Events Diary 24 to 30 September

2010-09-24 00:00

ANNUAL MEETINGS

The annual meeting of the Durban Art Deco Society will take place at the Old Court House Museum in Aliwal Street on October 3 at 10.45 am for 11am. The meeting will include an illustrated talk by Professor Walter Peters, titled Art Deco: Some sources of its exuberant concotions. Please confirm attendance to Helen via email at helenore@mweb.co.za or phone 031 301 1951.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Val Maggs is hosting holiday art classes for children from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on September 28, 3 pm to 5 pm on September 29 and 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on September 30. All children, aged from six to 12 years, can attend, regardless of experience. They will learn painting and drawing. Admission is R60. To book phone Val Maggs at 033 342 1638 or 078 324 4704.

A children's holiday art and craft workshop takes place from September 27 to 30. Inquiries: Mrs Naidoo at 072 344 4610.

Riverbend Art Gallery in Southbroom hosts Panels of Presence, a collection of exquisite paintings produced by Kim and Mark Donaldson, until Monday, September 27. Kim Donaldson has been a full-time artist for 32 years specialising in African wildlife and subject matter. His book Africa, An Artists Journal broke world records and has received world-wide acclaim. He has exhibited in 51 one group shows and has had 32 one-man exhibitions around the world. Mark Donaldson is graphic artist by profession. The Donaldson work will be complimented by an exhibition of fine ceramic ware produced by Barry Dibb. Inquiries: 039 3166204 or visit www.crocodilecrazy.co.za

Art and craft lessons for kids take place on Saturdays at Greenhill Primary School from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. Inquiries: Mrs Naidoo at 072 344 4610.

Chistlehurst Arts and Academics in Pietermaritzburg holds community classes every Wednesday afternoon during the term. Free classes offered in basic dance, drama and design from 3 pm to 4 pm. All pupils from Grade 6 to 12 welcome. Phone 033 345 4895 mornings.

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

Lions River Heritage Society is hosting a talk in the board room of the Howick Museum at 10 am for 10.30 am today. The speaker is Professor Elwyn Jenkins who will be talking about the Anglo Boer War in English children’s books written at the time.

The KZN Clivia Club will be hosting a display of these wonderful indigenous spring flowers at the Garden and Leisure show from September 24-26 at the Royal Showgrounds. Tickets for the show are R35 (R20 children under 12 and pensioners). Opening times: 9 am to 6 pm.

The Durban Business Women’s Forum meets from 5 pm tomorrow at The Rivets Bar at the Hilton Hotel in Durban. This forum is aimed at female business owners and offers space where they can share experiences, ideas, business concepts and advertise their brands. For tickets or inquiries phone Janine at 083 565 9219.

Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets at the St Matthews Parish Hall, corner of Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive, Hayfields, at 7.30 pm on September 27. Visitors welcome, stamp collectors at all levels. Always interesting talks, exhibits, advice on care of collections, buying and selling, and swapping between members. Inquiries: 033 343 4803 or 082 534 2835.

The inaugural meeting of the Corporate Network Durban will take place at 3.30 pm on September 29 at the Protea Hotel Edward on Durban’s Marine Parade. Participants will enjoy the innovative 'host table networking' concept, where ten guests seated at 16 tables interact with each other and a specialist guest speaker. Guests will change tables, topics and speakers three times during the evening, maximising networking exposure among attendees. Attendance is free and on a first come, first served basis, limited to the first 160 companies to confirm participation. All are welcome to bring promotional material. To book or for further information, phone Carmen at 084 576 1018 or email carmen@corporatenetwork.co.za.

Howick Birding Group is hosting an illustrated talk by Tony Roberts, titled Birding at Dunblane in the Little Drakensberg (Newcastle Area) at the WESSA Goldfields Education Centre at Umgeni Nature Reserve in Howick on September 29 at 5.30 pm. Admission R10 members, R15 non-members.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Darvill at 6.30 pm on October 3. Leader Gordon Bennett: 033 386 5555.

Toastmasters holds its monthly dinner at 6.15 pm for 6.30 pm on October 5 at Varsity College, Harwin Road, Scottsville. Learn to be a better speaker and make better presentations. Admission R65. Inquiries: Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 298 0491

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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. All embroiderers are very welcome, whether experienced or a beginner. 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 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. Meet at the clubhouse at 5.30 pm every Thursday or join us after practice (7 pm). Cash bar and braai fires available. Inquiries: Caz 082 859 3026 or Noeline 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club welcomes visitors and new members on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm. The venue is in Alexandra Park, near the Oval, and the club provides equipment. 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. Visitors and potential new members are welcome. 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. All welcome irrespective of the standard of play. 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. Visitors and new members welcome. Inquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.

