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The Community Happenings page is an opportunity for all clubs, galleries, businesses, hotels, restaurants and entertainment outlets to inform Chiang Mai Mail’s readers what new “happenings” are coming up.

Send us your happenings by email to: [email protected] The Community Happenings page is updated online every Wednesday and Saturday


Updated August 6, 2011


Concert for Their Better Days III: Please help giving a chance for the youths at the Juvenile Delinquent Center Chiang Mai to learn music by joining this charity concert.  Presenting a variety of music including Pop, Rock, Latin, and Jazz, performed by Del Ritmo, Harmonica Sunrise, Breakfast Wine, and Woranan School Music Group. Sunday, August 14. 3 PM. Somsawalee Concert Hall, Payap University Kaewnawarat Campus, across from McCormick Hospital, Kaewnawarat Road. Tickets 500, 300, and 150 (students) available at Woranan School of Music, Suthep Road. Tel: 053 328387, 085 5988029

Ajarn Thanakorn will be running a painting demonstration and his usual art course every Saturday and Sunday afternoon during the Watercolour de Lanna exhibition at the Suriwong Book Centre. Feel free to view him at work or even join in one of the lessons. See for details.

Cultural Tour of Chiang Mai by Lanna Wisdom School: 99 Baht. 053-244231 to make reservations. August 14.

Hash House Harriers : CH4 Mixed family hash runs every Sunday. Pick up point is The Hash Pub in Kampaengdin Road at 15.30. You can even bring the kids. Great running and fun with a few drinks after discover unseen Chiang Mai with residents and expats. Hash Pub phone 053-449695 or [email protected] or [email protected] or phone 0817241313.

Care for Dogs urgently needs both Thai and Western volunteers for their stall at the Sunday Walking Street Market, to help 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. [email protected]

The Baptist Group meeting for old-time worship and fellowship every Sunday morning at 11 am in the Grand View Hotel Chiangmai-Lampang road on superhighway.084 378 1440 [email protected]

Chiangmai Garden Fair: Every 3rd Sunday of the month Starting at 10.00am - 4.30pm. The Pub on Huay Kaew Road. 053-211550 to book a stall for 150 baht for the day.

Classical Music Night every Sunday at Sangdee Gallery. 7 PM. Sirimangkalajarn soi 5.

Dance Jam! A weekly Chiang Mai dance event open to all styles. Sundays from 5-7pm. Cat House Restaurant and Bar # 10 Soi 3 Sirimungkalajarn. Free. 'Dance Chiang Mai Group' on Facebook for more information.

Car boot sale: Open to all, gates open to sellers at 6.30 am until 2.30pm and entry to the public is from 8am to 3pm. Booth space available for community organizations. Every Sunday. 0808469916 (english) 0808469917 (thai or english). [email protected]

Free Meditation Instruction and Vegetarian Cooking Classes: The Master Ruma Foundation and Meditation Center in Baan Pong 9AM Group Meditation in the Light and Sound Method, Q&A for beginners, 11AM cooking class, followed by free vegetarian 5-course meal. Sundays at Praipanwana Resort on the Samoeng rd. 0878012117. [email protected].

Life drawing classes: Come to draw a nude picture with Oliver Fauchereau on every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 2 - 4 p.m. 500 baht per person and 300 baht for students. Sangdee Gallery, Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5.


35 Prints: 9 Reigns of Rattanakosin Kingdom at CMU Art Center.  By Graphic arts department of the Faculty of Painting sculpture and graphic arts, Silpakorn University and faculty of Fine Arts,Chiang Mai University. Opening reception : August 8,2011 at 06.00 pm 08 August 2011 - 28 August 2011. 053-218280

Art Classes for kids: Bright Stars (ages 8-12). Monday 3:30-5:00, Saturday 12:00-1:30

Line dancing lessons at Guitarman for free, every Wednesday, Loi Kroh road.

The Gentleman’s Club: The Pub, first Monday of the month. Beer and a roast lunch. Info: 053-211-550, email [email protected]

The Chiang Mai International Women’s Book Club: English speaking book lovers. 7 p.m, last Monday of month. [email protected]

Hash House Harriers Monday Hash (Bi-weekly): Male only hash, presently, runs start @ 5.00 PM. Directions can be found on a notice board near the male toilet @ Number 1 Bar. Free bus to the run departs Number 1 Bar, Loi Kroh Soi [email protected] 4.00 PM. Dyke Converter on 0817241313.

