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Vol. XI No.2 -February 1 -February 29, 2012


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Updated February 1, 2012

Sunday

Moringa: A Multi-use Tree That Merits Attention by Ricky Bates from Penn State University, USA. Sunday, February 19th, 2012, at 3 PM. Dokmai Garden. 100 Baht includes coffee. [email protected] to register

Care for Dogs Adoption Fair: Twice a month at Airport Plaza: This February we will have the Adoption Fair on February 4th Saturday and February 26th Sunday. Check your calender and circle these dates !!

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.  http://hash-house-harriers.org/asm

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]

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.

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].

Classic Cars of Lanna: Meets the last Sunday of every month at Nim City Daily near Airport Plaza. www.classicarsoflanna.com

Monday 

Duriyasilp The College of Music, Payap University presents A Junior Recital by Preawpich Pimprasarn. Monday, February 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM. CRK Recital Hall, Payap University (Kaew Nawarat Campus). Donation appreciated. 0-8279-70822. [email protected]

Thai Art Exhibition- The (second) journey to Thai contemporary: Opening February 20 at 6 PM Sangdee Gallery, Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5. Contemporary artists from the Jet Yod group

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. http://hash-house-harriers.org/asm

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

Tuesday

Duriyasilp The College of Music, Payap University presents A Saxophone Recital by Phachara Tanwattana. 7 February 2012 at 7:30 PM. CRK Recital Hall, Payap University. Kaew Nawarat Campus. Assisted by Soo Hwan Cha, Kritsana Chitpreecha, Nawakamol Chantarajuck, Dr.Chaipruck Mekara. Donations Appreciated!

for more information 085-869 5674

Goodview Restaurant Singles Party: February 14

Sax Night at The Chedi Chiang Mai: Every Tuesday & Wednesday evening from 17-9 PM at The Terrace Bar and Cigar Lounge located on the second floor. Ladies buy one get one free of the same item. Valid on standard drink and house wine. Any snack for 200 baht per item. Reservation is highly recommended. 053 253 385 or

[email protected]

Informal Northern Thai Group: Tuesday February 7 at the Alliance Francaise. 7:30 PM. The Plain of Jars (Laos) in a New Light by Hans Lipp

Tuesday Merengue Dance night: 2nd Floor Gallery: from 8:30 to 11:30 PM. Ratwithi & Ratchapakinai Intersection (above Kodak Store).

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. http://hash-house-harriers.org/asm

The Grand Opera  Society Of Chiangmai: If you wish to be a member and attend these evenings which include a delicious pot-luck buffet, email Dr. Howard: [email protected]

Wednesday

The Duriyasilp College of Music presents percussionist Bryan Bogue in recital. Wednesday, 1 February 2012 at 7:30 PM. Place: Henry R. Luce Chapel, Payap University (Makaew Campus). Donations Appreciated

Harvard University Education Expert Tony Wagner to Speak at Event Hosted by THINK Global School and PTIS International School. Tony Wagner, an American educator and best-selling author: February 1 5:00 p.m. in the PTIS auditorium and is free to teachers, parents, and the public. The Krapood restaurant is open for business for anyone that would like to dine after the event. It is conveniently located on the Greenburi Estate, next to the PTIS campus in Mae Rim district.

Duriyasilp The College of Music, Payap University Presents A Trumpet Recital by Niwatpong Jaigard Student of Jakaphan Chaiya Assited by Remi Namtep..Pianist. Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 7:30 PM CRK Recital hall, Payap University (Kaew Nawarat Campus). Admission Free (Donation Appreciated). 0-5324-8037

The Little Shop Of Horrors by Lanna International School. 15th-16th February 2012 from 19:00 to 21:30 at Chiang Mai University Art Theatre. Tickets Adult 200 baht

Informal Northern Thai Group: Searching for pre-Lan Na cities in the Golden Triangle area by Spencer Wood.  28/02/2012. at the Alliance Francaise. 7:30 PM.

