Diary of Events 13 to 19 May

2011-05-13 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 South African Legion of Military Veterans (Pietermaritzburg branch) will be holding its annual general meeting on May 19 at the Conference Room, Drill Hall, Geere Street, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 342 2313.


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.


Durban Ramblers will be hosting a hike from St Helier dam through Giba Conservancy to Cucumber farm and beyond tomorrow. Meet at St Helier at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Rob at 083 417 7805. On Sunday, members will be doing the Bluff Meander, John van Zyl’s Bluff hike. Meet at BP garage in Edwin Swales at 8 am or at Harlequins Club at 8.10 am. Inquiries: John at 073 129 1928.

Holy Book Club communal oral reading of bibical readings - Tawraat and Injil at 9 am tomorrow at Poobie Naidoo Sports Club on the corner of Retief and Prince Alfred Streets, Pietermaritzburg. All welcome.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a weekend or Sunday outing to Zulu Falls near Mooi River to see the Southern Bald Ibis colony on May 14 and 15. Inquiries: David Crampton at 082 771 7274.

Howick Birding Group is hosting an illustrated talk by Sadie Halbhuber, events manager of Birdlife South Africa (BLSA) on ‘Myths and tales of Owls!’ at the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve on May 18. Doors open at 5.30 pm for registration.

The Decorative Arts Society meets at 12.30 pm for 12 1pm on May 18 at The Heritage Hall, St Johns United Church, Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg. Mermaids or Swift people - the unique rock paintings by the San people from the Klein Karoo, are the subject of a fascinating talk by Jeremy Hollmann, an archeaoligist with the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. Light refreshments are served. Visitors welcome (R40). Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting an illustrated talk by Adam Riley on ‘Birding in Tanzania’ on May 18 at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick.

The Lions River Heritage Society will be conducting a tour to the battlefields at Ladysmith on May 22. All those who are interested to join the party are welcome and should meet at the old Agricultural Hall in Howick at 7.45 am for departure at 8 am. A nominal sum will be charged for non-members. Each passenger is to contribute R120-R150 for running costs. Inquiries: Steve Watt at 033 386 5188.

The Family History Society and Genealogical Society meet at 7.30 pm on May 25 in the Clubhouse in the grounds of The Natal Carbineers. The speaker is Charlie Severn on the 125th Anniversary of the Maritzburg Golf Club. Visitors welcome. Inquiries: 033 344 2170.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) and Howick Birding Club are hosting a morning outing to Cumberland Nature Reserve on Wednesday, May 25. Meet at the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick at 7 am to arrange transport, or at the Cumberland Reserve at about 8 am. There is an honesty box. Inquiries: Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723.

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.


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.

King’s School in Nottingham Road is hosting the Dragontree Survival Challenge and Country Market from 9 am on May 14. Entrance is free. An adrenalin filled survival challenge which tests both your brain and brawn. Participants take part in activities such as raft building, blind folded maze, puzzle solving and much more. Exciting local products on sale at the country market and lots of kiddies entertainment throughout the day. Inquiries: Fathima at 072 633 2233 or e-mail: marketingkingsschool@gmail.com

The Pietermaritzburg Orchid Society will be hosting its annual autumn show on May 14 and 15 at the Allan Wilson Shellhole. Entry is free, and visitors can enjoy an orchid exhibit and get advice on growing orchids. Members of the society will be available to demonstrate practical potting and there will also be plant sales and accessories. The hall will be open to the public on May 14 from 12 noon to 4 pm and on May 15 from 9 am to 3 pm. Inquiries: Bob Duckworth at 033 396 1796 or Mal Renwick at 082 489 0674.

The KZN Buddhist forum will be holding its annual Buddha-Day Celebrations at Greenwood Park Shree Ranganathar Temple Hall in Greenwood Park on, May 15 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. A free vegetarian lunch will be served. The day is free and open to all and there will be a documentary film, a cultural event and children's play. Inquiries: Jerald Vedan at 031 409 1398/7 (office hours) or email Elizabeth at cormkt@mweb.co.za

The book, The Mandala Companion, will be launched at the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) open day at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg, on May 21 from 9 am to 2 pm. Macs is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, Thursday from 8 am to 12 noon and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: 033 3866500 or email MACSzine@yahoo.com

