AURORA | It feels like “Fiddler on the Roof” is as old as the Torah itself.Maybe it’s because the 1964 musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Fine enjoyed such unparalleled success on stage and screen. The winner of nine Tony Awards, the original production held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for a decade; the 1972 film adaptation picked up three Academy Awards. In the nearly 50 years since its stage debut, the show has become a staple for community theaters, Broadway revivals and high school drama classes across the world.But in the end, the show’s timelessness is about a lot more than commercial success. As the current production of “Fiddler” by the Phamaly theater troupe so impressively illustrates, the musical strikes a chord that’s both profound and ancient.The Aurora-based theater company gets to the essence of what made this show such a historic success. It’s about themes of love, parenthood, community, family and, yes, tradition. It’s about a magnetic protagonist whose struggles, wisdom and insight is universal in a way that’s bigger than one race, religion or place in history. Of course, the show is also very much about the unique culture and struggles of the Jewish people, but it also tracks the bigger travails of a community apart, a people vilified and targeted for their very identities.The Phamaly production directed by company artistic director Steve Wilson pays proper respect to each of these elements, and the effect is stirring. With Aurora native Mark Dissette expertly cast as the lead character Tevye, the show pops with the due amount of energy and heart. The rest of the cast is also cast with a careful eye to detail, and the music direction by Donna Debreceni captures the beauty and grace of Bock and Harnick’s score. What’s more, the addition of a second fiddler (Leslie Wilburn and California import Sophia Hummell both do fine jobs with their bows) supports the show’s larger themes about exile. Thanks to a spare set design by M. Curtis Grittner and creative choreography by Debbie Stark, the show largely pulls off the mood and feel of a small Russian village in 1905.But the troupe’s accomplishments go beyond staying true to the story of Tevye, his family and his tight-knit community. As always, the company invests the action with a deeper message, one that comes in part from the very mission of Phamaly. In this show, the Jews who are threatened, beaten and chased out of their homes are also members of the disabled community. They’re in wheelchairs, they’re blind, they’ve got cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease.The struggles of the Jewish community in pre-Revolutionary Russia suddenly morph into the challenges faced by any community perceived as different or inferior. Amid all of the songs about tradition, all of the references to the Sabbath dinner and the wisdom of the community rabbi, there’s a deep universality. That’s part of what the show has always been about, but the access feels all the more poignant with this spirited cast and this refined direction by Wilson.Still, a big part of the pathos comes in the sheer presence of Dissette as Tevye. He’s the focal point of the story – the action all stems from this poor dairyman with a demanding wife and five daughters. He’s faithful to the traditions practiced by his people for centuries (spiritual observances lovingly praised in “Tradition” and “If I Were a Rich Man”). At the same time, he’s forced to face the strong currents of change. Three of his five daughters defy the traditions he clings to so faithfully.Tzeitel (played with affecting earnestness by Rachel Van Scoy) defies the edicts of Yente the matchmaker (bombastically portrayed by Ashley Kelashian) and agrees to marry a poor tailor (Trenton Schindele). Hodel (Aurora Fox vet Kenzie Kilroy) accepts a marriage proposal by the revolutionary-minded young student Perchik (Jeremy Palmer). Chava (Lyndsay Giraldi-Palmer) offers the biggest disappointment, secretly wedding a non-Jewish Russian soldier named Fyedka (Daniel Traylor).All of this familial drama takes place as the Russian pogroms intensify, and the entire Jewish community in the small village of Anatevka face banishment.Change threatens to forever alter the traditions so beloved by Tevye, and Dissette handles that conflict with depth. His performance is complex and compelling as Tevye juggles sympathy, loyalty, spirituality and the heart-rending demands of being a father. His struggles feel timeless by the end of the show, and that’s what any good production of “Fiddler” should do.Reach reporter Adam Goldstein at 720-449-9707 or firstname.lastname@example.org“Fiddler on the Roof” Runs until Aug. 11 at the Space Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver.Tickets start at $35.Information: 303-575-0005 or phamaly.org.* * * 1/2
