodcuts, oils, acrylic, water colour and mixed media applications on special mulberry and bamboo art paper that is made locally by hand. Open Daily 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Opposite Wat Phra Singh.

Moe Nyo’s Solo Art Show :Suvannabhumi Gallery (Chareonrat Road). Exhibition on show until April 25. For further details suvmarmar or Tel:0810315309.

In One Accord: Sacred Choral Concert Featuring Wattana Church Choir, the Second Church Choir and Cecilia Chorus of St Francis Xavier Church. Conducted by Eudenice Palaruan, Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 PM at the Second Church Sam Yan. Free admission.

 “Before  30”. :Lanna Contemporary Arts Collaborative Show and Exhibition, Music, Dance and Painting.  Saturday, May 8.  New dimensions in contemporary Lanna Art by three new wave artists with Singer Maneerat (Aom) Ratanang, Dancer-Choregrapher Ronnarong (Ong) Khampha, Painter Neti (Bee) Phikroh, Guest: National Singer Boonsri Ratanang (Royal Kanesh Awardee  Painter Nati Phikroh. Public Exhibition (free):  08.30 – 21.30 from May 9 (Sun) to May 16 (Sat), 2010. Collaborative Performance:  Before 30. Live singing by Maneerat and her father Boonsri Ratanang, on-stage painting by Neti Phikroh, and dance by Ronnarong Khampa. Reservation required  tickets B700 (for seats), B350 (standing only) Food and Wine Reception. Saturday, May 8. 6 PM to 7:30 PM Reception (Food and Wine). 7:30 PM Performance “Before 30”. 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Private opening of Neti Phikroh’s Painting Exhibition. 6 Rachamankha 9, Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, 50200. Reservations: Rachamankha Hotel: 053-904-111-13 Fax: 053-904-114. Ronnarong Khampha: 087-817-2734, [email protected] Phikroh: 089-631-7833

Thaya Kongpakpaisarn. Friday, June 18 at 7:30 PM. The brilliant 19 year old Thai pianist studying at the prestigious Eastman Music School, New York. Friends of the Chiangmai Music Festival at Anne Murase’s home. Phone JP on 084 868 1017 free for members. Guests are welcome at 250 baht each.

Sek Thongsuwan. Friday, July 30 at 7:30 PM. The wonderful Thai pianist studying for his Master Degree in St. Petersburg, Russia, making a welcome return. Phone JP on 084 868 1017 free for members. Guests are welcome at 250 baht each.


Networking Evening: Every first Thursday of the month. 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]

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

Songkran Escape: Picnic lunch with Amari: 600 baht net per person including smoked salmon, duck and more packed in picnic basket. For reservations 053-221130 or email [email protected]

Songkran specials at dusitD2’s beer garden. Dine-till-you-drop with Chef Chalong’s barbeque buffet which includes a variety of roast dishes, salads and a delightful dessert selection. Sit back and relax in a stylish ambience while dusitD2’s unique lounge music entertains through the evening. Splashing Songkran” barbeque buffet from 6.30pm onwards. 899 baht net – Adults (inclusive of free-flow Singha draught beer). 599 baht net – Adults (food only) .  Dusit wine & dine members enjoy 20 % discount.

Green Dates at dusitD2, April 22-24, Think Earth with dusitD2 Chiang Mai on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Candle lights, Chef Chalong’s organic buffet paired with a selection of organic wines at Moxie restaurant.  “Green Dates” organic dinner buffet from 6.30pm onwards. 1,499 baht net – Adults (inclusive of free-flow Snoqualmie, Naked Merlot, 2007 Italy and Snoqualmie, Naked Chardonnay, 2008 Italy). 999 baht net – Adults (food only). 50 baht net per paying guest will be given to support the Royal Project’s development program for organic products in Chiang Mai. Dusit wine & dine members enjoy 20 % discount.

DusitD2 DJ Night Party, April 24. Be fit and fabulous at the first DJ party of year 2010. Blow the night away at DFiT on the top floor of dusitD2 chiang mai.  Mingle with friends, sip creative cocktails under the starry sky, enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai’s inner city and leave it to the DJ who will spin dynamic tunes until late night. Party rocks from 9pm onwards at DFiT (10th floor). Tokens @ 350 baht net per person include 2 cocktails or hotel selected wine (red/white). For more information and reservation, please call 053-999-999 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 [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: i[email protected] or

The Prem Center Camps is offering an English Camp for students ages 9-14 during the Songkran Holiday, 17-30 April, 2010.  To register, or for more information Please contact Jay at jaytana, call 053-301-500 ext. 5008, or check it out on the web www.camps

YMCA Summer Program 2010 Available Now!! On 15 -26 March and 19 – 30 April. For more information : www. tel : 053-221819-20.

Robot Camp: The Computer Engineering department, Chiang Mai University invite students who are enrolling m.3 - m.6 to join the Robot Summer camp during 10 - 14 May 2010. Apply now - 25 April 2010. 0812793174 or  0835750424.

Free Argentine tango class in Chiang Mai . Every Thursday 18.30 - 20.00 at the LatinClub / Nimmanhaemin Rd. Soi 6 Contact Edward Tio  +66 (0)874947048


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 [email protected]

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, 8th Dan. Info: 0834761752, email [email protected] .com  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 : info,  , or contact the office at 55/3 Ratchapakinai Rd, tambon Phra Sigh, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50100. www.

Chiang Mai FC vs Singburi FC: Chiang Mai FC will play against Singburi FC on Saturday 13th March from 6 p.m. onwards. Admission is 30 baht Saturday 13th March at Chiang Mai Municipal stadium Visit: 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 lotus

Religion and Spirituality

Many Lamps - One Light:  multi-faith inspirational pro­grammes.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:

ANZAC Day: The House of Praise International Church in Chiang Mai will be holding its annual ANZAC day dawn service and breakfast BBQ starting at 6:00am, on the 25th of April. Everyone is welcome to attend.Wear colours and ribbons. For directions call Dr Jane on 089-8514292.Office Tel: 053 212 904. Email: info @ Website: www.cochouseofpraise .com  (for map).  78 Theperak Rd, Chang Puak, Chaing Mai (Just behind the Grandview Hotel) April 25.