Diary of Events 18-24 June

2010-06-18 00:00


The NCF Church, at 498 Alexandra Road extension in Bisley, is hosting a free world cup screenings of the match between SA and France at 4 pm on June 22, the semi-finals at 8.30 pm on July 6 and July 7 and the final at 8.30 pm on July 11. Visitors can enjoy reasonably priced meals at each screening.

The NCF Church at 3 Sutherland Road, Imbali (opposite Ekhukanyeni School) will be showing world cup games on a big screen, including SA versus France at 4 pm on June 22, and the semi-finals at 8.30 pm on July 6 and 7. Admission is free.


The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) Midlands branch invites all blood donors to attend an annual meeting in the Board Room at the Blood Donor Centre, 294 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, on June 22 at 5 pm for 5.30 pm.


Aladdins Corner in Nottingham Road is hosting a Raku course on June 26 and July 3. Admission is R340. There are also regular pottery classes at the venue on Monday nights From 6 pm to 8.30 pm and Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. Admission is R330 per month. Inquiries: 033 266 6460.

An art exhibition by Argentinian artist, Bartolome Vaccarezza, has proven so popular that it has been extended until Sunday. Catch it while you can at Aladdins Corner, 2 Robin Road, Nottingham Road. From June 22 the venue is hosting an exhibition by Hilary Grant Curry, who will demonstrate her versatility with works that reflect her recent stay in France and new soccer themed works to celebrate 2010. Inquiries: 033 266 6460.

Chistlehurst Arts and Academics in Pietermaritzburg holds community classes every Wednesday afternoon during the term. Free classes offered in basic dance, drama and design from 3 pm to 4 pm. All pupils from Grade 6 to 12 welcome. Phone 033 345 4895 mornings.

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.


The shelves at Msunduzi Hospice Association's second-hand bookstore are bursting with gems ranging from adventure and romance to information and education. There is also an exciting range of Africana and highly collectable books for sale in our bookshop. The bookshop is open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.


The South African Writers’ Circle meets tomorrow at 11 am in the Main Westville Library (behind the Civic Centre). The guest speaker is Durban-based author Elana Bregin, well-known for her award-winning young adult titles, including The Kayaboeties, The Boy from the Other Side and The Red-haired Khumalo, all of which deal with the social realities of a changing South Africa. Her most recent novel, Shiva’s Dance, is set in Durban, and deals with the pain of dysfunctional families. Admission is R5 for members and R15 for non-members. A workshop will be held after lunch break. Inquiries: 031 564 7660.

There is a Vision & Joy meeting at 9.30 am on June 20 at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Graham Grenfell will be presenting The Nazarene. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Birdlife Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a day outing to Satellite Dam, Cramond, on June 20. Phone leader Mike Spain at 033 347 2797 for meeting place and time.

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. All embroiderers are very welcome, whether experienced or a beginner. 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 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. Meet at the clubhouse at 5.30 pm every Thursday or join us after practice (7 pm). Cash bar and braai fires available. Inquiries: Caz 082 859 3026 or Noeline 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club welcomes visitors and new members on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm. The venue is in Alexandra Park, near the Oval, and the club provides equipment. 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. Visitors and potential new members are welcome. 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. All welcome irrespective of the standard of play. 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. Visitors and new members welcome. Inquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.



Fashion sewing course. Learn how to get a professional finish using a fast sewing system. No pinning and tacking. Beginners course also available. Phone Idoni Forder at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

Beginners as well as experienced artists are invited to attend drawing and painting classes by former Durban University of Technology lecturer, Fransie Pretorius, in Westville. Students will explore a variety of approaches to drawing and become familiar with the use of line, form, texture and composition. The classes are held at 22 Portman Road, Dawncliffe, on Saturday afternoons between 2 pm and 5 pm and on Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 noon. Inquiries: 031 266 6422 or e-mail: fransiep@telkomsa.net

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.

Painting lessons on canvas, fabric, ceramic and wood for beginners or existing painters. No artistic ability required. Call Truus at Creative Image on 033 342 4959 or 082 445 7051.

Enjoy painting (oils, acrylics or watercolours) or drawing (pastels, charcoal or pencil shading) - classes for beginner or experienced adult art students. Creative art lessons for pupils and Grades 9 to 11 art subject candidates. Inquiries to Val Maggs at 033 342 1638.


The Dusi Dance Company, based in Durban, is holding a dance workshop in African contemporary, hip hop and contact improvisation in Pietermaritzburg from July 5 to 9 at The Wykeham Collegiate School. The workshop will conclude with a performance on Friday, July 9 at Maritzburg College. Boys and girls aged from 12 years are welcome to attend. No previous advanced dance training is required. Entries close on June 30. For more information and the cost of the workshops phone Les-Lee at 072 077 1248 or Vusi at 082 622 4005.

