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!

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Now running until Saturday November 5 – Gene Wilder Film Tribute. Fri: See No Evil, Hear No Evil; Sat: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Showtime 7pm. Entry by donation. Theatre Upstairs at Reps.

clipboard-icon-with-paperFriday 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.

Friday November 4 – FaB Fusion live at Queen Of Hearts. 5.30pm to 9.30pm. No entry fee. Jumping castle, bar, wood-fired pizzas and authentic Indian curries. Advance booking essential, call 0771929914.

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 – 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. To also include a suppliers’ exhibition and career guidance. The organisers would like to see more participation from restaurants and have postponed from Oct 29 to allow for more entries. More information from Arthur Masocha, call 0772 964983 or e-mail [email protected]

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: Facebook:

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

Saturday November 5 – VAWZ Vibes. Queen of Hearts, 5pm 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.

Saturday November 5 – Fireworks and movies under the stars.  Bryden Country School, Chegutu, starting at 6pm (103km peg on Harare-Bulawayo Road). $3 per person. Food and drink on sale (no cooler boxes please).  Bring a picnic blanket.  Camping area and ablution facilities available.  Sponsored by Texas Meats and AMP.  For more information contact 0778 021 442 / [email protected]  or visit (

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.

Thursday November 10 – Needlecraft Guild of Zimbabwe November meeting. Highlands Presbyterian Church Hall, Enterprise Road, Highlands, 2pm sharp. This month’s demo will be on Christmas Tree Decorations and there will be three 3 different mini-demos.  All levels from beginners to advanced are most welcome.  Call 0775 004500.  Visit our Facebook page.

Thursday November 10 – Queen of Hearts Scone Competition. Bake some winning scones and bring the best batch down to Queen of Hearts, to be judged by a panel of qualified judges. Prizes for winners, and great fun for all … participants and visitors alike. 3pm to 4.30pm.  Registration essential for entrants: e-mail [email protected]. Open to the public, no entry fee. Enjoy teas and scone at $5 per person. A fun and different afternoon for all.

Saturday November 12 – Summer Night Concert: The Homecoming. Featuring two Zimbabweans carving out musical careers in South Africa, Josh Ansley and Philip Hanly. Also featuring Nigel Hopkins, Molly Dzangare and the Twin Rivers School Choir. Venue: Twin Rivers School, Belgravia. Picnic under the stars. Gates open 5.30pm, jazz ensemble 6pm, concert starts promptly at 7pm.

Sponsored by fastjet, Holiday Inn Harare, PrintWorks, Rooney’s, Twin Rivers School. Advance tickets $5 and $15, available from Sound Event Management box office, PaSangano Building, Avondale. VIP $25, only available in advance. Gate entry fee $20. Book early and pay by POS, RTGS or EcoCash. Call 0712 601107 for info. Great family entertainment.

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]

Sunday November 13 – Fun pub quiz. Reps Theatre main bar, starting 11.15am. All welcome and no cover charge. Quiz host today Judy Macdonald.

Sunday November 13 – National Moto-X Final. Donnybrook, starting at 10am. Entry $5. Food and bar available. Children’s entertainment laid on. More info from [email protected].

Monday November 14 – November luncheon of the restaurateurs and hoteliers informal group. All owners and managers in the trade are welcome to attend. Lunch is $20. To book and get more info please e-mail [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 – Italian Karaoke Night. Casa Mia restaurant, Avondale, starting at 6pm. Sing Italian songs, with prizes for best singers. Arranged by the Dante Alighieri Society. All welcome. Dante members $2, non-members $3. Dante members are reminded that Casa Mia offers a 10 percent discount on food on presentation of your membership card, at all times.

Thursday November 17 – Miracle Missions cracker-making day. Queen of Hearts Café, 9am to 3pm. Bring a cracker gift and wrapping paper, as well as a toilet roll and ribbon to make a cracker for someone in need of love this Christmas.

Friday November 18 – FabFusion live at Queen of Hearts. 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Wood fired pizza and Indian curries available. Jumping castle, bar, free entry. Booking essential: call 0771 929914.

Friday November 18 – Abba-solutely Fabulous. Celebrate the great music of Abba with Mande and Storm, with a focus show and then singing ‘til late. Booking essential: call 0737 694383 or e-mail [email protected]. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Showtime 7pm, arrivals from 6.30pm. Supper and drinks available. Entry fee $5.

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.

Sunday November 20 – FaB Fusion live at Borrowdale Country Club. 1pm to 6pm. Superb roast lunch, bar, playground for children. Booking essential: call 0772 235115.

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: Chinhoyi and Kariba. Theme: Economic Recovery Through Hospitality and Tourism. More from HAZ, e-mail [email protected].

