What’s on in PMB

2016-11-16 06:01
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THE SPCA Pietermaritzburg Village Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 12pm. Outside stallholders welcome. Phone 033 386 9267.

The Pietermaritzburg Farmers’ Market is held on Saturdays from 6am to 10am at the PMB Botanical Gardens in Mayors Walk. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The YMCA Sunday Market takes place on the first and last Sunday of every month at the YMCA, Scottsville, from 9am to 3pm (weather permitting). Phone Jenny at 073 500 1244.

Thursday market from 6.30am to 10am in Princess Margaret Avenue. Inquiries: Roger at 083 513 3227.

Tatham Art Gallery talk

PAUL Datlin will give an illustrated talk on 19 November at 11am on ‘India: land of palaces, temples, forts and sacred rivers’. Booking is essential. Contact Reena on 033 392 2823, email
reena.bhoodram@msunduzi.gov.za email Kobie.venter@msundu zi.gov.za or phone 033 392 2819.

Hospice Tree of Lights service

MSUNDUZI Hospice invites family and friends to its Remembrance and Tree of Lights Service. This service will give you an opportunity to remember a special loved one and light a candle in memory­ of them. It will be held at the Hospice Conference Centre, 206 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury on Friday, 9 December. Everyone to be seated by 6.30pm. R30 per light. Tea, coffee, mince pies and snacks will be on sale before and after the service. Phone 033 344 1560.

Smoking Dragon Festival

THE Smoking Dragon Festival is back for its sixth year and has expanded to four stages - Main Stage, Cherch Electric Jungle, Fringe Stage and the new Ripple Zone, complete with a dam, look-out deck and bar.

This year they have packed over 40 acts into this three-day festival from 29 December to 1 January, 2017. With the best in talent from all over South Africa already announced including Grassy Spark, The Rudimentals, The Kiffness, Tidal Waves and many more, Smoking Dragon is making this a New Year to remember with the addition of Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers and Tudo Mundo.

Full weekend tickets are R695. Basic festival tickets, which will grant the buyer access to the event grounds, basic ablution facilities (hot showers are an additional R25), main food court and bar.

A full weekend pass costs R695, day pass on 29 December costs R250, evening pass on 29 and 30 December costs R550, day pass on 30 December costs R350, evening pass on 30 and 31 December costs R700 and day pass on 31 December costs R400.

A VIP campsite for the full weekend costs R695. There is also a children’s zone available for R200 for the full weekend. Ticket will include access to the jacuzzi, sauna, swimming pool, DStv, chill lounges, private cocktail bar, self-catering kitchens, and free hot showers. - Supplied.

Eston Xmas Classic

THE Eston Xmas Classic, presented by Thirsti, will be held at Virginia Trails on 27 November and promises to be a great day for mountain bike and trail runners. With the emphasis on festive cheer, prizes will be awarded for best dressed festive rider or team. Get creative, forget about timing and racing and enjoy a ride and run through spectacular terrain. Bring your children to enjoy the new children’s play zone. To register, visit www.roag.co.za (late entries welcome).


HARCOURTS Open Midlands Gardens 2016 presents a selection of local­ gardens every weekend until 20 November. Visit www.openmid landsgardens.co.za for the calendar.

Hume Pictorials talk in Hayfields

WELL-KNOWN orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Rob Mclennan-Smith will present an interesting and informative talk, illustrated with rare philatelic material, on the Hume Pictorials at the Maritzburg Philatelic Society on Monday, 21 November at 3.30pm at St Mathews Parish Church Hall, 115 Hesketh Drive, Hayfields. As part of the postal reforms of the 1840’s, the adhesive stamp (the Penny Black) and the pre-paid letter-sheet (The Mulready envelope) were issued on 6 May 1840. The stamp was well received, but the Mulready design was ridiculed by the public almost immediately.

These designs poked fun at every aspect of Mulready, most of which are amusing and often irreverent towards Britannia, which was central in the design. The caricatures are much sought after by many collectors, many are unique and all command high prices. The McLennan-Smith Collection contains one of the largest numbers of these wonderful envelopes and will be on display at the meeting.

The public is invited to attend an interesting presentation, which is informative, amusing and of considerable historic importance. Admission is free and tea will be available for a donation of R5.

Christmas fair

INDWE Risk Services will be hosting a pop-up Christmas fair at Yellowwood Cafe at 1 Shafton Road in Howick on 27 November from 9am to 2pm. There will be a miniature petting zoo, jungle gym, bike track and lots of stalls with exclusive Christmas decorations available.

Weekly mediation classes

GURU Rambaranjis Ashram at 130 Royston Road holds weekly a healing chant and meditation on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and a ladies guided meditation classes on Wednesdays at 10am. Phone 079 880 3924 or

061 171 0066 for more information.

Film club at Tag

FILM screenings will take place at the Tatham Art Gallery lecture theatre weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm. For R35 The Tatham coffee shop will be open. For more information email AntonvdHoven@gmail.com


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