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CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
THE Midlands Woodworkers’ Guild meets on Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Alan Paton Avenue, Pietermaritzburg. Werner Ehlers will give an illustrated talk on the step-by-step process of restoring a magnificent antique table. Visitors welcome (entry R10); membership (R210 per year pro rata). Guild meetings are held at the venue on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. Interest groups offering wood turning, toy making and cabinet making also meet at other times. Contact Aubrey at
033 347 3145 or 073 335 4017 for more details.
THE U3A (University of the Third Age) meets in the team teaching room of Howick High School at 2.30 pm on Wednesday, November 14. Enter through the tennis court gate in Amber Avenue. Rob Langley, past principal of Howick High School, will be speaking on “Art and Science: Similarities and Differences”. Visitors welcome — entry R10. No booking necessary. Inquiries: Marie at 082 705 7620.
PIETERMARITZBURG Reading Circle meets on the second Friday of every month. Members enjoy an informal discussion of a non-fiction book of the reader’s choice. The Reading Circle was begun in 1926 and, except for almost three years in World War 2, has met regularly since. The choice of titles and presentations are as varied as the readers, the aim being to be exposed to a diversity of subject material. Inquiries: Helen Gee at 071 689 6345 or e-mail, email@example.com
HOWICK Orchid Society (a branch of the Pietermaritzburg Orchid Society) meets at 3 pm every second Wednesday of the month at Howick Methodist Church Hall, 55 Main Road, Howick. The society offers talks, outings in conjunction with the Pietermaritzburg Orchid Society, discussions on its plant tables and advice for any ailing plants, so bring your plants along. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. Contact Frank Berry at 033 330 6999 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
THE Embroiderers’ Guild meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 1.30 pm at the St Alpheges Hall in Connaught Road in Scottsville. For details contact Rhoda Gray at 033 343 1321 or 083 779 9748.
THE Duzi Contract Bridge Club meets every Wednesday at 8.30 am at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Alan Paton Avenue, Pietermaritzburg. Players of all levels welcome. Entry is R15 per session. Inquiries: 033 346 0134 or 082 346 2455.
PADCA’S Haymakers Hayfields Club meets every Thursday from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, in the Lutheran Church Hall in Bester Road. The cub offers chat, speakers, dancers, singers, music, games, outings as a group to restaurants, and more. Tea, coffee, cake and lunch are provided at affordable rates. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Inquiries: Engela at 083 504 2428.
ENJOY historical novels? Book chatter at Loving Cup Coffee Shop, Hospice, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury meets on the first Monday of each month at 2 pm. Entry is R50 for coffee, muffin and discussion about historical novels. All welcome. Contact email@example.com for more information.
THERE will be a 5 km fun run/walk on Sunday, November 11 as part of the Durban Wellness Festival, an event which highlights the serious condition of diabetes. One of the aims of the event is to encourage regular exercise, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable, reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases and improves one’s general well-being. The Wellness Expo, which takes place at the Durban Amphitheatre at the Bay of Plenty, provides the opportunity for the public to have their blood pressure, blood sugar, eyes and feet tested on the day. It also includes exhibitors from pharmaceutical, health, fitness and nutrition companies to expose the public to a variety of products to improve or maintain their good health. Registration for the fun run/walk opens for registration at 7 am, with the event starting at 8 am and the cut-off at 10 am. Entry is R60 per person. Inquiries: Pat Bonini on
031 201 2169 during office hours.
EATING Weeds and other wild ideas ... Nikki Brighton, a regular weed eater will inspire you to give free food a try at 6 pm for 6.30 pm on November 14 at Tanglewood Hotel, Dargle Road. Entry is a R20 donation for Dargle Conservancy. Stay for supper at R90 per person. Bookings essential. Contact Jenny at 076 399 0238. Copies of local cookbook
featuring local edible weeds will be on sale for R200 each.
THE annual blind navigator’s rally will take place on Sunday, November 18. Saffura Khan from SANZAF and the Phoenix light disability empowerment group is the organiser of the event which aims to empower blind people and give sighted people the unique experience of being guided by someone who cannot see. Any driver with a car is welcome to sign up. The more drivers who volunteer, the more blind people who can participate. For more information and for a registration form e-mail Saffura.Khan@sanzaf.org.za
THE Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (MACS) has an assortment of arty and crafty preloved items for sale, from paintbrushes to knitting needles, easels to frames. The sale is open to the public every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm at Macs premises at 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg. Tea and snacks will be available.
