Diary of Events 10 to 16 September

2010-09-10 00:00

THE Kloof Rotary Ann’s will again be hosting Open Gardens on the weekend of September 11 and 12 September from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm in the Kloof, Gillitts and Hillcrest areas.

Walking through the four splendid gardens will give inspiration to garden lovers both old and new. Refreshments will be served in the comfort of the Highbury Preparatory Memorial Hall where you will be able to browse and purchase various crafts and plants.

Tickets cost R40, which allows entrance to all gardens and refreshments, and are available at the entrance of each garden. All profits from the event will go to Highway charities.

To arrive at the first garden from Durban on the M13 take exit 24 marked Abrey Road and follow the signs to the gardens.

Inquiries: Wendy Scorgie 083 661 7337.

Garden No 1 - Paul & Lynne Richards, 27 Abrey Road, Kloof: A large canopy of trees forms the entrance to the garden. The vibrant colour and variations of the shrubs give depth and a cool feeling to this well-established garden. A shady walkway to the living and pool area opens up onto large lawns with neatly shaped borders of shrubs and perennials making this an easy maintenance garden.

Garden No 2 - Peter & Jo Evennett, 8 Malden Estates, 22/24 Shongweni Road, Hillcrest: This property is 35 years old. The garden was re-established three years ago when the property was divided from three acres into three homes of one acre each. A former azalea nursery, many of the bushes have been transplanted and from the frame of the existing garden. Majestic tree ferns stand proud amongst other shrubs and established beds and roses enhance the colour. The pool area at the back of the homestead is neat and private with a very comfortable pool house.

Garden No 3 - Highbury Preparatory School, Highbury Road, Hillcrest: A stone chapel is set in a well-kept garden. Grounds are kept neat and have many rose bushes. Lush tropical plants surround the auditorium.

Garden No 4 - Wally & Debbie Fry, 32 Jan Smuts Avenue, Winston Park: A large established garden with magnificent trees and rolling lawns. The owner has created his own love and design for his garden over 25 years. Interesting walk and waterways lead through the borders of shrubs. On entering the gates a small wetland area is planted with various grasses. Many rooms and nooks have been created and glorious cycads stand proud amongst other plants. The pool area at the rear of the house has many interesting shaped beds, which overlook undulating hills. A forest path leads through bush, which is abundant with bird life.

Garden No 5 - Neil & Heather Willmott, 7 Retief Road, Winston Park: A stunning well-kept garden with a driveway edged with standard icebergs. Lush bougainvillea covers a pergola and numerous statues are tucked amongst the flowerbeds. A focal point of a gazebo forms a surround for pale rose bushes with a bright red rose in front dominating the scene. Established trees form the background of the garden. The pool area behind the house is flanked with cool tropical shrubs and larger trees, which gives a feeling of tranquility.


Art and craft lessons for kids take place on Saturdays at Greenhill Primary School from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. Inquiries: Mrs Naidoo at 072 344 4610.

A workshop-type programme is being run for current matric art students, from a home-based studio in Scottsville. Tuition is offered by former graphic design lecturer, Denise Essom. The workshop is structured to enable students to produce really good show stopper artwork examples to boost the matric art exhibitions and practical portfolios. Classes are being offered for three hours on Wednesday afternoons and three hours on Saturday mornings. Inquiries: Denise Essom at 033 345 2116 or 072 117 0017.

Chistlehurst Arts and Academics in Pietermaritzburg holds community classes every Wednesday afternoon during the term. Free classes offered in basic dance, drama and design from 3 pm to 4 pm. All pupils from Grade 6 to 12 welcome. Phone 033 345 4895 mornings.

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.


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.


The Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society will be holding it's next workshop at the Potting Shed tomorrow from 2 pm to 5 pm. Members will be re-potting and spruicing up their trees for the Garden Show at the end of the month. Visitors are welcome - bring your trees. Tea and Coffee will be available. Inquiries: Lyn Byres at 033 396 6172.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) hosts a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday at 6.30 am. Leader: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

Howick Birding Group is hosting a day outing to Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve on September 15. Meet at Umgeni Valley at 6.30 am to arrange transport, or at the Reserve Gate at about 8 am. There is an entrance fee unless you have a Rhino or Wild Card. Take tea/lunch. Leader: Drummond Densham at 033 330 4039.

