Diary of Events 11-17 September

2009-09-11 00:00


The Blue Catepillar Gallery at Butterflies for Africa is exhibiting works by Frans Claerhout. All the work on show is unique in that it was included in an exhibition in Chicago in the mid-1980s and has only recently returned to South Africa. The mixed-media and oil artworks show the true style of Claerhout’s work in his rounded shapes of his people and the bold colours of the landscapes. Inquiries: Jeni Cramer at 033 387 1356.

The Witness Hilton Arts Festival takes place at Hilton College from September 18-20. For more information about the shows and events on offer, telephone 033 383 0126 or log on to www.artslink.co.za/hilton

The third annual art sale is presented by Artworks at Kwanyoni and artSPACE durban at 12 KwaNyoni Farm, D534 (off Hilton College Road) from 9am to 6 pm on September 19-20. Over 200 artworks will be on sale. Inquiries: 083 477 5599.

Ardmore Ceramics presents the Remembering Artists Past exhibition at Ardmore in Caversham from 11 am on September 19. Also exhibiting will be Shuttleworth Weaving, Groundcover, Corrie Lyn and Co and Michael Haig Ceramics. Inquiries: 033 234 4869.


Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday at 7 am. Inquiries: Mike Spain on 033 347 2797.

The Winning Women – South Africa, Pietermaritzburg After 5 will meet at the Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College on Monday, September 14 at 5.30 pm. The speaker is Chantal Witthuhn, Mrs SA finalist 2007. Admission is R60. Ladies are cordially invited to supper. RSVP to Esther Howard-Browne on 033 342 2034 or e-mail: lesterhb@lantic.net) by September 11.

Howick Birding Group is hosting an illustrated talk by George Zaloumis on Madagascar at the Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve on September 16 at 5.30 pm. Admission R5 members, R10 non-members.

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. Enquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


Pietermaritzburg’s Keg and Hedgehog, at 585 Town Bush Road, is hosting the Best of KZN Comedy, featuring the talents of five comedians, including Glen Bo, Robby Collins and Little Paul, tomorrow from 8.30-10 pm. Admission is free. Inquiries: 083 388 3172.


Vision board/treasure map workshop to create abundance in every area of your life. Call Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967 after hours.

Sewing class. Learn to sew beautiful clothes using a fast sewing system. No pinning or tacking! Call Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967 after hours.

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.

Enjoy painting (oils, acrylics or watercolours) or drawing (pastels, charcoal or pencil shading) - classes for beginner or experienced adult art students. Creative art lessons for pupils and Grades 9 to 11 art subject candidates. Inquiries to Val Maggs at 033 342 1638.


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). Learn Bruce Lee’s style of 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.


Polo takes place on the new Underberg polo grounds, the Sani Pass side of Himeville from today until Sunday. Ten teams will contest the Southern District championship and a number of polo 'Springboks', who recently beat the visiting Canadian team at Shongweni, will be in action. Visitors welcome.

The thirteenth annual Lynford Clover Country Weekend takes place at Lynford School, Ixopo, from today until Sunday. Attractions include: mountain biking, trail running, craft stalls, a Rugby Legends coaching clinic, country catering, wine tasting, waterslides, drummies, parachutes and a dog that dances to Greased Lightning A highlight is sure to be the cababet show, Girls Behaving Badly, performed by Shelly Maclean, Marion Louden, Janna Ramos-Violante and Elizabeth Perkins (Saturday night, main marquee). Inquiries: 039 834 1927 or www.lynford.co.za

The Eco-Indaba for Our City take place in Pietermaritzburg today. Listen to talks by environmentalist, Dr Ian McCallum, art and environmental displays, poetry and a play at the Botanic Gardens. Tickets R20 for adults and R10 for pensioners and learners, including entry into the Botanical Gardens. Inquiries and to book telephone Pandora Long at 072 692 8124.

A Food and Wine Festival takes place at Pietermaritzburg’s Golden Horse Casino parade ring at 6.30 pm tonight. Sample a variety of foods from Ninos' and John Dorys, while tasting superb wines. Inquiries: Vanessa 033 395 8126.

A Star Party takes place in the Durban Botanic Gardens (vistors complex) at 5.30 pm tonight in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. The event, which is being co-hosted by the Durban Branch of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), will include talks and the chance to use powerful telescopes to view the night sky. Bring a picnic. Admission: R35 adults, R25 seniors/students; under six – free. Inquiries: 031 309 1170.

Walsingham Residence at Durban University of Technology is hosting a cultural fashion show tomorrow at DUT’s Ritson Hall from 1-3 pm. The event will showcase cultural attire and have performances that will raise awareness about different cultures.

