Diary of Events 4-10 September

2009-09-04 00:00


• Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) hosts a morning outing to Darvill on September 6 at 7 am. Inquiries: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555. And on September 10 there is a meeting at Ezemvelo headquarters in Queen Elizabeth Park at 7 pm. Simon Bellingham will give a presentation on Mana Pools.

• Birds of a Feather (BOF) holds a women’s networking/socialising function on September 8 at Bodyways Health and Wellness Centre (corner of 7 Oakleigh Avenue and 24 Armstrong Road, Wembley) from 9 am to 11 am. Guest speakers discuss the Galvanic Spa — a new technology which reveals your current nutritional antioxidant status — and offer make-up tips. Meetings are free for members and R30 for non-members. RSVP by Sunday as booking is essential. Contact Geeta at 082 761 4837 or e-mail geeta@bofnetworx.co.za

• The Winning Women — South Africa, Pietermaritzburg After 5 meets at the Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College on September 14 at 5.30 pm. The speaker is Chantal Witthuhn, Mrs SA finalist 2007. Admission is R60. Women are invited to supper. RSVP to Esther Howard-Browne at 033 342 2034 or e-mail: lesterhb@lantic.net by September 11.



• Vision board/treasure map workshop to create abundance in every area of your life. Call Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967 after hours.

• Sewing class. Learn to sew clothes using a fast sewing system. No pinning or tacking. Phone Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967 after hours.

• Painting lessons on canvas, fabric, ceramic and wood for beginners or existing painters. No artistic ability required. Phone Truus at Creative Image at 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.



• For The Love Of Dance is organised by Studio 1 and Dance Images. The family show utilises 21 dance sequences in a variety of styles by dancers who range from four years old to adults — at UKZN Pietermaritzburg’s Hexagon Theatre today at 6 pm or on Saturday at 2.30 pm and 6 pm. Tickets: R40 from the Hexagon Theatre at 033 260 5537 or e-mail at hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

• T’ai chi classes take place every Wednesday from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm at The McDowall Centre, Girls High School, Alexandra Road. Inquiries: Paul Dorrian at 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 at 083 638 0801 or Shaun at 076 648 6168.

• Yoga classes in Scottsville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm. Phone Jenny at 033 386 3323.

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

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



• A family history fair is at Project Gateway in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow from 9 am to 1 pm. Attractions include 14 displays, speakers on family history at 9 am and 10 am, and challenge the experts at 11 am.

• Indian dinner theatre is on the menu at uShaka Marine World’s Upper Deck today, featuring a traditional Wazwan “ceremonial” meal where guests are treated to Kashmiri food prepared by top Indian chefs. The meal is complemented by Indian cultural music presented by vocalist and sitar player Sanjeeth Teeluk and palm fire dancers. Dinner starts at 7 pm followed by the show at 8 pm. Tickets R150 at 031 328 8000.

• South Africa’s best ballroom dancers compete at the 2009 Yebo Millionaires Ballroom Championship at the International Convention Centre Arena in Durban tomorrow. Tickets for the heats are R30 each with front row and table seats available from R85 to R150 per person. Tickets: Computicket and at the door from 10 am. Children under the age of six years and accompanied by an adult can attend free of charge.

• Hillcrest Aids Centre hosts an open day book launch/writers day tomorrow from 8 am to noon. Among those taking part are sculptor Carl Roberts; Claire and Fiona Ras from Sprigs will be promoting their cookery books; Emma Durden, promoting her children’s adventure book, Pocket Jack; Hlengi Dube, who has published a book on traditional beadwork titled Talk With Beads; and Eivind Gjosund will be selling his book Ubuntu. Artist Nicky Chovuchovu will exhibit his paintings and Amanda Laird Cherry will have a rail of fashion garments on sale.

• This year’s KTV Market Day is at the Xpo Xplore area at Gateway tomorrow. Attractions include a performance section where local artists showcase their talents on stage at Gateway’s Wave House. Prizes will be awarded to the KTV Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, where the winner walks away with R25 000 in cash and a laptop, printer, scanner and DSTV PVR decoder. Admission is free.

• Model steam train rides at 78 Rudling Road, Pietermaritzburg on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Inquiries: 072 143 3032.

• The eco-indaba for our city in Pietermaritzburg on September 11, includes talks by environmentalist Dr Ian McCallum, art and environmental displays, poetry and a play at the Botanical Gardens. Tickets: R20 adults, and R10 for pensioners and pupils. Includes entry into the gardens. Inquiries and to book phone Pandora Long at 072 692 8124.

