Diary of Events 14 to 20 December

2007-12-14 00:00


• 11 am. The Suncoast Motor Show runs from today until December 17 with no entrance fee. For more information contact Adrian at 082 653 8161 or at adrian@avantage.co.za


• 6 am–9.30 am. The farmers’ market every Saturday, selling fruit, veg, flowers, eggs and more. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.

• 7.15 am–7.45 am. An early morning bamboo flute recital by John Roff in the Macs garden, 173 Alexandra Road, followed by optional breakfast at Macs. No charge for recital. Followed by a four-hour bamboo flute making workshop with Roff. Cost: R80 per person. Booking essential at 083 662 2306.

• 7.30 am–12.30 pm. The Karkloof Farmers’ Market, a fresh produce market, is located 2.6 km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Access is gained off the D507. Goods on sale include fresh produce from local farmers. Inquiries: Andrea at 082 820 8986.

• 8 am–11.30 am. Breakfast at Lion’s River farmers’ market. Proceeds go to the Midlands Crisis and Trauma Centre in Howick. Inquiries to Rex at 082 771 6653.

• 9.30 am. A bowls clinic at Allan Wilson Bowling Club is held for new bowlers . Bowls are provided and flat shoes must be worn. Coaching can be arranged at other times with Peter at 033 346 2553.

• 9.30 am–11 am. Howick tai chi classes at the Hadca Centre. First class free. Inquiries: 082 825 7412.

• 9 am–noon. Every week the model trains in HO Gauge run. Come and watch or run your own at the old goods shed, Hilton Station. Phone to ensure the staff are at the station. Inquiries: 033 344 1742 or 082 470 4898.

• 9 am–2 pm. Craft market opposite the city hall.

• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites all ages for a game of croquet. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket Oval. Mallets can be borrowed from the club, flat-soled shoes are recommended. Inquiries: Tim at 033 502 0101 or Viv at 033 396 3661.

• 2 pm. The Ramblers Club of Pietermaritzburg invites people interested in hiking to join them in walking the hills of Pietermaritzburg and its environs. Interested people should be reasonably fit. Inquiries: Francois at 033 344 2754.

• 2 pm. Sidewayz at the Market (Mkondeni) Car Gymkhana. Adults R20, children R10. Toddlers free. Spectators under cover from rain. Inquiries: Craig Griffin (Msunduzi Racing Club) at 084 555 7138 or 033 387 4124.

• 3 pm. The Umgeni Steam Railway Preservation group will be running a special “inchanga choo-choo”. The train departs from Kloof at 3 pm for a “sundowner special” to Botha’s Hill. On the return trip the train will stop for refreshments at the Station Master’s Arms restaurant at Hillcrest. Tickets cost R50 for adults; R30 for senior citizens and children (ages two to 16). Inquiries and bookings: Robbie at 031 303 3003 or 082 363 6003, or www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za

• 8 pm. PMB Gay and Lesbian Network hosts a Christmas party for Toy Story at the Kismet Hotel. Cost: R10 per person. Donate a new toy or food parcel. Lucky draws. Inquiries: 033 342 6165.


• 9 am. Maritzburg Oval arts and crafts market in Alexandra Park. Inquiries: 082 774 5493.

• 11 am. The Umgeni Steam Railway Preservation group will be running a special “inchanga choo-choo” — a vintage passenger train. The train departs from Pietermaritzburg station at 11 am. In the evening the train group will be hosting its annual carols by candlelight special trains, departing from Pietermaritzburg station at 5 pm and Kloof station at 5.30 pm. Refreshments will be available both on the train and at Inchanga. The steam trains arrive back at Kloof and Pietermaritzburg at about 9 pm. Tickets are available at R100 per person, with senior citizens and children under 16 travelling at R60. Inquiries and bookings: Robbie at 031 303 3003 or 082 363 6003. The trains will also be running their regular 8.30 am and 12.30 pm. Visit www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za


• 6.45 pm–8.15 pm. Weekly meditation classes at the Emalphethelweni Centre, 5 Leinster Road, Scottsville. Inquiries: Kathy at 033 346 0403 or e-mail: info@meditateindurban.org


• 5.30 pm. Cecilia Singers will present a programme of carols and readings at St George’s Garrison Church. The choir will be directed by Marianne de Jager and accompanied by Helen Vermaak. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the upkeep of St George’s Church. For information, contact 033 346 1393.


• 1.10 pm–1.50 pm. The South African Society of Music Teachers presents a free lunch-hour concert at the Tatham Art Gallery, featuring a Christmas celebration with carols new and old sung by soloists. Inquiries: 033 394 1818.

• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet, every Wednesday and Saturday. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket Oval. Mallets can be borrowed from the club, flat-soled shoes are recommended. Inquiries: Tim at 033 502 0101 or Viv at 033 396 3661.

• 5 pm. The Cathedral Chamber Choir is rehearsing for its Christmas programme each Wednesday evening in the Anglican Cathedral. All singers welcome.


• 7 am–10.30 am. Market at Alexandra Road (opposite police station). Fresh veg, fruit, honey and crafts.

• 10 am. The Hayfields Haymakers meet every Thursday in the Lutheran Church in Bester Road, Hayfields. Weekly sessions start with a cup of tea or coffee at 10 am, followed by a talk, demonstration, bingo or music. Lunch is served at noon, costs R20, to be booked by 11 am on Wednesdays at 033 344 2322. Inquiries: Shirley Smith at 033 386 2126.

• 10 am. Free guided tours of Fort Nottingham Museum from Thursdays to Sundays, with various antiques for sale. Inquiries: 033 266 6246.

• Faxes to 033 355 1122, e-mail: ryanc@witness.co.za or phone 079 887 5347 before noon on Wednesday.

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