Events diary: Whats happening

2010-01-22 00:00


• BirdLife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) holds in annual meeting at 5 pm tomorrow at Msunduzi Hospice, Swartkops Road. The guest speaker is Ian Sinclair. The meeting will be followed by dinner. Phone Sally at 072 119 4253, or e-mail to confirm attendance.



• The library at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is open on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 4 pm for research. Booking is essential. Phone Thulani Makhaye or Kobie Venter at 033 392 2801.



• Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets at the St Matthews Parish Hall (corner Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive), Hayfields, at 7.30 pm on January 25. Visitors welcome. Inquiries: 033 343 4803.

• Howick Birding Group is hosting a morning outing to Cumberland Nature Reserve. Meet at Umgeni Valley at 7 am on January 27 to arrange transport or at the reserve at 8 am. Bring tea and an atlas. Honesty box: R10 pp. Leader: Drummond Densham.

• Toastmasters holds its monthly dinner meeting at 6.15 pm for 6.30 pm on February 2 at Varsity College in Harwin Road, Scottsville. Admission is R60 and visitors are welcome. Inquiries: Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 (fax, answering machine) or 082 298 0491.

• The Embroiderer’s Guild of South Africa meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, Albert Luthuli Road, at 1.30 pm for 2 pm. All embroiderers welcome. Inquiries: Lynda at 033 343 4454.

• The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana welcomes visitors to open meetings on the first Thursday of every month from­7 am to 8 am at the Royal Natal Yacht Club in Durban. Breakfast is available. Admission: R50. Inquiries: Phone Alistair Abell at 031 303 6359.

• The Pietermaritzburg Underwater Club meets on Thursdays at its clubhouse in Kershaw Park (next to tennis club). Learn about spear fishing, scuba diving, underwater hockey, etc. Meet at the clubhouse at 5.30 pm or after practice (7 pm). Bar and braais available. Phone Caz at 082 859 3026, Noeline at  082 445 6441.

• The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club welcomes new members on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at ­2 pm in Alexandra Park, near the Oval. The club provides the equipment. Inquiries: Phone Tim at­ 033 344 3368, Richard at 033 396 6204.

• The Pietermaritzburg Budgerigar Club meets at 2.30 pm on the third Saturday of every month. New members welcome. Inquiries: Bruce Acutt at 082 809 2573 or Lionel Sydenham at 083 405 0359.

• Pietermaritzburg City Chess Club meets at the Moth Hall in Grosvenor Street every Tuesday at 2 pm. All welcome, irrespective of the standard of play. 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. New members welcome. Inquires: Phone S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.



• artSPACE durban, at 3 Millar Road, off Umgeni Road in Durban, is hosting ceramic lessons by Lynette Morris-Hale tomorrow and February 6. In two sessions participants will learn how to make a funky teapot and glaze it. The first session is tomorrow from 9 am to 11 am, the second one on February 6 from 9 am to 11 am. Admission is R450. To book, e-mail Lynette at or phone 031 266 0543. The gallery will be hosting a course on mosaics on February 6 and 13. Admission is R430. Phone Stephanie at 082 729 5898 or e-mail

• A creative writing workshop with novelist and freelance editor Brenda George, author of Falling Leaves and Mountain Ashes, will take place tomorrow from 9 am to 2 pm. Admission is R300 and booking is essential. Phone 033 342 9876 or 076 424 9663.

• Penny Forder will host drawing classes for beginners on January 28 from 9 am to noon. Forder will also host oil painting classes at Library House in Alexandra Road on Mondays in February from 9 am to noon. Inquiries: Phone 072 143 3008.

• A meditation course, titled Finding Hope  — Uplifting our Mind with Enlightened Wisdom, is offered at the Mahasiddha Centre, 2 Hollings Road, Queensburgh, on Sunday from 9.30 am to 12.45 pm. Participants will learn special meditation methods. Cost: R100 including refreshments. Phone 031 464 0984 or e-mail: info@meditatein

• A meditation course titled Overcoming Anger — the Strength and Beauty of a Patient Mind, takes place at Maitreya Buddhist Centre in Hillcrest on January 31 from 9 am to 12.30 pm. Cost R100, including refreshments. To book, phone 031 765 2162 or e-mail:

• Tatham Art Gallery holds youth art classes at the Old Presbyterian Church on Fridays from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Inquiries: Thulani Makhaye at 033 392 2801.

• Painting lessons on canvas, fabric, ceramic and wood for beginners or existing painters. No artistic ability required. Phone Truus at Creative Image at 033 342 4959 or at 082 445 7051.

• Enjoy painting (oils, acrylics or watercolours) or drawing (pastels, charcoal or pencil shading) classes, for beginners or experienced adult art students. Creative art lessons for pupils and Grades 9 to 11 art subject candidates. Inquiries to Val Maggs at 033 342 1638.

• Dressmaking for beginners. Sew beautiful clothes using techniques that are fast and easy. Inquiries: Phone Idoni Forder at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.



• The Theatre — St Anne’s College, is to host a performance by the Flatfoot Dance Company on February 4 at 7.30 pm. Spirit includes two of the company’s works — the duet Hands Wash Each Other, choreographed by Flatfoot dancer Vusi Makanya, and Circle, a collaborative piece between the dancers and guest choreographer Sifiso E. Kweyama. Tickets are R50 (R40 concessions) from 033 343 3300.



