Diary of Events 10 to 16 June

2011-06-10 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


The annual general meeting of the Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society will be held from 2 pm to 3 pm tomorrow at ‘The Potting Shed’ at the University Agricultural Department. The meeting will be followed by a workshop.

The annual general meeting of the Hilton Garden Club takes place at 9.30 am for 10 am on June 21 at the Church of the Ascension Hall, Brindy Road, Hilton. Colleen Downs of the University of Natal will talk on Cape Parrots. Members are reminded to bring a plate of eats. Tea and coffee will be supplied.


Jutta Faulds is offering Relax @ MACS lunchtime mandala making sessions on Wednesdays during June from 1 pm to 2 pm at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pelham. Discover the relaxing and therapeutic effect mandala making has on the harassed. All equipment needed and a light lunch is included in the cost of R50. Phone Joy at 033 386 6500 to book your place.

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.


Reading to Learn South Africa (RtLSA) is hosting a training course for teachers, prospective teacher trainers and mentors across all learning areas from June 24 to July 1. Aimed at teachers concerned about low literacy levels and poor academic performance in schools. Inquiries: Mike Hart via email at hartm@lantic.net; or phone 033 346 0557 or 072 588 8521, or fax 086 547 6344.


Durban Ramblers are hosting a walk to the old railway nursery and surrounds in Harrison Flats tomorrow. Meet and park at 1.45 pm at the Gromor Compost factory. Inquiries: Colin at 031 708 3517. On Sunday, the club is joining forces with the Midlands Hiking Club for a hike starting from Boston Tea Party at 8 am. Inquiries: Jenny at 084 952 0622.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park tomorrow at 7.30 am. On Sunday, the club is hosting a morning outing to Bisley Valley at 7.30 am. The leader for both events is Mike Spain. Phone him at 033 347 2797 for more details.

Stonecroft Ministries - After 9 Club women's morning meeting takes place at 9 am for 9.30 am on June 14 at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Milady's of Liberty Mall will model their new winter collection and Danny Cockburn will reveal how his life was dramatically transformed after problems with drugs, despair and confusion. Admission R25 including refreshments. Booking essential, phone Eleanor Elliott at 033 345 4975.

The Maritzburg Croquet Club is hosting a special fun morning for novices and enthusiasts on Thursday, June 16 to demonstrate what the game is all about and to encourage people to take up this relaxing past-time. The open day will take place from 9 am to 12 noon at the Croquet Club, opposite the Oval in Alexandra Park. Admission is free. Please wear flat-soled shoes. Inquiries: Tim at 033 344 3368 or Richard at 033 396 6204. The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club meets on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm in Alexandra Park, near the Oval.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting bird ringing with Mark Brown in the Nicol’s Howick garden on June 15 from 9 am. Inquiries: 033 330 2947. And at 5.30 pm for 6 pm there will be an illustrated talk by Carolyn Goble and Pat Cahill on the Karkloof Conservation Centre at WESSA’s Goldfields Education Centre, Howick. Admission is R10 for BirdLife members and R15 for non-members.

The Maritzburg Croquet Club is hosting a special fun morning for novices and enthusiasts on Thursday, June 16 to demonstrate what the game is all about and to encourage people to take up this relaxing past-time. The open day will take place from 9 am to 12 noon at the Croquet Club, opposite the Oval in Alexandra Park. Admission is free. Please wear flat-soled shoes. Inquiries: Tim at 033 344 3368 or Richard at 033 396 6204. The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club meets on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm in Alexandra Park, near the Oval.

Historian Ken Gillings will be showcasing water colour paintings of the Boer War by Lt. Col J N Crealock and comparing them with the sites as they are today in his talk, The Art of War, at this month’s meeting of the Decorative Arts Society's at 12.30 pm for 1 pm on June 22 at The Heritage Hall, St Johns United Church, Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg. Off street parking and light refreshments are available. Visitors Welcome (R40). Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

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.


Studio 1 Dance Studio presents Lights ... Camera ... Dance at the Hexagon Theatre at the Unversity of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg at 6.30 pm today and 12.30 pm and 6.30 pm tomorrow. Dance fans can look forward to seeing genres ranging from hip hop and modern to ballet and contemporary dance. Tickets are R45 each. Bookings made through the Hexagon at 033 260 5537 or bought at the door.

Rockafella’s hosts ladies’ night at the restaurant every Thursday from 6 pm which includes line dancing in the dance club area with Ben from Ben’s Dance Studio. Inquiries: 033 342 9522/21.


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.

Alliance Francaise Durban is hosting Green Week in honour of World Environment Day. At 4 pm today there will be a puppet show - Pinocchio and the Elephant child, which is based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous story. Tickets R40 (R20 for members). Tomorrow you can enjoy a picnic at the Green Hub project in Durban. At 10 am there will be coffee and a presentation on the project at Alliance Francaise, followed at 11 am with a bike or shuttle ride to the site. At 12 noon there will be a guided walk into the mangroves, followed by a picnic and activities. And from 2 pm to 4.30 pm on June 18, in the Garden of the Alliance Française people can discover ecological street art techniques with French artist Blueberry. Admission R20 - painting kits available for R100. On June 25 there will be a street art afternoon. Tickets R35 (R25 members).Inquiries: 031 312.

