What's on diary

2011-06-30 00:00

ARTS AND CRAFTS

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.

BOOKS

Glendyr Stavrou, author of The Adventures of Drongie the Smidget, will be telling everyone who this delightful character is at The Lazy Lizard Book & Gift Shop, Greendale Acres Centre, off Main Street, Howick North, from 10 am to 12 noon on July 1. No entrance fee, all welcome. Inquiries: 033 330 4308.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Durban Ramblers is hosting a Shady walk along the river in the Palmiet Nature Reserve tomorrow.Meet at reserve car park at 1.45 pm. Drinks afterwards at the Westville hotel. Inquiries: Philip at 031 201 3492. On Sunday, there is a moderate hike to view beautiful rock formations and aloes at the Killarney Rockery at Cato Ridge. Admission R15 to conservancy, R25 petrol sharing. Inquiries: Jon at 082 458 1522.

The quarterly meeting of BotSoc/Demonstration Garden will take place at the Aloe Festival in Ashburton at 10 am tomorrow. The talk venue is Rocky Wonder Aloe Nursery and the speaker is Calvin Becker, a young, enthusiastic bulb grower that will give us a hands-on demonstration and talk on ‘Growing Bulbs’. Normal entry to the Aloe Festival is R30, but BotSoc members will receive a discounted fee and pay only R20. Inquiries: 084 721 8899. Directions: from N3, take Ashburton off-ramp; at T-junction turn right and keep going – the nursery will be signposted.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Darvill at 7.30 amd on July 3. Inquiries: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555.

Vision and Joy Togethery meets on July 3 at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Priscilla Gendron will give a talk, titled It's All in the Numbers. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

The Minerva Club is holding a talk by Bill Jardine titled Understanding Poetry. It will take place in the Blue Room on the 2nd floor of Kenwyn in Pietermaritz Street at 9.45 am on July 5. Free, safe parking behind Kenwyn. Inquiries: Ron Wood at 033 345 2746.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Umgeni Valley at 7.30 am on July 9. Members will arrange to take a couple of vehicles down into the Valley for those not able to walk down. Entrance fee – R18 if you are not a member of WESSA. Inquiries: Pam Nicol at 033 330 2947.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park at 7.30 am on July 10. Inquiries: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to the Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg on July 17. Meet at the car park at 7.30 am. Inquiries: Adrian Ogilvie at 033 347 1685.

Hilton Garden Club’s meeting at 9.30 am for 10 am on July 19 includes a visit to the historic house and garden of Michael and Lindy Manley. Lindy will talk on the history of their home, The Knoll, Denis Shepstone Road, Winterskloof. Inquiries: Jacqui Arnott at 033 330 4541.

Winning Women South Africa – Pietermaritzburg After 5 meets at the Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on July 25. Psychologist, Tim Barry, will discuss raising healthy, happy children in a technological age and Andrew Pienaar talks about his new vision and spirit of hope for the orphans in Newcastle. Admission is R70, which includes supper by CHC Catering. Secure, free parking. To book phone Esther Howard-Browne at 033 342 2034 or e-mail: lesterhb@zookit.co.za

Reservations are essential by July 21.

The Pietermaritzburg Computer Club meets at the Olwazini Discovery Centre at the Golden Horse Casino on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm. Whether you are an expert or a novice there is always something to learn or share. Inquiries: log on to http://www.pacc.org.za or phone Mike Robertson at 082 447 2159.

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.

DANCE

Pietermaritzburg-born ballet dancer, Robin van Wyk, will be returning to the city in July to host the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) regional panel’s winter workshop. This year the artistic director of the Cape Town City Ballet will be teaching ballet students from Grade 3 to Advanced level the classical ballet, Coppelia. The winter workshop will be staged at Athlone Primary School from July 18 to 23. Bookings must be made before July 13 with the RAD office in Durban at 031 201 9312 or via email at rad-durban@iafrica.com

EVENTS

There will be an Aloe Festival in the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy on July 2 and 3. The event will include aloe walks, specialist talks and indigenous plant sales. Talks include one by bulb enthusiast, Calvin Becker, titled Growing Bulbs, which is hosted by the conservancy at Rocky Wonder Aloe Nursery at 10 am on July 2. Becker is currently studying towards an Honours degree in Plant Pathology. At 10 am on July 3, Alison Young will host a talk titled Gardening with Succulents. Young is a horticulturist at the UKZN Botanical Garden, KZN Botanical Conservancy Secretary and serves on the local Botanical Society committee. All venues are open from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is R30 (BotSoc members R20 on presentation of their membership card, free to children). Inquiries: Darlene Bond at 082 933 5036.

