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!

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Now running until Saturday November 26 – Cancer Association of Zimbabwe Awareness and Action months October and November. Oct 27, Think Pink golf day; Oct 28, pink breakfast at Cresta Lodge ($40 per person); pink triathlon and high tea – both tba; Nov 24, lecture; Nov 26, Movember bed race event. More information from Linda Mazorodze, [email protected] or (04) 705522 or 707444.

Friday October 21 – Rocking The City: Toya DeLazy. As part of her tour of Africa, this SA sensation holds one concert at the Harare International Conference Centre. Doors open 6pm. With an outstanding line-up of Zimbabwe’s best hip hop and pop artistes, including Ammara Brown, Macy and the Red, ProBeatz and more. Generously sponsored by MultiChoice Zimbabwe (DStv), fastjet, Holiday Inn Harare, Rooney’s, Printworks.

Friday October 21 – FabFusion live at Queen Of Hearts. From 5:30pm. Wood-fired pizza, curries. Bar open. Jumping castle for children. kids. Free entry. Booking essential, call 0771 929914.

Friday October 21 – Karaoke night at the Cresta Jameson. Every Friday is karaoke night in The Usual Place bar, the hottest place in town. 6.30pm til late, with hostess Miss Andy. Great fun and all welcome.

Saturday October 22 – Northwood Floral Group meeting. 2.30pm, Community Centre,  Dandaro, Borrowdale Road. Everyone who attends is invited to bring an arrangement entitled BOX IT, obviously in a box of some kind. These will be displayed on a table at the front so everyone can gain inspiration and be encouraged to try one of these ideas or something of your own when an occasion comes along. Constructive criticism  will be given – this is how we learn. The demonstration this month is HALLOWEEN – There be ghosts and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go BUMP in the night! The demonstration this month will be done by various members of Northwood and we’ll hear about how the various items/traditions, that are associated with Halloween, came about. Everyone is welcome to attend. Entry $2 and something to eat for tea. For further information, call Eve Stranix 0712 201479.

Saturday October 22 – Tinkabell in Hawaii. Enjoy an afternoon featuring the cuisine, music and dress of Hawaii, right here in Harare, at Tinkabell restaurant. Live music, bar specials and prizes for adults and children’s best outfits. In support of breast cancer month with 10 percent of all proceeds going to the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe. Booking and get info by calling (04) 664745, 0774 532184, or e-mail [email protected].

Saturday October 22 to Sunday October 30 – Harare Male Voice Choir and Phoenix Choir concerts. The Harare Male Voice Choir celebrates its 75th anniversary with concerts presented with the Phoenix Choir in the Loyola Hall, St George’s College. 3pm each day on Sat Oct 22 and Sun Oct 23, tickets $10, pensioners $8. Dinner and lunch concerts at Chapman Golf Club,  Sat Oct 29 at 6.30pm ($20) and Sun Oct 30, 11.30am ($25). Tickets available from any Phoenix choir member, or from Autoworld, Chisipite  (Judy, 0712 631488) or Veldemeer’s Belgian Chocolates, Arundel Village (Lorna Scholtz, (04) 301989). Helplines – Paul, 0772 469110; Clive, 0772 338067; Hilary, 0772 245072; Pauline, 0772 393278.

Saturday October 22 – Sound Event Management’s Summer Night Concert has been postponed as the venue, Borrowdale Racecourse, was prevented from staging open-air musical events. Watch out for news of a new venue and date in early November. Contact 0712 601107 for information. Tickets sold will be transferable but anyone unable to make the change can receive a full refund.

Wednesday October 26 to Friday October 28 – 2016 Kariba International Tiger Fishing Tournament.

Friday October 28 – Fun pub quiz. Borrowdale Country Club, arrivals 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Maximum six people per team. Entry fee $3 per person.  Dinner available at $6 per person (fish and chips or sausage, egg and chips). Contact 0772 235115 for more information. All welcome.

Friday October 28 – Ladies Night at Tinkabell. The delightful cuisine, ambience and bar of Tinkabell restaurant in Ardbennie, open specially on this evening for a night for the ladies. Music by DJ Jaybone. Tables of 10 receive a comp bottle of wine. Tickets $10. Shuttle service available. Booking and get info by calling (04) 664745, 0774 532184, or e-mail [email protected].

