Diary of Events 8 to 14 April

2011-04-08 00:00


The Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg is hosting its eighth annual quilt display until April 20. The quilts are displayed in the historic Church of the Vow, which will be 100 years old in 2012. The museum recently had the floors restored, so it is looking beautiful, and the staff would really like people to come and admire the beautiful quilts against the warmth of the wooden floors and panels. The displays are open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday.

A group of seven artists will be exhibiting at Art & Soul Gallery at Happy Hills, just off the R103, from April 20 to May 3. Inquiries: Karin Davel at 072 122 8084.

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.


Howick’s Lazy Lizard Book and Gift Shop is hosting book signings by Tod Collins ('Til the Cows Come Home), John McKenzie (A Man of His Time), Ruth Barbour (Look at the Stars!) and David Dalton (Wild West Adventures) at their premises in the Greendale Acres Centre, off Main Street, on April 9 between 9 am and 12 noon. There will also be food tasting by La Baguette French Bakery and Highlands Preserves, and a raffle in aid of funds for the Howick Hospice with prizes from The Crusty Corner Restaurant & Coffee Shop, Mr Scissors (Professional Barbers), Aloe Ferox Herbal for Health & Beauty and The Lazy Lizard Book Traders. Inquiries Lesley: 033 330 4308 or 072 640 2737.


Midlands Arts and Crafts Society is hosting two morning courses this month for those interested in felt making and knitting. From 9 am to 12 noon tomorrow, Jutta Faulds hosts an introduction to wild knitting which she says is “not really as wild as you may think, but may just nudge away all the fixed ideas you have gathered about knitting over the years.” The course costs R95. On Tuesday, April 12, from 9 am to 12 noon, Clare Smith will host an introduction to felt making, using the wet method, which is the classic traditional way to make felt. Admission is R125. Phone Joy at 033 386 6500 to book for the courses and for list of requirements.


Durban Ramblers are hosting a hike to the Kloof Beacon/The crack tomorrow. Steep climb from Krantzkloof parking area to the crack. Stunning views. Entrance R15. Meet at Krantzkloof picnic site. Inquiries: Ann at 031 767 1027. On Sunday there is a joint hike with PMB Ramblers from Shafton to the Karkloof to view the Karkloof Falls. Meet in Pinetown at 6.50 am or at Howick Falls Hotel at 8 am. Petrol sharing R50. Inquiries: Jenny at 084 952 0622.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Bisley Valley on Sunday at 6.30 am. Inquiries: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

Stonecroft Ministries After 9 Club - Women's morning meeting, meets at 9 am for 9.30 am on April 12 at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Dr. Andre Pienaar, a biokineticist who specialises in lower back pain and who runs his own Active for Life Centre - Body Dynamics, will advise members on how to handle this. He will follow this by a talk on how God became active in his life. Admission R25 including refreshments. Booking is essential: phone Eleanor Elliott at 033 345 4975.

The Decorative Arts Society meets on April 20 at The Heritage Hall, St Johns United Church, Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. 'Fred Astaire and his dancing ladies' will be entertaining members and guests when Rob Fiddler gives us a talk entitled ‘Top Hat and Tails’. Off street parking is available. Light refreshments are served. Visitors welcome - R40. Inquiries Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

Shamrocks Football Club hosts training sessions at the Golden Horse Casino Community Fields - juniors meet on Fridays from 5 pm to 6 pm; and seniors, U17s and U15s train on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5 pm and 6.30 pm. Phone Daniel Haswell at 083 792 3668 for more information.

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.


Hayfields Lutheran Church in Bester Road is hosting an Easter Evening at 5.30 pm on April 15. Attractions include unique novelty Easter eggs, German cakes, arts and crafts, Kaffee Stube with delicious cakes, and a kiddies Easter egg hunt. There will also be flowers through the Church on Friday evening and Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon. Inquiries: phone the church office at 033 396 5169 or 082 440 7545.

Diakonia Good Friday service - The Cross of Transformation – at the Durban Exhibition Centre on April 22 from 5.15 am. It was in 1985 when the first Diakonia Good Friday service proceeded from the Central Methodist Church to the walls of Durban’s Central Prison to pray for the treason trialists incarcerated there, and Diakonia Council of Churches has held annual Good Friday services and civic processions since then, each year highlighting one particular aspect of national suffering and injustice. This year the Good Friday service will focus on grappling with the issue of transformation in South Africa. The sermon will be given by Rev Sue Brittion from the Anglican parish of Pinetown. Meditative singing will commence at 5.15 am at the Durban Exhibition Centre, where the first part of the service will take place at 6.15 am. Thereafter the congregation will proceed through the streets of Durban in reflective silent witness. The service will conclude at approximately 8.15 am on the steps of the City Hall with a flowered Cross. Inquiries: 031 310 3500.

