Diary of Events 19-25 March

2010-03-19 00:00

AUDITIONS

• CALLING actors, clowns, jugglers, acrobats, storytellers, dancers, drama teachers and other performing artists. Clowns Without Borders is holding a three-day workshop-audition at the Bat Centre from March 24 to 26 for artists who are interested in joining the organisation. Admission is free. Sessions will include instruction in clown performance, improvisation, storytelling, ensemble creation, and theatre arts education. Participation in all three days is expected. Take your CV and a head photo shot with. No prior clown experience is necessary. Inquiries: 072 128 7984 or 076 384 9478 or info@cwbsa.org

 

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

• The Lions River Heritage Society will conduct a tour of Hilton College and estate on Sunday. Meet at the Agricultural Hall at 10 am or at the Hilton College Museum at 10.30 am. Take lunches, refreshments and a chair or cushion. Inquiries: Bev Davidge at 033 383 0100 ext 2280 or Steve Watt at 033 386 5188.

• BirdLife KZN Midlands will be hosting a day outing to Mbona Estate, Karkloof, on Sunday. Phone Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723 for meeting place and time.

• Howick Birding Group will host a morning outing to the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve on March 24. Meet at the reserve at 7 am. There is an entrance fee payable for non-WESSA members. Inquiries: Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723.

• Midlands Hiking Club is hosting a new day hike to Monteseel on March 28. Phone Max at 031 783 4173 for directions.

• The Embroiderer’s Guild Of South Africa meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, Albert­ Luthuli (Commercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg at 1.30 pm for 2 pm. All embroiderers welcome. Inquiries: Lynda­ at 033 343 4454.

• The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana welcomes visitors to open meetings on the first Thursday of every month from 7 am to 8 am at the Royal Natal Yacht Club, Esplanade, Durban. Breakfast is available. Admission is R50. Inquiries: Alistair Abell at 031 303 6359.

• The Pietermaritzburg Underwater Club meets Thursday evenings at its clubhouse in Kershaw Park. Learn about spear fishing, scuba diving andunderwater hockey. Meet at the clubhouse at 5.30 pm every Thursday or join in after practice (7 pm). Cash bar and braai fires available. Inquiries: Caz 082 859 3026 or Noeline at 082 445 6441.

• The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club welcomes visitors and new members on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 pm. The venue is in Alexandra Park, near the Oval. The club provides equipment. Inquiries: Tim at 033 344 3368 or Richard at 033 396 6204.

• The Pietermaritzburg Budgerigar Club meets at 2.30 pm on the third Saturday of every month at members’ homes. Visitors and potential new members are welcome. Inquiries: Bruce Acutt at 082 809 2573 or Lionel Sydenham at 083 405 0359.

• Pietermaritzburg City Chess Club meet at the Moth Hall in Grosvenor Street every Tuesday at 2 pm. All welcome irrespective of the standard of play. Inquiries Percy Stirk at 033 396 4589.

• The Pietermaritzburg Canary and Cage Bird Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Bird Hall, Royal Showgrounds. Visitors and new members welcome. Inquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.

 

COURSES

• Tatham Art Gallery holds youth art classes at the Old Presbyterian Church on Fridays from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Inquiries: Thulani Makhaye at 033 392 2801.

• Enjoy painting (oils, acrylics or watercolours) or drawing (pastels, charcoal or pencil shading) classes for beginner or experienced adult art students. There are also creative art lessons for pupils and Grades 9 to 11 art subject candidates. Inquiries to Val Maggs at 033 342 1638.

• Fashion sewing for beginners. Learn to sew clothes using techniques that are fast and easy. Courses are held at the Gateway School of Fashion at Project Gateway. Inquiries: Idoni Forder at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

 

DANCE

• Dance-Life Studio is hosting a new ballroom and Latin American beginners’ dance class in March in Pietermaritzburg. The cost is R320 per couple, per month. Phone Dee at 082 561 0081 to book.

