Clipboard: what’s on in Harare

Here is this week's Clipboard, with its usual selection of items of activity in and around Harare in coming weeks. This e-newsletter is a FREE service to the community and includes information about arts, theatre, sport and business events - in fact, about anything! If you would like NOT to receive this e-mail (which is sent text only to keep it very small and easily downloadable) then also advise us at that address.

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Now running until Sunday February 5 – Cricket: Zimbabwe A versus Afghanistan A. Five one-day matches at Harare Sports Club. All matches start at 9.30am. Admission free. Third match Tuesday January 31; fourth match Friday February 3 February and fifth match Sunday February 5.

Tuesday January 31 – The Documentary Club presents: Bird on a Wire. A 2010 production of British filmmaker Tony Palmer, which follows the late Canadian poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen during his 1972 European tour. The original film was made in 1974 but was lost for 36 years until re-produced in 2010. It follows Cohen on one of his last tours, starting in Europe and ending in Jerusalem. If you plan to attend, please advise organiser Jean Paul Bonarjee at jp.bonarjee@gmail.com or by text to 0785 000901. Entry is $5, mostly going to charity. The film will start at 7pm, so come early to settle in. There will be an intermission half-way through for 15 minutes.

Friday February 3 – Mande Snyman sings at Casa Mia. Entertainment during a Friday night supper at one of Harare’s buzziest restaurants, King George Road, Avondale (opposite Avondale Primary School). From 6.30pm onwards. Casa Mia has a selection of Italian and other meals, and is a super venue for family dinners and corporate hosting. Mande Snyman entertains with her selection of soft rock, pop and country music.

Saturday February 4 – St Lazarus book sale. Arundel Shopping Centre 8am to 2pm. All books at very reasonable prices. Donations of books welcome – please contact Brian Heathcote at brianh@coldchainzimbabwe.com.

Sunday February 5 – The Harare Caledonian Society Burns Lunch. Royal Harare Golf Club, 12.30 pm.  Dress will be Highland dress or smart casual (please wear a wee bitty tartan).  Tickets will be on sale from St John Ambulance, Sister Paulette at The Emerald Hill Children’s Home, Liz Coid at The Heritage School, $20 per person.  Call Liz on 0772 307556.

Tuesday February 7 – Fun quiz evening. The fortnightly quiz event at The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Open to teams – bring a team or come and join up with one. Everyone is welcome and the accent is on fun. Booking essential – contact aquarius@iwayafrica.co.zw to book. Supper and soft drinks/hot beverages available from the restaurant – bring your own alcohol. Starts 6.30pm. Quizmaster Alan Thompson.

Saturday February 11 – Cresta Hotels’ 2017 wedding expo. Cresta Sango conference centre at Cresta Lodge, Samora Machel Avenue East. An opportunity for prospective couples, event organisers and even casual visitors to see what is available to them with regard to resources and support services surrounding weddings. The expo will feature displays by a range of participants, including wedding planners and service providers, as well as related resource suppliers. In addition, Cresta Hotels will focus on the packages it is making available to organisers of weddings at Cresta Lodge, its flagship hotel in Harare, as well as its other operational units in Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. Food, drinks and entertainment will be laid on to make the event even more appealing to visitors and exhibitors, and people attending will have a chance to inspect Cresta Lodge bedrooms and suites, as well as other facilities. Open to the public from 9am to 5.30pm. No entry fee.

Monday February 13 – February’s restaurateurs and hoteliers luncheon. A monthly gathering of people in the hospitality trade for a luncheon of social networking and fun. Booking essential: e-mail aquarius@iewayafrica.co.zw

Tuesday February 14 – St Valentine’s Dinner at The Mustard Seed. Superb three-course supper, with entertainment by Mande Snyman. Starts 7pm. $ per person. Booking essential. Call (04) or e-mail mustardseed7777@gmail.com. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway south, Highlands.

