Diary of Events 19-25 February

2010-02-19 00:00


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 Midlands Hiking Club hosts a 17km hike to Ferncliffe tomorrow. Inquiries: Brian at 033 247 1126.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting afternoon/evening outing to Durban Botanical Gardens and Mount Moreland on February 21. Meet at the gardens for picnic lunch followed by birding and a visit to the barn swallow roosting site at Mount Moreland. Inquiries: Adrian Ogilvie at 033 347 1685.

Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets at the St Matthews Parish Hall, corner Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive, Hayfield on February 22 at 7.30 pm. Visitors welcome, stamp collectors at all levels. Always interesting talks, exhibits, advice on care of collections. buying and selling, and swapping between members. Inquiries: 033 343 4803.

Howick Birding Group is hosting a morning outing to Darvill on February 24. Meet at Umgeni Valley at 7 a to arrange transport, or at Darvill at 7.45 am. Bring tea. Inquiries: Pam Nicol at 033 330 2947.

Toastmasters hosts its monthly dinner meeting at 6.15 pm for 6.30 pm on March 2 at Varsity College in Harwin Road, Pietermaritzburg. If you want to be a better speaker, make better presentations, or gain confidence talking before a group of people, Toastmasters can help. Visitors welcome. Admission R65. Inquiries: Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 298 0491.

Winning Women – South Africa Pietermaritzburg After 5 will meet at the Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College on March 1 at 5.30 pm for 6 pm. Renowned plastic surgeon, Dr Jan Kleynhans, will talk about facial plactic surgery and Danny Genheimer, the group’s book man, has good news. Admission is R60. Ladies are cordially invited to supper. Reservations are essential by February 26. Phone Esther Howard-Browne at 033 342 2034 or e-mail lesterhb@lantic.net

KZN Women in Business holds its monthly meeting at La Vita Conference Centre, opposite the Ice rink in Durban, on March 4. This month’s speaker is Susan Mercer-Williams on Healthy Money Strategies for 2010. Registration is at 8 am. The meeting starts at 8.30 am and runs until 10 am. Admission is R120 for members and R140 for non-members, which includes breakfast, a gift, networking and the guest speaker. Bookings close on March 1. Please note space is limited and only paid bookings are confirmed. Visit www.kznwib.co.za for more information and to book.

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. Enquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


Msunduzi Hospice is hosting a seminar titled Guide to Prosperity at the Msunduzi Hospice Conference Centre, 200 Zwartkop Road, Pietermaritzburg, on March 3 from 9 am to 3 pm. Registration is 8.30 am. The keynote speakers include: Chantell Illbury, who will speak on The World and South Africa in the 2010s, The Global Game, The South African Game and finally on Survival of the Adapted - scenarios, strategies and tactics based on her and Clem Sunter’s book The Mind of a Fox; Stephen Thomas, CEO and founder of 1in1out, who will speak on sustainability and self-sustainability in the current financial climate, diversifying, and BEE and Corporate Social Investment initiatives; and Desiree Storey, manager of The FirstRand Volunteers Programme, who will speak about the volunteer programme, the benefits for NPOs, the benefits for corporate staff and the benefits for the FirstRand group through the “spirit of giving”.

Admission is R500, including refreshments and lunch. Bookings are essential. Telephone Vijaya Chetty at 033 344 1560 during office hours or email vijaya@hospicekzn.co.za

Sarah Richards is hosting a life sketching weekend at Willowdale Lodge in Kokstad from March 12 to March 14. The course, which aims to inspire and teach quick drawings from life, costs R1840 single and R2290 sharing. This includes all tuition,accommodation, breakfasts and dinners. Inquiries: email info@willowdalelodge.co.za or telephone 039 727 3870.

