Clipboard – January 20 2016

Here is this week's Clipboard, with its usual selection of items of activity in and around Harare in coming weeks.

hoshoIf you have something you would like to tell people about, then e-mail information to [email protected] and it will be included. This e-newsletter 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. Please pass this e-mail on to your family, friends and colleagues, so that everyone is better informed about what’s on.

Thursday January 21 – The 2016 Eastern Highlands Expo. A trade show in Harare highlighting the travel and tourism product of Zimbabwe’s spectacular Eastern Highlands (Nyanga, Mutare and the Bvumba, the Chimanimanis and all other adjacent attractions, including routes into the area) On show – travel and tourism operators from across the Eastern Highlands. Who can visit? – anyone interested in knowing more, especially people in the travel trade, the diplomatic and NGO community and the media (the general public is also welcome to pop in, too). Where – 167 Enterprise Road, Harare (opposite Lewisam shopping centre) When – Thursday January 21 (open from 9am to 3pm). Cost – no entry, of course. Refreshments – available from the restaurant on site (Theo’s House of Coffees). The Expo is a one-on-one trade show and visitors can chat to exhibitors at their individual tables and can also find out more about the Eastern Highlands Experience, a new marketing and promotional campaign) More information from: [email protected]

Thursday January 21- The Second Travel and Tourism Quiz. Hosted for people in the travel and tourism sector as a fun evening out. It’s a team quiz for maximum five members (if you have more, set up a second team). The accent is on competitive fun. Back by demand after the successful inaugural one in October. Hosted by the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism. Booking essential, so please call 0737 694383 right away if you wish to enter a team or an individual. Venue: Theo’s House of Coffees, 167 Enterprise Road, Arrive 6pm to 6.15pm to settle in, have drinks and get ready. Supper will be during the evening. Cost is $15 per person, including supper and entry fee. Drinks available.

Friday January 22 – Diva Delight! Music by some of Harare’s finest female singers, featuring music from the ladies of songs and the ‘girl groups’ of the present and past. A wonderful evening out, starting 7pm. Entry $5 per person. Supper and drinks available. Bring your own chairs or blankets – no cooler boxes. To reserve a place call Lollie on 0772 881877. Venue: 167 Enterprise Road, or Theo’s House of Coffees. A follow-up to recent musical evenings at this venue. Singers tonight are Mande Snyman and Storm Whittaker. The music is everything from Doris Day and groups like The Crystals through to the likes of The Spice and Girls and Adele.

Saturday January 21 – Northwood Floral Group meeting. 2.30pm in the Community Centre at Dandaro, Borrowdale. Everyone who attends is invited to bring an arrangement to WELCOME PEOPLE INTO YOUR HOME. 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. Gail Beamish and Jan Clayton will give a SOGETSU IKEBANA demonstration FOR THE NEW YEAR. The Japanese floral arranging art of Ikebana is ancient and the arrangements often have meanings. Everyone is welcome to attend: entry $2 and something for tea. If you wish to be a member of Northwood Floral Group, subs for 2016 are $10 and are now due. You may pay at the meeting. For further information call Eve Stranix on 0712 201479.

Tuesday January 26 – Fun quiz night at 167. Quizmaster Russell Clark. A fun team quiz for all, No entry fee. Supper available from $5. Bar open. Bring a team or come along and join a team – the accent is on fun. More and info and table bookings by calling Lollie on 0772 881877.

Thursday January 28 – Ignite Your Business Workshop. A six-week workshop starting on this date. Workshop has weekly 2.5 hour classes on either Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings. It designed for entrepreneurs, aspiring and actual, and teaches how to build and grow a successful business in 2016.  It combines goal-setting, motivation, success habits, business planning, financial management, business management and more, to bring you an all-in-one firecracker to get your year started with a bang. Go to www.sabrebusinessworld.com for all the details and to register or e-mail [email protected] or call/whatsapp 0772 354840 / 0772 236625.

