Event's diary | March 28 to April 3

2008-03-26 00:00

March 28

• 5.30 pm. Exploring Consciousness Film fest at Brookby features 'Cave in the Snow', followed by supper and then the film 'The Cup'. Inquiries: 033 344 3094 or email brookby@futurenet.org.za

• 6.30 pm. Opening rugby match of the season for the PMB Varsity Rugby Club. Playing against Jaguars at the Peter Booysens Sports Ground in Golf Rd. 2nd XV kick off at 6.30pm, 1st XV at 8.00pm. Food and Drinks on sale. Support our Premier Division Club and come watch some exciting rugby. Contact Donna at 082 843 7892 for more info.

March 29

• 6 am-9.30 am. The farmers’ market every Saturday, selling fruit, veg, flowers, eggs and more. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.

• 7 am-11 am. The Karkloof Farmers' Market, a fresh produce market, is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Access is gained off the D507.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning. Goods on sale include fresh produce from local farmers as well as breads, biscotti, cheese, plants, flowers, ready-made meals, pickles, preserves, nougat, brownies, nuts and lots more delicious goods.

There is a jungle gym and pony rides for the children so it is a wonderful morning out for the whole family. Inquiries to Andrea at 082 820 8986.

• 8 am-11.30 am. Breakfast at Lion's river farmers' market. Proceeds go to the Midlands Crisis and Trauma Centre in Howick. Inquiries to Rex at 082 771 6653.

• 8 am-noon. Msunduzi Hospice Book Shop will be open at 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. Contact Elise at 033 344 1560 for more details.

• 8.30 am. The Umgeni Steam Railway preservation group will be running a vintage electric train to Nottingham Road for passengers wishing to attend the Highland Games at Fort Nottingham.

The train departs from Pietermaritzburg station at 8.30 am, meandering through the pastoral Midlands countryside, to Nottingham Road, from where buses will be provided to transfer passengers to Fort Nottingham.

En route to Nottingham Road the train traverses the 6,4km Cedara Tunnel, which is the second longest railway tunnel in South Africa.

Tickets are available at R170 per person, senior citizens and children (ages two to 16) R120. This includes the bus transfer and entrance to the Highland Games grounds.

There is plenty of secure parking available at Pietermaritzburg station. For more details and bookings, contact Rob Macgregor at 031 303 3003 or 082 353 6003, or visit our website: www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za

• 9 am-10.30 am. T'ai Chi classes at the Hadca Centre, Old Main Road, Howick. Contact Nico at 082 825 7412.

• 9am-noon. Join Clare Smith at Macs and learn to make flat felt and pin cushions using the wet felting method. R50 for the morning includes tea/coffee, a ball of fleece (either white or dyed) and your tuition.

Bring your own embellishments i.e. beads, sequins, silk strands and wool or buy supplies at Macs Craft Shop. Phone 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500 to book.

• 9.30 am. A bowls clinic at Allan Wilson Bowling Club is held for new bowlers. Bowls are provided and flat shoes must be worn. All welcome. Coaching can be arranged at other times with Peter — phone 033 346 2553.

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

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

• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket 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.

• 2 pm. The Ramblers' Club of Pietermaritzburg invites people interested in hiking to join them in walking the hills of Pietermaritzburg and its environs. Interested people should be reasonably fit and may contact Francois at 033 344 2754 for further information.

• 5 pm. Exploring Consciousness Film fest at Brookby features 'Cave of the Yellow Dog', followed by supper and then the film 'Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas'. Inquiries: 033 344 3094 or email brookby@futurenet.org.za

• 5 pm. The Pegasus Country Pub in Ashburton will be broadcasting the Sharks vs the Reds Super14 game on the big screen from 5pm. Inquiries: 083 532 4415.

• 8 pm. Mr and Miss Gay Sobantu at the Kismet Hotel, PMB. Cost: R20 per person. Inquiries: Anthony/Ponie at 033 342 6165.

March 30

• 9 am. KZN Stamp fair at Kloof Country Club. Huge selection of stamps, plus the post office with all the latest issues. Hordes of stamps, documents, ephemera, books, postcards. Wanting to BUY ñ Boer War material OLD Postcards, historical documents, old photos, and autographs.

Auction sharp at 11.30am. Inquiries: 033 343 4803.

• 9 am. Alex arts and crafts upmarket - your friendly market. Stroll in the shady avenues, with "kid fun" at 11 am. New stallholders welcome. Phone 033 396 2807 (3 pm to 5 pm).

• 9 am. Share the Love and help raise R200 000 for a children's charity: people in KZN are challenged to get down to the Labello "Share the Love" photo booths at Liberty Mall, Pietermaritzburg.

