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.

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Running until Saturday November 21 – Stars of Tomorrow. The Dance Trust of Zimbabwe’s showcase for little ones from a great many dance studios. Programme B is this week (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.

Saturday November 21 – Northwood Floral Group’s last meeting of 2015. 2.30pm, Community Centre at Dandaro. Everyone who attends is invited to bring an idea for Christmas (can be an arrangement or decoration, or other things). These will be displayed on a table at the front so everyone can gain inspiration and hopefully be encouraged to try one of these ideas or something of your own in your home over the Festive Season.

Neels Scott will conduct a demonstration/workshop entitled Show Me How featuring work in progress on a Christmas table and similar themes. Neels has original ideas and always tries to create items without spending too much money – his ideas are sure to give great food for thought. Everyone is welcome to attend. Entry fee $2 and something to eat for tea. For further information, phone Eve Stranix 0712 201479.

Sunday November 22 – Recital by Erich Huetter (violin) and Jeanette Micklem (piano). 3pm, Arundel School Chapel. $5 entry fee. Dr Milan Djordjevic, the Honorary Austrian Consul is generously sponsoring this concert and is also supporting wine, tea and Austrian snacks after the concert. The programme will include: Richard Strauss: Romance in f major; Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise; Fritz Kreisler: Liebesleid, Liebesfreud; Gabriel Fauré: Elegy; Johann S.ebastian Bach: Prelude form the book „the well tempered clavier“ in c major;

Charles Gounod/Johann Sebastian Bach: Ave Maria; Gabriel Fauré: After a dream; Pablo Casals: Song of a Bird; Camille Saint-Saens: The Swan, Allegro Appassionato.

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.

Friday November 27 – Wine tasting at Inn On The Vumba. Make a weekend of it, with a special rate of $280 for two people for two nights, including dinner, bed and breakfast, plus the wine tasting. Tasting starts 6pm, includes wines from Cape Wine. More information from Inn On The Vumba, call (020) 60722.

Friday November 27 and Saturday November 28 – Harare Festive Fayre. A showcase for Zimbabwe’s finest arts, crafts and food artisans. Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 3pm. The Palms Estate, 16A Stonechat Lane, Greystone Park (links Gaydon Road and Crowhill Road). Secure parking. Proceeds to charity

Saturday November 28 – Dandaro Christmas Fair. Dandaro Community Centre, 9am to 1pm. Further details please contact Barbara on 0774 186353  or (04) 870655. All welcome.

Sunday November 29 – Meikles Hotel Centenary high tea. Enjoy high tea for $12 per person and also enjoy a history talk on the hotel, followed by tour of hotel and surrounds, ending with a wine tasting. A super afternoon for all ages. Book by calling switchboard on (04) 707721or e-mailing

Sunday November 29 – Harare Philharmonic Orchestra performance. Introducing the Harare Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Roz  Whaley, concert master Cabby Stirling. Top instrumentalists from Zimbabwe and the Southern African region bring you a musical treat of symphonic masterpieces and stirring Christmas arrangements. Also featuring the voices of Nigel Hopkins and Molly Dzangare. Performance title: A Symphonic  Christmas. 3pm, Harare International School Theatre. Secure parking. Entry by donation.

Sunday November 29 – A Concert for the Christmas Season. St John’s College, 6pm. Special guests: the Heuglin Tenors (Lorna Kelly Studio) and Erich Oskar Huetter, world-renowned cellist from Austria, as well as invited Harare musicians and, of course, boys from St John’s College. Secure parking available. Teas and refreshments served afterwards, and a retiring collection will be taken. The concert is generously sponsored by the Austrian Honorary Consul, Dr Milan Djordjevic.

Tuesday December 1 – 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 from $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.Quizmaster Matthew Shadwell.

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. Starring Marc Thomas, Stephane Thomas, Savannah Bester and Caroline Yule. 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.

Friday December 4 -  Zimbabwe National DanceSport Championships 2015. International and local Judges. Italian Club, Quendon Road. Starts 4.30pm and runs through the evening. Tickets: table seating with snacks/wine $20 per person/$15 per child under 12 (advance bookings only). Single seating $10 per person/$5 pensioners and children under 12 (advance bookings or tickets at the door). Call Pat 0776 270311 or Cherilyn 0772 302232. Ballroom, Latin and classical featured, plus salsa. Full bar and catering available. Other enquiries

Friday December 4 to Sunday December 6 – African Voice presents Christmas In Africa. St George’s College. The Rotary Club of Highlands, assisted by St George’s College, once again presents African Voice, the all-female a cappella quartet, together with the voices of St George’s College boys, Old Georgians and Zimspiration choristers, along with some guest solo appearances. Produced and directed by Kundisai Mtero.

In this concert, the group will revisit and celebrate the birth of the King in an interestingly different performance in song, music and narrative with an Afrocentric flavour, garnished with “Zimbo” satire! Bring a candle and unravel with us this very special annual gift we call Christmas.

Please bring a small dry grocery item (these will be collected and distributed to those less fortunate and make a difference to their Christmas). A concert for the whole family. Cash bar (wine, beer and soft drinks) and snacks before concert and during interval. 1st Concert: Friday at 7pm sharp; 2nd Concert (matinee): Saturday 2.30pm; 3rd Concert: Saturday 7pm; 4th Concert (matinee): Sunday 2.30pm.

All in St George’s College, Belt Hall. Price: $5. All proceeds to the Rotary Foundation (Rotary Club of Highlands). Tickets available at St George’s College, Cashier’s Office (closed Friday afternoons from 12 noon). For ticket enquiries, call (04) 703595 ext 8113 or ext 8118. For any further enquiries about the concert, email or Kundisai Mtero on, cell: 0772 830967, landline: (04) 795600/1/2.

Saturday December 5 – Spice Trader’s 10th anniversary dinner. Celebrate a decade of fun with us. Table bookings essential. Please call Chantelle on 0772308953 for your reservation or for more information.

Thursday December 10 – Christmas-themed supper theatre at 167. Directed by Zane Lucas, an evening of theatre and socialising. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Watch out for more information, but diarise now, starting 7pm. This will be a fun series of short vignettes under the title Zane’s Zany Christmas Box.

Friday December 11 – Singin’ For Sinatra. A tribute show about Ol Blue Eyes, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Arranged and staring Alex Fairlie. Another fun show with dinner at 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Book by calling Lollie on 0772 881877.

Tuesday December 15 – Fun quiz night – the Christmas Edition. 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 from $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Tuesday December 22 – Braai afternoon and carols evening. 167 Enterprise Road also known as Theo’s House of Coffees.  Great family day. Braai from midday. Carols evening from 4.30pm, with everyone invited to sing along. Book a place by calling Lollie on 0772 881877.

Tuesday December 29 – Fun quiz night – year end edition. 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 from $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Thursday December 31 – Ah, yes, I remember it well. Reps Theatre, Belgravia. A New Year’s Eve concert – one show only. 6.30pm. Start your New Year celebrations with a look back, as John Jones, Roz Ribeiro, Pete Hadingham, Nigel Hopkins and others bring you the songs you remember from the great musicals you have loved: Oklahoma, Gigi, Showboat, The Student Prince, Desert Song, White Horse Inn, shows by Ivor Novello and more. All seats $12. Activities in the Reps main bar afterwards, leading to midnight celebration. Booking now open at The Spotlight for the show.

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: 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

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

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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