Events diary (April 4 - April 10)

2008-04-04 00:00


• 8 am. Msunduzi Hospice will be hosting a fundraising breakfast in the Hospice Conference Centre at 200 Zwartkop Road. Guest speaker: Jessica Pitchford, the producer of Special Assignment. Tickets: R100 per person or R800 for a table of eight. Phone 033 344 1560 for bookings.

• The Karkloof Conservation Centre hosts a grandparents and grandchildren’s day. Bring your grandchildren for a fun walk and picnic on the farm. Adults cost R10 and children R5. Children under five enter free. Phone 033 330 2992 or e-mail

• 10 am. Alzheimer’s support group meets at the Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street. Inquiries: 033 396 6607, 033 386 4477 or 082 940 0225.

• 4 pm. The Brookby Film festival showcases Cave in the Snow. Inquiries: phone 033 344 3094 or e-mail


• 6 am-9.30 am. The Farmers’ Market sells fruit, vegetables, flowers, eggs and more. Inquiries: 082 886 0687.

• 7 am-11 am. The Karkloof Farmers’ Market is located 2,6 km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: 082 820 8986.

• 8 am-11.30 am. Breakfast at the Lion’s River Farmers’ Market. Proceeds go to the Midlands Crisis and Trauma Centre in Howick. Inquiries: 082 771 6653.

• 8.30 am. The Sharks game will be broadcast live on the big screen at Pegasus Country Pub. Inquiries: 083 532 4415.

• 9 am-10.30 am. T’ai chi classes at the Hadca Centre, Old Main Road, Howick. Inquiries: 082 825 7412.

• 9 am-noon. The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Book and Record Room will be open at the SPCA grounds at 235 Woodhouse Road. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

• 9 am-noon. Every week the model trains in HO Gauge run. Watch or run your own at the old goods shed, Hilton Station. Phone to ensure staff are at the station. Inquiries: 033 344 1742 or 082 470 4898.

• 9 am-noon. The Salvation Army, Pietermaritzburg Corps and the Hope Goodwill Centre host a white elephant, books and toys sale at 52 College Road.

• 9 am-2 pm. Craft market opposite the city hall.

• 9.30 am. A bowls clinic at Allan Wilson Bowling Club is held for new bowlers. Coaching can be arranged at other times with Peter at 033 346 2553.

• 10 am-4 pm. Open wilderness trails weekend at the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy. Inquiries: 082 933 5036 or 072 147 8247. Entry costs R20.

• 10 am. Crew (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) and the Inland Branch of the Botanical Society are planning to visit the Crane Foundation at Nottingham Road. Inquiries: 082 921 3118.

• 10.30 am. Improved Community Water Point (ICWP). An informal walk for both developers and environmentalists will take place at the old polo field site opposite the Showgrounds. Explore the remaining undisturbed wetlands, plants, animals and birdpark. Inquiries: 033 342 4088 or 072 745 8906.

• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people for a game of croquet. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket Oval. Inquiries: 033 502 0101 or 033 396 3661.

• 2 pm. The Ramblers’ Club of Pietermaritzburg invites people interested in hiking to join them. Inquiries: 033 344 2754.


• 6.30 am. KwaZulu-Natal Birdlife hosts a morning outing to Darvill. Inquiries: 033 386 5555.

• 9 am. Maritzburg Oval arts and crafts market at Alexandra Park. Inquiries: 082 774 5493.

• 10 am. Model steam train rides at 78 Rudling Road. Contact Theo at 072 143 3032. Available for birthday parties.

• 10 am-4pm. Open Wilderness Trails Weekend at the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy. Inquiries: 082 933 5036 or 072 147 8247. Entry costs R20.


• 9 am-noon. Wild knitting. Bring some yarn and needles, or crochet if you like. There is no tuition, but free advice is given to all by all. Cost: R25 per session. Inquiries: 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.

• 5.30 pm. Yoga in Hilton. Inquiries: 084 555 9320.

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

• 6.45 pm-8.15 pm. Weekly meditation classes at the Emphethelweni Centre, 5 Leinster Road. Inquiries: phone 033 346 0403 or e-mail


• 9.30 am-11 am. Stonecroft Ministries After Nine Club meets at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Talks by Mandy Tyrer, a self defence instructor, and Pearl Houghting on how drugs almost cost her son his life. Booking is essential. Cost: R25 (including tea). Phone 033 346 1490 by noon on Monday.

• 9 am-noon. Introduction to Watercolours and Inks with Penny Forder. Cost: R260 for Macs members and R300 for non-Macs members, for three sessions. Book by phoning 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.


• 9 am-1 pm. Tuesday Painters. Tutor: Jinny Heath. The class will undertake specific technical and formal problems in one-day exercises. Cost: R340 for Macs members and R395 non-Macs members, for four sessions. Book early by phoning 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.

• 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 Sandra Breschi’s recorder ensemble. Inquiries: 033 394 1818.

• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people for a game of croquet. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket Oval. Inquiries: 033 502 0101 or 033 396 3661.

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

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

• 7.30 pm. Diabetes South Africa hosts its monthly meeting in the Epworth School Hall. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

• Holiday painting and drawing class for children between the ages of eight and 12. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.


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

• 9 am-noon. Art Club. Work in the medium and at the level of your choice. R25 per session. Phone 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.

• 10 am. The Hayfields Haymakers meet every Thursday at the Lutheran Church in Bester Road. Inquiries: 033 386 2126.

• 10 am. Free guided tours of Fort Nottingham Museum from Thursdays to Sundays. Inquiries: 033 266 6246.

• Fax 033 355 1122, e-mail or phone 079 887 5347 before noon on Wednesday.

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