Community Happenings – Friday 4 – 10 March 2011

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Pattaya will host the Thai film industry’s version of the Oscars on March 6 as the Suphanahong Awards celebrate their 20th anniversary at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.  The festive event, starting at 3 p.m., will feature live outdoor music, prize drawings, and film screenings.  The awards ceremony itself, featuring many of Thailand’s top movie stars and celebrities, will be held at the SFX Cinema complex on the sixth floor of the shopping mall.

The Lighthouse Club Pattaya will be holding its latest corporate-networking event at Drift (16th floor) of the Hilton Hotel in Pattaya on Friday, March 4 starting at 6 p.m.  Admission is THB 300 for all ladies and voucher-members, THB 600 for all non-members.  A finger-food buffet and a free-flow of beer and wine sponsored by Global Solidor Property Insurance will be available as long as stock lasts.  After 8:30 p.m. Drift offers on all drinks on a “Buy-1, Get-1 Free” basis.  Lighthouse Club Pattaya is supporting the Melissa Cosgrove Children’s Foundation to set up childcare centers in construction worker camps.  For more information go to www.lighthousepattaya.com.

The Northstar Library in Pattaya will be holding a second-hand book festival on Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All are welcome to buy, sell and exchange books at this fair.  There will also be many games for children.  The library is located on Sukhumvit Road between Central and North Pattaya Roads.  Call 038-716755 or 081-5754854 (Kh. Wanjai ) for further information.

Austcham will hold an Eastern Seaboard Sundowners networking event at the Amari Resort & Tower in Pattaya on Friday, March 11 from 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  All are welcome and the admission cost for members is 400 baht and for non-members 850 baht.  For more information go to website www.austchamthailand.com.

The Pattaya International Music Festival 2011 will take place from March 18-20 at Bali Hai Pier and stages along Pattaya Beach Road.  Details of the list of performers has yet to be confirmed but expect to see a star studded cast list from the best in Thai pop and rock music along with some notable international acts.  The weekend jamboree of music will also feature food vendors, merchants and games along with dance areas with some of Asia’s best DJ’s.  More details will follow as and when they are released by the festival organizers.

Clubs and Associations

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, March 6.  Everyone is warmly welcome.  The Club meets every Sunday morning at the Tavern by the Sea Restaurant located on the north end of Beach Road (part of the Amari Orchid Resort).  The program starts as usual at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9 to 11 a.m.  Each week the PCEC usually has an interesting speaker to talk on various subjects of interest in an informal setting.  The program is followed by the ever lively and often humorous Open Forum where questions are asked and answers given about living in Pattaya as well as an update on events in and around Pattaya.  A full report appears each week in Pattaya Mail.  For more information about the Sunday meeting and the numerous other weekday activities of the PCEC, see the Club’s website at www. pattayacityexpatsclub.com and learn more about the many and varied activities of the Club.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) organizes regular lunches and coffee mornings on the first and third Tuesday of every month.  For more information email [email protected], or go to the website at www.pattaya-pilc.com

The Pattaya Irish Society meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moonrakers in Pong.  Call John on 086 112 0988 for details.

Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya welcomes you to their Wednesday meetings in the Rotary room Royal Cliff Grand Hotel: Time 18.30 for 19.00. Contact Lloyd Jones (Membership) 0878043943.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Pattaya:  The Pattaya Group meets Wednesday and Thursday at noon (open); Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m. (closed) and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (closed) at the Satree Pattana Center, Soi Skaw Beach (2nd Rd): contact Carl on 084 563 1671.  The Good Morning Pattaya Group meets 9 a.m. every morning at the Highlander Guest House, Soi Skaw Beach.  All meetings are ‘open’: contact Mike 086 009 6276.  The Jomtien Group meets every day at noon at Jomtien Long Stay Hotel: contact: Bill 086 156 8102, Mark 087 096 6069, Bob 087 085 3356, Thai contact: Somchai 081 445 3302.  The Scandinavian Group meets on Tuesdays and Fridays 6 p.m. at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church, Thappraya Road Soi 7: contact Hans 085 135 7755 or Rune (Rayong) 089 754 9515.