Friday February 17 – Public talk by Gelong Thubten, topic: Mindfulness and Inner Happiness. A talk on mindfulness meditation and the development of greater inner peace and happiness. Thubten will explain the neuroscience behind mindfulness practice, as well as its effects on stress and the emotions. We will look at happiness as a choice, and how it can be the cause rather than the result of our experiences. Thubten teaches mindfulness internationally in the corporate world, as well as in hospitals, schools and other organisations; he will share some of this experience during the talk. Gelong Thubten is a fully-ordained senior monk from Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. He took ordination 24 years ago and spent many years as personal assistant to Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Thubten has trained under some of the world’s most accomplished teachers of meditation, and has spent over five years in strict retreats, including the traditional long retreat on the Isle of Arran. In his early years as a monk, he completed over 200 pairs of the Nyungne fasting practice. Thubten teaches meditation and Buddhist philosophy at Samye Ling and the Samye Dzong centres worldwide. He also teaches mindfulness at major global companies and organisations, such as Google, Facebook, HSBC, major law firms, hospitals and prisons. Thubten trains medical students and doctors, as well as schoolchildren, and has pioneered educational projects in the UK and other parts of Europe. Thubten is the Director of Samye Dzong Scarborough, and is a Director of Samye Foundation Wales, a mindfulness charity. He is also a Trustee of Rokpa International, the international humanitarian aid organisation with medical, education and cultural projects in some of the world’s poorest regions. Borrowdale Meditation Centre, 6 Borrowdale Lane, off Piers Road, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Suggested donation: $5. Contact : Dave Sheehan on zimsheehans@gmail..com.

Saturday February 18 to Sunday February 19 – Weekend teachings at the Harare Buddhist Centre. Presenter:  Gelong Thubten. All the teachings are suitable for Buddhists of all levels, as well as non Buddhists. Saturday, 9.30am to 3.30pm. Suggested donation: $20. Bring and share vegetarian lunch. Topic: Overcoming Anger and Bitterness with Compassion. A workshop on the Buddhist methods for training in loving kindness and compassion, as well as how to develop forgiveness. We will explore the nature of anger and resentment and how to train in turning these mind states into compassion. There will be methods for transforming difficult relationships, and for developing greater tolerance and wisdom. Sunday, 9.30am to 1pm. Suggested donation: $15. Bring and share vegetarian lunch. Topic : Creating Inner Strength and Clarity during Difficult Times. Teachings on using life’s difficulties for the development of greater insight and compassion. Stress and challenging times can become the ground for creating strength and wisdom, if we know how to train the mind. We will explore subjects such as how to build gratitude, tolerance and confidence, as well as meditation and mindfulness instructions which can be applied in our daily lives. Additionally we will look at contemplative practices which help to transform attitudes and deepen our commitment to the path. Gelong Thubten is a fully ordained senior monk from Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. He took ordination over 24 years ago and spent many years as personal assistant to Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Thubten has trained under some of the world’s most accomplished teachers of meditation, and has spent over five years in strict retreats, including the traditional long retreat on the Isle of Arran. In his early years as a monk, he completed over 200 pairs of the Nyungne fasting practice. Thubten teaches meditation and Buddhist philosophy at Samye Ling and the Samye Dzong centres worldwide. He also teaches mindfulness at major global companies and organisations, such as Google, Facebook, HSBC, major law firms, hospitals and prisons. Thubten trains medical students and doctors, as well as schoolchildren, and has pioneered educational projects in the U.K. and other parts of Europe. Thubten is the Director of Samye Dzong Scarborough, and is a Director of Samye Foundation Wales, a mindfulness charity. He is also a Trustee of Rokpa International, the international humanitarian aid organisation with medical, education and cultural projects in some of the world’s poorest regions. For further information please contact Mia Moers on mia.moers@gmail.com.

Tuesday February 7 – Fun quiz evening. The fortnightly quiz event at The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Open to teams – bring a team or come and join up with one. Everyone is welcome and the accent is on fun. Booking essential – contact aquarius@iwayafrica.co.zw to book. Supper and soft drinks/hot beverages available from the restaurant – bring your own alcohol. Starts 6.30pm. Quizmaster Matthew Shadwell.