Thursday January 28 to Saturday February 6 – The Pianist. Directed by Graham Crutchley, starring Kyla Render, with piano accompaniment by Annette Eastwood. A powerful play at Reps Theatre in the Adrian Stanley Theatre (new venue within the complex). The true story of 14-year-old Lisa Jura’s escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna to England, where she finds herself alone. Through her perseverance she finds a home, music and love. At the height of the Blitz she gets to audition to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Booking now open at The Spotlight.

Thursday January 28 to Saturday January 30 – SA cabaret singer Helena Hettema live in Harare. The Venue in Avondale will host this show. Details coming soon.

Friday January 29 – Wine tasting evening at Inn On The Vumba. Come down for a great weekend break and join in the fun tasting. Music by Mande, and a fun evening for all ages. More information by calling (020) 60722. Inn On The Vumba is just outside Mutare on the road into the Bvumba mountains, looking green and cool at this time of year.

Monday February 1 – Introduction to Basic/Beginner Level1 Shona for adult learners in Harare. Enrolment is in progress for the first intake of 2016 for basic Shona adult learners. The venue is in a very quiet private home in Vainona. We have small (5 students max) class group lessons which are very fun, well thought out and highly educational. The tutors are dedicated native Shona speakers who are trained, qualified and experienced in teaching second/foreign languages. Tuition fees cover all your learning materials. Choose a morning afternoon or evening class to join. 6 -week intensive or 8- week extensive courses available. Each group meets once a week. Private one on one lessons available. We also offer long distance Shona lessons on Skype! Email: [email protected]   Website: www.freeyourmindlanguagetuition.com  Facebook: https://facebook.com/languageITlessons  Twitter: @privatelessons2 (Shona/English Tutor) Call: 0737924599

Saturday February 6 – Car Boot Sale. Borrowdale Country Club. On sale: various household items, clothing, a Venter-type trailer, golf clubs, electrical equipment.  Further selection of catering equipment likely to include gas stove, crockery, cutlery, glasses. Entry fee for sellers is $5 for a three-square-metre stand. Buyers and spectators $1 each entry. Limited tables available at $5 but feel free to bring your own table.  Call 0772 235115 or (04) 861087 for more information and bookings. Sellers come in 7.30am to set up and buyers can come in from 8.30am.

Saturday February 6 – Vodacom Bulls v Toyota Cheetahs. SA rugby giants playing right here in Harare. Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium. Bookings online at www.webtickets.co.zw or buy printed tickets at Absolute Sports and The Butcher’s Kitchen, Sam Levy’s Village, or any Umax outlet.

Tuesday February 9 – Fun quiz night at 167. The latest edition of the fun team quiz for all, No entry fee. Supper available from $5. Bar open. Bring a team or come along and join a team – the accent is on fun. More and info and table bookings by calling Lollie on 0772 881877.

 Wednesday February 10 to Friday February 12 – The 2016 Tourism Convention. A must-attend event for everyone in a decision-making role in travel and tourism. Hosted by the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism and held at Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls. Regional participation from neighbouring countries. Theme: Growing emerging economies through tourism development. More information and bookings: call (04) 250246 or e-mail [email protected]

Friday February 12 – MAZ Business Luncheon. The annual event at which marketers and others can deliberate on the year ahead while sharing insights and ideas. KwaMambo Restaurant, 40 Cork Road, Avondale. 11am. Theme: becoming agents of change – a commitment to excellence. $50 per person. Wear something branded wear (it’s time to show off your brand). Guest Speaker: Denny Marandure, the CEO of ZOL, who will be sharing insights into becoming agents of change. Contact Loreen Chari for information and bookings: Marketers’ Association of Zimbabwe, 24 Glenara Ave South, Eastlea. Call (04) 747031, 747051 or 2932213; cell 0772 454767 or 0717 553137, Skype: loreen.alutah, website: www.maz.co.zw, Facebook : www.facebook.com/Marketers.Association.Of.Zimbabwe

Friday February 12 – Fundraising dinner for Harare Children’s Home. A superb supper with dinner and dance music, plus auction, raffles and fun for all. All in a good cause, for one of Zimbabwe’s oldest children’s homes (celebrating its centenary in 2018). Venue: Stewart Rooms, Meikles Hotel. Tickets $40 per person, or $350 for a table of 10. Book now by calling Maria Sithole on 0733 228315.

