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Our diary entries are open for March and April. 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.

Alzheimer SA East Cape Support Group meets the last Thursday of each month at 3pm at Brookshaw Home at 9 Donkin Street, Grahamstown. The Support Group is for family, friends and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease or any form of Dementia. There is usually a speaker followed by discussion and tea. Contact Dr Heather Rauch 081-350-8079 for information and to get on to our mailing list.

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

Cricket Club – Practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Port Alfred Country Club, French Street from 5pm. Contact Rob Nel on 076-394-4067.

East Cape Shotokan-Ryu Karate, Port Alfred – Mondays and Thursdays: 4.30pm for beginners. 5.15 for intermediate class and 6pm for the advanced class. Contact Gary Grapentin on 073-346-0059 for more information.

Healing Horses Therapeutic Riding Centre – Therapeutic and recreational horse riding activities for people living with disabilities. Mondays at 09h30 and 10h30, Wednesdays at 10h00 and 11h00, To book a ride, or find out about volunteering, call Jann on 078-346-5412.

Hockey Club – Practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm at the Port Alfred Country Club, French Street. Contact Chris Pike on 082-350-0900.

Kenton Garden Club meeting second Wednesday of the month at 9.30am. For info visit www.kentongardenclub.co.za 

Kenton Pub Quiz6.30pm – first Sunday of each month at Kenton Bowls Club. Cash bar available. Cash and other prizes. Teams of four to six. All welcome.

Kleinemonde Morning Market on the first Saturday of every month, from 8.30 to 10am. Kleinemonde Community Hall.  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.

Knit and Knatter Crafters club at Holly House, every Wednesday at 9am. All welcome. Contact Kathy on (046) 624-4452 for further information.

Kowie Auctioneers – monthly auction every last Thursday of the month at 35 North Street. Entries for the auction need to be in on the Tuesday before the auction. Viewing day prior from 2 p.m. For more information call Colin Maclachlan 083 521 3623 or Peter Charter on 082 5693478.

The Kowie Camera Club monthly meeting, the last Monday of every month (except December) at 7pm in the Settlers Park Retirement Village hall. Contact Herman Groenewald 078- 428-9551.

Kowie History Museum, at The Old Railway Station, Pascoe Crescent. Open 9.30am-12.30pm Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday and public holidays.

Kowie Striders time trial – every Tuesday at 5.30pm  at the Port Alfred Country Club. Distances of 3, 5 or 8km. Runners and walkers welcome. Contact Sticks Stiglingh on 071-612-7339 or Alan Robb on 082-495-6842

Kowie Striders casual long run from the Duck Pond  – every Sunday at 7am . Runners and walkers welcome. The route will be determined on  the morning of the run.

Lower Albany Historical Society meets 3rd Thursday of the month – some meetings in Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, others, outside trips.  Call Avonne on 083-473-6823 for details.

Lower Albany Woodworkers’ Guild, meets first Tuesday of each month. Call Brian Edwards on (046) 624-2945 for more information.

– 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 (next to the Ski-boat Club) for a light lunch and some memories. RSVP MOTHS at 082-537-9033 for catering purposes.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.

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. Contact Jenny (083-292-2650) or Paddy (083-226-5254).

Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club invites you to try your hand at lawn bowls. Free coaching and bowls available. Situated next to the Nico Malan Bridge. Enquiries: Rod Wilson at: 082 375 2968 or 046 624 5671. See our website at:  www.pabcc.co.za

Port Alfred Bridge Club – Now meets at the Eddie Grant MOTH Hall (next to the Ski-boat Club) every Monday and Thursday – 1pm for 1.30pm start. All bridge enthusiasts and persons wishing to learn to play bridge are most welcome.

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 (PAFAG) 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.

Port Alfred Park Run, Civic Centre. Every Saturday 8am-9am. Behind the library.

Probus Club of the Kowie meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Port Alfred River and Ski-boat Club.

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.   Craft market for December only on December 1, 14 and 15.

Scrapbook workshops and classes: Bcreative offers monthly workshops, night classes, social classes and a whole lot more. Call (046) 624-3096 to book or for more information.

