What’s on in and around the midlands

2008-06-13 00:00

TODAY

• 8 am. The Weekend Witness Midlands Meander Slow Food Festival ends on June 16. Palate-pleasing flavours to soothe your taste buds and your conscience at 30 different venues. If you prefer it slow — head for the hills this weekend. For more details, visit www.witness.co.za or www.midlandsmeander.co.za, or phone 033 330 8195.

• 6 pm. Learn to dance every Friday night. Salsa lessons at Aintree Lodge. Cash bar and snack menu available.

TOMORROW

• The Roseway Waldorf School’s quarterly introductory talk will be held in the primary school. There will be speakers from preschool, primary school and high school. Inquiries: 031 768 1309.

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

• 7 am-11 am. The Karkloof Farmers’ Market is located 2,6 km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Access is gained off the D507. The Karkloof Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday morning. Goods on sale include fresh produce from local farmers as well as breads, biscotti, cheese, plants, flowers, ready-made meals, pickles, preserves, nougat, brownies and nuts. There is a jungle gym and pony rides for children. Inquiries: Andrea at 082 820 8986.

• 8 am-noon. The Msunduzi Hospice Book Shop will be open at 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. Inquiries: Elise at 033 344 1560.

• 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.

• 8.30 am. Richmond Fly-In Family Fun Day at McKenzie’s airstrip in Richmond. Inquiries: Bryan at 084 208 9512.

• 9 am-10.30 am. T’ai chi classes at the Hadca Centre, Old Main Road, Howick. Inquiries: Nico at 082 825 7412.

• 9 am-4 pm. All Breeds Cat Show at Carter High School, Pietermaritzburg. Entrance fee: R10 for adults and R5 for children.

• 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. All are welcome. 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.

• 10 am. The rose pruning demonstration by Vincent Hemmingway of Shelvin Nursery takes place in The Witness Demonstration Garden in Alexandra Park adjacent to the park’s headquarters. Secure parking. Cost: R10 per person. Refreshments available.

• 2 pm. 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 to join them in walking the hills of Pietermaritzburg and its environs. Interested people should be reasonably fit and may phone Francois at 033 344 2754 for more information.

• 2 pm. Urgent notice: the Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society meeting and workshop has had a change of date and venue. No meeting today but there will be a meeting on June 21 at 120 Elbed Wright Circle at 2 pm. Inquiries: 033 396 5684 or 083 745 6078.

• 2 pm. All rugby Test matches live on the big screen at Pegasus Pub in Ashburton. Inquiries: 083 532 4415.

• 2 pm. A car gymkhana with drifting will be held at the Municipal Market in Mkondeni. Entry fees: R20 for adults and R10 for youngsters. Children free. Undercover seating for spectators. No alcohol. No firearms. Inquiries: 084 555 7138.

SUNDAY

• 7.30 am. The Umgeni Steam Railway preservation group will be running a special Inchanga Choo-Choo for people wishing to view the Comrades Marathon. The train will depart from Inchanga at 7.30 am, allowing passengers the option of either disembarking at Drummond or Botha’s Hill. The train will return in time for passengers wishing to travel all the way to Botha’s Hill to view the half-way 11.30 am cut-off gun at Drummond on the way back. The train is due back at Inchanga at approximately 12.15 pm. Light refreshments will be available on the train. Tickets: R50 per person and R30 for senior citizens and children (aged two to 16). For more details and advance bookings, please phone Robbie Macgregor at 031 303 3003 or 082 353 6003, or alternatively visit www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za

• 9 am. Father’s Day at Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World features Lotusfm DJ Rakesh Ramdhin, who will be the MC for the event, which features a myriad activities. Inquiries: 031 328 3000 or visit www.suncoastcasino.co.za

• 11 am. Father’s Day at Bellisimo’s in Howick — a buffet with all the trimmings. R90 per person. Booking essential. Inquiries: 033 330 7928.

• 11 am. The Botanical Gardens restaurant has a special for Father’s Day Sunday lunch at R95 per person. Inquiries: 033 344 2207.

• 11 am. Red Rum at Aintree Lodge hosts a Father’s Day Sunday lunch. R90 per person for the three-course meal. Bookings: Riaan at 072 039 4797 or JP at 084 721 5107.