Wednesday March 1 to Saturday March 11 – An Evening with CS Lewis. A Repertory Players production in Theatre Upstairs at Reps featuring work by one of the 20th century most popular and thought-provoking writers, whose personal life was featured in Shadowlands, presented at Reps several years ago. Booking now open at The Spotlight. Performances 7pm, with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Thursday March 2 to Saturday March 11 – The 39 Steps. A Repertory Players production directed by Sue Bolt and Fiona Garrity. An acclaimed farce/comedy. Booking now open at The Spotlight. Reps Theatre, performances 7pm with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Tuesday March 14 to Sunday March 20 – Meditation Retreat ​at Susurumba Retreat Centre, Juliasdale. Presenter: Dave Sheehan. Topic: Healing our Psychological Wounds. Suggested cost: accommodation, shared rooms – $150 (or $35 per night); single room – $225 (if available); camping $100 (or $20 per night). Letting go and moving through life from one change to another bring the maturing of our spiritual being. In the end we discover that to love and let go can be the same thing. Both ways do not seek to possess. Both allow us to touch each moment of this changing life and allow us to be there fully for whatever arises next. To live in the present demands ongoing and unwavering commitment. Over and over we feel the familiar tug of thoughts and reactions that take us away from the present moment. With greatness of heart we can open to the people around us, to our family, to our community, to the social problems of the world, to our collective history.  With wise understanding we can live in harmony with our life. For more information and booking form please contact Dave on zimsheehans@ gmail.com.  Bookings by March 1 please. Please contact us if you have financial constraints; this should not be an obstacle to attending the retreat.

Wednesday March 22 to Friday March 24 – Tourism Convention 2017. Hosted and arranged by the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism in Harare, with participation open to all travel and tourism operators across Zimbabwe and the region. More information from the ZCT, call (04) 250246 or e-mail ceozct@gmail.com.

Saturday March 25 – Senior Citizens Club tea dance. From 2pm to 5pm at the Senior Citizens Club/Rotary Centre, corner Fife Ave/Colquhoun Street. $5 entry at the door. Music by Steve Theron. Tea and food. Cash bar available. Raffle prizes to be won.  So put on your dancing shoes and come and enjoy an afternoon of fun.  If anyone would like to donate a plate of food for the event, this would be much appreciated. Call (04) 250093 or e-mail scc@zol.co.zw to book a table.

Friday March 31 and Sunday April 2 – Album launch by Ovation and FaB Fusion. A launch show to début their new CD Mixed Bag, plus bringing back by popular demand last year’s successful and spectacular All That Jazz show, featuring the jazz queens Kate Rudder, Mande Snyman, Zeena The Diva and more. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Friday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets $10 adults, $5 children under 12 and pensioners. Tickets available online or direct from The Spotlight (www.thespotlight.co.zw) or call 0772 687067or (04)308159. The event will be a relaxed picnic-style event. Food and drinks available from the restaurant – no cooler boxes. Bring blankets and chairs.

Thursday April 6 to Monday April 10 – Zambezi River Ride. The Lomagundi College Zambezi River Ride is a mountain bike event, all proceeds from which will be directed to ZimParks’ anti-poaching efforts in the Hurungwe area. Download registration forms from www.lomagundi.com (available on the Lomagundi College and Primary School pages). E-mail filled-in forms to:  lcpsheadmaster@lomagundi.com for registration.

Saturday April 8 – the DStv Ngoma Awards Gala Event. Presenting the awards for advertising excellence in 2016. More details soon but enquiries to Judy Macdonald, call (04) 870306 or e-mail empire@mango.zw.

