Diary of events, 7 to 13 December

2007-12-07 00:00

TODAY

• The Friends of Hospice Dance meet at Truro Hall, Bombay Road. The SAPS dance band will be providing the music. Tickets are R50 per couple, and people are encouraged to take a picnic basket with drinks and snacks.

• 9 am. Antique and collectables fair outside Edgars in the Liberty Midlands Mall. Inquiries: 083 273 0649.

• 10 am. Alzheimer’s support group meets at Riverside Old Age Home 450 Bulwer Street. Contact Lorna at 033 396 6607 or Jane at 033 342 7027 (work).

• 10.30 am. Children’s holiday art workshop decorating containers for gifts or box sculptures for table decorations. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.

• 5.30 pm-9 pm. Rosehurst invites anyone interested to an evening of moonlight Christmas shopping and drinks and snacks. Secure parking provided at 239 Boom Street. Inquiries: 033 394 1443.

TOMORROW

• 6 am-9.30 am. The farmers’ market sells fruit, veg, flowers, eggs and more. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.

• 7.30 am-12.30 pm. The Karkloof Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday morning and is located 2,6 km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Access is gained off the D507. Inquiries: Andrea at 082 820 8986.

• 9 am-noon. Allison Homes Trust will be holding a cake and craft sale in the Ruby Allison Memorial Hall, 488 Burger Street. Cakes and handcraft on sale. Inquiries: 033 342 6009.

• 9 am. Alex arts and crafts upmarket. A major market in Alexandra Park. New stall holders welcome. Inquiries: 033 396 2807.

• 8.30 am. Saltwater Girl magazine and Ocean Minded are hosting a beach clean-up at North Beach, outside Joe Kools. Take the entire family and friends. Free cooldrinks and prizes afterwards.

• 9 am. Antique and collectables fair outside Edgars in the Liberty Midlands Mall. Inquiries: 083 273 0649.

• 9.30 am. A bowls clinic at Allan Wilson Bowling Club is held for new bowlers. Bowls are provided and flat shoes must be worn. Inquiries: 033 346 2553.

• 9.30 am-11 am. Howick tai chi classes at the Hadca Centre. First class free. Inquiries: 082 825 7412.

• 9 am-noon. Every week the model trains in HO Gauge run. Come and watch or run your own at the old goods shed, Hilton Station. Phone to ensure the staff are at the station. Inquiries: 033 344 1742 or 082 470 4898.

• 9 am-2 pm. Craft market opposite the city hall.

• 10 am-4 pm. Today and tomorrow sees the perfumed garden exhibition of original art by Lindsay Scott, Jill Charlotte, Mela, Inger Karolina and Ashley Garde. There will also be magic garden features, plants and ideas by Vernon Garde who worked with Keith Kirsten. The event takes place at Poppy Palace, 8 Curry’s Post Road, Howick. Inquiries: phone 033 330 4214 or 082 834 0679 or e-mail justjill@telkomsa.net

• 1 pm-3 pm. Join the KwaZulu-Natal inland branch of the Botanical Society for a visit to the Indigenous Grasses nursery of the Du Toits in Bishopstowe. There will be a short talk on planting and maintaining an indigenous grass garden, followed by a nursery visit. Inquiries: 033 390 3113 or 083 256 7202.

• 2 pm. The Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket Oval. Mallets can be borrowed from the club. Flat-soled shoes are recommended. Inquiries: Tim at 033 502 0101 or Viv at 033 396 3661.

• 2 pm-5 pm. Weekly back massage courses. Inquiries: Jenny at 033 386 3323.

• 2 pm. The Ramblers’ Club of Pietermaritzburg invites people interested in hiking to join them in walking the hills of Pietermaritzburg and its environs. Interested people should be reasonably fit. Inquiries: Francois at 033 344 2754.

• 2.30 pm. Howick Birding group hosts Steve Davis, who will be running a workshop for all people interested in becoming involved with the new atlas project. The workshop will be held at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, with input on the Saturday afternoon, a field outing on Sunday morning, followed by a “hands on” session after lunch. Cost: R50 per person. Contact Drummond Densham at 033 330 4039 or Pam Nicol at 033 330 2947.

• 2.30 pm-5 pm. The Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society meets at the Natal Witness demonstration gardens for its final workshop and party this year. Inquiries: Jurgena at 083 745 6078.

• 6 pm-7 pm. A Rocha South Africa and St Matthews Anglican church present an Advent prayer hour with music, prayers and silence in the Taize tradition at St Matthew’s, Hesketh Drive, Hayfields.

SUNDAY

• 8 am. Join the KwaZulu-Natal inland branch of the Botanical Society for the annual garden walk and breakfast at the KZN National Botanical Gardens in Mayor’s Walk. Phone 033 386 8210 if you will be attending the breakfast.

• 8.30 am. Sung Eucharist with the Cathedral Chamber choir at St George’s Garrison Church. Car guards attending. Extra parking across the road.

