Diary of events 15 to 21 July

2011-07-15 00:00


Howick Arts Society (Harts) is holding its mid-year exhibition in the Doris Robins Room in the Howick Library until July 23. During the exhibition, visitors will be able to view bold impasto works by Tim Kiln, colourful acrylics by Christina Ronaldson, delicate watercolours by Alan Donaldson, expressionistic paintings by Roger Clifford, and much more. Inquiries: Anna at 084 573 1784.

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.


Durban Ramblers is hosting a beach walk to the Moses Mabida Stadium and back along beachfront to Ushaka and back on July 16. Park at the casino. Get together afterwards at casino. Inquiries: Werner at 084 206 7836. On July 17 there is a hike to Ngobhankulu. Meet in Pinetown at 8am or at Umlaas Road by arrangement with Nevil. Petrol sharing R40. Inquiries: Nevil at 031 705 3122 or 083 977 2475.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to the Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg on July 17. Meet at the car park at 7.30 am. Inquiries: Adrian Ogilvie at 033 347 1685.

Hilton Garden Club’s meeting at 9.30 am for 10 am on July 19 includes a visit to the historic house and garden of Michael and Lindy Manley. Lindy will talk on the history of their home, The Knoll, Denis Shepstone Road, Winterskloof. Inquiries: Jacqui Arnott at 033 330 4541.

The Decorative Arts Society meets at 12.30 pm for 1 pm on July 20 at their new venue - All Saints United Church, 73 Montgomery Drive, Athlone. Nirma Madhoo-Chips will tell the story of Coco Chanel, the French dress designer who ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. Her elegantly casual designs inspired women of fashion to abandon complicated, uncomfortable clothes and to adopt soter more wearable clothes. Off street parking. Light refreshments served. Visitors welcome - R40. Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

Winning Women South Africa – Pietermaritzburg After 5 meets at the Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on July 25. Psychologist, Tim Barry, will discuss raising healthy, happy children in a technological age and Andrew Pienaar talks about his new vision and spirit of hope for the orphans in Newcastle. Admission is R70, which includes supper by CHC Catering. Secure, free parking. To book phone Esther Howard-Browne at 033 342 2034 or e-mail: lesterhb@zookit.co.za

Reservations are essential by July 21.

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.


The annual Delville Wood collection by the SA Legion of Military Veterans (Pietermaritzburg) takes place tomorrow from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. On Sunday, the annual Delville Wood commemorative service takes place in the Garden of Remembrance in Leinster Road at 11 am.

The Creighton Aloe Festival will take place on July 16 and 17. Enjoy an amazing return steam train ride from Creighton, alongside the Ngogwaan river, through thousands of beautiful and colourful Aloes where you will be able to take a spectacular photo. During the weekend there will also be birding tours, mission tours, and dairy farm tours, plus a scenic cycle ride. Visitors can also enjoy a delicious meal and a country market. If you can’t make it on July 16 and 17, there will be steam train rides on July 2 and 3 and July 9 and 10. Bookings are essential. Ticket prices range from R180 to 210 for adults and R120 to R210 for children. There is also a Sunday sunrise bike train trip to Donnybrook and a 40km MTB ride back through the beautiful Xumeni Forest departing at 7 am on July 17. Tickets R250, which includes the train trip and guided bike ride back. Inquiries: Glynnis via email at glynnis@toocee.co.za or phone 083 273 8037.

The 55th edition of the Durban Airshow takes place at Virginia Airport in Durban North on July 16. More than 45 acts will be taking part, including parachutists, civilian jets, the Silver Falcons, passenger airliners, and skydivers. The show will open with a parade and a tribute to the City’s emergency, safety and security services assisted by major emergency role players. Gates open at 7 am for the general public and the show starts at 9 am. Tickets for the show are available online www.durbanairshow.co.za

The 2011 Durban International Boat and Leisure Show takes place at the Durban Marina from July 15 to 17 from 9.30 am to 5 pm. This year sees the introduction of the Knowledge Box, supported by the eThekwini Maritime Cluster, and show-goers will be informed and entertained by specialists in a variety of fields. Confirmed speakers include South African Rugby Legend and former Sharks wing, Cedric Mkhize, who will be talking about his world record breaking dive with sharks in Cape Town; Russell Symcox, the expedition leader of the epic Coast2Coast4CANSA expedition on jetskis from the Mozambican border to Alexander Bay to increase awareness and raise funds for CANSA; and Mark Addison, a world-renowned marine conservationist. The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board will be informing the public about the true nature of sharks, the unique sardine run phenomenon and will be doing shark dissections. Other attractions include a “Bits and Bobs” auction of nautical/marine equipment, with the proceeds from several of the items going to National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) funds. Inquiries: Creative Events at 031 266 9828 or go to www.durbanboatshow.co.za. Parking is available on the Esplanade, Esplanade Parkade and at Wilson’s Wharf.