Thursday June 8 to Saturday June 10 – Sanganai: Zimbabwe’s Tourism Expo. Book now to take part in this showcase of Zimbabwe’s travel and tourism offerings. Call (04) 758730-4 or e-mail sanganai@ztazim.co.zw, or visit www.sanganaitourismexpo.com

Sunday June 11 – Wild Geese Lodge Art Festival. The objective of the event is the promotion of local artists, including painters and sculptors, and helping them earn a living through selling their art. The festival was started in 2012 and each year it has grown in the number of participating artists, the number of visitors and, most important, in  the amount of art sold. Artists must register and, once accepted, exhibit for free. A small percentage of sales goes to the organisers to cover administration and promotion costs. Leslie Johnson communicates with each and every artist, sees their work and ensures the work shown is of top-class standard. In 2016 185 artists exhibited, about 3 000 visitors came through the gates and more than $40 000 worth of art was sold. Donations at the gate went to Pensioners Aid and Waterholes in Hwange. Art Festival 2017 will be just as good. More information from artfestzim@gmail.com.

Information about school terms 2017 (thanks to Lee Mackinlay for this information): first term ends Thurs April 6 – half term Feb 24-27; second term starts Tues May 9, ends Thurs Aug 10 – half term June 23-26; third term starts Tues Sep 12, ends Thurs Dec 7 – half term Oct 20-23. 2018 first term starts Tues Jan 9.

Public holidays in 2017: Good Friday, Friday April 14;  Easter Saturday, Saturday April 15; Easter, Sunday April 16; Easter Monday, Monday April 17; Independence Day, Tuesday April 18; Workers’ Day, Monday May 1; Africa Day, Thursday May 15; Heroes’ and Defence Forces’ Days, Monday August 14 and Tuesday August 15; Unity Day, Friday December 22; Christmas Day, Monday December 25; Boxing Day, Tuesday December 26.

Excellent function venue: Looking for a good venue to hold a function or meeting, be it small or large? Contact the Senior Citizens Club/Rotary Centre on (04) 250093 (Mon to Fri 8am to 2pm) or e-mail scc@zol.co.zw. Centrally situated on corner Fife Avenue/Colquhoun Street (entrance in Colquhoun), with secure parking, catering and bar facilities, very pleasant surroundings at reasonable rates. Bookings taken for one-off events or regular weekly/monthly events. Let us know what you need and we will do the rest!  Bookings open now.

The Friend Animal Foundation is in need of pet food. The Shopping Club is running a pet food drive on behalf of the foundation. Anyone can buy pet food for us at the club or pay into the account as follows: account The Cold Chain Zimbabwe; bank CABS Northridge Park. RTGS 24000 account number 1006148299, reference FAF-AF

The Lions Club of Hatfield meets at 1.30pm on the first Saturday of each month at 137, Northway, Hatfield. The club will discuss projects such as the forthcoming  Christmas party for senior citizens. Our Lions Club has hosted this annually for over 30 years. We have a workshop and the Lions can repair all your disused or broken toys, furniture or anything that you want to donate to charity. We can collect and it will be renovated and sent to children’s homes, schools, hospitals or sold to fund Lions projects. Call 0772 998236, 0712 403747 or (04) 576627 and 576597. Our slogan: We Serve!

Please support a worthwhile cause or two in 2017 … every little bit helps, so there’s no such thing as ‘too little’ to give. Readers of Clipboard are asked to support the Zimbabwe National SPCA, the Harare SPCA, The Friend Foundation, VAWZ, Twala Trust Sanctuary, Mukuvisi Woodlands, the Harare Children’s Home (marking its centenary in 2018) and SOAP. This e-newsletter is produced for free and the compiler hopes readers will support charitable causes in return!

Many organisations are looking for new members to join their ranks, and people can gain enormous benefit from linking up with like-minded people or with people from their own fields of endeavour or interest. Among the organisations looking for members are The Repertory Players (operators of Reps Theatre – call (04) 336706 or 335850), Celebrity Subscription Concerts (contact vwakerley@zol.co.zw) and the Advertising and Publicity Club (for people in the communications business – contact rosec@pacprint.co.zw).

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