Diary of Events from 09 December 2010

2010-12-10 00:00

The Witness is changing the focus of the weekly community diary of events, placing the emphasis on giving space to schools, clubs, societies and not for profit and non-governmental organisations. Organisations and individuals wishing to advertise courses, workshops, health and exercise classes, are requested to contact Kay Govender in the Witness classified department at 033 3551248 or via email at kayg@witness.co.za

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Potter Andrew Walford is hosting an open day and exhibition at his mountain top home and studio overlooking Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. An array of world class ceramics will be on show and visitors can enjoy homemade lemonade and cakes. Take the Shongweni exit from the freeway and travel 7kms to the Shongweni Valley in the direction of Shongweni station. Inquiries: 031 769 1363 or 082 795 7796.

Midlands Arts and Crafts Society will be hosting a decorative wrapping paper workshop at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg, on Wednesday, December 15 from 9 am to 12 noon. Macs will supply materials and guidance for paper dyeing and printing. Entry is R35 (10 years and over). Phone Joy at 033 386 6500 to book. Also at Macs is Take Away Art until December 22. Find a unique Christmas gift from the delicious choice of goodies, at affordable prices, on offer. Macs Art House will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 22 and re-open at 8 am on January 10.

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.

COFFEE SHOP

Msunduzi Hospice's coffee shop, The Courtyard, in Swartkorpz Road, Pietermaritzburg, is open daily from Monday to Saturday. The menu includes many tasty treats at affordable prices as well as our Chef's special of the day! There is also a hospice shop stocked with clothing, toys and bric-a-brac and the book shop which boasts a huge selection of books at bargain prices. The other Hospice shops are situated in Mayor's Walk and Nedbank Plaza. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

The Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society meets from 2 pm to 5pm tomorrow for its last workshop of the year. Please bring a tree to work on, and a platter to share to mark the end of the year function. Tea and coffee will be suppled as usual. Otherwise bring you own drinks if you prefer. Inquiries: Lyn at 033 396 6172.

The BotSoc Demogarden meeting takes place in the KZN National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg at 10 am tomorrow. Paula and Allison Young will do a practical demonstration on flowers for the festive season touching on table d←cor and Christmas wreaths. The Botanical Garden entrance fee of R12 is applicable. The demonstration is free of charge. Inquiries: 084 721 8899.

Durban Ramblers Hiking Club hosts a shady walk through indigenous bush on Saturday. Meet at Jamieson Park car park at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Philip at 031 201 3592. On Sunday the club is hosting a hike in the Kloof Gorge from the car park to the top of the gorge and along to Nqutu. There will be a stop for lunch at the Soros Pools. Meet at Stokers at 8 am. Inquiries: Jenny at 084 952 0622. Please note: day hikes require a packed lunch, 2lt water, sunhat and sunscreen.

Stonecroft Ministries After 9 Club women's morning meeting takes place at the Maritzurg Golf Club at 9 am for 9.30 am on December 14. Peter Tenant and Jackie Kruger will show members how stringed instruments make music come alive and there will be a talk by Glynnis Prinsloo about her visit to the United Arab Emirates. Admission R25. Booking essential: phone Moya at 033 346 1490 or 072 698 4820.

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.

EVENTS

Indulge - an exhibition of a woman wants takes place at Victoria Country Club, Duncan MacKenzie Drive, Pietermaritzburg from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is R10. The exhibition will showcase fashion, d←cor, beauty, health, pamper zones, kiddie's stuff, lingerie, books and more. Inquiries: Niyanta Maharaj at 083 777 1528.

The Live Free Project: Sandcastle Construction Crew (SCC) will be at Thompsons Beach in Ballito on Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. The UCT Michaela Art School students will showcase the dying art of sandcastle sculpture through a collection of unique sandcastles - all of which can be made to order alongside beachgoers' umbrellas anywhere along the beach. Sandcastle designs include a mermaid, dolphin, seal, motor car, seashell and aeroplane. Admission is free.

GROUPS

Diabetes South Africa's Pietermaritzburg branch will be closing on December 17 and opening again on January 10 2011. If you need test strips etc. to use over the three weeks please stock up before we close. We wish all our members a happy holiday season with family and friends. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

The Msunduzi Muncipal Library has organised a host of holiday activities from December 13 to 17. On Monday participants can makde Christmas tree decorations between 10.30 am and 11.30 am - bring scissors, crayons or colouring pencils, pencils, rulers and a glue stick. On December 14 Trevor Williams from East Coast Radio will be at the library for a fun-filled inspirational morning from 10 am to 11.30 am. The first 50 young people will receive a R100 book voucher. From 10.30 am to 11.30 am on December 15, there will be Christmas stories and pictures - bring your crayons or colouring-in pencils. And on December 17 there will be a games morening during which you can meet Father Christmas from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. Admission is free. Inquiries: 033 392 2683.