DENVER | This year’s attempt to block Colorado youths from tanning beds is up for its first vote in the Legislature.The bill would ban people younger than 18 from using tanning beds in Colorado without a doctor’s prescription. It’s up for its first hearing on Thursday in a House committee.The measure goes further than previous attempts, which sought to require parental permission for youths to use tanning beds.Health advocates have opposed efforts over the last two years to limit tanning, saying they couldn’t support anything short of an outright ban.___Online:House Bill 1054: https://bit.ly/1iWTbI3
What to do on Father’s Day when it’s time to eat and you want to serve something manly and filling? Other than steak, that is. Here’s a nominee that re-engineers a classic sports bar appetizer — jalapeno poppers.Standard jalapeno poppers are thumb-sized hot peppers stuffed with cream cheese and cheddar cheese, then breaded and deep-fried. Yummy, but most home cooks aren’t too excited for the mess of deep-frying. That’s why there also is a baked version — half a jalapeno stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon.Both types are delicious, but neither is all that healthy. After all, we want to keep Dad around for a while. So my version delivers guy’s guy gratification without overdoing it.From a culinary point of view, jalapeno poppers make complete sense. Nothing tames a chili’s heat like dairy. That’s why so many cultures serve their fiery entrees with dairy as a side dish. The Mexicans team up spicy tortillas with crema. The Indians serve hot curries with yogurt-based raita. And that’s why cheese is right at home in a jalapeno popper.But it doesn’t have to be high-fat cheese. The fresh goat cheese in this recipe delivers the required creaminess, while a very modest amount of Parmigiano-Reggiano delivers the required flavor.I brightened up the filling with scallions and lemon zest, then wrapped the stuffed jalapeno in prosciutto, my substitute for bacon. Though it has a lot less fat than bacon, prosciutto boasts big pork flavor. And when it’s baked, as it is here, it’s nice and crispy, which eliminates the need to coat the pepper with breadcrumbs.A couple of tips for preparing the jalapenos. First, be sure to wear rubber gloves when you’re halving and gutting the peppers. No matter how macho you’re feeling, you don’t want those capsaicin oils burning your hands. Also, use a grapefruit spoon, if you have one, to remove the pepper’s innards — its ribs and seeds — which are the hottest parts of a chili.Then serve it to the big guy with pride. He’ll never notice that many of its typical ingredients have gone AWOL.BAKED PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED JALAPENO POPPERSStart to finish: 45 minutes (30 minutes active)Servings: 64 ounces fresh goat cheese1 ounce grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese1/4 cup finely chopped scallion greens2 teaspoons grated lemon zest6 jalapeno peppers3 ounces (12 slices) prosciuttoHeat the oven to 450 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then coat it with cooking spray.In a medium bowl, combine the goat cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, scallion greens and lemon zest. Halve the jalapenos lengthwise and carefully remove the ribs and seeds (wear rubber gloves if necessary to protect your hands). Stuff each half with the cheese mixture, being sure to use all of the cheese mixture.Wrap 1 slice of prosciutto around each stuffed jalapeno half, overlapping the ends of the prosciutto on the bottom of the jalapeno. Arrange the poppers on the prepared baking sheet, then bake on the oven’s center rack until the prosciutto is slightly crispy, about 15 minutes.Nutrition information per serving: 110 calories; 60 calories from fat (55 percent of total calories); 7 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 25 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 10 g protein; 540 mg sodium.EDITOR’S NOTE: Sara Moulton was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years, and spent a decade hosting several Food Network shows. She currently stars in public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” and has written three cookbooks, including “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.”Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
