Events Diary June 2012

2012-06-11 00:00

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Midlans Arts and Crafts Society has been hosting a quilt challenge since June 12, and from July 4, members of the public will be able to view some of the works created .

 

Umcebo Design in Durban wants to start a group for like-minded people to express and develop their painting skills or to start painting if you haven’t done it before Be part of a small group of relaxed artists in a centrally located studio in Glenwood with safe parking. Saturday morning and weekday classes available with a qualified tutor. Inquiries: Jackie at 084 466 5608.

 

The Tatham Art Gallery's art classes for the youth take place on Fridays from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at the Old Presbyterian Church adjacent to the Gallery and the Gallery's Lecture Theatre or exhibition rooms, and cater for young people between 14 and 21 years old. The monthly fee is R60 inclusive of materials. The classes are held during school term. Inquiries: Thulani Makhaye at 033 392 2801.

 

Howick Arts Society is hosting free, structured art classes in the Howick Library on Tuesdays from 2 pm. Take your own materials. Inquiries: Anna at 084 573 1784.

 

Val Maggs is offering art classes for adults and children. Inquiries: 033 342 1638 or 078 324 4704.

 

The library at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is open on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 4 pm for research. Booking is essential. Phone Thulani Makhaye or Kobie Venter at 033 392 2801.

 

BIBLE STUDIES

Spirit and Life Word Ministries invites interested people to join in 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

Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a a hike in the  Alverston grasslands which should include some game viewing.  Optional short hike available.  Entrance fee R15.  BYO braai in the Boma afterwards.  Meet at Assagay Hotel at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Trevor  at 079 525 9230. On Sunday, there will be a joint hike with Midlands in Drummond/Inchanga. Max will lead the hike from the farm through to Monteseel and Inchanga.  Steep in sections but wonderful views of the Valley of a 1000  Hills.  Depart Pinetown at 7.45 am. Petrol sharing  R25.  BYO braai at the farm.  Fee  - carrots and veggie greens for the donkeys. Inquiries: Max at 031 783 7876 or 083 968 4434.

 

Jenny Hoepfl at 033 343 4119 or Steve Watt at 033 386 5188.

 

Corporate Network is hosting a meeting on June 26, from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, at Premier Hotel, 65 Kings Road, Pinetown. Fearne Gilson from Training Leadership Consulting will be speaking about emotional intelligence and how a strong EQ allows you to measure your impact on other people, and to understand yourself and what makes you tick. TLC’s Leadership Programmes offer a practical roadmap for integrating these radical simple ideas into organizational transformation. Admission is free for members and R145 for non-members. RSVP to Carmen at carmen@corporatenetwork.co.za or phone 084 576 1018.

 

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting an outing to Weenen Game Reserve between Estcourt and Weenen on June 27. There is an entrance fee of R30 per person and R20 per vehicle unless you have a Wild or Rhino Card.  Meet at Umgeni Valley to arrange transport at 7.30 am. Venues sometimes change owing to weather etc. so please phone the leader Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723 to confirm. On July 1 there will be a morning outing to Darvill at 7.30 am.  Leader: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555.

 

The Pietermaritzburg Kennel Club 105th Championship Dog Show will be held at the Voortrekker High School grounds in Old Howick Road, on July 1, starting at 8 am.  Entrance to the grounds is directly opposite the entrance to the Royal Agricultural Show grounds.  Breed, obedience, carting, dog jumping and agility will be on show.  Inquiries: Moya at 033 346 1490.

 

The Durban Art Deco Society meets in the Archives Room/Library at Surrey Mansions,  323 Currie Road at 2 pm for 2.30 pm on July 1. Meet the committee; and enjoy the view from the roof of Surrey. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a display of art deco photos and books. Admission is R30 (members) and R35 non-members. Booking is essential with Helen at 031  301 1951 or via email at  helenore@mweb.co.za If you feel you need to sit down, please bring a folding chair or two.

 

Vision and Joy Togethery meets at 9.30 am on July1 at the Masonic Hall in Assegai Road, Hayfields. Metaphysical Teacher and Author, Jimmy Henderson will be presenting the topic, "Interpreting your Dreams and Lucid Dreaming". Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

The Hilton Guide Company welcomes girls between the ages of 10 and 14 to join in on Fridays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the World’s 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 on Thursdays at its clubhouse in Kershaw Park. Inquiries: Caz at 082 859 3026 or Noeline at 082 445 6441.

 

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club meets on Wednesdays and Saturdays 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 meets at the Moth Hall in Grosvenor Street every Tuesday at 2 pm.

 

The Pietermaritzburg Canary and Cage Bird Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Bird Hall, Royal Showgrounds. Inquiries: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.

 

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Tai Chi classes take place at the Scout Hall in Birkett Road on Monday and Wednesday nights. Participants do the Cheng Man-ch'ing  form which originates from Yang style Tai Chi and are part of the International Tai Chi association. Inquiries: 072 243 8993.

