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Our diary entries are open for September, October, November. Please e-mail houzetj@tisoblackstar.co.za or fax (046) 624-2293 or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club Museum opens on the last Saturday of each month – 9am-12 noon – Hawkins Industrial Park, Alfred Road, Port Alfred.
  • Bathurst Farmers Market – Every Sunday rain or shine at Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Nursery, Kowie Road from 9am-12.30pm.
  • Birdwatching Tours and Three Sisters Saunter. Book with Anne (046) 675-1976 or 083-719-4950. www.annesbirding.co.za
  • Bonsai Club meets once a month on a Saturday. For more information please contact David Brewis on 076-457-3218. Or e-mail davidbrewis77@gmail.com
  • Bring your tools and layout in and enjoy the creative atmosphere and free coffee at Bcreative Scrapbooking, Shop 12, Rosehill Mall. Available weekdays and Saturdays, groups welcome. Call Nicolene on (046) 624-3096 to book.
  • Duck Pond Morning Market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-2pm, between Buksies Coffee Shop and Penny Farthing restaurant. Jams, pickles, secondhand books, cakes, quiches, secondhand clothing, crochet knitting, plants. All stallholders welcome. Contact Wendy 081-347-9562.
  • FAST (Forum for Astronomy, Science and Technology) meets on the first Thursday of each month at the cellar of the Wharf Street Brew Pub at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome. Contact Shirley Marais at shirley@theannouncer.co.za or on 082-928-8671 for more info.
  • First Port Alfred Scout/Cub meetings. Every Friday at the Girl Guide Hall, from 3pm-5pm. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Dot Fethers on (046) 624-3192.
  • Kenton Pub Quiz – 6.30pm – first Sunday of each month at Kenton Bowls Club. Cash bar available. Cash and other prizes. Teams of four to six. All welcome. Enquiries: Walter Grisdale (046) 648-2440.
  • Kleinemonde Morning Market on the first Saturday of every month, from 8.30 to 10am. Kleinemonde Community Hall.  Come and enjoy breakfast and  browse the stalls selling wholesome farm chickens and home produce, including quality meats, vegetables, pancakes, frozen meals, quiches,  bread, rusks, gingerbread houses,  home-baked cakes, doggy treats, candles, gifts and more.
  • Kowie History Museum, at The Old Railway Station, Pascoe Crescent. Open 9.30am-12.30pm Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday and public holidays.
  • Lower Albany Historical Society meets 3rd Thursday of the month – some meetings in Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, others, outside trips.  Call Suzette on 083-581-5777 for details.
  • Lower Albany Woodworkers’ Guild, meets first Tuesday of each month. Call Brian Edwards on (046) 624-2945, or John Moss on 082-829-5484 for more information.
  • Memory Book Scrapbook Club meets twice a month on a Thursday afternoon. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.
  • National Sea Rescue Institute practices every Wednesday at 5pm. To join the NSRI visit the base in person to undergo an evaluation.
  • Night Scrapbooking classes every fortnight at BCreative Scrapbooking Supplies at Shop 12, Rosehill Mall. Wednesdays from 6.30pm-10pm. Call Nicolene on (046) 624-3096 to book your spot for the next class or for more information. Saturday morning and weekday scrapbooking classes also available. Bookings are required.
  • Old soldiers never die  – Calling all ex-servicemen “Ou Manne” and their ladies for a get-together on the first Sunday of every month at 12 noon and the MOTH Hall (behind the Ski-boat Club) for a light lunch and some memories. RSVP MOTHS at 082-537-9033 or 084-983-8550 for catering purposes.
  • Port Alfred Art Club welcomes new members, both experienced or wanting to learn. We meet weekly offering a monthly DVD from leading artists, giving excellent tips and guidance on how to draw and paint. There is also a wealth of experience among our members to share, and excellent workshops and topics to help you develop your painting in all mediums. Come and join our friendly and festive art club.  Contact Jenny (083-292-2650) or Netty (084-584-6629) for more information or join us on one of the listed events advertised in this column.
  • Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club invites you to try your hand at lawn bowls. Free coaching and bowls available every Friday from 16:00. Situated next to the Nico Malan Bridge. No appointment required. Info: Rod Wilson at: 082 375 2968 or 046 624 5671. See our website at:  www.pabcc.co.za
  • Port Alfred Bridge Club – Now at the Lodge on Albany Road (the Old Vic Hotel). Meets every Monday and Thursday – 1.15pm for 1.30pm start.
  • Port Alfred Community Police Forum meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Port Alfred Police Station at 2.30pm.
  • Port Alfred Floral Art Group meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Settlers Park hall at 2.30pm. For more information please phone 082-464-4606 (Hennie de Bruin). All welcome.
  • Probus Club of the Kowie meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Port Alfred River and Ski-boat Club.
  • Richmond House Museum and Music Room. Private non-profit museum est. 2007. The building (1948) is a replica of the Castle, and the displays trace 175 years of owners and alterations. No admission fee, but donations welcomed. Tours by appointment only: 082-456-7437. ‘Classics at the Castle’ classical/jazz concerts check press or www.facebook.com/richmondhousemuseummusic
  • Rocky Ridge Farm Market opens every Saturday and Sunday from 9am with a variety of home-made delights, “egg-cellent” free-range eggs, honey, biltong, droewors as well as its very popular morning breakfast. Contact Desia Holmes on 083-589-0765 for more information.
  • Rosehill Mall Art and Crafters Market, the first Saturday of every month, from 9am-4pm.  A true art and craft market.  Only handmade items available by our local crafters. Large selection of goods.
  • Scottish Country Dancing at Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, every Wednesday from 5.30pm-7pm. For more information please phone (046) 604-0478.
  • Sunshine Coast Women’s Forum meets every fourth Tuesday in the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park at 2.30pm. Come and join us. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Muriel MacGregor on (046) 624-1963.
  • The Riverside Ramble: a new self-guided tour (map R10 from Sunshine Coast Tourism or Kowie History Museum) of historic Wharf Street and Van der Riet Streets.
  • U3A – Port Alfred Branch meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10am at the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park village. All welcome.
  • Woodlands Market, every Saturday from 8am-12 noon at Woodlands Cottages and Backpackers, just outside Kenton on the R343 Grahamstown Road. Yummy breakfast and treats, fresh produce, arts and crafts. There is no charge for traders of local arts and crafts and produce – an attempt to encourage and support local tourism and businesses. For more information contact 082-808-5976 or info@woodlands.co.za

