Diary of Events 4-10 June

2010-06-04 00:00

ANNUAL MEETINGS

The annual meeting of the Hilton Garden Club takes place at 9.30 am for 10 am on June 15 at the Church of the Ascension Hall, Brindy Road, Hilton. There will be a flower arranging demonstration by Donna Walker. Tea and coffee will be supplied. Members please bring a plate of eats.

The annual meeting of the Midlands Rose Society takes place at Cowan House on June 9 at 11.30 am. Members and visitors will enjoy a sumptuous lunch, and inspiring and entertaining talk by Tanya Visser, editor of The Gardiner magazine. Tickets are R150 (members) or R180 (visitors) from Rosehurst, Boom Street.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Midlands artist, Jocelyn Boyley, has broadened her scope to include photography and that new work can be seen at Art on Victoria until June 12. Boyley has explored Pondoland, the Drakensberg and the Eastern Cape coast and instead of using her brushes and paint to capture the mood and images of Africa, she has done it through the lens of her camera. Inquiries: 033 342 7989.

Fifty-five artists will be showing their work at this year’s Nashua Art in the Park at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg until June 6. Art in the Park is open from 10 am to 8 pm today and tomorrow and from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets are R10 (children under 12 free). Parking will be available in Kershaw Park via Alan Paton Avenue. Please note - no pets, except guide dogs, will be allowed into the exhibition, but prior arrangement must be made with the organisers. Inquiries: 033 345 1348.

Chistlehurst Arts and Academics in Pietermaritzburg holds community classes every Wednesday afternoon during the term. Free classes offered in basic dance, drama and design from 3 pm to 4 pm. All pupils from Grade 6 to 12 welcome. Phone 033 345 4895 mornings.

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.

BOOKS

The shelves at Msunduzi Hospice Association's second-hand bookstore are bursting with gems ranging from adventure and romance to information and education. There is also an exciting range of Africana and highly collectable books for sale in our bookshop. The bookshop is open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

CARBOOT SALES

The Blu Pumpkin Cafe at Byrne is hosting a carboot sale from 9 am to 1 pm tomorrow. Great bargains to be had with antique jewellery, books, clothes and bric a brac. The café will be providing lunch - two courses for R65 and three courses for R80. Booking essential at 079 8728 440.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Darvill at 8 am on Sunday. Leader: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555.

Birds of a Feather (BOF), a ladies networking and socialising group, meets on June 16 at Urban Fusion Cafe (opposite Virgin Active Gym, Victoria Center, Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg), from 9 am to 11 am. Peter Lowe, from Salt of the Earth, speaks on Surviving in a Wireless World and Rollo Guest, manager at John Dory's, speaks on The Benefits of Sushi. Admission R60. Booking is essential. RSVP by June 13 with Geeta at 082 761 4837 or geeta@bofnetworx.co.za

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 are very welcome, whether experienced or a beginner. 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 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. Meet at the clubhouse at 5.30 pm every Thursday or join us after practice (7 pm). Cash bar and braai fires available. Inquiries: Caz 082 859 3026 or Noeline 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club welcomes visitors and new members on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm. The venue is in Alexandra Park, near the Oval, and 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

Midlands Arts and Crafts Society is hosting the first of a two-part course, titled Transforming Fabric, at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg on June 8 from 9 am to 4 pm and June 9 from 9 am to 12 noon. The course will cover the process of the dyeing method for cold water, and ways in which to pattern fabric, using “resist” methods of dyeing. Cost: R95 (members) and R110 (others) per session. Phone Joy at 033 386 6500 to book and receive list of basic requirements. The second part of the course takes place on June 23 and 30 from 9 am to 12 noon.

Renowned photographer, Roger de la Harpe is hosting a photographic workshop in Howick from June 24 to 27. The event is aimed at beginners. For more information about the course log on to www.africaimagery.com Alternatively phone 033 239 5227 or 082 882 8496.