• 9 am. Alex arts and crafts upmarket — the Christmas market. A major market in Alexandra Park. New stall holders welcome. Inquiries: 033 396 2807.

• 9 am. Antique and collectables fair outside Edgars in the Liberty Midlands Mall. Inquiries: 083 273 0649.

• 3 pm. Rock, Rattle and Roll — hits of the 1950s and 1960s — is at the Hexagon Dive this afternoon, featuring local singers Sandra Styles, Derrick Zuma, Tammy Calder and Ryan Calder. Musical direction is by Helen Vermaak and the show is directed by Peter Mitchell. Bookings and inquiries: 033 260 5537 or e-mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

MONDAY

• 8 am. Hannah Nelson and Lee du Plessis are offering fun courses for children at Macs during the school holidays. R50 per morning. It is essential to book early as places are limited. Phone Hannah at 072 587 1022 or Lee at 076 646 6544. The course runs today and tomorrow as well as on December 18 and 19.

• 5.30 pm-6.30 pm. Callanetics class at St Matthew’s Church hall, Hayfields. Inquiries: Ann at 033 386 3040.

• 5.30 pm. Yoga in Hilton on Mondays. Inquiries: Moira at 084 555 9320 or 033 343 4014.

• 5.30 pm-6.30 pm. Yoga classes. Inquiries: Jenny at 033 386 3323.

• 6 pm-7.30 pm. Pietermaritzburg beginners’ tai chi classes at Lexden Scout Hall, Old Howick Road. First class free. Inquiries: 082 825 7412.

• 6.45 pm-8.15 pm. Weekly meditation classes at the Emphethelweni Centre, 5 Leinster Road, Scottsville. Inquiries: Kathy at 033 346 0403 or e-mail: info@meditateindurban.org

TUESDAY

• 9 am for 9.30 am. Stonecroft Ministries’ After 9 Club. Women’s morning meeting to be held at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Dr Stewart Lund will give a talk on the ups and downs of bipolar disorder. This will be followed by a testimony by Lorna McConnell on her search for the perfect man. R20, including refreshments. Booking essential. Phone Moya at 033 346 1490.

• 10 am for 10.30 am. The Hilton Garden Club meets for a Christmas lunch. All members to take a plate of food to share, while the club will supply fruit punch, wine, tea, coffee and mince pies at the Church of the Ascension Hall in Brindy Road, Hilton. Robert Caldwell will speak about his experiences in a talk called “Climbing Kilimanjaro”. Contact Jean Ramsay at 033 343 1603.

• 10.30 am. Painting, patterning or stencilling containers, paints or tiles for Christmas gifts. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.

• 1 pm-2 pm. Yoga classes with Jenny. Inquiries: 033 386 3323.

• 8 pm. Jamie Kennedy will be performing his stand-up comedy show at Suncoast in Durban. Tickets available from ticket connection. Inquiries: 031 328 3000.

WEDNESDAY

• 10.30 am. Painting, patterning or stencilling containers, paints or tiles for Christmas gifts. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.

• 1.10 pm-1.50 pm. The South African Society of Music Teachers presents a free lunch-hour concert at the Tatham Art Gallery, featuring Philippa Greenwood’s students from Crawford College, who will perform works written by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Kabalevsky and Khatchaturian. Inquiries: 033 394 1818 or 076 181 4828.

• 2 pm. The Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet, every Wednesday and Saturday. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket Oval. Mallets can be borrowed from the club. Flat-soled shoes are recommended. Inquiries: Tim at 033 502 0101 or Viv at 033 396 3661.

• 5 pm. The Cathedral Chamber Choir is rehearsing for its Christmas programme every Wednesday evening in the Anglican Cathedral. All singers welcome.

• 5.30 pm-7 pm. Pietermaritzburg beginners’ tai chi classes at Lexden Scout Hall, Old Howick Road. First class free. Inquiries: 082 825 7412.

THURSDAY

• 7 am-10.30 am. Market at Alexandra Road (opposite police station). Fresh veg, fruit, honey and crafts.

• 10 am. The Hayfields Haymakers meet every Thursday at the Lutheran Church in Bester Road. Weekly sessions start with tea or coffee at 10 am, followed by a talk, demonstration, bingo or music. Lunch costs R20 and needs to be booked by 11 am on Wednesdays at 033 344 2322. Inquiries: 033 386 2126.

• 10 am. Free guided tours of Fort Nottingham Museum from Thursdays to Sundays, with 39 brands of old English crockery and other antiques for sale. Inquiries: 033 266 6246.

• 6.30 pm for 7 pm. Dolphins by Starlight, A Christmas Carol Celebration, runs until December 15 at uShaka Marine World. Tickets can be bought at Computicket or uShaka Marine World. Prices are R80 for adults and R50 for children under 12. Inquiries: 031 328 8000.

Faxes to 033 355 1122, e-mail: ryanc@witness.co.za or phone 079 887 5347 before noon on Wednesday.

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