Friday October 28 – Halloween Karaoke. Reps main bar, starting 6pm. Dress up, as there’s a prize for the best costume. And sing! Karaoke session run by Adam and Chezzy. All welcome and no entry fee.

Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29 – Rangeela – The Colour of Dance. A dance show presented by the Kinkini Dance Company, choreographed by Ketan Nagar. Guests performaers include Sasfikile, M and M Dance Factory, Real Flex Crew. 6.30pm Friday and 4.30pm Saturday. Advance tickets available now from The Spotlight at Reps. Tickets $10 and $12.

Saturday October 29 – Four Seasons Designer Lunch. Now at The Plantation Club. This month on a Saturday, by public demand, and featuring designs from Rani Romani Clothing. Catering by Hesbe Chivers. Music by Mande. Bar open. $15 per person, includes luncheon, fashion and entertainment. Not just for the ladies. Booking essential: call 0774 186010 or 0737 694383 to reserve a place.

Saturday October 29 – National Salon Culinaire. Presented and arranged by the Zimbabwe Chefs’ Association at Rainbow Towers, Entries now being taken from all chefs, including students and trainees. Closing date for entries is October 21. To also include a suppliers’ exhibition and career guidance. More information from Arthur Masocha, call 0772 964983 or e-mail [email protected]

Saturday October 29 – Evening Of Words. Reps Theatre Club Room. Starts 6pm. The theme this month is Music. All welcome, no entry fee.

Sunday October 30 – Wingate Park Golf Club’s annual art exhibition. 9am to 3pm. Work on display from well-known and up-and-coming Zimbabwean artists. The exhibition will be under cover, with guarded parking, refreshments on a donation basis, bar and lunch available and live music to accompany it all. Entry fee $2 (children under 10 free). A percentage of takings will go to charity. Directions: 10 minutes from Borrowdale Village; proceed along Alpes Road off Harare Drive in the direction of Wild Geese Lodge for about 4km. Wingate Club is on the right.

Sunday October 30  – Hamish Cameron Grand Prix Finale. Donnybrook raceway, gates open 10am. The fastest saloon and sports cars, as well as Megellis and super bikes, push it to the limit in Harare’s final motor racing event of the year, an adrenaline-packed day of great car and bike racing.  Admission $5 for adults, under-12s free. Bar and catering.  Jumping castles. For more info contact Sables Motor Club: [email protected].

Tuesday November 1 – Fun team quiz. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Starts 6.45pm prompt but teams should assemble from 6.15 to settle in. No entry fee. Food available, BYO alcoholic beverages. Come along and join a team or bring a team. The accent is on fun. Quiz host tonight Ingrid Howarth. Booking through o737 694383.

Friday November 4 to Sunday November 6 – The Workshop Art Exhibition. 10 Kent Rd, Chisipite. 5pm, Friday (with snacks and sundowners) and 10am to 4pm Sat and Sun. Exciting new paintings and pottery by Marlene Bornman, Sheena Chadwick, Joan Dunstan, Leslie Johnson and Peggy Sheppard. More information from 0773 507888.

Saturday November 5 – Car Boot Sale. Borrowdale Country Club. Sellers $5 per stand, set up between 7.30am and 8.30am. Buyers $1 per person from 8.30am. Wide variety of items available for sale, from new and second hand clothes, kitchen equipment, household and sports goods. Contact (04) 861087 or 0772 235115 for further information. (NB:  the final car boot sale of 2016 will be on December 3).

