Clipboard – September 16 2017

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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Friday September 15 and Saturday September 16 – The Roadhouse In Arden. An award-winning one –act play staged by the Repteens. Theatre Upstairs at Reps, 7pm each night. Book at The Spotlight, call (04) 308159.

Saturday September 16 – Festival of food and wine. A super day and night of music and food and wine. Large range of food types available, and a good line-up of musical talent. Celbrating the 30th anniversary of Peterhouse Girls School, Marondera (venue for the event). Entry $10 adults (two adults $15), $5 senior students and $3 junior students. Camp at Gosho Park: e-mail [email protected] to book.

Sunday September 17 – Meikles Hotel spring tea. Historical talk and delightful afternoon tea, suitable for all ages. Advance booking by calling (04) 707721. Starts 3pm, and is part of the monthly historical teas now being presented by Meikles Hotel as a Sunday afternoon interest treat. The special tea has a choice of two styles: spring tea at $15 or a deluxe high tea at $20. The talk (this time on Harare and presented by Jono Waters, author of Harare- Urban Evolution) is complimentary. Booking in advance essential as there will be no room for walk-ins.

Sunday September 17 – Battle of Britain Lunch. Hosted by the Royal Society of St George. Gowerfield, Addington Lane, 12.30pm. Buffet lunch, BYO drinks. $15 per person, Tickets available from The Cellar, 12 Maasdorp Avenue, Belgravia, or call Les on 0733 736356. E-mail queries to [email protected]

Sunday September 17 – Kevin Hanssen and Mande Snyman live at Casa Mia. A mix of sax and vocals. From 12.30pm. Enjoy the cuisine of this great family restaurant. Book by calling (04) 332044, e-mail [email protected]. 100 King George Road, Avondale.

Tuesday September 19 – Memory Walk. A walk to commemorate all those afflicted by Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Borrowdale race course, 3.30pm to 6pm. Held in conjunction with Island Hospice, Bupa and Steward Bank. Light refreshments for all participants. More information from Zimbabwe Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Association, [email protected] or or call 0779 714905 or (04) 494409.

Tuesday September 19 – Fun quiz evening. The fortnightly quiz at The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. No entry fee and all welcome. Food on sale and BYO alcohol, but soft drinks available. Arrivals 6.15pm for a 6.45pm start. Quizmaster: Peter Brewer. Pre-booking essential: whatsapp or call 0785 300144. E-mail [email protected] for more information.

Friday September 22 – VFAPU fundraising golf day. Borrowdale Brooke golf club. Africa Albida Tourism, in support of Zimbabwe’s wildlife resources, will host the annual Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit fundraising golf day. VFAPU is a registered, non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and its natural habitat, and depends on donations in order to continue its work.  The unit was established in 1999 by Charles Brightman, a local safari operator and conservationist, together with the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Africa Albida Tourism’s flagship property, in an effort to fight the alarming levels of poaching. Since then, VFAPU has worked in close co-operation with National Parks and Wildlife, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and fellow tourism operators to achieve many successes. Every cent raised from the fundraising golf day goes directly to the Unit for its.  Africa Albida Tourism covers all the costs. Please contact [email protected] or telephone (04) 885200 for more information on how you can support VFAPU, and to book your four ball in this fun-filled fundraiser! Visit

Friday September 22 – Homecoming Comedy Night. Featuring Alfred Kainga and others. Reps Theatre, 8pm. Tickets $10 and $15. Advance booking now open at The Spotlight in Reps’ foyer or visit

Saturday September 23 – World Alzheimer’s Day. Join in this commemorative event. 10am to 12 noon, Dandaro Village community centre. A morning of light entertainment, with teas provided. More information from Zimbabwe Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Association, [email protected] or or call 0779 714905 or (04) 494409.

Saturday September 23 – International Food Festival. Hosted by the Diplomatic Spouses’ Association, for charity. Food festival 11am to 1pm, arts and crafts and children’s corner from 11am to 4.30pm. Hoyle Field, Tina Close, Chisipite. Entry $15, under-fives free. Music all day. Message from the organisers: cash only. Information: 0782 721762.

Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24 – The Annual Garden Show. Parklands, Greenhithe Lane, Borrowdale. Show gardens designed by Zimbabwe’s best landscapers, massive plant sale, Rooney’s foodie market full of exciting food choices to eat there and fresh, organic ingredients to take home, Sawpower talks, demonstrations and free hand tool clinic, Husqvarna art roundabout, garden furniture and accessories, drip irrigation and so much more … a day out for the whole family. 8.30am to 4.30pm both days. Entry $3 (children and pensioners $2). More from [email protected] or call 0778 025742.

Saturday September 23 – SA Gold Cup rugby. Old Georgians’ Club, Mount Pleasant. Sep 9: OGs v Raiders; Sep 23: OGs v QBR. Bar, food and children’s entertainment. More information from [email protected]

Saturday September 23 – 2017 AZTA Awards. The annual prestigious presentation of awards to the travel and tourism sector by the Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents. This year is a show and ceremony followed by cocktail reception with the theme Hollywood Glitz and Glamour. A must for everyone in travel and tourism. Booking now open. Call (04) 794210 or e-mail [email protected]

Saturday September 23 – Interactive murder mystery show and dinner. Musangano Lodge, Odzi. Special guests will come all the way from Chicago of the 1920s for this event … but one of them is a killer. Help us find the murderer and put him or her behind bars. For more details on this exciting weekend, visit Book your place and stay with us at Musangano Lodge for the whole weekend. Our secluded getaway is only thee hours from Harare and easily accessible. Payment must be made in full prior to travel.  Call: (0204) 2267  or 0772 119447. E-mail: [email protected]  Website:

Saturday September 23 – Zimstock. Hellenic Academy. Featuring a line-up of top local bands, singers and DJs. 12 noon to 10pm. $10 pre-paid tickets (, $15 at the gate. Primary school children and younger: free.

Saturday September 23 – The King’s Banquet. Presented by Food and Co in the Secret Dinner Series at Emmanuel’s Restaurant. A mix of classics and Afro-fusion. Early bird booking: $35 per person for a five-course meal. Call Natalie on 0774 148542 or 0772 850597.

Sunday September 24 – Audition for 2017 Reps pantomime, Puss In Boots. 10.30am, Adrian Stanley Room, Reps Theatre. Wide range of characters needed, as well as dancers and chorus. Panto to be directed by Graham Crutchley and will run from Thursday December 5 to Saturday December 23. As with all Repertory Players productions, there will be no remuneration. Any queries, contact Philippa Johnston, Society Secretary, Reps Theatre, call (04) 335850 or 336706

Monday September 25 – Shona course. Eight-week course on Shona as a foreign or additional language, including cultural awareness. Basic and beginner elementary conversational Shona class group course for adult learners (16 to 80 years). Small groups of three to six learners. Morning, afternoon, evening sessions to choose from. Trained, qualified and experienced foreign language instructor. Traceable testimonials from former and current Shona language learners. Tuition fee covers tutorials and all learning materials. Spring/Summer class groups will meet twice a week for a total of four hours a week. Payment accepted in cash, direct bank deposit, bank transfer and Ecocash. Call 0737 924599. E-mail [email protected] or follow on Twitter @privatelessons2.

Wednesday September 27 to Sunday October 1 – Starlight Dancing. The Dance Trust of Zimbabwe’s annual outdoor production, staged in the garden at the Ballet Centre, 109 East Road, Belgravia. 6.30pm each night, with gates open from 5.30pm. POS machine & Ecocash payments available: Wednesday, tickets $6 and $5. Other performances $12, $10, $6 and $5. Advance booking available at DTZ office weekdays from September 18. Refreshments on sale and cooler boxes permitted. Bring folding chairs. Car guards will be in attendance. More information by calling (04) 336776, 336560 or 0712 201479.

Wednesday September 27 to Sunday October 1 – Sanganayi: 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 Prefaced by the World Tourism Day celebrations.

Thursday September 28 to Saturday September 30 – The Rich List. A comedy written by Elinor Kennedy and premiered at HIFA earlier this year. Theatre Upstairs at Reps. 7pm each night plus 2.30pm matinee Sat. Tickets $8 and $10. Book at The Spotlight – early boking strongly recommended.