COURSES

Improve yours and your children’s posture, outlook on life, and muscle tone with horse riding lessons at Horseback Adventures. From beginner to competitive levels. Ages seven to 70. Cost R200 per hour. Available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3 pm. Booking essential. Situated directly next door to the old Durban South airport. Phone 084 467 0752 for more details.

Join Eric Richardson in Pietermaritzburg from October 1-3 to become a Theta healer. Learn how to use Theta brain wave state to help people cancel their negative subconscious beliefs and much more. Booking before September 25 essential. Phone Geeta at 082 761 4837 or email geetak@absamail.co.za

A Practical Philosophy starter course gets underway on October 5 between 7 pm and 9 pm and continues once a week for five weeks. The course will explore various levels of awareness and the need to test the truth of ideas in experience. The venue is 240 West Street, vorner of Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg. Admission is R200 (half price for full-time students and pensioners. To book and for more details phone 033 394 3302,

email philosophypmb@telkomsa.net or arrive 15 minutes before first session. For more details on the school and all courses please see

www.schoolofphilosophykzn.org

Fashion sewing: sew beautiful clothes using a fast sewing system. No pinning or tacking! Plus getting a great fit from your patterns. For more details phone Idoni Forder at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

Discover Yourself – a self growth programme based on the book, The Artist’s Way, A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Self, by Julia Cameron. The focus is on personal growth, unblocking aspects of self, and connecting to your inner creativity. This small group meets once a week, over eight weeks, with each session being an hour and a half long. There are two groups running, one on Saturday (9.30 amd 11 am, starting October 9), and one on Wednesday (9 am to 10.30 am, starting October 6. The group is run by counselling psychologist, Hajira Hoosen. To book and for more information phone 083 397 9098 or email hajirah@vodamail.co.za

Free glycerine soap bar making instruction at The Soap Den, 105 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg. The health benefits of essential oils and different salts of the earth are explained, and instruction is given to make your own creams, body butters, bath oils, bubble baths etc. Instuction for two to 10 people at a time. Courses are available between 9 am and 4.30 pm daily.

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.

Painting lessons on canvas, fabric, ceramic and wood for beginners or existing painters. No artistic ability required. Call Truus at Creative Image on 033 342 4959 or 082 445 7051.

Val Maggs teaches drawing and painting to children aged six to 12 years old, learners, art subject candidates and advanced and beginner adult art students. Inquiries: Val Maggs at 033 342 1638 or 078 324 4704.

DANCE

Kathy Wolstensholme, the founder and most qualified Nia instructor in South Africa, will be giving an introductory talk and class from 12 pm to 1.30 pm on October 1 at the Hexagon Movement Theatre, UKZN, Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg. This health and fitness technique helps to tone and

create flexibility, agility, mobility and strength. Adaptable to any fitness level. Admission R100. Inquiries: Lorraine at 031 767 1690. For more information log on to www.niasouthafrica.co.za

A Nia Dance class is held every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Hexagon movement studio, Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg. A dance workout for all ages and fitness levels. Phone Lorraine at 031 767 1690 or email harleya@ukzn.ac.za Go to www.niasouthafrica.co.za for more information.

EVENTS

Horseback Beach Adventures, next door to the old Durban South airport, offers a ride along a bush trail and a quiet beach. There are two basic rides, a two hour non-stop ride along the 12km trail or a three hour ride where you stop for a light refreshment break and to swim in the shallows with the horses at the half way point. Open Friday to Wednesday, rides start at 3 pm. The rides cost between R250 and R350 and booking essential at 084 467 0752 or email horsebackbeachadventures@gmail.com

Bring your family for pony rides at Reunion Park (end of Vintner place), Isipingo. Tempest the Gentle giant will look after you and your children. Remember to bring a carrot or apple to thank Tempest for your ride. Every Saturday and Sunday, and public holidays from 3 pm to 6 pm. Tickets R10. To book and for more information phone 084 300 8053.

The Msunduzi Heritage Forum is hosting an exhibition at the Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow. Heritage - a Journey of Discovery will be in the entrance leading to the food hall. Exhibitors include the Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository (Department of Arts and Culture), The Family History Society and The Genealogical Society, Comrades House, Msunduzi Museum, Macrorie House, Alan Paton Centre and Pietermaritzburg Tourism. They will all showcase their contribution to family history and heritage. An ideal opportunity to take

the first step in growing your Family Tree.