Beginning Painting for Adults: Beginning Painting. www.sangdee.org/Beginning_Painting.html. 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

Wednesday Night Drum Circle at CMU All are welcome, any language, any country, young and old, to a relaxed and very casual gathering of drummers and noise makers. Just bring a chair, a drum (or a plastic bucket and some sticks, or anything similar that makes a nice sound). CMU Art Museum http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=142709965823892

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]. 350bht dinner or 80bht meeting. for further details [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 www.cmpg.igroops.com.  Meetings are conducted in English but all nationalities are welcome.

 Thursday

Expats Ladies Lunch River Cruise:  Thursday, February 2 arrive at 11:00 am, shove off prompty at 11:30 am at  The Riverside Restaurant on the east side of the Ping River, 400 meters north of Narawat Bridge. 300 baht for standard menu, 280 baht for vegetarian selections. Please contact Nancy Lindley [email protected] before February 1 for menu choices and reservations.

Chiang Mai BCCT Networking Event – 9th February 2012 Brought to you by BCCT and AA Insurance Brokers Sponsors for the evening will be: AA Insurance Brokers Thai Health Insurance ACS Insurance Where and When Date: Thursday, 9th February 2012 Time: 18:30 Location: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road 50180 Mae Rim Chiang Mai Tel. 66 (0) 53 298-181 Fax. 66 (0) 53 298-190. Dress: Smart / Casual Entrance fee for the event is 300baht

Thai Flood Victims Charity Concert by Vision Cross Over Orchestra Korea. Leviticus Auditorium Law Building, Payap University Start 7.30pm  No expenses will be deducted from the tickets sold. 9 February . Contact: Petchnoi 081-5688687 Chiang Mai Korea Consulate Officer Tickets :V.Group Building 50 Huay Keaw Road. 053-223119 8.30am-16.30pm :2nd Floor Gallery 19.00pm-22.00pm Tickets are also available at the venue. Ticket price 500 baht, 300 baht . Supported by: The Consulate of the Republic of Korea,Chiang Mai. Payap University , Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. Korea Association Chiang Mai ,Bangkok Grace International School.

The Little Shop Of Horrors by Lanna International School. 15th-16th February 2012 from 19:00 to 21:30 at Chiang Mai University Art Theatre. Tickets Adult 200 baht

"Informal" Expats Ladies Lunch:  Thursday February 16 at The lunch buffet at the Grandview Hotel, on the Superhighway, about 500 meters north of Huey Kaew Rd.  The Superhighway is the road that becomes Nimmanhaemin once it crosses Huey Kaew. 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! 170 baht.  Cost includes water, coffee and tea and a modest tip. [email protected] by noon, Wednesday February 15.

Matthew Albert: PTIS International School Auditorium, Feb 16, 7:00 pm - Matthew Albert is an acclaimed speaker who has worked for many years with Sudanese refugees fleeing the civil war and famine in Africa. He was Young Australian of the Year in 2005 and named one of the Ten Most Outstanding Young People in the World for his contributions to children, world peace and human rights. Admission Free. - For more information and reservations contact Chris hall at [email protected] or Tel: 080 792 9925. ptis.threegeneration.org

Latin Night at the Bear Bar on Loi Kroh with Nok "La Fiesta" and Del Ritmo. Happy hour from 6-10pm - 3 large Chang/Leo for only 199B.

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

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]@gmail.com .

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

Friday

“Rhythm from Nature” by Seksan Sing-on and Opas Chomchuen: Opening Friday 3 February 2012 at 6 PM until 29 February. Galerie Panisa 189 Mahidol Road. Opp. Toyota showroom near Chiang Mai Int’l Airport. Tel. 053-202 779, Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. www.panisa.net

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Grand Parade; February 4, from 8 am Nawarat Bridge in front of the Governors Residence

The Zonta Valentine Bazaar: Friday, February 10, 2012 at Nim City Daily Plaza in front of Boonsom Homemade Ice cream from 1.30 pm to 6 pm. The proceeds of the event will support the operating costs of the Zonta Chiang Mai club.

Team Club Martini Presents: Underground House Party with DJ Nakadia: Fresh off her World Tour, get up close and in your face with DJ Nakadia. After more than a year since her last appearance in Chiang Mai, Asia’s top female DJ returns for a night where it’s all about the music. at House of Party (Behind B2 Hotel on Canal Rd.)

