Diary of Events 15 to 21 April

2011-04-15 00:00


Thokamala Nathi is holding its first annual meeting on Wednesday, April 19 at 5 pm in the Grey’s Hospital Admin Block, 3rd Floor, Medical Board Room. RSVP to Koshen Moodley at 033 8973264.


The Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg is hosting its eighth annual quilt display until April 20. The quilts are displayed in the historic Church of the Vow, which will be 100 years old in 2012. The displays are open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday.

Members of the Howick Arts Society (Harts) will be holding an exhibition of their work at St Ives Lions River from April 20 to 27. St Ives is located on the R103, approximately 10 km north of Howick.

A group of seven artists will be exhibiting at Art & Soul Gallery at Happy Hills, just off the R103, from April 20 to May 3. Inquiries: Karin Davel at 072 122 8084.

Corrie Lynn & Co in the Dargle is hosting at open weekend from April 22 to 27. Visitors will be able to view beautifully crafted wooden furniture including a chest of drawers which opens only in a special sequence. Open

9 am to 5 pm. Inquiries: 033 234 4838 or 082 828 0424.

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.


Exclusive Books in the Midlands Mall is hosting Jenny Hobbs, author of Kitchen Boy, at a book launch on April 18 at 5.30 pm for 6 pm. Kitchen Boy is mainly set at the Durban funeral of J.J. Kitching, a Second World War hero and former Springbok rugby star. Those attending his funeral have different memories of the man, some good, some bad and some shocking. For more information on the launch, phone 033 342 2074 or email midlands@exclusivebooks.co.za


Durban Ramblers is hosting a hike in the New Germany Nature Reserve tomorrow. The route includes grasslands with some riverine bush. Meet at reserve car park off Otto Volek Road at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Ismail at 031 209 0902. On Sunday, the club is hosting a hike at Wingfield farm in a conservancy area in Mid Ilovo. Stunning scenery plus waterfalls. Meet at Pinetown at 8 am. Petrol sharing R40 plus R10 donation to conservancy. Inquiries: Nevil at 031 705 3122 or 083 977 2475.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick at 6.30 am on Sunday. Inquiries: Peter Divall at 033 239 5537 (h).

The Hilton Garden Club meets on April 19. Members will visit gardens in Kloof. Please meet at the Town Board parking area to share lifts at 9 am for 9.15 am departure where directions to the gardens will be given. Inquiries: Jacqui Arnott at 033 330 4541.

The Decorative Arts Society meets on April 20 at The Heritage Hall, St Johns United Church, Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. 'Fred Astaire and his dancing ladies' will be entertaining members and guests when Rob Fiddler gives us a talk entitled ‘Top Hat and Tails’. Off street parking is available. Light refreshments are served. Visitors welcome - R40. Inquiries Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

Howick Birding Group is hosting an illustrated talk by Ann Burke, volunteer reserve manager, KZN Crane Foundation, titled ‘The Secret Love-life of Cranes’, at the WESSA Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Nature Reserve in Howick on April 20. Doors open at 5.30 pm for registration.

Shamrocks Football Club hosts training sessions at the Golden Horse Casino Community Fields - juniors meet on Fridays from 5 pm to 6 pm; and seniors, U17s and U15s train on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5 pm and 6.30 pm. Phone Daniel Haswell at 083 792 3668 for more information.

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.


Hayfields Lutheran Church in Bester Road is hosting an Easter Evening at 5.30 pm today. Attractions include unique novelty Easter eggs, German cakes, arts and crafts, Kaffee Stube with delicious cakes, and a kiddies Easter egg hunt. There will also be flowers through the Church on this evening and tomorrow from 10 am to 12 noon. Inquiries: phone the church office at 033 396 5169 or 082 440 7545.

An Easter craft market and open day will take place at the Rencken Centre in Wartburg on April 16 between 9 am and 2 pm. Food and refreshments available.

Hayfields Baptish Church in Foxon Road is hosting a musical progragramme, titled Celebrate Easter in Song, on Sunday at 9 am. There will also be a special Good Friday service at 8 am and an Easter Sunday service at 9 am. Inquiries: 033 396 2760 or 076 424 099.

