Diary of Events 9 to 15 December

2011-12-09 00:00

THE Lindiwe Kuzwayo Academy of Fashion is hosting a high quality fashion show featuring the work of the graduating class of 2011.

This year’s main theme, Culture to Couture, aims to upscale the various traditional influences that shape South Africa to bring them to high end fashion trends that exist world-wide. The fashion show itself will feature the regular categories of swimwear, bridal gowns, evening wear and the theme garments.

The event takes place from 4 pm on Sunday t Docklands Hotel in Durban. Entry is R150 which includes a buffet. Cash bar. Inquiries: Simon Manda at 072 178 6426 or email smanda@vodamail.co.za – Arts Editor

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) is hosting a course of simple decorative block printing, facilitated by Jutta Faulds and Wendy Bloy, at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg, tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon. This workshop will teach you to make your own simple print blocks, and how to use them to make decorative wrapping paper. Cost: R50 (members) and R65 (others).

The South African Quilters’ Guild’s seventh national travelling exhibition – Jewels of the Earth – will be hosted by the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg until December 21. The exhibition can be viewed from 8 am to 4 pm Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8 am to 12 noon on Thursdays and from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Phone 033 386 6500 for further details.

A Bags Bazaar is taking place at Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg during the normal weekly opening hours until Christmas. There is an eclectic collection of handmade bags using cotton, merino fleece, other sheep breeds and silk, wet-felted, sewn and knitted, in all shapes and sizes - something to suit everyone. Phone Joy at 033 386 6500 for more details.

Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum is hosting an exhibition of quilts done by The Natal Quilters Guild until the middle of January 2012. All the quilts have a theme architecture. The museum is open from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: Sane Dhlamini or Riana Mulder at 033 394 6843/5.

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.

BIBLE STUDIES

Spirit and Life Word Ministries invites anyone interested to join them for free Bible studies every Thursday at 7 pm and Tuesday at 9.30 am at 16 Rishiduth Close, Orient Heights. Inquiries: Shammy Pillay at 078 371 1600 or 033 391 5988.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND FAIRS

The Curry's Post Conservancy is hosting a country fair tomorrow at Old Halliwell Country Inn to showcase local products, including leather goods to quilts, jewellry, arts and crafts, food and preserves. There will also be music, wine tasting, a light lunch and fun for kids. Admission is free and a percentage of the proceeds from the not-for-profit fair will go to Howick’s FreeMe wildlife rehabilitation centre and the Curry’s Post Primary School. The country fair is from 11am to 3pm at Old Halliwell, about 15 kilometres out of Howick on the Curry’s Post Road

The Benjamin Hotel at 141 Florida Road, Durban, is hosting a special Christmas marketfrom 11 am to 4 pm tomorrow to help raise funds for the Inkanyezi crèche. Among the items on sale will be hand made bracelets by BouBou designs by Bev and delicious chocolate treats by Dolce Chocolate. Entry is R20 and this together with the contribution made by the stall holders will be donated to the Inkanyezi Crèche in the township of Jamacia (behind the Pavilion Shopping Centre) and which was started by the Westville Presbyterian Church two years ago and which now accommodates 50 children. Ample safe Parking. The band, New Hysteria, will perform acoustic sets. Inquiries: 031 303 4233 or email Ariel at ariel@benjamin.co.za

The Vintage Baynesfield Christmas Market takes place on Sunday. There will be quality goods and gifts for sale, delicious food, vintage tractors, blacksmiths, woodcrafters and more. Phone 033 251 0001 during office hours for more details.

Karkloof Farmers’ Market is hosting carols by candlelight on December 15 in aid of charity. The market will be open from 5.30pm to 9 pm with the carols taking place from 7 pm to 8 pm. Tickets are R10 for adults and R5 for children. Karkloof is hosting festive Christmas markets every Saturday in December from 7 am to 11 am. Inquiries: Andrea at 082 820 8986. The Karkloof Farmers’ Market is located 2.6km from Howick off the Karkloof Road.

The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust is hosting a Christmas Craft and Flea Market in partnership with the café/restaurant Voluptuous Blue and designer furniture store Design FX at 24 and 26 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, from 10 am to 4 pm on December 16. Hillcrest AIDS Centre’s craft project, Woza Moya, will be selling all sorts of beautiful jewellery, pottery, gift and Christmas decorations, and their Gardens of Hope nursery will be selling Christmas trees and a wide range of indigenous and foreign plants. Inquiries: 031 765 5866.

The Shongweni Christmas Market, which will feature a colourful range of handmade crafts, Christmas décor, a wide variety of foods and fun for the whole family and live music by local band, The Kings and Queen, takes place on December 16 at the Farmers Market Grounds, Corner Kassier and Alverstone Roads, Assagay from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. Inquiries: email info@shongwenimarket.co.za or log on to www.shongwenimarket.co.za

Pennington Rec Club will be holding its' annual Christmas Fair on December 16 at the Relton Hall and grounds. Regular Pennington Market stall holders should phone Stephanie at 039 975 3028 while prospective stallholders should phone Fred Stevenson at 039 975 1137 or Frank Hollier at 039 975 3709.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a moderate hikefrom Jamieson Park to Burman Bush along roads and into natural coastal bush tomorrow. Inquiries: Werner at 031 767 2969. On Sunday, there will be a hike starting from Clifton Country House, off the Shongweni Dam Road. Meet in Pinetown at 8 am or at the Assagay Hotel (by prior arrangement). Petrol sharing R15. Inquiries: Cheryl Sol at 083 557 0244.

