Diary of Events 12 to 18 November

2010-11-12 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


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.


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.


Lifelong Learning is hosting a course looking at Jamaican youth culture, covering everything from reggae and Rastafarians to Bob Marley and Usain Bolt, at the BAT Centre in Durban at 3.30 pm tomorrow. Admission is R70.

On Monday, November 15 at 9 am there will be another course looking at the island of Jamaica – this time at the reasons why it is considered a tourist paradise. The course will take place at St Clements, 191 Musgrave Road, Durban and costs R70. If you are unable to attend the morning session, then there will be a repeat from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday in the Memorial Tower Building, Room C1, UKZN (Howard College). Visit www.lllkzn.net or Adams Books to book or phone Chris at 073 348 8611 or Cedric at 082 873 2702.

Contrary to most peoples' understanding, being assertive does not mean being pushy or aggressive. Being assertive means expressing your feelings, asking for what you want - or saying no to what you don't want - in a way that is clear, open and respectful of other people. If you would like to learn the right way to be assertive, Lifelong Learning is hosting a course at 6 pm on November 16 at UKZN (Howard College). Admission is R180. Visit www.lllkzn.net or Adams Books to book or phone Chris at 073 348 8611 or Cedric at 082 873 2702.

Lifelong Learning is hosting a course in alternative cosmology at 6 pm on November 16 at MTBC3, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College). Admission is R70. Visit www.lllkzn.net or Adams Books to book or phone Chris at 073 348 8611 or Cedric at 082 873 2702.


Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a hike tomorrow through the streets of Windsor Park, tarting from the Post Office at Gillits. Drinks at the Whole Hog afterwards. Phone Lois at 031 767 2969 for mor edetails. Hikes are also held every Wednesday morning - phone Philip at 031 201 3592 or Colin at 031 708 3517.

The Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society will be holding a workshop tomorrow from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Potting Shed at the end of Carbis Road. Members will be re-potting, styling and trimming, so please bring trees, pots, soil and join them for an afternoon of fun. Tea and coffee will be available. Inquiries: Jurgen at 083 745 6078.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) will be hosting a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday at 6 am. Leader: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a 14km hike in the Vernon Crooks Nature Reserve on Sunday. The hike will include a visit to Umzinto Waterfall and Gorge. Admission is R10 entrance and R25 petrol sharing. Bring a warm jacket. Phone George at 083 419 1191 or Jenny at 084 952 0622 for more details.

Howick Birding Group will be hosting an illustrated talk on owls by Martin Taylor at the WESSA Goldfields Education Centre at the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick on November 17 at 5.30 pm for registration. Members R10, non-members R15.

The Decorative Arts Society's last meeting of the year will be held on November 17 at The Heritage Hall, St Johns United Church, Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. One of South Africa most gifted speakers, Beresford Jobling, will give an illustrated talk on the unconquerable beauty of St. Petersburg, its museums, palaces, music, shoes and cats! Admission is R40 for visitors. Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

Family History Society and Genealogical Society meets at 7 pm on November 17 at the clubhouse in the grounds of The Natal Carbineers in Pietermaritzburg. The speaker is Maureen Richards on The Churchills in South Africa. Inquiries: John at 033 344 2170.

On Thursday 25 November at 9.00 am The S.A. Ass. of Retired Persons host a talk at St.Johns Church Hall in Javu Ndlovu street by Mary Perry on the Terracotta Soldiers in China. Cost R5-00 which includes a cup of tea/coffee, biscuits and a raffle ticket. For information contact Marlene at 033-3962260

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.


A joint production of the Brenda Hunter and the Julia Powell Schools

of Ballet, titled Dance Tribute, will be presented in the Hexagon Theatre at UZN Pietermaritzburg at 6 pm today and at 3 pm and 6 pm tomorrow. Tickets are R40 and can be booked at 033 260 5537.


The Midlands Meander Craft Guild is hosting its showcase exhibition from today, tomorrow and Sunday at Corrie Lynn Farm in The Dargle. Visitors will be able to view work by Shuttleworth Weaving, Corrie Lynn & Co., Hillfold Pottery, Groundcover, Ardmore Ceramic Art, Sterlings Wrought Iron, Michael Haigh Ceramics and The Woodturner. Inquiries: Tinks Fowler at 082 828 0424 or 033 234 4838.