Fashion sewing course. Learn how to get a professional finish using a fast sewing system. No pinning and tacking. Beginners course also available. Phone Idoni Forder at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

Entertain and enrich children during the June/July school holidays. Pottery classes held that include traditional smoke firings. Phone Lynette for more information at 031 266 0543 or via email at morrishale@yebo.co.za

Dressmaking course - learn how to get a professional finish using a fast sewing system. No pinning and tacking. Beginners course also available. Phone Idoni Forder at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

Beginners as well as experienced artists are invited to attend drawing and painting classes by former Durban University of Technology lecturer, Fransie Pretorius, in Westville. Students will explore a variety of approaches to drawing and become familiar with the use of line, form, texture and composition. The classes are held at 22 Portman Road, Dawncliffe, on Saturday afternoons between 2 pm and 5 pm and on Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 noon. Inquiries: 031 266 6422 or e-mail: fransiep@telkomsa.net

Join up with fun new art classes, held at a home-based studio in Scottsville. Groups are small, informal and friendly, and tuition is offered by an experienced art teacher\lecturer. Good for beginners and great for improvers. A general art course is held on weekday mornings and offers a basic introduction to sketching, charcoal, pastels and watercolours. There is also a design careers portfolio programme onweekday afternoons, which can assist matric art students; and a Saturday morning ‘leisure artists’ workshop. Inquiries: Denise Essom at 033 345 2116 or 072 117 0017 or e-mail dessom@xsinet.co.za

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.

Painting lessons on canvas, fabric, ceramic and wood for beginners or existing painters. No artistic ability required. Call Truus at Creative Image on 033 342 4959 or 082 445 7051.

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

DANCE

A Nia Dance class is held every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Hexagon movement studio, Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg. A dance workout for all ages and fitness levels. Phone Lorraine at 031 767 1690 or email harleya@ukzn.ac.za Go to www.niasouthafrica.co.za for more information.

Shivani Kara’s latest production, Dancing with the Legends, features a cast of 20 to 30 dancers, showcasing Bollywood hits from the 1950s up to the 1980s. The programme will include songs by playback singers Kishore Kumar, Muhammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bosle who brought life to stars like Rekha, Helen, Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachan and Shashi Kapoor with songs like Mera Jootha hai Japani, Junglee, Mere Angane Mein, Range Barase etc. There will also be a live performance by playback singer, Zeeshan Shani, during the show at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre until Sunday. Tickets range from R100 to R130 and can be bought from Computicket.

EVENTS

As PART of the build up to the much anticipated Concert in the Park on June 20, a number of events are presented by Parklane Super Spar offering local audiences an opportunity to sample some of the musical flavours that will be on offer. Today, members of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sabine Baird (flute and saxophone) and Linor Griffith (harp), perform in the Dulce Coffee Shop at Parklane Super Spar from 11 am to 2 pm. And on Sunday, at 11 am, the annual Pipers in the Park, sees the Pietermaritzburg Caledonian Society Pipe Band and their Durban counterparts marching in an expanded formation along the historic Avenue of Trees in the Botanical Gardens. Normal gardens entrance fees of R14 adult and R8 children apply.

Cafe Vacca Matta is hodting the final of the Mr Café Vacca Matta pageant, which boasts over R100 000 in cash and prizes, at Café Vacca Matta Suncoast tonight.

A number of events will be taking place in Pietermaritzburg next week as part of KwaZulu-Natal’s French Week. Today there will be a special viewing of the Whitwell Collection at the Tatham at 5 pm. The guest of honour is Professor Samuel Elmaleh (attaché for cooperation and cultural affairs, French Embassy in South Africa). At 6.30 pm tonight, Art in the Park will host a French reception and at 9.30 am tomorrow there will be a requiem mass for the Prince Imperial at St Mary's Chapel.

DarLeeGar Launch Fashion show, incuding a best model competition with three age groups and a designer competition, at 7 pm tomorrow at Bishopstowe Community Hall. Admission R30 adults (R15 children, free for under threes.) Lots of great prizes. Inquiries: Jamie at 083 657 2626.

Pietermaritzburg Wanderers Club hosts its annual cooking competition from 10 am tomorrow. Traditionaly 12 teams of aspirant chefs test their skills against each other. Other attractions include live music by Barry Ritson from 4 pm. Inquiries: Trevor at 083 954 3044 or Joe at 033 342 2375.

A German Fest will take place at the New Hanover Prep School and church grounds from 8 am tomorrow. Attractions include a soccer challenge for invited schools and old scholars, plenty of German meats, cakes and other items on sale, a tea garden, beer tent, craft market, tombola and children’s entertainment. And don’t miss the Oompah band playing over lunch. Inquiries: Edwin Hohls at 082 414 4827.

