What's on around town

2009-01-09 00:00


• The antiques and collectables fair at the Liberty Midlands Mall takes place outside Edgars today and tomorrow.


• KwaZulu-Natal Bird Club hosts a morning outing to Darvill on Sunday at 6 am. Leader: Gordon Bennett. Inquiries: 033 386 5555.

• Rhodesian stamp study circle. The first meeting of the year will be at Anne

Southwood’s house at 15 Sundale Drive in Hilton on January 17 at 2.30 pm. Inquiries: 033 343 4803 or 082 534 2835.

• KZN stamp fair takes place at Kloof Country Club on January 25. Huge selection of stamps, plus all the post office’s latest issues. Hordes of stamps, documents, ephemera, books and postcards. Buy and sell at the auction at 11.30 am sharp. Inquiries: 033 343 4803.

• The Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets on January 26 at 7.30 pm at the St Matthews parish hall on the corner of Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive in Hayfields. Visitors are welcome. Inquiries: 033 343 4803.

• The Toastmasters monthly meeting at the Hilton Hotel takes place on February 3 at 6.15 pm for 6.45 pm. Visitors are welcome. Cost: R60. Inquiries: 033 343 4803 or 082 298 0491.

• The Ramblers’ Club of Pietermaritzburg invites people interested in hiking to join them tomorrow from 2 pm in walking the hills of Pietermaritzburg and its environs. Interested people should be reasonably fit. Inquiries: Francois at 033 344 2754.

Food and wine

• Granny Mouse Country House and Spa on the Midlands Meander is hosting a weekend of fine wine and fabulous food, called the Palmer Lifestyle weekend, in March. The booking deadline is January 31. The format is two dinners and a luncheon, all featuring wines from the very highly-rated Bordeaux property, Chateau Palmer. On March 20, there is a five-course gourmet dinner prepared by executive chef Leanne Roberts, with a vertical tasting of Alter Ego, a wine from Chateau Palmer that is designed for younger drinking. On March 21, there is a gourmet luncheon alfresco featuring some lesser-known, limited-release wines from Chateau Palmer — a white wine and the Historical XIX Century blend. There will be classical music provided by Hristo Khardjiev of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. On the evening of March 21, there will be a gala black-tie dinner with a gourmet five-course menu, featuring the Chateau Palmer — a wine of great complexity, depth of flavour and character. Various packages are on offer, ranging from individual event bookings to one that comprises two nights’ accommodation at Granny Mouse, all meals with wines, pre-dinner cocktails, Champagne on arrival, gifts, teas and a complementary spa treatment, round of golf or trout fishing. Phone 033 234 4071 or e-mail nicos@grannymouse.co.za

Health classes

• Taijiquan classes take place every Saturday. Classes begin with meditation at 8 am, followed by Qi Gong at 9.45 am, Taiji at 11.30 am and inner alchemy at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Pamela at 033 702 1885 or 073 754 2062.

• The Karkloof Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday morning from 7 am until 11 am. Goods on sale include fresh produce from local farmers, as well as breads, cheese, pork, nougat, brownies, nuts and much more. There are also premium coffees and a variety of breakfast options available, as well as a jungle gym and pony rides for children. The market is located 2,6 km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea at 082 820 8986.

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

• Craft market opposite the city hall tomorrow from 9 am until 2 pm.

• Umkhumbane Flea Market (at the corner of Booth and Bellair roads in Durban) has entertainment for all ages, food to suit all tastes and safe parking, every Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. Inquiries: Nathi Zondi at 031 261 6640 or Zwelakhe at 083 982 8767.

• A farmers’ market is held every Saturday from 6 am until 9.30 am behind the Harry Gwala Stadium. Fruit, vegetables, flowers and eggs are just a few of the products on sale. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.

• There is a farmers’ market at Lion’s River stock sale yard every Saturday from 8.30 am until 1 am. Inquiries: Brian at 033 330 8050. Proceeds from breakfasts support local charities.


• The Winning Women’s Pietermaritzburg After 5 Club will meet at the Victoria Hall at Maritzburg College on January 26 at 5.30 pm for 6 pm. The cost is R60 per person. Everyone is welcome. You are cordially invited to supper. Anne of Simple Solutions will tell you how to unclutter your life and Vanessa will relate how she overcame her troubled past and uncluttered her life permanently. Reservations by January 23 are essential. Phone Esther Howard-Browne at 033 342 2034 or e-mail lesterhb@lantic.net


• Guided walks at Springside Nature Reserve in Springside Road, Hillcrest, on January 11 at 8.30 am. Bird fundi Hein Scheepers will spot and identify Springside’s feathered residents and visitors. On January 14 at 8.30 am join entomologist Kirsten Williams especially for the school holidays. Easy walks, paths mostly level. No charge, but donations are welcome for reserve improvements and on-going alien invasive plant removal. Refreshments are available. Inquiries: Sue Pickles at 083 297 5019.

• Submit your events to ryanc@witness.co.za by noon on Wednesday.

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