Diary of Events 11 to 17 November

2011-11-11 00:00


The annual general meeting of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Afria (KwaZulu-Natal region) will take place at Treasure Beach EE Centre on the Bluff at 9.30 am tomorrow. During the meeting certificates will be presented to the conservationist and the educationalist of the year. Tea will be served from 8.30 am to 9.30 am and lunch is available. RSVP to Wanda at 031 464 0990 or via email at wstadler@wessakzn.org.za


The Witness Craft Bazaar will take place at Liberty Midlands Mall’s Edgars Court from November 24 to 27. The bazaar will run from 9 am to 6 pm each day, except Sunday when it will close at 5 pm. Any crafters interested in taking part in the event are asked to phone Gail Cornhill at 082 445 2577 or via email at gail@spottedowl.co.za

Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum is hosting an exhibition of quilts done by The Natal Quilters Guild until the middle of January 2012. All the quilts have a theme architecture. The museum is open from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: Sane Dhlamini or Riana Mulder at 033 394 6843/5.

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.


Spirit and Life Word Ministries invites anyone interested to join them for free Bible studies every Thursday at 7 pm and Tuesday at 9.30 am at 16 Rishiduth Close, Orient Heights. Inquiries: Shammy Pillay at 078 371 1600 or 033 391 5988.


Millers Craft Group is hosting a Christmas sale at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg, tomorrow from 9 am. Entry is R5 – proceeds to charity.

Msunduzi Hospice is holding its Festive Fair on November 25 from 10 am to 6 pm and on November 26 from 8 am to 12 noon at Hospice House, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. Do all your early Christmas shopping with loads of homemade crafts and gift ideas to choose from - bargains, fun and food for the whole family. Non-food staff holders who wish to have a stall should phone Rashida at 033 344 1560 or e-mail hospice@hospicekzn.co.za

The Vintage Baynesfield Christmas Market takes place on December 1. There will be quality goods and gifts for sale, delicious food, vintage tractors, blacksmiths, woodcrafters and more. Phone 033 251 0001 during office hours for more details.

Pietermaritzburg SPCA is hosting a special Christmas morning market on December 3 at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road, from 8 am to 12 noon. Entertainment and bargains galore, delicious food and refreshments in the teagarden and pancakes at the SPCA pancake stall. Do Christmas shopping at the gifts, collectables and jewellery stalls. Outside stall holders are welcome – R50 per stall. To book a stall or for more information, phone 033 386 9267.

The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust is hosting a Christmas Craft and Flea Market in partnership with the café/restaurant Voluptuous Blue and designer furniture store Design FX at 24 and 26 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, from 10 am to 4 pm on December 16. Hillcrest AIDS Centre’s craft project, Woza Moya, will be selling all sorts of beautiful jewellery, pottery, gift and Christmas decorations, and their Gardens of Hope nursery will be selling Christmas trees and a wide range of indigenous and foreign plants. Inquiries: 031 765 5866.

The Shongweni Christmas Market, which will feature a colourful range of handmade crafts, Christmas décor, a wide variety of foods and fun for the whole family and live music by local band, The Kings and Queen, takes place on December 16 at the Farmers Market Grounds, Corner Kassier and Alverstone Roads, Assagay from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. Inquiries: email info@shongwenimarket.co.za or log on to www.shongwenimarket.co.za

Pennington Rec Club will be holding its' annual Christmas Fair on December 16 at the Relton Hall and grounds. Regular Pennington Market stall holders should phone Stephanie at 039 975 3028 while prospective stallholders should phone Fred Stevenson at 039 975 1137 or Frank Hollier at 039 975 3709.


Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a hike in the Alverstone Nature Reserve tomorrow. The hike will cover grasslands and includes some game viewing. Entry R15. Meet at Assegay Hotel at 1.45 pm. Braai in Boma after hike. Inquiries: Trevor at 079 525 9230. On Sunday, the club will hike from Max’s farm in the Peacevale area to Monteseel and Inchanga. Braai afterwards. Entrance fee - carrots veggies for the donkeys. Petrol sharing R20. Inquiries: Jenny at 084 952 0622.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to the Perry’s protea farm in the Dargle tomorrow. Meet at 6.30 am at Umgeni Valley to arrange transport. Leader - Pam Nicol at 033 330 2947. On Sunday there is a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park at 6.30 am. Leader - Mike Spain at 033 347 2797. And at 6 pm on November 16 there will be an illustrated talk by Ben and Shannon Hoffman at WESSA’s Goldfields Education Centre, Howick. Registration from 5.30 pm. Admission is R10 for members and R15 for non-members.

