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.

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Running until Sunday November 1 – Phoenix and Harare Male Voice Choirs ENCORE. Four concerts of the choirs’ best-loved songs. Sat 31 special price - 7pm $ 20;  Sunday 1 – 12 midday $25. Chapman Golf Club, Eastlea. Tickets include three-course meal and are available from any choir member or Autoworld, Chisipite (Judy 0712 631 488) and Veldemeers Arundel Village and Borrowdale. Further details : 0772 469110 Paul, 0772 338067 Clive, 0772 393278 Pauline, 0772 245072 Hilary.

Running until Saturday November 7 – Zol Restaurant Week. A feast for the  senses, with  more  than  a  dozen restaurants celebrating the taste of Harare’s buzzy restaurant scene. There’s something for everyone. Restaurants participating include Alo Alo, Amanzi, Casa Mia, Delhi Palace, Emmanuels, Fishmonger, La Fontaine Grillroom, Millers Café, Mojo’s, Pariah State (one night only), La Chandelle, Kombahari, The Spice Lounge and The Pointe. Great specials on – find out more and book by calling Eatout on 0776 402402 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or the restaurant direct.

Friday October 30 – Pink Breakfast. With the help of Competitive Edge, the Cancer Association will once again host a breast cancer awareness breakfast that will be attended by an oncologist and breast cancer survivors, who will share their testimonies. Pink ribbons are also available at $10 per pack of 50. Also available are wrist bands, keyrings, pens and plastic ribbons. Venue is Rainbow Towers.

Friday October 30 – Shopping Under The Stars. The annual exhibition and fair at which browsers can purchase all their Christmas presents and much more. 3pm to 9pm. More information from [email protected]. Old Georgians Sports Club. Entry $2 (pensioners and children under 12 $1)

Friday October 30 to Sunday November 1 – Pine Tree Inn’s 60th anniversary weekend. Enjoy a great weekend in Nyanga, celebrating the anniversary of this delightful country inn. Fun activities and a special rate for guests staying at Pine Tree Inn or the nearby Inn On Rupurara. Book through Armadillo Travel in Harare ([email protected] or [email protected]) or visit www.innsofzimbabwe.co.zw IT”S NOT TOO LATE TO COME – CALL NOW.

Friday October 30 – Vee Mukarati: Moto Album Launch. 7.30pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise.  Vee Mukarati’s much-anticipated debut album Moto is recorded and ready for launch! Moto’s embers have been flickering and resonating on various stages and festivals throughout 2015. This album is a true representation of the high energy, emotional, contemporary Afrojazz trp that is Vee Mukarati’s music. Entry $10.

Saturday October 31 – Rugby World Cup final: Australia v New Zealand. 6pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise. After intense matches that saw them overpowering their opponents, the Wallabies and the All Blacks face off in a winner-takes-all encounter. Don’t miss the conclusion to the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup screening live on our big screen. Entry free.

Saturday October 31 – The Spice Lounge will be hosting the IRB Rugby World Cup final on a big screen. Watch Australia play New Zealand from 4pm. Not interested in Rugby?  No problem, help us decide who makes the best Pavlova in the world. No cover charge.  Drinks and snacks at reduced prices. 23 Lezard Avenue, Milton Park.  Tel: 0779581000, E-mail: [email protected]

Sunday November 1 – Hamish Cameron Grand Prix. Donnybrook Raceway. Final main circuit motor racing meeting of 2015, featuring the very best drivers and motorcycle riders battling for top honours.  Saloon and sports cars, megellis and super bikes.  Admission $5 per person (children under 12 years free).  Starts 10.30am.  Bar and catering.  Entertainment for children. For more info contact 0712 889540.

Sunday November 1 – Third annual Zimbabwe Suzuki Group concert. Made up of local young students of violin, viola and cello with a varied programme of Suzuki repertoire. 3pm, Chisipite Junior School Hall, St Aubyn’s Walk, Chisipite. Free entry.

Tuesday November 3 – Fun quiz night. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Arrive 6ish for a 6,45 start (prompt) – allowing you to get settled in with food and drinks. No entry fee and all welcome to this team quiz, in which the accent is on enjoyment. Supper is $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Wednesday November 4 – Mercredis Cinema: Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles (A very long engagement). 6pm. A film that tells the story of a young woman’s relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared in the trenches of the Somme during World War One. Dir Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 133 minutes, drama, mystery, romance. Old Mutual Theatre at Alliance Francaise.