St Matthew’s Church, Hayfields will be holding its second Sisters at St Matthew’s Church quilting event from 9 am to 3.30 pm tomorrow. The magnificent Paper Bark Acacia’s will provide the backdrop for the display of quilts, which will be hung between the trees and on the fences surrounding the beautiful conservancy of St Matthews. Together with the quilting display, St Matthews will host Flowers through the Church. The floral displays will have the theme “Sport in South Africa”. A selection of hand crafters has also been invited to display and sell their crafts, and a tea garden will also be available.

Enjoy model steam train rides at 78 Rudling Road, Pietermarutzburg on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Inquiries: Theo at 072 143 3032.

A Vision and Joy meeting takes place on Sunday at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Psychic, Michael Brown, will be presenting Understanding Intellect. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Catch the second round of the uShaka Marine World Battle of the chiefs between Mninawa Dlelapantsi, Preshanthan Pillay, Warren Frantz and Leon Weir on June 8 at 6.30 pm. These chefs will go head to head battling it out amongst each other creating their signature dishes for your vote. This fun night will entail a four course meal complimented by Neethlingshof’s finest wines. Limited tickets available at R180 per person. To book phone Kim at 031 328 8107.

Stonecroft Ministeries After 9 Club women's morning meeting takes place at 9.30 am on June 8 at the Maritzurg Golf Club. Dr Robert-Ian Caldwell, a specialist in internal medicine, will talk about his work with the Red Cross Flying Doctor project. This will be followed by a talk by Di McKenzie who will explain how she dealt with her lack of self confidence and a family heartbreak. Admission R25 including refreshments. Booking essential. Phone Moya at 033 346 1490 or 072 698 4820.

The Miss Umsunduzi pageant is taking place at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg on June 9 from 3 pm till late. The winner of the pageant, organised by Umvithi Youth Development Consultants, will become one of the finalists of the Miss uMgungundlovu District Municipality pageant at the Botanic Gardens Pietermaritzburg in October. The event will include live music and admission is free. To register, SMS (Miss u Msunduzi, Your Name, Surname, Age and Ward to 079 515 0481 or 072 306 1578. Local musicians, DJs and performers are also invited to showcase their talent. Inquiries: 076 318 2644.

For those people who enjoyed the Ghosts & Gluhwein event and wanted to visit the Macrorie House Museum over a weekend, the museum, at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, from 9.30 to 1 pm on June 12. Tickets R5 (children R2, pensioners free). Inquiries: Magda at 033 342 5515 or Marigold at 033 394 2161.

The Poobie Naidoo Sports Club, corner Prince Alfred and Retief Streets, Pietermaritzburg is hosting a ladies night with Damon Beard from East Coast Radio on June 15 at 7 pm. Tickets R50. Inquiries: Debbie or Rashika at 033 342 8740.

GROUPS

The Alzheimer’s support group meets at Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg on June 4 at 10 am. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607 or Jane at 033 386 4477 or 082 940 0225.

Diabetes South Africa’s Northdale Support Group meets on June 7 at 7 pm in the Motivational Centre, 773 Old Greytown Road, Pietermaritzburg. The speaker is ophthalmologist, Dr Karappian, on The Diabetic Eye. Inquiries 033 346 0934.

Diabetes South Africa’s open meeting takes place on June 9 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is Shamendra Singh of Novo Nordisk on Diabetes the Weight of the World. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

The Bats low vision support group meet at Woodgrove on June 9 at 10 am for 10.30 am. Hazel Barnes, Professor of Drama at UKZN, will speak about drama generally and its many beneficial effects on those who take part. Inquiries: Penny at 033 355 0269.

HEALTH AND EXERCISE

Health exercises for all ages and fitness at Body Dynamics, 1 Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg. Thursdays: 8.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 10 am - Tao Yin (Chinese yoga/internal exercises); 2 pm - Baque Meditation (The forces – Trigrams). Friday: 8.30 am - Taiji (38 Form Chen style) part 1 and 2; 10 am - Baqua Meditaton; 2 pm - Tao Yin; 6 pm - Taiji (part 1 and 2). Wear loose clothing and soft shoes. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place in Westville from 3 pm to 4.30 pm on Tuesdays; in Kloof from 9 am to 10.30 am on Wednesdays; in Hillcrest from 5.30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays; in Pietermaritzburg from 8 am to 9.30 pm on Thursdays and in Camperdown from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on Thursdays. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Academy of Self-Defence courses. Learn how to project confidence through awareness and practical techniques. Aimed at all women and children. To book phone Mandy at 082 459 6095 or email mandytyrer@vodamail.co.za