• 4 pm. Children’s night walk with David Worrall at the Karkloof Conservation Centre through Gartmore Farm. This informative walk will be aimed at children, but their parents are welcome to join in or relax with sundowners in one of the two hides. Light snacks will be provided afterwards. Bring good walking shoes, a torch and your own beverages. The walk starts at 4 pm and ends at about 6.30 pm. Cost: R40 per person (adults included). Aimed at children in primary school. No limit to numbers, but booking is essential. Inquiries: phone 033 330 2992 (mornings only) or e-mail karkloofcentre@telkomsa.net

MONDAY

• 8.30 am. The Umgeni Steam Railway preservation group will be running a special belated Father’s Day Inchanga Choo-Choo — 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. All fathers will receive a voucher for a free beer or cold drink and biltong, redeemable at Inchanga station. Tickets are available at R100 per person and R60 for senior citizens and children (aged two to 16). For more details and advance bookings, phone Robbie Macgregor at 031 303 3003 or 082 353 6003.

• 9.30 am. Youth Day celebration at Karkloof Conservation Centre — a fun day for children at primary school level. This will include fun team challenges, puzzles and bird identification. Take good running shoes. Light snacks will be provided. Starts at 9.30 am and ends at about 12.30 pm. Cost: R40 per person. No limit to numbers but booking is essential. For more information, phone 033 330 2992 (mornings only) or e-mail karkloofcentre@telkomsa.net

• 5.30 pm. Yoga in Hilton. Inquiries: Moira at 084 555 9320.

• 5.30 pm-7pm. Beginners t’ai chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Inquiries: 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

• 10 am for 10.30 am. The June meeting of the Hilton Garden Club will be held at the Church of the Ascension Hall, Brindy Road, Hilton. Gerald Schofield from The Gardener will give a talk after the AGM. Inquiries: 033 343 3766 or e-mail dslatter@mweb.co.za

• 7.30 pm. Concert in Pietermartizburg City Hall — joint concert by the NCS. Choir (from Washington) and the Pietermaritzburg Midlands Youth Choir. Inquiries: 082 872 1533 or 082 929 0838.

• 7 pm-9 pm. Social badminton in a small friendly group at a central location. Both beginners and more experienced players are equally welcome. Costs are minimal, but the benefits are enormous. Inquiries: Glynn Davies at 033 386 5557.

WEDNESDAY

• 9 am-noon. Macs Wednesday Art Club. Work in the medium and at the level of your choice. All are welcome. R25 per session. Inquiries: 033 386 6500.

• 12.30 pm for 1 pm. The June meeting of the Decorative Arts Society will be held at The Heritage Hall, St John’s United Church, 344 Jabu Ndlovu Street (Loop Street). Fee Berning will be telling the amazing success story of the world renowned Ardmore Ceramics, which she founded more than 23 years ago in the foothills of the Drakensberg. Members fee is R20. Visitors are welcome to attend the lecture at a cost of R30. Includes light refreshments. Off-street parking available. Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

• 1.10 pm-1.50 pm. The South African Society of Music Teachers regrets there is no concert today. The next concert will be on June 25. Inquiries: 033 394 1818.

• 2 pm. 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.

• 3 pm. Sundowners at the Karkloof Conservation Centre hides. Booking is essential. Cost: R20 per adult and R10 for children under 12. For more information, phone 033 330 2992 (mornings only) or e-mail karkloofcentre@telkomsa.net

• 5.15 pm. The Cathedral Chamber Choir rehearses every Wednesday evening in the Anglican Cathedral. All singers are welcome.

• 5.30 pm-7 pm. Intermediate and advanced t’ai chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Inquiries: Nico at 082 825 7412.

• 6 pm. Howick Birding Group hosts Richard White of Rockjumper Birding Tours. He will give an illustrated talk on his recent trip to Cameroon at the Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve. Tea or coffee, and registration from 5.30 pm. Entrance is R5 for BirdLife members and R10 for non-members.

THURSDAY

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

• 9 am. Creative Thursdays with various Macs teachers. The theme for June is jackets, coats and kimonos, with a quick detour into capes, skirts and pants. The four weeks will cover the processes (your choice) including dyeing, felt making, knitting, painting and recycling (of old garments, scrap plastic, scrap metal and scraps). R340 for Macs members and R395 for non-Macs members for four sessions. Book by phoning 033 386 6500 (mornings).

• 10 am. The Hayfields Haymakers meet every Thursday in the Lutheran Church in Bester Road, Hayfields. 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. If you would like to know more about the group, phone the secretary, Shirley Smith, at 033 386 2126.

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

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