Community Happenings – Friday March 11 – March 17, 2016

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The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, March 13. Everyone is warmly welcome. PCEC member Pat Koester and several other members of the group that recently enjoyed a three-day trip to Kanchanaburi Province will share their experiences and the highlights of the trip. 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.

Thai Polo and Equestrian Club is hosting a charity Family Bike Day on Saturday, March 12. Four different ride distances will cater to different abilities and fitness levels. There will also be food, beverages, prizes and other entertainment for all to enjoy. All profits raised from the event will be divided equally between Women With a Mission and Make-A-Wish Foundation Thailand. For more information, visit www.pattayafamilybikeday.org.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17. A colourful Paddy’s Day parade will start moving from the front of the Alcazar cabaret show lounge on Pattaya 2nd Road at 3.00 p.m. before turning down Soi 4 onto Beach Road, then heading towards Walking Street. The parade will finish at the sports field of School No. 8 on South Pattaya Road where there will be entertainment and raffle draws for some great prizes. Everyone welcome.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the Centra Maris Resort Jomtien in Pattaya on Friday, March 18 from 6. p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks served at 8.30 p.m.). Price of admission is THB 400 for members of BCCT, AustCham, AmCham, GTCC & SATCC and THB 800 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 Music Festival will take place from March 18-20 at several stages sited along Pattaya Beach Road. Big name local artists will join 10 international acts from Southeast Asia to headline the annual 3-day event that will provide a variety of live music to suit all tastes, including world, country, and rock music. Food stalls and small product shops will also be positioned along Beach Road for the duration of the festival.

Pattaya Soul Club will be presenting another charity ‘Souled Out’ evening, playing the very best of Northern Soul, Motown & Classic Soul at the Access Inn, Pattaya 3rd Road on Saturday, March 19 from 8 p.m. Entry fee of 400 baht includes a free-flow of wine and San Miguel beer (while stocks last). All proceeds will be donated to the ‘Take Care Kids’ charity foundation.

Aglow International, an interdenominational Christian gathering of women from all cultures and backgrounds, will be holding its first meeting in Pattaya at 12 noon on March 22 at the Sandalay Hotel (Beach Road, Soi 2). Enjoy lunch, make new friends and listen to an uplifting and faith building speaker. Cost 220 baht (lunch). Contact Sherri on 061 730 6601 for more details.

Notices

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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] .org, 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.

Dining

The Bay restaurant offers diners authentic Italian cuisine and sweeping views of Pattaya Bay at both indoor and outdoor settings. Enjoy the evenings in an al fresco surrounding with a stunning view of Pattaya’s coastline. Its weekend dining event, Saturday Night BBQ Buffet, offers a fantastic selection of meat and seafood items – diners will be spoilt for choice with its extensive variety of international dishes. The Bay is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya resort and is open daily 18:30 – 22:00, except Sundays. Call 038 425 611 for more information.

Hilton Pattaya features two bars and three restaurants, and all are the perfect venue to create a wonderful moment at the popular Pattaya Bay. Dine on a light meal at Drift, or relax at Horizon while watching the sunset. Enjoy a lunch and dinner buffet at Edge, or savor exquisite Thai dishes at Flare. The exceptional dining experience at Hilton Pattaya is complemented by equally impressive views. For more information, call 038-253 000.

From now until the end of December 2016, Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya is giving you a chance to win a grand prize of 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points or a stay from IHG Thailand hotels and resorts. Every THB 500 that guests spend on food and beverage at Havana Bar will receive one coupon to participate in a draw each month. The lucky draw will be held on the last Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 038 725 555.

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] pattaya.com.

For the entire month of March, enjoy Japanese-inspired cuisine created by Mantra Restaurant’s executive chef. A selection of tantalising dishes includes grilled Wagyu beef yakitori with Japanese leeks, truffle and teriyaki sauce, and baked Hiramasa kingfish served with Japanese pickles and sushi rice. Prices range from 280 THB to 1,400 THB. Mantra Restaurant & Bar is located on Beach Road in North Pattaya, with plenty of parking spaces available. Dress code applies: gentlemen – no shorts, tank tops or sandals. For further information and reservations, call +66 (0) 3842 9591 or email [email protected]

Entertainment

The next Latino Heat dance night will take place at Centara Nova Hotel and Spa Pattaya on Thursday, March 17, from 7:00 p.m. onward. The Latin parties are especially designed to appeal to lovers of Latin, Merengue, Bachata and Salsa style of music and dancing. The evenings include Latin workshops especially for beginners to learn the basic dance moves from experienced instructors. For more information, call 038 725 999.

The Venue music bar on Siam Country Club Road at Lake Mabprachan hosts the amazing rock talent of Pop Joralie and fellow musicians Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 p.m. This band will guarantee to have your feet tapping. New menu available too.

Members of Grand Opera Thailand will present a programme of popular operatic arias and songs from the musicals at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at the Siam Bayshore Hotel (end of Walking Street near Bali Hai Pier). Tickets: 500 baht for adults and 300 baht for students available at reception of Siam Bayshore (Tel: 038 423 871). Additional details available from: [email protected] gmail.com.

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.