The Creighton Aloe Festival will take place on July 16 and 17. Enjoy an amazing return steam train ride from Creighton, alongside the Ngogwaan river, through thousands of beautiful and colourful Aloes where you will be able to take a spectacular photo. During the weekend there will also be birding tours, mission tours, and dairy farm tours, plus a scenic cycle ride. Visitors can also enjoy a delicious meal and a country market. If you can’t make it on July 16 and 17, there will be steam train rides on July 2 and 3 and July 9 and 10. Bookings are essential. Ticket prices range from R180 to 210 for adults and R120 to R210 for children. There is also a Sunday sunrise bike train trip to Donnybrook and a 40km MTB ride back through the beautiful Xumeni Forest departing at 7 am on July 17. Tickets R250, which includes the train trip and guided bike ride back. Inquiries: Glynnis via email at glynnis@toocee.co.za or phone 083 273 8037.

The 55th edition of the Durban Airshow takes place at Virginia Airport in Durban North on July 16. More than 45 acts will be taking part, including parachutists, civilian jets, the Silver Falcons, passenger airliners, and skydivers. The show will open with a parade and a tribute to the City’s emergency, safety and security services assisted by major emergency role players. Gates open at 7 am for the general public and the show starts at 9 am. Tickets for the show are available online www.durbanairshow.co.za

Vintage Baynesfield is hosting Time Marches On – Military History on Display on July 17. Visitors will be able to see military vehicles, uniforms, a Carbineers display, a lone piper and a collection of medals. Anyone interested in displaying their collection of all things military, is asked to phone Eleanor Schofield at 033 251 0001 during office hours.

Other attractions include vintage tractors and machinery, grinding of maize, demonstrations of the use of antique woodcrafting tools, and good quality crafts for sale.

Women in Business is hosting the Pink Bubbly Ladies Trout Fishing weekend in Himeville on July 22, 23 and 24. Phone Ali Engelbrecht at 082 972 2675 or email ceo@womeninbusiness.org.za for registration forms and additional information.

Any surplus funds arising out of this function will be donated to Hospice Himeville/Underberg.

Underberg Polo Club is hosting the South Africa Polo Championships for the first time on the magnigicent new grounds 10 km east of Underberg on P318 (Sani Pass road) from July 22 to 24.

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, the 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 35 90 900 for more information.

GROUPS

The next meeting of the Alzheimers Support Group takes place on July 1 at 10 am at Riverside Park Home, Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607.

Diabetes South Africa’s Northdale Support Group meets on July 4 at 7 pm at the Motivational Centre, 773 Chota Motala Road. The speaker is Trishan Naidoo on The Importance of Good Dental Care when diabetic. 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. The support group aims to provide a forum for carers to meet with other people in similar situations to share experiences, support one another, share tips, and take time out to socialise with others who understand what you are going through in a non-judgmental atmosphere of acceptance, care and understanding. For more details contact the group facilitators, Carolyn Lurie via email at cdgird@gmail.com or phone 033 345 2939 or 072 288 0684; and Jill Hobson via email at jillhobson7@gmail.com or phone 083 4991094 or 033 330 4382.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg is gearing up for it’s winter school holiday programme, which will include one of its popular Night at the Museum sleepovers on July 8 (admission R90). The holiday programme will run from 9 am to 12 noon between June 27 and July 1 and costs R30 per day. Participants will learn the art of decoupage (June 27); to make a diorama (June 28; to make fridge magnets and glow in the dark bat mobiles (June 29); and to make picture frames (June 30). On July 1 there will be a treasure hunt and storytelling session. Book now as space is limited. Phone 033 341 0536 or email vfrank@nmsa.org.za

Musgrave Methodist Church is hosting a July holiday club at the church on the corner of St Thomas and Musgrave roads in Durban from 8 am to 12 noon between July 4 and 8. The theme this year is Finding Nemo and the activities will all have an underwater/nautical/fishy theme. Open to children from Grade R to Grade 7. Inquiries and to book your space, phone 031 201 2005 or email contact@musgravemethodist.co.za

The Rising Star Academy is hosting a performing arts holiday workshop, which will include working with masks, mime, acting and lots more from July 5 to 7. There are two sessions - ages five to nine from 9 am to 12 noon and ages 10-16 from 1 pm to 5 pm - at Westville Theatre Club, Attercliffe Road, Westville. The Axademy is also hosting a talent search in conjunction with City View Shopping Centre. Children between 10 and 18 years can audition at the mall (Old Game City), 10 Mathews Meyiwa Road (Stamfordhill Road), Action Cricket Arena Audition from 11 am to 1 pm on July 13. Audition finalists will attend a performance workshop on the July 14 and 15 from 9 am to 4 pm where they will receive training and assistance from industry professionals. The final will take place the afternoon of July 15. Admission is free. Last but not least the Academy is auditioning for its 2011 Youth Theatre Production, Galaxy Rock! and requirex a strong acting, singing and dancing cast of 30 to 35 performers. The auditions are open to all students Grade 5 to Grade 11 and will be held on July 16 at Westville Theatre Club, Attercliffe Road, Westville between 1 pm and 4 pm. All attending must bring a resume with headshots; prepare a one minute monologue, one minute dance and one minute song. The song must be sung unaccompanied. Rehearsals start on July 23 and take place every Saturday until October 29. The show will be staged at Seabrooke's Theatre, Durban and will run from November 9 to 13. For more details email enquiries@risingstaracademy.co.za or fax 086 647 6428.