Theatre Playshop at Healing Light: Drop in sessions 250B, Mondays 6-7.30pm at Healing Light, Suk Kasame Rd (off Nimmanheiman Rd ).


Bucket Party: 09 August 2011 at Monkey Club

"A political update on post-election Burma" Speaker: Win Min. Tuesday, 9 August 2011 from 5pm-6:30pm at  Room 317, Pentecost Building, Mae Khao Campus (main campus behind Carrefour off the Superhighway)

Cocktail Concert: 16 August 2011. Warm Up Cafe

Informal Northern  Thai Group: August 23rd 2011 - 337th Meeting: “The Preah Vihear conflict and the current political debate in Thailand” - A talk by Volker Grabowsky. Tuesday, September 13th 2011 - 338th Meeting: “Pu Sae - Ya Sae Spirit Worship: Highlighting the two sacred mountains of Chiang Mai” - A talk by Reinhard Hohler. Tuesday, November 15th 2011: A talk by Fabienne Jagou on Tibet (Topic to be given later)

Art classes for little ones: Little Artists (ages 5-7). Tuesday 3:30-5:00, Saturday 10:00-11:30

Advanced Painting for Adults: Tuesdays 3:30-6:30. Sangdee Gallery. Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5.

Chiang Mai Computer Club: meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at D'Lite Food and Bakery, directly across from Immigration.

Quiz Night at The Olde Bell, 8.30 p.m. 087-811-9468, [email protected]

Alcoholics Anonymous: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the YMCA’s Nawarat Room. 084-485-0100, [email protected]

Hash House Harriers (Bi-weekly): Male only hash every other Tuesday at 5.00pm. Pick up point is Number 1 Bar, Loi Kroh Soi 1 at 4.00pm. Great running great fun and raise a beer with resident. Dyke Converter on 0817241313.

Rotary Club Chiang Mai West: Meets every Tuesday evening at the Kantary Hills at 7:30PM.  Meetings are dual language - English and Thai. For information email: [email protected]


Ladies Lunch Bunch: Weds, Aug 10th please come to Lanna Garden Terrace for lunch bunch. We will have western set menu for Baht 250. Reservations; [email protected]

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education (BABSEA CLE) 3rd annual "Running 4 a Cause" Half-Marathon or 10K Run/Walk: August 10, 2011 @6AM in Sankampeang. Raise money for a much needed in-house legal clinic building at the National University of Laos Faculty of Law and Social Sciences that will provide free legal services to marginalized communities in Laos. or contact Céline Herve at [email protected] or 0832087122.

The Royal British Legion are holding the 4th,10,000 baht Lotto draw at The Olde Bell pub 6.30pm with the Draw taking place at 7.30pm. Food specials will be traditional Bangers and Mash, Toad in the Hole, Egg,sausage and Chips and other sausage related dishes.

Lottery numbers will be on sale at 100 baht per number.Winner takes home 10,000 baht. All are welcome,it will be a fun night.If you cannot make the draw you can still enter the lottery [You have to be in it to win it] just contact, Sally ward or Pedr at the Olde Bell. 10th August

The Chiang Mai International Conference and Exhibition on Traditional Medicine TM 2011:  Exhibition on Traditional Medicine organized by the Chiang Mai Public Health Office during 24-28 August 2011 at Chiang Mai Hall, Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport

 and International Conference on Traditional Medicine TM organized by Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University during 25-26 August (delegates join the Exhibition the whole day of 24 August) at the Imperial Hall 1, Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Sridonchai Road. The International Conference will focus on Traditional Medicine TM knowledge and experience sharing among academics, researchers, practitioners, healers, policy makers, authorities. [email protected]

Beginning Painting for Adults: Beginning Painting. Wednesdays 2:00-5:00

Quiz Night at the Garden Bar Lotus Hotel Chang Puak. Teams of 4 - if you cannot put a team together - come along and we will try to find you a team. categories this month include General knowledge, literature, the oscars,  current affairs, geography, disco music and 5 difficult questions. [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. 085-863-9898

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.

Chiang Mai Chess Club: 7pm, Wednesdays, The Pub, on Huay Kaew Rd. All welcome. John on 085-7109-926.

Open Mike Night at the UN Irish Pub every Wednesday, from 8.30 p.m. Instruments provided or bring your own, Lindsay on 089 523 1363.

