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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Saturday March 4 – Take A Trip To Brazil. Fun themed lunch and afternoon at Tinkabell Restaurant, Q4 Upton Road, New Ardbennie. Great Brazilian food, Brazilian dancers and children’s mini soccer. Call 0774 532184, 0782475481 or 0774 374778 or just arrive. A super themed event at one of Harare’s best reataurants, with a great family ambience.

Now running until Saturday March 11 – An Evening with CS Lewis. A Repertory Players production in Theatre Upstairs at Reps featuring work by one of the 20th century most popular and thought-provoking writers, whose personal life was featured in Shadowlands, presented at Reps several years ago. Booking at The Spotlight. Performances 7pm, with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Starring Mike Southall and directed by Graham Crutchley. Advance booking strongly recommended.

Now running until Saturday March 11 – The 39 Steps. A Repertory Players production directed by Sue Bolt and Fiona Garrity, starring Kevin Hanssen, Lucy Eyre, Benedict Latto and Paul Shephard.  An acclaimed theatrical piece that hovers around the theatre of the absurd to high farce and dark comedy. Book at The Spotlight. Reps Theatre, performances 7pm with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Highly acclaimed since opening on Thursday night.

Now running until Friday March 24 – NIAA Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod 2017. The popular and valuable annual music Eisteddfod, featuring western and African music:  vocal/instrumental/ solo/groups/choirs.  Full information in the official programme on sale at Prince Edward School Music Centre. Tickets at the door $2 per session, season tickets $10. For more information contact [email protected]  or call (04) 702989 or  0778 457773. Highlights: Tuesday March 7 and Wednesday March 8, African Choirs, Gateway High School from 9am; Thursday March 9, Marimba Challenge, the best of the marimba ensembles compete for trophies, 3pm at Prince Edward School basketball court; Tuesday March 14 to Thursday March 16,  Junior Western Choirs, Twin Rivers School from 9am; Tuesday March 21 to Saturday March 24, Senior Western Choirs, Bands and Orchestras, Performing Arts Theatre, Harare International School (entrance off Rivonia Road, Northwood); Wednesday March 22,  Vocal Challenge, best vocalists compete for trophies, 6.15pm, Performing Arts Theatre, Harare International School.

Saturday March 4 – St Lazarus book sale. Arundel Village, all morning until early afternoon.

Saturday March 4 – Car boot sale. Borrowdale Country Club. 7.30am for sellers and 8.30am for buyers. Sellers $5 per stand, limited number of tables available at $1. Buyers $1.per person entry fee. No booking required, register at the gate. 39 Carrick Creagh Road, Borrowdale. Good variety of new and second hand goods for sale. More information from (04) 851087.

Saturday March 4 – Hartmann House Grades 0 and 1 Open Day. Starts 9am. Interested parents and their sons welcome.  For queries e-mail [email protected]

Sunday March 5 – Sables Motor Club first circuit racing event of the season. Donnybrook Raceway. Saloon and sports cars, as well as Megellis and super bikes push it to the limit, with many new cars and drivers on the track. Gates open at 10 am for an adrenalin-packed day of great car and bike racing. Admission $5 for adults, free for children under 12. Bar and catering, jumping castles for children. More info from [email protected].

Sunday March 5 and Sunday March 12 – Auditions. The Repertory Players will hold auditions for one of the best-loved musicals of all, My Fair Lady, based on Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Auditions 10.30am both Sundays in the Adrian Stanley Room, Reps Theatre, Belgravia. To be directed by Sue Bolt, with musical direction by Meg MacKenzie. Production dates June 28 to July 15. No precasting, and the director is looking for all leads and a large chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) of singers and dancers.  Please come with prepared music; there will be an accompanist. As always, no remuneration is offered.

Monday March 6 – Let’s speak Shona! Level1. Shona as a foreign/second language courses for adults (18 to 80 years).  Basic conversational Shona courses on offer. Small classes of three to four students maximum, conducted in a quiet, safe, private residence in Vainona. Three-week extensive course runs from March 6 to 24. Classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the three weeks. Choose a group to join: Group A meets 8am to 10am, Group B meets 10.30am to 12.30pm, Group C meets 1pm to 3pm and Group D meets 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Fees cover all your new, branded and personalised training materials (yours to keep), refreshments and tuition. Please note the tutor on this Shona course is a trained professional, who is a qualified and experienced foreign/second language instructor. Also available: Private one-on-one tutorials for children (7 – 15 years) and adults (16 – 80years) (create your own timetable). Personalised in-house Shona language training for corporates. Long-distance Shona lessons offered online on Skype (for those outside Harare or Zimbabwe). Traceable testimonials from current and former Shona language students from around the globe. To book services and to request a full detailed service list, call 0737 924599 or e-mail [email protected].  Website:, follow us on Twitter @privatelessons2,  like us on Facebook Operating hours: Monday to Saturday 7am to 9pm.