• The Fern Hill Hotel in Howick is hosting a Burns Day celebration tomorrow in honour of Scottish poet Robbie Burns. The celebration will include a musical concert performed by Gion Poltera and friends starting at noon, followed by a traditional toast to the haggis, a buffet lunch and Scottish dancing. The cost is R25 for the concert or R75 for the concert and lunch. Booking essential at 033 330 5071.

• The Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg is hosting the Big Charity Walk/Run on January 31 from 6 am. Participants can do a five-kilometre or a 10-kilometre route. Admission is R30. Big prizes will be up for grabs. Inquiries: 033 395 8126.



• Hatha yoga classes with meditation and chanting in Camperdown in February. Inquiries: Phone Bev at 082 857 2774.

• Join Group Hypno-Therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm if you want to stop smoking, lose weight or have fears or phobias. Inquiries: 082 046 7515.

• Body Dynamics in Alan Paton Road is the venue for several new courses. Tomorrow and January 30 and February 6 is Chinese self-massage and meditation from 9.30 am to noon. Admission to each workshop is R90. On Sunday and January 31 and February 7, you can do full-body breathing and meditation from 9 am to 10 am. Admission to each workshop is R30. Inquiries: Phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

• The Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan tai chi classes take place every Wednesday from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm at The McDowall Centre, Girls High School in Alexandra Road. Inquiries: Paul Dorrian at 033 386 2916 or 082 573 0557.

• Wing chun kung fu, self defence and eskrima (stick fighting) classes for men and women every Monday and Thursday at 6.30 pm at Eddels Sports and Social Club, Dartnell Road, Mountain Rise. Inquiries: Phone Sifu Gus Hornby at 083 638 0801 or Shaun at 076 648 6168.

• Yoga classes in Scottsville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm. Phone Jenny at 033 386 3323.

• Yoga classes in Hilton on Mondays at 5.30 pm. Phone Moira at 072 800 5294 or 033 343 4014 (a/h).

• Chi kung classes in Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 9 am. Cost: R20. Phone Dianne at 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.

• Run/Walk for Life at Cowan House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5.30 pm (Jane: 033 344 1813 or 082 809 4862) and at Scottsville Primary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Saturdays at 6 am (Allan: 033 396 6174 or 084 582 4005).

• Overweight? Join a class and learn about proper eating habits. Classes in Raisethorpe, city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.



• The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is at Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: 072 864 1626.

• A craft market opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

• The Pietermaritzburg Farmer’s Market is held on Saturdays from 6 am to 10 am in Alexandra Park, behind Harry Gwala Stadium. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

• The Karkloof Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 7 am to 11 am on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea 082 820 8986.

• A Hilton farmers’ and craft market is held every Saturday from 7 am to 11 am. Inquiries: Phone Candice at 079 509 5222.

• Farmer’s market at the Lion’s River Stock Sale Yard every Saturday from 8.30 am to 11 am. Inquiries: Brian at033 330 8050. Proceeds support charities.



• Lovers of Indian classical music should go to the Durban City Hall on February 10 to see Three Shades of Raga. The festival is headlined by Pandit Jasraj and features violinist Kala Ramnath, tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Swiss-based sarodist Ken Zuckerman. Jameela Siddiqi will present a pre-concert talk. Tickets are at Computicket.



• Geraldine Naidoo’s comedy, Monkey Nuts, is at the Hilton College Theatre at 7.30 pm on January 28 and 29. Matthew Ribnick portrays a series of characters as he tells the story of Edgar Chambers, a bank teller obsessed with competitions. Tickets are R75 at 033 383 0126 or via e-mail at

• Put your sleuthing prowess to the test at the Hexagon Dive, UKZN Pietermaritzburg, as you try to unravel The Strange Case of the Midnight Phantom, on January 29 and 30, starring Paul Spence and Annie Robinson. It includes a three-course dinner on January 29 (tickets R150) and a picnic evening on January 30 (tickets R75). Start time is 7 pm for 7.30 pm on both days. Tables in the Dive seat 10. There is a cash bar. To book, e-mail or phone 033 260 5537.

• Greig Coetzee’s White Men With Weapons, a theatre classic, will be at Michaelhouse’s Schlesinger Theatre at 7.30 pm on February 5. Coetzee’s 13 characters take you on a roller-coaster ride which is funny, poignant and harrowing. Tickets are R40 from Michelle at 033 234 1139 or e-mail

• A Handful of Keys, starring Ian von Memerty and Roelof Colyn, will be at Michaelhouse’s Schlesinger Theatre on February 24 at 7.30 pm. The two men dazzle on two grand pianos. Tickets are R150. Phone Michelle at 033 234 1139 or e-mail



• Enhance your relationship with your partner — a workshop for women facilitated by a psychologist, on January 23 and 30 from 8 am to 12.30 pm in Hilton. Phone 033 330 7973 or 072 365 5875.

• Submit your events to Estelle Sinkins via e-mail at or by fax at 033 355 1122 by Wednesday noon.

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