For the past 28 years the Samaritans of Thailand have been providing confidential crisis intervention services over the telephone.  The English-speaking unit, Samaritans English Help Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support to the expatriate community.  English-speaking staff, trained in crisis intervention will provide active, non-judgmental and empathetic listening services on the phone.  All calls will be handled on an anonymous basis and are free of charge.  Please call (02) 713-6791 (24hrs a day, 7 days a week).

The Rotary Club Pattaya Marina meets every Friday at 7.00 p.m. at the Pullman Aisawan, Wongamat Beach, between Soi 16 and 18 in Naklua.  The evening meetings include a sumptuous international buffet.  For more information contact Club President Eric Larbouillat at [email protected]

The Dutch Expats Club meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.  Feel free to see our website for the location address: http://nvtpattaya.org. New members are always welcome.

DACH-Club – Meetings of German speaking residents for dining, discussions, films and gemutlichkeit. Pat’s Leckerle, Soi 33 Naklua.  Check website http://www. dach-th.org/location.html

The RLC (Rayong Ladies Circle), which operates mainly in the Ban Chang and Rayong areas, is a friendly and social group of international women.  They hold a monthly coffee morning, amongst many other activities, on each second Tuesday of every month in the home of one of their members.  Everyone most welcome to join!  For more information contact [email protected] or visit www.rayongladiescircle.com

The Optimist Club of Pattaya, which supports activities and projects for poor underprivileged children in Thailand, welcomes potential new members to visit them at their bi-monthly meetings.  For further information contact Nathan Russo 085 275 6724 or [email protected]

Dining

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya invites you to try out their sumptuous buffet menus of their “Theme Night Buffets” taking place every day from 19.00-22.30. Monday & Wednesday: BBQ seafood & steaks with all you can eat salad bar at Baht 1,290++; Tuesday: Asian Grill Buffet at Baht 1,090++; Thursday: Pizza & Pasta Night at Baht 799 net (excluding beverages); Friday: “A Journey through the Asian Kitchen” at Baht 1,290++; Saturday: “Seafood Saturday” at Baht 1,290++; Sunday: “The Tastes of Italy Sunday Dinner” at Baht 1,290 ++ or, add on our free flow “Italian Wine Buffet” for an additional at Baht 799++.  All above buffet menus (except Pizza and Pasta Night) come with Free Flow of beer, house wine and soft drinks. Call now to reserve, at +66 (0) 3830 1234

Throughout March The Peak Restaurant features some Chinese culinary delights including braised sea bass with savoury stuffing flavoured with pork & shrimp stuffing, black mushrooms & piquant seasoning (THB 650); banana prawns with pumpkin filling with carrot, leeks, sweet jujube & young garlic (THB 650); grilled duck breast in Szechuan sauce with stir-fried kale, black mushrooms, bell peppers, young garlic, Szechuan chillies & spring onion (THB 690); and stewed pork tendon broth with Chinese spices (THB 650).  Daily dim sum lunch is also available.  The Peak provides seating for 80 people overlooking the bay of Pattaya and is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya in north Pattaya, next to the Dolphin roundabout.  Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For reservations and more information please call (0) 3842-5611 to 7, ext. 2276.

Manhattans Restaurant & Bar: Open Monday to Saturday for dinner with fine dining in a great atmosphere.  Offering Pattaya’s best steaks, seafood and an exciting a la carte menu.  Set 3-course gourmet menu at THB 995- excl. VAT.  Resident pianist in the restaurant every night.  Call 038 259 790 for reservations and more information.

The Paulanergarten beer garden offers all your favourite German and Thai cuisines accompanied by imported beer from Munich.  The menu boasts a wide range of foods for your dining pleasure including mouth watering desserts and a special selection of fine wines.  Soak up the amazing sunset views from the 3rd floor location of the Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya (Beach Road side) as you dine and enjoy the ‘Live’ German music from the ‘Bavarian Duo’ band who perform nightly from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.  Call 081 866 7547, 082 790 1782 or go to www.paulaner-thailand.com