LOWELL, Mass. | The eclectic bric-a-brac that comforted and inspired writer Jack Kerouac is going on the road.“Kerouac Retrieved,” an exhibition of the clutter that surrounded Kerouac at the simple wooden desk in Florida where he wrote many of his works, opens Thursday in the author’s hometown of Lowell.It’s a hodgepodge of personal items: family photos, Christian and Buddhist figurines, a Frank Sinatra album, cat carriers he fashioned by hand. Kerouac experts at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, which is hosting the show, say the items help humanize the Beat Generation icon who wrote “On the Road,” ”The Dharma Bums” and other celebrated works. In this Sept. 18, 2015, photo provided by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, a windbreaker bearing the logo of Lowell Tech one of UMass Lowells predecessor institutions is displayed in the exhibit Kerouac Retrieved: Items from the John Sampas Collection, at the university in Lowell, Mass. The exhibit opens in Kerouac’s hometown on Thursday, Oct. 8. (Tory Germann/University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lowell via AP) In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo provided by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, some of author Jack Kerouac’s belongings, including a Frank Sinatra album and collection of figurines, are displayed on the desk where he once wrote, in the exhibit Kerouac Retrieved: Items from the John Sampas Collection, at the university in Lowell, Mass. The exhibit opens in Kerouac’s hometown on Thursday, Oct. 8. (Tory Germann/University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lowell via AP) “Actually touching something he touched — it’s really an uncanny experience,” said Michael Millner, a UMass-Lowell professor who runs the school’s Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for Public Humanities.Millner and fellow Kerouac scholar Todd Tietchen arranged to have the items brought to Lowell from the novelist’s bungalow in St. Petersburg, Florida — the last place he lived before essentially drinking himself to death at age 47 in 1969.Kerouac was born in gritty, industrial Lowell in 1922. Though most of his works were written elsewhere, they’re peppered with references to his hometown. At the time of his death, Kerouac even kept a Lowell telephone directory on his desk.It’s the other trinkets, though, that capture the imagination.There’s the little plastic bride and groom that topped his wedding cake. The tiny model of a Triumph motorcycle — a curious knickknack for someone who never got a driver’s license. The whimsical fisherman and sea captain salt and pepper shakers. The records (Sinatra’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” and music by Cole Porter and Tchaikovsky.) The incense burner.“These things give us a sense of who Kerouac was,” said Tietchen. “People think of him as being on the road, aimless, shiftless. But he was also a domestic person, a cat lover. These items tell the story of his life.”For decades, Lowell’s most famous son was underappreciated in his hometown. That changed in the 1990s, when John Sampas, Kerouac’s brother-in-law and literary executor, labored to make the writer’s works and personal effects more accessible. New manuscripts were published; older ones republished.“Now there’s a real celebration of his legacy. It’s a doorway into the history of the city,” Millner said.As Tietchen puts it: “Kerouac is to Lowell what Emerson is to Concord.”“Bringing his belongings to UMass-Lowell is a little like bringing Jack Kerouac back to his hometown,” said university chancellor Jacquie Moloney.Today’s hipsters are discovering Kerouac — not just because he favored plaid flannel shirts and Levis, but for his freewheeling, freethinking prose and his pursuit of what Tietchen calls “a principled state of marginality.”An exhibition wall features a stenciled quote from “Beat Spotlight,” Kerouac’s last unfinished book: “… There was nothing nobler for me to do with my lifetime than to dedicate it to telling true stories about life as I had seen it and lived it.”On a period typewriter tucked in a corner, visitors are invited to peck out their impressions.“Typing is now an old thing,” wrote one. “But your writing is not.”Online: https://www.jackkerouac.com/
This Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, photo shows from left, the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS Max in New York. The XR falls between the top-of-the-line XS models in size, but is lower in price. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK | Apple offers you a simple trade-off with its new iPhone XR, the middlebrow cousin to the top-of-the-line iPhone XS.On one hand, the XR lacks the high-resolution screen and dual-lens camera found on the XS. On the other, you’d save at least $250 and still get most of the other cutting-edge features found on the more expensive model.Based on several days of testing, it looks like Apple made the right cost-cutting trade-offs with the XR, which starts selling Friday for about $750. The standard XS starts at about $1,000; its supersized cousin, the XS Max, goes for $100 more.The XR falls between the XS and the Max in size. Its screen is about 7 percent larger than the XS and 12 percent smaller than the Max. But the XR is closer in width to larger Phones such as the Max and older Plus models, so anyone upgrading from an iPhone 7 or 8 will have to get used to a new grip.As with the XS, the XR’s display extends close to the phone’s edges, translating to 45 percent more screen space than the iPhone 8 and 6 percent more than the 8 Plus. The XR and the XS both use facial recognition to unlock the phone, and both have a notch at the top for sensors, similar to shades on a car’s windshield. The notch will take getting used to.Speaker quality on the XR and the XS were comparable, and the mics on all new models offer stereo recording for the first time.The phone displays, however, are different, and those disparities can make a difference. The screens on both XS models have better contrast and more vibrant colors than the standard LCD screen on the XR. Autumn leaves in the cartoon “The Secret Lives of Pets” stand out more, while greater hints of orange appeared in a space drama’s rocket exhaust flames. Whites are whiter, making the screen appear brighter even though it’s not.The XR screen also falls short of full high definition, unlike the XS displays, although it can display video at 720p quality. Apple says that with LCD screens, higher resolution drains the battery faster, a trade-off that’s minimal with the XS because its screen doesn’t need a backlight.That said, the differences are often hard to spot, even with the phones side by side. Where quality really matters, you’ll probably want a bigger screen such as a tablet or a TV anyway.Although the Max has the largest battery in an iPhone, the XR was typically on par with or exceeded the Max in battery performance when viewing video, at least at lower or medium brightness. In any case, either phone should give you enough battery life for routine use.Cameras improve with each generation, and the new iPhones are no different. For many shots, the new iPhones blend four exposures rather than two, allowing for better lighting balance and more detail. In some shots taken in suboptimal conditions — against direct sunlight — the XR still showed trees in dimly lit areas, while last year’s iPhone X produced pitch back. The new cameras also have better focus and low-light capabilities.What’s missing in the XR is a second rear lens for double the magnification. Instead, the XR uses software zoom, which reduces quality. Of course, the standard iPhone 7 and 8 didn’t have a second lens either, although their Plus models did, as did the iPhone X. Both XS models also have two lenses. Despite lacking a second lens, the XR lets you blur backgrounds in some shots, a feature many phones are now getting. The XR does this with software, though it works only with people in the foreground, while the XS can do statues and monuments.Two more points of comparison. The XS has slightly better water resistance — good to a depth of 2 meters (2.2 yards), compared with just 1 meter on the XR. But the XR offers a budget storage-upgrade option: $50 for 128 gigabytes (up from 64 gigabytes in the base model). Both XS phones also start at 64 gigabytes, but their cheapest upgrade is $150 for 256 gigabytes.The only knock is the XR’s size. Though it’s fine for people with adequate pockets or bags, not everyone wants a phone that’s nearly as wide as the Max or the Plus. Perhaps Apple will one day design a smaller XR and revive a trend of offering both standard and larger versions for each major model.