USHAKA Marine World holds a weekly Park Run, from the Marine and Bean Café, at 8 am every Saturday morning, heads along the promenade, then south into uShaka Marine World Village Walk Shopping Complex, right through to the entrance of uShaka World. The course then heads back through Village Walk, and onto the promenade. Inquiries: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRS AND MARKETS
THE Jesmond Dene Market takes place from 9 am to 1 pm tomorrow. Enjoy good food, amazing crafts, baked goods, fresh fruit and veg. Dog friendly.
THE Umhlanga Farmers’ Market takes place every Wednesday from 8 am to
12 pm at 206 Autumn Drive, Prestondale, Umhlanga. Inquiries: Alexa at 074 445 6186.
THE Good Food Market takes place at The Crescent in Umhlanga Ridge every Sunday between 7.30 am and 12.30 pm. Inquiries: Bronwyn or Devon at 061 820 3518.
SPCA PMB Village Market every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 am to noon. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.
PIETERMARITZBURG Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 6 am to 10 am at the KZN National Botanical Gardens. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.
CITY Hall Flea Market every Saturday from 7 am to 3 pm. Inquiries: Nivesh at
082 732 5277.
KARKLOOF Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 7 am to 11 am, on the Karkloof Road. Phone: 082 820 8986.
THURSDAY Market from 6.30 am to 10 am in Princess Margaret Drive. Inquiries: Roger at 083 513 3227.
ROSETTA Market on the second and last Saturday of every month, from
8 am to noon, at Rosetta Dam, Kamberg Road. Inquiries: Dave at
082 550 4656.
HOWICK Craft Market is held on the second Sunday of every month. Inquiries: 083 730 6369.
THE Baynesfield Country Fair takes place on December 2 at the Baynesfield
estate. The Historic Baynes house and museums will be open for viewing. There will also be a large craft market and food stalls, a jumping castle and pony rides for kids, vintage tractor rides around the farm, and displays and demonstrations by the vintage tractor club and woodcrafters. Gates open at 10 am. Entry is R30 (pensioners R20 and pupils free). Inquiries: Delaine Reddy via e-mail at email@example.com or phone 033 251 0001.
AMBLERS Hiking Club will be hiking at the Nqutu Gorge Falls at 2 pm on November 11. The route will include hikEntry
ing the valley and two escarpments. Drive past Kloof picnic site to the T-junction. Turn right into King George, go straight into Valley Drive and turn right into reserve before drift. Reserve entrance fee is R30. Contact David at
072 615 0559 for more information. From November 16 to 18, the club is hiking the Sani Pass Donkey Trail. Stay over two nights at Arbuckle’s, and Himeville Hotel. Passports essential. David at 072 615 0559 for more details.
THE Durban Ramblers Hiking Club will be hiking the Summerveld and Shongweni circuit tomorrow. Meet at 1.45 pm at Summerveld Lodge. The trail runs along horse country roads and grasslands. Drinks afterwards at the Lodge. Inquiries: Jon at 082 459 1522. On Sunday, November 11, the club will be hiking in the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick. Lovely views, plenty of game and birdlife. E-mail Keith Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance and get details of the time and meeting place. Entry is R30. THE Pietermaritzburg Amblers will be hiking at Cascades at 2 pm tomorrow. Meet in the car park across the bridge. Inquiries: Graham at 033 396 5514 or 082 221 9390. BISHOPSTOWE area. Enjoy a guided tour viewing all the animals and feathered friends at Crafty Duck animal farm. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Inquiries: 072 456 9355.
MEDITATION AND YOGA
THERE is yoga in Hilton on Mondays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm in the Laddsworth School Hall. Phone Moira at 072 800 5294 or e-mail email@example.com for details.
THERE is Sahaja Yoga Meditation on Thursdays from 5 pm to 6 pm at Carter High School. Learn about your chakras and methods to clear your chakras.
YOGA classes held at 130 Royston Road on Thursday mornings at 9 am by certified instructor Carol Hooper. Inquiries: Kavitha at 079 880 3924.