Hilton Garden Club meets at 9.30 am to 10 am on September 21. This month’s event is a a visit to Ray and Nola Teichmann’s garden at 4 Jan Hofmeyer Road, Prestbury. Ray will give a talk and demonstration on potting and care of orchids. Inquiries: Nora Chapman at 033 347 5010.

The next Birds of a Feather (BOF) ladies networking/socialising function takes place from 9.30 am to 11.30 am on September 21 at Flavours Cafe, 3 Warwick Avenue, Pietermaritzburg. The guest speakers are Sue Mimm, founder of BOF and Wendy Richards, the new owner of BOF. Tickets R90. Please RSVP by September 18 as booking is essential. Phone Geeta at 082 761 4837 or email geeta@bofnetworx.co.za

Law lecturer, Sarah Pudifin-Jones, will be discussing the works of art at the Consitiutional Court and how they were bought for less than R10,000 at a meeting of the Decorative Arts Society at St John's United Church, 244 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg at 12.20 pm for 1 pm on September 22. Admission is R20 (visitors R30), which includes light refreshments. Off street parking is available. Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

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. All embroiderers are very welcome, whether experienced or a beginner. 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 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. Meet at the clubhouse at 5.30 pm every Thursday or join us after practice (7 pm). Cash bar and braai fires available. Inquiries: Caz 082 859 3026 or Noeline 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club welcomes visitors and new members on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm. The venue is in Alexandra Park, near the Oval, and the club provides equipment. 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. Visitors and potential new members are welcome. 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. All welcome irrespective of the standard of play. 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. Visitors and new members welcome. Inquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


Free health and happiness course to be held by an international teacher on behalf of the Art of Living Foundation on September 15 at 6.45 pm in Pietermaritzburg’s Truro Hall. Phone Y. Maharaj at 033 345 8787 or 082 857 2838 for more details.

Join Eric Richardson in Pietermaritzburg from October 1-3 to become a Theta healer. Learn how to use Theta brain wave state to help people cancel their negative subconscious beliefs and much more. Booking before September 25 essential. Phone Geeta at 082 761 4837 or email geetak@absamail.co.za

Free glycerine soap bar making instruction at The Soap Den, 105 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg. The health benefits of essential oils and different salts of the earth are explained, and instruction is given to make your own creams, body butters, bath oils, bubble baths etc. Instuction for two to 10 people at a time. Courses are available between 9 am and 4.30 pm daily.

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.

Painting lessons on canvas, fabric, ceramic and wood for beginners or existing painters. No artistic ability required. Call Truus at Creative Image on 033 342 4959 or 082 445 7051.

Val Maggs teaches drawing and painting to children aged six to 12 years old, learners, art subject candidates and advanced and beginner adult art students. Inquiries: Val Maggs at 033 342 1638 or 078 324 4704.


A Nia Dance class is held every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Hexagon movement studio, Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg. A dance workout for all ages and fitness levels. Phone Lorraine at 031 767 1690 or email harleya@ukzn.ac.za Go to www.niasouthafrica.co.za for more information.


Barrels of free flowing wine, chocolate fountains and strawberries will kick off the Pinotage party circuit for 2010 when Diemersfontein brings the popular Pinotage on Tap to Piggly Wiggly in Lion’s River, on September 11. The first of the Pinotage parties to be held in KZN, it coincides with the tenth birthday of Diemersfontein’s award-winning wines. The Original Coffee Pinotage will be served on tap with canapés, strawberries dipped in chocolate and delectable foods. Festivalgoers can also look forward to music by Lonesome Dave Ferguson and Farryl Purkiss. Early bookings are advised as numbers are strictly limited. Tickets start at R200 and R60 (children younger than 18) and can be booked through Computicket. Inquiries: www.diemersfontein.co.za.

The Golden Key Society from the University of KwaZulu-Natal PMB is hosting a fundraising raceday at Scottsville Racecourse on Sunday. There will be a range of food and flea-market stalls, raffles for great prizes and prizes for the best dressed person/student and best dressed couple. Entrance to the main area is R15 (picnic basket and cooler box allowed). Picnic sites for families – R10 per vehicle (no charcoal braai’s and side walled gazebos allowed). Inquiries: Shivani at 072 324 2009.