Saturday November 5 and Monday November 7 – Start of conversational Shona courses for adults, 16 to 80.  Runs until Thursday December 1. Shona as a foreign language course. Eleven different class groups to choose from. Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend class groups. Midweek classes run from Nov 7 to Dec 1, weekend classes run from Nov 5 to Dec 17. Safe, quiet, private venue in Vainona. Tuition costs cover all learning materials and refreshments. Flexible payment options: cash, bank transfers, instalments and direct bank deposits accepted. Five percent early bird discount when you register your interest in the course by October 26. Also on offer: long-distance online Skype lessons. Private one on one tuition for children and adults. E-mail [email protected] or call: 0737924599.  Website: www.freeyourmindlanguagetuition.com. Facebook: https://facebook.com/languageITlessons

Saturday November 5 – November Braai Festival. Ecrag Group in partnership with StarFM present this event at Fish Eagle, Lake Chivero. Host MCs Stansplash and Lenny Matterhorn, local DJs Eve, PhatChild, Sadiq, Professor, Yung Fresh, Tk Beatz Ash Styles and Nivek, Troubles (Body Slam) DJ Fujee, Ninja Kid, Avery Queen Kadijah and many more, plus surprise guest artistes. Free braai packs for the first 50 people to arrive plus bar and catering at Pump Price. Fun activities for children and adults. Braaimaster competition, fishing competition, eating competition, beach volleyball and more. Tickets available online at www.webtickets.co.zw

Saturday November 5 – VAWZ Vibes. Queen of Hearts, 5.30pm to 10pm. A fundraiser for VAWZ and all it does for animals in need. Fraser Mackay, Mackay, Acoustic Duo, Rob Osborne. Say no to fireworks and yes to animal welfare. Jumping castle for children. Bar and catering. Entry: adults $10, under-12s free. Secure parking. This venue accepts Ecocash payments, online transfers and cash.

Wednesday November 9 to Saturday November 12 – Stars Of Tomorrow. The annual showcase for the youngest talent of the dance community. Programme A Weds 6.30pm, Fri 6.30pm and Sat 2.30pm; programme B Thurs 6.30pm, Sat 11am and 6.30pm. Booking open at The Spotlight. DTZ members $10, children $5. Non-members $12, children $6. Pensioners $5.

Sunday November 13 – Paintings & Pimms.  The Verandah Gallery hosts the second fundraiser of the year, from  9.30am to 1pm, 16 Woodholme Road, Emerald Hill. Lots of small and medium-sized unframed portfolio paintings by a wide variety of 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 15 – Fun pub quiz. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Arrive 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Food and soft drinks, hot beverages on sale. BYO alcoholic beverages. A fun event for teams – come along and join a team or bring a team. Booking essential: call 0737 694383.

Wednesday November 16 and Thursday November 17 – Public Relations seminar: Moving On Up.PR for troubled times. How does public relations help organisations in time of economic and social stress? Can it assist organisations and individuals to cut through the mess and get through to better times? Is there a value to planned and sustained PR in good times and bad? Answers to these questions and more at a this public relations seminar. A one-and-a-half day workshop designed to show how PR works in the 21st century and plays a vital role in keeping organisations focused and effective despite challenges that come their way. This will be a hands-on event that will be useful and valuable to PR practitioners and to the people who work most closely with them, including general management, marketing management and human resources management. It will be hosted by a leading local practitioner with 30 years’ experience in the field. The first day will deal with comprehensive PR issues, including planning and evaluation, while day two will be a specific writing workshop, which will also be of value to people in advertising, e-communication, broadcasting and journalism. Costs: Day one (9am to 5pm) $75; Day two (9am to 2pm) $35; Both days: $100 (includes teas and meals and materials). More information and bookings from [email protected] or 0772 245292.

Saturday November 19 – Senior Citizens’ Club tea dance. 2pm to 5pm, Rotary/Senior Citizens Club centre, corner Fife Ave and Colquhoun St. $5 entry charge at the door. Music by Steve Theron. Tea and food. Cash bar available. Raffle prizes to be won. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an afternoon of fun. Call (04) 250093 or e-mail [email protected] to book a table.

Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20 – Handel’s Messiah. Rejoice in the advent of Christmas.  St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, King George Road, Avondale. 2.30pm each day. Performed by the Marden Singers, with 60 voices including a number of new and thrilling soloists. All guests to be seated by 2.15pm. Tickets $10 (concessionary $5) at the door. Refreshments provided. To assure our safety guarded parking will be provided by Safeguard. An annual performance of The Messiah by the Marden Singers has become a tradition in Harare. In 1741 Handel wrote the musical score for The Messiah in 22 days. At the time he was aged 56, and was in poor health. He then directed the first performance in Dublin and donated the proceeds of the performances to various charitable organisations. Basically a man of the theatre, Handel placed the Gospel account on an imaginary stage, driving powerfully forward toward its dramatic climaxes, and regarding the life and suffering of Jesus from the viewpoint of serene confidence in mans’ salvation

Saturday November 19 – Magic on Broadway. By popular demand, the return for one day only (two performances) of the hit dance show from earlier this year. 2.30pm and 6.30pm, Harare International School Theatre. The story of a little girl who dreams of dancing on Broadway, and with a little help from her fairy Godmother, learns that the magic comes from within. A magical journey of song and dance through Broadway classics like Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, The Lion King and Grease, among many. Tickets now on sale at The Spotlight at Reps Theatre (where a swipe machine is available) and at the June Cloete Dancing Academy. $10 adults and $6 under-12s and pensioners.

Wednesday November 23 to Friday November 25 – Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe’s 2016 Congress. Diarise now and details will be published soon. Open to all hospitality operators and support industries, and includes the annual Hospitality Expo of goods and services available to the industry. Venue this year: Kariba. More from HAZ, e-mail [email protected].

Tuesday November 29 – Fun pub quiz. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Arrive 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Food and soft drinks, hot beverages on sale. BYO alcoholic beverages. A fun event for teams – come along and join a team or bring a team. Booking essential: call 0737 694383. Quizmaster tonight John Reid-Rowland.

Thursday December 1 to Thursday December 22 – the Reps 2016 panto, Snow White. Fun for the whole family, featuring Amy Bolt as Snow White and a top cast, directed by Graham Crutchley. Booking opens soon at The Spotlight.

Sunday December 4 – Willowmead Junction annual Christmas fayre. Arts and crafts, baked items, jams, decorations, jewellery, clothes, Father Christmas, treasure hunt, showcase of musicians. Should you be interested in exhibiting please send an email to [email protected]

Therapies with Lollie Nel. Specials for October: foot reflexology $10; combination with quantum resonance machine $15; touch for health $15; Bowen $15; reiki $15. Call 0772 881877 for an appointment.

Grants for African documentary projects: on behalf of the organisers, the Embassy of Spain has the pleasure of announcing the launch of MiradasDOC 2017, the XI edition of the International Documentary Film Festival and Market, which offers grants for African documentary projects. This festival is aimed at producers and filmmakers whose work has been produced or shot in Africa, and specifically at producers who focus their work on the relationships between the northern and southern hemispheres. Between 10 and 12 projects will be selected to be presented to an international panel of commissioning editors, TV channels and sales agents.  The grant includes: flight ticket for one person, courtesy of Casa Africa; accommodation and meals for three days for one person; free airport pickup service; free registration (to the value of €100); free shuttle bus from hotel to venue; two-day pitch workshop by expert Marijke Rawie; participation in one on one sessions; access to four awards. The all-expenses paid festival will take place in Tenerife, Canary Islands, from January 27 to February 4 and the deadline for applications is October 31. For more information, please consult the following link: http://www.casafrica.es/en/agenda_europa_africa.jsp?DS28.PROID=892542 (click on the English version if needed), or the www.miradasdoc.com website.  Or contact Ms. Carolina Gomez, the MiradasDOC Market Coordinator, at [email protected].

News from Drum Café: We are offering a 10 percent discount for December and January. Finish off 2016 or kick-start 2017 with Drum Cafe and make use of our 10 percent discount on any interactive team-building drumming session or drumming performance for December and January. This is on top of our already lowered special prices for 2016. Make use of this great offer on a world class and truly effective service while you can. Make any event a memorable one, whether big or small, corporate or social, formal or informal. Drum Cafe is the world’s premier interactive team building, performance and events company, with world-class facilitators backed up by outstanding musicians. More information and bookings: contact Allan Kennedy,  Drum Cafe Zimbabwe. Visit www.drumcafe.com. Call 0778 505162, Skype: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe, Facebook: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe. E-mail [email protected]

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