Have your free photograph taken "sharing the love" - whether its kissing your partner, snuggling up to your other half or hugging your best friend or child.

Then check out your photograph on www.sharethelove.co.za it out on the "Share the Love" website. Participating cities, Durban and Pietermaritzburg (representing KZN), Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town will be competing to see which city has the most photographs taken at the "Share the Love" events.

The winning city takes the title of "The City of Love", and Labello will donate R170 000 to a children's home in this city. If KZN wins (Durban & Pietermaritzburg combined), Ethelbert Childrenís Home stands to receive R170 000.

If Durban does not win Ethelbert Children's Home will still receive a guaranteed R10 000 donation.

Daily prizes can also be won, such as digital cameras and frames. For more information on the Labello "Share the Love" events or to view your photographs, go to www.sharethelove.co.za Inquiries: 031 563 0122 or 082 903 5837.

• 11 am. Exploring Consciousness Film fest at Brookby features 'How to Know God', followed by supper and then the film 'Krishnamurti'. Inquiries: 033 344 3094 or email brookby@futurenet.org.za

March 31

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

• 5.30pm - 7pm. 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 Emalphethelweni 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 (except December) at the St Matthews Parish Hall, Hayfields - corner Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive.

Visitors welcome, stamp collectors at all levels. Always interesting talks, exhibits, advice on care of collections. Inquiries: 033 343 4803.

April 1

• 9am-1pm. Tuesday Painters Tutor: Jinny Heath. The class will undertake specific technical and formal problems in one-day exercises. New students should have some art background.

Limited number of students can be accommodated. R340 MACS members and R395 non-Macs members for four sessions. Bookings essential for this course - book early if you want to take part by phoning 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.

• 6.15 pm for 6.40 pm. Toastmasters monthly Meeting (first Tuesday of every month except January) at the Hilton Hotel (Hilton). Visitors most welcome. Cost: R60. To find out what goes on at Toastmasters contact Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 298 0491.

April 2

• 9am-noon. Art Club - an interactive group. Work in medium and level of choice. All welcome. R25 per session. Phone 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 ... Inquiries: 033 394 1818.

• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet, every Wednesday and Saturday. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket 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.

• 5.30 pm. Macs CafÈ Gallery Exhibition during April will feature Jenny Grinwis and Soraya Graeme Parker of Underberg. The exhibition will open at 5.30pm for 6pm. Everyone is welcome.

• 7 pm. The Maritzburg Camera Club will be meeting at the Collegians Bowling Club, Boshoff Street. Beginners and visitors are welcome to join us. For further details contact Carol Phillips at 033 503 1741.

April 3

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

• 9am-noon. Creative Thursdays: 2008 theme is "Changing Our Habits" - wearables - which probably means different things to different people.

The theme for April is designing for a custom dyed garment. R340 MACS members and R395 non-MACS members for four sessions.

Thursday 17th April is a one-day workshop covering reactive dyes, their properties and the process of using them ñ R120 per person for this session if not booked for the month. Please book by phoning 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.

• 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.

If you would like to know more about the group contact the secretary, Shirley Smith, at 033 386 2126.

• 10 am. Free guided tours of Fort Nottingham Museum from Thursdays to Sundays, with 39 brands of old English crockery and other antiques for sale. Inquiries: 033 266 6246.

Coming Soon

• April 4, 8 am. Msunduzi Hospice will be hosting a fundraising breakfast in the Hospice Conference centre, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury.

Guest Speaker Jessica Pitchford, Producer of Special Assignment. Tickets: R100 per person or R800 for a table of eight. Contact Anila at 033 344 1560 for bookings.

• April 4. Karkloof Conservation Centre hosts a grandparents and grandchildren day. Grandparents bring your grandchildren for a fun walk and picnic on the farm. Adults: R10, children: R5. Children under five enter free. Inquiries: 033 330 2992 or e-mail: karkloofcentre@telkomsa.net

• April 4, 10 am. Alzheimer's support group meets at Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street. Contact Lorna at 033 396 6607 or Jane at 033 386 4477 or 082 940 0225.

• April 5, 9 am-noon. The Salvation Army and Pietermaritzburg Corps and Hope Hoodwill Centre hosts a "select a bargain" - white elephant, books and toys at 52 College Road.

• April 6, 6.30 am. KZN Birdlife hosts a morning outing to Darvill. Leader: Gordon Bennett. Inquiries: 033 386 5555.

• April 6, 9 am. Maritzburg Oval arts and crafts market at Alexndra Park. Inquiries: 082 774 5493.

