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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,

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 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 info@lov­ 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 Saf­

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 mbat­e­man@ushaka­


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 info@bay­nes­ 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 keimarg@iun­ 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.


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 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.

is free.

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 arts@wit­ 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 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 ad­min@mid­land­sart­sand­

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 pkear­ 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.warde­ or On-the-day reg­is­tra­tion be­gins promptly at 5.45 am.

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