Diary of Events 8 to 14 October

2010-10-08 00:00


Denise Essom is hosting two-day workshops, starting this month. Join her in a home-based studio to learn this specialised step-by step process. Discover a new hobby/skill which could potentially generate extra income later. There is a choice of four workshops all of which will start on Fridays and end on Saturday mornings. Inquiries: 033 345 2116, 072 117 0017 or email dessom@xsinet.co.za

A workshop on drawing and painting the landscape, which will introduce drawing and mixed media to your repertoire of painting skills takes place from 9 am to 12 pm on Mondays (October 4, 11, 18, 25). Phone Penny Forder for a list of materials and venue details at 072 143 3008.

Art and craft lessons for kids take place on Saturdays at Greenhill Primary School from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. Inquiries: Mrs Naidoo at 072 344 4610.

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.

Val Maggs teaches drawing and painting to children aged six to 12 years old, learners, art subject candidates and advanced and beginner adult art students. Inquiries: Val Maggs at 033 342 1638 or 078 324 4704.

Chistlehurst Arts and Academics in Pietermaritzburg holds community classes every Wednesday afternoon during the term. Free classes offered in basic dance, drama and design from 3 pm to 4 pm. All pupils from Grade 6 to 12 welcome. Phone 033 345 4895 mornings.

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.


Msunduzi Hospice’s coffee shop, The Courtyard, in Swartkorpz Road, Pietermaritzburg, is open daily from Monday to Saturday. The menu includes many tasty treats at affordable prices as well as our Chef's special of the day! There is also a hospice shop stocked with clothing, toys and bric-a-brac and the book shop which boasts a huge selection of books at bargain prices. The other Hospice shops are situated in Mayor's Walk and Nedbank Plaza. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.


The Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society holds its next workshop on October 9 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Potting Shed, at the Agricultural Department at the end of Carbiss Road. Members will be re-potting, trimming and shaping trees. Come along with your trees, pots, etc and have an afternoon of fu. Tea and coffee will be available, and visitors are most welcome. Inquiries: Jürgen at 083 745 6078.

Birdlife KZN (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday at 6.30 pm. Leader: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

Stonecroft Ministries After 9 Club women’s morning meeting takes place on October 12 at the Maritzurg Golf Club at 9 am for 9.30 am. The Cordwalles Djembe Troupe and Singers, led by Lillemor Blunt, will entertain members with music and songs. This will be followed by a talk by Cheryl Davidson who explains that when one door closes another one opens. Admission R25 including refreshments. Booking essential: phone Moya at 033 346 1490 or 072 698 4820.

The Live Poets Society (LiPS) will be launching Poems for Haiti A South African Anthology, edited by Amitabh Mitra, at its meeting in the Point Yacht Club, Victoria Embankment, Durban on October 13 at 5.30 pm for 6 pm. The guest Speaker is well-known Durban academic, author and political activist Prithraj Dullay, who recently published a novel of short stories titled Salt Runs In my Veins. Admission is free.

Howick Birding Group hosts an illustrated talk by Alan Manson, titled Interesting experiences in Atlassing at the WESSA Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve at 5.30 pm on Oc tober 20. Admission R10 members, R15 non-members.

The Genealogical Society and Family History Society meets at 7 pm for 7.30 pm on October 20 at the Clubhouse at the right rear of the Natal Carbineers Drill Hall. There will be a panel discussion on genealogical research using the internet. Inquiries: John at 033 344 2170.

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


Improve yours and your children’s posture, outlook on life, and muscle tone with horse riding lessons at Horseback Adventures. From beginner to competitive levels. Ages seven to 70. Cost R200 per hour. Available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3 pm. Booking essential. Situated directly next door to the old Durban South airport. Phone 084 467 0752 for more details.

Join Eric Richardson in Pietermaritzburg from October 1-3 to become a Theta healer. Learn how to use Theta brain wave state to help people cancel their negative subconscious beliefs and much more. Booking before September 25 essential. Phone Geeta at 082 761 4837 or email geetak@absamail.co.za

Fashion sewing: sew beautiful clothes using a fast sewing system. No pinning or tacking! Plus getting a great fit from your patterns. For more details phone Idoni Forder at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

Free glycerine soap bar making instruction at The Soap Den, 105 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg. The health benefits of essential oils and different salts of the earth are explained, and instruction is given to make your own creams, body butters, bath oils, bubble baths etc. Instruction for two to 10 people at a time. Courses are available between 9 am and 4.30 pm daily.


