Diary of Events 3 to 10 June

2011-06-03 00:00

The Witness is changing the focus of the weekly community diary of events, placing the emphasis on giving space to schools, clubs, societies and not for profit and non-governmental organisations. Organisations and individuals wishing to advertise courses, workshops, health and exercise classes, are requested to contact Kay Govender in The Witness classified department at 033 3551248 or via email at kayg@witness.co.za


The annual general meeting of the Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society will be held from 2 pm to 3 pm on June 11 at ‘The Potting Shed’ at the University Agricultural Department. The meeting will be followed by a workshop.

The annual general meeting of the Hilton Garden Club takes place at 9.30 am for 10 am on June 21 at the Church of the Ascension Hall, Brindy Road, Hilton. Colleen Downs of the University of Natal will talk on Cape Parrots. Members are reminded to bring a plate of eats. Tea and coffee will be supplied.


Jutta Faulds is offering Relax @ MACS lunchtime mandala making sessions on Wednesdays during June from 1 pm to 2 pm at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pelham. Discover the relaxing and therapeutic effect mandala making has on the harassed. All equipment needed and a light lunch is included in the cost of R50. Phone Joy at 033 386 6500 to book your place.

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.


Reading to Learn South Africa (RtLSA) is hosting a training course for teachers, prospective teacher trainers and mentors across all learning areas from June 24 to July 1. Aimed at teachers concerned about low literacy levels and poor academic performance in schools. Inquiries: Mike Hart via email at hartm@lantic.net; or phone 033 346 0557 or 072 588 8521, or fax 086 547 6344.


Durban Ramblers are hosting a hike along the escarpment down into Stockville Valley tomorrow. Meet at Gillitts Post Office at 1.30 pm. Then some car sharing to Winston Park. Inquiries: Werner at 084 206 7836. On Sunday, the club is hosting a hike down to Nqutu Falls and across to the Umgeni River Valley and Inanda Dam view sites. Meet in Pinetown at 8 am or Nqutu car park at 8.15 am. Inquiries: Colin at 031 708 3517.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Darvill at 7.30 am on Sunday. Leader: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555.

Stonecroft Ministries - After 9 Club women's morning meeting takes place at 9 am for 9.30 am on June 14 at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Milady's of Liberty Mall will model their new winter collection and Danny Cockburn will reveal how his life was dramatically transformed after problems with drugs, despair and confusion. Admission R25 including refreshments. Booking essential, phone Eleanor Elliott at 033 345 4975.

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.


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.

Alliance Francaise Pietermaritzburg is hosting the following events as part of French Week: Today from 3.45 pm to 5 pm – visit to the Tatham Art Gallery; 5.30 pm - Cultural tourism partnership celebration The Old Prison, Project Gateway. Tomorrow at 9.30 am Prince Imperial Requiem mass at St Mary's Chapel, Pietermaritzburg; 12 noon - departure along la Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon; 6 pm - French soirée, Chez Nous B&B in Dundee. Sunday at 10.30 am - commemorative wreath laying ceremony at Prince Imperial monument, Uqweqwe.

Alliance Francaise Durban is hosting Green Week in honour of World Environment Day on Sunday. It will include a screening of Les Brumes du Manengouba on June 8. At the foot of a volcano, Martin Cheek discovered a dense tropical forest, miraculously preserved and full of endemic plant species. Following the steps of the botanist, Martin Cheek, and the primatologist, Bethan Morgan, we explore the enchanting region that surrounds Mount Manengouba – a volcano that has stood dormant for millennia. On June 9 at 9 am the organisation will host The GeaSphere KZN Water Debate Series. The topic for the seminar is Water and Climate Change - Raising the Bar on the Climate Change Debate. Presenters are Simphwie Nojiyeza (CSOs) and Neil Macleod (eThekwini Water Services Municipality). Admission is free. At at 7 pm Arley's Workshop presents The Green Revolution. Infectious, outrageous, full of the unexpected, this performance is aimed at surprising, educating and enlightening its audience. In a world where eco-friendliness is key and reducing one’s carbon footprint is becoming as important as working, this refreshing live performance gives audiences a taste of environmentalism

its most fun. Tickets R40 (R20 for members). At 4 pm on June 10 there will be a puppet show - Pinocchio and the Elephant child, which is based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous story. Tickets R40 (R20 for members). On June 11 enjoy a picnic at the Green Hub project in Durban. At 10 am there will be coffee and a presentation on the project at Alliance Francaise, followed at 11 am with a bike or shuttle ride to the site. At 12 noon there will be a guided walk into the mangroves, followed by a picnic and activities. And from 2 pm to 4.30 pm on June 18, in the Garden of the Alliance Française people can discover ecological street art techniques with French artist Blueberry. Admission R20 - painting kits available for R100. On June 25 there will be a street art afternoon. Tickets R35 (R25 members).Inquiries:: 031 312.