Durban’s Old Mutual MTN ScienCentre is offering a fun-filled, educational and interactive Do It Yourself Science holiday programme at its premises at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga from 11 am to 3 pm until July 18. The programme will consist of four one-hour activities, including: Bath Bombs, Science of Soil, Copper Capper, Ice-cream in a bag, Lava Cup, Cookie Jar Jack, Captain Chem’s Hunt, Fun with Vita-C, Lumpy Liquid Cornstarch, Exothermic Fun, Fantastic Faucet, Fireworks in a Glass, Big Bubble Explorium, Invisible Ink, Bernoulli’s Paper Planes, Black Light Party, Investigating Light, Krazy Kaleidoscope, Discovering Density, Super Spagetti Structures, Silly Slime, Milk Mania, Colourful Cabbage Indicator and Lemon Battery. Vistors can also experience the 40-seater domed planetarium and 150 interactive science and technology exhibits. Entry to the ScienCentre is R30 and all workshops are free unless otherwise stipulated. Inquiries: 031 566 8040, or log on to www.sciencentre.co.za.

MARKETS

Msunduzi Hospice is hosting a Country Market from 8 am to 1 pm on July 2. Enjoy a family breakfast, buy special handmade craft items, have a peep at the books and plants on sale or just relax and enjoy the entertainment. The tea garden serves pancakes, samoosas and Chicken Tikka rolls. Other items on sale are the winter warmers, bed socks, wheat bags, homemade scarves, and lots of jams and marmalades from the Hospice pantry. Ed Kidgell will provide live entertainment on his guitar and saxophone from 9.30 am. The tail wagging dog competition is at 10 am - entry is R10 and registration is from 9 am at Hospice. Judging categories include best dressed, physically challenged, cutest, ugliest, owner look a-like, the most unusual and most popular. Judges include Maureen Vida for the SPCA. Great sponsored prizes are available and all dog lovers are encouraged to enter. Entertainment includes performances by the Dance Studio 1 at 11 am and Maritzburg Christain School thereafter. A jumping castle will keep the children hopping and the The Book Festival runs from 8.30 am to 3 pm on June 30 and July 1 and from 8.30 am to 1 pm on July 2. Book lovers can get collectable, readable and affordable books.

The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Morning Market takes place tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Browse through a lovely selection of reasonably priced “good as new” White elephant items, good quality clothing, interesting books and lovely house and garden plants at the fundraising stalls. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

MEDITATION

Simply Breathe - learning the art of meditation 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 Yellowwood Café on the Karkloof Road. 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 KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietemaritzburg, is hosting a Night at the Museum sleepover on Friday, July 8. Lots of exciting, fun-filled activities planned for the entire evening. Phone 033 341 0536 to make a booking.

PRAYER

United in Christ Ministries Church in Harappa Road, Northdale invites you to their Intercessory Payer meeting every Tuesday at 10 am to 11 am. Bring the sick with you and your prayer requests. Inquiries: Danny at 084 559 5576.

POETRY

The Bat Centre in Durban’s small craft harbour holds regular poetry sessions for Nowadays Poets on Wednesdays and Basadzi Women of Poetry on Thursdays in the functions room. These sessions run from 5 pm to 7 pm. Inquiries: 031 332 0451.

TALKS AND LECTURES

Joanne Lefson and her dog, Oscar, have travelled the world highlighting the plight of dogs in shelters. On Tuesday, July 5 Lefson will share their stories with members of the Midlands Forum at Howick High School at 8.30 am for 10 am. Afterwards those present will have the chance to meet the world famous, Oscar. Victors welcome – admission R30. Tea is served. Inquiries: Mary Carlisle at 083 284 8798.

TOURS

Explore the culture, heritage and scenic beauty of Pietermaritzburg on the Wozo Cheka tour on the last Sunday of the month. The cost is R50. Tours to look forward include: 31 July – Neo Classical Influences on the Architecture of Pietermaritzburg; 28 August - The Alan Paton Literary Trail; 25 September – Project Gateway and Edendale; and 30 October – The Tree Walk at Botanical Gardens. For bookings and more information phone Pietermaritzburg Tourism at 033 345 1348.

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.

WALKS

Get up close to some special trees – Yellowwoods, Bitter Almond, Lemonwood and Cape Chestnut – in this month’s Dargle Forest Walk, and do a bit of birdwatching too from 9 am to 11 am on July 7. Venue: Kilgobbin Cottage on the D707, off the D17, Dargle. Phone Barend Booysen for details and to book at 082 787 0797. Admission is a R10 donation to Conservancy funds.

* 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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