The Hilton Garden Club meeting at 9.30 am for 10 am on November 15 includes a visit to the garden of Mary Leese and Sarah Inman at Birnam Wood. Directions: take exit 99 from N3, turn left, then left into Wilson Road opposite Eskom building. At the end of Wilson Road turn right and drive for approximately 5 kms to BSW No. 22 on the left hand side of the road. Inquiries: Jacqui Arnott at 033 330 4541 or Nora Chapman at 082 670 9197.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a mMorning or day outing to Bay Head and the Umgeni Mouth in Durban on November 20. For times and meeting point please phone Gordon Bennett at 033 867 5555.

The Pietermaritzburg Computer Club meets at the Olwazini Discovery Centre (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. For club, agenda and venue details log on to www.pacc.org.za or phone Mike Robertson at 082 447 2159.

The Hilton Guide Company welcomes all girls between the ages of 10 and 14 to join them on Friday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Worlds View campsite. Inquiries: Mandy Buchanan at 071 527 7162.

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: Merle Fawdry at 033 344 3092.

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.


Working Towards Eco-Sustainability is the title of a talk at Aloe Ridge Farm in Hopedale tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon. The talk will give an

introduction to sustainable food systems and eco-living. Explore the food garden, learn about integrating animals into your growing system and alternative energy sources. The farm is down the Singisi plantation road, D244 opposite Tanglewood. Entry is a R10 donation to Conservancy funds. Inquiries: Wayne Louwrens at 072 288 0314.

SmartScreens is showing free films at the Centre for Fine Art and Design, 183 Cowey Road, Morningside, tomorrow at 2pm to help people make sense of COP 17. The event will help you to know what the conference on climate change is it all about, wWhy is it important and why we should care. The films being screened are The Story of Cap, which looks at the leading climate solution being proposed and the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of the scheme; and Trade and Sweet Crude, visually stunning film about the Niger Delta – a petrol bomb waiting to ignite with worldwide implications. Wally Menne from Plantnet will also provide a short overview of everything you need to know about COP 17. Seats are limited and are available on a first come first served basis. Vegetarian refreshments will be availablebut you are free to bring your own. For more information go to Facebook group SmartScreens, or phone 031 240 8402.

The environmental education play, The Pollution Revolution, will be staged at Michaelhouse’s Schlesinger Theatre at 2 pm from November 16 to 18. This high-octane, action-packed, carbon-kicking adventure. From the emerald depths of the Amazon to the frenetic streets of Future Jozi, you’ll meet penguins, frogs and petrol attendants all on a mission to fix the planet and save our species! Tickets are R30. To book phone Leigh Kotze at 033 234 1314 or email theatre@michaelhouse.org

Retina South Africa is hosting a public meeting to create awareness of the progress being made to restore sight to people with Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Stargardt Dystrophy, Usher Syndrome and other allied retinal conditions. The meeting will inform patients and their families of the latest treatments, environmental risks, dietary and life style changes, genetic counselling and patient’s rights. The meeting will take place on November 17 from 5.45 pm to 7 pm at The Board Room, 4th Floor, Umhlanga Netcare Hospital, Umhlanga Ridge Road, Umhlanga. The speaker will be Claudette Medefindt, Deputy President Retina International and Director for Science of Retina South Africa. Admission is free. Inquiries: Arno at 082 324 7112.

The Lemonwood Forest Walk takes place from 9 am to 11 am on November 19. Lemonwood is 8kms along the Dargle/Impendle Road. Admission is a R10 donation to the Dargle Conservancy. Phone Katie Robinson to book at 082 052 6072.

Bikers and bike enthusiasts are raising funds for The Renken Cenrte at Wartburg (a home for mentally challenged adults) by hosting a fun bike ride at Klipdrift Farm, just outside Wartburg from 7 am to 10 am on November 19. The course is suitable for Enduro Loop, Kiddies Loop, and Quads. Entry is R150. No gate entry for spectators. Marshals, ambulance and medics will be on site and their will be a lucky draw, beer garden, music and full catering. Directions: From PMB on Noodsberg Rd, ½ km past Wartburger Hof, take 1st turn left. Follow signboards and directional tape. Pits and Parking will be provided. Inquiries: Chris at 082 449 8114 or Sean at 084 503 2365.

