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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 April 21, 2012


Care for Dogs Adoption Fair: Sunday April 22, Central Airport Plaza 11 am

One Day On Earth: CMRCA has be named a global screening location for the documentary One Day On Earth to be released on Earth Day 2012. Sunday, 22 April, 20.00 - 22.00.  One Day On Earth produced the film in partnership with the United Nations, more than 60 non-profit organizations and a growing online community of over 19,000 filmmakers, both experienced and novice.  The community, including over 95 United Nations country offices, filmed in every country of the world, capturing both the joys and the struggles of everyday life. In an effort to minimize our impact on the environment we will be gathering information about how people will be traveling to CMRCA for the event.  We will be collecting donations at the door to go towards the ultimate goal of making this event carbon neutral (or as much as possible). Admission: By donation

Uab Sanasen Memorial Concert at CMU Art Center; April 29 from 3 p.m. Classical music. Tickets are 300 baht, 100 baht for students.Contact 0891386978 or 0865254325 to book tickets.

Laughter Yoga: Sunday open class. The Yoga Tree Arak Road.12 noon-1 PM. 250 Baht.

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.

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.


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 ).


Panyaden School Opening: Official school opening by Taan Ajahn Jayasaro. Procession begins 7:30 a.m. Dhamma talk by Ajahn Jayasaro at noon, market until 1:30 p.m. April 24, 2012.

INTG at the Alliance Francaise 7 PM -Tuesday, May 5th 2012: “Merchants and Missionaries:Western incursions into Lan Na between 1829 and 1921". A talk by Ian Bushell

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]

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.

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]


Chiang Mai Friends: April 25  5.30 p.m. At Le Chiang Room, JJ Hobby Market, near Lotus Kamtieng. More detail can be found at

ANZAC Day: 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 089-8514292 [email protected] 053 212 904.

Beginning Painting for Adults: 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

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  Meetings are conducted in English but all nationalities are welcome.


SKAL meeting at dusitD2: April 26  6:30 pm: Join the Cocktail at MIX Bar 7:30 pm onward: Move down for dinner, club announcement and presentation at 1room, lower lobby level. 600bht members 800bht guests 300bht additional if you want wine during your dinner <> Guitar Recital at Rachamankha: Renowned Chiang Mai based classical guitarist Ajarn Manooon will be giving a recital at Rachamankha restaurant on April 26th. The performance will commence at 6.30pm with wine and canapés served during the intermission. Tickets are priced at 700THB inclusive and can be ordered now from [email protected] or by calling 053-904111

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] .

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


Miss Chomchart Silarat Piano Recital: April 27/28th - Santi Music School Sirimongkalajarn Soi 5 - 200 bht per person - contact Friends of Chiang Mai Music Group [email protected] for further info

Art Relief International proudly presents 'The playing field', an exhibition of the artworks created by the Young Lions Global Art Program. Please join us at 7 pm on Friday May 5, 2012 at 2nd Floor Gallery in Chiang Mai for the opening of the month- long exhibition.

Chiang Mai Expats Club Coffee Morning: There will be no CEC Coffee Morning on Friday, April 13th, due to SONGKRAN. Next CEC Coffee Morning, Friday, May 11th, 10am-12pm. 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

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, April 27th; Cendres Et Sang (2009) de Fanny Ardant avec Ronit Elkabetz. Friday, May 4: L’assassin Habite Au 21 (1942) de Henri-Georges Clouzot avec Pierre Fresnay. Friday, May 11: Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)de Henri-Georges Clouzot avec Yves Montand. Friday, May 18: Mauvais Sang (1986) de Léos Carax avec Juliette Binoche. Friday, May 25th: La Chambre Des Morts (2007) de Alfred Lot avec Mélanie Laurent.


The Duriyasilp College of Music, Payap University presents Iván Andrés Yagüe in a Percussion and Piano Processing Recital. Saturday April 21st, 2012 at 19.30pm.CRK Recital Hall, Payap University Kaew Nawarat Campus. (across from McCormick Hospital). Donations appreciated. All proceeds will help to fund the trip of the Payap Choir to the International Choir Competition in USA.

Zonta International: Saturday, April 28th at Red Cross Station Three. We will give school funds to 11 children and later will hold a "Rot Nam Dun Hua" ceremony for senior Zonta members and grandmothers. From 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Red Cross Station 3. Donations welcome.

Miss Chomchart Silarat Piano Recital: April 27/28th - Santi Music School Sirimongkalajarn Soi 5 - 200 bht per person - contact Friends of Chiang Mai Music Group [email protected] for further info

One Night with Sangboon's Ladies Fashion Show @ Nasi Jumpru; April 28th  along the Chiang Mai -Mae Jo Road. 6pm until 11pm 5000bht a table of 4 includes 1 bottle of wine. Dress Code - colourful summer. for reservations 0898516118

The College of music of Payap University Presents An April Concert to raise funds for students' travel with David Wilson, Judith Utley, Apirat Praphanwong, Dr. Chaipruck Mekara and Annette George. Music from every era- Baroque thru 20th century. Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM at CRK Recital Hall, Kaew Nawarat Campus (across from McCormick Hospital) Tickets 200 Baht. All proceeds go for students' choir trip to USA

Chiang Mai Expat Group meets at the Shangri La Hotel -every 4th Saturday of the month - meet at 10am. guest speaker - world renowned hypnotherapist and Chiang Mai resident Stephen Books Starts 10.30am

A Traditional 2nd hand market - Every Saturday morning from 5 AM near Prince Royals College

Flea Market at JJ markets First Saturday of every month at JJ Market. Shopping, food, listen to the free live music. To book a stall: Tina : 0801268215 [email protected]

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

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,,

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.