A Nia Dance class is held every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Hexagon movement studio, Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg. A dance workout for all ages and fitness levels. Phone Lorraine at 031 767 1690 or email harleya@ukzn.ac.za Go to www.niasouthafrica.co.za for more information.


Enjoy an evening of star gazing at the KZN National Botanical Garden in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow night. After the annual meeting of the KZN Inland branch of the Botanical Society of SA at 4 pm in the Clivia Room, there will be talk on star gazing by Rogan Roth, followed by a light supper and a star gazing session in the gardens. The moon and stars should be visible from 5.30 pm onwards. Bring a torch, binoculars, a picnic rug and warm clothing. The Astronomy Society will have telescopes set up. Visitors are welcome and children are encouraged to attend with their parents. It is essential to RSVP to ensure adequate parking, since the jazz concert will only be finishing at 6 pm. Meet at the Clivia Functions Room (old restaurant) at 5.30 pm. Inquiries and to RSVP Christina at 082 062 2939 (SMS preferred).

Midlands Arts & Crafts Society (Macs) invite you to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day tomorrow from 9 am to 2pm at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg. Bring your knitting (or crocheting) or buy hand-dyed and handspun yarns at Macs. Tea and cake will be availabl. Knit or natter if you don't knit - just enjoy knowing that there are hundreds around the world knitting.

Woodlands ex-students host a braai and dance tomorrow at Club Woodlander, 110 Allandale Drive, Pietermaritzburg at 6 pm. Tickets R50 including braai packs, salad and a roll. Cash bar available. No drinks to be brought onto the premises. Disco Legends will provide the music. Tickets from 033 387 2180.

The Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg is hosting a talk by Professor Elwyn Jenkins, titled, The San in Literature in the Ingede Theatre at 10.45 am on June 19. Since the early 19th century, the San have featured in fiction and poetry for adults and children. This illustrated talk briefly considers what has been published and looks at some of the ways the San have been portrayed and the questions that arise from the free use of their folklore and tales by subsequent authors.

The Vryheid Vintage Car Club presents the Biggest Car Show in Northern KZN at Vryheid Rugby School from 7.30 am till late on June 9. Owners of vintage, classic and exotic cars, hotrods and motorcycles and vintage tractors or engines are invited to display their vehicles free of charge. Other attractions include a spitbraai, beer tent, food stalls, a jumping castle and lucky draws. Tickets R20 (adults0, R10 (under 16s) and free for those under six. Donations will be made to hospice and the old age home. Inquiries: Hendrik Delport at 083 366 4770 or email hjdelport@lantic.net

Or Gordon Warde at 083 253 0176 or email elise@bundunet.co.za

Project Gateway is holding a quiz and picnic supper fundraiser in the Gateway Hall in 4 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg at 6.30 pm on June 19. Bring your friends and test your general knowledge. Tickets R50. To book phone 033 345 3387.

The June meeting of the Decorative Arts Society takes place at 12.30 pm for 1 pm on June 23 in the Heritage Hall, St John's United Church, 244 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg. Debbie Whelan, an anthropoligst, will talk on trading stores and the role they played in the development of the rural areas and the trading networks established in KZN in the early days. Admission R20 (R40 visitors). Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

Want to change your life forever today? Yes, then join Weigh-Less at our Community Man and Woman of the Year event at St John’s United Church, 344 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg on June 26 at 3 pm. Be inspired by the journey our enterants have been on and start your own journey to rediscover yourself. Tickets R10, which includes a high tea, words of inspiration from the guest speaker, and the inspirational journeys of the enterants. Inquiries: Pranusha at 074 525 5778 or email s1005@weigh-less.co.za


The Non-Practising Nurses Group meets on June 23 at 9.45 am for a bring and share tea at the Louis Sennett Centre, Woodgrove Retirement Village, 28 a Howick Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Barbara at 033 355 0112.