Join up with fun new art classes, held at a home-based studio in Scottsville. Groups are small, informal and friendly, and tuition is offered by an experienced art teacher\lecturer. Good for beginners and great for improvers. A general art course is held on weekday mornings and offers a basic introduction to sketching, charcoal, pastels and watercolours. There is also a design careers portfolio programme onweekday afternoons, which can assist matric art students; and a Saturday morning ‘leisure artists’ workshop. Inquiries: Denise Essom at 033 345 2116 or 072 117 0017 or e-mail dessom@xsinet.co.za

A creative writing workshop with novelist and freelance editor Brenda George, author of Falling Leaves and Mountain Ashes, will be held on February 23 from 9 am to 2 pm. Admission is R300. Booking essential at 033 342 9876 or 076 424 9663.

Learn to draw with Penny Forder is an easy, fun course introducing drawing skills and techniques. The perfect course for beginners or those wanting to become more creative, it takes place on Thursdays in February February, from 9 am to 12 noon at The Library House, 173 Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg. Telephone Penny at 072 143 3008 to book.

Penny Forder hosts oil painting classes at Library House in Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg on Mondays in February from 9 am to 12 noon. The classes aim give students a basic understanding of oil painting. Students can also learn advanced skills and techniques for still life painting. Inquiries: 072 143 3008.

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.

Fashion sewing for beginners: Sew beautiful clothes using techniques that are fast and easy. For more details call Idoni Forder on 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.


Flatfoot dance company is hosting a two-day contact improvisation workshop with Lucia Walker from Oxford in the UK from 11 am to 3 pm on February 27 and 28 at the Dance Studio, Drama Department, UKZN (Howard College Campus). In contact improvisation dancers explore the interplay of touch, momentum, gravity, intention and direction. All levels of physical ability are welcome – although the workshop is only open to people over 16 years. The class will be particularly suited to anyone interested in movement and awareness. Please wear comfortable clothes that are suitable for rolling on the floor. Admission is R250 (R180 student/scholars). Places are limited so booking is essential. Telephone Clare at 082 875 6065.


Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, is hosting a herbs and health morning at 10 am today. Di Aldworth, a herbal expert from Mooi River, will be the speaker. Refreshments will be served, so please RSVP to Riana or Lynn at 033 394 6835.

Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, is hosting a special cocktail event with the theme, Romance and Remembrance, in celebration of Valentine’s month. Come and enjoy an evening of Victorian poetry, love letters and music at the museum on February 19 at 6 pm for 6.30 pm. Tickets R100. Seats are limited so booking is essential. Phone 033 342 5515 or 033 394 2161 on or before 1 pm on February 17.

Robin Banks, South Africa's leading authority on mind power, will be speaking about mind power in the 21st century, at the Victoria Country Club in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. Registration is at 6 pm and the programme starts at 7 pm. Admission is R70. Space is limited. To book your seat telephone Merlynn Marion at 072 780 7005.

The monthly KZN Stamp Fair takes place at the Kloof Country Club on Sunday from 11.30 am. Huge selection of stamps, plus the Post Office with all the latest issues. Bring items suitably marked to sell, by 10 am. Inquiries: Anne Southwood at 033 343 4803.

Take a steam trian ride from Creighton to Underberg and back tomorrow and Sunday. The train leaves Creighton station at 10 am. Tickets are R200 one way, R300 one way and lunch, R550 overnight return (including lunch), or R1220 for an overnight trip all inclusive (lunch both ways, a three course dinner, luxury sleeping compartments). The Sunday morning Underberg coffee run is R150. Booking is essential. Telephone Glynnis Shewan at 083 273 8037. Children’s prices and accommodation in Underberg on request.

Sue Marshall, a well-known and respected garden lover in KwaZulu-Natal, is opening her home and garden in Sherwood Road, off Portland Place, Durban North, to benefit Save the Children KZN on February 24 and 25 from 10 am to 5 pm. There will also be a sale of art and craft work and the entrance fee of R100 includes refreshments. All proceeds will go directly towards funding programmes that benefit disadvantaged children.