Run walk for life Nottingham Road runs morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Clifton Prep School at 8 am from the Top Field behind the pavilion. Once every six to eight weeks they do a fun run on a members farm which is followed by breakfast. Inquiries: 082 374 1023 or email: runwalk4life@bundunet.com

Health exercises suitable for all ages and fitness levels at Body Dynamics every Thursday and Friday: 7.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 8.30 am - Baqua (the elements) or Tao Yin (yoga); 5 pm – Baqua (the elements); 6 pm - Taiji (38 step form and applications). Wear loose comfortable shoes and clothing. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place at Kloof, Westville, Hillcrest, Camperdown and Pietermaritzburg. Phone Kath for more infomation at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

The Art of Living Foundation is hosting Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Veda Temple, Nohar Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 391 1714.

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World hosts free yoga sessions in the Suncoast ampitheatre on Thursdays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Inquiries: VO2 Max gym at 031 201 8585.

Yoga classes take place at Oakleigh Avenue, Wembley on Thursdays at 8 am. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Hatha yoga classes with meditation and chanting get underway on a peaceful farm in the Camperdown area in February. Inquiries: Bev at 082 857 2774.

Join Group Hypno-Therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm if you want to stop smoking, lose weight, have any fears or phobias, or want to join self-improvement classes. Inquiries: 082 046 7515.

The Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan Tai Chi classes take place every Wednesday from 5.30-7.30 pm at The McDowall Centre, Girls High School, Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Paul Dorrian on 033 386 2916 or 082 573 0557.

Wing Chun Kung Fu, self defence and Eskrima (stick fighting). Classes for men and women every Monday and Thursday at 6.30 pm at Eddels Sports and Social Club, Dartnell Road, Mountain Rise. Inquiries: Sifu Gus Hornby on 083 638 0801 or Shaun on 076 648 6168.

Yoga classes for strength and flexibility in Scottsville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm. Telephone Jenny on 033 386 3323.

Yoga classes take place in Hilton on Mondays at 5.30 pm. Phone Moira on 072 800 5294 or 033 343 4014 (a/h).

Chi Kung is a fun exercise to keep you healthy. Classes take place at Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 9 am and cost R20. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.

Run/Walk for Life holds sessions at Cowan House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 pm (Jane: 033 344 1813 or 082 809 4862) and at Scottsville Primary on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Saturdays at 6 am (Allan: 033 396 6174 or 084 582 4005).

Overweight? Join a class and learn about proper eating habits. No pills, shakes or potions. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

Action-packed holiday programme! Presented by Outdoor Educators at the Voortrekker/ Msunduzi Museum from 1 July 2010. Treasure hunts, traditional games, even a Ghost House! Three different sessions, 2 for 7-13 year olds, one for 12-15 year olds. For more information/ booking please call Riana at Tel 033- 3946835.

MARKETS

The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Morning Market takes place from 9 am to 12 noon tomorrow at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Stalls will be selling books, records, CDs and DVDs, good quality used clothing and linen, white elephant and plants. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

Wartburg holds a Farmers’ Market from 7 am to 9 am on the first Saturday of every month.

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

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

The Pietermaritzburg Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning from 6-10 am at Alexandra Park, behind the Harry Gwala Stadium. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning from 7-11 am. The market is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea 082 820 8986.

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

Farmer’s market at the Lion's River Stock Sale Yard every Saturday from 8.30-11 am. Inquiries: Brian at 033 330 8050. Proceeds from breakfasts support local charities.

Essenwood Craft Market takes place every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at Essenwood Park in Durban.

MEDITATION

The Art of Positive Thinking meditation course takes place at the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Karkloof Road, Howick on June 6 from 9.30 am to 12.15 pm. Buddhist monk Kelsang Phuntsog will explain special and helpful thought processes, and give practical advice that will directly enable you to become a healthy and joyful person. Admission R75 including refreshments. To book and for more information phone 031 765 2162 or email meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com

Learn to meditate on Monday evenings from 6.45 pm to 8 pm, at 60 Oakleigh Ave, Wembley. Meditation helps you to relax and develop your own sense of inner peace and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome, and the classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre including refreshments. Inquiries: 033 345 7501 or email : meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com

MUSIC

Matric music students at St Annes College in Hilton will be presenting Jazzology in Concert in the Band Room on June 4 at 6.30 pm for 7 pm.

