Diary of Events 5 to 11 August

2011-08-05 00:00

ARTS AND CRAFTS

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.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a walk through the streets of Winston Park, from the Gillits Post Office tomorrow. The Whole Hog for drinks afterwards. Inquiries: Lois at 031 767 2969.On Sunday, there is a hike down to Umlazi River above Shongweni Dam. A moderate walk, abundant bird life and beautiful scenery. Bring binoculars. Petrol sharing R20. Inquiries: Garry at 072 902 4899.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Darvill at 7.30 am on Dunday. Inquiries: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting an illustrated talk by Drummond Densham on ‘Bird behaviour - a natural field indicator’ at the Zoology Lecture Theatre, John Bews Building, Life Science Campus, end of Carbis Road, Pietermaritzburg at 7 pm on August 11. Admission R10 for BirdLife members and R15 for non-members.

The Hilton Garden Club meets on August 16 at 9.30 am for 10 am. This month’s event includes a visit to Saint Verde Succulents. Take the Howick North/Tweedie off ramp from the N3, turn left and at the T-junction turn right on to the R103 towards Piggly Wiggly. About 5 kms from there turn left along the Dargle road and travel for ± 15 kms. Turn right at D666 just past Finchley Nursery and drive for 2 kms to St. Verde succulents. Inquiries: Fay Clayton at 033 330 2221.

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 Hilton Guide Company welcomes all girls between the ages of 10 and 14 to join them on Friday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Worlds View campsite. Inquiries: Mandy Buchanan at 071 527 7162.

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.

COURSE

Msunduzi Hospice Association will be hosting an oriental cooking demonstration by well-known chef Asha Maharaj at the Hospice Conference, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury on August 18 from 11 am to 1 pm. Maharaj is a popular television personality who also writes the cooking column for the Sunday Times. Her cook books will be on sale with the proceeds going to Hospice. Tickets are R150 which includes tasting of sweets and savouries and an Eastern lunch menu. So if you’re always wanted to learn how to cook a curry or pickup a few oriental cooking tips join Hospice for this demonstration. Booking is essential. Phone Sonya at 033 344 1560.

DANCE

The dazzling showcase, Winds of Change, will be performed in the Playhouse Opera Theatre today at 7.30 pm to raise money to vaccinate children against cervical cancer. During the show the dancers will interpret sections of Astor Piazzolla’s magnificent Four Seasons (Cuatro Estaciones Portenas), before taking to the stage in fashion by The Platinum Group: Jenni Button, Hilton Weiner, Vertigo, Aca Joe and Urban Degree and performing with live singers and musicians. Tickets are R180 at Computicket

EVENTS

The World Methodist Conference will take place at the ICC in Durban until August 8. This assembly convenes every five years to bring together members of the worldwide association of churches in the Methodist/Wesleyan tradition. Participants in the Conference will gather under the theme "Jesus Christ - for the Healing of the Nations" and will experience African culture, hospitality and worship. On the afternoon of Sunday, August 7, there will be a street parade through the streets of Durban culminating at the Durban City Hall involving delegates and guests. The public is warmly invited to participate in the procession. To find out more, or to register to attend the conference, visit http://www.worldmethodistcouncil.org, email gills@turnergroup.co.za or phone 031 368 8000.

Durban is hosting the internationally rated City of Durban Sunshine Tour show jumping event from today until August 13 at the Cyril Geoghegan Stadium. The event will feature the fourth leg of the 2011 FEI World Cup Jumping series (RSA League), the Epol KwaZulu-Natal Grand Prix and the City of Durban Show Jumping Championships, as well as a host of other events. The City of Durban Sunshine Tour will be split into two shows, with the first is between August 5 and 9 and the second between August 11 and 13. The first show will feature the City of Durban FEI World Cup Qualifier, whilst the second show will feature the Epol KwaZulu-Natal Grand Prix and the City of Durban Show Jumping Championships. The Sunshine Tour will also cater for all grades, from 1.10m to the top international level of 1.60m. Showjumping takes place from 8 am to 4.30 pm. Inquiries: Sue Pieters at 082 898 0149 or email spieters@iafrica.com.

Project Gateway in Pietermaritzburg is hosting the Coastal Hire Builder’s Charity Day at the Old Prison at 4 Burger Street on August 9. Divided into two events, the day begins by recognising women and the contribution and value they bring to society. This year’s theme is Women of Substance.

At a cost of R40 per person, guests can enjoy breakfast, a motivational speech from Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business’s CEO Melanie Veness, and a fashion show thereafter. With free admission for the second part of the day, parents can bring their children for face painting, lawnmower races, a flea market, and many more activities for the whole family to enjoy and to celebrate real women and families. Inquiries: 033 845 0400 or email marketing@projectgateway.co.za

Vision & joy Togethery meets on August 14 at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. AJ Whittal will be discussing the topic, Planetary Ascension. Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum will host a mini-conference on September 1 to celebrate Heritage month and museum’s impending centenary in 2012. The conference to be held at Msunduzi Museum aims to explore the theme ‘Preserving heritage in a changing society’. Anyone interested in attending the conference for free may book with Mxolisi Mchunu at 033 394 6834 or e-mail him at mmchunu@msunduzimuseum.org.za before August 26.

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.

GROUPS

The next meeting of the Alzheimers Support Group is at 10 am today at Riverside Park Home, 450 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg.

Diabetes South Africa’S open meeting will take place on August 10 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is Dr. Claudine Lee. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

The BATS low vision support group meets at Woodgrove in Pietermaritzburg on August 10 at 10 am for 10.30 am. Dr Rosemary Mason, a well-known psychiatrist will speak on the subject of ‘Memory’. Inquiries: Penny at 033 355 0269.

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.

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: 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.

Bookings are now open for the popular Halloween Mystery Bus tour in Durban from 7 pm to midnight on October 31. Pub and grub stops, ghost stories, poltergeists, graveyards and much more. Cost R295. Book at Computicket. Inquiries: www.mysteryghostbus.co.za

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.

* 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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