Diary: out and about in Maritzburg this week

2008-05-22 00:00

• 8 am-1 pm. Starting today and continuing on May 28, May 30, June 2 and June 3 is a bird identification course in Howick (five morning sessions, 25 hours in all). Venue: Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, Karkloof Road, Howick. Cost: R990 per person. To book, e-mail kim@montybrett.com or phone 033 266 6113.

• 9 am-noon. Introduction to acrylic painting with Penny Forder (every Monday in May) using the landscape as subject matter. Minimum six students. R340 Macs members and R395 non-Macs members for four sessions. Book by phoning 033 386 6500 (mornings) or 033 386 2795 (afernoons).

• 5.30 pm. Yoga in Hilton. Phone Moira at 084 555 9320.

• 5.30 pm-7 pm. Beginners t’ai chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Contact Nico at 082 825 7412.

• 6.45 pm-8.15 pm. Weekly meditation classes at the Emphethelweni Centre, 5 Leinster Road, Scottsville. Inquiries: Kathy at 033 346 0403 or e-mail: info@meditateindurban.org

• 7.30 pm. Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets every last Monday of the month at the St Matthew’s Parish Hall, Hayfields, corner Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive. Visitors welcome. Inquiries: 033 343 4803.


• 5.30 pm. A cordial invitation to attend a free introductory meeting of Toastmasters at the Hilton Hotel. The Toastmasters eight-week public speaking course can help build confidence and self-esteem at the office, in business, and even at home. Contact Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803.

• 7 pm-9 pm. Social badminton in a small friendly group at a central location. Beginners and more experienced players welcome. Cost is minimal, but the benefits are enormous. Inquiries: Glynn Davies at 033 386 5557.

• 7 pm. Meditation evening. Topic and guided meditations: heightened consciousness and living awareness. Inquiries: 082 569 6861.


• The Comedy Revolution Tour featuring Martin Davis (UK) and Glen BO (KZN/UK) arrives at Bellissimo’s in Howick. Tickets to the show are R50 per person and R30 for students, which are available at the door. To reserve seats, contact Jimmy at 083 348 4274. Age restriction for all shows is 18 years.

• 7 am. Howick Bird Group — change of venue for the morning outing. The Bird of Prey Sanctuary has asked the club to postpone its visit to the sanctuary as the staff are going to a conference. New venue is Mbona in the Karkloof. Meet at Umgeni Valley at 7 am or at the main gate at 7.45 am. Bring tea. Leader: Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723.

• 7.30 am for 8 am. The Institute of People Management (IPM) May breakfast presentation will focus on 360-degree feedback, which includes a network opportunity. To be held opposite the ICC Durban at 90 Ordnance Road. Inquiries: 031 573 2949.

• 7.30 am. The annual Roseway Ramble will be held at the school, with food, activities and crafters. Inquiries: 031 768 1309.

• 9 am-noon. Macs Wednesday Art Club — an interactive group. Work in medium and level of choice. All welcome. R25 per session. Phone 033 386 6500 (mornings) or 033 386 2795 (afternoons).

• 1.10 pm-1.50 pm. The South African Society of Music Teachers presents a free lunch-hour concert at the Tatham Art Gallery, featuring Ted Brien’s Friends of Note Recorder Ensemble playing music ranging from early Baroque to present day arrangements. Inquiries: 033 394 1818.

• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the Oval. Mallets can be borrowed from the club, flat-soled shoes are recommended. Inquiries: Tim at 033 502 0101 or Viv at 033 396 3661.

• 5.15 pm. The Cathedral Chamber Choir rehearses each Wednesday evening in the Anglican Cathedral. All singers welcome.

• 5.30 pm-7 pm. Intermediate and advanced t’ai chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Contact Nico at 082 825 7412.


• 7 am-10.30 am. Market at Alexandra Road (opposite police station). Fresh veg, fruit, honey and crafts.

• 10 am. The Hayfields Haymakers meet every Thursday in the Lutheran Church in Bester Road, Hayfields. Weekly sessions start with a cup of tea or coffee at 10 am, followed by a talk, demonstration, bingo or music. Lunch is served at noon, costs R20 and needs to be booked by 11 am on Wednesdays at 033 344 2322. Inquiries to Shirley Smith at 033 386 2126.

• 3 pm. Msunduzi Hospice Association is holding its annual general meeting at the Hospice Conference Centre, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Coming Soon

• May 30, 6 pm. Tim Snow, author of Predators and Farmers, will be giving a talk at the Karkloof Club. The cost of R50 per person includes dinner. Booking through the Karkloof Conservation Centre before May 26 is essential. Inquiries: 033 330 2992 (mornings) or karkloofcentre@telkomsa.net

• May 31, 1 pm. Organist Dr Gordon Stewart will be giving a recital in St Michael and All Angels Church, Himeville. Lunch from 1 pm, concert starts at 2.30 pm. The tickets cost R80 and include the lunch. Inquiries to Rosanne Clark at 033 702 1013 (mornings) or Norma Russell 033 702 1845.

• Faxes to 033 355 1122, e-mail: ryanc@witness.co.za or phone 079 887 5347 before noon on Wednesday.

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