The Easter Bunny is coming to Creighton on April 23! Bring the whole family for a fun filled day out at Creighton train station. Activities include: a ride on the Eshayamoya steam train, an Easter egg hunt, food stalls and other fun activities for kids. Admission is R80 per child, including the ride and egg hunt, and R100 per adult. Inquiries: Leigh via email at rstokes@futurenet.co.za or phone 082 072 4858.


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.

Talana Alive is the name of an exciting festival which will take place at the Talana Museum in Dundee on April 9. Following a street parade, the festival will start at 1 pm with a programme that includes a dog competition, a display by the SAPS K9 Unit, a static military display, live cooking demonstrations, food from around the world, an English Pub, a Victorian tea garden with an Mad Hatters theme, music by locals artists and a ‘Night at the Museum’ experience which will give visitors the chance to observe the world-famous displays in a different light. Inquiries: 034 21 22121.

Vision and Joy Togethery meets on Sunday at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road in Hayfields. Author Jimmy Henderson will be presenting the topic, ‘The four Essential Relationships in Unfolding Consciousness’. The talk will be based on his latest book, Multi-Dimensional Perception.

Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

The first Besoc Eco Club fundraising event of the year will be held at Eden College Hall at 5 pm for 5.30 pm on April 10. The evening comprises welcome drinks, a green fashion show, a buffet dinner with selection of desserts and a performance of the Neon Anthem’s Tokoloshe Come Again! featuring Liam Magner and Clinton Small. Dress code is anything green/made from natural/organic fabric, something second hand or a touch of green. A cash bar will be available Tickets R195. Table seats 10 people. Please RSVP via e-mail to besoc@verus.co.za or by phone to Dawn Mahne 079 963 5057 or Jean van Elden 082 560 7185.

Midlands Arts and Crafts Society will be hosting an open day at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg on April 16 from 9 am to 2 pm. Come and play with moaisc, making your own little paving stone or paperweight. Nominal fee for materials used. Food and drink will be available if you feel peckish. Macs also hosts a number of workshops in which people can learn to wet felt, spin, knit, dye or block print cloth and paper, embroider, and do metalwork, make jewellery and papier mache. Phone Joy at 033 3866500 for details of all Macs classes and workshops. Macs is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, Thursday from 8 am to 12 noon and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm.


The Bats Low Vision Support Group meets at Woodgrove on April 13 at 10 am for 10.30 am. Marie Bredenkamp will give a talk about her many overseas tours entitled ‘Laughing round the world for forty years’. Inquiries: Penny 033 355 0269.

The SA Diabetes open meeting will take place on April 13 at 7.30 pm in the

Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The is Dr Russell Kirkby on the topic ‘Why Follow Up Regularly’. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.


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


The Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, will be open tomorrow from 9 am until 12.30 pm. Visit the museum and experience the elegance of the Victorian age in this beautiful Victorian period house. Admission: R10 for adults and pensioners, R2 for children.


Pietermaritzburg pianist, Christopher Duigan, will be performing in two concerts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Dirban’s Howard College Theatre today and tomorrow. At 7.30 pm tonight Duigan will do a solo performance. Tickets R60 (R30 students) at the door. Tomorrow, he will be joined by Andrew Warburton, Liezl-Maret Jacobs, Francois Du Toit, Albie van Schalkwyk and Chris Cockburn for a piano extravaganza at 7.30 pm. Tickets R60 (R30 students and pensioners). For more information phone 031 260 1350 or 031 260 3353.

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra will present a lunch hour concert at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban’s Jubilee Hall at 12.10 pm today. The concert forms part of the orchestra’s education and development programme and is an annual collaboration with the Opera Studio and Choral Academy (OSCA) and Music students. Featured in programme is Handel’s I Could Have Danced All Night performed by Theresa Mbatha and Rejoice O Judah, which will be performed by Ayanda Zwane, Bizet’s Don Jose/Micaela duet performed by Lindiwe Hlengwa and Esewu Nobela and Mozart’s Se vuol ballare from The Marriage of Figaro performed by Azola Mabutho and many more. The concert is free to the public and students of UKZN.

The University Madrigal Singers will present their annual Lenten recital in St Mary's Catholic Church, Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg on Monday, April 11 at 7 pm. Music will include a motet by the great Spanish composer, Tomas Luis de Victoria, the 400th anniversary of whose death is being commemorated this year, as well as moving religious works by Palestrina, William Byrd and Purcell. Entrance is free and secure parking will be available.


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: 24 April – The Freedom Route; 29 May – Tatham Art Gallery and Macrorie House Mueseum; 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.


BAASA KwaZulu-Natal is hosting a pen and ink drawing workshop, presented by Joan Martin, an art teacher and artist from Durban Girl’s College, at the Discovery Room, Durban Botanic Gardens, on April 16 at 8.30 am for 9 am. Inquiries: Jean Powell at 031 266 3082 or Lynne Griffin at 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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