Friday February 19 – Down Memory Lane. A musical evening with Mande Snyman and Kevin Hanssen at 167 Enterprise Road, or Theo’s House of Coffees. Showtime 7pm. Entry $5 per person. Supper and drinks available. Bring your own chairs and blankets if you wish. No cooler boxes. Call to reserve a place by phoning Lollie on 0772 881877. Featuring music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Tuesday February 23 – Fun quiz night at 167. Quizmaster Stewart Mackinlay. A fun team quiz for all, No entry fee. Supper available from $5. Bar open. Bring a team or come along and join a team – the accent is on fun. More and info and table bookings by calling Lollie on 0772 881877.

Friday February 26 to Monday February 29 – Leap Into the Leap Year, with the Meikles Grapevine’s Mountain Weekend. A fun weekend for wine lovers, Join members of the Meikles Grapevine wine club at this wonderful weekend in the mountains, being hosted at Inn On Rupurara. Bookings will open soon.

Saturday February 27 – Barry Hilton live. SA’s popular comedian back in Harare for one performance only. Reps Theatre, starting 8pm. Advance booking essential, through The Spotlight.

Wednesday March 9 to Saturday March 24 – The Musical World of Disney. A colourful show featuring music from Disney shows. Directed by Sue Bolt, assisted by Mario Ciampi, with musical direction by Meg Mackenzie. Reps Theatre. Booking opens soon at The Spotlight.

Thursday June 16 to Saturday June 18 – Sanganai/Hlanganani/World Tourism Expo. The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority hosts the ninth annual edition of this event, to be held this year in the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds, Bulawayo, using Halls 3 and 4. The relocation of Sanganai/Hlanganani/World Tourism Expo to the city of Bulawayo has been done to stimulate the development and growth of tourism in regions across the country. Sanganai/Hlanganani is one of Africa’s premier tourism showcases, aimed at bringing international buyers and exhibitors under one roof. Details can be sourced from the Executive Director, National Convention Bureau, call (04) 770409 or e-mail [email protected]. Alternatively, contact the exhibition team: [email protected], sheona[email protected] or [email protected]

Celebrity Subscription Concerts is back in action and everyone is invited to join, and enjoy superb performances by invited international classical music performers. Schedules performances being arranged at present: Feb 21, May 8 and June 12, plus four others later in the year. The membership officer is Veronique Wakerley (e-mail [email protected]). Subs for 2016: Red Carpet (all recitals during the year, plus after-recital receptions) – $100 per person or $180 per couple. Ordinary members: (four recitals, plus discount for remaining recitals) – $40 per person or $70 per couple.

NIAA Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod 2016. Entries close on Wednesday 27 January. Entries before that date are very welcome, but no late entries can be accepted. As the first school term is so short, the preparation and programming time will be extremely tight, and we urge all teachers and participants to have their entries in good order so as to avoid queries and delays in processing. If you have not already picked up the 2016 syllabus, you can download one from our Facebook page, or from our website www.niaazim.co.zw. Our offices are now closed for the year and will re-open on January 4.

Theatre training for youngsters and teenagers: PREPS – theatre fun for ages six to 12. Starts again on Saturday January 23, 10.30am to 12 noon in Theatre Upstairs at Reps. REPTEENS, for ages 13 to 19, restarts Friday January 22, 6pm to 8pm, in the Repteens Room at Reps.

Some helpful information about school terms in 2016: First term, which started on Tuesday January 12, End: Wednesday March 23, half term: February 19 to 22. Second term – Start: Tuesday May 3, End: Thursday August 4, half term: June 17 to 20. Public Holidays: Africa Day, May 25. Third term: Start Tuesday September 6, End: Thursday December 8, half term: October 14 to 17. First term 2017 starts Tuesday January 10. Thank you to Paula Blackburn of St George’s College for assistance with this useful information.

