Community Happenings – Friday February 12 – February 18, 2016

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Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, February 14. Everyone is warmly welcome. Barry “Baz” Jones will be speaking about the ‘Hazards of Cell Phone Dangers’. 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 at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

An expected 50,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will attend the annual Burapha Bike Week which is taking place in Pattaya from Feb 12-13. Bike clubs from around world will participate in the annual festival at the Eastern National Indoor Sports Stadium on Soi Chaiyapruek 2. Some big-name rock acts are also expected to appear both days.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the Holiday Inn Pattaya on Friday, February 26 from 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks served at 8.30 p.m.). Price of admission is THB 500 for members of BCCT, AustCham, AmCham, GTCC & SATCC and THB 1,100 for non-members. For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www.bccthai.com, www.austchamthailand.com or www. amchamthailand.com.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) will be holding a newcomers coffee morning from 11 a.m. on Monday, February 29 at Restaurant Casa Pascal. The PILC has over 180 members from 18 different countries and has something interesting to offer all newcomers and old timers to Pattaya. For more information, visit website: www.pilc-pattaya.com.

Groups & Associations

The Royal British Legion Thailand meets the last Saturday of every month from 2 p.m. at the Tropical Bar on Soi Khao Noi (Watboonsampan near the Temple entrance) in East Pattaya. You do not need to have served in the Armed Forces to become a member and can join in the many social events arranged throughout the year. The Legion’s primary aim is the care and welfare of those who have served and/or their dependents. For general enquiries send email to [email protected], www.rblthailand.org.

Al-Anon Family Group. For more info, call the Helpline 092 674 4109 or John 089 933 7227.

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Pattaya Group meets Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are closed (alcoholics only) and are held at Soi Skaw Beach (off Pattaya 2nd Rd). Contact Carl 08-456-31-671. The Good Morning Pattaya Group meets 9 a.m. every morning. All meetings are ‘open’: contact 084 564 8479. The Jomtien Group meets every day at noon at Jomtien Long Stay Hotel: contact: Warren on 086 158 9688, Andy 080 570 1404 or Henk 086 070 6684, 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. 10.30 a.m. meetings every day at Satree Pattana Centre on Soi Skaw Beach off Second Road. Call 084 564 8479.

The Samaritans of Thailand 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. (02) 713-6791.

Overeaters Anonymous – The ‘Up to You’ group meets Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the housing area just behind Pan Pan Restaurant in Jomtien on Thappraya Road. Call Steve at 038-364-207(h) or 089-250-1359 (cell) for directions or more information.

Narcotics Anonymous – Hotline: 082 811 2686. 3 English speaking meetings in Pattaya near Central Festival and 2 in Jomtien each week. Also regular Thai speaking meetings at 12 noon every Sunday, and Persian Farsi speaking meetings at 5.30 pm on Thursdays. Please call the Hotline for details.

Notices

Notice to all United States registered Democrats: if you wish to vote in the Presidential primaries, which will start in February, as well as the final Presidential elections next November, you can vote from abroad by registering with Democrats Abroad. Go to their website: http://www.democratsabroad .org/join to complete your application to register and vote.

Dining

Mantra Restaurant & Bar invites couples to an exclusive Valentine’s Experience Dinner for two including a glass of sparkling wine on Sunday, Feb. 14. First 20 bookings receive a L’Occitane Valentine’s gift set. Price: THB 4,999 net per couple. For more information call 038 429 591 or email [email protected] mantra-pattaya.com.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Bay Restaurant on February 14 with a sumptuous six-course dinner – each course beautifully paired with the best matching wine to complement Chef Jens Heier’s amazing menu. Winemakers from Monsoon Valley will be on hand to provide wine descriptions to dining couples. Price: THB 1,999++ per person. The Bay Restaurant is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya resort. For information and reservations, call 038 425 611-7 Ext. 2149, 2150.

Elements Restaurant at Sheraton Pattaya Resort offers a set menu for two on Valentine’s Night, Sunday, February 14. Start your evening with Pacific trout rillettes, followed by a mushroom and truffle soup, and then a choice of either roasted halibut with porcini mushrooms or 1824 short-rib with sun-dried tomato puree and asparagus. End your evening with chocolate and passion fruit mousse. Every couple receives a gift of pralines in a heart-shaped box, a rose for the lady, and a photo as a souvenir. The special set menu is served from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and is priced at THB 4,000++ per couple. For more information and reservation, contact 66 3825 9888 or [email protected] starwoodhotels.com.