Vision and Joy Togethery meets on November 20 at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Priscilla Gendron will be talking about Angel Mapping. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Coastlands Hotel in Umhlanga Ridge is hosting a ladies night fundraiser for Reach For A Dream on November 24 at 6.30 pm. The chariy fulfils the dreams of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. This year’s event is not to be missed as Reach for a Dream is working in partnership with ‘The Bedroom’ which promises to be a fun-filled night of goodies, naughtiness and giveaways. Tickets are R300 – tables of 11 available as well as individual seats. The price includes a three course buffet, inspirational women speakers, a fun lap dancing class, a hot DJ, exciting goodie bags and loads of prizes to be won! To book phone 031 566 2220 or email Prkzn@reachforadream.org.za

The Lutheran Church in Hayfields is hosting an Advent Evening at 5.30 pm on November 25. There will be a children’s lantern walk at 6.30 pm and Carols by Candlelight at 7 pm. Kaffeestube, traditional German cakes, a light supper, Christmas decorations, advent wreaths and raffles will be available. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

The Kilgobbin Mist-belt Forest walk takes place on December 1 from 9 am to 11 am, starting at Kilgobbin Cottage on the D707 off D17 in the Dargle. Entry R10 donation to the Dargle Conservancy. Phone Barend Booysen at 082 787 0797.

Msunduzi Hospice’s charity shop has mopved to 200 Zwartkop Rd, Prestbury, and is open week days from 8 am to 3.45 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

The Hospice Coffee shop at Hospice House, Pietermaritzburg is open. Visitors can choose from a selection of mouth-watering sweet and savoury treats, soft drinks, teas and coffees. During lunch time you can indulge in the chef’s special of the day or tuck into tasty quiches and giant muffins. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

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.


The Multiple Sclerosis Society of KwaZulu-Natal is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people with MS. There is a need to identify all persons living with MS in KZN, as well as nationwide, to establish a comprehensive database to enable the society to be more effective in it’s mission. Any information submitted is confidential and will not be submitted to other parties for promotional use. The Society urges persons living with MS to contact them via email at mskzn@multiplesclerosis.co.za or by phoning 083 798 0430 during business hours or by post to MSSA Kwazulu-Natal Branch, P.O.Box 156, Gillits 3603.

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.


Meditation for Inner Peace and Wellbeing - weekly classes on Thursday evenings at 5.30 pm at Yellowwood Cafe in Howick. These meditation classes give you a great foundation for inner peace, strengthen your happiness and make positive thinking a part of your life. Participants sit on chairs and the meditations are easy to understand and practice. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: Hayley at 072 971 8450 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com


The Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum is celebrating its centenary in 2012 and is in the process of upgrading some exhibitions. The Museum needs items reflecting the city’s history, especially sport and political history. The Museum is also upgrading exhibitions at 333 Boom Street and need items from the Anglo-Boer War. If there are any readers who would like to donate items to the museum, phone Elrica Olivier at 033 394 6834 or eolivier@msunduzimuseum.org.za.


The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) and Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra will be performing Handel’s Messiah at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Howick at 2 pm tomorrow, and at the Anglican Cathedral in Pietermaritzburg at 2.30 pm on Sunday. The soloists this year are soprano Michele Corbin, alto Aukse Trinkunas, tenor Sibonelo Mbanjwa, basses Andrew Butler (Pietermaritzburg concert) and Langelihle Mngxati (Howick performance). Tickets are R50 for the Howick concert, and can be booked with Jean at Howick Travel on Main Street. For more information, phone 033 330 2193. Tickets for the Pietermaritzburg concert are R60 at the door and from choir members. Inquiries: Ruth at 033 347 5464. Both venues have safe parking, and patrons are advised to take cushions.



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.


Mike Lambert, classics lecturer at UKZN, is presenting a talk about why we should still read classical literature at Royal Asia, rear of 241 Victoria Road (behind LandMark, opposite FoodPak) from 2.30 pm to 4 pm tomorrow. RSVP: Sam Groves at 083 257 9059 or 033 386 8009. For more information and directions go to www.aboundpmb.wordpress.com

Digital photography expert Rory Armstrong will be giving a talk on digital camera’s and photography generally at Hirsch’s Pietermaritzburg on November 15 between 10.30 am and 12 noon. Entry is free but booking is essential with Victoria Laubscher at 033 345 3221.


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. 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.

* 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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