Diary of Events 9 October

2009-10-09 00:00


Grace College on the Hilton College Road is hosting an art exhibition today and tomorrow. Art will be on sale. Viewing times are: 9 am to 6 pm today and 9 am to 1 pm tomorrow.

Platform Poetry Society, which started in June last year with the aim of getting the youth off the street, hosts art sessions every second week at the Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop Street), Pietermaritzburg. The next session is tomorrow from 11.30 am to 3.45 pm. Admission is R10 at the door. Artists who will be taking part include Nkululeko Mdladla, Gugu Mdladla, Lavi Gumede, Simu Mthembu, Philile Sibisi and Selesile Zondo. Inquiries: 073 756 1596.

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.


Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park at 6 am on Sunday. Inquiries: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

The South African Writers' Circle meets at 11 am at the Main Westville Library (behind the Civic Centre) tomorrow. Admission is R5 (members) and R15 (non-members). Each person present will have two minutes to read out their already prepared work. Please bring a favourite book, and after the bring and share lunch those present will be given time to read a short passage. Inquiries: Merilyn Tomkins at 031 564 7660.

The Stonecroft Ministries After 9 Club - women's morning meeting is on Tuesday, October 13 at the Maritzburg Golf Club at 9 am for 9.30. Bronwyn Glasspoole of Hilltops Health and Beauty offers advice on looking and feeling our best. This will be followed by a talk by Joan Levengood on how to feel good on the inside as well. Admission R25. Booking essential with Moya at 033 346 1490.

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. The Underwater Hockey season opened on October 1 - beginners and newcomers always welcome. Meet at the clubhouse at 5.30 pm every Thursday or join us after practice (7 pm). Cash bar and braai fires available. Enquiries: 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. Enquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


The SA Legion of Military Veterans (Pietermaritzburg branch) is holding a Poppy Day street collection on November 7 from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and a Remembrance Day service and wreathlaying ceremony at the City Hall and Memorial Arch on November 8 at 10 am. Inquiries: 033 342 2313.


Get a professional finish using a fast sewing system. No pinning or tacking! Course starts tomorrow. Phone Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

Clare Smith is hosting a feltmaking class at Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) house on Tuesday, October 13, 20 and 27 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Participants will get a basic knowledge of felting and learn how to make a seamless bag and/or hat working around a resist. Dyed and natural fleece is available from Macs. Admission is R85 (members) and R95 (non-members) per session with a 10% discount if attending alll three sessions. Phone 033 386 6500 to book.

Macs hosts wild knitting classes at Macs House on October 17 from 9 am to 12 noon. Admission R35. For further details phone 033 386 6500. Macs Craft Shop has yarns (many hand-dyed and hand-spun) and some knitting needles and crochet hooks available.

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.

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.


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). Learn Bruce Lee’s style of 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.


Maritzburg College old boys and parents are hosting a dinner at Battlefields Country Lodge, Dundee, today. Please join your school representatives for a fun evening. Inquiries: Mark Hansmeyer at 083 57 87816, Colin Talbot at 082 8809 006 or Peter Johnson at 082 554 5293.

Baynesfield is inviting visitors to enjoy the historic garden around Baynes House on October 10 and 11 and October 18 and 19 from 9.30 am to 4 pm. Admission is free but donations are requested for the Joseph Baynes Salvation Army Children’s Home. Special attractions on October 11 include vintage tractors and engines, woodcrafters demonstrating antique woodworking tools, plants and vegetables for sale. Ladies are encouraged to wear spring hats. Inquiries: Eleanor Schofield at 033 251 0001 during office hours.

Hill’s Thousand Paws Walk for SPCA takes place on Sunday from 9 am at Orient Park, Midmar Dam. A great day out for the whole family, especially the dogs, in lovely surroundings. Registration from 8 am. Choice of walks to suit all, doggy demos, gifts from Hill’s for first 300 dogs entered, spot prizes, stalls, food, music. Raise your own sponsorship for SPCA and win a special prize. All proceeds to PMB, Mooi River and uMngeni (Howick) SPCAs. Inquiries: Heather at 033 330 5299 or 082 378 2300 or Adrienne at 033 330 6276 or 083 636 0891.

The 2009 Nando's Durban Comedy Festival is at the Izulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom until October 11, features leading comedians from all corners of the world, including Ahmed Ahmed, Kitty Flanagan, Simon Clayton, Trevor Noah and Kibuuka. Tickets R80 to R130 from Computicket 083 915 8000.

Friends of Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) is holding a quiz evening at 6 pm on Thursday, October 15 in the Lorna Ferguson Room on the Pietermaritzburg gallery. Inquiries: Anne Raubenheimer at 083 656 6185 or email billanne@lantic.net. Safe parking will be available at the gallery.


The Antiques and Collectables Fair takes place at Pietermaritzburg’s Liberty Midlands Mall (outside Edgars) today and tomorrow.


Durban Art Deco Society is holding its general meeting at 11 am on Sunday at Kwa Muhle Museum, 130 Ordnance Road, Durban. The meeting will include an illustrated talk by Professor Franco Frescura titled Some Little Known Aspects of Art Deco. RSVP to Helen via email at helenore@mweb.co.za or phone 031 301 1951 for catering purposes.


Diabetes South Africa’s open meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 14 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is Tanya March on supplements. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

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


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

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


The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is being held at the 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.

Hilton Farmers’ and craft market every Saturday, from 7-11 am. Inquiries: Candice at 079 509 5222.

There is a farmers' 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.