Diakonia Good Friday service - The Cross of Transformation – at the Durban Exhibition Centre on April 22 from 5.15 am. It was in 1985 when the first Diakonia Good Friday service proceeded from the Central Methodist Church to the walls of Durban’s Central Prison to pray for the treason trialists incarcerated there, and Diakonia Council of Churches has held annual Good Friday services and civic processions since then, each year highlighting one particular aspect of national suffering and injustice. This year the Good Friday service will focus on grappling with the issue of transformation in South Africa. The sermon will be given by Rev Sue Brittion from the Anglican parish of Pinetown. Meditative singing will commence at 5.15 am at the Durban Exhibition Centre, where the first part of the service will take place at 6.15 am. Thereafter the congregation will proceed through the streets of Durban in reflective silent witness. The service will conclude at approximately 8.15 am on the steps of the City Hall with a flowered Cross. Inquiries: 031 310 3500.

The Easter Bunny is coming to Creighton on April 23! Bring the whole family for a fun filled day out at Creighton train station. Activities include: a ride on the Eshayamoya steam train, an Easter egg hunt, food stalls and other fun activities for kids. Admission is R80 per child, including the ride and egg hunt, and R100 per adult. Inquiries: Leigh via email at rstokes@futurenet.co.za or phone 082 072 4858.


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.

Midlands Arts and Crafts Society will be hosting an open day at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg tomorrow from 9 am to 2 pm. Come and play with moaisc, making your own little paving stone or paperweight. Nominal fee for materials used. Food and drink will be available if you feel peckish. Macs also hosts a number of workshops in which people can learn to wet felt, spin, knit, dye or block print cloth and paper, embroider, and do metalwork, make jewellery and papier mache. Phone Joy at 033 3866500 for details of all Macs classes and workshops. 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.

uShaka Marine World is hosting the annual FNB Dolphin Dash tomorrow to raise funds for the Sea World Rescue Unit which rescues, treats, shelters and then releases stranded or injured animals back into the wild. The big race kicks off at 9 am when a pod of toy dolphins head out into a half a kilometre stretch of the Lazy Duzi, bobbing to the finish line cheered on by a host of celebrity performers from the cast of the Buccaneers and Charon Ross Williams Entertainment Agency. The entrance fee is R100 and a R15 000 prize is up for grabs, together with free entry into uShaka Marine World's Sea World and Wet n Wild on the day.

Psychic and trance medium, David Hean, will be channelling his guide Fleetfoot at 2 pm tomorrow at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. There will be a short introduction followed by a question and answer session. Entrance R50. Refreshments provided. Bookings essential. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Vision and Joy Togethery meets on Sunday at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Psychic, Sheila Bennett will be presenting the topic, Attachments. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

The Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg hosts its annual Family Day Carnival at the National Botanical Garden on April 25. All children under the age of 10 are welcome and will be given free entry to the garden between 9 am and 10 am. Families are invited to bring their picnic teas and lunches and to enjoy a morning of fun and laughter facilitated by Rotarians and their assistants. Rotary also invites children to bring along and donate to Rotary any unwanted soft toys for reconditioning and passing on to disadvantaged children.

Fancy some champagne, live music and food from among the finest eateries in the Natal Midlands? Then head over to the inaugural Meander Fine Wines Champagne and Bubbly Festival on Piggly Wiggly Farm in Lions River on April 30. Cabriere Estate will perform sabrage – ceremoniously slicing off the top of a champagne bottle with a sabre – and winemakers from Cederberg, Colmant, De Grendel, De Wetshof, Pierre Jordaan, Klein Constantia, La Motte, Saronsberg, Steenberg, Simonsig, Ross Gower, Groote Post, Muratie, Dieu Donné, Darling Cellars, Quoin Rock, Weltevrede, Goeverwacht, Graham Beck, Môreson, Morgenhof and Villiera will be in attendance. Pommery and Billecart-Salmon champagne houses will add that final touch to elegance and sophistication with tastings of the wine-making technique so famously perfected by the Benedictine monk Dom Perignon more than 350 years ago. The R200 ticket price includes a champagne glass, a book of meal and wine-tasting vouchers and hours of live music in a relaxed atmosphere. The doors open at noon and the festival ends at 6 pm.