• April 8, 9am for 9.30am. Stonecroft Ministries - After 9 Club - Women's morning meeting to be held at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Mandy Tyrer, a self defence instructor, will advise us how to defend ourselves in dangerous situations.

This will be followed by a talk by Pearl Houghting who has first hand knowledge with a child addicted to drugs. R25 inc. refreshments. Booking essential: phone Moya at 033 346 1490.

• April 9. Holiday painting and drawing class for children eight to 12 years. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.

• April 10, 7 pm. KZN Birdlife hosts an indoor meeting at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife headquarters in Queen Elizabeth Park (please note change of venue). Presentation by Philip and Ingrid can den Berg (postponed from winter 2007) - "The Sky's the Limit".

• April 13, 6.30 am. KZN Birdlife hosts a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. Leader: Mike Spain. Inquiries: 033 347 2797.

• April 16, 6 pm. Howick Birding Group hosts an evening meeting - the club will be showing the DVD 'March of the Penguins' at Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve.

Tea/coffee and registration from 5.30 pm. Costs: BirdLife Members R5 per person, all others R10 per person.

• April 16. Karkloof Conservation Centre hosts a Pensioners Day - all pensioners welcome for half price entry fee. Inquiries: 033 330 2992.

• April 19, 8 am. Karkloof Conservation Centre hosts a Photographers Day - all keen photographers half price. Bring your cameras, walking shoes, hats, creativity and a picnic.

Tea and cake will be on sale. Inquiries: 033 330 2992.

• April 20, 6.30 am. KZN Birdlife hosts a morning outing to Botanical Gardens. Leader: Adrian Ogilvie. Inquiries: 033 347 1685.

• April 21, 6 pm for 6.30 pm. The Winning Women After 5 will meet at the Dave Mayo Centre, Howick High School. R60 includes supper, all welcome.

Tonight's theme is "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" with Stella Pretorius of uSisi Designs, who has a flair and passion for home and fashion, and Nomfundo Moelfe - a popular motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Inquiries to Nora Levang at 033 330 6426 or e-mail norang@mweb.co.za

• April 26, 8 am. Karkloof Conservation Centre hosts a Cubs and Scouts Day - young nature enthusiasts can come and explore the bird life on Gartmore Farm.

A bird guide will be on duty to guide walks. Come in your uniform and pay half price. Inquiries: 033 330 2992.

• April 26. Come cycling and learn bike maintenance on a weekend workshop in the KZN Midlands.

Retreat to the Midlands armed with a multi-tool, and let Andre the bike whiz (former mechanic for Morewoodís International Racing Team) teach you not only to diagnose, but remedy those irritating creaks and groans.

Hosted on a country farm- there is also tubing, hiking & plenty of outdoor activities.

Contact Sarah Colvin at sarah@active-escapes.co.za or 033 343 1564 or 084 240 7277 or visit www.active-escapes.co.za

• April 27. Juicy Lucy Classic Mid-Illovo Off-Road Cycle Challenge - a bike race caters which for all levels of fitness. The Juicy Lucy team are encouraging participants to take advantage of the many view points and opportunities for rest and recuperation along the route.

The 40km course runs, in part, within the Gwahumbe Game Reserve and riders can enjoy breathtaking vistas and spot game such as giraffe, rhino, zebra and antelope. Info on www.juicylucy.co.za or phone Brett at 082 572 4522 or Lyall at 083 661 7654.

• April 30. Howick Birding Group hosts a morning outing to 'Gilboa Vlei' at the top of the Karkloof. Meet at Umgeni at 6.30am to arrange transport.

This is an area where a bird check list is needed. Leader Eve Hughes - phone 033 330 2723.

• May 4, 10 am-4 pm. Music in May - music has been arranged in the historic garden at Baynesfield Estate.

There will be the usual selection of delicious food on sale and a craft market with quality goods. Entrance fee: R10 per adult and R5 per child under 12.

For further details phone Eleanor Schofield at 033 251 0001. The Umgeni Vintage Train will be coming out from PMB station. To book this contact Robbie McGregor at 031 303 3003 or 082 353 6003.

• June 6, 5 pm. Founders Day reunions: the following reunions will take place on Founders day various venues around the school: 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003.

Thereafter all will join the Old Boys' dinner in the marquee from 8pm until late. Inquiries: Liz Foster at 031 277 1500.

The midlands contact is Peter Southwood who is trying to update the database for future notifications about events at the school and the possibility of a Reunion in Pietermaritzburg in the near future. He can be contacted at 033 343 4803 or 082 298 0491.

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

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