If you’ve got the X factor and have a passion for the ocean, you stand a great chance of making the finals of the Mr, Miss or Junior Miss uShaka Marine World competition. Winners will be chosen not only for their healthy good looks, but also for their ambassadorial and leadership qualities as they will be involved in the Dolphin Dash fundraising event for Sea Animal Rescue and will attend functions and events representing uShaka Marine World and their sponsors. Previous winners have included Megan Coleman (Miss SA 2006). The closing date for entries is February 28 at 12 noon. So make sure you submit a head shot and full body short together with your entry form which can be obtained online www.ushakamarineworld.co.za The semi-finals take place on March 13 in the Village Walk Shopping Mall at uShaka with the gala final on April 17 at the FNB Dolphin stadium. Girls between the ages of 13 and 16 can enter the Junior Miss uShaka. Girls and boys aged from 17 can enter the Mr and Miss uShaka. Inquiries: Theresa Harker at 031 328 8000.

Ceramics Southern Africa KZN is hosting a free workshop on South African studio ceramics at Kearsney College in Botha’s Hill on February 27 between 10 am and 12 noon. Professor Ian Calder will discuss the work of artists like Tim Morris, Hyme Rabinowitz, Gordon Mbatha, Ardmore, Ian Garrett and Clive Sithole in the workshop, which follows the organisations annual meeting. After the talk Lynette Morris-Hale will present a slide show of current British ceramics.

If you have ever wanted to walk the El Camino pilgrimage trail in Spain, then make sure you get to the annual Camino Pilgrims workshop at the Westville Museum in Queens Avenue, Westville, on February 27 between 8 am and 11.45 am. Admission is R20, which includes tea and biscuits. Inquiries: Sylvia at 083 474 8086 or 031 267 2059.


The Salvation Army (Pietermaritzburg Corps) and Hope Goodwill Centre are hosting a garage sale at 52 College Road on March 6 from 9 am to 12 noon. Lots of things for the whole family.


The Parkinson's Disease Support Group meeting takes place at Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg, tomorrow at 2.30 pm. Inquiries: Jane at 033 386 4477 (h) or 082 940 0225.


In 2010, learn how to meditate, breathe and restore your vital energy. Four-week course and one day workshops from February 25 to March 21 at Body Dynamics in Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg. Tai Chi, meditation and alchemy. Telephone Pamela on 073 754 2062 to book. Also coming soon lunch hour classes at Msunduzi Municipal Library in Church Street.

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

Day and evening yoga classes take place in Westville, Kloof, Hillcrest and Camperdown. 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 5.30 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 – just proper eating. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.


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.


A meditation course, titled Meditations for Relaxation, will take place at Maitreya Centre in Hillcrest, corner Springside and Hilltop Roads, on February 28 from 9 am to 12.30 pm. On this course you can learn to meditate with Buddhist monk Kelsang Phuntsog. Reduce stress, calm your body and mind and develop your own sense of inner peace and well-being.

Cost R200, which includes a guided meditation CD, introductory booklet and refreshments. For bookings and more details telephone 031 765 2162 or email: meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com


Internationally renowned singer Karnamrita dasi will be performing in Pietermaritzburg on February 28 at Aryan Hall at 2 pm. Vaisnav devotional singer Karnamrita hails from the USA and recently released the CD, Dasi Prayers by women. Also appearing at the programme is Vaisnavacharya Chandan Goswami from Radha Raman Temple, Vrindavan India. His holiness is a bonafide spiritual master, expert in Sri Radha Govinda Katha. Admission is free and a vegetarian feast will be served. Inquiries: www.sriradhagovindaashram.com

All Time Top Classics returns with an all new programme of classical music favourites performed by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and top soloists, Boris Kerimov (cello) and Elena Kerimova (violin). From the lively melodies of Vivaldi's Four Seasons to Bach's evocative Air on a G String and Strauss' The Blue Danube waltz, be prepared to be entertained at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on March 5 at 7.30 pm. Tickets range from R80 to R150 and bookings can be made at the Dulce Café at Parklane SuperSpar (033 342 3487) or through Computicket.