The Smoking Dragon Women's Festival, hosted by Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, takes place from April 30 to March 2 in the Northern Drakensberg. The festival aims to highlight female performers, artists and crafters. Among those taking part are Nicky Blumenfeld from Khaya FM, Andra from Namibia, Nancy Ginindza from the UK, Lori Levine, Kathy Raven, Gently Scar'd, Miz Buttons, Lady Ellinor, DJ Shakti, DJ Digga, Ternielle, Khethi, Ami Margaret"s Daughter, Menage a Trois, Davina Satori, Marcia Moon, Shotgun Tori, EMN8 and Lara Light. Other attractions include an art exhibtion, puppet shows, a food and craft market and a kid's zone. Tickets R150, which includes two nights camping. To book phone 036 438 6675 or email amphibackpackers@worldonline.co.za

It’s the International Year of Forest, so why not celebrate by creating a forest refuge for urban wildlife or starting a food forest to feed your family? Agapanthus, Almond and Artichoke to Ziziphus and Zucchini – the Midlands Indigenous and Edible Plant Fair will have them all on April 30 and May 1 and 2, from 9 am to 4 pm in the Cattle Arena at the Royal Show Grounds in Pietermaritzburg. Entrance through Gate 5 off Hyslop Road. Inquiries: Alex at 082 499 4082 or Rob at 082 800 2809.

The Sunflower Fund’s ‘Heroes of Hope’ Charity Ball in Association with International Bank Vaults takes place at 6.30 pm on May 6 at the Great Ilanga Room, Elangeni Hotel, Durban. Tickets are R600 each or R6000 for a table of ten which includes KWV sparkling wine on arrival, a three course meal, breathe-taking décor and amazing entertainment. Funds raised will help pay for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors for inclusion on the South African Bone Marrow Registry. To book phone Stephanie Berry at 078 207 9041 or email steph@sunflowerfund.org.za

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 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.


Alliance Française, Pietermaritzburg is hosting a French film evening at 7 pm tonight at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg’s Centre for Visual Arts Lecture Theatre in Ridge Road. The film to be shown is Cedric Klapisch’s Paris, about a group of Parisians that is, according to Roger Ebert, more than anything, a love affair with the city itself. Tickets are R10 for members and R15 for non-members. Bring a bottle and a plate of eats to share.

The Dargle Conservancy presents Second Nature, a film which explores the emerging discipline of biomimicry with Janine Benyus, biologist, author, and recipient of multiple environmental awards. Set in the wilds of South Africa, the viewer is guided through the myriad of human-made innovations that have been, and can be, inspired by nature - toward a vision of a planet balanced between continued human progress and ecosystem survival. The screening will take place at Tanglewood Country House at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on Wednesday, April 20. Admission is a R10 donation towards Conservancy funds. Inquiries: www.dargleconservancy.org.za


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.


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


The Durban Symphonic Choir is performing Handel’s Messiah at the Mariannhill Cathedral at 3 pm on Sunday. They will be joined for the performance by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Naum Rousine and soloists, Cornelia Conrad-Vos (soprano), Marietjie Bezuidenhout (alto), Sibonelo Mbanjwa (tenor) and Andrew Butler (bass). Tickets are R80 each and can be bought at the door. Inquiries: Ros Pearson at 082 668 0044 or 031 201 0860.

Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Chamber Choir, will take place St George's Garrison Church (opposite Fort Napier Hospital), at 4 pm on Sunday. The officiant and preacher is the Reverend Ron Nicolson.


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.


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: 17 April – The Freedom Route; 29 May – Tatham Art Gallery and Macrorie House Mueseum; 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.


BAASA KwaZulu-Natal is hosting a pen and ink drawing workshop, presented by Joan Martin, an art teacher and artist from Durban Girl’s College, at the Discovery Room, Durban Botanic Gardens, on April 16 at 8.30 am for 9 am. Inquiries: Jean Powell at 031 266 3082 or Lynne Griffin at 083 630 5351.

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.

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.

* 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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