• 9.30 am-12.30 pm. Mixed media drawing and painting of the subject of your choice for beginners and advanced. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 10 am. The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street. Contact Lorna at 033 396 6607, or Jane at 033 386 4477 or 082 940 0225.
• 3 pm-5 pm. Creative drawing and painting for pupils 13 years and older. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 6 am-9.30 am. Every Saturday, the Farmers’ Market sells fruit, vegetables, flowers, eggs and more. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.
• 7 am-11 am. The Karkloof Farmers’ Market, a fresh produce market, is located 2,6 km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Access is gained off the D507. The market runs every Saturday morning. Goods on sale include fresh produce from local farmers as well as breads, biscotti, cheese, plants, flowers, ready-made meals, pickles, preserves, nougat, brownies, nuts and other delicious goods. There is a jungle gym and pony rides for the children. Perfect for a wonderful morning out with the whole family. Inquiries: Andrea at 082 820 8986.
• 8 am-11.30 am. Breakfast at the Lion’s River Farmers’ Market. Proceeds go to the Midlands Crisis and Trauma Centre in Howick. Inquiries: Rex at 082 771 6653.
• 9 am. Brookby breakfast with Ramesh Ramkumar, the author of Being Human. There will also be a chance to hear about Sportron Health products and Permaculture. Cost: R80. Inquiries: phone 033 344 3094 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
• 9 am-10.30 am. Tai chi classes at the Hadca Centre, Old Main Road, Howick. Inquiries: Nico at 082 825 7412.
• 9 am-noon. At Macs today and on February 16 is Wild Knitting: wild and woolly, wild and wonderful, or not wild at all. Bring some yarn and needles or crochet if you like. You will get plenty of advice and lots of encouragement. It’s a good way to de-stress, have a few laughs and do something useful at the same time. Recycle abandoned projects and use up old bits of wool. Lots of needles and small wool balls will be for sale in the craft shop. R25 per session. Inquiries: 033 386 6500 (mornings).
• 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. All are welcome. Coaching can be arranged at other times with Peter at 033 346 2553.
• 9 am-noon. The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Book and Record Room will be open at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Plenty of bargains and new items on sale. Stalls will be selling good quality used clothing and linen, white elephant and plants. Refreshments are available in the tea garden. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.
• 9 am-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 that staff are at the station. Inquiries: 033 344 1742 or 082 470 4898.
• 9 am-2 pm. Craft market opposite the city hall.
• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet. The lawns are 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 people interested in hiking to join them in walking the hills of Pietermaritzburg and its environs. Interested people should be reasonably fit and may contact Francois at 033 344 2754 for more information.
• 7 pm. Pyjama party at Shunters Pub in Mkondeni tonight. Lots of prizes. Inquiries: 083 953 0241.
• 6.30 am. KwaZulu-Natal Birdlife hosts a morning outing to Darvill. Leader: Gordon Bennett. Inquiries: 033 386 5555.
• 9 am. The Umgeni Steam Railway Preservation Group will be running its vintage passenger train on a full day trip. The train departs from the Pietermaritzburg station at 9 am, and ambles through the attractive midlands farmlands along the Greytown line. After skirting the Albert Falls dam, the train follows the Bruyn’s Hill branch line to the village of Wartburg. Passengers may book a buffet lunch at the Wartburgerhof hotel. Alternatively, they are welcome to picnic or braai in the hotel grounds. Tickets are available at R100 per person. Senior citizens and children must pay R60. There is secure parking available at the Pietermaritzburg station. For more details and advanced bookings, contact Robbie MacGregor at 031 303 3003 or 082 353 6003, or visit the website www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za
• 10 am-4 pm. Model steam train rides at 78 Rudling Road. Trains and grounds available for birthday parties. Contact Theo at 072 143 3032.
• 9 am-noon. Beginners’ drawing using the right side of the brain with Penny Forder — an intensive course designed to make you draw and think like an artist. Learn to draw quickly with this course, which makes drawing accessible to anyone. Learn to think like an artist in terms of line, shape, tone and composition. R170 for Macs members and R198 for non-Macs members for two sessions. Book by phoning 033 386 6500 (mornings).
• 3 pm-5 pm. Learn to draw with Val Maggs. For pupils and adults. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 5.30 am. Yoga in Hilton. Phone Moira at 084 555 9320.
• 5.30 pm-7 pm. Beginners’ tai chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Inquiries: Nico at 082 825 7412.
• 6 pm-8 pm. Learn to paint with Val Maggs. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 6.45 pm-8.15 pm. Weekly meditation classes at the Emphethelweni Centre, 5 Leinster Road, Scottsville. Inquiries: Kathy at 033 346 0403 or e-mail email@example.com
• 9 am-noon. Be creative while having fun and making friends. Inquiries: Truus at 033 342 4959.