 

Are you embarrassed that you cannot sign your name or read prices on items in the supermarket and need to ask others to help you. Contact S Beharee at 083 381 4629 to help your loved ones to be literate.

 

Mount Partridge Arya Samaj offers adult Hindi lessons on Saturdays from 8.30 am. Inquiries: Pta. S Beharee at 083 381 4629.

 

Raisthorpe Arya Samaj Hindi School offers free classes on Saturdays from 9 am to 11 am. Phone Sabitha at 033 391 2633 or 084 879 3875 or Gita at 072 993 6391.

 

Treasure map workshop. Make your dreams come true! Treasure maps are one of the most powerful ways to visualiSe your goals and keep you focused. Inquiries: Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

 

DANCE

Dance Basics Ballroom and Latin-American Dance Studio in Durban is offering beginner classes for physically disabled (wheelchair bound, hearing and sight impaired) dancers. Inquiries: Janelle Yunnie at 084 474 0531 or email dancebasics@mweb.co.za

 

EVENTS

Educate 2 Empower is hosting a Gharam Masala Chutney and Nagara Night, which is being hosted by Shazzy D Productionz, at the Sabha Hall in Northdale at 6 pm tonight. The evening will feature the talents of the Flash Entertainers and will include a glamorous gran competition and loads of lucky draw prizes. Tickets are just R40 and can be bought by calling 082 089 0306 or 078 604 6295 or by calling in at Premier Services at 574 Old Greytown Road.

 

Prestbury Methodist Church at 16 Stott Road, Prestbury, is hosting a fete from 7.30 am to 1 pm tomorrow. Attractions include farmhouse breakfasts, cakes, white elephant, plants, teas, knitting and loads of stalls for the kids.

 

The annual Drakensberg Polar Bear Swim Challenge in aid of the Estcourt & District SPCA takes place at 12 noon tomorrow at the Dragon Peaks dam in the Central Drakensberg.  Certificates to all swimmers .No wet suits are allowed. Inquiries: 082 828 0401.

 

The Durban International Boat and Lifestyle Show takes place at the Durban Marina from today until Sunday. Visitors arriving at the main entrance at the traffic circle off the Esplanade will walk into an area of boats, boats and more boats in the Marina and immediately above and around it on the hard. Coffees and light meals will be served along the boardwalk overlooking the marina square, then a short trip across the parking lot will take visitors to the newly-grassed area opposite Cafe Fish, where the main marquee is situated, along with incredible outdoor displays and attractions for one and all, old and young alike. Inquiries: 031 266 9828 or visit www.durbanboatshow.co.za

 

Netcare St Annes Hospital is hosting a free prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening in the Loop Street foyer of the Pietermaritzburg hospital tomorrow from 9 am to 1 pm. Inquiries: Shubnum  at 082 360 2590 or 033 897 5013.

 

All hands on deck! The Cardboard Boat Race will launch itself at this year’s Durban International Boat and Lifestyle Show tomorrow at the Durban Marina. All boats will be checked for seaworthiness before setting sail. There will be two categories, a one-man or a three-man team, and each class will race on a demarcated course in the Durban Marina.  Each team will be allowed another two land-based crew that will be the support builders and back-up team. The construction of the vessels is to take place on-site on the day of the event. Each team will be given a limited amount of cardboard and two rolls of duct tape. Additional duct tape, Stanley knifes, pencils and straight edges must all be provided by the contestants. Crew are welcome to dress up for the occasion, but during the race, the competing crew members will need to wear lifejackets. Inquiries: Creative Events at 031 266 9828.

 

The Recycle, Revamp, Rework Quilting Show will take place on June 30 and July 1 from 9 am to 3 pm at highbury School in Highbury Road, Hillcrest. There will also be a Quilt Indaba from June 29 to July 3. See works from the Korea, Japan, South Africa Textile Challenge, which had the theme, ‘World Heritage Sites’. There will also be an exciting range of sewing projects and classes presented daily and vendors will be giving demonstrations and selling the latest the world of sewing has to offer. Admission R20 for adults. Inquiries:Colleen Roberts at 031 727 2239.

 

Westmore Park Club is hosting ‘Coyote Ugly’ Wild West Party at 7 pm on June 30. Admission is free. Inquiries: 076 812 3846.

 

Pallo Jordan will speak at the biennial general meeting of the Monty Naicker Commemoration Committee (MONACC) at 2.15 pm on June 30 at the HTI Building, corner of Carlisle and Cross Streets, Durban. RSVP to: nireshnee@gmail.com

 

Local author, Daphne Olivier, will launch her novel, The Kennaway Woman, at Bookworld, Cascades Centre from 10 am to 1 pm on June 30. Inquiries: Bookworld at 033 3471901 or the author at 083 703 5035.