A Nia Dance class is held every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Hexagon movement studio, Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg. A dance workout for all ages and fitness levels. Phone Lorraine at 031 767 1690 or email harleya@ukzn.ac.za Go to www.niasouthafrica.co.za for more information.


Horseback Beach Adventures, next door to the old Durban South airport, offers a ride along a bush trail and a quiet beach. There are two basic rides, a two hour non-stop ride along the 12km trail or a three hour ride where you stop for a light refreshment break and to swim in the shallows with the horses at the half way point. Open Friday to Wednesday, rides start at 3 pm. The rides cost between R250 and R350 and booking essential at 084 467 0752 or email horsebackbeachadventures@gmail.com

Bring your family for pony rides at Reunion Park (end of Vintner place), Isipingo. Tempest the Gentle giant will look after you and your children. Remember to bring a carrot or apple to thank Tempest for your ride. Every Saturday and Sunday, and public holidays from 3 pm to 6 pm. Tickets R10. To book and for more information phone 084 300 8053.

The Mountain Rise Methodist Church is holding a Biblethon (reading the Bible) for 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm on October 9. Each reader will read for 5 minutes. Anyone wishing to participate should phone 033 387 8046 (office hours) or 084 591 8370.

There will be a Rocktober Beerfest at the German Club at 7 Barham Road, Westville, on October 9 and 10. The Saturday show entertainment will be provided by local rock bands Salty Rits, West End Boys, and Counsel and Force. The latter will also launch their CD, First Time Round, at the show. Copies will be on sale at R80 each. There will also be food stalls, three cash bars and a draught beer carousel. Lucky draws will be held during the evening. Prizes include gift vouchers from Sanlam Blue Star, Zack’s meal vouchers, weekend for two at the Cranford Inn in Clarens in the Free State and a Black Label Pool hamper. Admission is R50 and includes free entry for the draws. There will be no admission charge for children 12 and under. A percentage of the profit will be donated to Highway Hospice. Phone 031 266 0836 or 031 466 1046 or 078 264 9475 for more information. On October 10 an Oompah Band will provide the music and traditional German food will be on sale. Admission is R20. Phone 031 266 0836 for more information or to book tables for the Sunday show.

Artist, Warren Raysdorf, has spent the past month painting The Naked Bald People onto wood using its texture (wood grain) as the body of all my artworks. He is inviting interested people to bring a piece of wood to his exhibition at City Zen internet café, corner Gordon and Florida Road, Morningside, Durban on Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm to help him continue to recycle unwanted wood and create artwork from it. Inquiries: email warrenraysdorf@yahoo.com or phone 076 840 5096.

Vision and Joy togethery will be held on Sunday at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Karen Yardley will be talking about ‘Africa Angel Day’. Inquires: Jann at 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Wings on Women will be hosting a power hour from 6 pm to 7 pm on October 13 at 771 Bombay Road (next to Truro Clinic, opposite Truro Hall). During this inspirational and motivational evening you will be able to draw out the hidden inspiration and wisdom within you. Entry is free. To book phone Judy at 082 9773 708.

Greytown High School is hosting its annual Nguni festival on October 29 and 30 at the school grounds from 10 am. Entrance is R5 and attractions include a merry-go-round and fun fair, helicopter drop with lucky prizes, tea garden, art exhibition, water sports, food, beer garden, paintball, horse riding, craft stalls, live music and performances throughout the day, snake show and a fire department demonstration. At 7 pm on October 29 you can enjoy the sound of the Blarney Brothers and 6.30 pm on October 30 the Campbells take to the stage. Booking is essential – phone 033 413 1479.


Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest is inviting registered non-profit organisations to apply to the Chest for funding for the 2011/2012 financial year. Existing beneficiaries must also re-apply. Application forms can be collected from the offices of the Chest, 12 Stranack Street, Pietermaritzburg. Forms are also available on the Chest website at www.communitychest.org.za The closing date is November 30. Late applications will not be accepted. Phone 033 394 1031 for more deatils.


The Diabetes South Africa open meeting takes place on October 13 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is Nicky Irvine on Diabetes and Exercise. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

The BATS Low Vision Support Group meet at Woodgrove on October 13 at 10 am for 10.30 am. Dr Alam Sara, a Pietermaritzburg opthalmologist will speak on the latest advances in eye technology. Inquiries: Penny at 033 355 0269.