Hirsch’s Pietermaritzburg is collecting previously loved books for Awesome SA. Drop them off here at at 4 Chatterton Road. Tomorrow, from 10 am to 12 noon, the store will be hosting a cook along with a celebrity chef. Inquiries: 033 328 2700.

The Sisters at St Matthews outdoor quilting exhibition takes place at St Matthews Church, Hesketh Drive, Pietermaritzburg, from 9 am to 2 pm tomorrow. There will be lots of quilts on display as well as a special display of ‘Dear Sister’ quilts and floral displays in the Church. The theme this year is Women of the World. Tea, coffee and eats will be available and there will be many crafters with their crafts for sale as well as the regular quilt shops with their fabrics. Inquiries: Marline at 033 396 3009.

The next Cafe Scientific meeting takes place on June 15 – the evening of the total lunar eclipse. Physicist, Dr Vincent Couling, will be giving a talk about the beauty of the universe with a special focus on the eclipse – and his telescope will be keeping an eye on the moon and its image projected so everyone can enjoy it at the same time. This is a children friendly event. The café will start at 6.30 pm with the talk, which will be followed by a time for questions and discussion. Attendance is free but there will be an honesty box for those who wish to make a donation for the speaker.RSVP as places are limited. Inquiries: Stéphanie at cafsci@jivemedia.co.za or phone 033 342 9380.

The inaugural Durban Shongweni Club Winter Classic will be held at the Durban Shongweni Club from June 16 to 19 and 23 to 26. The event is the third of seven legs in the 2011 FEI World Cup Jumping – RSA League, and offers competitors R250 000 in prize money. The course will be designed and built to international standards by German Andreas Hollmann. Riders and horses in the 1.50m category will have the added motivation of being able to qualify for the international FEI World Cup Final which will take place in April 2012 in Holland. For more information visit the KwaZulu-Natal Horse Society website at www.kznhs.co.za, or phone Jodi Wolhuter at 083 655 4465.

Vision and Joy Togethery meets on June 17 at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road in Hayfields. Louise Wilson will be facilitating an interactive discussion on relationships. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Hilton Round Table presents the first annual Round Table Market Day at Happy Hills in Lidgetton on June 19. Arts and crafts, games, food, plants, jewellery, furniture and lots more will be available.

What Women Want Expo covering everything from wellness, décor and fitness to kiddies accessories, beauty, fashion, food, talks and lots more wil take place at the Westville Civic Centre from 10 am to 4 pm on June 26. Inquiries: 083 784 9256.

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.


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.


Buddhist monk, Kelsang Phuntsog, hosts a meditation course in Howick from 3 pm to 6 pm on June 18 at Yellowwood Café, 1 Shafton Road, Howick. The course is title Why Me? Why Now? - Learning to understand Karma, the law of cause and effect, which gives a special insight into our past, present, and future experiences. The course costs R120 including refreshments. For bookings and more information telephone Carol at 033 234 4182 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

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


The Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, will be open tomorrow from 9 am until 12.30 pm. Visit the museum and experience the elegance of the Victorian age in this beautiful Victorian period house. Admission R10 for adults and Pensioners and R2 for children.


Pietermaritzburg School's Music Day at the National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg from 12 noon to 4 pm tomorrow. Pupils from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, Maritzburg College, St Nicholas Diocesan School, Voortrekker Hoërskool, Epworth Independent High School for Girls and Hilton College in a jamboree of bands, wind ensembles, choirs, jazz bands and marimba and steel drum bands. Also on the bill is the super-talented Ruby Gill and Band. Tickets R20 at the gate for adults and children.

The Pietermaritzburg Orchestra and the Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) Choir will be holding a winter concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street at 2.30 pm on June 19. Tickets are R50 at the door. Alternatively phone Jackie at 083 560 2638 to book a seat. Bring a cushion.


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.


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.


Dr Jason Londt will be delivering a talk, titled Relating to the Animals Around Us, in the Pringle Hall at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum at 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg at 10.45 am on June 18. Tea will be served from 10.15 am to 10.30 am.

Msunduzi/Voortekker Museum and Amis Siyakhula are hosting The Prince Imperial Talk by Mme Egli, a curator and director of the Arenenberg, the Napoleon Museum in Switzerland. This is where Prince Louis-Napoleon spent most of the holidays with his first wife. If you want to hear interesting information on their regular visits, don’t miss the talk on June 22 at 12 noon for 12.30 pm. Admission is free. Inquiries: Riana Mulder or Sane Dhlamini at 033 394 6834 before June 16.


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: 26 June – The Hindu Temples; 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.


The Botanical Artists’ Association of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) is hosting a four-day course by renowned botanical artist, Elbe Joubert, from the Western Cape, on aspects of reflected light in a botanical painting. The course will take place in the Discovery Room at the Durban Botanic Gardens from June 16 to 19. Artists need to bring their own materials and brushes. Admission is R590 (members) and R675 (non-members). To book email Terryanne Stevenson at Terryanne@mweb.co.za or phone 083 654 4552 or email Lynne Griffin at lynnegriffin@ebonds.co.za or phone 083 630 5351.

* 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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