 

A ‘quacker’ of a day, the first ever Durban Duck Day takes place at Durban’s Yacht Mole (off Victoria Embankment/Margaret Mngadi Avenue) on July 15. A flock of 10,000 ducks will be released simultaneously to race, with the victorious duck winning the grand prize of up to R100,000. As part of this day of non-stop entertainment there will be duck dances for the younger participants, communal singing of specially adapted ‘ducky’ songs, and best duck hat and best duck costume competitions. Schools and non-profit organisations can get involved by using this fun event as a fundraiser with a percentage of each bulk duck sale sold going to the selling school or organisation. Corporates can also purchase their own flock of ducks for employees or customers, and can take up a corporate hospitality area at the venue. Individual purchases of a single duck or a small flock can be made via the website below. For more information go to www.durbanduckday.co.za or contact Creative Events on 031 266 9828.

 

Rosetta Ratepayers and Residents Fundraising Committee is hosting a winter fair from 10 am on July 28 at the Rosetta Hotel.  Craft stalls, varied food stalls, dog displays, children’s entertainment, bonfires, gluwein etc are all planned.  All proceeds to go to the upliftment of the community and beautification of the Rosetta village. For stall bookings, email Dee atbigpond1@mweb.co.za

 

Msunduzi Hospice’s charity shop has moved to 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury, and is open weekdays from 8 am to 3.45 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. You can also enjoy a cuppa at the Hospice coffee shop. Choose from a selection of sweet and savoury treats, soft drinks, teas and coffees. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

 

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. 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 082 359 0900 for more information.

 

FILM SCREENING

Bluestockings is hosting a screening of the feature length documentary film, Food Matters, at 7 pm for 7.30 pm on June 29. The film aims to inform viewers about the best choices you can make for you and your family's health through a collection of interviews with leading nutritionists, naturopaths, scientists, M.D.'s and medical journalists. Food Matters is a hard hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health. Despite the billions of dollars of funding and research into new so-called cures we continue to suffer from a raft of chronic ills and every day maladies.

To book phone Narene at  083 659 3628. A healthy meal will be on offer.

 

GROUPS

There will be no Diabetes South Africa open meetings in June or July.  Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

 

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. For more information contact the group facilitators, Carolyn Lurie via e-mail at 7@gmail.com 499 1094 or 033 330 4382. or phone 083 or 033

 

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg is hosting a school holiday programme from June 25 to 29. Children will be able to make mosaics, dream catchers, foil art and paper flowers, and on June 29 there will be one of the museum’s fun ‘Night at the Museum’ sleepovers. Admission is R30 per day and the programme runs from 9 am to 12 noon. The sleepover costs R90. Light snacks and all materials are provided. Booking is essential. Phone Zama at 033 341 0536 or Sylvia at 033 341 0533. On July 7, the museum is hosting Snakes Alive! at 10 am, during which visitors can check out live snakes. Entry is R5.

 

The Msunduzi Municipal Library children’s holiday programme takes place from June 25 to 29 in teh Children’s Lending Library. On June 25, there will be a morning of fun activities from 10.30 am to 11.30 am involving toys and games. On June 26 children can listen to stories and colour-in pictures from 10.30 am to 11.30 am - remember to bring your colouring-in pens, pencils and crayons. There will be a film screening on June 27 between 10 am and 11.30 am and on June 28 it will be a day to do handicraft. Bring scissors, ruler, glue stick, pencil and colouring-in supplies for this session which runs from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. On June 28, between 10.30 am and 11.30 am, children can have fun painting the morning away. Make sure you bring along some paints. Admission is free. Inquiries: 033 392 2683.

                       

MEDITATION

Buddhist based teachings on the mind and it's potential take place on Sundays at 9.30 am. Teachings include those given by the Dalai lama. Donations for teaching. R30 for notes. Inquiries: Dianne at 082 457 0849.

 

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Discover inner peace and learn relaxation and breathing techniques to restore energy levels at Meditation classes in Scottsville. Classes every second Saturday of the month from 2 pm to 3 pm. Inquiries: Jenny Green at 033 386 3323.

