Diary of events 21 to 27 October

2011-10-21 00:00

ANNUAL MEETINGS

The annual general meeting of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Afria (KwaZulu-Natal region) will take place at Treasure Beach EE Centre on the Bluff at 9.30 am on November 12. During the meeting certificates will be presented to the conservationist and the educationalist of the year. Tea will be served from 8.30 am to 9.30 am and lunch is available. RSVP to Wanda at 031 464 0990 or via email at wstadler@wessakzn.org.za

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum invites the public to come an view quilts done by The Natal Quilters Guild. The quilts are on display until the middle of January 2012 on a theme architecture. Our museum is open from 8am to 4pm on week-days and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. For enquiries contact Sane Dhlamini or Riana Mulder at 033 394 6843/5.

Corrie Lynn & Co is hosting an open weekend from October 28 to 30 between 9 am and 5 pm daily. Follow signs from the R103 at Lion’s River. Phone 082 828 0424.

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.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

The Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a hike in the New Germany Nature Reserve tomorrow. Meet at reserve car park, off Otto Volek Road at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Philip at 031 201 3592. On Sunday, there is a hike in Vernon Crooks in memory of Tom de Vaal. Meet at Glenwood Centre at 7.30 am or at exit 104 on the N2 (Park Rynie/Vernon Crooks turn off) at 8 am. Petrol sharing R35.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to ’Benvie’ on October 26. Meet at Umgeni Valley at 6 am to arrange transport. Leader: Pam Nicol at 033 330 2947.

Winning Women – SA Pietermaritzburg After 5 is hosting a meeting in the Victoria Hall in Maritzburg College on November 7 at 5.30 pm for 6 pm. Admission is R70 which includes supper by CHC Catering. Secure, free parking. The evening promises plenty of surprises and their will be books to browse and buy at Danny’s special book table. To book phone Esther Howard-Browne at 033 342 2034 or e-mail lesterhb@zookit.co.za Reservations are essential by November 4.

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. 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.

COURSES

Practical Philosophy is hosting a free introductory lecture, starting on October 25 at 7 pm to 9 pm. The course runs once a week for five weeks per subject, throughout the year at 240 West Street, corner of Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg. Philosophy means “Love of Wisdom” and this course will explore various levels of awareness and the need to test the truth of ideas in experience. Students who have completed the starter course can select from a range of other short courses. Cost: R220 (half price for full-time students and pensioners). Phone 033 394 3302 or 084 846 1013 or email philosophypmb@telkomsa.net or arrive 15 minutes before first session. Inquiries: www.schoolofphilosophykzn.org

EVENTS

It’s that time of year again and organisers of the Swift Half Marathon are expecting a bumper turnout for the race on Sunday. As usual there will be fun events as well as the usual half marathon. All proceeds of the event, hosted jointly by the Hulamin Athletic Club and the Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg, will be going to the Thandanani Children’s Home in Edendale. Inquiries: Alex Anthony at 072 209 0092. Pictured getting ready for the 2011 Swift Half-Marathon are Thembu Ndlovu, Sharlene Mentory, Vernal Augustus, Rotarian Richard Boote, Roxanne Stegan and Alvin Bhimsen.

Vision and Joy Togethery takes place on Sunday at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. John Oxley will be presenting the topic, "Curing the Incurable". Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

Alliance Française, Pietermaritzburg is offering Fracophiles the chance to watch the Rugby World Cup final between France and New Zealand at 54 Villiers Drive on Sunday.

The Golden Horse Casino Festival of Lights will take place on October 29 at the casino grandstands in Pietermaritzburg. It will feature an array of entertainment, including live music, dance, fashion and the DStv Indian-Saffron Channel 186 Diwali Extravaganza and Bhangra Bash, as well as shopping from 5 pm to 10 pm. Among those performing at the event are Tansen Nepaul Showband, Rajiv Mothie, Karishma’s Dance Academy and Chutney King Ashok Ramchunder. Admission is free. Inquiries: Golden Horse Casino Guest Relations Desk at 033 395 8136.