Animal Lodge of Peacevale will be presenting two full days of entertaining dog events in the main arena at the Garden and Leisure Show in Pietermaritzburg on September 25 and 26. An agility competition course will be set up each day and some of the top dog/handler combinations in KZN will be present to demonstrate their capabilities, and there will be flyball and the ever popular knockout pairs. Tickets for the garden show are R35 (R20 children under 12 and pensioners). Opening times: 9 am to 6 pm.

The Bot Soc demo garden meeting takes place at 10 am tomorrow in the Ready Steady Plant area of the Garden and Leisure Show. Vincent Hemingway of Shelvin Nursery is doing a practical demonstration of compost making. Bot Soc members can enter the show on Saturday at pensioners rate, if they show their valid membership card. Inquiries: 084 721 8899.

Visison and Joy togethery will be held on Sunday at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Miriam Lambrecht will be giving A Presentation of Song. Inquires: Jann 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Keith Kirsten presents a talk on how to plan, plant and maintain a garden) at the Msunduzi Hospice Association conference centre at 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury, on October 1 at 10 am and 2 pm. Tickets are R60. Tea and cakes will be served, participants will get goodie bags, and there are lucky draws and raffles to be won. For bookings or inquiries phone Sonya at 033 344 1560 or hospice@hospicekzn.co.za

The Junior National Stamp Show takes place at the Kloof Country Club on October 2 and 3. The event runs from 9 am to 5 pm and includes workshops, discussions and DVDs. Admission is free. Phone Anne Southwood for more details at 033 343 4803.

The Dundee Country Club at 1 Tandy Street, Dundee, is hosting an Oktoberfest on October 2. Attractions include plenty of food stalls (including halaal), jumping castles for the kids, putting competitions, swings and games and for the golfers, both a morning and afternoon four ball better ball competition with prizes to the value of R20 000. The day ends with a dance – tickets R50. Inquiries and to book tickets and entry to the golf competition phone 034 2181 000.

The Underberg Farmers’ Association is hosting an agricultural show, sponsored by Essential Feeds, on October 2 and 3 at the UFA Sale Yards on the Sani Pass Road. Classes for Jersey, Holstein and Beef cattle, farming equipment, vehicles, tractors, new indoor and outdoor innovations, lots of stalls and for the kids, a jumping castle and a giant slide. Other attractions include a horse obstacle course and gymkhana, the UFA Farmers back-t-basics challenge, fly fishing and surf casting, a model Aircraft demonstration, a bicycle vs. horse endurance race, tug-O-war and cricket with Pevensey Place. Entrance is free. Inquiries: Belinda at 033 701 1007.

The Rhodesian Stamp Study Circle meets at the Kloof Country Club at the KZN Stamp Fair, immediately after the auction on October 3 at 2.30 pm. Phone Anne Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 534 2835 for more details.

The KZN Stamp Fair will take place on October 3 at Kloof Country Club. Huge selection of stamps, plus the Post Office with all the latest issues. Buy and sell auction from 11 am – bring items to sell by 10 am. Inquiries: Anne Southwood at 033 343 4803.

Greytown High School is hosting its annual Nguni festival on October 29 and 30 at the school grounds from 10 am. Entrance is R5 and attractions include a merry-go-round and fun fair, helicopter drop with lucky prizes, tea garden, art exhibition, water sports, food, beer garden, paintball, horse riding, craft stalls, live music and performances throughout the day, snake show and a fire department demonstration. At 7 pm on October 29 you can enjoy the sound of the Blarney Brothers and 6.30 pm on October 30 the Campbells take to the stage. Booking is essential – phone 033 413 1479.

FILM

The Gay & Lesbian Network presents The Big Gay Musical movie at 7.30 pm on September 28 at PMB Wanderers Club, 44 Aberfeldy Road, Scottsville, opposite Durban University of Technology. THE film tells the story of Paul (Daniel Robinson) and Eddie (Joey Dudding) who work as actors/singers in Adam and Steve just the way God made ‘em, an off-Broadway musical. The show’s dialogue and song open up a wide variety of themes ranging from religion to sexual identity and tolerance… Admission is free. Cash bar and restaurant available. Inquiries: 033 342 6165.

GROUPS

Brain training hypno-therapy classes take place every Saturday. Get motivation, stopping smoking, lose weight and get help with your fears and phobias. Phone 082 046 7515.