 

Meditation for positive thinking and a peaceful mind - weekly classes on Thursday evenings from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at the Yellowwood Cafe in Howick. These meditation classes give you a great foundation for a peaceful, relaxed and happy mind in your daily life. Meditations are easy to understand and practice. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: Hayley at  072 971 8450 or email  meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

 

Weekly meditation classes take place in Westville on Mondays from 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm at Junes Pre-primary, 21 Langford Road; in Kloof on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 8 pm at Collingwoods Guest House, Umzwilili Road; and in Hillcrest on Fridays from 8.30 am to 9.30 am at Maitreya Centre, 14B Cadmoor Road, Assagay. These classes are suitable for everyone, you can learn the art of meditation and develop a peaceful and relaxed mind for your daily life. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: 031 765 1073 or email: meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com

 

MUSIC

The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (P.A.M.S.) Choir and the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra will be hosting its Winter Orchestral and Choral Concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street at 2.30 pm on June 24. There will also be performances by soloists Andrew Butler (bass) and Jody Marx (soprano), a pupil at the Wykeham Collegiate, who will be singing the aria, Pie Jesu. Other items on the programme include Faure’s Requiem  and Beethoven’s Halleluja Chorus as well as Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, the theme from the film Ladies in Lavender, and many other pieces. The P.A.M.S. choir will be under the direction of Robin Walton, and the orchestra will be conducted by David Plank, who did a sterling job at the recent Night at the Opera concert at the Hilton College Theatre. Tickets are R60 (concessions available) and can be bought at the door or through Ruth Brayshaw at 033 347 5464. Safe parking is available.

 

The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) Choir and rehearsals are well under way for 2012 with several concert ideas for the new year. New voices are always welcome. The choir meets at St Mary's Catholic Church Hall in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street at 7 pm on Tuesdays. Inquiries: Ruth at 033 347 5464 or Mary at 033 346 0449.

TALKS

Friends of the Museum is hosting a talk on English Comic Verse by John Deane in the Ingede Theatre at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg at 10.45 am tomorrow. Tea will be served from 10.15 am.

 

THEATRE

Pietermaritzburg actress, Caitlin Kilburn, is starring in this month’s Sunset Soiree, hosted by Ronel Wood. The music review, ‘A Woman for Every Year’, which is jam packed with foot tapping tunes by the likes of Lady Gaga and Edith Piaf, is being staged at the Collegians Club in Pietermaritzburg at 6.30 pm tomorrow. Tickets are R80 and patrons are invited to bring their own picnic food. A fully stocked bar will be available. To book email ronel@ovation.co.za or phone 033 342 2338. Please note: booking is essential.

 

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The Friends of the Durban Botanic Gardens and Dr Shalina Naicker’s Nuldeaz Academy of Speech and Drama will be presenting Rock Out The Show Kidz’s interactive musical, Botanical Garden Rescue, at 2.30 pm on July 8 in the Amphitheatre Under the Fig Tree. The musical aims to educate and inspire both parents and children to appreciate parks and gardens. Tickets are R20 for the under fives and R30 for adults and older children at the gate.

 

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 phone the office at 033 845 0400.

 

WALKS

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There will be a guided walk on Beacon Hill at 9 am on Sunday. Join Eve Hughes for a fascinating walk through an unspoilt piece of Midlands mist belt grassland. To book phone Eve at 082 872 4333. R10 donation to local conservancy funds.

 

Take a walk with the members of Women in Business from Barbz Café in Nottingham Road to the Corner Post in Howick (37 kms) along the scenic R103 on Sunday. Entry is  R150 and funds raised go to Sunfield Home Howick.  Registration forms available from secretary@womeninbusiness.org.za

 

The Beacon Hill walk in Howick takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 24. Explore this grassland treasure. Donation R10 to Beacon Hill Conservancy funds. Phone Eve Hughes at 082 872 4333 to book.

 

The Howick Falls gorge walk takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 28. Hike down to view the falls from the pool at the bottom. To book phone Penny Rees at 082 340 7571.

 

The Eland's River walk in Boston takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 29. A pleasant and easy walk along the banks of the Eland's River from Boston T-Party. To book phone Sue Brighton at 083 656 0979.

 

WORKSHOP

The Embroiderer’s Guild of South Africa is hosting the workshop, Let us Sew, at the Hilton Library from 10 am to 12 noon on July 4. It is aimed at children aged from seven to 11 years old, and every child will make something they can take home. Entry is R50 and booking is essential before June 29. Phone 073 188 9638 to book.

The guest speaker is Liepollo Lebohang Pheko, executive director of Trade Collective, and the topic is: ‘A transformed world is possible: the role of the progressive church in uncertain times’. RSVP by June 18 to Busi at 031 310 3500 or email reception@diakonia.org.za Secure parking will be available on the 1st floor of the Renaissance Building, next door to the service entrance of Diakonia Centre in Maud Mfusi Street (previously St George’s Street).

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Running until June 18 at the Durban University of Technology Gallery on the Steve Biko campus in Durban is the exhibition First Hand, which features work by second year fine art and jewellery design students. The gallery is open from 8.30 am to 4 pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30 am to 4 pm on Fridays. Inquiries: 031 373 2207.

Umcebo Design in Durban is wanting to start a group for like-minded people to express and develop their painting skills or to start painting if you haven’t done it before Be part of a small group of relaxed artists in a centrally located studio in Glenwood with safe parking. Saturday morning and weekday classes available with a qualified tutor. Inquiries: Jackie at 084 466 5608.