Staff and boys from the Michaelhouse Music Department will be hosting an informal evening of music, titled @Bandroom.Live, on March 5 at 6.30 pm in the school’s bandroom. Tickets are R25 and patrons are invited to bring along picnic baskets and drinks. Bookings: music@michaelhouse.org

Richard Cock and soloists, Nicholas Nicolaides and Veramarie Meyer, and a small orchestra from Johannesburg, are the stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Friends in Love is a Many Splendid Thing at Howick High School on March 14 at 3 pm. Tickets are R60 and R80 and can be bought every Monday between 11 am and 11.30 am at the school. Inquiries: Mary Carlisle at 083 284 8798.


A fundraising talk by John Hone, titled Encounters with the Dragon, will take place at Preparatory School Hall, in Harvard Street, at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on February 19. Hone, the author of the coffee table book on the Drakensberg, Encounters with the Dragon, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia in 2007 and after the initial treatments to bring him into remission eventually had a stem cell transplant in Cape Town. Since then he has made a remarkable recovery. In his presentation he willd share his experiences on both the Drakensberg and his leukaemia journey.

Copies of Hones book will be available on the evening and he is happy to sign copies for those who attend. The talk is being hosted by the 1st Howick Cub & Scout Group and all funds raised will go to The Sunflower Fund, which aims to encourage more people to become bone marrow donors. For more information log on to www.sunflowerfund.org.za or call 0800 12 1082. Tickets are R35 for adults and R15 for children under 18. Howick car guards will be in attendance and tea and coffee will be served (there will be a donation box).

Mermaids of Swift-People? Unique paintings from the Klein Karoo is the title of a talk by Jeremy Hollmann, curator of rock art in the human sciences department at 10.45 am on February 20 at the Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street. The subjects of this presentation are intriguing rock paintings that are found in a restricted part of the folded mountains of the Eastern and Western Cape provinces.

Transform Your Life - a free bookshop talk – takes place at Bookworld in Cascades, Pietermaritzburg, on February 27 at 10.30 am. Transform Your Life is written by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a fully accomplished meditation master. Kelsang Phuntsog, a Buddhist monk and meditation teacher, will give an insight into this book. Everyone is welcome to attend - simply come along and there is no need to book. Inquiries: Tharpa Publications SA at 031 464 0984 or email info.za@tharpa.com


The Kenmont School in Moffat Avenue, Bluff, is hosting an international evening featuring Josephine du Bois and her show, the Magic of Springtime, on March 5 at 7 pm. The show celebrates the music of various European countries. During the interval, the audience will have the chance to visit an “international carnival”, where they can taste snacks from the countries included in the show. The snacks, which are included in the admission price, and will be prepared by Kenmont students. Tickets are R60 (R30 concessions) Booking: Laura at 031 466 4477 or receptionist@kenmont.co.za

The Russell High Choir is hosting, Last Choir Standing, an event packed full of song and dance on March 17 at 6 pm for 6.30 pm. Champion Irish Dancers, Samantha and Melissa Wood, who have just returned from the world championships in Killarney, Ireland, Scottish pipers, ballroom dancers, drummers from Cordwalles and the choir itself are set to perform on the night. Tickets are R80 for adults and R20 for under 12s. Bring your own picnic supper, drinks and glasses. To book your seats call Ronèl Wood at 033 342 2338 or send an email to ronel@ovation.co.za Alternatively, book your seats with the school. Part of the proceeds will go to the Russell Choir Fund.


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.


Life Chatsmed Garden, Life Mount Edgecombe, Life The Crompton (in Pinetown), Life Westville Hospitals in Durban and Life Empangeni Garden Clinic will be hosting Little Life Baby Workshops on February 27 from 9 am to 12 noon. The free workshops will provide an ideal opportunity for expectant mums ands dads to enjoy a range of talks by specialists and experts in their respective fields on child birth and pregnancy related topics. In addition, there will be demonstrations; useful information and tips for mum-to-be; prizes, displays, special offers, samples, goodie bags and tours to the maternity units. Seating is limited. To reserve a place telephone Tricia Stoole at 031 204 1457 or Lisa Thomas at 031 204 1408.

* Submit your events to ESTELLE SINKINS via email at arts@witness.co.za or by fax on 033 355 1122 by Wednesday 12 noon.

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