Vision and Joy togethery takes place at 9.30 am on Sunday at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Rev Biddy Irwin will be presenting the talk, Carrying out God's Will. All welcome. Inquires: Jann 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Spinners from the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) will be taking part in World Wide Spin in Public Day from 8 am to 2 pm on September 18, joining hundreds of other spinners around the world. If the weather is fine, they will spin outside along Haldane Road and/or Ritchie Road. If it rains they will be in the main studio and on the verandah of Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg. There will also be a display, in Macs Art House, of hand-dyed and handspun yarns and garments and bags made from the yarns to show people what they can do. Those interested in taking part should bring along spinning wheels and/or drop spindles and fleece. Non-spinners are welcome to knit or crochet. For more information phone Joy at 033 386 6500.

The Msunduzi Heritage Forum is hosting an exhibition at the Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg on September 24. Heritage - a Journey of Discovery will be in the entrance leading to the food hall. Exhibitors include the Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository (Department of Arts and Culture), The Family History Society and The Genealogical Society,Comrades House, Msunduzi Museum, Macrorie House, Alan Paton Centre and Pietermaritzburg Tourism. They will all showcase their contribution to family history and heritage. An ideal opportunity to take the first step in growing your Family Tree.

Keith Kirsten presents a talk on how to plan, plant and maintain a garden) at the Msunduzi Hospice Association conference centre at 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury, on October 1 at 10 am and 2 pm. Tickets are R60. Tea and cakes will be served, participants will get goodie bags, and there are lucky draws and raffles to be won. For bookings or inquiries phone Sonya at 033 344 1560 or hospice@hospicekzn.co.za

Greytown High School is hosting its annual Nguni festival on October 29 and 30 at the school grounds from 10 am. Entrance is R5 and attractions include a merry-go-round and fun fair, helicopter drop with lucky prizes, tea garden, art exhibition, water sports, food, beer garden, paintball, horse riding, craft stalls, live music and performances throughout the day, snake show and a fire department demonstration. At 7 pm on October 29 you can enjoy the sound of the Blarney Brothers and 6.30 pm on October 30 the Campbells take to the stage. Booking is essential – phone 033 413 1479.


Brain training hypno-therapy classes take place every Saturday. Get motivation, stopping smoking, lose weight and get help with your fears and phobias. Phone 082 046 7515.


Health exercises for all ages and fitness at Body Dynamics, 1 Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg. Thursdays: 8.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 10 am - Tao Yin (Chinese yoga/internal exercises); 2 pm - Baque Meditation (The forces – Trigrams). Friday: 8.30 am - Taiji (38 Form Chen style) part 1 and 2; 10 am - Baqua Meditaton; 2 pm - Tao Yin; 6 pm - Taiji (part 1 and 2). Wear loose clothing and soft shoes. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place in Westville from 3 pm to 4.30 pm on Tuesdays; in Kloof from 9 am to 10.30 am on Wednesdays; in Hillcrest from 5.30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays; in Pietermaritzburg from 8 am to 9.30 pm on Thursdays and in Camperdown from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on Thursdays. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Academy of Self-Defence courses. Learn how to project confidence through awareness and practical techniques. Aimed at all women and children. To book phone Mandy at 082 459 6095 or email mandytyrer@vodamail.co.za

Run walk for life Nottingham Road runs morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Clifton Prep School at 8 am from the Top Field behind the pavilion. Once every six to eight weeks they do a fun run on a members farm which is followed by breakfast. Inquiries: 082 374 1023 or email: runwalk4life@bundunet.com

The Art of Living Foundation is hosting Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Veda Temple, Nohar Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 391 1714.

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World hosts free yoga sessions in the Suncoast ampitheatre on Thursdays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Inquiries: VO2 Max gym at 031 201 8585.

Hatha yoga classes with meditation and chanting get underway on a peaceful farm in the Camperdown area in February. Inquiries: Bev at 082 857 2774.

Join Group Hypno-Therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm if you want to stop smoking, lose weight, have any fears or phobias, or want to join self-improvement classes. Inquiries: 082 046 7515.

The Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan Tai Chi classes take place every Wednesday from 5.30-7.30 pm at The McDowall Centre, Girls High School, Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Paul Dorrian on 033 386 2916 or 082 573 0557.

Wing Chun Kung Fu, self defence and Eskrima (stick fighting). Classes for men and women every Monday and Thursday at 6.30 pm at Eddels Sports and Social Club, Dartnell Road, Mountain Rise. Inquiries: Sifu Gus Hornby on 083 638 0801 or Shaun on 076 648 6168.

Yoga classes for strength and flexibility in Scottsville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm. Telephone Jenny on 033 386 3323.