The Tatham Art Gallery's art classes for the youth take place on Fridays from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at the Old Presbyterian Church adjacent to the Gallery and the Gallery's Lecture Theatre or exhibition rooms, and cater for young people between 14 and 21 years old. The monthly fee is R60 inclusive of materials. The classes are held during school term. Inquiries: Thulani Makhaye at 033 392 2801.

Howick Arts Society is hosting free, structured art classes in the Howick Library on Tuesdays from 2 pm. Take your own materials. Inquiries: Anna at 084 573 1784.

Val Maggs is offering art classes for adults and children. Inquiries: 033 342 1638 or 078 324 4704.

The library at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is open on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 4 pm for research. Booking is essential. Phone Thulani Makhaye or Kobie Venter at 033 392 2801.

BIBLE STUDIES

Spirit and Life Word Ministries invites interested people to join in 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 Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society is holding its annual general meeting at the Potting Shed at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture premises in Carbis Road at 1.30 pm tomorrow. Afterwards members will work to the theme, “Root over Rock”, and members and guests are invited to bring along any suitable rock. Figs with suitable long roots will be supplied. Inquiries: Lyn Byres at 033 396 6172.

Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a short hike in Kloof tomorrow. Meet at Krantzkloof picnic site at 1.45 pm. Entry R15. Inquiries: Philip Collyer at 031 201 8864 or 082 417 0204. On Sunday there will be a hike around the Bluff. Phone John van Zyl at 083 799-8382 for details on the meeting place and time.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Bisley Valley on Sunday at 7.30 am. Leader: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797. On June 14, the club is holding an evening meeting at Zoology Lecture Theatre in the John Bews Building at the end of Carbis Road in Pietermaritzburg at 7 pm. The meeting will include an illustrated talk by Peter Divall on ‘Uganda Birding’. Entry is R10 for members and R15 for non-members. On June 17, the club is hosting an outing to Moor Park near Estcourt at 8am. There is an entrance fee unless you have a Wild or Rhino Card. As venues sometimes change owing to weather etc. phone the leader David Crampton at 082 771 7274 to confirm.

Stonecroft Ministries After 9 Club Women's morning meeting takes place at 9 am for 9.30 am on June 12 at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Tony Clarke of Tanglewood Nursery will talk on how to be creative in your garden. This will be followed by a talk by Celeste Smith who will share with us on winning over depression and loving a boy with special needs. Entry R26 including refreshments. Booking is essential. Phone Bennie at 033 345 9374.

The annual general meeting of the Hilton Garden Club at the Church of the Ascension Hall, Brindy Road, Hilton at 9.30 am for 10 am on June 19. It includes a talk on frogs and snakes by Pat McKrill. Tea and Coffee will be supplied. Members are asked to please supply a plate of eats for tea.

Vision ánd Joy Togethery meets at 9.30 am on June 17 at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Jan Hankey will be presenting the topic: The Journey; Becoming More. Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

The Decorative Arts Society (Darts) meeting at 12.30 pm for 1 pm on June 20 at All Saints Church, 73 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, will include a lecture on Stradivarius by Sarah Jones. Entry is R20 for members and R40 for visitors, including refreshments.

The Hilton Guide Company welcomes girls between the ages of 10 and 14 to join in on Fridays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the World’s 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 on Thursdays at its clubhouse in Kershaw Park. Inquiries: Caz at 082 859 3026 or Noeline at 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club meets on Wednesdays and Saturdays 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 meets at the Moth Hall in Grosvenor Street every Tuesday at 2 pm.

The Pietermaritzburg Canary and Cage Bird Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Bird Hall, Royal Showgrounds. Inquiries: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Tai Chi classes take place at the Scout Holm in Birkett road on Monday and Wednesday nights. Participants do the Cheng Man-ch'ing form which originates from Yang style Tai Chi and are part of the International Tai Chi association. Inquiries: 072 243 8993.

Are you embarrassed that you cannot sign your name or read prices on items in the supermarket and need to ask others to help you. Contact S Beharee at 083 381 4629 to help your loved ones to be literate.

Mount Partridge Arya Samaj offers adult Hindi lessons on Saturdays from 8.30 am. Inquiries: Pta. S Beharee at 083 381 4629.

Raisthorpe Arya Samaj Hindi School offers free classes on Saturdays from 9 am to 11 am. Phone Sabitha at 033 391 2633 or 084 879 3875 or Gita at 072 993 6391.