Friday, February 24, 2012. 8:30 pm onwards.  250 THB (at Door only). From Central Kad Suan Keaw, head towards Canal Rd. At the stop light (Dunkin Donuts) take a Right. Go 1.8 km and take a Left at the small bridge / B2 Hotel (Nong Fluke restaurant). House of Party is the 2nd building on your left.

Thailand To Japan - Japan To Thailand Concert. Music Selections from Nodame Canbabile. Raising Funds for Japan Tsunami and Thailand Flood. The Chiangmai Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation. The College of Music, Payap University present "Nodame Concert". February 24, 2012 at 7:30PM Kad Theatre floor 5th Kad Suan Keaw. Tickets: 500, 400, 300, 100 (Students only). 053-224 444*19008 or 084-043 9821. [email protected]

The Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai present opera singers Sophie Tanapura – Soprano, Chayakorn Damorngtrongsiri – Tenor and Elvira Galliulina – Pianist. February 24th and 25th. Two repeat recitals at Santi’s School of Music, Sirimangklanjan Soi 5, rear of Kad Suan Keow.  Lecture each night on “The Lieder Tradition” 6.45pm by JP. Booking for members open now until February 17th and for the public on February 18th.  Free to members. Guest seats for the evenings are 300 baht pp and 100 baht for students . Please reserve your seat right away by email to Pom on: [email protected] phone: 089 632 3818 specifying which night

Chiang Mai Expats Club Coffee Morning, 2nd Friday of each month, 10 am - noon. Brix Bar and Restaurant, Hotel M (formerly Montri) inside the Old City at Thapae Gate. Information [email protected] or www.chiangmaiexpatsclub.com

Life Cycle Yoga with Preaw at The Yoga Tree (Soi M Apartment), 65/1 Arak Road. Asana, Pranayama and guided relaxation. Therapeutic yoga which works on all levels(physical, emotional and mental): Postures represent each period of life from birth through maturity and back to the source. All levels welcomed, no experience required

Every Friday evening at 5.30pm. 250THB

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

Alliance Francaise Films: Every Friday at 8 PM. Friday, February 3rd, 8 PM. Les Ambitieux (2007) de Catherine Corsini avec Gilles Cohen,  Eric Caravaca, Jacques Weber, Karin Viard. Friday, February 10th, 8 PM: L’Arbre Et La Forêt (2010) de Jacques Martineau avec Guy Marchand, Françoise Fabian, Sabrina Seyvecou, Yannick Renier. Friday, February 24th, 8 PM. Le Bruit Des Gens Gens Autour (2008). de Diastème avec Bruno Todeschini, Emma de Caunes, Léa Drucker, Linh-Dan Pham, Frédéric Andrau.

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 Sirimangkalajan Soi 5

 Saturday

Care for Dogs Adoption Fair: Twice a month at Airport Plaza: This February we will have the Adoption Fair on February 4th Saturday and February 26th Sunday. Check your calender and circle these dates !!

International Day at NIS Nakornpayap International School: Saturday 4 Feb I 9am until 1pm Entrance Free

Actuality media presents a short documentary films’ premiere : Art Relief and Our daughters for sale on Saturday, the 4th of February, at the Sangdee Gallery (Sirimankalajarn Soi 5, Chiang Mai), reception starts at 6 pm and the premiere screening starts at 7.30  pm.

Happy Horse Stable will have an open house on 4th February 2012 from 3-5 pm. Come and visit to get some information about horse riding. Free rides and soft drinks on that day. For more information please contact: Ms. Carolyn 0818817447 or Nim 0861986556 or Dominique 0814816961.

Tin Maung Oo Solo Show: Opening reception 4 February at 6 PM. From February 4-18 at Suvannabhumoi Art Gallery. 115 Charoenrat Road in Watgate.