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

Local costume: April 1-30 The Chiang Mai Municipality encourages everyone to wear local dress as a celebration of Songkran and Chiang Mai’s Lanna heritage 

Exhibitions and seminars

Art exhibition “55 Artists & 55 Faiths”: Artworks of well selected artists from Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Chiang Rai and Phayao provinces led by Prasong Luemuang, the Thai leading artist whose work is popular among art collectors and renowned international auction houses. Opneing until May 2, 2012. Galerie Panisa 189 Mahidol Road, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed on Sundays), Tel. 053-202 779,

Painting Exhibition by Sureewan Boonkum(Pui) at 2nd Floor Gallery Chiang Mai. 17 March - 30 April.


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" 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.

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: 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]

Online forum for Dutch people in Chiang Mai:

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:

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] 


Three-Generation Football Academy - 2012 Youth Football Camps. Where the Dream Begins - 5-day camps for advanced players ages 8-16 Traidhos Community Center; home of the PTIS International School – 234 Moo 3, T.Huay Sai, A. Mae Rim. 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],

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: 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).


Professional photographer Elena Jung welcomes to free portrait photosessions in Chiang Mai in April - May. Portfolio at  You can choose place and book your day: [email protected], 090-07-09-458.

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.


Specials at the Steak House: Tuesday is Ladies night buy 1 get 1 free on selected beverages, Wednesday All You Can Eat Buffet, 499 Baht, with 2 glasses of wine 599 Baht. Thursday Kids Night, kids receive 1 menu item for free. Live music every night. 053-224-123.

Specials at Rati Lanna: chic dinner in the fabulous surroundings, At Rio Restaurant & Wine Bar. Discover the real sense of Churrasco Brazilian Style! Experience our premium wine in the excellent condition buy - one - get - one - free at 18.00-19.00 hrs. plus live DJ performance daily. All-you-can-eat BBQ Buffet on every Fri. - Sat. or Mixed Grill BBQ Set serve on Mon. - Thu. Priced only 590++/person Special promotion Come 4 Pay 3 on every Fri. – Sat. available from 1 April – 30 September 2012. Open : 18.00 - 23 . 00 hrs . (closed on Sun.). [email protected]

Theme Night Buffets at Kad Kafé, Shangri La Hotel; Feast on a gourmet journey with flavours from around the world, prepared nightly by our culinary team.  Monday; Flavours of China. Tuesday; Northern & Classic Thai. Wednesday; Seafood Extravaganza. Thursday; A Taste of India. Friday; BBQ Fridays. Saturday & Sundays; International Fare.THB 466 net per person. (66 53) 253 888 [email protected]

Typically Thai: Silapa Thai at the Shangri La goes traditional Thai, with regional menus authentically prepared by Master Chef Solada. Choose from her extensive à la carte menu featuring the best of Thai cuisine, from Northern Thai to Royal Thai, nightly except Sundays.(66 53) 253 888 [email protected]

Giraffe Restaurant at the Chiang Mai Night Safari: Buffet lunch 139 Baht, Buffet Dinner 149 Baht. 053-999-040.

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].

Business Lunch at SiriPanna Villa Resort & Spa: from Monday to Saturday, lunch buffet, Noon- 3 PM at Slee Banyan Restaurant. 189 Baht. 36 Rat Uthit Road, Wat ket, [email protected] 053-371-999

BBQ Nights at SiriPanna Villa Resort every Friday and Saturday. from 6:30 PM to 10 PM at Slee Banyan Restaurant 599 Baht per person 36 Rat Uthit Road, Wat ket, [email protected] 053-371-999

Sunday lunch at Slee Banyan Restaurant, SiriPanna Villa, from 12 noon to 3 PM. 599 Baht per person. 36 Rat Uthit Road, Wat ket, [email protected] 053-371-999

High Tea at Slee Banyan, SiriPanna Villa, tea, homemade scones, macaroons, and more. 2 PM to 6 PM 450 Baht per person. 36 Rat Uthit Road, Wat ket, [email protected] 053-371-999

Every Wednesday is Half Price Wine @ Perns Restaurant until January 4, 2013. 086 111 7766. Get 50% discount off house wine and 20% off all bottles. Each and every Wednesday! Get half cut for half the price! Huay Kaew Road opposite Shell station.

Hom Taam Muan Jai @ Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa until 31st May. Experience a variety of dishes in a relaxed atmosphere at Slee Banyan Restaurant. You can collect stamps and receive gifts. Each 100 baht spent counts as 1 stamp. 1 stamp is valued at 10 baht at Slee Banyan Restaurant and Panna Spa. 053 371 999

Calling all Lamb Lovers at Farang Ses, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi. Tender succulent lamb is yours to enjoy in Farang Ses’ culinary promotion from the 14th to 28th April. Dishes are market priced.  6.00 pm – 10.30 pm. For reservations please call 053 888 888 ext. 8549.

Awesome Abalone! at Fujian, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi. 1680 Baht ++. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. For reservations please call 053 888 888 ext. 8548.

Unforgettable Flavours from the Punjab with guest Chef Shehrezad Kapadia from Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai at the Four Seasons Resort. From May 24-29, 2012. To make a booking, call 053 298 181, or email [email protected]

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