Treasure map workshop. Make your dreams come true! Treasure maps are one of the most powerful ways to visualiSe your goals and keep you focused. Inquiries: Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

DANCE

Dance Basics Ballroom and Latin-American Dance Studio in Durban is offering beginner classes for physically disabled (wheelchair bound, hearing and sight impaired) dancers. Inquiries: Janelle Yunnie at 084 474 0531 or email dancebasics@mweb.co.za

EVENTS

CANSA Pietermaritzburg will be celebrating cancer survivors and caregivers at 3.30 pm today at their offices, 10 Killarney Place. The annual event pays tribute to cancer survivors and caregivers to commemorate their strength and support. This year’s event plays around the theme, ‘I’m too sexy for my wig tea party’… and will encourage a more in-depth interaction between CANSA Pietermaritzburg and the local community. The services of the new in-house clinic will also be launched. If you would like to offer your services or RSVP to attend the event phone 033 342 9837 or email cansapmb@cansa.org.za

The Friends of the Durban Botanic Gardens and the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa is hosting a Star Party to celebrate the “Transit of Venus” at 6.30 pm tonight. Bring your picnic basket and blanket. Admission is R35, R15 for eight to 16 year olds and under eights free. Prior booking is essential at 031 309 9240.

Midlands Hindu Society, in association with the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, is hosting the spectacular dance drama Shri Krishna Leela – The Divine Pastimes of our Radiant Lord at the Aryan Hall in Khan Road from 4 m to 6 pm tomorrow. Using classical ballet, drama, music and poetry the tale is drawn from the verses of the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Bhagavat Gita. Admission is free. RSVP to Sherry Mahabeer at 083 597 4854.

The MGB series is celebrtating its 50th anniversary worldwide and the MG Owners Club in Pietermaritzburg is inviting all owners of the iconic British sportscar to take part in a special event at the VSCC grounds in Oribi Road tomorrow. Please arrive in a group - Pietermaritzburg members meet at the Caltex Garage Bird Sanctuary at 10.30 am and Howick members at the Red Tap. Inquiries: Koos Vorster at 083 453 7865.

St Matthews Quilters Guild is holding its annual Sisters at St Matthews outdoor quilt exhibition from 9 am to 1 pm tomorrow. Entrance is R10. There will be lots of quilts on exhibition in the Church Gardens as well as the floral displays in the church. There will also be many stalls and refreshments will be on sale.

One of the most anticipated events on the South African skateboarding calendar, Red Bull Manny Mania, will take place tomorrow at the Wave House at Gateway in Umhlanga. Skaters wanting to enter can upload a 45 second video edit showcasing their skills on a manual pad to the international ‘Red Bull Manny Mania’ Facebook Page to stand a chance of qualifying for the final. To enter, head to www.facebook.com/redbullmannymania. Alternatively you can hit up www.redbull.co.za/mannymania for more information.

A gathering for all old girls of the Longmarket Street Girls’ School will be held at the old shool, now the Voortrekker Msunduzi Museum on Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzvurg, tomorrow at 9.30 am for 10 am. The morning will include a talk on the history of the school, a walk about and 'memories' over tea. Kindly RSVP to Heather at 033 346 0067 or Elrica (Research Officer at the Museum) at 033 394 6834.

A ‘quacker’ of a day, the first ever Durban Duck Day takes place at Durban’s Yacht Mole (off Victoria Embankment/Margaret Mngadi Avenue) on Sunday. A flock of 10,000 ducks will be released simultaneously to race, with the victorious duck winning the grand prize of up to R100,000. As part of this day of non-stop entertainment there will be duck dances for the younger participants, communal singing of specially adapted ‘ducky’ songs, and best duck hat and best duck costume competitions. Schools and non-profit organisations can get involved by using this fun event as a fundraiser with a percentage of each bulk duck sale sold going to the selling school or organisation. Corporates can also purchase their own flock of ducks for employees or customers, and can take up a corporate hospitality area at the venue. Individual purchases of a single duck or a small flock can be made via the website below. For more information go to www.durbanduckday.co.za or contact Creative Events on 031 266 9828.

Celebrate Life 2012 is hosting a darts and rat race fundraising evening at Dougiwe’s in Ashley Avenue, Glenashley on June 14. Tickets are R100, which includes dinner, and proceeds go towards the Tusk organisation to help fight the scourge of rhino poaching. For tickets phone 082 440 1730 or Lara at 083 775 0658.

Women in Business is hosting a Classic Corsetry & Cocktails evening at Dros Pietermaritzburg at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on June 12. Learn how to wear your lingerie to maximum benefit, with confidence and be seductive. Tickets R130 including a three-course meal, the talk and cocktail tasting and making. RSVP essential to secretary@womeninbusiness.org.za

Howick Hospice is hosting a business breakfast with motivational speaker, Patrick Greenaway, of Action Coach at the Fleur de Lys at Hilton College at 7.30 am on June 15. Greenaway will be presenting a talk entitled "The Business Chassis". Cost R1500 table of 10 or R160 per person. RSVP to 033 330 5257 for more information.

