Diary of Events 29 July to 4 August

2011-07-29 00:00


The Karkloof Farmers’ Market will be holding an Art and Photographic Exhibition tomorrow from 7 am to 11 am. This inaugural exhibition features work by Brian Harmer, Andre de la Rosa and Karin Davel, amongst others. The old kiln at the Market on the Karkloof Road, outside Howick, has been turned into a photographic gallery, displaying work by local photographers including Fran Simmons and Doug Morton, who are curating the exhibition.

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 Hiking Club is hosting a moderate walk along the river and through parkland on the Umbilo Moss Trail tomorrow. Meet at Okel Park, off Oliver Lea Drive and Bartle Road in Umbilo at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Philip at 031 201 3592. On Sunday there is a ramble around the Hilton College Estate. Hike through Hilton Conservancy down to Gwen Falls and the Umgeni River. Meet in Pinetown at 7.30 am or at Hilton College 8.30am. Petrol Sharing R55. Inquiries: Colin at 031 708 3517.

Stonecroft Ministries After 9 Club (women's morning meeting) is on August 2 at the Maritzburg Golf Club at 9 am for 9.30 am. National therapist and active kinesiologist Nicole Harvey will explain how to enjoy a better life style and Elaine Dowling, a trained teacher, will also bring members much food for thought. Admission R25 including refreshments. Booking is essential. Phone Eleanor Elliott at 033 345 4975.

The Live Poets Society (LiPS) meets at Point Yacht Club on the Victoria Embankment in Durban at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on August 3. This month’s guest poet is Sarah Frost, who works as an editor for Juta Legalbrief in Durban and has been writing poetry for the past 14 years. She has been published in various SA journals, and also some in the United States and her first anthology, Conduit, was published by Modjaji Books in the first quarter of 2011. Admissio is free. Inquiries: Danny Naicker at 083 282 0865.

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.


The Madly Maritzburg Festival will showcase local talent, skill and entertainment today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Golden Horse Infield. Tonight, local bands will entertain you from 7 pm until late. The line-up kicks off with a six-year-old guitar sensation Saiyan Naidoo, who has played with the likes of American Jazz legend, Ronny Jordan; rising singer-songwriter Ruby Gills; and the ever popular Ryan Calder Band. Tickets R20 (children under 12 R10). There are also plenty of stalls, good food and activities for children. Inquiries: Rashika or Uraisha at 033 342 8740 or email rashika@bridgemonkey.co.za.

The annual Vodacom Aryan Benevolent Home Chatsworth Fair takes place in Chatsworth’s Arena Park today, tomorrow and Sunday. It includes a bustling market with over 200 exhibitor and retail stalls, as well as a jam-packed entertainment and activities programme that includes a multitude of bands and musicians, the Edu-Fair, comedians and dancers. Among those performing are the South Indian Music Group, Luxmi Ragam, Sa-Re-Ga-Ma (a surprise item from India), Men In Black, the Eastern Dance Extravaganza, the Conchords, Haji Fazil Chisti (the internationally famous Qawali group from Phoenix) and more. Monies raised wull go to the Aryan Benevolent Home, which provides life-changing and life-saving assistance to in excess of 1400 people.

New Seasons presents a Winter Ball at the KZN Blind and Deaf Society Hall in Newholmes, Pietermaritzburg, tonight at 7.30 pm. Tickets available from Dino at 082 300 5440 or Archie at 084 582 5662.

Howick Hospice is hosting a Christmas in July dinner at Pecanwood in Merrivale at 6 pm for 6.30 pm tomorrow. Tickets are R200 each and include a four-course meal, live entertainment, lucky draws and much more. Book a table in support of Howick Hospice and enjoy an evening of fun with a hint of Christmas. For bookings or inquiries phone Wendy at 033 330 5257 or 082 955 6868.

UKZN Pietermaritzburg’s classics lecturer, and veteran of many Classic tours to Greece and Italy, Michael Lambert, will be hosting the Wozo Cheka Neo-classical architecture walk in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. This walking tour focuses on the architectural heritage of the city centre, rich in examples of how imperial architecture of the late Victorian period adopted and adapted the art and architecture of Greece and Rome. Participants are asked to meet outside the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli (Commerical) Street. The walk gets underway at 10 am and lasts for two hours. Please bring hats and water bottles. The tour costs R50. For bookings and more information phone Pietermaritzburg Tourism at 033 345 1348. Safe parking will be available at the Tatham.

Vision and Joy Togethery meet on Sunday at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Ronel Wood will be presenting the topic, To Dance Again. The talk will be followed by a discussion on life after death. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

The SPCA’s fundraising Music in the Garden concert is on Sunday in the Botanic Gardens. Tickets are on sale at the SPCA, the SPCA Shop in Gough Street , Dulce at Parklane Spar, The Strelitzia and PMB Tourism at the Mall or at the gate from 9.30 am on Sunday. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

Dargle Conservancy is screening the documentary, Gasland, at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on August 3 at Tanglewood Country House in the Dargle. Gasland is a cross country odyssey with unexpected humour, uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination behind the fracking boom which has swept across the United States. Introduction by Robin Barnesly, President of Kwanalu, on implications for KZN landowners. Inquiries: Nikki at 083 473 3074.

The 13th African Renaissance Festival takes place at the ICC in Durban on August 2, 4 and 5. The festival began 13 years ago in an endeavour to reignite Africa’s own belief in itself and in its potential to develop its own resources. This year’s theme is Connecting Africa and issues will be discussed from an infrastructural and economic perspective. The festival comprises a Youth Conference on August 2, a two day conference on August 4 and 5 and a fundraising banquet on August 5. For more information and the full African Renaissance programme, email reception@wozani.co.za or telephone 031 266 9792.

The World Methodist Conference will take place at the ICC in Durban from August 4 to 8. This assembly convenes every five years to bring together members of the worldwide association of churches in the Methodist/Wesleyan tradition. Participants in the Conference will gather under the theme "Jesus Christ - for the Healing of the Nations" and will experience African culture, hospitality and worship. On the afternoon of Sunday, August 7, there will be a street parade through the streets of Durban culminating at the Durban City Hall involving delegates and guests. The public is warmly invited to participate in the procession. To find out more, or to register to attend the conference, visit http://www.worldmethodistcouncil.org, email gills@turnergroup.co.za

or phone 031 368 8000.

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.


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 Pietermaritzburg SPCA morning market will be open from 9 am to 12 noon tomorrow at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Browse through a lovely selection of reasonably priced “good as new” White elephant items, good quality clothing, interesting books and lovely house and garden plants at the fundraising stalls. Light refreshments in the teagarden. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.


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.


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: 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.

Bookings are now open for the popular Halloween Mystery Bus tour in Durban from 7 pm to midnight on October 31. Pub and grub stops, ghost stories, poltergeists, graveyards and much more. Cost R295. Book at Computicket. Inquiries: www.mysteryghostbus.co.za

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.


The Dargle Mist-belt Forest Walk takes place on August 4 from 9 am to 11 am at Kilgobbin Cottage, D707, Dargle. Donation R10. To book phone Barend at 082 787 0797.

* 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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