The Heritage Market is hosting its 15th Annual Bridal Fair on May 21 and 22 between 9 am and 4 pm daily at Venue 9, Old Main Road, Hillcrest. Exhibitors will be showcasing everything from venues to wedding co-ordinators, photographers, cakes, florists, dress designers,tux rentals, make-up artists, jewellery, stationery etc. Ther will also be bridal and evening wear fashion shows by Glamorous Models twice a day at 11 am and 2 pm, with designs from VIP Brides, Bougilais, Vintaleo, Phindilicious, Darling Buds, Via Uno, The Wedding Label, Diva and Lord Louis Suit Hire. Admission is free. Inquiries: 031 765 2500.

Vision and Joy Togethery takes place at 9.30 am on May 22 at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Psychic, Gary Watkins and his guide, Avron will be presenting the topic, Forgiveness. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk takes place on May 22. The 20km walk starts at 7 am, with the 15km getting underway at 7.45 pm. The 10km walk starts at 9 am and the 5km at 9.45 am. The walk begins at uShaka Marine World and ends and George Campbell School of Technology. Registration and EXPO Venue: Champions Room, Greyville Racecourse from May 19 to 21. Entry forms are available at selected Totalsports stores and online via www.ecr.co.za Inquiries: 083 910 3825 or bigwalk@ecr.co.za.

The inaugural 031 Collection, presented by Mr Price, fashion show will take place in Cobham Grove, behind the Moses Mabhida Stadium (via Arbuckle Road, off Umgeni Road) at 7 pm from May 19 to 21. Among the models taking part is Agyness Deyn, the international British Supermodel, who will be judging the Mr Price New Designer (ND) competition. Durban’s top designers, Amanda Laird Cherry, the Holmes Brothers, Francois Vedemme, Sbu Msimang, Nguni Shades, Terence Bray will show their top creations on the catwalk. Tickets are R170 at Computicket.

Po, the dragon warrior and star of the new film Kung Fu Panda 2, is taking time out from his life of awesomeness in the Valley of Peace in far away China to celebrate his new movie with his young fans at uShaka Marine World’s Village Walk in Durban on Sunday, May 22 between 10.30 am and 1.30 pm. Inquiries: 031 328 8000.

Natal Quilters are hosting an open day at Durban Girls’ High School on the corner of Manning and Penzance Roads, Durban, on May 28. There will be a quilt exhibition from 9 am to 11.30 am, as well as innovative fabric artworks, and traditional designs on display. At 12 noon there will be a talk by Catherine Knox, titled “Chasing Rainbows’ which examines the use of colour in quilting. Other attractions include fabric shops, teas and quilting demonstrations. Admission – members R10, visitors R35. Inquiries: Mandy Kirk at 082 451 9773 or Pauline at 082 806 9149.

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 mind, body and soul fair is taking place at Westville Civic Centre from 10 am to 4 pm on May 29. Over 100 health, holistic, esoteric and spiritual exhibitions, belly dancing, free talks and yummy food. Admission is free. Inquiries: Shalini Govindasamy at 072 428 3431.


A Mended Hearts Support Group, a collaboration between Life Healthcare and the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, is to be held at Life Entabeni Hospital’s conference room in Durban on May 23 at 2.30 pm. The group meets every second month and a variety of interesting and relevant cardiac topics are presented by experts in the field. Everyone with an interest in cardiac well-being is welcome to attend. Special guests on May 23 will be Claudine Ryan (dietician), and Fiona Kleinhans (operations manager) both from the Compass Group. Fiona will provide a heart healthy cooking demonstration to illustrate the importance of nutrition in the prevention of heart disease. Admission is free. Inquiries: Yvonne Luvuno from the Heart and Stroke Foundation at 031 261 9055 or Tracy Macdonald at 031 313 7900 during office hours.

Suicide Support Group meeting – Living beyond suicide. For anyone who has been touched by suicide directly or indirectly. Meeting on May 31 at 6 pm at Waterfall Library, 11 Link Road, Waterfall. Inquiries: email suicideprevent@gmail.com or phone Lori at 083 652 0117 or Megan at 082 659 7505.

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.