Thursday September 21

PA Art Club – Painting in St James Catholic hall.

Kowie Museum and the Lower Albany Historical Society present historian Kathie Satchwell and her talk entitled “South Africans ‘missing’ in the great War” at 9.30 for 10am in the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park. All welcome. This event is a fundraiser for the museum, R20 entrance. Contact Avonne 083-473-6823.

Friends with Compassion – Caring for those who are mourning a loved one. Presbyterian Church Port Alfred, at 3.30pm. All welcome – join us for a cup of tea and a chat. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

Friday September 22 – Sunday September 24

Earthdance: Re-Evolve at Woody Cape Backpackers and Nature lodge. Call Anthony de Bruin on 079 941 6951 for more information or visit Facebook on the Earthdance Nelson Mandela Bay 2017 ReEvolution page. Early bird tickets can be bought on www.quicket.co.za

Friday September 22 – Monday September 25

Inter Sub-districts Bowling Tournament at the Kowie Bowling Club. Registration is Friday 12 noon, opening ceremony is 1pm. Bowls starts 1.15pm. Saturday/Sunday bowls start at 9am and 1.30pm, finish at 4.45pm (no tea break). Monday starts 8.30am, finishes 11.45am with prize giving just after 12 noon. Port Elizabeth Districts is back which gives a full field of 22 teams representing seven districts – 88 bowlers and officials from all over the Eastern Cape.

 Saturday September 23

Bathurst 4X4 – 9am – Bathurst Quarry. Hosted by Eastern Cape 4X4 Challenge Club. Vehicle entry R400. Standard Production vehicles welcome. Gate entry R30 per person, children under 10 free. Food stalls and refreshments on sale. Prize giving at 6pm, with entertainment by DJ Charl at Bathurst Museum.

Sunday September 24

Celebrate Heritage Day by bringing family, friends and a picnic to an al fresco concert at Bradshaw’s Mill, Bathurst, featuring the best of local talent. Mill open from 1pm, concert to start at 2pm. Admission free, voluntary donations for funds are welcome.

Kenton Rhino Run at Kariega Mouth. The start, either a 5km run/walk or a 12km trail run, and the finish will take place at the beach. For more information or to register visit www.therhinorun.com

Monday September 25

PAHS is closed

Wednesday September 27

Rhodes University Symphony Orchestra – Guy Butler Theatre, Settlers Monument at 19:30.  The performance showcases the Rhodes University Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the NMMU orchestra, top young musicians from local schools St. Andrew’s College and Kingswood College, as well as members of the ECPO and local musicians. Adult R 100, Concessions R 50, Students and Scholars R 40, School block bookings R 30. Cheese and wine reception: R 80 (Please pre-book). Denétha Peters (d.peters@ru.ac.za). Tickets for the concert will also be on sale at the door.

 Thursday September 28

PA Art Club – 9am – St James Catholic hall. Bring paintings for review and enjoy a social cup of tea or coffee. Comprehensive Art Library open for returns and exchanges.

Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm to 5pm – Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

PA Lions Fellowship Trivia 6.30 for 7pm – PA High School clubhouse. Teams of 4 at R50 per team member (R200 per team). Bring own munchies and there is a cash bar. Please RSVP by no later than Tuesday September 26.