HEALTH AND EXERCISE

Stretch and Tone classes for all ages and fitness levels at 17 Jesmond Road, Scottsville on Tuesdays from 9 am to 10 am. Phone Jenny at 033 386 3323.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Learn the how to's of stopping smoking, weight loss and fears and phobia removal. Inquiries: 082 046 7515.

Health exercises for all ages and fitness at Body Dynamics, 1 Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg. Thursdays: 8.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 10 am - Tao Yin (Chinese yoga/internal exercises); 2 pm - Baque Meditation (The forces – Trigrams). Friday: 8.30 am - Taiji (38 Form Chen style) part 1 and 2; 10 am - Baqua Meditaton; 2 pm - Tao Yin; 6 pm - Taiji (part 1 and 2). Wear loose clothing and soft shoes. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place in Westville from 3 pm to 4.30 pm on Tuesdays; in Kloof from 9 am to 10.30 am on Wednesdays; in Hillcrest from 5.30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays; in Pietermaritzburg from 8 am to 9.30 pm on Thursdays and in Camperdown from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on Thursdays. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Academy of Self-Defence courses. Learn how to project confidence through awareness and practical techniques. Aimed at all women and children. To book phone Mandy at 082 459 6095 or email mandytyrer@vodamail.co.za

Run walk for life Nottingham Road runs morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Clifton Prep School at 8 am from the Top Field behind the pavilion. Once every six to eight weeks they do a fun run on a members farm which is followed by breakfast. Inquiries: 082 374 1023 or email: runwalk4life@bundunet.com

The Art of Living Foundation is hosting Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Veda Temple, Nohar Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 391 1714.

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World hosts free yoga sessions in the Suncoast ampitheatre on Thursdays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Inquiries: VO2 Max gym at 031 201 8585.

Hatha yoga classes with meditation and chanting get underway on a peaceful farm in the Camperdown area in February. Inquiries: Bev at 082 857 2774.

Join Group Hypno-Therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm if you want to stop smoking, lose weight, have any fears or phobias, or want to join self-improvement classes. Inquiries: 082 046 7515.

The Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan Tai Chi classes take place every Wednesday from 5.30-7.30 pm at The McDowall Centre, Girls High School, Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Paul Dorrian on 033 386 2916 or 082 573 0557.

Wing Chun Kung Fu, self defence and Eskrima (stick fighting). Classes for men and women every Monday and Thursday at 6.30 pm at Eddels Sports and Social Club, Dartnell Road, Mountain Rise. Inquiries: Sifu Gus Hornby on 083 638 0801 or Shaun on 076 648 6168.

Yoga classes for strength and flexibility in Scottsville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm. Telephone Jenny on 033 386 3323.

Yoga classes take place in Hilton on Mondays at 5.30 pm. Phone Moira on 072 800 5294 or 033 343 4014 (a/h).

Chi Kung is a fun exercise to keep you healthy. Classes take place at Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 9 am and cost R20. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.

Run/Walk for Life holds sessions at Cowan House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 pm (Jane: 033 344 1813 or 082 809 4862) and at Scottsville Primary on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Saturdays at 6 am (Allan: 033 396 6174 or 084 582 4005).

Overweight? Join a class and learn about proper eating habits. No pills, shakes or potions. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.

MARKETS

The Alex Upmarket takes place at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. Inquiries: 033 396 2807.

The Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market, at the corner of Kassier and Alverstone Roads in Assagay, takes place on Saturdays between 6.30am and 10.30 am. In the run-up to Christmas there will also be various stands offering Christmas décor and hand made crafts. There will also be a Christmas Celebrations Market on December 16 from 10 am till 6 pm. The market will feature a colourful range of hand made crafts; Christmas décor and a wide variety of foods and fun will be on offer for the whole family. Admission is free. Inquiries: info@shongwenimarket.co.za or phone 031 777 15554 or 083 777 1674.

The Hilton Farmers and Craft Market takes place in the lower quarry every Saturday from 7.30 am to 11 am. Inquiries: Fiona at 072 477 0551.

The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is at Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: Ian on 072 864 1626.

A craft market takes place opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Pietermaritzburg Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning from 6-10 am at Alexandra Park, behind the Harry Gwala Stadium. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning from 7-11 am. The market is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea 082 820 8986.

Farmer’s market at the Lion's River Stock Sale Yard every Saturday from 8.30-11 am. Inquiries: Brian at 033 330 8050. Proceeds from breakfasts support local charities.

Essenwood Craft Market takes place every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at Essenwood Park in Durban.