Health exercises for all ages and fitness at Body Dynamics, 1 Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg. Thursdays: 8.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 10 am - Tao Yin (Chinese yoga/internal exercises); 2 pm - Baque Meditation (The forces – Trigrams). Friday: 8.30 am - Taiji (38 Form Chen style) part 1 and 2; 10 am - Baqua Meditaton; 2 pm - Tao Yin; 6 pm - Taiji (part 1 and 2). Wear loose clothing and soft shoes. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place in Westville from 3 pm to 4.30 pm on Tuesdays; in Kloof from 9 am to 10.30 am on Wednesdays; in Hillcrest from 5.30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays; in Pietermaritzburg from 8 am to 9.30 pm on Thursdays and in Camperdown from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on Thursdays. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Academy of Self-Defence courses. Learn how to project confidence through awareness and practical techniques. Aimed at all women and children. To book phone Mandy at 082 459 6095 or email mandytyrer@vodamail.co.za

Run walk for life Nottingham Road runs morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Clifton Prep School at 8 am from the Top Field behind the pavilion. Once every six to eight weeks they do a fun run on a members farm which is followed by breakfast. Inquiries: 082 374 1023 or email: runwalk4life@bundunet.com

Health exercises suitable for all ages and fitness levels at Body Dynamics every Thursday and Friday: 7.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 8.30 am - Baqua (the elements) or Tao Yin (yoga); 5 pm – Baqua (the elements); 6 pm - Taiji (38 step form and applications). Wear loose comfortable shoes and clothing. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place at Kloof, Westville, Hillcrest, Camperdown and Pietermaritzburg. Phone Kath for more infomation at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

The Art of Living Foundation is hosting Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Veda Temple, Nohar Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 391 1714.

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World hosts free yoga sessions in the Suncoast ampitheatre on Thursdays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Inquiries: VO2 Max gym at 031 201 8585.

Yoga classes take place at Oakleigh Avenue, Wembley on Thursdays at 8 am. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Hatha yoga classes with meditation and chanting get underway on a peaceful farm in the Camperdown area in February. Inquiries: Bev at 082 857 2774.

Join Group Hypno-Therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm if you want to stop smoking, lose weight, have any fears or phobias, or want to join self-improvement classes. Inquiries: 082 046 7515.

The Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan Tai Chi classes take place every Wednesday from 5.30-7.30 pm at The McDowall Centre, Girls High School, Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Paul Dorrian on 033 386 2916 or 082 573 0557.

Wing Chun Kung Fu, self defence and Eskrima (stick fighting). Classes for men and women every Monday and Thursday at 6.30 pm at Eddels Sports and Social Club, Dartnell Road, Mountain Rise. Inquiries: Sifu Gus Hornby on 083 638 0801 or Shaun on 076 648 6168.

Yoga classes for strength and flexibility in Scottsville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm. Telephone Jenny on 033 386 3323.

Yoga classes take place in Hilton on Mondays at 5.30 pm. Phone Moira on 072 800 5294 or 033 343 4014 (a/h).

Chi Kung is a fun exercise to keep you healthy. Classes take place at Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 9 am and cost R20. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.

Run/Walk for Life holds sessions at Cowan House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 pm (Jane: 033 344 1813 or 082 809 4862) and at Scottsville Primary on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Saturdays at 6 am (Allan: 033 396 6174 or 084 582 4005).

Overweight? Join a class and learn about proper eating habits. No pills, shakes or potions. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.


From June 21 to June 23, South African author, script writer and television producer, Mtutuzeli Matshoba, will be at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville to run a writers’ workshop for learners and interested members of the public. And, from June 28 to July 2 there will be a soccer competition for primary school learners; and the week before school starts participants will get a chance to play board games, listen to storytelling and learn how to dance Jomba style. Inquiries: Clinton Taylor at 032 559 6822/4.

Make your own Zulu Clay pots at the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzburg from June 21 June to July 2. An expert traditional potter from the Msinga area will be doing demonstrations. Inquiries: Nokwanda or Riana at 033 394 6835.

The Macrorie House Museum will be hosting a holiday programme for children from the age of ten years and more on June 23, 24, 25, 29 and 30 from 9 am until 11.30 am each day. On June 23 children will do candle decorating, on June 24 and 25 they will learn the art of basic decoupage and on June 29 an 30 they will be doing glass painting. The cost is R50 per child per day. Space in the museum is limited and therefore booking is essential. Inquiries: Magda at 033 342 5515 or Marigold at 033 394 2161.

Val Maggs is hosting children’s holiday workshops, for children from six to 12 years old, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm today and from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on June 25. Admission is R50 per class. Phone 033 342 1638 to book. She will also be holding specialised tuition for Grade 10 to 12 art subject candidates on June 22, June 23 and June 24 between 10.30 am and 3 pm. To book phone 033 342 1638.