BEIRUT | A popular Mideast rock band known for its rousing music and lyrics challenging norms in the conservative Arab world is once again at the center of a heated debate about freedom of expression — this time over a planned concert in its hometown in Lebanon.Church leaders and conservative politicians set off a storm of indignation on social media this week when they demanded that a concert by Mashrou’ Leila, scheduled to take place in the coastal city of Byblos on Aug. 9, be canceled, saying the group’s songs are an insult to Christianity.The indie rock band, whose lead singer and song writer Hamed Sinno is openly gay, has been a champion of LGBT rights in the Arab world and regularly sings against controversial subjects such as sectarianism, corruption and other social problems.FILE – In this Thursday, April 28, 2016 file photo, Lebanese Hamed Sinno, second left, lead singer and song writer of the Lebanese group Mashrou’ Leila or “Leila’s Project” band, speaks during a press conference with his band musicians, in Beirut, Lebanon. A Lebanese band that supports gay rights has found itself at the center of a heated debate in Lebanon about freedom of expression. Church leaders and conservative politicians demand that a concert by Mashrou’ Leila in the coastal city of Byblos be canceled, setting off a storm of indignation on social media. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)The band has previously been banned from performing in Jordan and Egypt, but censorship demands threatening its concert in the more liberal Lebanon — where it has performed on numerous occasions — are new.“After looking at the goals of Mashrou’ Leila and the content of the songs it performs which infringe on religious and humanitarian values … we call on authorities to suspend their performance on the land of holiness, civilization and history,” a statement issued by the Christian Maronite Archdiocese of Byblos said.On Facebook, a group calling itself the “Soldiers of God” started a campaign against the concert, posting warnings suggesting it would take to the streets to prevent the event from taking place. Others weighed in, starting a hashtag that called for stopping the performance.Taken aback, the group hit back on Monday, saying it has been surprised by the “defamatory campaign.”“It’s very sad that some of the lyrics from our songs have been cherry picked, taken out of context and twisted into a meaning very far from what the songs are actually about,” a statement issued by the band said.The rhetoric by religious and conservative figures spurred a response from activists, rights groups and outraged Lebanese, angry over what they see as their country’s mounting suppression of freedom of expression.“This is so ridiculous. The whole world seems to be regressing into illiberalism,” wrote renowned Lebanese-American writer and novelist Rabih Alameddine, who performed with the band at The Met Breuer in New York earlier this month. “Mashrou’ Leila is one of the greatest things to happen to the Middle East.”The band, whose name translates as “Night Project,” was founded 10 years ago by a group of architecture students at the American University of Beirut whose songs challenged stereotypes through their music and lyrics.Riding on the wave Arab Spring uprisings that swept the Middle East, the band was embraced by Arab youth who see its music as part of a cultural and social revolution. The band members have gone on to gain worldwide acclaim, performing in front of sold-out crowds in the United States, Berlin, London and Paris.Their August concert in Byblos would be their third show at the Mediterranean venue north of Beirut, the Lebanese capital. It was not clear what the organizers plan to do in the face of the controversy; they were not taking any calls on Wednesday.Amnesty International issued a statement Tuesday calling on the Lebanese government to ensure the band is protected and the concert goes ahead.“It is unconscionable that there continue to be such calls emanating from institutions that are meant to serve as role models to their constituencies, and can and should be upholding the right to freedom of expression,” said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty’s head of research for the Middle East.It was not clear what specifically triggered the current outburst. Some critics cited a photo shared online by Sinno that depicts a painting of the Virgin Mary with her head replaced by the pop star Madonna.The debate has been trending on Twitter for days.In a country beset by political, economic and financial troubles, many lamented the focus on the arts and censorship.“What’s wrong? Why do you insist on taking us back to the middle ages? Is it not enough that we are collectively sliding backward without any breaks? Is it not enough the despair we live in, on all levels?” Joelle Boutros, an activist, posted on Facebook.Columnist Diana Skaini, writing in the daily An-Nahar, said the debate goes beyond Mashrou’ Leila, to the heart of Lebanon and its message as a country.“Either we consecrate bans and populism and say goodbye to what remains of this moderate spot, or we confront this tyrannical wave that goes against our pluralistic and diverse country,” she said.
