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

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. If raining there is an indoors option – the show will go on!

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.

Tuesday November 15 – The Doc Club. Tristan’s Bar, 14 Aintree Road, Highlands. 6.30pm for a curry buffet 7pm start for the movie, which will be one of these three documentaries, all of which are focused on nature: Dirt! The Movie (2009), a film by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow that takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility, from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation, its importance and the mycellia network that live beneath it – 1hr 20; Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us (2010). an award-winning film directed by Taggart Siegel, which investigates multiple angles of the recent bee epidemic colony collapse disorder – 1hr 22; Home (2009), a film by famous aerial photographer Yann-Arthus Bertrand about the planet we live on and the changes undergone over time and especially since the advent of industrial civilisation. We are living in exceptional times and the next decade will be pivotal in determining our future here – 1hr 33. Remember to book your meal ($10) if you are going to eat by calling Sandy on 0733 411426 or Tristan on 0737 331042 before 5pm on Monday November  14. Entry $5, with most of it going to one of the charities we support.

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.

Wednesday November 16 – Nyanga’s rich pre-colonial heritage. An illustrated talk on the unique stone-built heritage of Nyanga by Rob Burrett, for members of the Prehistory Society of Zimbabwe and others. This talk marks the public launch of the heritage booklet, Nyanga’s Rich Heritage, by Rob Burrett and Edone Ann Logan. Published by Khami Press in co-operation with the National Trust of Zimbabwe, part of the proceeds go to the Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition. Copies of the booklet will be available for sale at the meeting at $5. All members of the Prehistory Society are invited to attend, as are members of the National Trust of Zimbabwe and other interested parties. Also on sale at this meeting will be the new heritage booklet, The Matobo Hills: Zimbabwe’s sacred landscape. This covers the natural and social heritage of the granite hills south of Bulawayo. St Georges College, Borrowdale Road (lecture theatre to the left of the Chapel). 5.30pm start. Tea will be served before the talk.

Wednesday November 16 to Saturday November 19 – Constellations. Presented by The Repertory Players in Theatre Upstairs at Reps. Boy meets girl. Boy meets girl again. Multiple universes. Infinite possibilities. A brilliant new play about relationships, free will, chance and bees. This witty piece by British playwright Nick Payne was first performed in London in 2012 and on Broadway last year. Featuring Benedict Latto and Lucy Eyre (from the recent production of Much Ado About Nothing). Directed by Anne Fischer. 7pm each day with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets $2 (Reps members $10). Book at The Spotlight.

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 to Saturday November 26 – The Green Expo. Theme for this event: Advancing Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Waste Management Systems in Africa. The Green Expo has over the past year attracted a number of participants from various walks of life from across Zimbabwe and the SADC region. It is against this backdrop the Sunshine Green Team is hosting the fifth edition of Green Expo this year. Research undertaken by various stakeholders clearly outline the need for sustainable development through effective waste management systems and environmentally clean energy consumption strategies. To book call (04) 780963-6 or e-mail  [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected] ; [email protected]. Venue: Andy Millar Hall for conference and Robbie M Mupawose Centre for exhibition.

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 – November Four Seasons Designer Lunch. Featuring fashions from Aurora Hill, at the start of the festive season. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Tickets $15 per person, includes luncheon, fashions and entertainment (by Mande Snyman). Raffle and spot prizes, fun for all. Arrivals between 12 noon and 12.30pm. Book by calling 0737 694383 or e-mailing [email protected]

Thursday December 1 – Tuku and the Twin Rivers Choir. A concert featuring Zimbabwe’s legendary Oliver Mtukudzi and the award-winning Twin Rivers School Choir, in the Twin Rivers School hall, Belgravia. A fundraiser for the choir’s tour to South Africa to perform at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School in 2017. 6.30pm start. Advance booking essential, and tickets at $10 now on sale at The Spotlight. Supported by NMB Bank.

