Plenty of family fun

2008-03-21 00:00


• 10 am. Easter egg hunt at Suncoast, as well as a variety of other activities throughout the day. Inquiries: 031 328 3000.

• 11 am. Opening the closet — the Gay and Lesbian Network hosts a discussion forum on Human Rights Day. The focus is for gays and lesbians to discuss and share their experiences of coming-out and to help those who are not open about their sexuality. Venue: Tembaletu Community Center, 206 Burger Street. Inquires: Ponie/Anthony at 033 342 6165.


• 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 to 11 am. The Karkloof farmers’ market, a fresh produce market, is located 2,6 km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Access is from the D507. As well as local fresh produce goods on sale include breads, biscotti, cheese, flowers and ready-made meals. There is a jungle gym and pony rides for the children. Inquiries to Andrea at 082 820 8986.

• 8 am to 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.

• 9 am to 10.30 am. T’ai chi classes at the Hadca Centre, Old Main Road, Howick. Contact Nico at 082 825 7412.

• 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. Coaching can be arranged with Peter — phone 033 346 2553.

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

• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet 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 you to join them in walking the hills of Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Francois at 033 344 2754.


• 8.30 am. The Umgeni steam railway preservation group will run a special Easter Inchanga Choo-Choo — a vintage passenger train — on Sunday and Monday. Trains depart from Kloof at 8.30 am and 12.30 pm and travel through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Inchanga. The Inchanga Community Craft Market will be at the station. Passengers can also travel from Inchanga (departure: 10.30 am) to Kloof and return. The Easter bunny will be making a special visit on Sunday to hand out Easter eggs. Tickets: R100 per person, with senior citizens and children (ages two to 16) at R60. Inquiries and advance bookings: Rob Macgregor at 031 303 3003 or 082 353 6003. Parking at Kloof station.

• 9.30 am. Mountain View entertainment centre is open and will be having an Easter egg hunt, which starts at 2 pm, followed by a magician show. Entertainment by Steady Eddie. Entry fees are R10 for adults and R35 for children under 15 years. Cash bar and lots of food available — fun and entertainment for the whole family. Situated in Bishopstowe, district road 389. Inquiries: 033 390 1513 or 084 655 5017.


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


• 7.30 am to 4 pm. Running until March 28 is the childrens’ holiday camp at the YMCA, Pietermaritzburg. The NGO that runs the camp is raising funds to start a development plan for street children. The sport camp takes place daily from 7.30 am until 4 pm. Cost is R30 per child per day — featuring jumping castles, sport, games, quiet time and food which will be provided for the children. Inquiries: 072 448 0911.


• 7.30 am. Howick Birding Group — morning outing to Shongweni Reserve. Meet at Umgeni Valley at 6.30 am to arrange transport, or at the entrance to the reserve at about 7.30 am. There is an entrance fee. Bring tea. Leaders: Pam Nicol, 033 330 2947 and Eve Hughes 033 330 2723.

• 9 am to noon. Macs Wednesday Art Club. Work in medium and level of choice. R25 per session. Phone 033 386 6500 (mornings).

• 10.30 am. Holiday painting and drawing for children eight to 12 years. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.

• 1.10 pm. The South African Society of Music Teachers regrets there is no concert this week due to the long weekend holiday extension. Inquiries: 033 394 1818.

• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet, every Wednesday and Saturday in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket Oval. Mallets can be borrowed, 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 to 7 pm. Intermediate and advanced t’ai chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Contact Nico at 082 825 7412.


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

• 9 am to noon. Creative Thursday tutors at Macs: Jutta Faulds and Jinny Heath. “Changing Our Habits”.

• 10 am. The Hayfields Haymakers meet on Thursdays in the Lutheran Church, Bester Road, Hayfields. Lunch costs R20: book by 11 am on Wednesdays at 033 344 2322. Inquiries: Shirley Smith, at 033 386 2126.

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

• Faxes to 033 355 1122 or phone 079 887 5347 or e-mail: before noon on Wednesday.

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