This year Project Gateway celebrates its 20th anniversary, and to mark the occasion it will be hosting a gala dinner at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on October 29, during which Dr Vincent Maphai will deliver the keynote address. Maphai has, since March 2009, been the executive director of corporate affairs and transformation at SAB Limited and was previously chairman of BHP Billiton Southern Africa. In addition to his talk, there will be a performance by Pietermaritzburg contemporary dancer, Bonwa Mbontsi, one of the top 16 contestants in the last series of So you think you can Dance, and a book launch for Miracles in the Making, a book documenting the last 20 years of Project Gateway’s work. Tickets for the gala dinner are R120 and can be booked with Faye at 082 726 9831 or 033 845 0400.

The Lions River Heritage Society will be conducting a tour on October 30 to Enon and Blarney, two farms settled by the Byrne Settlers in 1850. Both are of historical value. Noel Groom with be the speaker. Meet at the Howick Agricultural Hall 9.45 am for departure at 10 am. A minibus will be provided for those wish to make use of this facility, or drivers of cars will offer transport. A charge of R35 per person is requested to pay the drivers. Alternatively travel through Richmond and congregate at the Hela Hela direction board beyond the town. Bring your picnic lunch, tea etc chairs and cushions. Inquiries: Jenny Hoepfl at 033 343 4119 or Steve Watt at 033 386 5188.

Coastlands Hotel in Umhlanga Ridge is hosting a ladies night fundraiser for Reach For A Dream on November 24 at 6.30 pm. The chariy fulfils the dreams of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. This year’s event is not to be missed as Reach for a Dream is working in partnership with ‘The Bedroom’ which promises to be a fun-filled night of goodies, naughtiness and giveaways. Tickets are R300 – tables of 11 available as well as individual seats. The price includes a three course buffet, inspirational women speakers, a fun lap dancing class, a hot DJ, exciting goodie bags and loads of prizes to be won! To book phone 031 566 2220 or email Prkzn@reachforadream.org.za

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.

FETES AND FAIRS

Mountain Rise Methodist Church is holding a fete and a Bible-thon (Reading the Bible) for 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm on October 29. Each reader will read for five minutes. Anyone wishing to participate can phone 033 387 8046 (office hours) or 084 591 8370.

Msunduzi Hospice is holding its Festive Fair on November 25 from 10 am to 6 pm and on November 26 from 8 am to 12 noon at Hospice House, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. Do all your early Christmas shopping with loads of homemade crafts and gift ideas to choose from - bargains, fun and food for the whole family. Non-food staff holders who wish to have a stall should phone Rashida at 033 344 1560 or e-mail hospice@hospicekzn.co.za

GROUPS

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of KwaZulu-Natal is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people with MS. There is a need to identify all persons living with MS in KZN, as well as nationwide, to establish a comprehensive database to enable the society to be more effective in it’s mission. Any information submitted is confidential and will not be submitted to other parties for promotional use. The Society urges persons living with MS to contact them via email at mskzn@multiplesclerosis.co.za or by phoning 083 798 0430 during business hours or by post to MSSA Kwazulu-Natal Branch, P.O.Box 156, Gillits 3603.

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 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.

MEDITATION

Meditation for Inner Peace and Wellbeing - weekly classes on Thursday evenings at 5.30 pm at Yellowwood Cafe in Howick. These meditation classes give you a great foundation for inner peace, strengthen your happiness and make positive thinking a part of your life. Participants sit on chairs and the meditations are easy to understand and practice. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: Hayley at 072 971 8450 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

MUSEUMS

Carol Birch will be giving a talk, titled The Northern Lights, in the Ingede Theatre at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg tomorrow at 10.45 am. Tea will be served from 10.15 amd to 10.30 am. Birch will be talking about her trip to see the Northern Lights, or Aurora Boreali. This is an illustrated talk, and she will also be showing a short DVD. The Aurora Borealis are luminous arches or streams of light which appear in the in Northern regions of the earth.

The Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum is celebrating its centenary in 2012 and is in the process of upgrading some exhibitions. The Museum needs items reflecting the city’s history, especially sport and political history. The Museum is also upgrading exhibitions at 333 Boom Street and need items from the Anglo-Boer War. If there are any readers who would like to donate items to the museum, phone Elrica Olivier at 033 394 6834 or eolivier@msunduzimuseum.org.za.

PRAYER

KZN Capital 104fm, Pietermaritzburg’s newest community radio station, held a prayer meeting on September 29 at City Harvest Church. The aim was to honour itsstakeholders, who have been involved in this venture, ensuring its success as well as to forge a lasting relationship with the Christian community, which will have an integral role in the growth of the radio station. The event was organised by Sinokuhle Mbuyazi, a member of the KZN Capital 104fm teamand included performances by Sgwili and Babo, Mthokozisi Zakwe, Africa Praises, Nathi and Nkanyiso, Dudu Mchunu, Mvuselelo Buthelezi and the young Asanda. Legendary Jerry Jones, gave a speech and was honoured with an award by Pastor Mbokazi for his contribution to Pietermaritzburg’s entertainment. The KZN Capital 104fm team is undergoing a voice development programme on Saturdays, conducted by Adam Steyn from the University of KwaZulu Natal. The team also recently received training from East Coast Radio.

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.

THEATRE

The Gay & Lesbian Network is hosting drama auditions for aspirant actors at the Studio Theatre in the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg Hexagon complex on November 5 at 2 pm. For more details regarding audition criteria and a complete application form call in at 185 Burger Street, phone 033 342 6165 or email: director@gaylesbiankzn.org

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: 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.

WALKS

The Lemonwood Forest Walk takes place tomorrow from 9 am to 11 am at Lemonwood, 8kms along the Dargle/Impendle Road. A new walk to enjoy in the Dargle forests. Admission R10 donation to the Dargle Conservancy. Phone Katie Robinson to book at 082 052 6072.

The Organ Donor Foundation (ODF) will host a 5km big walk along the Durban beachfront on October 30 to help raise awareness and improve understanding of organ donation. The public is being invited to participate. Registration is at 7 am and walk starts at 8 am at the Ampitheatre. Admission is R30 per adult. The foundation is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of becoming an organ donor and most importantly discussing the decision with their family. There are over 4,300 people throughout South Africa in need of an organ transplant. Many of them are children who are forced to put their childhood interests and dreams on hold, waiting for a suitable donor. To enter the Organ Donor Foundation Big Walk or for more information on how to register as an organ donor, visit www.odf.org.za or phone 0800 22 66 11. The first 400 people to register for each Big Walk on the day will qualify for a goodie bag.

A global diabetes walk takes place along the Durban beachfront, starting at Suncoast Casino complex parking Area on Novedmber 6. Onsite registration from 6 am to 8 am. Walk starts at 8 am. There will also be a Wellness Expo from 8 am to 3 pm. The global diabetes walk is an international and national event with walks taking place in all major centres in South Africa to create awareness of diabetes in South Africa and as a fundraiser for Diabetes South Africa. The entry fee is R30. Pre-event registrations will take place at Suncoast Casino in the food court on October 29 between 9 am and 6 pm and on November 5 from 1 pm to 6 pm. The entry form can be downloaded from www.globaldiabetesrunwalkdurban.blogspot.com

WORKSHOP

The Botanic Artists Association of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal branch) is hosting a pastel workshop with Freda Hills, a former art lecturer at ML Sultan Colleve and the Vaal Triangle University Vanderbijlpark, tomorrow between 9 am and 12 noon in the Discovery Room at the Durban Botanic Gardens. To book phone Jean at 031 266 3082.

* 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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