Saturday September 30 – Fun Fishing Competition. Great competition for children kids and a super day out for family and friends. 9am to 3pm, 1 Luna Road, Borrowdale.  Age groups: 1-5yrs, 6-8yrs and 9-14yrs. Entry fee: $25 for children’s fishing, $5 for non-fishermen. Only pre-booked entries allowed to fish on the day. cash bar, teas and food available, as well as jumping castle, candy floss, giveaways, prizes and lots more. Bring your own chairs, picnic blankets, umbrellas and gazebos for shade. No cooler boxes, food or personal fishing tackle to be brought onto the premises. No pets allowed. Contacts: Jenni Riley, [email protected],  cell/whatsapp 0774892493, Marion du Preez  [email protected], call/whatsapp 0772216607.

Saturday September 30 – Christchurch Borrowdale’s Book Bonanza. In the hall at Christchurch Borrowdale, 51 Crowhill Road, Borrowdale, 9am to 12.30pm. High quality and wide variety of second-hand books, magazines and DVDs, an ‘all day breakfast’ and other refreshments available. Alex Fairlie will be singing to entertain shoppers and there will be a raffle with some magnificent prizes. Payments can be made in cash or by swipe. Anyone wishing to donate books or magazines for sale is encouraged to drop donations off at the church office before September 29.  These donations will be very much appreciated. More information from [email protected]

Saturday September 30 – Mbira Festival at Mukuvisi Woodlands. The culmination of Mbira Month at Mukuvisi. Enjoy an afternoon of wonderful traditional and contemporary mbira music with storytelling with music, followed by a sundowner concert close to the animals and then an evening concert with professional mbira artists in the café environs. Wine bar, coffee bar and light meals available.

Saturday September 30 – 2017 Good Food Fest. Harare Botanical Gardens, 9am to 4pm. Summer is here and here comes the Good Food Fest, an annual event organised by the Traditional and Organic Food Forum to celebrate all that is nutritious and delicious about Zimbabwean food. This year’s fest will feature an ever wider range of diverse stalls selling fresh produce and processed products, as well as food court stalls cooking Zimbabwean, other African and even European dishes using only local ingredients. There will be indigenous plants and seed sales, cooking demonstrations, a competition featuring celebrity chefs and great live music. The children’s zone will include more fun and food-related learning. Get your African outfits ready, bring a hat and a shopping basket or two and we will see you there. Entry is $1 for adults (free for children under 12). Free transport from Construction House in Park Street, Namibia Ivecos (Fourth Street) and Bata Mbuya Nehanda Street to the Botanical Gardens available all day. For more info: or [email protected].

Saturday September 30 – Senior Citizens Club Tea Dance. 2pm to 5pm at the Rotary Centre/Senior Citizens Club, corner Fife Avenue and Colquhoun Street. Entry $5. Music by Steve Theron,  further entertainment by Debbie Fleming’s dancers and other guest artistes. Tea and food, cash bar available. Raffles prizes to be won. Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a  fun afternoon.  Call (04) 250093   Mon to Fri between 8am and 2pm (Lyn) to book, or call Marge on 0712 410050, or e-mail [email protected] – book for yourself or book a table for your party.  A plate of food would be appreciated.

Saturday September 30 – Open-air screening of the movie Sing. Gates open 4pm and screening starts at 6pm sharp. Presented by Makomborero and Open air Cinemas. Hellenic Academy. Adults $5 and under-12s $3. Food and drink on sale, bring your own blankets and seating. Payment by Ecocash. E-mail [email protected].

Sunday October 1 – St John’s College Fair. One of the highlights of the Harare events calendar and an action-filled event for all ages. St John’s College, Fisher Avenue, Rolfe Valley. Gates open 9am, close 3.30pm. Entry $3 (pensioners and under5-12s $2. Event includes the Musica Battle of the School Bands. Advance tickets from

Thursday October 5, Thursday October 12 and Thursday October 19 – Basic Cookery  Course and Techniques. 9am to 3pm on each of the three course days. Held under the guidance of Ann Hamilton King. $80 per student, pre-payment essential. Contact Ann or Joyline on (04) 744029 or 745704 or 0772 133016.