Performers include Alec Brits on drums, jazz legend Jeff Judge on keyboard, Jonathan Judge on saxophone and Logan Byrne on bass. Tickets are R50 and snacks will be provided. To book telephone Toni at 033 343 3300. Booking is essential as there are limited seats available.

St Nicholas Diocesan School is hosting a school’s soccer spectacular sing-a-long in the Botanic Gardens in Pietermaritzburg on June 5 at 12 noon. The public is invited to bring their picnic baskets and join choirs and bands from Pelham Primary School, Cordwalles Prep School, Caluza Primary and St Nicholas for a fun lunchtime concert. Entrance to the Botanic Gardens will have to be paid but the concert is free. A collection will be taken for a charity to be determined. Inquiries: 033 345 1566.

Christopher Duigan is Celebrating Chopin at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, on June 5 at 7.30 pm. The programme includes: the ‘Military’ Polonaise in A major, Etudes including the ‘Black Key’ and ‘So Deep is the Night’, Mazurka in F op 7, Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Preludes and the Ballade No.4. Tickets R90. A light meal will be available afterwards at an extra cost for those who wish to enjoy the evening at the venue. To book phone 033 342 3051.

The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) is hostings Choral and Orchestral Winter Concert at 3 pm on June 6 at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity. The programme includes music by Brahms, Haydn, Mozart and Vivaldi. Tickets R50 at the door. Free parking at Parkade (opposite the cathedral). Inquiries: Mary Bizley at 033 346 0449.

More than 120 youthful voices will be joining in a celebration of choral music in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Sunday, June 6 at 2.30 pm when the acclaimed Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, the PMB Children’s Choir and the PMB & Midlands Youth Choir take to the stage. A Choral Celebration boasts a programme that includes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Think of me and the Song for World Peace, along with traditional Zulu and Afrikaans items. Tickets range from R80 to R120, with scholars and pensioners enjoying special discounts. Bookings can be made at the Dulce Café at Parklane SuperSpar (033 342 3487) or through Computicket.

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

ROYAL SHOW

Watershed, WONDERboom, The Ryan Calder Band and The City Bowl Mizers will be performing at this year’s Royal Rock Concert at the Royal Show on June 4. The Royal Rock concert gets underway in the main arena at 6 pm and fans only need to pay the normal entrance ticket to watch these bands perform live. Tickets are R35 (R20 pensioners, R20 under 12s, free for pre-school children), at the gate.

This year’s Bollywood Extravaganza at the 2010 Royal Agricultural Show from 6 pm on June 5 will feature Bash Hoosen, The Prince of Gauteng; Shaani Zeeshan from Pakistan; South African nightingale, Umita Kalyan; Pravesh Sunker; Amithab look-a-like Orith Maharaj; and Leon Ramsamy.

Also on the programme is a performance by stand up comedians, Pranesh Maharaj, Senzo Mtetwa and Henry Ramkisoon, all of Ding-a-ling fame.

Joining the singers and comedians on stage will be a host of dazzling dancers and compere for the evening, former Miss S.A India, Shabnam Mohammed, who is also a finalist in the Eastern Mosaic presenter search. To enjoy this Bollywood spectacle, fans simply need to pay the normal Royal Agricultural Show admission price at the gate. Tickets are R35 (R20 pensioners, R20 under 12s, free for pre-school children.

Bug Nuz, Thokozani Langa, Lvovo, Teargas, Tholakele, Sifiso Ncwane and many more will be performing at this year’s Ukhozi FM concert at the Royal Agricultural Show on June 6. The Royal Agricultural Show runs from 9 am to 12.30 pm on June 6 and the Ukhozi concert itself gets underway at 10 am. Tickets are R40 - the extra R5 will go to the Ukhozi FM ‘Ukhozi Cares’ initiative that gives back to the community.

TOURS

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.

WORKSHOPS

Chistlehurst Arts and Academics in Pietermaritzburg is hosting a dance, drama and design workshop from June 14 to 18. The workshop will cover drama, contemporary dance, mime, interior design, jewllery design, hip-hop dance, stage make-up, mask design and theatre dance. Only 30 applicants in grades six to 12 accepted. Phone 033 345 4895 mornings for prospectus and application forms.

* 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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