Chiang Mai Friends: The last Wednesday of every month. 300 THB for member and 350 THB for non-members. for further info or reservations: [email protected]

Chiang Mai Photographic Group: Wednesdays at 7.00pm every fortnight in The Red Mango Bar and all those with an interest in photography, be it film or digital are warmly invited.  For details of meeting dates please visit  Meetings are conducted in English but all nationalities are welcome.

Sizzling Salsa Night: every Wednesday, 2nd Floor Gallery, Ratwithi & Ratchapakinai Intersection. From 8 PM. Free with a 100 baht minimum purchase per person to support the venue.


Y Not 7 Concert at Warm Up Cafe 11 August

Musketeer Concert:  11 August 2011 at Cosmo CNS Bar. 053 279 682

A Taste of Thai Music Concert (USA tour Program): By Duriyasilp New Music Ensemble. August 18 7:30 pm at CRK Recital Hall (SW201) PAYAP UNIVERSITY, (Kaew Nawarat Campus) ***Fund raising for the College of Music Payap University***

August's "Informal" Expats Ladies Lunch Thursday, August 18 at The lunch buffet at the Grandview Hotel, on the Superhighway, plan to arrive at 11:45 to miss the noon rush at the buffet line.  Later arrival is fine, but we'll start without you! 160 baht.  Cost includes water, coffee and tea and a modest tip. For reservations contact Nancy Lindley [email protected]

Teen and Adult Art Classes: Right-Brain Drawing. Thursday 3:30-6:30, Saturday 2:00-5:00

Alcoholics Anonymous: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the YMCA’s Nawarat Room. Info: 084-485-0100, [email protected]

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

Quiz Night at the UN Irish Pub. 053-214-554

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. [email protected] .

Open night at Sangdee Gallery: all are welcome to perform. Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 from 8 PM.


Photo exhibition Peru: 100 Years of Machu Picchu World Revelation: CMU Art Center. The Embassy of Peru and Chiangmai University are proud to present the first time in Thailand; the Photo Exhibition “100 Year of Machu Picchu-World Relation”,a fine selection of photographs of one of the New 7 Wonders of the world made by the Peruvian artist Beatrice Valarde.26-28 August 2011  Chiangmai University Art center Opening 26 August 2011 at 06.00 pm

Queen’s Cup QSBG Mini Marathon: 12 August 2011 at Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden. or 053 841 234

A Very Special Dinner At The Mandarin Oriental with Michelin Star Chef Hache Christopher from Paris - 12/13 August

A Classic POP Concert by The Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra and Special Guests: Listen to Yesterday and Today Popular Songs with Chaipruck Mekara and Samak Kajaikham: Conductors, Friday August 26th 7.30 pm. Kad Theatre Floor 5th, Kad Suan Kaew. Tickets: 300/400/500 Baht. 053-224-444*19008

Chiang Mai Expats Club Coffee Morning: on the 2nd Friday of each month, 10am-12pm, Mokador Coffee:Samlan Road 3/11, T. Prasingh, 053-814 806.

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. [email protected]

JJ Market: Jing Jai Market Walking Street, every Thursday and Friday from 5 to 11 PM. 084-043-9821.

Alliance Francaise Films:. Friday, August 19, Mélo (1986) by Alain Resnais , Friday, August 26, On Connaît La Chanson (1997) by Alain Resnais, Friday, September 2, Cœurs (2006) by Alain Resnais

Film Fridays at Sangdee Gallery. Come and join us at 7:30pm every Friday for a film, hand-picked by a member of our Sangdee community. Sangdee gallery Sirimongkalajan Soi 5


Thailand League Division I; 06 August, Chiang Mai FC will play against Gulf Saraburi FC. Kick-off 6 p.m. 20 August. Chiang Mai FC will play against Buriram FC. Kick-off 6 p.m. Tickets cost 30, 40, 60 and 80 baht.  at 700 Year Stadium.

Takraw Thailand League:  6 August 2011.‘Red Panda’ Chiang Mai will play home games against Bangkok. Kick-off at 3 p.m. 20 August 2011  "Red Panda’ Chiang Mai will play home games against Rayong on 20th August. Kick-off at 3 p.m. at 700 Year Stadium.