MEDITATION

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, 115 Main Street. The ancient practice of meditation will help you to reduce stress, overcome frustration and find inner peace. The classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: 033 345 7501 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

MUSEUMS

The Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum is appealing to the public to donate suitable items to expand its collection. Items are needed pertaining to the history of Pietermaritzburg and the life of all the city’s inhabitants. Photographs, documents and objects are welcome. Relevant books are also needed for the museum reference library. The museum staff will happily copy photos and return your originals. The museum is especially looking for items relating to Apartheid times such as Whites Only signboards; the history of the Church of the Vow; the Longmarket Girls School when it was still situated in Longmarket Street and the Anglo-Boer War. The museum would also like to expand its collection of Indian, “Coloured” and Zulu items. For more details phone Elrica Olivier at 033 394 6834 or email eolivier@msunduzimuseum.org.za.

The Natal Museum is hosting a Night at the Museum sleepover event on October 1. The event has been held before and proved really popular with children between six and 13 years old who get to do arts and crafts activities while learning more about the museum and making new friends. The sleepover will start at 6 pm on October 1 and will end at 8 am the next day (October 2). Tickets are R90, which includes a light supper and breakfast. Booking is essential as space is limited. Phone Zama Dlomo at 033 341 0536 or Bona Nyawose at 033 341 0507.

MUSIC

Play, Piano, Play is the title of Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival concert at Tumbledowns on the Curry’s Post Road (8km from Main Road, Howick) today at 12.30 pm. His whirlwind tour of piano music from around the world will include Gershwin's transcription of My One and Only, JS Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Manuel de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance, Scott Joplin's Elite Syncopations,tangos by Brazilian Ernesto Nazareth and by Argentina's Astor Piazzolla, contemporary film music by Richard Guinness and Yann Tiersen, and virtuoso concert pieces by Frederic Chopin. Tickets R250 which includes a three-course meal. To book your seats phone Tumble Downs at 033 330 8099 or 082 802 2837. Tables of four or more are preferred.

THEATRE

Sleeping Beauty, A Bollywood Fairytale can be seen at the Suncoast Zone in Durban until September 26. Choreographer Shivani Kara and radio personality Varshan Sookhun have concocted a version of the classic fairytale that will leave audiences spellbound with popular songs, dance and dialogue. The show’s cast includes 20 dancers and seven lead characters; and the story will appeal to all age and race groups. Tickets from R100-R130 at Computciket, Shoprite Checkers stores and the Eastern Moves Production Box Office at Suncoast. Showtimes: 7.30 pm September 18, 24 amd 25; 7 pm from September 19-23; 3 pm on September 25; and 2pm and 6 pm on September 26.

Leading Durban theatre in education producers, Paw Paw Productions, is taking its latest theatre-in-education production, Soccer Star Nutricious Delicious! to Essenwood Market at 11 am tomorrow. The performance is part of the company’s community investment ino teaching younger members of the public the benefits of healthy eating and living. Admission is free. Inquiries: Francis on 072 795 5965.

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.

WORKSHOPS

Playing Mantis is hosting two workshops on September 30 and October 1. The theme for the workshops is ‘From stuck and stressed to present and flowing’. If you feel stuck and stressed in your job, relationships, when talking in front of people or life in general these workshops are for you. Presented by Petro Janse van Vuuren, Personal Success Story takes place from 8.30 an to 1 pm at Midlands Arts and Crafts House, corner of Haldane and Ritchie Road, Pietermaritzburg. Cost R400. The second course, Confident Communication runs from 8.30 am to 1 pm on October 1 at the Language School, Room B6,Basement, Clock Tower Building. Cost R400. Inquiries: Petro at 082 828 2259 or petro@playingmantis.net

Ceramics SA (KwaZulu-Natal region) is hosting workshop by international ceramic artist, Jeff Oestrich, at Kearsney College in Bothas Hill on Ocober 2. Oestrich throws functional pots which he then alters. He has been invited all over the USA to give lectures and teach, so this is an opportunity not to be missed. Admission is R300 for members, R400 non-members and R200 for students. To book phone Lucille at 031 765 1992.

Dr Mary Jo Bulbrook will be offering a series of energy-based workshops in Pietermaritzburg from October 16 to 27. With more than 35 years experience, she brings a wealth of clinical applications working with various cultures worldwide that illustrates how to integrate energy medicine in a variety of health care settings. Most of the workshops are open to the public. They include the two-day Energy Medicine Transform Your Life self-care workshop on October 23 and 24 and a special programme for nurses, which is filled with practical applications of energy material to nursing care. Inquiries: Vicky Jones at 084 724 3364 or 031 208 1621 or email Vicky@hardcastle.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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