Community Happenings – Friday September 9 – September 15, 2016

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Community Services

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]

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],  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.

Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11. Gay Burnett, Physiatrist, will talk about food intolerance. 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.

The annual Jesters Care4kids Gala Party Night will be held from 7 p.m. until late on Saturday, September 24 at the Aranda Ballroom of the Amari Pattaya resort. Tickets priced at THB 2,500 include a buffet dinner, free flow wine, beer and soft drinks, a charity auction, raffle, live music and dancing. For more information or to book tickets, call Jesters Care4kids 038-361 720.

A joint chambers Eastern Seaboard networking evening will be held at the Havana Bar & Restaurant, (ground floor) Holiday Inn Pattaya on Friday, Sept. 16 from 6.30 – 9.00 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 inclusive of food and drinks. For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www.bccthai.com, www.austchamthailand.com or www.amchamthailand.com.

Pattaya’s annual charity Vegetarian Festival will be held at the Sawang Boriboon Foundation headquarters in Naklua from September 30 to October 10. Free vegetarian food will be available for all to enjoy during this period.

The 5th Charity Motorcycle Ride in aid of the Camillian Social Center in Rayong will take place on Sunday, Oct. 9. Motorcyclists wishing to take part can choose one of two starting points: Ducati Pattaya on Central Road or Harley Davidson Pattaya on Sukhumvit Road. The start time is 2 p.m. and once at the Camillian Center cold, soft drinks will be served and a bike handling exhibition will be performed by Ultimate Control. Volunteers will also be asked to take some of the Center kids for a short ride up and down the soi. For more information, call Paul Douglas on 038 685 480 or email to [email protected].

Dining

Amari Pattaya invites guests to celebrate Oktoberfest in Pattaya with special offers on German beers and buffet dinner at 1,500 THB net per person. Enjoy a feast of authentic German specialities, such as Schwein Spanferkel (whole pig on a spit) and the traditional Schweinshaxe (grilled pork knuckle), including a spread of Thai delights, an array of fine German brew and live entertainment. The celebration will take place in the party grounds of Amari Pattaya on Saturday, 22 October 2016 from 19:00 to 23:00. Get an early-bird ticket before 30 September 2016 at only 1,400 THB net per person, including buffet dinner and one 50-cl Oktoberfest bier, with a complimentary souvenir mug. Tickets are limited. For more information and to purchase a ticket, contact www.facebook.com/AmariOcean or call 038 418 418.

A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel has announced the opening of a new bakery and coffee bar, “Cream Caf้”, which is outfitted to keep the dessert seeker relaxed and comfy with an ensemble of cozy chairs and intimate spaces. Sit back, relax and enjoy the signature log toast, tasty chocolate, ice cream and much more. Located on the 1st floor, A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel, Pattaya. Open daily: 11.00-20.00 hrs. For more details, call 038 259 555 or check www.facebook.com/aonehotel.

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.

Acqua, at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, has mushrooms from the Mediterranean region on the menu throughout September. Big portabello mushrooms stuffed with tomino cheese and smoked speck, then browned under the grill, are available for Baht 690++ per serving. Verrigni spaghetti, imported from Abruzzo, the only “cold die” pasta in the world, complements the ocean flavour of Canadian lobster and is enhanced by chanterelle mushrooms: price Baht 1,890++. Morel mushrooms, highly prized by chefs and gourmets for their savoury taste, are lightly fried and added to the rich and hearty classic Tournedos Rossini with pan-seared foie gras: price Baht 1,790++. Acqua restaurant is open every evening from 18.00 to 23.00 hrs. For reservations call 038 714-981.

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.

Relax with a ‘Charity Bunny’ afternoon tea set at Drift, Hilton Pattaya. The tea set includes a variety of bakery products and cakes with a choice of your favorite coffee or tea served with a cute bunny. The sales of this bunny will go directly to build a playground for learning disadvantaged infants. The Charity Bunny afternoon tea set is available at THB 1,100 net per set at Drift, level 16 of the hotel. The individual bunny is also available at THB 599 per piece. For more information, call 038 253 000 or email: [email protected].

Experience the sights, smell and taste of Italian cuisine from the shores of Sicily only at Rossini restaurant located at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. For more information, call 038 250 421 ext. 2007, 2037 or email:  [email protected].

Roast Sundays @ Coast Beach Club & Bistro: Enjoy roast favourites such as Provencal lamb leg, whole roasted gai yang style chicken, roasted suckling pig, Churrasco slow roasted specialties all accompanied with fresh salads. You can enjoy a variety selection of 3 prices (THB 899++ per person, THB 1,000++ free flow soft drink and THB 1,500++ free flow red & white house wine & draft beer) every Sunday at 12:30-16:00 hrs. (Half price for children below 12 years old). Coast Beach Club & Bistro 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 395 baht (net), main course with a choice of starters. Main course options include: Beef Wellington, Pork Chops, Chicken in red wine, and Jameson’s fish & chips, plus Cream Caramel for dessert. Available from midday to midnight. 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 Big Fish Restaurant at [email protected] Design Hotel has a nightly Seafood BBQ Buffet for THB 700 net or THB 990 net with free-flow wine from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations please call 038 930 600 or email [email protected]

The original Cowboy night @ Flames restaurant, every Monday night from 18.30–23.00 hrs, priced at only THB 1,099++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person. The buffet serves a wide variety of dishes including steak, polar fresh seafood, salad, desserts buffet, ice cream and enjoy dancing shows by the best hotel entertainers Carpe Diem from 19.00–22.00 hrs. Flames restaurant is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. The restaurant opens from 18.30–23.00hrs. For reservations, call 038 714 981.

Spa Promotions/ Wedding Services

Amari Pattaya offers pre-wedding packages for your special day. Create the ultimate wedding album with a full day of photo shoots in picturesque areas, such as the lovely gardens under beautiful trees, scenic swimming pools, a suite with a beachfront view and others. There are three packages to choose from starting at 9,900 THB. Each package will get a 10% discount on food and beverages on the day of the photo shoot. For more information, call 038 418 418.

Refresh your body and mind with a ‘Stress Recovery’ 120-minute spa package from eforea spa at Hilton Pattaya. Begin with Thai Aromatherapy massage that focuses on the deep pressure and relaxation and complete the treatment with a hydrating facial to boost up the moisture of the facial skin. The package price is THB 4,900 per person or THB 9,000 per couple: available from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day until 30th September 2016 at eforea spa on level 17, Hilton Pattaya. For more information, call 038 253 000 or email [email protected].

Entertainment

Amari Pattaya invites you to experience a special rock concert on Friday, September 23. The concert will feature SillyFools, one of Thailand’s top rock bands, and Dax Rock Rider, a well-known rock star and former lead vocalist of the band Big Ass. Grab an early-bird ticket before 9 September at only 900 THB net per person, including unlimited drink. Regular price is 1,000 THB net per person. Tickets are limited. The concert takes place at the Aranda Ballroom at 8 p.m. For more information and to purchase a ticket, call 038 418 418.

Free weekly comedy improvisation workshops every Wednesday at 7 PM at the White Horse Pub at the Eastern Grand Palace Hotel, Soi Khao Talo, just east of Sukhumvit. Create original theatre comedy instantly, on the spot, under the direction of award-winning playwright and director Sheldon Penner. Everybody is welcome, age 12 or over. No experience necessary, just the desire to play, laugh and have fun. For more information and to reserve a place on the session, contact Sheldon at [email protected] or just show up on the night.

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.

Enjoy great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live Sunday – Wednesday from 6.30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Sugar Hut restaurant on Thappraya Road, call 038 364 186 for details.

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.