 

EVENTS

• The Decorex Durban and KSA Kitchen & Bathroom Faire 2010 takes place from today until March 22 at the ICC in Durban. This year’s show offers inspired design and décor solutions, the latest in home trends, beautiful kitchens and bathrooms and fantastic prizes. Show times: 10 am to 8 pm today and tomorrow and on Sunday from10 am to 6 pm.Tickets: R35 today or R45 adults (R35 pensioners, R5 children under 12) from March 20-22. Visit www.decorex.co.za for more information and to book online.

• The SABC Education Baba Indaba takes place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from today until March 22. The event is full of inspirational ideas, information from expert exhibitors, great bargains and loads of fun for the family. There are also many prizes up for grabs. One lucky attendee will win a high tea at the revamped Oyster Box Hotel. Toddlers will love the Muppets from Takalani Sesame who perform daily­ at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Doors open from 9.30 am until 5 pm daily. Tickets R45 at the door for adults, children under five free. Entry to the Kids Indaba­ area will be R15 per child, and includes a free gift.

• Silver Heights Secondary School is hosting a 30th anniversary dinner and dance tomorrow at the FNB Terrace at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg. Tickets R60 from the school. Phone J. K. Naidu at 033 391 4524 or 084 508 6082.

• The Art of Living celebrates human rights, health and wellbeing at Blue Lagoon, Durban, on Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Events for the day include a one- hour sun salutation challenge, stress management, yoga fashion, wellness advice, meditation, drumming workshop and more.

• The Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzburg will host it’s seventh annual quilt display until March 25. Usually this involves the work of local quilters, but this year the African Pizzazz travelling quilt exhibition will be featured. The museum is open from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: 033 394 6835.

• David Johnson will give a talk titled Machu Picchu: Ancient Ruins of Peru, at the Igede Theatre, Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, on March 27 at 10.45 am. Tickets R10.

• Hayfields Heartbeat women are hosting “An afternoon with the Queen”, combining a royal tea party and talk on how to become an effective public speaker on March 27 at 1.30 pm for 2 pm at 55 Foxon Road, Pietermaritzburg. All women welcome. Admission is free, but RSVP is essential for catering by March 23. Phone Cathy at 033 396 2760 between 8.30 am and noon from Tuesday to Friday or Isolde at 033 347 2950.

• Hayfields Baptist Church at 55 Foxon Road, Pietermaritzburg, is holding a combined Hayfields churches­ Palm Sunday celebration at 6.30 pm on March 28. All welcome. Inquiries: Cathy at 033 396 2760 Tuesday to Friday between 8.30 am and noon.

• The Durban Catholic Players Guild, in association with the Knights of Da Gama, will present The Way of the Cross, at 3 pm on March 28 at Greyville Racecourse. The production chronicles Jesus Christ’s journey with the cross. Admission is free and secure parking is available. Patrons are invited to take along a picnic basket to enjoy before the show, which will have sheltered seating. For more information phone 083 286 2155.

 

FÊTES, FAIRS AND GARAGE SALES

• Union Park Primary School is holding a market day in the school grounds at 66 Union Place, Northdale, today from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm. Inquiries: 033 391 4552.

 

FESTIVALS

• More than 80 artists will be performing at this year’s Splashy Fen music festival which takes place from April 1 to 5 at a farm just outside Underberg. Tickets are R425 at Computicket and selected Game stores or R550 at the gate. The price includes camping for the entire festival. For more information, visit www.splashyfen.co.za or phone 031 563 0824.

 

HEALTH AND EXERCISE

• Early bird classes in meditation and Tao Yin will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Body Dynamics, 1 Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg. At 7.30 am there is a meditation (the breath) class, followed at 8.30 am by Baqua/meditation or Tao Yin. On Wedneday and Thursday evenings there is Baqua/meditation at 5.15 pm and Chen Style Taiji Form at 6.15 pm. A Chen Style Taiji Form class also takes place on Friday at 6 pm. To book telephone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

 

MARKETS

• The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is at Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: Ian at 072 864 1626.

• A craft market takes place opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

• The Pietermaritzburg Farmers’ Market is held every­ Saturday from 6 am to 10 am at Alexandra Park, behind the Harry Gwala Stadium. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

• The Karkloof Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday morning from 7 am to 11 am. The market is located 2,6 km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea at 082 820 8986.