Singles dinner evening - mingle with other singles over a delicious dinner at 7 pm on July 16 at Butcher Boys Restaurant, Pietermaritzburg. Tickets R150 at Butcher Boys until July 10. No tickets available on the night. Inquiries and bookings: email jolene@firstkissdating.co.za or phone 084 666 1921 (after 5 pm).

Makaranga Lodge in Kloof will be the place to discover all things healthy at the inaugural Breathe… Health Expo from10 am to 4 pm on July 16 and 17. Learn about nutrition and supplementation; exercise; complementary health; eco friendly products; beauty; natural products; health products and healthy food.Tickets are R30, under free. Inquiries: Camilla Railton at 078 339 8300.

Vintage Baynesfield is hosting Time Marches On – Military History on Display on July 17. Visitors will be able to see military vehicles, uniforms, a Carbineers display, a lone piper and a collection of medals. Anyone interested in displaying their collection of all things military, is asked to phone Eleanor Schofield at 033 251 0001 during office hours. Other attractions include vintage tractors and machinery, grinding of maize, demonstrations of the use of antique woodcrafting tools, and good quality crafts for sale.

Vision and Joy Togethery meets at 9.30 am on July 17 at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road in Hayfields. Debbie Fox will be presenting the topic, Communication, Inner and Outer. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Women in Business is hosting the Pink Bubbly Ladies Trout Fishing weekend in Himeville on July 22, 23 and 24. Phone Ali Engelbrecht at 082 972 2675 or email ceo@womeninbusiness.org.za for registration forms and additional information.

Any surplus funds arising out of this function will be donated to Hospice Himeville/Underberg.

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.

Howick Hospice is hosting a Christmas in July dinner at Pecanwood in Merrivale at 6 pm for 6.30 pm on Saturday, July 30. Tickets are R200 each and include a four-course meal, live entertainment, lucky draws and much more. Book a table in support of Howick Hospice and enjoy an evening of fun with a hint of Christmas. For bookings or inquiries phone Wendy at 033 330 5257 or 082 955 6868.

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.


Monthly Depression and Anxiety support group meets every last Tuesday of the month at Waterfall Library. The next meeting is on July 26 at 6 pm and a psychologist will be present to give an overview of the condition. Inquiries: Megan at 082 659 7505 or email upperhighway@gmail.com

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.


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 Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) begins rehearsals for the second half of the year on Tuesday, July 26, at St Mary's Church hall in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street from 7 pm to 9 pm. The choir is rehearsing to sing with other choirs in one of Richard Cock's famous Songs of Praise concerts in Durban and Pietermaritzburg on August 19 and 20, respectively. From September 6, the choir will begin rehearsals for Handel’s Messiah, which will be performed on November 13. Temporary members will be asked to contribute a R50 fee to cover costs of music etc. For further details phone Mary at 033 346 0449 or Ruth at 033 347 5464.


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.


Celeste Russouw will give a talk, titled Management of Battlefield Sites, Monuments and Graves, in the Pringle Hall at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg at 10.45 am on July 23. Tea will be served from 10.15 am to 10.30 am.

MindScape - Powerful tools for activating the mind's potential is hosting a course at 274 Prince Alfred Street, Pietermaritzburg from 9 am to 5 pm on July 23 and 24. The workshop will help participants to heighten powers of intuition, develop their mental abilities and enhance their creativity and imagination. There will be a free public talk ahead of the course from 7 pm to 9 pm on July 22, during which Dale Fox will introduce the concepts of the course and also the nature of intuition. Bring along family and friends (and those tricky questions) for a fascinating hour and half. Booking is essential. Phone Lesley Pascoe at 084 765 6243 or email lpascoe@pgglass.com


Enjoy a dinner thriller at the Hexagon Theatre at UKZN Pietermaritzburg at 7 pm for 7.30 pm from July 21 to 23 and help raise money for Project Gateway. Set in 1929, The Strange Case of Dinah Lane, sees a murder take place at an opulent ‘Christmas in July’ party on a north coast sugar estate. Diners need to work out whodunit – how and why! Bring some friends, enjoy a three course meal and professionally acted show. Tickets180. To book phone 033 845 0400 or email marketing@projectgateway.co.za


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: 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.

Bookings are now open for the popular Halloween Mystery Bus tour in Durban from 7 pm to midnight on October 31. Pub and grub stops, ghost stories, poltergeists, graveyards and much more. Cost R295. Book at Computicket. Inquiries: www.mysteryghostbus.co.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.


Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum will host a herbal workshop to demonstrate how herbs can be used to make beauty products on July 23. Anyone wanting to be part of this free workshop can book by contacting Lestelle Barnwell at 033 394 6870 or 072 480 7251 before July 21. Bookings are on a first come, first served basis.

* 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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