DI Smith is teaching two classes per week of Mindfulness Meditation. Level 1 is a beginner’s class and level 2 is a class for people who are familiar with meditation practice. The level 1 class takes place at 5.15 pm on Thursdays at 18 Old Tom Morris Lane, Muswell Hill (top of Chase Valley Road). The level 2 class is every Tuesday at 5.15 pm. There is no set charge but participants are invited to make a donation. Phone Di Smith at 083 390 4930 should you like to attend.
SHIVYOG PMB hosts satsang and meditation every Tuesday at 6.30 pm at Northdale Truro Library. Shivyog forum is on every Friday at 6.30 pm at Northdale Truro Library for members. Inquiries: Kushal at 079 510 3137.
BUDDHIST-BASED teachings on Sundays at 9.30 am in Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Dianne at 082 457 0849.
MEDITATION classes in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7 pm at 27 Kitchener Road. Inquiries:
031 266 0096.
YOGA classes on Tuesdays from
6 pm to 7.30 pm at the Methodist Church, Royston Road, Mountain Rise. Inquiries: Omesh Somaroo at
083 512 6422.
YOGA classes for strength and flexibility are on Mondays and Thursdays, 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm, in Scottsville, with certified instructor Jenny Green. Inquiries: 076 045 0886.
LADIES yoga classes with certified instructor Carol Hooper on Thursday mornings at 9 am at 130 Royston Road, Mountain Rise, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Kavitha at 079 880 3924. • Submit diary details to Estelle Sinkins at firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on Tuesday.
CLASSES, COURSES AND WORKSHOPSTHERE will be a digital photography course from November 19. It runs over four evenings and includes a photography outing. The main focus of the course is to familiarise people with their cameras and develop their creativity. Cameras catered for includes bridge and DSLR. Contact Roger at email@example.com or 083 230 6562 for more information.WISH (Women Singing in Harmony) singing classes for women led by Shelley McLean on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 8 pm in the Cowan House music department. No audition required. Inquiries: 071 417 1272.MANDALA Mondays continue at the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (MACS) at 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg, on the first Monday of every month. These days aren’t about skill, but rather about: discovery, calming down, contemplation, enjoyment, meditation, exploration, diversion, reassurance, creativity and peace. Entry is R65. Booking is essential. Phone 033 386 6500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
TEACHER and Buddhist monk, Gen Pagba, will be doing a talk titled “Learning to Let Go: Finding Freedom from Stress” on Wednesday, November 14 from 7 pm to 8.30 pm at the Kloof Country Club, 26 Victory Road, Kloof. Enjoy an evening of practical advice and guided meditation. Gen Pagpa will show how, through learning to understand our mind using Buddhist wisdom, we can learn to let go of bad mental habits, come to accept our past and experience the pure and limitless nature of our mind. Gen Pagpa is the national spiritual director for the New Kadampa Tradition in South Africa. He has taught at meditation centres in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and is currently the resident teacher at Tushita Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cape Town. Entry is R70 for pre-bookings, R80 at the door and all proceeds go to the International Temples Project, a fund dedicated to public service through providing local meditation classes, courses and retreats in Durban, the Midlands and Eshowe.
THE Denis Hurley Centre in Durban will be hosting a book launch for A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence from Dennis Hurley, edited by Paddy Kearny, Father Philippe Denis and Jane Argall at 5.30 pm today at St Joseph’s Church in Florida Road, Durban. Hurley was a prolific letter writer and more than 5 000 of his letters have survived. At the launch are three editors who will be speaking about the project. There will also be a launch of the book at 4.30 pm on Thursday, November 15 at the Cominican Priory, 15 Leinster Road, Scottsville. The book costs R250. For more information e-mail email@example.com CContact
Former Miss SA finalist, fitness enthusiast and Tafta ambassador Julia Petersen is hard at work in training for the upcoming Tafta Trail Run, an event she’s called on other Durbanites to support for the second year running. The trail run will be taking place on November 18. The route starts at Virginia Preparatory School and goes through the Virginia Bush Nature Reserve. Participants can compete in either the 4 km run at a cost of R60 or 8 km at a cost of R90. Runners are also invited to add to the cheerbox toiletry collection, or donate towards an elder’s Christmas meal at just R105 each. Pre-registration can be completed at www.wardevents.co.za or www.roag.co.za On-the-day registration begins promptly at 5.45 am.