Yoga classes take place in Hilton on Mondays at 5.30 pm. Phone Moira on 072 800 5294 or 033 343 4014 (a/h).

Chi Kung is a fun exercise to keep you healthy. Classes take place at Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 9 am and cost R20. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.

Run/Walk for Life holds sessions at Cowan House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 pm (Jane: 033 344 1813 or 082 809 4862) and at Scottsville Primary on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Saturdays at 6 am (Allan: 033 396 6174 or 084 582 4005).

Overweight? Join a class and learn about proper eating habits. No pills, shakes or potions. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.


The Karkloof Farmers’ Market is holding an evening market on September 23 from 5.30 pm to 9 pm with live music, dinner and tasty treats on offer. The Karkloof Farmers’ Market is located 2.6km from Howick along the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea at 082 820 8986.

The Hilton Farmers and Craft Market takes place in the lower quarry every Saturday from 7.30 am to 11 am. Inquiries: Fiona at 072 477 0551.

The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is at Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: Ian on 072 864 1626.

A craft market takes place opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Pietermaritzburg Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning from 6-10 am at Alexandra Park, behind the Harry Gwala Stadium. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning from 7-11 am. The market is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea 082 820 8986.

Farmer’s market at the Lion's River Stock Sale Yard every Saturday from 8.30-11 am. Inquiries: Brian at 033 330 8050. Proceeds from breakfasts support local charities.

Essenwood Craft Market takes place every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at Essenwood Park in Durban.


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, 115 Main Street. The ancient practice of meditation will help you to reduce stress, overcome frustration and find inner peace. The classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: 033 345 7501 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com


The Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, will host an open day on September 12 from 10 am to 3 pm. Visit the museum and enjoy beautiful music in the parlour and interesting guided tours. There will also be second hand books and teas for sale. Admission is R5 for adults and R2 for children (local pensioners free). A car guard will be on duty. Inquiries: 033 394 2161 or 033 342 5515.

The Natal Museum is hosting a Night at the Museum sleepover event on October 1. The event has been held before and proved really popular with children between six and 13 years old who get to do arts and crafts activities while learning more about the museum and making new friends. The sleepover will start at 6 pm on October 1 and will end at 8 am the next day (October 2). Tickets are R90, which includes a light supper and breakfast. Booking is essential as space is limited. Phone Zama Dlomo at 033 341 0536 or Bona Nyawose at 033 341 0507.


One of the pick of this year’s theatrical productions at the Grahamstown Arts Festival was the 2010 Standard Bank Ovation Award winner, Blood Orange – and now midlands’ residents will have the chance to see just why this play has been praised when it is staged at Michaelhouse’s Schlesinger Theatre on September 10 at 7.30 pm. The play tells the story of Gecko, a white teenage boy growing up in apartheid South Africa. It explores his childhood in KwaZulu-Natal, hisschool days in the Cape and the dark moment when he is conscripted into the army. Tickets R50. To book phone Michelle at 033 234 1139.


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.


Walking with Women is hosting a walk from Nottingham Road to Howick (32 kms) on September 12. Proceeds in aid of Hospice Howick. For further details and to book email secretary@womeninbusiness.org.za. Admission R100 (includes WIB T-shirt). If entrants already have a WIB T-shirt entry is R25.


A social skills workshop for children aged nine to 16 years old will take place at the Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm on September 11 and 10.30 am to 2.30 pm on September 12. Topics to be covered include: choosing a positive attitude; being grateful for all we have; choosing our thoughts and focusing on the right ones; having passion for what we want to do; being creative and having fun to unleash positive energy; healthy Life Styles (mind and body), changing what we call problems into opportunities and a free Vision/Dream board workshop. Admission is R300 and booking is essential. Phone Rashika Naidoo at 082 7304 552.

Fashion and style workshop, which includes wardrobe planning figure analysis and colour coding. Phone Idoni Forder 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967 for more details.

Ceramics SA (KwaZulu-Natal region) is hosting workshop by international ceramic artist, Jeff Oestrich, at Kearsney College in Bothas Hill on Ocober 2. Oestrich throws functional pots which he then alters. He has been invited all over the USA to give lectures and teach, so this is an opportunity not to be missed. Admission is R300 for members, R400 non-members and R200 for students. To book phone Lucille at 031 765 1992.

Vision Board Workshop - attract the good you desire in all areas of your life! This powerful and fun technique helps you visualise your goals and keeps you focused. Inquiries: Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

* 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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