 Friday September 29

School holidays begin

Saturday September 30

Diaz Cross Bird Club outing: Visit to Nyala Valley. Bring a picnic brunch. Visitors welcome (R10 per person to DCBC). Meet at Preston’s, Kenton at 6am and Heritage Mall at 6.30am. For more details contact Ivan Greenwood (046) 648-1104.

Morning Market – Port Alfred Presbyterian Church morning market (corner of Bekker and Southwell Roads). Plants, needlework, white elephant and camping stall, cakes and sweets, books and much more. Starts at 8am. Get to the Presbyterian Church for great bargains, meet friends and hunt for bargains.

 Bushman’s River Mouth winter craft market & car boot sale – 8am until 1.30pm – Tennis courts in Bushman’s Village. Variety of bargains available, from hand crafted furniture, jewellery, clothing, antiques, traditional bead work, metalwork, wooden toys, collectables, second hand clothing and much more. Visit the clubhouse where there are always hot and cool drinks available, plus freshly made pancakes, vetkoek with mince, and boerewors rolls. If you’re a crafter or car boot seller book a stand by calling Jack on 079-829-2698 or John on 072-246-5430. Or e-mail jjdell82@gmail.com

September 30 to October 4

National Agricultural Youth Show Competition at the Bathurst Agricultural Showgrounds. Nearly 500 competitors aged from 8 – 18 years, coming from all provinces and competing in events for: cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, rabbits, pigeons and culinary art. Spectators will be able to view all aspects of the competitions from washing and blow-drying chickens to showing the animals in front of the judges. Opening ceremony on Sunday October 1 at 4pm. There will be food stalls and a village market during the whole event.

Wednesday October 4

St Pauls Anglican Church – St Francis of Assisi day-bring your pets for blessings, Starts at 5pm. Bring all your fluffy, furry, scaly cute and lovable pets on leashes, cages, boxes or bowls. Certificates of Blessings will be issued. A retiring collection and all donations of blankets, towels and animal foodstuffs to be donated to Port Alfred SPCA.

Saturday October 7

Christian Men’s Association (CMA) breakfast – 7am for 7.30am – Port Alfred Celebration Centre (old Victoria Hotel). Guest speaker: Joan Keeling, who is involved in ministry to police and prison warders in Port Elizabeth. There is a suggested donation of R40 to cover the cost of breakfast.

Sunshine Coast Hospice Cancer Awareness Dinner – 6.30 for 7pm – Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. Renowned international speaker, Alison Botha, will be the guest speaker. Alison has become a motivational speaker since her horrendous ordeal in December 1994, when she was abducted, raped, brutally attacked and left for dead in the bushes on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. Please contact Zelda or Angela for tickets to the event – (046) 624 4107.

Sunday October 8

Oldenburgia Hiking Club – day trail. Circular route begins and ends at the top of Mountain Drive. Some lovely spring flowers should be out, so come and enjoy. Difficulty: Moderate-hard, 5-6 hours walking time (17km). There are two alternative routes of about 14km and 9km respectively which hikers can choose to do. Cost: R10 per person. Bring water, teatime refreshments and lunch, hat, sunscreen. Meet: Pick n Pay at 7.45am, to leave 8am sharp. All queries and info: Pauline Meyer at paulinejanemeyer@gmail.com or 083-273-0910.

 Monday October 9

St Andrew’s College and The Diocesan School for Girls Balloon Week Art and Design Exhibition. Opening at 4pm, Arthur Cotton Design Centre and Centenary Hall

(St Andrew’s College). Guided walkabouts of the exhibition from 3pm by Grade 11 and 12 art and design pupils. Art and design awards announced and presented at 4.30pm. Artworks will be on sale.

 Thursday October 12

Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm to 5pm – Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

 SAPS Parade at Civic Centre from 10am.

 Saturday October 14

Buco/Kowie Striders’ 27km and 10km races – This prestigious event on the provincial calendar incorporates two races. The 27km race begins at the Big Pineapple in Bathurst and finishes at the Port Alfred Country Club, and a 10km race begins and ends at the Port Alfred Country Club. Buco is this year’s main sponsor.

 Thursday October 19

Friends with Compassion – Caring for those who are mourning a loved one. Presbyterian Church Port Alfred, at 3.30pm. All welcome – join us for a cup of tea and a chat. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

Royal Port Alfred Golf Club 110th AGM will be held at the clubhouse at 6pm.

 Friday October 20 to Sunday October 22

Clumber Church Building’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations – Friday 2pm flower laying ceremony, 7pm Clumber Church auction at the Pig and Whistle.  Saturday 11am to 3.30pm – music at the church with MC Jeremy Mansfield. On Sunday, Holy Communion at 10.30am with DSG Chapel Choir.

Thursday October 26

Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm to 5pm – Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

Saturday November 4, 2017 – Saturday November
The Lounge presents Grimehouse, from 8pm on Saturday to 2pm on Sunday.

 Saturday December 9

Methodist Church in Port Alfred fete. “Give a hand-made gift this Christmas”.