Stonecroft Ministries - After 9 Club - women's morning meeting takes place at the Maritzburg Golf Club at 9 am for 9.30 am on December 13. Kevin and Jane Bannisterwill share their experiences of their visit and stay in the Holy Land. Entry R25 including refreshments. Booking is essential: phone Eleanor Elliott at 033 345 4975.

The Pietermaritzburg Computer Club meets at the Olwazini Discovery Centre (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. For club, agenda and venue details log on to 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: Merle Fawdry at 033 344 3092.

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.

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.

EVENTS

St John’s United Church at 344 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg is hosting The Glory of Christmas – a new and very different presentation of the Christmas story, today at 7 pm. The re-telling sung by The Howick Choristers and soloists conducted by John Tungay. Refreshments available. To book phone the church office at 033 345 3157 or 033 342 3427. Secure off street parking available.

Vision and Joy Togethery is on Sunday at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields at 9.30 am. A Festive Celebration of Song and Stories. Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

Piggly Wiggly Country Village on the R103 at Lion’s River is hosting Christmas in the Country at 3 pm on December 17. Attractions include carriage rides, party packs, rock golf, carols by candlelight, night shopping, arts and crafts. Booking essential – R65 per child which includes a carriage ride, party pack, hot dog and vouchers to the value of R80 if booked before December 10. Inquiries: Delwyn at 084 963 8662

Msunduzi Hospice’s charity shop has moved to 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury, and is open week days from 8 am to 3.45 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

The Hospice Coffee shop at Hospice House, Pietermaritzburg is open. Visitors can choose from a selection of mouth-watering sweet and savoury treats, soft drinks, teas and coffees. During lunch time you can indulge in the chef’s special of the day or tuck into tasty quiches and giant muffins. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

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.

FILM

SmartScreens ends 2011 on a high note with the screening of one of the “funniest films ever made”, Yes Men Fix the World, at Centre for Fine Art and Design, CFAD, 183 Cowey Road, Durban, at 2pm tomorrow. The film is a wake-up call on the dangers of letting business rule the world. It follows the screwball activists from India to New Orleans to New York, as they infiltrate Big Business in their quest to fix the world, one hoax at a time. It is a film with, a hundred laughs, and a powerful political punch.

GROUPS

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.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

The KZN ScienCentre at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is hosting a 'Science Makes Sense' holiday programme in the December holidays. Running from tomorrow until January 10, the programme offers a multitude of fun, interactive and educational activities that will explore the five senses, exhibiting how science is involved in what we experience everyday through sight, touch, taste, hear and smell. Those who attend will be able to compete in the optical obstacle workshop, and will get to try read by touch in the brilliant braille workshop. With tastes, children will discover the microscopic world on our tongues, and learn how nifty neurons help science make sense. The South African Guide Dog Association will also be showcasing their abilities by leading people through a darkened room, and children will also be educated about these wonderful animals. Ten percent of the gate entry for the holiday period will go to the South African Guide Dog Association. The holiday programme will run from 11 am to 2 pm daily. Inquiries: 031 566 8040.

MARKETS

The Best of Byrne Tourist Group is having the first of many fun days to help you discover the beauty and talent of Byrne. On December 16 there will be a farmers’ market from 7 am to 1 pm and a crafters market on December 17 from 9 am to 3 pm. The latter will include an exhibition of oil andwatercolour paintings, works in pastels, sculptures, reed mats, water features, reed mats and live music played by Ketch in the beer garden from 11 am to 3 pm. Both events are hosted this time at the Blu Pumpkin Cafe in Byrne outside Richmond. Inquiries: www.bestofbyrne.zxq.net

MEDITATION

Meditation for positive thinking and a peaceful mind - weekly classes on Thursday evenings from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at the Yellowwood Cafe in Howick. These meditation classes give you a great foundation for a peaceful, relaxed and happy mind in your daily life. Meditations are easy to understand and practice. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: Hayleyat 072 971 8450 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

MUSEUMS

Macrorie House Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, is open tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm. Entrance is R10 for adults and R2 for chidren. The museum contains a comprehensive collection of Victoriana and Ecclesiastica housed in Bishop Macrorie's original double-story home. Within the house is a miniature chapel (complete with ghosts). Inquiries: Roxie at 033 342 5515 or Marigold at 033 394 2161.

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, is hosting a holiday programme from December 12 to 15 between 9 am and 12 noon. Cost R30 per child, per day, which covers an arts and crafts week and fun-filled activities. To book phone 033 341 0536.

MUSIC

The Maritzburg Singers are hosting a free lunch hour concert, titled Concerts with a Christmas Theme, at 1.10 pm on December 14 at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Street, Pietermaritzburg. Admission is free but donations will be collected.

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. 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.

* 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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