Tuesday March 7 – Fun quiz night. The latest of the fortnightly team quiz events at The Mustard Seed. Bring a team or come along and join in with a team. Supper available, including pizza. Bring your own alcoholic beverages, but other soft drinks and hot beverages available. The accent is on fun. Arrivals 6.15, for a 6,45pm start. Quizmaster: Alastair Garrard. Booking essential: call 0737 694383 or call/whatsapp 0785 300144. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands.

Tuesday March 7 – The Doc Club presents Les Saisons (The Seasons). Tristan’s Bar, Highlands. This is a Franco-German collaboration and highly-rated documentary written and directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, tracking the changes that have taken place regarding wildlife in Europe since the last ice age, culminating in their displacement by humans (95 minutes, French with English subtitles). The movie will start just after 7pm. Please reply to this email if you plan to come to plan for seating. A curry meal will be available on the night at $10 per person. Contact Jean Paul Bonarjee at [email protected] or calling Tristan on 0737 331 042 before Monday March 6 10am.

Friday March 10 – Abba-Solutely Fabulous. By public demand, this delightful show featuring the music of Abba. Starring Mande Snyman and Storm Whittaker. A focus show at 7pm, followed by a selection of country, pop and soft rock til late thereafter, Dinner available and drinks on sale. $5 entry. Book by calling 0772 572620, 0774 531046 or (04) 438138-9. 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands.

Sunday March 12 – Fun pub quiz. Reps Theatre main bar. Starts 11.15am, and all welcome. Quiz host this month is Judy Macdonald.

Tuesday March 14 to Sunday March 20 – Meditation Retreat ​at Susurumba Retreat Centre, Juliasdale. Presenter: Dave Sheehan. Topic: Healing our Psychological Wounds. Suggested cost: accommodation, shared rooms – $150 (or $35 per night); single room – $225 (if available); camping $100 (or $20 per night). Letting go and moving through life from one change to another bring the maturing of our spiritual being. In the end we discover that to love and let go can be the same thing. Both ways do not seek to possess. Both allow us to touch each moment of this changing life and allow us to be there fully for whatever arises next. To live in the present demands ongoing and unwavering commitment. Over and over we feel the familiar tug of thoughts and reactions that take us away from the present moment. With greatness of heart we can open to the people around us, to our family, to our community, to the social problems of the world, to our collective history.  With wise understanding we can live in harmony with our life. For more information and booking form please contact Dave on [email protected]  Bookings by March 1 please. Please contact us if you have financial constraints; this should not be an obstacle to attending the retreat.

Tuesday March 14 to Tuesday April 18 – Mindfulness course. Jayne Pilossof and Jane Soper are offering this course each Tuesday afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Meditation Centre, 6 Borrowdale Lane. Cost $60. This course will introduce you to simple techniques to help you deal with the everyday ups and downs of life, learning how to be more at ease with yourself. Participants will learn simple meditation techniques which, spilling over into daily life, help give you more time to be at ease even when busy. Mindfulness offers an alternative to the relentless rush and speed, which pervades much of living today. Those who decide to take this course, need to be aware that if you are going to make a change it will take commitment. You will need to be prepared to spend about 30 minutes a day doing various practices, if you hope to get the full benefit of the course. Contact: [email protected] or 0772 141746.

Thursday March 15 – Street Smart Selling Skills workshop. Your road to sales success with international speaker Mark Berger. Give your sales team the tools they need to succeed! The way we sell is changing rapidly. Customers are busier than ever before. Cold calling is just not working like it used to. Join Mark Berger and other sales professionals to discover the keys to increasing your sales.

8.30am to 5pm, Jacaranda Rooms, Rainbow Towers. Fee:  $140 per delegate (including meals plus comprehensive sales training manual). Limited seating available so please book now. Call (04) 870333, 0775 570474, 0773 336828.