WESSA will be hosting a number of holiday programmes at the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick. From December 13 to 17 there will be adventure days for young people aged 13 to 18. These will include abseiling, raft building and canoeing, water fun and an obstacle course. Admission is R60 per day or R200 for the week. From December 13 to 21 there will be bush day-care activities between 8 am and 1 pm. Admission is R55 per day or R250 for the week. And from December 13 to 15 there will be a wildlife adventure trail for children aged eight to 13. Activities include raft building, canoeing, abseiling, star gazing, night walks and more. Admission is R530 per child, including meals. Inquiries and to book phone 033?330?3941.

MARKETS

Market held every Thursday adjacent to the hockey fields opposite Harry Gwala Stadium from 7 am to 10.30 am. The market is a combination of a farmers market and flea market and stalls sell everything from fresh veggies, plants and herbs to home baking, sewing, bric-a-brac, and more.

MEDITATION

Weekly meditation classes - learn to meditate 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 Dr Shearer's rooms, Medical Centre Annex, 113 Main Street. 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

MUSEUMS

The Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, will be open from 9 am to 12.30 pm tomorrow. Visit the museum and experience the elegance of the Victorian age in this beautiful Victorian period house. Admission: R10 adults and pensioners, R2 children.

The Natal Museum at 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg is hosting a school holiday programme from December 13-17. Children will learn how to make decoupage plates, Christmas decorations, cards and hats and enjoy storytelling sessions and a treasure hunt. At the end of the week there will be wonderful Christmas party. The programme runs from 9 am to 12 noon and is suitable for children aged six to 13 years old. Admission R30. To book phone 033 341 0536 or 033 341 0538 or email prinfo@nmsa.org.za

The Natal Museum at 264 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, is hosting a Christmas workshop from 10 am to 2 pm on December 18. Participants will be able to make their Christmas stockings, decorations for the tree, get a visit from Father Christmas, enjoy a tasty lunch and win exciting prizes. Admission is R85, including materials. To book phone Rashika Naidoo at 082 7304 552 or 072 7716 897 or send an email to Darryl@cyberspeed.co.za

MUSIC

Celebrate Christmas in the 'Berg where a number of exciting artists including the Drakensberg Boys' Choir will be performing from today until Sunday at the Drakensberg Boys' Choir School in Champagne Valley. The choir will be singing traditional Christmas songs, including O Holy Night, as well as more popular numbers, and will also join forces with the vibrant instrumental duo, Eclips, and the singer, Nianell. In addition to the music, visitors will be able to browse around a selection of stalls. For more details phone 036 468 1012.

Shashika Mooruth from Mumbai in India, together with a Swarang band from Durban and dancer, Yashika Govender, will perform bajans and golden oldies at a fundraising concert at the Winston Churchill Theatre in Leinster Road, Pietermaritzburg, at 7 pm tomorrow. The event has been organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Pietemaritzburg to raise money for the building of a temple and food for life centre on the corner of Bombay Road and Olympia Way. Tickets can be booked with Madhukanta Das ar 072 306 7822 or 033 387 4583.

If you love the music of the 1960s and 1970s, then you can't afford to miss the second edition of 60s and 70s favourites by The Band at the KZN Blind and Deaf Society in Newholmes tomorrow. The group will perform a new set of songs from the 60s and 70s, including songs from the Eagles, Gerry Rafferty, The Monkees, and more. All funds will be going to the KZN Blind and Deaf Society for the upliftment of blind and deaf persons in the Pietermaritzburg region. Tickets are available from the society's Rehabilitation Centre in Newholmes, on telephone 033 397 9720, and from band members.

The Durban Botanic Gardens celebrates the festive season with an evening of family entertainment at the popular Old Mutual Carols by Candlelight Concert at the Lake on Sunday at 6 pm. Naume Rousine will conduct the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the South African Singers Choir, and soloists Jaziel Vaugh'hann and Lwazi Ncube, and Phakamisa - an organisation which does important and valuable work amongst communities struggling to cope with HIV and Aids, will be selling candles. Tickets are R70 pre-booked at www.ticktbreak.com or the Info Centre in the Gardens, or R80 at the gate. Concessions are available for members of the Friends and children aged six to 12 years old. Gates to the concert area open at 4 pm.

The Sasol sponsored South African National Youth Orchestra, conducted by Ewa Strusinska, will be performing in Durban on December 13 at the Durban City Hall (supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra) and on December 15 at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall with the Concert Orchestra. All proceeds from the concerts will go towards the development of the Foundation and its work with young South African musicians.

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.

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

* 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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