Thursday October 5 to Saturday October 21 – A Taste of the 80s. a vibrant musical show featuring music from throughout the great decade of the 1980s, ideal for all ages. Directed by Teri Grimmel, with musical direction by Mario Ciampi. Featuring a top line-up of singers. Reps Theatre. Advance booking now open at The Spotlight. Performances each night at 7pm (not Sundays) and additional 2.30pm matinees on Sat Oct 7 and Sat Oct 14. Tickets $10 (pensioners and under-12s $8). Special family nights on Mon Oct 9 and Mon Oct 16 – $5 all tickets. Great fun and a chance to hear great music with family and friends.

Saturday October 14 – Summer Garden Party. An afternoon of great music, splendid food with guest chef Amanda Wessels, and fun for the whole family. More details soon. Diarise now. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands.

Wednesday October 18 to Friday October 20 – Kariba Invitation Tiger Fish Tournament. Zimbabwe’s annual fishing spectacular. No details to hand.

Thursday October 20 – Gardening Courses. Under the personal direction of Ann Hamilton King at 12 Fleetwood Road, Alexandra Park. Beginners course $20, Intermediate course $25 and Advanced course $30 per person. 8am to 4pm. Contact (04) 744029 or 745702 or 0772 133016 for bookings or information.

Saturday October 21 – Irish afternoon Tea. A breast cancer support event. In aid of Reach for Recovery. Guest speakers and fashion show, prize draws, food, raffle, fun activities. Wine available for purchase. 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Spring Fever restaurant, Chisi Walk, Shortheath Road, Chisipite. Tickets $10, available in advance from Spring Fever (8am to 4.30pm Mon to Sat, and from Sister Paulette, Emerald Hill Convent Mon, Weds and Fri 2pm to 4.30pm. Supported by Bliss, Spring Fever, Chisi Walk and the Mashonaland Irish Association.

Saturday October 28 – Zimbabwe Society of Music Teachers Concert: A Feast Of Music. This year’s event presented by the Zimbabwe Society of Music Teachers, always of  a very high standard and eagerly awaited by the Harare music public.  Arundel School Chapel, 3pm.  Entry by donation towards two music bursaries awarded to students each year by the society: the Una Coleman Bursary and the Leo Birsen Bursary.

Sunday December 3 – Willowmead Junction Fayre. For more information call Sarah on (04) 882666. Diarise now – more info to come in due course.

Thursday December 5 to Saturday December 23 – Puss In Boots. Reps Theatre. Directed by Graham Crutchley. Booking opens soon for this great annual family treat. Any queries, contact Philippa Johnston, Society Secretary, Reps Theatre, call (04) 335850 or 336706

Sunday December 24, Monday December 25 and Sunday December 31 – the Meikles Hotel Christmas and New Year festivities. Full details soon but diarise now to join the Meikles for a bumper set of lunches and dinners and other activities at this special time, in the five-star traditional of this fine hotel. This will include an accommodation special over the whole holiday season.

Information about school terms 2017 (thanks to Lee Mackinlay for this information): Third term ends Thurs Dec 7 – half term Oct 20-23. 2018 first term starts Tues Jan 9.

Public holidays in 2017: Unity Day, Friday December 22; Christmas Day, Monday December 25; Boxing Day, Tuesday December 26.

Drum Café invites you to end  2017 with a bang by taking advantage of our end-of-year special. Book with us now and enjoy a 10 percent discount on any interactive team-building drumming session or drumming performance. Valid  from  September to December 20. Please note that this discount will also apply to anything booked and paid during this period, but for 2018! With the end of 2017 approaching, make use of this great offer on a world-class and highly effective service for any of your end-of-year events. Make any event,  big or small, corporate or social, formal or informal, bigger and better, and help us help you unite, uplift and inspire. 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 unique service that is ideal for corporate  events, conferences, launches, weddings – anything, in fact, that brings  a group or team of people together.  Since being founded 20 years ago, Drum Cafe’s success has been proven in over 30 countries around the world, at over 30 000 events, and has worked with over 25 000 people in Zimbabwe alone since 2011. Drum Cafe’s programmes have been tried and tested across the world and are guaranteed to build powerful teams, motivate groups, and unite companies.  Add that WOW factor to any event  and bring your guests together with Drum Cafe’s world-class customised performances. Contact Allan Kennedy, Drum Cafe Zimbabwe., call 0778 505162 or (04) 885200. Skype: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe. Facebook: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe

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!

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