Saturday March 18 – Hartmann House Grades 3 and 4 Open Day. Starts 9am.  Interested parents and their sons welcome (students to wear uniform).  For queries e-mail [email protected]

Wednesday March 22 – Gardening courses by Ann Hamilton King. 12 Fleetwood Road, Alexandra Park. Beginners $20, Intermediate $25 and Advanced $30 per gardener. From 8am to 4pm. Contact (04) 744029 or 745702 or 0772 133016 to book.

Wednesday March 22 and Thursday March 23 – Public relations seminar. One-and-a-half-day focus event for PR professionals, especially those working at senior level. The seminar will include a writing workshop, which can be attended separately. Enquiries: call or whatsapp 0785 300144. Content ranges from PR planning and evaluation to e-communication, and is also aimed at people in sales, marketing and other PR-related fields.

Saturday March 25 – Senior Citizens Club tea dance. From 2pm to 5pm at the Senior Citizens Club/Rotary Centre, corner Fife Ave/Colquhoun Street. $5 entry at the door. Music by Steve Theron. Tea and food. Cash bar available. Raffle prizes to be won.  So put on your dancing shoes and come and enjoy an afternoon of fun.  If anyone would like to donate a plate of food for the event, this would be much appreciated. Call (04) 250093 or e-mail [email protected] to book a table.

Saturday March 25 – Eisteddfod Final Concert. The final part of the 2017 National Institute of Allied Arts Eisteddfod. 6.30 pm at Performing Arts Theatre, Harare International School. Tickets on sale at The Spotlight, Reps Theatre.

Sunday March 26 – Eisteddfod Junior Highlights Concert. The final part of the National Institute of Allied Arts Eisteddfod for the juniors. 11am, Performing Arts Theatre, Harare International School. Tickets on sale at The Spotlight, Reps Theatre.

Wednesday March 29 to Saturday April 1 – The Art of Dance and Song. Presented by the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the National Ballet. Twin Rivers School, performances 7pm each night with additional 2.30pm matinee Saturday. Book at the Ballet Centre, East Road, Belgravia (just behind the Belgravia shopping centre), call (04) 336706.

Friday March 31 – St George’s College Grades 6 and 7 Open Day. Starts 4pm.  Interested parents and their sons welcome (students to wear uniform).  For queries e-mail [email protected]

Friday March 31 and Sunday April 2 – Album launch by Ovation and FaB Fusion. A launch show to début their new CD Mixed Bag, plus bringing back by popular demand last year’s successful and spectacular All That Jazz show, featuring the jazz queens Kate Rudder, Mande Snyman, Zeena The Diva and more. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Friday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets $10 adults, $5 children under 12 and pensioners. Tickets available online or direct from The Spotlight ( or call 0772 687067or (04)308159. Tickets also available from the restaurant. The event will be a relaxed picnic-style event. Food and drinks available from the restaurant – no cooler boxes. Bring blankets and chairs.

Wednesday April 5, Wednesday April 12 and Wednesday April 19 – Silver Spoon Cookery  Course. Once a week, the course will be from 9 am to 3 pm  and will cover good housekeeping and cookery. Participants will be shown the foundation of building a menu  for not only the everyday meal but also for special occasions. Under the guidance of Ann Hamilton King. $80 per student.  Pre-payment is required to confirm your booking and space is limited. Contact Ann or Joyline on (04) 744029 or 745704 or 0772 133016.

Thursday April 6 to Monday April 10 – Zambezi River Ride. The Lomagundi College Zambezi River Ride is a mountain bike event, all proceeds from which will be directed to ZimParks’ anti-poaching efforts in the Hurungwe area. Download registration forms from (available on the Lomagundi College and Primary School pages). E-mail filled-in forms to:  [email protected] for registration.

Saturday April 8 – Family Fun Day. In aid of the The Emerald Hill Children’s Home, this will be held at Gateway High School from 10am to 4.0pm. Live music by FabFusion and Ovation band, and other artistes. Braai and food stalls, travel, arts and craft stalls, paintball, target practice, zorb balls, water slides and more. Free jumping castle and balloons for children distributed by Simbisa Brands Mascots. Entry $2, toddlers free. Tickets can be paid for in advance by contacting Admin on 0773 589299 or (04) 336044, or e-mailing [email protected].