Beautiful clivias will be on sale at the KZN Clivia Show at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

City on a Hill International presents The Heart of Worsjip, hosted by Ps. Quinton Aiyer and Bernard Blouw at the City On A Hill – shop 23 Truro Shopping Plaza, Pietermaritzburg on Sunday at 9 am. Inquiries: Collin Govender on 033 391 5501 (o/h) or Ps. Quinton Aiyer on 083 786 7925.

The Natal Museum is hosting a Museum Awareness Week from September 16-18 (9am to 12 noon each day). Visitors and learners will be treated to a glimpse of what goes on in a musuem. In the Natural Science Department you can view live material under a microscope and meet the musuem’s scientists; in the Human Sciences Department there will be a display of stone tools and the chance for people to learn how early humans used them to hunt; and visitors can learn how an exhibition is staged on a tour of the Freedom exhibition. Inquiries and bookings: Zama Dlomo at 033 341 0536 or Thully Mwandla at 033 3410535.

The Kloof Rotary Ann’s host Open Gardens on the weekend of september 19 – 20 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm in the Kloof, Gillitts and Hillcrest areas. All profits will go to Highway charities. Refreshments will be served at the Highbury Preparatory Memorial Hall where you will also be able to buy crafts and plants. Tickets R35, which allows entrance to all gardens and refreshments. Tickets are available at the entrance of each garden. 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 at 083 661 7337.


The Bats low vision support group meet at Woodgrove on September 16 at 10 am. A blind victim of the Angolan War will display some of the latest electronic equipment to enable partially sighted poeple to see better.

Inquiries: Penny at 033 355 0269.

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.


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

The Phelophepa health care train, a corporate social responsibility initiative of Transnet, will be snaking its way through the province until the end of September, providing general health screenings, optometry, dental services and counselling for as little as R5, if not free. The train will be in Durban South (Crossmoore) from September 14-18 and 21-15.

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


The Emma Barter Home at 241 Retief Street, Pietermaritzburg, will be celebrating their 126th birthday on September 19 with Flowers through the Home and a mini fete from 9 am to 3 pm. Stalls will be selling everything from plants and flowers to cakes, food and books. There will also be entertainment on offer, games and lucky prizes.

The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is being held at the Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Traders who wish to sell clothing, food, artworks and general items may contact 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. Flowers, fresh veggies and fruit, eggs, plants, seedlings and lots more. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning from 7-11 am. Goods on sale include fresh produce from local farmers as well as breads, cheese, pork, nougat, brownies, nuts and lots more delicious goods. The market is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Contact Andrea 082 820 8986.

Hilton Farmers’ and craft market every Saturday, from 7-11 am. Contact Candice at 079 509 5222.

There is a farmers' 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.


Meditation/mindfulness classes with Elizabeth Gaywood, a highly experienced meditator, will be back in Lincoln Meade, Pietermaritzburg on Sunday at 9 am. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 147.


The Durban Ensemble, Dark Choclate will perform at the St Clements Coffee Shop in Musgrave Road, Durban, on September 14 at 7 pm. The band - Rick Andrew, Gill Andrew and Dennis Bronner – sing a mix of traditional, folk and local music.


The Spar Weekend Witness Ladies Race takes place on Sunday. The 10km run/walk gets underway at 8 am at The Oval, Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Brad at 083 501 0202.

Valleys Tennis Club, opposite Greys Hospital in Town Bush Valley Road, invites medium to strong players to social games on Saturday afternoons from 2 pm. Inquiries: Allan Morris on 033 347 1049 for further details.


A highlight of this year's Sunday Tribune Garden & Leisure show will be a talk by indigenous gardening expert, Geoff Nichols. And to celebrate the new collaboration between the KZN Inland branch of the Botanical Society of SA and the Pietermaritzburg Demonstration Garden, he will give an illustrated talk outlining the 'how to' of gardening wild and for wildlife at 10 am on September 26 in Hall 4 of the RAS Show Grounds. Admission is the normal entry fee for the Garden & Leisure show (the talk is free). There is a discount for members of the Botanical Society of SA that enter the Show before 10 am on 26 September with their membership cards (pay R20 in stead of R35 for adults). After the talk Nichols will head up the BotSoc/Demo Garden team of well-known gardeners and local 'plant people' (such as David Johnson and Nancy Gardiner) to participate in Ready, Steady, Plant at 11.30 am. Contact Christina Curry for more details on 082 062 2939.


Air raid sirens, Adolf, Big Ben and lots more are promised when you join Colin Penn and the cast of Dad’s Army for a hilarious trip around war-time London at Gert Maritz School (Voortrekker School complex) in Cordwallis Road, Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, September 20 at 2 pm.

Loads of humour, loads of memories, truckloads of songs and you. As Max Bygraves would say “C’mon loves let’s belt out a few songs t’gether and have a good laff.” To book your seats telephone 033 345 4034.

* Submit your events to ESTELLE SINKINS via email at arts@witness.co.za or by fax on 033 355 1142 by Wednesday 12 noon.

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