Drum Cafe is the world’s premier interactive team-building, performance and events company, with world-class facilitators backed up by outstanding musicians. It is a truly unique service that is ideal for corporate team-building and training, events, conferences, launches, weddings – in fact anywhere or any time there is a group or team of people gathered together. Drum Cafe’s programmes have been tried and tested worldwide and are guaranteed to build powerful teams, motivate groups, and unite companies or add that wow factor to any event, corporate or social, and bring your guests together with Drum Cafe’s world-class, customised performances. We also offer great commission opportunities which may interest you. Please don’t hesitate to call if you would like to schedule an appointment for me to come in and see you, give more information on what we offer, marketing material, information on our commission offers and other information. Allan Kennedy, Drum Cafe Zimbabwe: www.drumcafe.com, cell 0778 505162, office telephone (04) 885200. Skype: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe. Facebook: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe. Address: Greystone Park Shopping Centre, Gaydon Road, Greystone Park.

News from Amanzi Restaurant: The shop Café @ Amanzi is open Tuesday to Friday each week from 10.30am for coffee and Kerry Wallace is back with us to make all of your favourite Shop Cafe @ Amanzi dishes, too. The very popular vegetarian buffet is available from 12pm to 2.30pm and we have a price reduction: now only $12 and meat extras are only an additional $5. The fastest lunch in town, all done in less than an hour. Call us on 04-497768 to book a table.

Monday February 1. Introduction to Basic/Beginner Level1 Shona for adult learners in Harare. Enrolment is in progress for the first intake of 2016 for basic Shona adult learners. The venue is in a very quiet private home in Vainona. We have small (5 students max) class group lessons which are very fun, well thought out and highly educational. The tutors are dedicated native Shona speakers who are trained, qualified and experienced in teaching second/foreign languages. Tuition fees cover all your learning materials. Choose a morning afternoon or evening class to join. 6 -week intensive or 8- week extensive courses available. Each group meets once a week. Private one on one lessons available. We also offer long distance Shona lessons on Skype! Email: [email protected]   Website: www.freeyourmindlanguagetuition.com  Facebook: https://facebook.com/languageITlessons  Twitter: @privatelessons2 (Shona/English Tutor) Call: 0737924599

 INNto 2016 SPECIAL with Inns of Zimbabwe. $240 double for two nights at Inn On Rupurara or $200 double at Pine Tree Inn or Inn On The Vumba – on a bed and breakfast basis. Children  under sharing with parents enjoy complimentary accommodation (pay for meals and drinks). Single or conferencing rates on request . Contact Armadillo Travel (04) 302267/61 or [email protected] for more information . Don’t forget to become and InnSider Card holder or keep your card up to date in 2016 – this gives you discounted accommodation countrywide with Best of Zimbabwe operations, also in Mozambique and Botswana … and enjoy up to 50 percent discount on accommodation at City/Town Lodges in SA (subject to availability). Visit www.innsofzimbabwe.co.zw or the Facebook pages for IOZ and each of the inns.

If you are in the fields of sales, marketing, advertising, public relations, broadcasting, journalism, printing and publishing, research, e-communication or related disciplines, then you should be a member of the Advertising and Publicity Club. Running continuously since 1963, this is a platform for social and business networking, and includes monthly lunches with guest speakers, educationals and famils, quiz nights, sports days and other events. Join by paying a $30 subscription for the year! Visit Facebook/Advertising and Publicity Club of Harare or call 0737 694383.  First lunch this week (Thursday January 21) with guest speaker Roger Stringer, talking on how to go about publishing that book you have always had in your mind.

Support the work of the Zimbabwe National SPCA, the Harare SPCA, VAWZ, Mukuvisi Woodland Society, Harare Children’s Home, BS Leon Home for old folks and other registered welfare organisations. No matter how bad things are there’s always someone worse off than you, and they need help more than ever before. Check Ndeipi magazine for detailed information. Ndeipi is the monthly guide to what’s on and happening in and around Harare – it’s a good read and has exceptional amounts of useful information – all for only $2.

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