• A Food and Wine Festival is at Pietermaritzburg’s Golden Horse Casino parade ring at 6.30 pm on September 11. Sample a variety of foods from Ninos’ and John Dorys while tasting superb wines. Inquiries: Vanessa 033 395 8126.

• Get creative at the fourth uShaka ­Marine World Body Art competition at ­uShaka Village Walk on September 12. The theme is Dangerous Creatures. ­Artists may be inspired by the uShaka’s Dangerous Creatures Exhibition featuring a variety of snakes, spiders, scorpions and frogs. Artists compete for a cash prize of R5 000. Entrants must submit an A4 storyboard illustrating their idea using a medium of their choice, with an 80-word concept explanation, to uShaka Marine World management offices by September 7 at 2 pm. Inquiries: Merle Bateman at 031 328 8013.



• The Alzheimer’s support group meets today at 10 am at Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607 or Jane at 033 386 4477 or 082 940 0225.

• The Diabetes South Africa Northdale Support Group meets on Monday at 7 pm in the Motivational Centre at 773 Greytown Road. Eleanor Walker of Lifescan talks on the importance of self monitoring when diabetic. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

• Diabetes South Africa’s open meeting is on September 9 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. Diabetes educator Kate Bristow talks on coping with diabetes as you age. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

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



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

• The Phelophepa health care train, Transnet initiative, will be snaking its way through the province until the end of September, providing general health screenings, optometry, dental services and counselling for as little as R5, if not free. The train will be in Durban South (Crossmoore) from September 7 to 11.

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



• Allison Homes Trust holds its annual fê te at the Ruby Allison Memorial Hall, 488 Burger Street, tomorrow from 9 am. Stalls will be selling white elephant, books, arts and crafts, needlework, food and more.

• The Emma Barter Home at 241 Retief Street, celebrates its 126th birthday on September 19 with flowers through the home and a mini fête from 9 am to 3 pm. Stalls will be selling items from plants and flowers to cakes, food and books. There will also be entertainment, games and prizes.



• FilmHarmonics concert is at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall tomorrow at 7.30 pm. Tickets: R80 to R150 from Parklane SuperSpar (033 342 3487) or Computicket. Secure parking will be available.

• Idols’ stars, Lize and Lendel, Richard Cock, The Opera Kings, Natalie Rungan, Mario Louden, Maxine Matthews and The PawPaw Foundation Choir will be performing in a Peace Concert at the Durban City Hall tomorrow at 7.30 pm. Book at Computicket.



• The Roseway Waldorf School at Alverstone, near Hillcrest, holds an open day on September 9 at 9 am. There will be an introductory talk on Waldorf education and then prospective parents and their children will be taken round the school. Inquiries: Tessa at 031 768 1309.



• The Spar Weekend Witness Ladies Race is on September 13. The 10-kilo­metre run/walk starts at 8 am at the Oval, Alexandra Park. Inquiries: Brad at 083 501 0202.

• Valleys Tennis Club, opposite Greys Hospital in Town Bush Valley Road, invites medium to strong players to join club sessions on Saturday afternoons from 2 pm. Inquiries: Allan Morris at 033 347 1049.



• Rock Legends , a tribute to the world’s greatest rock bands, is on at the Heritage Theatre until September 20 and features Barry Thomson, Dave Birch and Shanthan Pillay. It showcases 25 classics from bands such as Pink Floyd, Queen and Bad Company. Tickets, which include a two-course meal, are R190 Wednesday to Saturday at 7 pm and R165 on Tuesday at 7 pm, and Sunday at 12.30 pm. To book phone 031 765 4197.

• The run of Legends of Rock has been extended and is on at Krakatoa, Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World every Wednesday night in September at 8 pm. Tickets: R100 from Computicket or the box office at Sibaya.

• Colin Penn and the cast of Dad’s Army provide a hilarious trip around war-time London, at Gert Maritz School (Voortrekker School complex) in Cordwallis Road, on September 20 at 2 pm. To book, phone 033 345 4034.


• Submit your events to ESTELLE SINKINS by e-mail at arts@witness.co.za or fax 033 355 1142 by noon on Wednesday.


Due to space constraints, some items are not listed this week. For a full listing see www.witness.co.za

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