• 9 am-1 pm. Tuesday painting class. Tutor: Jinny Heath. The class will undertake specific technical and formal problems in one-day exercises. New students should have some background in art. A limited number of students can be accommodated. R340 for Macs members and R395 for non-Macs members for four sessions. Bookings are essential for this course. If you want to take part, phone 033 386 6500 (mornings).
• 9.30 am-12.30 pm. Oil and acrylic painting. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 2 pm-5 pm. Art and craft painting with Truus — no artistic ability required. Inquiries: 033 342 4959.
• 5.30 pm. Figure drawing and oil painting. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 9.30 am-12.30 pm. Painting and drawing landscapes. Suitable class for retired people. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 1.10 pm-1.50 pm. The South African Society of Music Teachers presents a free lunch-hour concert at the Tatham Art Gallery, featuring the St Nicholas steel drum band. Inquiries: 033 394 1818.
• 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet, every Wednesday and Saturday. The lawns are 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.
• 3 pm-5 pm. Specialised tuition in drawing and painting for Grades 10 to 12. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 5 pm. The Cathedral Chamber Choir rehearses each Wednesday evening in the Anglican Cathedral. All singers welcome.
• 5.30 pm for 6 pm. Macs will be hosting the launch of its Macs brand of postcards at 173 Alexandra Road. All welcome. Inquiries: 033 386 6500.
• 5.30 pm-7 pm. Intermediate and advanced tai chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Inquiries: Nico at 082 825 7412.
• 6 pm-9 pm. Paint on fabric, ceramics and wood at Creative Image Studios. Inquiries: Truus at 033 342 4959.
• 7 am-10.30 am. Market at Alexandra Road (opposite police station). Fresh vegetables, fruit, honey and crafts.
• 9 am. The Macs 2008 theme is Changing our habits, which probably means different things to different people. In February there will be figure drawing of life-size self-portrait mural panels inside the prefab walls, and drafting of basic (ethnic, non-structured) patterns. R340 for Macs members and R390 for non-Macs members for four sessions. Book by phoning 033 386 6500 (mornings). There will be a one-day workshop in February (R100 per person for this session if not booked for the month). More details to follow.
• 9.30 am-12.30 pm. Oil and acrylic painting. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 10 am. The Hayfields Haymakers meet every Thursday in the Lutheran Church in Bester Road, Hayfields. Weekly sessions start with a cup of tea or coffee at 10 am, followed by a talk, demonstration, bingo or music. Lunch is served at noon, costs R20 and needs to be booked by 11 am on Wednesdays at 033 344 2322. If you would like to know more about the group, contact the secretary, Shirley Smith, at 033 386 2126.
• 10 am. Free guided tours of Fort Nottingham Museum from Thursdays to Sundays, with 39 brands of old English crockery and other antiques for sale. Inquiries: 033 266 6246.
• 3 pm. Pupils’ painting and drawing. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.
• 5 pm. Yoga on the beach at Suncoast (Durban). Inquiries: 031 201 8585.
• February 8-10, 11 am. KwaZulu-Natal’s fanciest rides on four wheels are on display as 20 show-stoppers check into the Suncoast Casino for the second Pimp My Ride event. Vehicles have been pimped up with the latest digital technology, body kits, sound and engine modifications. Inquiries: Vinay Kassie at 031 328 3000.
• February 9, 8.30 am. Introduction to bats course and field trip to Shongweni Dam. Booking is essential. Inquiries: Carol at 031 572 3479.
• February 10, 6.30 am. KwaZulu-Natal BirdLife hosts a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. Leader: Mike Spain. Inquiries: 033 347 2797.
• February 11, 9 am-noon. Beginners’ drawing using the right side of the brain with Penny Forder — an intensive course designed to make you draw and think like an artist. Learn to draw quickly with this course, which makes drawing accessible to anyone. Learn to think like an artist in terms of line, shape, tone and composition. R170 for Macs members and R198 for non-Macs members for two sessions. Book by phoning 033 386 6500 (mornings).
• February 11, 6 pm for 6.30 pm. The Winning Women After Five will meet at the Dave Mayo Centre at Howick High School. R60 includes supper. Everyone is welcome. Tonight is entitled Choose to look great in 2008. Sheena of Sheena’s Body Square has the answer to losing unwanted centimetres and Ilona Dobeyn, former marketer of a girls’ private school, chooses to look great in all circumstances. Inquiries to Nora Levang at 033 330 6426 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
• February 18, 9 am-noon. Introduction to life-drawing with a model with Penny Forder. Learn to draw the nude from life. The perfect follow-on course from the beginner’s course or for anybody wanting to learn more about life drawing. R170 for Macs members and R198 for non-Macs members for two sessions. Please book by phoning 033 386 6500 (mornings).
• February 20, 5.30 pm. Howick Birding Group’s evening meeting. David Johnson will give an illustrated talk entitled Andes Adventure at the Goldfields Education Centre in Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve. Tea, coffee and registration from 5.30 pm. BirdLife members pay five rand per person and all others pay R10 per person.
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