• Hilton Farmers’ and Craft market every Saturday, from 7 am to 11 am. Inquiries: Candice at 079 509 5222.

 

MUSIC

• The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society Choir meets every Tuesday at 7 pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 88 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street. All welcome. Phone Mary at 033 456 0449 or Ruth at 033 347 5464.

• Prince Bulo, a University of KwaZulu-Natal Masters student, performs original jazz compositions and arrangements for tenor saxophone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass and drums at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at UKZN Durban on March 24 at 5.30 pm. Tickets R20 (R10 students).

• The recorder ensemble Il Flauto Dolce will perform at the Tatham Art Gallery’s free lunch hour concert on March 24 at 1.10 pm. Their programme will include works by Bach, Telemann and Schickhardt.

Inquiries: Ted Brien at 031 266 8584 or 073 738 0812.

 

TALKS AND LECTURES

• “Cycling with Himalayan Hounds along the Highest Roads in the World” is the title of an illustrated talk by Bridget Ringdahl. It details her recent 2 500 km bicycle trip through the Himalayas of North India. The talk takes place at St Annes Diocesan College auditorium in Hilton on March 26 at 6.30 pm for 7 pm. Entry is by suggested donation of R20. Funds raised will go to Funda Nenja.

 

THEATRE

• The Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzbuirg hosts the 99% Comedy Show at 8 pm on Sunday. The comedy show features Felix Hlope, Sthe Khumalo, Celeste Ntuli, Sifiso Nene and Arnotte Payne. Tickets are available from the guest relations desk.

• St John’s DSG, in association with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (Dalro­), presents Double Take, a doublebill of plays, directed by Jackie Keevy, at 7 pm on March 23, 24 and 25. The first play, Overtones, is visually and symbolically intriguing, while The Bald Prima Donna, by Eugene Ionesco, is a domestic comedy in the true absurdist style. Tickets are R15. On March 25 there will a gala evening cocktail party on the chapel lawns, which starts at 5.30 pm. Tickets are R60. To book, phone Ms Bhengu at 033 386 8304.

• Azalea Rotary Club’s Magical Music Supper Theatre takes place in the Alan Paton Memorial Hall at Maritzburg College on March 25 at 7 pm. Performers include pianist Christopher Duigan, soprano Bronwen Forbay, the PMB Midlands Youth Choir and the Maritzburg College musicians and singers. The final treat comes in the form of Brutal Tunes, the award-winning cabaret, starring Lisa Bobbert and Maritzburg College old boy Anthony Stonier, accompanied by international concert pianist Andrew Warburton. Tickets­ are R180, which includes a three-course dinner and can be bought from Dulce at Parklane Spar, Maritzburg College at 033 342 9376, or at Publicity Association Midlands Mall at 033 342 4512. Booking is essential. A cash bar will be available.

• The Durban Catholic Players Guild, in association with the Knights of Da Gama, will present The Way of the Cross, at 3 pm on March 28 at Greyville Racecourse. The production chronicles Jesus Christ’s journey with the cross. Admission is free and secure parking is available. For more information, phone 083 286 2155.

 

WORKSHOPS

• Join Christina Auerbach and experience the healing and unifying power of sound and chant tomorrow between 9 am and 5 pm at Tattwamassi Healing Centre­, Peacevale, near Hillcrest. In this day-long workshop you will explore the nature of sound, learn how to tone and how to use sound to balance the subtle energies of the body, experience the beneficial effect of chant and song and learn how to refine listening skills. Admission is R350. Booking essential. Phone Christina at 084 584 5689 or e-mail christina@rain man.co.za

• Lucid Dreaming workshop with Charlie Morley on March 26 and 27 at the Waterfall Retreat Centre. Cost is R780. Inquiries and bookings: e-mail Kerri at pashnityoga@gmail.com or phone 079 516 0071.

 

• Due to space constraints some items have been ommitted. A full diary is available online at www.witness.co.za

 

 

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