Theme Buffet Evenings at the Montien Hotel, Pattaya: Wednesday at La Mer Restaurant – Mediterranean Buffet Dinner 6.30p.m. – 10.00 p.m.  Savour original culinary delights from the sunny Mediterranean.  A rich array of southern European favorites available: Adults Baht 850-net, Children Baht 550-net. Friday at the Verandah (Coffee Shop) – BBQ & Seafood Buffet Dinner 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m., “Irresistible Seafood” with a net-full of fresh seafood and tender sizzling meats: Adults Baht 950- net, Children Baht 550-net. Saturday at Verandah (Coffee Shop) – Buffet Dinner 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Pamper yourself with the exceptional variety of all-you-eat favorites, dazzlingly laid out for an evening of leisurely dining: Adults Baht 750-net, Children Baht 550-net.  For reservations please call 038-428155, 038- 361340 ext 1620, 1621, E-mail; [email protected]

In March at The Bay Italian Restaurant, indulge in savoury flavours from the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian seas of the Mediterranean that will come to you in a fascinating fusion wrapped in sublime panache and style!  Must-sample cuisine includes escalope of red snapper, seasoned with fresh sage, wrapped in Parma ham and pan-fried garnished with a skewer of sea scallops, prawn bisque, aromatic couscous at THB 950 or grilled swordfish with Sicilian caponata for THB 700, plus many more.  Located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya in north Pattaya, The Bay also hosts a fabulous BBQ buffet dinner every Saturday evening.  Seating is available for 200 in both interior and terrace settings.  Opening hours are Monday to Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information and reservations, please call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2270.

Restaurant Casa Pascal has re-launched its popular Sunday Brunch Buffet.  The first and longest Sunday Brunch Buffet in town offers an overwhelming choice of food items and comes to you for just 899 baht + V.A.T. including a glass of Prosecco (children under 8 years 450 baht).  Don’t miss this unique chance and book your table right now!  First come, first served.  For your reservation, please call (038) 723-660 or 081-983-4182.

Restaurant Poseidon offers a daily Breakfast and Lunch Buffet menu from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. featuring a host of favorites including freshly baked breads, delicacies, fruit, salads, hot dishes and the cooking station that offers bacon, ham, sausages, eggs of your choice, potatoes, fried rice, noodles and much more.  The whole menu is available for only 165 baht per person.  Also don’t forget the weekend BBQ dinner menu (every Sat & Sun night) which includes a whole smorgasbord of delicious food offerings for only 444 baht per person.  For more information and reservations call (038) 303-300 or 081-983-4182 (Kim) or go to www.restaurant-pattaya.com

New and only at Moon River Pub! The After Work Club, Sunday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to midnight, offers guests a Western or Thai evening menu.  Groups of 30 people may choose from the European and Thai all you can eat buffet (booking 1 day in advance).  The all you can drink (wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, whiskey, tequila, etc.) counts for both offers.  Price per person: 1,000 baht each.  The Moon River Pub is located in front of the Thai Garden Resort, North Pattaya Road.

Jameson’s the Irish Pub has a weekly set menu, served from midday to midnight, 3 courses for 255 baht / 2 courses 230 baht / 1 course 195 baht. Starters include potted ham with thick toast & English mustard or homemade turkey broth or hot prawns in cognac.  The main courses offer spaghetti with your choice of Bolognaise, vegetarian tomato sauce or Carbonara, or pork burger or grilled king mackerel steak (caught by manager Wanchai) served with boiled potato, peas & butter/lemon/chili sauce.  Dessert includes a choice of chocolate brownie cake with cream or strawberry sundae or pineapple crumble with custard.  This menu can be served within 45 minutes if you’re in a hurry.  Tel. (038) 361 874, e-mail: [email protected], : www.jamesons-pattaya.com

Entertainment

The New Garden in Pratamnak Soi 4 has Charity Music Jam Sessions every Sunday at 6.30 p.m.  Welcome!  Phone 038-250971.  See earlier videos at www. jomtienpeople.com

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes at the North Star Library every Saturday at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Contact John 083 005 3006 or North Star Library 038 716 755, www. thaisahajayoga.com

Come and enjoy the live music at the Jazz Pit Pub from 8 p.m. to midnight every day (except Tuesdays & Wednesdays).  Listen to great music by Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitar players.  If you play an instrument, you are welcome to come along and join in the jam sessions.  The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374.

Liam’s Gallery displays exhibition of work by renowned Thai and international artists.  The gallery is open Tuesday to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information please visit www.liamsgallery.com, telephone 038 306172 Geena or Liam or email [email protected]