Saturday April 8 – the DStv Ngoma Awards Cocktail Gala. Presenting the awards for advertising excellence in 2016. Open to all, especially advertising agencies and people involved in advertising in any way. Book with Judy Macdonald, call (04) 870306 or e-mail [email protected].

Monday May 1 to Sunday May  7 – Super Tag 2017.  Healthy sporting fun for boys and girls from Grades 0 to 7.  One week of training followed by a tournament, all at St George’s College.  E-mail Doug or Shae Trivella on [email protected] or [email protected] for details and registration forms, or call 0772 228006 (Doug) or 0775 887944 (Shae).  Visit  Super Tag 2017 is the most exciting children’s event of the year, every year, sponsored by Titan Law, in conjunction with Davies Events.

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

Sunday June 11 – Wild Geese Lodge Art Festival. The objective of the event is the promotion of local artists, including painters and sculptors, and helping them earn a living through selling their art. The festival was started in 2012 and each year it has grown in the number of participating artists, the number of visitors and, most important, in  the amount of art sold. Artists must register and, once accepted, exhibit for free. A small percentage of sales goes to the organisers to cover administration and promotion costs. Leslie Johnson communicates with each and every artist, sees their work and ensures the work shown is of top-class standard. In 2016 185 artists exhibited, about 3 000 visitors came through the gates and more than $40 000 worth of art was sold. Donations at the gate went to Pensioners Aid and Waterholes in Hwange. Art Festival 2017 will be just as good. More information from [email protected].

Information about school terms 2017 (thanks to Lee Mackinlay for this information): first term ends Thurs April 6 – half term Feb 17-20; 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.

Public holidays in 2017: Good Friday, Friday April 14;  Easter Saturday, Saturday April 15; Easter, Sunday April 16; Easter Monday, Monday April 17; Independence Day, Tuesday April 18; Workers’ Day, Monday May 1; Africa Day, Thursday May 25; Heroes’ and Defence Forces’ Days, Monday August 14 and Tuesday August 15; Unity Day, Friday December 22; Christmas Day, Monday December 25; Boxing Day, Tuesday December 26.

Tinkabell Deli: at popular Tinkabell restaurant, Q4 Upton Road, New Ardbennie. Open daily for croissants, pies, coffee, sandwiches to take away. Also on sale, special jams, chutneys, wines, cheeses and chillies. A great selection from a restaurant with some of the finest cuisine in Harare. Call 0782 475481 for information and to order takeaways.

The Spice Lounge: venue for all occasions – corporate functions, engagement parties, weddings, anniversary parties, other special occasions, seminars, conferences, birthday parties. Outdoor catering and much more at this popular restaurant. Call 0779 581000 or email [email protected]

Excellent function venue: Looking for a good venue to hold a function or meeting, be it small or large? Contact the Senior Citizens Club/Rotary Centre on (04) 250093 (Mon to Fri 8am to 2pm) or e-mail [email protected]. Centrally situated on corner Fife Avenue/Colquhoun Street (entrance in Colquhoun), with secure parking, catering and bar facilities, very pleasant surroundings at reasonable rates. Bookings taken for one-off events or regular weekly/monthly events. Let us know what you need and we will do the rest!  Bookings open now.

The Friend Animal Foundation is in need of pet food. The Shopping Club is running a pet food drive on behalf of the foundation. Anyone can buy pet food for us at the club or pay into the account as follows: account The Cold Chain Zimbabwe; bank CABS Northridge Park. RTGS 24000 account number 1006148299, reference FAF-AF

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!

Please support a worthwhile cause or two in 2017 … every little bit helps, so there’s no such thing as ‘too little’ to give. Readers of Clipboard are asked to support the Zimbabwe National SPCA, the Harare SPCA, The Friend Foundation, VAWZ, Twala Trust Sanctuary, Mukuvisi Woodlands, the Harare Children’s Home (marking its centenary in 2018) and SOAP. This e-newsletter is produced for free and the compiler hopes readers will support charitable causes in return!

Many organisations are looking for new members to join their ranks, and people can gain enormous benefit from linking up with like-minded people or with people from their own fields of endeavour or interest. Among the organisations looking for members are The Repertory Players (operators of Reps Theatre – call (04) 336706 or 335850), Celebrity Subscription Concerts (contact [email protected]) and the Advertising and Publicity Club (for people in the communications business – contact [email protected]).

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