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2010-12-15 00:00

The Witness is changing the focus of the weekly community diary of events, placing the emphasis on giving space to schools, clubs, societies and not for profit and non-governmental organisations. Organisations and individuals wishing to advertise courses, workshops, health and exercise classes, are requested to contact Kay Govender in the Witness classified department at 033 3551248 or via email at kayg@witness.co.za

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Midlands Arts and Crafts Society is hosting Take Away Art at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg, until December 22. Find a unique Christmas gift from the delicious choice of goodies, at affordable prices, on offer. Macs Art House will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 22 and re-open at 8 am on January 10.

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.

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

Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a walk through parklands along the Umbilo River tomorrow. Meet at the old Umbilo Drive Inn at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Philip at 031 201 3592. There is no hike on December but regular hikes take place on Wednesdays. Phone Philip at 031 201 3592 or Colin at 031 708 3517 for more details. Please note: day hikes require a packed lunch, 2lt water, a sunhat and sunscreen.

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: 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. 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.

EVENTS

The Msunduzi Muncipal Library, Pietermaritzburg, is hosting a games morning for children from 10.30 am to 11.30 am today, during which participants can meet Father Christmas. Admission is free. Inquiries: 033 392 2683.

Celebrated Durban storyteller, Gcina Mhlope, will be at the KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road, Glenwood, from 11 am tomorrow to delight both young and old with her special tales, which mix folklore, information, current affairs, song and idiom.

Beachgoers can get involved in an entertaining game of cricket on the sand at Umhlanga main beach, in the SABC Beach Cricket session which runs from 10 am to 2 pm tomorrow. A team of experienced coaching staff will be on hand to give some valuable tips to the budding players. Inquiries: www.umhlangatourism.co.za

Piggly Wiggly in Lions River is hosting ‘Christmas in the Country’ from 9 am to 9.30 pm tomorrow. Events range from wine tasting at Meander Wines to face painting and pony rides, cooking demonstrations and vineyard tours. Children will also have the chance to enjoy a Christmas party from 5 pm where Father Christmas will hand ourt gifts. Tickets are R60 and booking is essential. From 5.30 pm there will be a sheep, pig and duck on the spit, a tree lighting ceremony, an anti-poaching presentation and the chance to do some old fashioned carol singing. Proceeds from the event will go towards the anti-poaching campaign. For more information and to book phone 033 234 4323.

The Pietermaritzburg Gay and Lesbian Network is planning to turn Durban pink on Saturday when the Pink Mynah Festival parade swaggers down Florida Road with floats, feathers, high heels and everything pink. Join the festivities, which get underway at Harvey’s at 10.30 am, before heading to Spiga da Ora and Bean Bag Bohemia where the party continues in the park for the remainder of the afternoon. At 7 pm the venue changes to Durban’s BAT Centre where the 2010 Mr and Ms Gay KZN will be chosen. Tickets for the pageant are R150 from the Network and at the door. The price includes entertainment by the Kevin Ellis dancers. The parade is free of charge and everyone is welcome to march or to support the event from the street. Inquiries and tickets: Gail at 082 445 2577.

Glenwood is hosting a Christmas Family Food Market in Bulwer Park on Sunday from 10 am until 3 pm. Darryl Hofmann and the team from the Glenwood Community Forum have put together a day-long event involving good food, family activities and all things festive. There will be pony-rides and fun activities for the kids, and the children’s play area is operational. There will also be gift ideas, decorations and Christmas-themed stalls. Inquiries: Carla at 031 201 0090.

GROUPS

Diabetes South Africa’s Pietermaritzburg branch will be closing on December 17 and opening again on January 10 2011. If you need test strips etc. to use over the three weeks please stock up before we close. We wish all our members a happy holiday season with family and friends. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street (Commercial Road), Pietermaritzburg, is hosting children’s workshops from Tuesday, January 4 to Friday, January 7 between 9.30 am and 12 noon. During the workshops, which are aimed at children between six and 12 years old, participants will look at examples of appliqué work from two current exhibitions in the dallery. They will also draw shapes on paper, select the best and use them as patterns on fabric to make a glued picture. All materials will be provided, but please bring your own scissors if you can. Children will also look at examples of beadwork in the gallery, and learn some basic design and bead-making skills from Zama, who has been taught by her mother, well-known bead-maker Eunice Cele. Admission is R50 per child per day and refreshments are included. Registration is at 9 am.

MARKETS

Market held every Thursday adjacent to the hockey fields opposite Harry Gwala Stadium from 7 am to 10.30 am. The market is a combination of a farmers market and flea market and stalls sell everything from fresh veggies, plants and herbs to home baking, sewing, bric-a-brac, and more.

MEDITATION

Weekly meditation classes - 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, 113 Main Street. The ancient practice of meditation will help you to reduce stress, overcome frustration and find inner peace. Everyone is welcome, and the classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: 033 234 4182 or email :meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

MUSEUMS

The Natal Museum at 264 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, is hosting a Christmas workshop from 10 am to 2 pm on December 18. Participants will be able to make their Christmas stockings, decorations for the tree, get a visit from Father Christmas, enjoy a tasty lunch and win exciting prizes. Admission is R85, including materials. To book phone Rashika Naidoo at 082 7304 552 or 072 7716 897 or send an email to Darryl@cyberspeed.co.za

The Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabulu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg will be open from 9 am to 12.30 pm on December 21-23 and December 28-30. Visit this beautiful Victorian period house and experience the timeless elegance of the Victorian age.

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.

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