Self Drive Heritage Map: All the historical sites in Port Alfred, Bathurst and surrounding areas.   Available at the tourism office.

U3A – Port Alfred Branch meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 9.30 for 10am at the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park village. All welcome.



Friday March 15

Schools close

Saturday March 16

Port Alfred Floral Art Group monthly meeting at Settlers Park Hall, at 2pm. Please note starting time, before we leave for a demonstration by Carol White at Kasouga – “hanging baskets”. No homework. Inquiries: Hennie de Bruin 082-464-4606. All welcome.

Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17

OD Inggs Memorial Run. The run will pass through the Albany District with competitors navigating a route comprising 306km on the first day and 110km on the second. Cars will gather at Rosehill Mall for scrutineering and start departing at 9.30am. The starting point on Sunday will also be Rosehill Mall at 9am. Cars will be on display during the prize giving lunch at the Port Alfred Ski-boat Club.

Sunday March 17

Port Alfred Pick Up, presented by Stenden Commuden. Meet outside Civic Centre at 9am. Help reduce the trash around town. Bags and gloves provided. Pancakes, boerewors rolls and drinks for sale.

Wednesday March 20

Diaz Cross Bird Club Quiz. Our talk will be replaced by a bird quiz to be held at the Port Alfred Presbyterian Church at 7pm for 7.30pm. The quiz will be run by Tim Cockcroft and should be a thoroughly entertaining and educational evening. You can use this opportunity to improve you bird identification knowledge in a really fun way.

Thursday March 21

Lower Albany Historical Society AGM – 9.30am – Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park. After the business of the AGM, Professor Pat Irwin will present a talk entitled “The Battle of Grahamstown, April 22 1819”. The topic is particularly relevant since we are approaching the 200th anniversary of the battle. All welcome. Contact Avonne on 083-473-6823 or Gwynn 083-678-5050.

Saturday March 23

PA Art Club – 10am – A wonderful opportunity to visit Bob McKenzie’s Gallery in Wharf Street. We will enjoy a demo and Bob will open the floor for discussion of his work and painting in general. Visitors welcome.

Commemoration of African Heroes and Heroines – at the Princess Zila Lobengula Museum, Fingo Village, Makhanda. Start time 11am, finish at 2pm.

Thursday March 28

PA Art Club – 9am – Catholic Hall. Enjoy a social time. DVD and book exchanges, tea, coffee and snacks. Bring paintings for review.

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

Join Jann and Sheena from Healing Horses Therapeutic Riding Centre to celebrate our registration as a Non Profit Organisation at 6.30pm at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. There will be a DVD presentation on Healing Horses, an inspirational talk by adventurer Dan Skinstad, delicious snack platters and a cash bar. Tickets will be on sale at R150 from March 15 at The Jewellery Shop at the Duckpond Centre. See www.healing-horses.co.za for more info.

Saturday March 30

Diaz Cross Bird Club outing: Our birding outing will be in the form of a “car tour” to the pans and estuaries in the Kenton area. We will meet at Robbies at 6.30am and Heritage Mall at 6am. Visitors welcome (R10 per person to DCBC). Bring a picnic brunch. For more details contact Tim Cockbain (046) 624-8483.

Sunday March 31

Classics at the Castle presents saxophone quartet Avena – 3pm – Richmond House. Featuring Fabio Cesare of Italy, South African Adam Campbell, Sumika Tsujimoto of Japan and Nicolas Allard of France. Tickets at R90 are available from Kowie News Agency in Port Alfred. The price includes a welcome drink and a detailed programme. Out-of-towners may phone KNA on (046) 624 2036) to reserve their tickets, but these need to be collected and paid for soon after.

Thursday April 4

PA Art Club – 9.30am – DVD at Settlers Park Hall.

Friday April 5 to Sunday April 7

Bathurst Agricultural Show – at the showgrounds.

Thursday April 11

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

Thursday April 18

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 April 19

Good Friday.

Friday April 19 to Sunday April 28

The 2019 Amanzi Challenge.

Sunday April 21

Easter Sunday.

Monday April 22

Family Day

Thursday April 25

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

Saturday April 27

Freedom Day.