Diary of Events 27 May to 2 June

2011-05-27 00:00

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

The annual general meeting of the Hilton Garden Club takes place at 9.30 am for 10 am on June 21 at the Church of the Ascension Hall, Brindy Road, Hilton. Colleen Downs of the University of Natal will talk on Cape Parrots. Members are reminded to bring a plate of eats. Tea and coffee will be supplied.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Dargle Studios Open Weekend featuring Corrie Lynn and Co furniture, Lion’s Gate Country Gallery and St Verde Succulents, from today until Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm. Look out for the signs from the Dargle/Impendle Road off R103 at Lion’s River. Inquiries: 082 828 0424

Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg, is hosting an exhibition, sale and auction of Persian carpets and Khelims today and tomorrow. Tonight’s auction starts at 6.30 pm, with viewing from 3 pm. Saturday’s sales day runs from 10 am to 3 pm. RSVP for auction (cheese and wine) with Bryony Clark at 033 392 2801. Inquiries: Ahmed Ravat at 082 805 9483. A commission on all sales will be donated to the Tatham Art Gallery for the purchase of artworks.

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

Howick Arts Society is hosting free, structured art classes in the Howick Library on Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm. Bring along your own materials. Inquiries: Anna at 084 573 1784.

The library at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is open on Tuesdays from 1-4 pm for research. Booking is essential. Telephone Thulani Makhaye or Kobie Venter on 033 392 2801.

COURSES

Reading to Learn South Africa (RtLSA) is hosting a training course for teachers, prospective teacher trainers and mentors across all learning areas from June 24 to July 1. Aimed at teachers concerned about low literacy levels and poor academic performance in schools. Inquiries: Mike Hart via email at hartm@lantic.net; or phone 033 346 0557 or 072 588 8521, or fax 086 547 6344.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Durban Ramblers are hosting a walk in the grounds of the Mariannhill Monastery and a visit to the churches tomorrow. Meet at 1.45 pm in the monastery car park. Admission R20. Inquiries: Erica at 031 266 1853. There is no hike on Sunday due to the Comrades Marathon.

Pmb & Districts Floral Club meet on June 2 at 9 for 9.30am at Hilton Methodist Church Hall. A teacher and judge will be on hand to answer queries followed by a demonstration. Visitors welcome - R20 including tea. Inquiries: Margaret at 033 343 3710.

The Pietermaritzburg Computer Club meets at the Olwazini Discovery Centre at the Golden Horse Casino on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm. Whether you are an expert or a novice there is always something to learn or share. Inquiries: log on to http://www.pacc.org.za or phone Mike Robertson at 082 447 2159.

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. 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 R50. Inquiries: Alistair Abell at 031 303 6359.

The Pietermaritzburg Underwater Club meets at 5.30 pm Thursday evenings at its Clubhouse in Kershaw Park (next to the tennis club). Come and learn more about spear fishing, scuba diving, underwater hockey etc. Inquiries: Caz 082 859 3026 or Noeline 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club meets on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm in Alexandra Park, near the Oval. 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. 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. 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. Inquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.

DANCE

Rockafella’s hosts ladies’ night at the restaurant every Thursday from 6 pm which includes line dancing in the dance club area with Ben from Ben’s Dance Studio. Inquiries: 033 342 9522/21.

EVENTS

Daily free-flying raptor displays can be seen at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary on the Lion Park Road (exit 65 off the N3 highway). Open Tuesday to Sunday, the shows take place at 10.30 am and 3 pm. With jungle gyms and bunnies to feed, a gift shop and gallery, tea garden, picnic area and gobbly, squabbly vulture feeding sessions there’s something for everyone. Phone 031 785 2981 or Shannon at 082 35 90 900 for more information.

Natal Quilters are hosting an open day at Durban Girls’ High School on the corner of Manning and Penzance Roads, Durban, on May 28. There will be a quilt exhibition from 9 am to 11.30 am, as well as innovative fabric artworks, and traditional designs on display. At 12 noon there will be a talk by Catherine Knox, titled “Chasing Rainbows’ which examines the use of colour in quilting. Other attractions include fabric shops, teas and quilting demonstrations. Admission – members R10, visitors R35. Inquiries: Mandy Kirk at 082 451 9773 or Pauline at 082 806 9149.

Dargle forest walk in the wintery mist belt forest, which looks quite different at this time of year as trees lose their leaves, on June 2 from 9 am to 11 am. Phone Barend Booysen to book at 082 787 0797. Donation R10 to Conservancy funds.

Underberg Polo Club is hosting the South Africa Polo Championships for the first time on the magnigicent new grounds 10 km east of Underberg on P318 (Sani Pass road) from July 22 to 24.

A mind, body and soul fair is taking place at Westville Civic Centre from 10 am to 4 pm on May 29. Over 100 health, holistic, esoteric and spiritual exhibitions, belly dancing, free talks and yummy food. Admission is free. Inquiries: Shalini Govindasamy at 072 428 3431.

GROUPS

Diabetes South Africa Northdale Support Group meets on June 6 at 7 pm in the Motivational Centre, 773 Greytown Road, Pietermaritzburg. The speaker i optometrist Charmaine Naidoo on diabetes and your eyes. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

Diabetes South Africa’s open meeting will take place on June 8 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is Urologist Dr. Dave Smart. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

Successful weight loss - a dietician and a psychologist will address nutrition and the psychology of successful weight loss in a series of presentations, starting May 31. Inquiries: Tanya March at 033 330 7266 or 084 5999 021.