Looking for a way to entertain your little ones? Why not take them along to Rosehurst, at 239 Boom Street, to see the children’s storytelling production, As Told By Me, on June 30 and July 7 at 9.45 pm. As Told By Me is performed by master storyteller, Peter John Hattingh, and features the much loved classic fairytales, Little Red Cap and Rumplestiltskin. Both stories are packed with action, suspense and audience participation and are loads of fun for the whole family. Tickets are R35, which includes something to nibble and drink. Weather permitting. Booking is essential as space is limited. Call Rosehurst at 033 394 3833 for bookings or visit their shop at 239 Boom Street. Don’t forget to bring blankets and dress warmly.

Entertain and enrich children during the June/July school holidays. Pottery classes held that include traditional smoke firings. Phone Lynette for more information at 031 266 0543 or via email at morrishale@yebo.co.za

An action-packed holiday programme is being presented by outdoor educators at the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzburg from July 1. Attractions include treasure hunts, traditional games, even a ghost house. There are three different sessions, two for seven to 13 year olds and one for 12 to 15 year olds. Inquiries and booking - phone Riana at 033 394 6835.

Musgrave Methodist Church, at the corner of St Thomas and Musgrave Roads in Durban’s Berea, is hosting a holiday club in its church hall from July 6 to 9 between 8 am and 12 noon. Children from Grade R to Grade 6 are welcome to come and enjoy creative structured playtime with child care professionals. The donation to cover costs is R40 per child per day. Inquiries: 031 201 2005 or email Philippa@musgravemethodist.co.za


Wartburg holds a Farmers’ Market from 7 am to 9 am on the first Saturday of every month.

The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is at Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: Ian on 072 864 1626.

A craft market takes place opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Pietermaritzburg Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning from 6-10 am at Alexandra Park, behind the Harry Gwala Stadium. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning from 7-11 am. The market is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea 082 820 8986.

Hilton Farmers’ and craft market every Saturday, from 7-11 am. Inquiries: Candice at 079 509 5222.

Farmer’s market at the Lion's River Stock Sale Yard every Saturday from 8.30-11 am. Inquiries: Brian at 033 330 8050. Proceeds from breakfasts support local charities.

Essenwood Craft Market takes place every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at Essenwood Park in Durban.


Learn to meditate on Monday evenings from 6.45 pm to 8 pm, at 60 Oakleigh Ave, Wembley. Meditation helps you to relax and develop your own sense of inner peace and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome, and the classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre including refreshments. Inquiries: 033 345 7501 or email : meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com


Casey Chang, a 17-year-old, matric pupil from Northlands Girls High School, and student of Dr Liezl-Maret Jacobs, will be performing a programme of piano music at the Tatham Art Gallery between 1.10 pm and 1.50 pm tomorrow. The concert is being hosted by the Friends of Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag), and admission is free. Donations will be taken.

The PMB Amateur Music Society Choir meets every Tuesday at 7 pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 88 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Stret. All welcome. Phone Mary at 033 456 0449 or Ruth at 033 347 5464.


You’re Missing the Point, a play focusing on the life of a married couple, explores the breakdown in communication in relationships and is this year's UKZN Pietermaritzburg student entry to the Grahamstown Arts Festival. The play shows how the couple’s relationship deteriorates into absurdity and how the arrival of an old, mutual friend, that both the husband and wife had fallen out of contact with, shakes things up a bit, as unexpected dinner guests normally do. See it at the Studio Theatre at the Hexagon on June 23 and 24 at 6 pm. Tickets are R20 at the door. Inquiries: 033 260 5537.

Into the Sunlight is a play produced and written by C.K. Stephanus, in aid of a drug and alcohol awareness programme at Fairvale Secondary School. Whilst the message is serious the show is entertaining with undertones of clever comedy. The play will be staged at St. Philomena’s Hall, 92 Rippon Road, Sydenham on July 1 at 8 pm. Tickets R50 (pensioners R30 and children R25). Phone Calvin at 083 433 0410 or Fabian at 031 208 4187 to book.


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.


A workshop, titled Enhancing your important relationships, which is facilitated by a psychologist, takes place from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm on June 19 and 26 in Hilton. The workshop will boost your ability to understand significant others as well as deal with conflict in fresh and creative ways. Inquiries: Alistair Mork-Chadwick at 033 330 7973 or 072 365 5875.

The Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa presents a charcoal drawing workshop in the Discovery Room at the Durban Botanic Gardens from 9 am to 12 noon on June 26. Hosted by Fransie Pretorius, the workshop will provide participants with technical skills in charcoal drawing and a greater understanding of how to present forms in space through the manipulation of black and white in their drawings. Inquiries and to book phone Jean Powell at 031 2663082 (h) or 072 337 5142 or email: terencep@saol.com

* 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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