There will be a weekend meditation retreat at the Interpretative Centre in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Kloof Falls Road, Kloof on Saturday, October 17 from 2-6 pm and Sunday, October 18 from 9 am to 3 pm. Learn the fundamentals of meditation in theory and in practice with Kelsang Phuntsog. As part of this weekend course there will be a gentle, two hour guided walk through the nature reserve. Admission R200 including refreshments, lunch and entrance to the reserve. No accomodation provided. For bookings and information telephone 031 464 0984 or email: info@meditateindurban.org

Meditation/Mindfulness classes will continue in Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 9 am. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.


Acclaimed concert pianist Christopher Duigan plays classical and popular favourites in the beautiful spring garden of the Trout Bungalow in Nottingham Road today at 11 am and 3 pm. Tickets R100 – proceeds will be donated to children's orphanages. Call 083 799 56782 or 033 266 6417. Directions: From Nottingham Road, towards Rosetta and turn at the Lotheni/Sani Pass Road. Travel approx 19 km then right to Trout Bungalow for 4 km on this road.

Monday At St Clements Coffee Shop presents Syd Kitchen for one night only at St Clements Coffee Shop, Musgrave Road, Durban on Monday, October 12 at 7 pm. Telephone Steven to book a table on 031 202 2511.

Pianist Sue Bentley will perform at a free lunchtime concert, hosted by the Friends of Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) and Music Revival, in the Lorna Ferguson Room at the gallery at 1.10 pm. The programme includes Ravel’s Sonatine, Dohnanyi’s Rhapsody No. III and Debussy's Estampes. Secure parking is provided in the Tatham grounds.


University of KwaZulu-Natal student leadership development invites past participants of the leadership course and mentors of ‘Preparing for University’ to attend the 10th Anniversary of SLD and the leadership course at three events - an alumni reunion at the Staff Club on the Pietermaritzburg campus from 5.30-10 pm on October 16 and a one-day leadership learning conference and a fundraising gala dinner on October 17. Tickets for the reunion are R140 (R100 concessions). For further details about all three events contact Marie Odendaal at 033 260 5864 or email odendaal@ukzn.ac.za, or Roxanne Nothnagel at 033 260 5869 or email nothnagel@ukzn.ac.za.


The second annual St John’s D.S.G. Bundu Bash, powered by Stihl, will be hosted at the Baynesfield Estate on Sunday. This exciting multi-discipline event includes a technical section and an easier course with shorter distances for the less experienced. For the youngsters (U10 only) the Bundu Buddies is an easy, enjoyable off-road adventure and "The Amble", is a 5 km scenic walk for the parents, grandparents and nature lovers. For further information contact George on 082 774 7530 or register at www.roag.co.za.


The Dominican Conference Centre at 5 Leinster Road, Scottsville will be hosting a lecture by well-known theologian, speaker and writer, James Alison, titled How Learning Changes The Church - A Gay Catholic Perspective tonight at 7.15 pm. Admission R20.


St Philomena’s in Sydenham, Durban, is hosting a fundraising theatre evening at St Philomena's, in 92 Rippon Road, at 6 pm on October 30. Guests will be able to watch the drama, Frank, which was recently performed at the Catalina Theatre. It tells the story of a family wedding, which brings the Ogle family together and the proverbial chickens home to roost. Each member of the family has a secret and an agenda. Through their interaction and flashbacks, a pattern of family secrecy and betrayal is exposed. Seating is limited and patrons are advised to book seats in advance. Tickets are R60. Telephone 031 208 4187 or send an email to Jacqui Osz at pro@stphils.org.za


Dream board/Vision board workshop. Make your dreams come true using this fun and powerful technique. All materials supplied. Tomorrow from 2-4 pm. Phone Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

Artist Nicky Leigh is hosting a series of lectures by professionals in the field of mental health will accompany her exhibition Through The Fire, which chronicles her own battle with depression. The presentations, which are aimed at informing the public about depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder and to offer help to sufferers as well as to family members, will take place in the John Oxley lecture theatre, Jack Heath Gallery at the CVA on Saturday, October 17 from 9 am to 12.30 pm. Admission is free but interested participants are advised to arrive early as space is limited. Speakers include: Dr Stewart Lund who will talk on depression and anxiety and Shevonne Rautenbach who will discuss anxiety in children. For more information telephone Cheryl Prior at 083 325 7136 or go to www.nickyleigh.co.za

Birds of a Feather (a ladies networking and socialising group) is hosting a holistic wellness workshop on October 20 at Just Lavender, 6 Gough Road, Pietermaritzburg, from 9 am to 12 noon. Guest speakers will talk about reiki, ayurveda, kinesiology and reflexology and soul pictures and readings. Guests pay R50, BOF members R30. Booking is essential by October 16. Contact Geeta on 082 761 4837 or email geeta@bofnetworx.co.za; or Sue Mimm on 079 493 4975 or email sue@bofnetworx.co.za

Enhancing your relationship with your partner - a workshop for women takes a fresh creative approach to personal development, providing opportunities for reflection and discussion in a safe and supportive environment. Two full mornings - October 20 and 21 (8 am to 12 noon) at a venue in Hilton. Facilitated by Alistair Mork-Chadwick (counselling psychologist) and Gail Pocket (registered counsellor). Inquiries: 033 330 7973 or 072 365 5875.

With Heart in Mind is a three hour workshop in which participants explore the workings of the deeper mind which “thinks in pictures” and has access to answers to life’s questions that the rational mind does not. Dates for upcoming workshops: October 24, November 7 and December 5 at 9 am at 4 Galloway Lane, Winston Park. Inquiries: Wendy at 074 185 2700.

* Submit your events to ESTELLE SINKINS via email at arts@witness.co.za or by fax on 033 355 1142 by Wednesday 12 noon.

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