Suicide Support Group meeting – Living beyond suicide. For anyone who has been touched by suicide directly or indirectly. Meeting on May 31 at 6 pm at Waterfall Library, 11 Link Road, Waterfall. Inquiries: email suicideprevent@gmail.com or phone Lori at 083 652 0117 or Megan at 082 659 7505.

A support group for people caring for a loved one who is terminally ill meets at 4 Old Howick Road, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg from 10 am to 11.30 am on the last Wednesday of the month. The support group aims to provide a forum for carers to meet with other people in similar situations to share experiences, support one another, share tips, and take time out to socialise with others who understand what you are going through in a non-judgmental atmosphere of acceptance, care and understanding. For more details contact the group facilitators, Carolyn Lurie via email at cdgird@gmail.com or phone 033 345 2939 or 072 288 0684; and Jill Hobson via email at jillhobson7@gmail.com or phone 083 4991094 or 033 330 4382.

MARKETS

The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Morning Market takes place from 9 am to 12 noon tomorrow at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Browse through a lovely selection of reasonably priced “good as new” White elephant items, good quality clothing, interesting books and lovely house and garden plants at the fundraising stalls and enjoy light refreshments in the teagarden. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

The New Hanover Lutheran Church will be hosting its popular German Bazaar on June 4. Attractions include breakfast from 8 am, a craft market from 9 am, Kaffeestube and light meals on sale from 10 am, and the bazaar itself opening at 10.30 am. The event will feature plenty of German meats, cakes and other delectable items. There will also be a biergarten and loads of children’s entertainment. Live German music will be played over lunchtime, and the rugby will also be televised. Inquiries: Edwin Hohls at 082 414 4827 or Eckhard Wichmann at 082 463 7269.

MEDITATION

Simply Breathe - learning the art of meditation in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm at 60 Oakleigh Avenue, Wembley and in Howick on Thursday evenings from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at Yellowwood Café on the Karkloof Road. The ancient practice of meditation will help you to reduce stress, overcome frustration and find inner peace. Everyone is welcome, and the classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: 033 234 4182 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

PRAYER

United in Christ Ministries Church in Harappa Road, Northdale invites you to their Intercessory Payer meeting every Tuesday at 10 am to 11 am. Bring the sick with you and your prayer requests. Inquiries: Danny at 084 559 5576.

POETRY

The Bat Centre in Durban’s small craft harbour holds regular poetry sessions for Nowadays Poets on Wednesdays and Basadzi Women of Poetry on Thursdays in the functions room. These sessions run from 5 pm to 7 pm. Inquiries: 031 332 0451.

TOURS

Explore the culture, heritage and scenic beauty of Pietermaritzburg on the Wozo Cheka tour on the last Sunday of the month. The cost is R50. Tours to look forward include: 29 May – Tatham Art Gallery and Macrorie House Museum; 26 June – The Hindu Temples; 31 July – Neo Classical Influences on the Architecture of Pietermaritzburg; 28 August - The Alan Paton Literary Trail; 25 September – Project Gateway and Edendale; and 30 October – The Tree Walk at Botanical Gardens. For bookings and more information phone Pietermaritzburg Tourism at 033 345 1348.

Project Gateway/The Old Prison at 4 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg, hosts Wednesday Open Tours every Wednesday at 11 am. Tickets are R20 for the hour-long tour. To book contact the tourism office at 033 845 0400.

WORKSHOP

Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum in Pietermaritzburg is hosting a herbal workshop to demonstrate how herbs can be used to make beauty products on June 9. Anyone wanting to be part of this free workshop can book by contacting Lestelle Barnwell at 033 394 6870 or 072 480 7251 before June 20. Bookings are on a first come first serve basis.

ADHD has become an emotionally loaded word over the last 10 or so years, and the myths surrounding the condition are many and varied. In recognition of the need to dispel the myths and establish the real facts, The Pinetown ADHD Support Group, in conjunction with the Pinetown Remedial Unit and Living ADDventure have organised a mini conference entitled An Odyssey of Wonderful Discoveries in ADHD. The conference panel will include a psychiatrist, paediatrician, coach, play therapist, occupational therapist and educator all of whom will offer an further insight into the condition. The conference takes place on May 28 at the Pinetown Remedial Unit and will run from 8.30 am to 1 pm. Cost is R100 per person or R150 per couple and booking forms and further information are available on www.ladd.co.za. Space is limited so early booking is essential. Inquiries: email pinetown@ladd.co.za or phone Jacqui on 083 234 0400.

The Botanical Artists’ Association of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) is hosting a four-day course by renowned botanical artist, Elbe Joubert, from the Western Cape, on aspects of reflected light in a botanical painting. The course will take place in the Discovery Room at the Durban Botanic Gardens from June 16 to 19. Artists need to bring their own materials and brushes. Admission is R590 (members) and R675 (non-members). To book email Terryanne Stevenson at Terryanne@mweb.co.za or phone 083 654 4552 or email Lynne Griffin at lynnegriffin@ebonds.co.za or phone 083 630 5351.

* Submit your events to Estelle Sinkins via e-mail at arts@witness.co.za or by fax at 033 355 1122 by noon on Wednesday.

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