Diary of events 19 to 25 November

2010-11-19 00:00


The Witness is changing the focus of the weekly community diary of events, placing the emphasis on giving space to schools, clubs, societies and not for profit and non-governmental organisations. Organisations and individuals wishing to advertise courses, workshops, health and exercise classes, are requested to contact Kay Govender in the Witness classified department at 033 3551248 or via email at kayg@witness.co.za


The Howick Arts Society (Harts) will be hosting its annual year end exhibition in the Doris Robins Room at the Howick Library from November 22 to December 6. On November 23, Harts will host a talk by Fee Halstead from Ardmore Ceramic Art. Snacks and wine will be served. Paintings on show will range from beginners to people known throughout South Africa, as well as some who have exhibited overseas. Inquiries: Anna at 033 330 7198.

The Friends of Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag) are hosting the Fabulous Picture Show at the Pietermaritzburg gallery from November 23 to 26. An exciting array of artworks will be on display all week and those interested in acquiring artworks are invited to come to place their bids during the week and also to keep track of the bidding. The bidding will continue until November 26. The grand finale is on the evening of November 26 from 6 pm until bidding closes. It is important for those wishing to buy artworks to be at the finale or for them to nominate someone to secure the artworks they wish to acquire as bidding will take place right up to the last minute. All artworks are to be paid for and taken home on the Friday evening. Credit card facilities will be available. There will be parking next to the gallery.

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.


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 Art of Living will be hosting a course from November 22 to 25 (between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm) at the Ved Mandir Hall in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzburg (opposite the main temple, entrance on William Street). Admission is R650 (pensioners and students R350).

Limited seats - phone 033 345 8787, Suresh at 083 634 9886 or Amy at 033 387 7742 to book.


Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a hike to the Clifton Watchtower tomorrow. The hike is a steep climb from Mushroom Farm to the top overlooking the Giba Gorge. Meet at the Assagay Hotel at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Dennis at 083 320 4951. The club is also hosting a hike in the Giba Gorge and Shongweni on Sunday. Meet at Giba Gorge car park at 8 am. Cost R10. Inquiries: Dieter at 031 462 7445. The club also has hikes every Wednesday morning - phone Philip at 031 201 3592 or Colin at 031 708 3517.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting an afternoon/evening outing to New Germany Nature Reserve and Mt Moreland on Sunday. Phone the leader, Adrian Ogilvie at 033 347 1685 (h) for times and transport arrangements.

Howick Birding Group is hosting a morning outing to Gilboa Vlei on November 24. Meet at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve at 6.30 pm to arrange transport. Take tea. Inquiries: Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723.

The South African Association of Retired Persons will host a talk by Mary Perry on the terracotta soldiers in China at St. Johns Church Hall in Javu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, on November 25 at 9 am. Admission R5, which includes a cup of tea/coffee, biscuits and a raffle ticket. Inquiries: Marlene at 033 396 2260.

The Friends of Architectural Heritage and the Durban Art Deco Society is hosting a walk around The Ammazulu African Palace at 20 Windsor Road, Kloof at 10 am to 10. 30 am on November 27. Architect Kevin MacGary of Architects Collaborative, will discuss the design and building of Peter’s Palace, which houses an extensive collection of South African Zulu beadwork and artefacts, some of it incorporated into the architecture. Admission R50 – part of the proceeds go to a charity). To bhook phone Helen Labuschagne at 031 301 1951 or email helenore@mweb.co.za

Winning Women – South Africa Pietermaritzburg After 5 meet at the Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on November 29. The Christmas celebration will include a talk by Wade Coetzer of CHC Catering about creative table décor and catering ideas and Marilyn Eayrs on meaningful and happy family celebrations. Tickets R65, which includes supper by CHC Catering. To book phone Esthere Howard-Browne at 033 342 2034 or e-mail lesterhb@lantic.net Reservations are essential by November 26.

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.


Vision and Joy Togethery will be held on Sunday at 9.30am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road in Hayfields. AJ Whittal will talk on ‘The Human Energy Field and Higher Sense of Perception’. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Discover more about Pietermaritzburg’s astounding biodiversity during Biodiversity Hour at the Strelizia Room at the National Botanical Gardens at 2 pm tomorrow. There will be presentations by Dr. Mark Brown (ornithologist) and Dr. Douglas Macfarlane (environmental consultant), and a children’s discovery walk with John Roff (educationist). Those taking part are also invited to dress in green. Admission is R60 (R30 children), which includes refreshments and entrance to the garden. Electronic bookings are essential - SMS Allen Goddard at 084 381 9910 or e-mail south.africa@arocha.org

Hayfields Lutheran Church is hosting an Advent Evening celebrating the coming of Christmas from 5.30 pm on November 26. Stalls will be selling arts and crafts, Christmas cakes and traditional German biscuits, Butterkuchen, Advent wreaths and much more. The festive entertainment includes carols by candlelight, musical items, a play and a children’s lantern parade. Inquiries: 033 396 5169.

Austen Smith is hosting a fundraising supper theatre evening with the Butler family to raise money for the Msunduzi Hospice Assocation at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on November 27 in the Church of the Ascension Hall, Hilton. Please bring your own supper basket and drinks. Tickets R50. To book phone Shereen or Roxane at 033 392 0500 (office hours).


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 Suicide Support Group which aims to help anyone who has been touched by suicide directly or indirectly meets on November 29 at Kloof Library, 2 Umzwilili Road, Kloof. Inquiries: Email suicideprevent@gmail.com or phone Lori or Sue at 083 652 0117 or 084 446 6627.


Market held every Thursday adjacent to the hockey fields opposite Harry Gwala Stadium from 7 am to 10.30 am. The market is a combination of a farmers market and flea market and stalls sell everything from fresh veggies, plants and herbs to home baking, sewing, bric-a-brac, and more.


The Wake Up Smiling meditation course will take place on Sunday from 9 am to 12 noon at Karkloof Polo Club, Karkloof Road, Howick. Learn special ways of thinking that will transform even the most difficult situations into perfect opportunities for personal growth and development. Admission

R100 donation to Maitreya Centre. To book and more details phone 033 234 4182 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

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 Centre. Inquiries: 033 234 4182 or email :meditateinmidlands@gmail.com


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.


Whether you love the music of Michael Buble, Justin Bieber, Elvis or The Beatles, you’re sure to have a great time at Meryl Kurz’s latest Pig and Whistle production, Oh, What A Night, uses the best of amateur talent in the region, and is packed with ballads, country-and-western songs, dancing and comedy. The show takes place at the Lynwood Club in Sweetwaters Road, Pietermaritzburg, at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on November 20. The evening, which takes the form of a picnic supper theatre, is being used to raise money to upgrade equipment for further shows. Tickets are R70 and can be booked after 3 pm with the Lynwood Club at 033 344 1340. Liquid refreshments supplied by the bar at the club.


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.

* 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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