Events Diary 4 to 10 January

2008-01-04 00:00

TODAY

• 10 am. Alzheimer’s support group meets at Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street. Contact Lorna at 033 396 6607, or Jane at 033 386 4477 or 082 940 0225.

TOMORROW

• 6 am-9.30 am. Every Saturday, the farmers’ market sells fruit, vegetables, flowers, eggs and more. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.

• 6.30 am. KwaZulu-Natal bird club morning outing to Darvill. Leader: Gordon Bennett. Inquiries: 033 386 5555.

• 8 am-11.30 am. Breakfast at Lion’s River farmers’ market. Proceeds go to the Midlands Crisis and Trauma Centre in Howick. Inquiries: Rex at 082 771 6653.

• 9 am-10.30 am. Tai Chi classes at Hadca Centre, Old Main Road, Howick. Contact Nico at 082 825 7412.

• 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. Coaching can be arranged at other times with Peter at 033 346 2553.

• 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 that staff are at the station. Inquiries: 033 344 1742 or 082 470 4898.

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

• 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. 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.

SUNDAY

• 8.30 am. The Umgeni Steam Railway Preservation Group will be running its regular Inchanga choo-choo, which is a genuine old-fashioned steam train. Trains depart from Kloof at 8.30 am and 12.30 pm, travelling through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, to Inchanga, where the Inchanga Community Craft Market will be taking place at the station. Tickets cost R100 per person. Senior citizens and children (aged two to 16) pay R60. There is secure parking available at Kloof station. Inquiries: Robbie MacGregor at 031 303 3003 or 082 353 6003, or visit www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za

• 10 am-4 pm. Model steam train rides at 78 Rudling Road. Trains and grounds available for birthday parties. Inquiries: Theo at 072 143 3032.

• 11 am. The Umgeni Steam Railway Preservation group will be running a vintage electric train to Nottingham Road. The train departs from Pietermaritzburg station at 11 am, meandering through the midlands countryside to Nottingham Road, where passengers may have lunch at the Nottingham Road Hotel or various other local restaurants. Braai and picnic facilities will also be available. Tickets cost R100 per person. Senior citizens and children (ages two to 16) pay R60. There is secure parking available at the Pietermaritzburg station. Inquiries: 031 303 3003 or 082 353 6003 or www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za

MONDAY

• 5.30 pm-7 pm. Beginner’s Tai Chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Contact Nico at 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

• 7 pm-9 pm. Social badminton in a small friendly group at a central location with free guarded parking. Both beginners and more experienced players are welcome. Inquiries: Glynn Davies at 033 386 5557.

WEDNESDAY

• 10.30 am. The Bats low-vision support group will meet at the Woodgrove Centre. All welcome. Inquiries: 033 355 0269.

• 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.

• 5.30 pm-7 pm. Intermediate to advanced Tai Chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Inquiries: Nico at 082 825 7412.

THURSDAY

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

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

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

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