Art Film: at Media Art& Design Building, Chiang Mai University Art Museum. 053 944 846. Starts at 6.30 p.m. This month will be the month of drifter. The film schedules: 6th August, 3-Iron - 2004, 13th August, The Edukators - 2004, 20th August, Chunging Express – 1994 and 27th Visitor Q – 2001.

Morning Sunset Concert at Rismo Pub. 13 August. 053 234 800 - 3

Martini Club presents the 3rd Clublicious on Saturday August 6 at Silapa Thai Shangri La entitled Babes Night. From 7pm until 2am. 300bht entrance Thaipas dinner at 150THB net per dish offers free entry to Clublicious as well.

Ajarn Thanakorn will be running a painting demonstration and his usual art course every Saturday and Sunday afternoon during the Watercolour de Lanna exhibition at the Suriwong Book Centre. Feel free to view him at work or even join in one of the lessons. See for details.

Art Classes for kids: Bright Stars (ages 8-12). Monday 3:30-5:00, Saturday 12:00-1:30

Art classes for little ones: Little Artists (ages 5-7). Tuesday 3:30-5:00, Saturday 10:00-11:30.

Teen and Adult Art Classes: Right-Brain Drawing. Thursday 3:30-6:30, Saturday 2:00-5:00

Flea Market: First Saturday of every month at JJ Good Place, JJ Market (Behind Tesco Lotus). For Stall bookings, contact Akejirach Khadli (First) Tel: 053-231520-3. 089-4343443, 082-1960919. [email protected]. Next one August 6.

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,,

Chiang Mai Expats Club: 4th Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. until 12:30, 100 baht per member, 150 baht non member.

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.

Hash House Harriers: hash runs every Saturday at 4.30 pm  Catch a free bus to the run site at 3.30 pm from The Hash Pub in Kampaengdin Road phone 053-449695 or from the Hash House in Moon Muang Road.

Film Space: Every Saturday at 7 PM behind CMU Art Center.

 Current Exhibitions & Shows: 

Chiang Mai Has Talent: BlackMoss Productions has decided to promote ALL available talent in and around Chiang Mai. CHIANG MAI HAS TALENT is an OPEN TO ALL competition from 2 to 202 years of age, from the less-privileged to the more privileged  – everyone is welcome to join in. The three categories are Singers, Bands and Entertainers. Read all about this exciting and unique event and also how-to-enter the competition here:

Faculty of Fine Art , Chiang Mai University presents an Art Exhibition (Supplementary food) At Baan Tuek Art Center  Tapae Rd. on view until 16 September, 2011.  086-1900699,  081-4540257

Four Seasons: A Painting Exihibition By Piya Teerasuwan. Until 1st September 2011, The 20  Piya's Four Seasons paintings will be available on view at Tita Gallery Maerim

Join Ken & Ann Graydon on an AzurA Healing Adventure in Thailand 19 August at 08:30 - 21 August at 18:00 [email protected]

The 2nd Annual Yoga Mala Festival Chiang Mai. Sep 17-18, 2011 at The Spa Resort, Mae Rim, . [email protected]

Painting Exhibition "SENSES" By Vichian Boonmeemak until August 13, 2011. Sangdee Gallery Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5

Private View For Paul Swann's Photography Exhibition, Home Sweet Home. The 2nd Floor Gallery, Rajwithi and Rajpakinai Rd Intersection- above Kodak Shop. Paul Swann, a photographer from the UK. spent a week at Kings World Trust for Children, India with the children, staff and volunteers in an attempt to document some of the great work that is done at this charity.

Craft BOOM BANG in Chaingmai Custom Cycles Cap Exhibition: until July 30 at 12:00am Chan Neung cafe Soi 1 Nimmanhaemin Rd.

Lanna Toy: until July 31 at the Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Centre (behind Three Kings Monument) 2nd floor: Lanna toy workshop 053 217 793

EU Film Festival Chiang Mai Vista Kadsuankaew Cinema (22-31 July 2011).

Book Kitavadhana Private Concert and dinner: Saen Kham Terrace Baan Nai Fun 2 Canal Rd. Exclusive modern Thai cuisine dinner with wine along with mini concert by Book Kitavadhana singing your favorite songs for 1,000 baht per person. (only 40 seats) for more info, 089 635 6355 BOOK EARLY SO YOU DO NOT MISS OUT!  August 8.

"Paper Land" by Cornelis Hoek at MUMU arthouse, Nimmanhaemin So 5.