The Hosanna Church is hosting its Country Carnival from 9 am to 4 pm on June 16. Attractions include food stalls, a flea market, horse rides, quad bike rides, an animal farm, games and more. To get there travel to end of Table Mountain Road and turn right towards Wartburg for 3 kms to Hosanna Country Estate. Interested stallholders should phone 082 453 9641.

There will be a gala dinner in aid of the Denis Hurley Centre at the Parish Centre at Emmanuel Cathedral on June 22 at 6.30 pm for 7 pm. Hosted by Father Stephen Tully and Thami Zuma it will be a fundraiser for the Denis Hurley Centre and will celebrate the 80th birthday of monsignor Paul Nadal, one of the best known priests in the Durban Archdiocese. Tickets are on sale at R250 each and can be obtained from Joe Fredericks at 084 586 0226 or from Eileen Abrahams at 083 669 3832. Parishioners are invited to sponsor priests from their parishes to enable them to attend. Musical entertainment will be provided by “The Josephs”. Monsignor Nadal was prepared for his First Holy Communion by Fr Denis Hurley in 1940 and ordained by Archbishop Hurley on 8 December 1959. He worked closely with the Archbishop for many years especially in the Catechetical Commission (from 1969 – 1976), as Director of the National Pastoral and Catechetical Centre (Khanyisa) (from 1976 – 1983) and as the Archbishop’s last Vicar General ( 1983 - 1993 ). In his retirement he is one of the most active of the Denis Hurley Centre’s patrons and trustees. The dinner will be one of the last major functions to be held in the Centre before its demolition to make way for the Denis Hurley Centre which is to be constructed on the same site.

The Misa Foundation is hosting a mini fair at the Woodlander Club, 110 Allandale Drive, Pietermaritzburg, on June 24 to raise funds for the disabled. Lots of fun activities including jumping castles and pony rides. For stall bookings phone 033 818 9253.

Rosetta Ratepayers and Residents Fundraising Committee is hosting a winter fair from 10 am on July 28 at the Rosetta Hotel. Craft stalls, varied food stalls, dog displays, children’s entertainment, bonfires, gluwein etc are all planned. All proceeds to go to the upliftment of the community and beautification of the Rosetta village. For stall bookings, email Dee atbigpond1@mweb.co.za

Msunduzi Hospice’s charity shop has moved to 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury, and is open weekdays from 8 am to 3.45 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. You can also enjoy a cuppa at the Hospice coffee shop. Choose from a selection of sweet and savoury treats, soft drinks, teas and coffees. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

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. 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 082 359 0900 for more information.

GROUPS

There will be no Diabetes South Africa open meetings in June or July. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

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. For more information contact the group facilitators, Carolyn Lurie via e-mail at cdgird@gmail.com or 033 345 2939 or 072 288 0684 or Jill Hobson via e-mail at jillhobson 7@gmail.com or phone 083 499 1094 or 033 330 4382.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg is hosting a school holiday programme from June 25 to 29. Children will be able to make mosaics, dream catchers, foil art and paper flowers, and on June 29 there will be one of the museum’s fun ‘Night at the Museum’ sleepovers. Admission is R30 per day and the programme runs from 9 am to 12 noon. The sleepover costs R90. Light snacks and all materials are provided. Booking is essential. Phone Zama at 033 341 0536 or Sylvia at 033 341 0533. On July 7, the museum is hosting Snakes Alive! at 10 am, during which visitors can check out live snakes. Entry is R5.

MARKETS

MEDITATION

Living a Stress-Free Life, a helpful morning meditation course, takes place on Sunday from 9.30am to 12.30 pm at Collingwood's Guest House, 14 Umzwilili Road, Kloof (just down from Kloof Library). Cost R150. To book phone 031 765 1073 or email meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com

Discover inner peace and learn relaxation and breathing techniques to restore energy levels at Meditation classes in Scottsville. Classes every second Saturday of the month from 2 pm to 3 pm. Inquiries: Jenny Green at 033 386 3323.

Meditation for positive thinking and a peaceful mind - weekly classes on Thursday evenings from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at the Yellowwood Cafe in Howick. These meditation classes give you a great foundation for a peaceful, relaxed and happy mind in your daily life. Meditations are easy to understand and practice. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: Hayley at 072 971 8450 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

Weekly meditation classes take place in Westville on Mondays from 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm at Junes Pre-primary, 21 Langford Road; in Kloof on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 8 pm at Collingwoods Guest House, Umzwilili Road; and in Hillcrest on Fridays from 8.30 am to 9.30 am at Maitreya Centre, 14B Cadmoor Road, Assagay. These classes are suitable for everyone, you can learn the art of meditation and develop a peaceful and relaxed mind for your daily life. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: 031 765 1073 or email: meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com

MUSEUMS

Macrorie House Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg will be open from 9 am to 1 pm on Sunday for a book sale! All books will be R5 and we will have tea and eats available to enjoy in the garden. Entry is free. Inquiries: 033 394 2161 or 072 433 2023.