Celebrate a memorable night with a romantic dining experience by the pool at Holiday Inn Pattaya for only THB 4,999 net/couple on Sunday, February 14 from 6.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Enjoy an exclusive five-course Valentine’s set menu with each course served with fine wine selected to complement the meal. A dessert sampler will be served individual style. Seats are limited, advance booking and prepayment are required. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555 or email [email protected]

Enjoy Valentine’s Day with Hooters Pattaya: Try the delicious Australian Angus Steak for 2 plus Jacobs Creek Wine for 2,220 baht. Hooters Pattaya is located at Pattaya Beach Road, soi 13. For bookings and more information, Tel: 038 415 318

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a 5-course set menu dinner at Sky Restaurant with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Price THB 5,999 net per couple between 6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. on 13–14 February. For more information and reservations, contact [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya at 038-930-600 or email [email protected]

Hilton Pattaya has some exclusive dining options for Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 14. Drift Lobby Lounge & Bar offers a seafood platter set menu at THB 2,800 net per couple. Treat your beloved with an international dinner buffet by the bay at Edge Restaurant for THB 1,400 net per person. Flare Restaurant offers a 4-course authentic Thai set dinner with romantic atmosphere at THB 2,200 net per couple. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant will be serving a premium 4-course set menu at THB 4,950 net per couple. The Valentine’s Day dinner in all restaurants is available at regular dinner hours. To book, call 038-253-000 or email [email protected]

Saturday Night Seafood Bonanza @ Oasis Restaurant: Enjoy a wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley, and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person with half price for children from 6-12 years. Buffet served every Saturday from 18:30 – 22:30 hrs. Live circus show from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Oasis Restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.

Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 375 baht (net), main course with a choice of starters. Main course options include: Chicken Cordon Bleu, Salmon Steak, Scampi and Chips, or Irish Stew, plus Pumpkin Custard for dessert. Jameson’s is located on Soi Sukrudee (Soi A.R.) in central Pattaya. Call 038 361 874 for more information or visit website: www.jamesons-pattaya.com.

The Thai Garden Resort offers nightly dining presentations with different themed “all you can eat” buffets at the resort poolside: Monday – pizza & pasta buffet; Tuesday – BBQ buffet; Wednesday – multi-cuisine buffet; Thursday – German buffet with roasted pig; Friday – Thai buffet; Saturday – international buffet; Sunday – steak & skewers buffet. The buffet starts from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. All this for just 399 baht net per adult, 199 baht net for children under 12 and free for children under 4. What you see is what you pay, no additional service charges or VAT. For reservations call 038 370 614 or make your booking at www.thaigarden.com under “buffet reservation”. Thai Garden Resort is located on North Pattaya Road, 200 meters from the Dolphin roundabout and 200 meters before Tesco Lotus.

Big Fish restaurant offers a nightly seafood BBQ buffet for only THB 650 net or THB 950 net with free-flow wine. The buffet’s recent upgrade features more high-quality, premium seafood choices and live musical accompaniment from acoustic guitar and piano. The buffet is available every night from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Big Fish is located at the [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya. For reservations, call 038 930 600 or email [email protected]

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya highly recommends tasting the Chiang Mai strawberries served at the Vistas Lobby Lounge of the hotel throughout the month of February. Vistas is open daily from 9:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs. For more information call 038 714 981.

Join a special wine tasting event at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya on Saturday 27th February from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Experience a memorable wine night with seven different tastes of Stonefish wines from Australia, matched with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines. Price: THB 990 net/person. Every two tickets purchased get a bottle of complimentary premium wine. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555 or email: [email protected]

Mantra Restaurant & Bar has teamed up with Howard Posener, one of the finest close-up magicians in the world who will amaze you as he moves from table to table performing a large array of close-up magic. The restaurant is open from 18:00 to 01:00 every day and Howard performs Mantra Magic every Wednesday evening from 19:00 to 21:00. For further information and reservations, call 038 429 591 or email [email protected]

Entertainment

Famous Thai singer Aof Pongsak will be performing live in concert at the Aranda Ballroom, Amari Pattaya on Friday, February 12 from 20:00 to 24:00. Don’t miss this most anticipated concert of the year. Admission is 1,000 THB net per person and includes drinks. For more information, call 038 418 418 or email [email protected]

Pattaya Players holds weekly Improv Nights every Wednesday at the White Horse Pub, Eastern Grand Palace Hotel, Soi Khao Talo, Pattaya starting at 7 p.m. Everyone from age 12 or over is welcome – no experience necessary. For more information and to reserve a place on the session, contact Sheldon at [email protected]

Pattaya Latin Saturdays at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn: Come along and enjoy the biggest Latin party in Pattaya every Saturday evening with music CD giveaways, cocktail & food specials, dance animations & complimentary salsa lesson at 8 p.m. with Luiz Calderon of rumPUREE World Dance Studio (Bangkok). Free admission all night long (except for special events). For more information, visit webpage: www.facebook .com/SalsaThailand.

Enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub with great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live on Friday and Saturday from 7.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374. You can also catch Thomas performing on Sunday – Wednesday from 6.30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Sugar Hut restaurant on Thappraya Road, call 038 364 186 for details.

The North Star Library on Sukhumvit Road, north Pattaya holds regular Thai language classes Mon – Fri from 10.30 till 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. till 2.30 p.m. Cost of admission is 100 baht per session for library members and 200 baht for non-members. Private lessons are also available for 200 baht per hour. In addition, the library also holds Yoga training every Tuesday from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Father Ray Foundation. Cost is 1200 baht for 6 sessions (first session free). For more information, call 081 575 4854 or email [email protected]

Victoria’s Place Hotel & Restaurant invites you to join a Salsa party every Tuesday from 9 p.m. with free entrance, live music, belly dance performances and other activities. Victoria’s Place Hotel is located on the corner of Soi 4 Pratamnak Road. For more information, call 083 820 939.