Music in the Park- Chiang Mai University's Environmental Study Centre on Huay Kaew Road, just before you get to the Zoo. 053-941451-2. http://doisuthep.cmu.ac.th. Free from 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m... Feb. 11th  --  Melody House. Feb. 25th  --College Of Music

FIAO Chiang Mai - A Contemporary Lanna Dance Theatre: Saturday 18 February 2012. 2 pm and 7 pm. 4th Fl. Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

8th Annual Run For Relief. Saturday, February 25, 2012.- See SPORTS

Flea Market at JJ markets February 4th at JJ Market. Shopping, food, listen to the free live music. To book a stall Name: Tina : 0801268215 E-mail: [email protected]

FIAO Chiang Mai - A Contemporary Lanna Dance Theatre: Saturday 18 February 2012. 2 pm and 7 pm. 4th Fl. Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

Live music at 2nd Floor Gallery: Every Saturday night from 9 PM. Ratwithi and Ratchapakinai Rd. Intersection (Above Kodak Store).

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]. Saturday, October 1

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, .alanonthailand.org, @alanonthailand.org..

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. http://hash-house-harriers.org/asm/)

Chiang Mai Chess Club: Saturdays 2-4 PM, The Pub, on Huay Kaew Rd. All welcome. John on 085-7109-926.

Art Film Space:  At Media Art& Design Building, Chiang Mai University Art Museum 6:30 PM. Tel. 053 944 846.

Fairs and Festivals

Industrial Fair at the Department of Industry on Thung Hotel Road, January 27-Feb 5. Many products on sale. 10 am to 8:30 PM.

TAT Travel Fair: 3Fl Empress Hotel, February 2 opening at 5 PM

Mae Chaem Unique Hand Made Theen Jok Cloth Festival: . See the weaving techniques demostrated and prized fabrics on display. Buy unusual traditional Thai souvenirs at the very reasonable price. Feburary 3-5

The Floral Miracle of Chiang Mai: from 24 December 2011 - 14 February 2012 at the 80th Anniversary Commemoration Garden. With lilies, tulips and more. 053 248 604

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek until March 14

Chiang Mai Flower Festival February 3-5. Suan Buak Haad Park and Parade at Nawarat Bridge.

Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival. February 2 - 5 Films include Golden Slumbers / Lost Loves / At The Horizon / Hi-So Organised by Payap University and SEAIGS.org for further info contact Lifescapes SE Asian Film Festival [email protected]

Chiang Mai Investment Fair: February 3-5 at Central Airport Plaza

Home & Wedding Fair 2012- Central Airport Plaza from February 9-14 at Central Hall.

Samoeng Strawberry Festival. February 11-14

Shambhala in Your Heart Festival - Chiang Dao Music / Arts / Meditation / Workshops / Camping at Doi Luang Youth Camp, in a magical location near Doi Chiang Dao . Predominantly a Japanese Hippy Festival, but all welcome. 12th - 19th February  Entrance 100 Baht per day. http://www.facebook.com/shambhalafestival

Thailand's International Dog Show on tour at Central Airport Plaza March 8-11. 11 am to 8 pm

Exhibitions and seminars

La Fête is coming back to ChiangMai from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February, 2012. A film a day will be shown at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m at the Alliance Francaise: Monday, February 13th, Le Premier Venu (2008) Tuesday, February 14th, La Fille De Monaco (2008). Wednesday, February 15th Les Bureaux De Dieu (2008). Thursday, February 16th, La Fille Du Rer (2009). Friday, February 17th, Les Plages D’Agnès (2008).

30th Anniversary of the Faculty of Fine Arts: An international art exchange exhibition - Thai American. By 2012 the works on display include paintings, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media works by 33 artists, both Thais and Americans. From February 3-13 CMU Art Museum

Clay Sculpture Exhibition at Ban Pa Tan. February 3-5, 053-131-532

The Sticky Rice Tour in Chiang Mai: Live Tour with Retro Dub reggae style of The Sticky Rice with Space360 and Muninn. 02.02.12 : 18.00 pm. Acoustic show at Ristr8to Latte Art Cafe (Nimmanhemin rd.) 03.02.12 : 21.00 pm. FULL live Show at Rasta Cafe. 04.02.12 : 16.00 pm. The Sticky Rice Music workshop at delicate music school. 04.02.12 : 22.00 pm. Babylon Bar (Kad Boon yu)

February Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival: February 2 - 5 Films include Golden Slumbers / Lost Loves / At The Horizon / Hi-So Organised by Payap University and SEAIGS.org for further info contact Lifescapes SE Asian Film Festival. [email protected]

Kyee Myint Saw at Suvannabhumi Gallery: Celebrate the life and artistic works of one of Myanmar's great contemporary masters. 116 Chareonrat Road

International Visiting Artist Painting Exhibition by Thep Tavonsouk at Tita Gallery, Mae Rim. Thep's artworks has been in museum and corporate collections, namely the Glenbow museum Calgary Canada, the Singapore museum, the Gulf oil, Swedish forestry, and Canadian airlines. through 2nd February 2012.