Enjoy a model steam train ride from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday at 78 Rudling Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Theo at 072 143 3032 or Andries at 082 557 2119.

Vision and Joy Togethery takes place at 9.30 am on Sunday at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Karen Yardley will talk about Archangel Zadkiel: Forgiveness and Freedom. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Dargle Conservancy is screening The Power of Community, a look at how Cuba survived their “peak oil” crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union at Tanglewood Country House in the Dargle at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on June 8. Entertaining and inspiring - food gardens and markets. Donation: R10 to Conservancy funds.

The Sisters at St Matthews outdoor quilting exhibition takes place at St Matthews Church, Hesketh Drive, Pietermaritzburg, from 9 am to 2 pm on June 11. There will be lots of quilts on display as well as a special display of ‘Dear Sister’ quilts and floral displays in the Church. The theme this year is Women of the World. Tea, coffee and eats will be available and there will be many crafters with their crafts for sale as well as the regular quilt shops with their fabrics. Inquiries: Marline at 033 396 3009.

Underberg Polo Club is hosting the South Africa Polo Championships for the first time on the magnigicent new grounds 10 km east of Underberg on P318 (Sani Pass road) from July 22 to 24.


The Alzheimers Support Group meets at 10 am today at Riverside Park Home

Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607.

Diabetes South Africa Northdale Support Group meets on June 6 at 7 pm in the Motivational Centre, 773 Greytown Road, Pietermaritzburg. The speaker i optometrist Charmaine Naidoo on diabetes and your eyes. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

Diabetes South Africa’s open meeting will take place on June 8 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is Urologist Dr. Dave Smart. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

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 New Hanover Lutheran Church will be hosting its popular German Bazaar on June 4. Attractions include breakfast from 8 am, a craft market from 9 am, Kaffeestube and light meals on sale from 10 am, and the bazaar itself opening at 10.30 am. The event will feature plenty of German meats, cakes and other delectable items. There will also be a biergarten and loads of children’s entertainment. Live German music will be played over lunchtime, and the rugby will also be televised. Inquiries: Edwin Hohls at 082 414 4827 or Eckhard Wichmann at 082 463 7269.


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.


My Barbados Hat - a poetry reading by Clive Lawrance will take place at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg tomorrow at 11 am. Both of Lawrence’s anthologies – My Barbados Hat and Butterflies & Blackjacks – will be on sale. Phone Joy at 033 386 6500 to book your seat.

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.


The KZN Inland branch of the Botanical Society of SA is hosting an illustrated talk by local naturalist, Dr David Johnson, entitled Botanising Galapagos at 3.45 pm tomorrow, following the branch annual general meeting, which starts at 3 pm in the Clivia Functions Room in the KZN National Botanical Garden in Mayors Walk, Pietermaritzburg. Entry to the talk is free, except for normal garden entry fee. A light supper will follow. Juice will be supplied, with a cash bar. Please RSVP to Mary Thrash at 031 785 1781 (W) or 072 614 1612 (cell).


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: 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.


Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum in Pietermaritzburg is hosting a herbal workshop to demonstrate how herbs can be used to make beauty products on June 9. Anyone wanting to be part of this free workshop can book by contacting Lestelle Barnwell at 033 394 6870 or 072 480 7251 before June 20. Bookings are on a first come first serve basis.

The Absolute Wellness Unique Destress Centre in Harburg Road, Wartburg is hosting a free ‘empowering de-stress hour’ from 9 am to 10 am on June 10. Learn tools and skills to manage and avoid stress in your life. RSVP to 033 5011 163 or 079 8944 784. Booking is essential.

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.

The Botanical Artists’ Association of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) is hosting a four-day course by renowned botanical artist, Elbe Joubert, from the Western Cape, on aspects of reflected light in a botanical painting. The course will take place in the Discovery Room at the Durban Botanic Gardens from June 16 to 19. Artists need to bring their own materials and brushes. Admission is R590 (members) and R675 (non-members). To book email Terryanne Stevenson at Terryanne@mweb.co.za or phone 083 654 4552 or email Lynne Griffin at lynnegriffin@ebonds.co.za or phone 083 630 5351.

* 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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