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. Reps Theatre main stage, 6.30pm. To launch Petina Gappah’s new book, Rotten Row, and to celebrate the success of Paul Hawkins’s sensational bestseller, The Girl on the Train, the Creative Zimbabwe Trust hosts an evening of conversation and dramatic readings hosted by Chipo Chung and directed by Zane Lucas, featuring these two phenomenal award-winning authors. The event will be followed by an after-party at Gava’s, free of charge to ticket-holders and $5 to non-ticket-holders. An opportunity to enjoy an evening of books, laughter, music and conversation with three of Zimbabwe brightest stars and to buy their books at discounted prices. Tickets $15, now available 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 sa[email protected]

Tuesday December 6 to Friday December-9 – Good Housekeeping and Cookery Course. Run by Ann Hamilton King. Cost $80 per student for the four-day course, 9am to 1pm each day. Venue: 12 Fleetwood Road, Alexandra Park. Contact Malcolm on 0775 585885 or (04) 744029 or 745704 or call Ann on 0772 133016.

Friday December 9 – The Sixth Annual Superbrand Awards Ceremony. Gala dinner at Rainbow Towers. $90 per person. Theme: The Oscars. Network, make new business connections and stand out. Partnership opportunities and exhibition space available. Contact Chiedza on 0774 336077 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Saturday December 10 – Ballroom and Latin National Open DanceSport Championships. Jubilee Hall, Hartmann House, 4.15pm. Bar and catering available, no cooler boxes. End the year on a high at this prestigious evening of ballroom, Latin and classical sequence dancing with competitors from Harare, Bulawayo, South Africa and Lesotho. Tickets: table seats by booking only, in advance (wine and snacks) $20 per person; singles seats available in advance or at the door $10 adults, $5 pensioners and children under 12.  For ticket bookings and information please contact 0776 270311 or 0772 302232 or e-mail [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 www.ideal-africa.org 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.

Saturday December 17 – FaB Fusion live. Borrowdale Country Club, from 1pm. Bookings essential, so call 0772 235115.

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].

Saturday December 17 – FaB Fusion live. Borrowdale Country Club, from 1pm. Bookings essential, so call 0772 235115.

Sunday December 25 – Christmas Day lunch, featuring entertainment by FabFusion. Wild Geese Lodge, from 12pm. Exciting three-course lunch. Santa will be handing out presents from 12.30pm. Adults $50, children under 12 $25, under 6s $10. Bookings essential, as the event is almost full. Call 0772 145103 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 www.sanganaitourismexpo.com

Information about school terms 2017 (thanks to Lee Mackinlay for this information): first term starts Tues Jan 10, ends Thurs April 6 – half term Feb 20-23; second term starts Tues May 9, ends Thurs Aug 10 – half term June 23-26; third term starts Tues Sep 12, ends Thurs Dec 7 – half term Oct 20-23. 2018 first term starts Tues Jan 9.

The Inns of Zimbabwe has launched Grace’s Cottage in the Bvumba mountains. Now available for guests. Named after the well-known conservationist in the Mutare area between the late 70s and early 90s, Grace Turner, and situated in her former home, overlooking the splendid lower Bvumba. More information from www.innsofzimbabwe.co.zw or from Armadillo Travel in Avondale, corner Natal Road and King George Road.

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]

Relax and unwind with November specials from Lollie Nel: foot reflexology $10; combined with a readout from the Quantum Resonance Machine $20; 14 muscle balance $15; Bowen body work $15; reiki $15. Call 0772 881877,

The Lions Club of Hatfield meets at 1.30pm on the first Saturday of each month at 137, Northway, Hatfield. The club will discuss projects such as the forthcoming  Christmas party for senior citizens. Our Lions Club has hosted this annually for over 30 years. We have a workshop and the Lions can repair all your disused or broken toys, furniture or anything that you want to donate to charity. We can collect and it will be renovated and sent to children’s homes, schools, hospitals or sold to fund Lions projects. Call 0772 998236, 0712 403747 or (04) 576627 and 576597. Our slogan: We Serve!

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