Friday November 6 – The first Willowmead Showcase. A platform for art, music, food and wine. Each month we will feature an artist, live music, wine on promotion and food from the coffee shop and deli. The featured artist at this first showcase is Lin Barrie and music is by Kevin Hanssen. All welcome and no entry fee. >From 1pm to 7pm. Run with Bell’s Restaurant and The Cellar.

Friday November 6 – 60 Years of Rock n Roll. Celebrate the past 60 years of rock n roll, pop, rock, disco, punk … and every other genre of modern music. A concert show under the stars, featuring Mande Snyman, Alex Fairlie, Collina Mvududu and Storm Whittaker. A night under the stars with great sounds and great company. Advance booking is open – tickets available at 167, or simply book by calling 0772 881877 or 0772 245292 to reserve places. Venue will be 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees.

Saturday November 7 – Open Book Club, Zimbabwe German Society, 3pm at Zimbabwe German Society, 51 Lawson Ave. We are reading Khushwant Singh’s selection of Best Indian Short Stories Volume II, which was donated by friends in India. There are six copies circulating. As always, all are welcome even if you have not read the book. We will be discussing the construction of a short story compared with a novel, whether Khuswant Singh is just an old gossip, and what short stories tell us about the culture of a country, drawing also on the rich treasure of short stories in Zimbabwe

Saturday November 7 – Hope presents Good Vibes. 7.30pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise.  Hope Masike live – always a treat. Entry $10.

Saturday November 7 – The Spice Lounge brings India to Harare this Diwali. Live music and other entertainment by Shanjeet Teeluck and his ensemble from South Africa.  Chef Rakesh from New Delhi will provide a variety of authentic Indian cuisine to tantalise all taste buds.  7pm until late. $50 per person, including a three-course buffet. Fully stocked cash bar available. Dress to celebrate! The Spice Lounge, 23 Lezard Avenue, Milton Park Tel: 0779581000, Email: [email protected].

Wednesday November 11 to Saturday November 21 – Stars of Tomorrow. The Dance Trust of Zimbabwe’s showcase for little ones from a great many dance studios. Programme A is November 11 to 14 (6.30pm daily plus matinee Sat 2.30pm). Programme B is November 18 to 21 (6.30pm daily plus matinee Sat 2.30pm). Seats from $6 to $12. Discounts for DTZ members. Book at The spotlight, which will also advise which studios make up the two programmes. Venue Reps Theatre, Belgravia.

Thursday November 14 – Zimbaremabwe Mbira Vibes. 7.30pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise. Back from the UK on a Zimbabwean tour, Zimbaremabwe brings authentic sounds of mbira and chimurenga music, uplifting Zimbabwean culture. With a ten-piece band and reggae deejays, the outfit also fuses their music with Mbira Reggae Vibes. Entry $5.

Sunday November 15 – Paintings and Pimms. The Verandah Gallery will be hosting this second fundraiser of the year. 9.30am to 1pm, 16 Woodholme Rd, Emerald Hill. Lots of small and medium sized unframed portfolio paintings by popular local artists, ideal for Christmas presents. Commission on sales to be donated to The Emerald Hill Children’s Home and The Emerald Hill School for the Deaf. Refreshments by Vabatsiri Soroptimist Club.  Entry $2, under-12s free. [email protected]

Tuesday November 17 – Fun quiz night. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Arrive 6ish for a 6,45 start (prompt) – allowing you to get settled in with food and drinks. No entry fee and all welcome to this team quiz, in which the accent is on enjoyment. Supper is $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Wednesday November 18 to Friday November 20 – Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe hosts Hospitality Congress 2015. Venue – Mutare. Open to everyone involved or interested in the hospitality industry. Any queries to HAZ Administrator – [email protected]

Friday November 27 – One Night Only. 7.30pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise. Jaybone, Sheraine and Kurt Rusike collaborating to bring you a night of musical craziness combined with video. Intimate and audience friendly with lots for you to take with you… but for one night only. Entry $10.

Thursday December 3 to Sunday December 20 – the 2015 Reps panto, Aladdin.  Fun for the whole in this great holiday show directed by Graham Crutchley. Booking now open at The Spotlight. Performances will include matinees at 2.30pm on all Saturdays and one Sunday, with evening performances most nights at 6.30pm.