Thursday November 24 – Pizza-making course. Sorellas restaurant, 1 Fisher Avenue, Rolfe Valley, starting at 5.30pm. Learn how to make your own pizza using the Sorellas secret recipe. Arranged by the Dante Alighieri Society. $20 per person, including ingredients, demo, course materials and a glass of wine. Call 0778 842016 to book or get more information. Dante members are reminded that Sorellas offers a free brownie with every pizza bought on presentation of your membership card.

Thursday November 24 – Wildlife Photo Competition. Queen of Hearts Café, 5pm to 9pm. $5 entry fee per photo. Prizes for winners. Bar and catering available. All welcome and no entry fee.

Saturday November 26 – Starlight Shopping. Chisi Walk, 5pm to 9pm. An elegant evening of Christmas shopping, music, wine, tasty treats, friends and Christmas cheer. All Chisi Walk shops will be selling Christmas goodies and there will be additional stalls for exciting Christmas gifts. If you are interested in exhibiting please contact [email protected]. Everyone’s welcome to the event. 15 Shortheath Road, Chisipite, Harare.

Tuesday November 29 and Wednesday November 30 – 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. The venue will be The Mustard Seed conference room, Highlands.

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.

Tuesday November 29 – Italian movie night: Perfetti Sconosciuti (Prefect Strangers). Tristan’s Bar, 14 Aintree Road. Starts 6.30pm. Curries available at $10 a plate. Dante members $3, all others $5. Arranged by the Dante Alighieri Society. Book by calling 0773 365232. Perfetti Sconosciuti is a bitter-sweet ensemble comedy that follows a group of old friends who meet for dinner. The film tackles a subject important to these times, when social media has entered into fragile territories and affects almost everyone’s lives. This film marks the rebirth of the “intelligent comedy” and is already received successful results at the box office in Italy. IMbD rates it at 7.7/10 – Drama, Comedy. Duration: 1hr 37mins

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. The time-honoured fairy tale brought to life in an hilarious production.  Booking now open at The Spotlight. The run will include a selection of matinees.

Saturday December 3 – The Girl On The Train Meets Rotten Row. Presented by Chipo Chung and featuring authors Paula Hawkins and Petina Gappah, as well as Chipo Chung. Hawkins’s hit novel The Girl On The Train has just been released as a major motion picture, while Gappah continues to win awards for her writing work. Reps Theatre main stage, 7pm. Tickets $15. Advance booking now open 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]

Tuesday December 13 to Thursday December 15 – Lead the Future youth leadership boot camp. Looking for something constructive yet inexpensive for your teenage son or daughter over the December school holidays? Encourage them to apply for Zimbabwe’s own locally driven youth leadership development programme, Lead The Future. It’s an excellent opportunity to build solid leadership skills, learn strategies to navigate the challenges of youth, overcome peer pressure, determine values and goals, and set them up for success and significance as young adults. Now taking applications. Visit for application forms and more information or email [email protected].

Friday December 16 – Rocking Around The Christmas Tree. A fun musical evening, with the accent on festive music, hosted by Mande Snyman. Supper and drinks available. Starts 6.30pm, The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Book by calling 0737 694383 or e-mailing [email protected]. Entry $5.

Tuesday December 21 – Mann Friday and Tin Roof fundraiser for Island Hospice. Featuring Rob Burrell (Mann Friday) and Ard Matthews (Just Jinger), with special guest Gemma Griffiths. The Tin Roof, Enterprise Road, from early evening. $20 per person. Tickets available from Folio bookshops in Sam Levy’s Village and Arundel Village, as well as from Sorellas and The Tin Roof. Fifth annual fundraiser for Island Hospice from Mann Friday and Tin Roof and a huge success in each of the past four years.

Tuesday December 21 – Carols Evening. Queen of Hearts Café, 5pm to 9pm. A great event for the whole family. Entry $10 for adults and $5 for children. Book by contacting Queen of Hearts: e-mail the[email protected].

Thursday December 22 – Family Carols Night. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. A family event, with carols presented by singers under the lead of Mande Snyman, and sing-along sheets available for all. Father Christmas may well make an appearance, too! Booking essential: call 0737 694383 or e-mail [email protected].

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 [email protected], or visit

The Inns of Zimbabwe hospitality group has discontinued its franchise agreements with the current three operational units within the group, and these units will each now operate as individual hospitality operations, starting November 1. The units are Inn On The Vumba, Mutare, as well as Pine Tree Inn near Juliasdale and Inn On Rupurara, between Juliasdale and Nyanga. Inns of Zimbabwe was established in 1991 and has operated a number of country hotels in Zimbabwe and South Africa since that time, in partnership with the owners of these properties. The three inns now being taken out of the franchise are the sole remaining group inns. Inns of Zimbabwe Chairman Gordon Addams said he had enjoyed a long and successful relationship with these inns, but felt the time had come to make suitable changes. “We plan to announce new ventures incoming months, but in the meantime we look forward to seeing these inns create their own future business operations and we wish them well.” Watch this space for news of these new operations. More information from

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

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 Call 0778 505162, Skype: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe, Facebook: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe. E-mail [email protected]

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