Mini Flyweight Abstraction a Solo Exhibition By Supapong Laodheerasiri. From  4 Feb. - 4 Mar. 2012 at Gallery Seescape. Nimmanhemin Soi 17

International Conference on Tropical and Sub-tropical Plant Diseases. February  7-10, in association with the "Royal Flora Ratchapruek 2011. The conference theme is "Greenitude - Reducing Global Warming to Save Planet Earth and to Improve the Quality of Life". For more information visit http://www.tps.or.th/TPS2012

Groups

First Northern Thailand Toastmasters Club The Confidence Builders. Whether you're speaking to one or one thousand, Toastmasters can help you speak clearly and confidently. The First Northern Thailand Toastmasters Club has been providing a safe and fun environment for more than 5 years to Thais and expats who wish to practice their speaking skills. Our meetings are the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 6pm. Join us to discover how you can "find your voice".www.fnttc.toastmastersclubs.org 053-214-309, 08-1861-2284 or 08-9138-4757

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

Chiang Mai Computer Club: meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at D'Lite Food and Bakery, directly across from Immigration. http://chiangmai-geeks.phpbb3now.com.

The Baptist Group meeting for old-time worship and fellowship every Sunday morning at 11.00am at the CH Hotel (soi opposite Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel, off Sidornchai Road).084 378 1440 [email protected].

Chiang Mai Chess Club: Saturdays 2-4 PM, The Pub, on Huay Kaew Rd. All welcome. John on 085-7109-926.

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

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: http://gaychiangmai.wackwall.com/. Regular meetings.

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

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]

Courses, classes, educational opportunities

Learn Thai Online seminar: February 20-24, Grandview Hotel, Chiang Mai - Mon-Fri 10am-3pm Please visit www.LearnThaiOnline.com for more details and to register. Learn Thai in just 16 hours!

Art Classes: Sangdee is now offering art classes for both children and adults. Sirimangkalajarn soi 5. http://www.sangdee.org/Art_Classes.html. [email protected]

FISU courses now in Chiang Mai: www.fisu.org

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

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

 Sport

8th Annual Run For Relief. Saturday, February 25, 2012. For a million villagers in Burma, running is not a choice. The event will include a 100 meter dash for small children and a 5k run/walk including the popular Flip Flop division. Villagers often have to run wearing only flip flops. See if you can do the same. Free pair to those who try. Location: Huay Tung Tao Lake, Chiang Mai. When: Registration 7am, Run 8am, Dash 9am. Cost: 200 Baht for race, 200 Baht for T-shirt. Organized by Christians Concerned for Burma. [email protected] or call Courtney 0853-464404

Three-Generation Football Academy - 2012 Youth Football Camps. Where the Dream Begins - 5-day camps for advanced players ages 8-16 raidhos Community Center; home of the PTIS International School – 234 Moo 3, T.Huay Sai, A. Mae Rim. 4-8 April - 8-12 years, Advanced, 17-21 June- 13-16 years, Advanced, 21-25 Oct -        8-12 years, Advanced, 27-31 Dec - 13-16 years, Advanced. Daily, 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm, 2500 B - Academy players 5-day course.  3000 B - Other players 5-day course. +6000 B - Residential Camp players (Apr/Jun). +7000 B - Residential Camp players (Oct/Dec). Supervised Residential Camps include: Shared accommodation, 3 meals per day, supervised activities when not in training, elephant riding, a trip to the Night Safari. Alan Sparks: [email protected], http://football.threegeneration.org

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 www.zensabai.com.

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 www.taichichiangmai.com.  Private classes also available

Chiang Mai University Judo Club: Training Times: 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.08 -1382-8124 (English) 08-7325-5476(Thai).