The Horse and Carriage Society of KwaZulu-Natal is hosting The South African Carriage Driving Championships at Brinstone Farm near Mooi River at 9 am today, tomorrow and Sunday. Friday is the dressage, Saturday is a marathon and Sunday will focus on precision. Admission is free. Phone Barend Booysen at 082 787 0797 for more information.

The World Conference on Religion for Peace (SA chapter) is hosting the 2010 Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture at Temple David, 369 Ridge Road, Durban on November 15 at 7 pm. The speaker, Dr Devi Moodley Rajab, will give a talk titled ‘From pots to politics: Indian women’s struggle for peace and equality in SA. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.


Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest is inviting registered non-profit organisations to apply to the Chest for funding for the 2011/2012 financial year. Existing beneficiaries must also re-apply. Application forms can be collected from the offices of the Chest, 12 Stranack Street, Pietermaritzburg. Forms are also available on the Chest website at www.communitychest.org.za The closing date is November 30. Late applications will not be accepted. Phone 033 394 1031 for more deatils.


Market held every Thursday adjacent to the hockey fields opposite Harry Gwala Stadium from 7 am to 10.30 am. The market is a combination of a farmers market and flea market and stalls sell everything from fresh veggies, plants and herbs to home baking, sewing, bric-a-brac, and more.


A meditation course, titled Wake Up Smiling, will take place on Sunday from 9 am to 12.30 pm at Maitreya Buddhist Centre, 5a King George Ave, Forest Hills). Admission is a R100 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: 078 479 2697 or email meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com

Weekly meditation classes - 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, 113 Main Street. 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 from 9 am until 12.30 pm tomorrow. Visit the museum and experience the elegance of the Victorian age in this beautiful Victorian period house. Admission R10 adults and pensioners, and children R2. A car guard will be on duty.

The Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum is appealing to the public to donate suitable items to expand its collection. Items are needed pertaining to the history of Pietermaritzburg and the life of all the city’s inhabitants. Photographs, documents and objects are welcome. Relevant books are also needed for the museum reference library. The museum staff will happily copy photos and return your originals. The museum is especially looking for items relating to Apartheid times such as Whites Only signboards; the history of the Church of the Vow; the Longmarket Girls School when it was still situated in Longmarket Street and the Anglo-Boer War. The museum would also like to expand its collection of Indian, “Coloured” and Zulu items. For more details phone Elrica Olivier at 033 394 6834 or email eolivier@msunduzimuseum.org.za.


The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society is staging a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Cathedral of Holy Nativity at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are R50 at the door and free and secure parking is available at the parkade opposite the church. Bring a cushion.


Whether you love the music of Michael Buble, Justin Bieber, Elvis or The Beatles, you’re sure to have a great time at Meryl Kurz’s latest Pig and Whistle production, Oh, What A Night, uses the best of amateur talent in the region, and is packed with ballads, country-and-western songs, dancing and comedy. The show takes place at the Fern Hill Hotel theatre, near Howick, at 7.30 pm tomorrow and is being hosted by Skal International KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The show will be presented in cabaret format with the audience sitting at tables. Bar facilities will be available but a meal is not included. However, patrons can book for a meal at the hotel before the show at 033 330 5071. Tickets are R75 and bookings can be made with Howick Travel at 033 330 2193.

Whether you love the music of Michael Buble, Justin Bieber, Elvis or The Beatles, you’re sure to have a great time at Meryl Kurz’s latest Pig and Whistle production, Oh, What A Night, uses the best of amateur talent in the region, and is packed with ballads, country-and-western songs, dancing and comedy. The show takes place at the Lynwood Club in Sweetwaters Road, Pietermaritzburg, at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on November 20. The evening, which takes the form of a picnic supper theatre, is being used to raise money to upgrade equipment for further shows. Tickets are R70 and can be booked after 3 pm with the Lynwood Club at 033 344 1340. Liquid refreshments supplied by the bar at the club.


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.

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