Brain training hypno-therapy classes take place every Saturday. Get motivation, stopping smoking, lose weight and get help with your fears and phobias. Phone 082 046 7515.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming Classes takes place on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon. For quick and effective weight loss and smoking cessation.

Inquiries: 082 046 7515.


Stretch and Tone classes for all ages and fitness levels at 17 Jesmond Road, Scottsville on Tuesdays from 9 am to 10 am. Phone Jenny at 033 386 3323.

Health exercises for all ages and fitness at Body Dynamics, 1 Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg. Thursdays: 8.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 10 am - Tao Yin (Chinese yoga/internal exercises); 2 pm - Baque Meditation (The forces – Trigrams). Friday: 8.30 am - Taiji (38 Form Chen style) part 1 and 2; 10 am - Baqua Meditaton; 2 pm - Tao Yin; 6 pm - Taiji (part 1 and 2). Wear loose clothing and soft shoes. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place in Westville from 3 pm to 4.30 pm on Tuesdays; in Kloof from 9 am to 10.30 am on Wednesdays; in Hillcrest from 5.30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays; in Pietermaritzburg from 8 am to 9.30 pm on Thursdays and in Camperdown from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on Thursdays. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Academy of Self-Defence courses. Learn how to project confidence through awareness and practical techniques. Aimed at all women and children. To book phone Mandy at 082 459 6095 or email mandytyrer@vodamail.co.za

Run walk for life Nottingham Road runs morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Clifton Prep School at 8 am from the Top Field behind the pavilion. Once every six to eight weeks they do a fun run on a members farm which is followed by breakfast. Inquiries: 082 374 1023 or email: runwalk4life@bundunet.com

The Art of Living Foundation is hosting Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Veda Temple, Nohar Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 391 1714.

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World hosts free yoga sessions in the Suncoast ampitheatre on Thursdays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Inquiries: VO2 Max gym at 031 201 8585.

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.

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 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. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.


The Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market, at the corner of Kassier and Alverstone Roads in Assagay, takes place on Saturdays between 6.30am and 10.30 am. In the run-up to Christmas there will also be various stands offering Christmas décor and hand made crafts. There will also be a Christmas Celebrations Market on December 16 from 10 am till 6 pm. The market will feature a colourful range of hand made crafts; Christmas décor and a wide variety of foods and fun will be on offer for the whole family. Admission is free. Inquiries: info@shongwenimarket.co.za or phone 031 777 15554 or 083 777 1674.

The Hilton Farmers and Craft Market takes place in the lower quarry every Saturday from 7.30 am to 11 am. Inquiries: Fiona at 072 477 0551.

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.

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.


Weekly meditation classes - learn to meditate 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 Dr Shearer's rooms, Medical Centre Annex, 113 Main Street. 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 Centr. Inquiries: 033 234 4182 or email :meditateinmidlands@gmail.com


The Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, will be open from 9 am to 12.30 pm tomorrow. Visit the museum and experience the elegance of the Victorian age in this beautiful Victorian period house. Admission: R5 adults, R2 children and free for local pensioners. A car guard will be on duty.

The Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum is appealing to the public to donate suitable items to expand its collection. Items are needed pertaining to the history of Pietermaritzburg and the life of all the city’s inhabitants. Photographs, documents and objects are welcome. Relevant books are also needed for the museum reference library. The museum staff will happily copy photos and return your originals. The museum is especially looking for items relating to Apartheid times such as Whites Only signboards; the history of the Church of the Vow; the Longmarket Girls School when it was still situated in Longmarket Street and the Anglo-Boer War. The museum would also like to expand its collection of Indian, “Coloured” and Zulu items. For more details phone Elrica Olivier at 033 394 6834 or email eolivier@msunduzimuseum.org.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.


Dr Mary Jo Bulbrook will be offering a series of energy-based workshops in Pietermaritzburg from October 16 to 27. With more than 35 years experience, she brings a wealth of clinical applications working with various cultures worldwide that illustrates how to integrate energy medicine in a variety of health care settings. Most of the workshops are open to the public. They include the two-day Energy Medicine Transform Your Life self-care workshop on October 23 and 24 and a special programme for nurses, which is filled with practical applications of energy material to nursing care. Inquiries: Vicky Jones at 084 724 3364 or 031 208 1621 or email Vicky@hardcastle.co.za

* 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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