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• Craft market opposite the city hall tomorrow from 9 am until 2 pm.


• Every Saturday from 6 am until 9.30 am, and every Thursday from 7 am, the Farmers’ Market sells fruit, vegetables, flowers, eggs and more opposite Alexandra Road Police Station. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.

• The Karkloof Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 7 am until 11 am. It is a fresh produce market, located 2,6 kilo-metres from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Access is gained off the D507. 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.

• Breakfast at the Lion’s River Farmers’ Market tomorrow from 8 am. Proceeds go to the Midlands Crisis and Trauma Centre in Howick. Inquiries: Rex at 082 771 6653.


• Wild Knitting at Macs tomorrow from 9 am until noon. Join in with some yarn and needles and knit or crochet. There is no formal tuition, but free advice is given to all by all. Beginners and rusty knitters are welcome. R25 per session. For more details, phone 033 386 6500.

• Beginners’ drawing with Penny Forder at Macs every Saturday from 9 am. There are also portrait classes on Mondays at 9 am. Inquiries: 033 386 6500.

• Macs Wednesday Art Club from 9 am — an interactive group. Work in the medium and at the level of your choice. R25 per session. Phone 033 386 6500.

• Creative Thursdays at Macs from 9 am. July will have no formal tutoring, although most of the regular Macs Thursday teachers will be available for advice. Inquiries: 033 386 6500.

• Val Maggs has creative drawing and mixed media classes on Fridays from 9.30 am; art classes on Saturday from 2.30 pm; painting and drawing for pupils on Monday at 2.30 pm, Wednesday at 3 pm and Thursday at 3 pm; paining and drawing in a relaxed class on Tuesday at 5.30 pm and Wednesday at 9.30 pm; and oil painting classes on Thursday at 9.30 pm. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.


• The Springside Hillcrest Conservancy (SHC) holds its annual general meeting at the Hillcrest Library Hall, Delamore Road, Hillcrest tonight at 5.30 pm. The guest speaker is Digs Pascoe of the Space for Elephants Foundation. Inquiries: SHC chairman Brian McKelvin at 031 765 1841.

• Ward 28 residents are requested to attend a meeting tonight at the Truro Centre at 6 pm. Under discussion will be the credit control policy, indigent policy and write-offs. Residents are requested to bring their lights, water and rates accounts. Inquiries: councillor Lesley Naidoo at 083 778 6455.

• The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets tomorrow at 2.30 pm at Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street. All are welcome. Inquiries: Jane at 033 386 4477 or 082 940 0225.

• Dr David Johnson will talk on, “The Skullduggerous Life of Trees”, at the Botanical Society of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal coastal branch) AGM at the Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors’ Centre tomorrow at 2 pm. The illustrated talk takes an insightful and often humourous angle on the evolution of trees, seeing them as engineering works and as beings striving to survive and breed, with many parallels to animal and even human life. Dr Johnson is an environmental consultant who worked as an ornithologist for the former Natal Parks Board for many years. He has written several indigenous gardening books, copies of which will be available for sale at the AGM. There is no charge. RSVP to 031 201 5111 or 073 385 9206, or e-mail botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za


• The South African Society of Music Teachers presents a free lunch-hour concert from 1.10 pm on Wednesday at the Tatham Art Gallery, featuring three singers — Lize, Camilla and Carmen — trained by James Conrad (Durban). They will perform a variety of songs from Bach, Mozart and George Gershwin. Inquiries: 033 394 1818.

• Shamrocks Sports and Social Club will be hosting a netball tournament tomorrow at 9 am for men and women (U19 and U21) at Bombay Netball Grounds. Affiliation is R100 per team. Inquiries: Robert at 071 562 2706, Londeka at 078 615 3268 or Nokwanda at 073 140 3708.

• 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. Inquiries: Valerie at 083 275 3504 or 033 396 2855.

• The KZN bird club hosts a day outing on Sunday to Mpushini Conservancy at Ashburton. Meet at the Ashburton offramp at 7 am. The walk will be led by a guide from the conservancy. Inquiries: Sally at 072 119 4253 or e-mail sally@wessa.co.za

• The Msunduzi Hospice Book Shop is open every Saturday from 8 am until noon at 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. Inquiries: Elise at 033 344 1560.

• Meet a committee member of the local Botanical Society branch at the restaurant in the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens and learn more about the society any time tomorrow. Last-minute ticket sales for the Centenary Tea Party in the Avenue on Sunday at 10 am are also available at R30 a person or R180 for a table of six. A total of 100 tables and 600 people will line up along the Plane Tree Avenue and you can decorate, cater and host a table for friends or family as you please. Formalities will finish by noon for those who want to attend the Hillside Concert with Magna Carta afterwards. Inquiries: Christina Curry at 082 062 2939.

• Social badminton is held every Tuesday from 7 pm in a small friendly group at a central location. Both beginners and more experienced players are welcome. Inquiries: Glynn Davies at 033 386 5557.

• A bowls clinic at Allan Wilson Bowling Club is held for new bowlers every Saturday at 9.30 am. Bowls are provided. Flat shoes must be worn. Coaching can be arranged at other times with Peter at 033 346 2553.

• Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet tomorrow and on Wednesday at 2 pm. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket Oval. Mallets can be borrowed from the club, and flat-soled shoes are recommended. Inquiries: Tim at 033 502 0101 or Viv at 033 396 3661.

• The Ramblers’ Club of Pietermaritzburg invites people interested in hiking to join them tomorrow from 2 pm in walking the hills of Pietermaritzburg and its environs. Interested people should be reasonably fit and may contact Francois at 033 344 2754 for more information.


• T’ai chi classes tomorrow at 9 am at the Hadca Centre, Old Main Road, Howick. Beginners’ classes (Mondays from 5.30 pm), and intermediate and advanced classes (Wednesdays at 7.30 pm) are held at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Inquiries: Nico at 082 825 7412.

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

• Meditation classes on Mondays at the Emphethelweni Centre, 5 Leinster Road, Scottsville from 6.45 pm. Inquiries: Kathy at 033 346 0403 or e-mail info@meditateindurban.org


• Every Saturday the model trains in HO Gauge run from 9 am. Come and watch or run your own at the old goods shed, Hilton Station. Phone to ensure staff are at the station. Inquiries: 033 344 1742 or 082 470 4898.


• Food and wine pairing at the Stables Wine Estate at Nottingham Road tomorrow from 12.30 pm. Enjoy a variety of food prepared by a local chef paired with wines from the Stables. This will be followed by rugby on the big screen and live music by Vanessa Palm. Cost: R150 per person. Booking is essential. For inquiries and bookings, phone Laura at 033 266 6781 or visit info@stableswine.co.za

• Fairview wine and cheese evening on Wednesday at 7 pm at Granny Mouse on the Midlands Meander. Cost: R350 per person, which includes welcome drinks, canapés, a five-course gourmet meal matched with Fairview wines and a Fairview cheese board. Bookings is essential. Phone 033 234 4071.

• The Midlands Tourism Indaba will be open to the public on Sunday from 9 am until 4 pm at the Stables Wine Estate, Nottingham Road. Come and learn about the many tourist attractions of the midlands, the Drakensberg and the battlefields. Entry is free and there are prizes galore.

• The KZN Crane Foundation’s Usher Conservation Centre at Nottingham Road will be open to the public tomorrow and Sunday from 9 am until 4 pm. Inquiries: Henry Davies at 033 343 3630.

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

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