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2011: 15th June - 15th August, 2011. Discounts of 10-80% and many other privileges during the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2011 at participating department stores, shopping malls, King Power Duty Free, jewelry shops, golf courses, and more.

Playhouse Entertainment Complex Promotion: special promotion for newly opened Playhouse show. Aopi 08 40 2045 63. [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,

"De Mortuis: the story the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery" : Stories of the 150 persons buried in the foreigners' cemetery since 1898 a pocket history of some aspects of Chiang Mai life and of some of the foreigners who lived and died there. 200 baht, available at the Cemetery, The Pub, The Writers Club, Gymkhana Club. Or, by post A. C. Tucker, PO Box 228 CMU, Chiang Mai 50202. Cheques to "A. C. Tucker" Baht 230 (mailed to Thailand), 5.50 £, and US$ 9.00 (worldwide).These donations used for maintenance and upkeep of cemetery.

Nicotine Anonymous: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 p.m., Building 11, behind McCormick Hospital. 086-194-6300 or 081-027-6836

Baha'i Faith -Why ?: Nasser 0817 652 003/053252382

Sri Sathya Sai Baba, spiritual master. Study and discussion group for Chiang Mai devotees. Info: 053 261 582 or 08 1473 0430, 8 AM to 10 PM


Chiang Mai Bridge Club: The Pub on Huay Kaew Road. Sunday, 1:15 pm, duplicate bridge. Monday, 12:45 pm, bridge coaching session. Wednesday, 12:45 pm, duplicate bridge. Friday, 12:45 pm, relaxed duplicate bridge. [email protected]

Dining Out Group: Once a fortnight, alternating between Western and Asian food. 100 baht - 500 baht per head. [email protected]

Chiang Mai Readers & Book Discussion Group: Monthly over lunch to discuss a previously agreed book. [email protected]

Travel Club: Monthly at Tuskers.:[email protected]

Chiang Mai Gay and Lesbian Club: Regular meetings.

Courses, classes, educational opportunities 

Art Classes: Sangdee is now offering art classes for both children and adults. Sirimangkalajarn soi 5. [email protected]

FISU courses now in Chiang Mai:

Art classes at ArtSpace on 7: Beginning and Intermediate level oil painting classes ongoing at ArtSpace. Classes are limited to 5 students Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings. Laura [email protected] or visit

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

Advanced Aromatherapy and Energetic Aromatherapy classes: contact Cory for full details including tuition, classes are limited to 4 and start in August. [email protected]


The 2nd Annual Yoga Mala Festival Chiang Mai. Sep 17-18 at The Spa Resort, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai.

Zumba at Payap: Latin inspired fitness program. Every Monday from 5-6pm (from 7 March 2011 to 16 May 2011, unless otherwise specified). Open space between Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center (main library) and library annex building (i.e., next to library) on the main Mae Khao Campus (behind Carrefour), Payap University. Free & Open to the public.

Badminton: Every Tuesday from 2-4 PM at the Municipal Stadium Badminton Hall. Open to all. 20 baht/session.

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

Chiangmai International Taekwondo: All ages taught in your own home, private lessons by World Master Tom Zuza, 8th Dan. 0834761752, [email protected]

Tai Chi Classes: Experienced Tai Chi Sifu gives lessons. 084-600-5268, [email protected]

Tai Chi – Chi-Kung every Monday and Wednesday 8 am at Suan Buak Hat Public Park by Master Patrick Stahl.  085 276 4700. [email protected] or

Karate Practice: Monday/Wednesday 5.30 p.m, Free. CMU’s Student Services building. Karatedo Fed. Wado-kaj karate. [email protected]

Yang style Tai Chi class for beginners/intermediate students.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 AM to 10:45 AM at Hillside 4 Condo, 4th floor, exercise room.  Call 0899-5553-350 or  Private classes also available

Chiang Mai University Judo Club: Training Times at the Gym: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 830 AM to 10:30 AM. Contact Khun Nigel 0819264210. [email protected]

Chiang Mai Fencing Club: Classes for all ages. "Chiang Mai ChinaTown" complex, just off the Superhighway, left at the beginning of the  Mae Rim/ Chang Pueak exit road at the Chiang Mai ChinaTown sign, between the buildings. We are at the back on the lower left side. 08 -1382-8124 (English) 08-7325-5476(Thai).

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