 Ongoing:

The U.S. Consulate encourages all American citizens to register with the US Consulate General.  Please visit https://travelregistration.state.gov 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, http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/service.html

"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.

Dining

Valentine’s Day at Soho & Perns on Huay Kaew Road. February 14, 2012.  999 bht per person. contact either shauna on facebook or brian [email protected] Sweetheart Supper with a great show Valentine’s Evening begins at Soho bar with a Champagne cocktail reception and delicious canapés. Followed by a mouthwatering four course menu at Pern’s Restaurant including Salmon and best Steak! There are two entertainment spots during the evening Then. its back to Soho for Chocolate dipped strawberries and coffee with Brandy or liquor of your choice. Relax and enjoy the romantic sounds of Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong.. Tickets only from Pern\'s / Soho

St. Valentine's Day at The Pub Huay Kaew Road. Come along with your partner and enjoy a 20% discount on your meal.

Four Seasons Hotel Sunday Lunch: 1,300 Baht per person including free flow of juices and soft drinks 1,800 Baht per person including free flow of juices, soft drinks, beer, martinis and Prosecco. Live jazz all afternoon at the Terraces Restaurant from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. For more information or reservations, 053-298-181 or e-mail [email protected].

Sirapanna Villa Resort & Spa:6:30 PM to 10 PM 999 Baht for all you can eat fresh oysters at Slee Banyan Restaurant.  BBQ Friday and Saturday nights, BBQ buffet with lamb and beef, live Jazz on Saturday nights. 599 Baht, 200 baht extra for free flow soft drinks, 600 Baht extra for free flow Chilean wine and 900 Baht for free flow Australian wine. 50 % discount for children. Sunday Buffet including International, Asian and Japanese food. 12 noon to 3 PM. 599 Baht, 200 baht extra for free flow soft drinks, 600 Baht extra for free flow Chilean wine and 900 Baht for free flow Australian wine. 50 % discount for children. 053-371900. [email protected]

Valentine’s Candlelit dinner at Nimman Bar & Grill Kantary Hills Hotel: 699 Baht++ per person, inclusive of a glass of sparkling wine. From 6 pm to 10 pm February 14. 053-222-111, 053-400-877

Valentine's Day at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi Farang Ses: Fine French Cuising from 6 PM to 10:30 PM February 14. 4400Baht ++ per couple includes two glasses of sparkling wine.

Wine Dinner at Four Seasons Resort: Friday, 3rd February at 7pm with a glass of Little Yering as Cocktail followed by dinner. Rathbone Group Wine Dinner Carpaccio of Tasmanian Salmon with Royal project rainbow trout roe. The dinner is priced at THB 2,000 plus applicable taxes. for reservations or further info contact [email protected]

BBQ Garden Party at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi: 1600 Baht++ per person from 6 PM - 10:30 PM

Oyster month at  Fujian at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi: prices at market value. Lunch 11.30 am – 2.30 pm and Dinner 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm daily.

Peking Duck at the Gold Leaf Restaurant Imperial Mae Ping: 650 Baht net from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

Shangria La: Valentine's Buffet at Kad Kafé. 14 February. Indulge with your loved ones with our special dinner buffet to celebrate St Valentine's day, that includes our theatrical culinary stations and end the evening with a sweet moment from our Valentines dessert buffet. Available on THB 599++ per person

RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort offers a memorable Valentine’s Dinner to all sweet couples at Rio Restaurant & Wine Bar on 14th February 2012 from 18.00 hrs onwards. Enjoy a luxury set dinner, created by our Executive Chef including a selected bottle of wine in the romantic candle light atmosphere. rio-Live Band, love taste of chocolate and beautiful roes from Royal project. THB 2,999 / couple. 053 999 333 ext. 5410

Shangri La's Valentine's Set Dinner at Silapa Thai Lounge & Bar. 14 February. Celebrate in the spirit of Love, with our culinary team with a luxurious four-courses set dinner menu that’s bound to put you in the mood for love and romance. Menu includes a special valentines cocktail or a glass of red or white wine per person, a long stem rose for the ladies, and special heart shaped desserts to compliment the evening. THB 2,999++ per person


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