Thursday December 31 – Ah, yes, I remember it well. Reps Theatre, Belgravia. A New Year’s Eve concert – one show only. 6.30pm. All seats $12. Activities in the Reps main bar afterwards, leading to midnight celebration. Booking now open at The Spotlight for the show.

Webtickets – Tickets now available www.webtickets.co.zw or email [email protected] for the The Toshiba Rugby World Cup BIG SCREEN Event and after party at Country Club October 31 (Toshiba have a huge TV which will be screening the Rugby World Cup live. Don’t miss this event: go online or email for more info.

Paintball Blitz: play paintball or use our targets for practice. We are based at 167 Enterprise Road, behind Theo’s House of Coffees. We are always open on Friday afternoons and from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. If you have ten or more people who want to play, we can open on other days too, at no extra cost. We are the best and cheapest paintball in town. $9 buys you 80 splats, $11 for 100 splats and $13 for 150 splats – it’s the best fun you can have. We also have target shooting at just $1 for 10 splats. This includes not only your paintballs, but hire of marker, mask, overalls, gloves and chest protector. Beat the weekend blues and bring your mates to Paintball Blitz! We’re on Facebook too!

How to report animal abuse and neglect – a message from the ZNSPCA. There are five freedoms to which every animal has the right: 1, Freedom from hunger and thirst; 2, Freedom from discomfort; 3, Freedom from pain, injury or disease. 4, Freedom to express normal behaviour; 5, Freedom from distress. If you witness any animal being abused, abandoned or neglected please report the incident to the following: ZNSPCA – 156 ENTERPRISE ROAD, CHISIPITE, Whatsapp: 0772 696 311, Landline: 04 – 497574, (if you are transferred to an answering machine please leave name and number and one our inspectors will call you back). Email: [email protected]. Please give as much detail, as accurately as you can when placing your report.  All reports are treated as CONFIDENTIAL. Reports are responded to in order of priority.

Don’t forget to support these deserving welfare organisations in 2015: the SPCA, VAWZ, Harare Children’s Home, the Friend Animal Foundation. Make 2015 the year you help those who cannot help themselves. Also, please visit Mukuvisi Woodland and Haka Game Park at Cleveland Dam for great family outings and to support valuable wildlife conservation.

Dombombira: a spectacular venue among stunning rocks at Mandalay Park, Ruwa. Open for weddings, school tours and group visits, to the nature trails and bushman painting sites (San rock art). Rescued animals, children s playground, mini golf. Fully licensed. Booking essential. Whatsapp 0772 868 577 or e-mail [email protected]

News from the B. S. Leon Trust. Call (04) 304366 or 336974. Time flies when you are having fun and we sure have had many fun moments, but also some very sad ones.  We continue to focus on showering our residents with love and laughter while also trying to keep them cool and hydrated over these months. Our committee together with our  staff  believe that compassion is the key to make kindness and good heartedness the rule of order.  We aim to understand the spirit and the soul of all our residents and meet their needs.  We endeavour to provide respect, dignity and a life worth living in these challenging times. As Christmas is around the corner, we appeal to all you wonderful people to find it in your hearts to help us to give our residents a Christmas of a lifetime. We love to spoil them with a fantastic Christmas party filled with entertainment, gifts and food: a traditional Christmas lunch and a whole lot of cheer.   Anything in cash or kind will be appreciated and enjoyed by our residents. A gift is something that is enjoyed twice. First, by the giver who revels in the pleasure of giving something special and, second, by the receiver.  Giving can also take the form of personal acts of kindness such as visiting a loved one, a reassuring smile or just to sit and listen to a lonely person. Please be assured that any donation in cash or kind received will be put to good use for the benefit of our residents. God bless you all. Martine Pelham Fox, Chairman, B.S. Leon Trust. 0772 243140, e-mail [email protected]

Seafood Sundays Pariah State Borrowdale. Seafood platter of grilled prawns, crumbed baby calamari, tempura-battered hake and harissa mussels, crisp fries, garlic bread, homemade tartare sauce and peri peri sauce $18. Tempura hake and prawn combo with crispy fries and homemade tartare sauce $14. Surf n Turf, 200g fillet steak topped with butterfly prawns and creamy white wine sauce with fries and Mediterranean salad $14. Not in the mood for seafood? Try our amazing Sunday roast sirloin of beef, golden roast potatoes, mixed veggies, glossy roast gravy and Yorkshire pudding only $10. Book by calling 0772279051.

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