MUSIC

The Michaelhouse Music Department is hosting the first Tea at Michaelhouse for 2012 on Sunday. Hannes Ebersohn (organist) will perform works by J.S. Bach, F. Peeters, L. Vierne and M.Dupre in the Michaelhouse Chapel. Morning tea will be served at 10.30 am and the concert will start at 11 am. Tickets are R30 (R15 pensioners and pupils). To book phone Leigh Kotze at 033 234 1314 or email music@michaelhouse.org

The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Orchestra will be performing at the Chelsea Preparatory School Arts Festival at 30 Chelsea Drive, Durban North, tomorrow from 9 am to 9.30 am. Conducted by Lindsay Johnston, the orchestra will present a varied programme of music which includes both classical works and more modern pieces. The orchestra’s performance will open the festival which runs from 9 am to 1.30 pm. The festival, which also showcases dance, music, drama and fine arts performed and created by the children at the school, will also feature an appearance by John van de Ruit, author of the Spud series, who will be giving a brief discussion followed by a book signing. For more information phone Chelsea Preparatory School at 031 581 7660 or email chelsea@cdsp.co.za

The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) Choir and the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra will be hosting a Winter Concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity at 2.30 pm on June 24. The local musicians and singers will be performing Faure’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Halleluja with soloists Andrew Butler (bass) and Jody Marx (soprano). The orchestra will be conducted by David Plank. Tickets are R60 (concessions available) and can be bought at the door or through Ruth Brayshaw at 033 347 5464. Safe parking is available.

The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) Choir and rehearsals are well under way for 2012 with several concert ideas for the new year. New voices are always welcome. The choir meets at St Mary's Catholic Church Hall in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street at 7 pm on Tuesdays. Inquiries: Ruth at 033 347 5464 or Mary at 033 346 0449.

TALKS

Clive Bromilow, author of Problem Plants of SA, and Reshnee Lallee of SANBI’s Early Detection Rapid Response unit will give presentations on invasive alien plant species and give residents opportunity to ask questions at Tanglewood Country House at 6 pm for 6.30 pm on June 13. To book for supper phone Nicky Mann at 083 645 5619.

Adam Riley of Rockjumper Birding Adventures will present a talk on birdlife and his worldwide experiences in the Conference Centre at Msunduzi Hospice, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury at 8 am on June 16. Tickets are R100 which includes breakfast. To book phone 033 344 1560 or e-mail hospice@hospicekzn.co.za

Friends of the Museum is hosting a talk on English Comic Verse by John Deane in the Ingede Theatre at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg at 10.45 am on June 23. Tea will be served from 10.15 am.

THEATRE

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 phone the office at 033 845 0400.

WALKS

The Balgowan Midlands Forest Lodge walk takes place from 9 am to 10.30 am on June 14. Admire magnificent Yellowwood trees along this 1,2km forest trail. Lots of places to stop and listen to the birds. To book phone Diana Acres at 082 904 6559. Donation to Balgowan Conservancy funds.

The Dargle Lemonwood Forest walk takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 17. Steep forest trail with marked trees and interesting birds, butterflies and monkeys. Donation R10 to Dargle Conservancy funds. To book phone Katie Robinson at 082 052 6072.

The Fort Nottingham Reserve walk takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 21. Explore the diverse wetland, forest and grassland areas with Fort Nottingham residents. Donation to Lion’s Bush Conservancy funds. To book phone Roy Tabernor at 082 487 0922.

Take a walk with the members of Women in Business from Barbz Café in Nottingham Road to the Corner Post in Howick (37 kms) along the scenic R103 on June 24. Entry is R150 and funds raised go to Sunfield Home Howick. Registration forms available from secretary@womeninbusiness.org.za

The Beacon Hill walk in Howick takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 24. Explore this grassland treasure. Donation R10 to Beacon Hill Conservancy funds. Phone Eve Hughes at 082 872 4333 to book.

The Howick Falls gorge walk takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 28. Hike down to view the falls from the pool at the bottom. To book phone Penny Rees at 082 340 7571.

The Eland's River walk in Boston takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 29. A pleasant and easy walk along the banks of the Eland's River from Boston T-Party. To book phone Sue Brighton at 083 656 0979.

WORKSHOP

The Embroiderer’s Guild of South Africa is hosting the workshop, Let us Sew, at the Hilton Library from 10 am to 12 noon on July 4. It is aimed at children aged from seven to 11 years old, and every child will make something they can take home. Entry is R50 and booking is essential before June 29. Phone 073 188 9638 to book.

Due to space constraints some items have been omitted. A full diary is available online at www.wit ness.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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