The New Hanover Lutheran Church will be hosting its popular German Bazaar on Saturday, June 4. Attractions include breakfast from 8 am, a craft market from 9 am, Kaffeestube and light meals on sale from 10 am, and the bazaar itself opening at 10.30 am. The event will feature plenty of German meats, cakes and other delectable items. There will also be a biergarten and loads of children’s entertainment. Live German music will be played over lunchtime, and the rugby will also be televised. Inquiries: Edwin Hohls at 082 414 4827 or Eckhard Wichmann at 082 463 7269.


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


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.


The KwaZulu-Natal Inland branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa is hosting an illustrated talk by Alison Young, titled A trip to Zambia, at 2.30 pm on Sunday in the Clivia (functions) room at the National Botanical Gardens in Mayor’s Walk. Admission to the talk is free, but there will be an entry fee to the gardens. RSVP to Alison 082 406 5638 or via email to YoungA@ukzn.ac.za

There are more than 100 different tribes all over the world that have had no, or very limited, contact with the so-called 'civilised' world. In her talk at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum’s Pringle Hall, Riana Mulder, will cover tribes like the Sentinel Islanders and the Kalash, who claim that they are descendants of some of officers of Alexander the Great. Most of

these people live in very remote and secluded environments, which protect them from the outside world, but also make them extremely vulnerable to diseases and abuse. The talk will take place at the museum at 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg at 10.45 am on May 21. Tea will be served from 10.15 am to 10.30 am.


Alexandra High School is offering you the chance to take a musical trip through time in its new show, Musical Revue, which runs in the school hall from today at 3.30 pm and tomorrow at 7 pm. The show takes at look at music through the ages – from the 1950s to today – and how it has evolved. The programme includes an Aretha Franklin medley, music from Ray Charles, ABBA, The BeeGees, Elton John, Whitney Houston, and much more. Tickets R25. To book phone Mrs Watson at 033 394 8252


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: 29 May – Tatham Art Gallery and Macrorie House Museum; 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.


Does your charity want to engage in foreign fundraising but lacks the knowledge? Let Jill Ritchie, leading authority on fundraising and author of a number of publications in regard to fundraising, introduce you to the world of foreign fundraising and how to unlock this source of funding to the benefit of your charity. The Christian Social Services of KwaZulu-Natal is presenting a full day training course on the subjects of

proposal writing and foreign fundraising from 9 am on May 13 at the NG Synod Centre, corner Burger and Boshoff Street, Pietermaritzburg. Only a limited number of seats are available and the cost of this full day training course is only R300 per delegate. Course material, tea and light refreshments are included. Phone Marlize at 033 342 7900 or email kzncmd@ngkzn.org.za and make your booking.

Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum in Pietermaritzburg is hosting a herbal workshop to demonstrate how herbs can be used to make beauty products on June 9. Anyone wanting to be part of this free workshop can book by contacting Lestelle Barnwell at 033 394 6870 or 072 480 7251 before June 20. Bookings are on a first come first serve basis.

KZN Reading Asscociation workshop, titled Multimedia Assisted Reading will take place on May 25 Innovation Centre, UKZN Durban, Rick Turner (Francois) Road. Many educators and librarians have asked for guidance about how multimedia reading programmes work and how they relate to the curriculum. This workshop aims to address this issue by providing you with ideas, inspiration and guidance. Presentations and demonstrations of multimedia reading programmes will be made followed by questions and discussion. Registration and publishers’ displays from 2.30 pm to 3 pm and workshop from 3 pm to 5 pm. Admission RASA members – free, non-members – R50. RSVP via email to kznrasa@gmail.com or send a fax to 086 616 5491.

ADHD has become an emotionally loaded word over the last 10 or so years, and the myths surrounding the condition are many and varied. In recognition of the need to dispel the myths and establish the real facts, The Pinetown ADHD Support Group, in conjunction with the Pinetown Remedial Unit and Living ADDventure have organised a mini conference entitled An Odyssey of Wonderful Discoveries in ADHD. The conference panel will include a psychiatrist, paediatrician, coach, play therapist, occupational therapist and educator all of whom will offer an further insight into the condition. The conference takes place on May 28 at the Pinetown Remedial Unit and will run from 8.30 am to 1 pm. Cost is R100 per person or R150 per couple and booking forms and further information are available on www.ladd.co.za. Space is limited so early booking is essential. Inquiries: email pinetown@ladd.co.za or phone Jacqui on 083 234 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.

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.

* 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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