NEW YORK | Tiffany & Co. is launching its first comprehensive jewelry collection for men in October as it seeks to diversify its traditional customer base.The line announced Thursday is part of the Tiffany’s strategy to attract younger shoppers and pump up sales, which have been dampened by a decline in spending by tourists from China and elsewhere.Tiffany has sold money clips, cuff links, rings other traditional jewelry for men. Now it’s seeking to put a more modern spin on what it offers men.The new men’s collection includes nearly 100 designs ranging in price from about $200 to $15,000 for jewelry.It will also begin selling home furnishings and accessories like cocktail shakers, ice tongs and beer mugs, with men in mind.The new line of goods will get its own floor space in Tiffany’s 300 stores, rather than being sold side-by-side with other items, said Reed Krakoff, the company’s chief artistic director, who developed the collection.High-end jewelry is popping up on men’s fashion runways at Gucci and other big luxury brands, said Robert Burke, an independent fashion consultant. He also pointed to the influential Dover Street Market stores in London, Tokyo and New York, which are highlighting men’s jewelry. Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York flagship this fall is also opening a jewelry area called The Vault that will showcase high-end men’s watches.Global sales of men’s fine jewelry reached $5.8 billion last year, up 23% from 2013, according to Euromonitor International, a market research company. That’s still dwarfed by women’s fine jewelry, which reached $33.2 billion in sales, up 14% from in 2013, according to Euromonitor.“Men all over the world are wearing jewelry and more accessories as part of a wardrobe,” said Krakoff in an interview with The Associated Press. “You started to see it on the runways, in social media.”Krakoff said that the men’s business hasn’t been a big focus at Tiffany, but there’s a big opportunity given that half of the company’s global customers are men. The vast majority of them buy women’s jewelry, he says.“We have a captive audience,” he said.Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio This undated product image provided by Tiffany & Company shows part of a jewelry collection for men by Tiffany & Co. The company announced Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, that it is launching its first comprehensive jewelry collection for men in October as the upscale jewelry chain taps into a trend popularized by the likes of Jay-Z and John Mayer who are sporting rings and bracelets. (Roe Ethridge/Tiffany & Company via AP) This undated product image provided by Tiffany & Company shows part of a jewelry collection for men by Tiffany & Co. The company announced Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, that it is launching its first comprehensive jewelry collection for men in October as the upscale jewelry chain taps into a trend popularized by the likes of Jay-Z and John Mayer who are sporting rings and bracelets. (Roe Ethridge/Tiffany & Company via AP) This undated product image provided by Tiffany & Company shows part of a jewelry collection for men by Tiffany & Co. The company announced Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, that it is launching its first comprehensive jewelry collection for men in October as the upscale jewelry chain taps into a trend popularized by the likes of Jay-Z and John Mayer who are sporting rings and bracelets. (Roe Ethridge/Tiffany & Company via AP) 1 of 3
PSC Golf from Mulligans LakesideTuesday, March 8, Rayong C.C. – StablefordTuesday we ventured out along the route 36, turning off to visit Rayong C.C. The course was in good order, representing good value with PSC vouchers, too bad the weather could not do the right thing for us. After about an hour’s play, the heavens opened up and everyone had to take cover as the greens became unplayable, with some lightning also around. After 40 minutes or so, it was back to normal and away we all went again. Best to handle the conditions over the 18 holes was Jeff Wylie (7) with 35 points, ahead of Tony Chetland (18) who got second with 32 after edging Dave Edwards on count-back 18 to 15.Near pins were picked up by Ron, Dave and Jeff, with one going to Banglamung Boys Home after no-one knocked it on the green.Thursday, March 10, Plutaluang – StablefordThursday was a trip to Plutaluang, where despite threatening skies we made it around dry. Again it was Jeff Wylie (7) on top with 35 points, edging out Bob Edwards (13) on count-back 19 to 14. Third place prize money went to Dave Edwards (14) with a paltry 25 points, but still shows there were some pretty poor scores floating around out there.Near pins were secured by visitors Elizabeth Middleton (1), husband David (2), with Graham Hiskett grabbing the tough South 7.Note: Mulligans Lakeside plays golf usually on Tuesdays & Thursdays, although we do sometimes change to suit a Public Holiday. Hope to see you there. Cheers & good golfing!
OK Bar9455580-2512 TeamPWLFA+/-Pts. Bootleggers10466288-2612 Tequila Bar107382681421 San Snack Bar10557971815 Candy Loca97288474121 Rack Em Up1091100505027 Woaw’s Pub108298524624 Buddy’s Bar10375991-329 Celtic Tiger10376288-269 Country Road107391593221 Aussie Ally’s10375595-409 Lanna Bar1001042108-660 Winner Bar1082101495224 New Country Road10196189-283 Results & Standings Sept. 8 (week 10) Results: Celtic Tiger 5 v 10 Rack Em Up, Candy Loca 5 v 10 San Snack Bar, Winner Bar 10 v 5 OK Bar, Lanna Bar 3 v 12 Bootleggers, Buddy’s Bar 3 v 12 Country Road, Aussie Ally’s 5 v 10 Tequila Bar, Woaw’s Pub 9 v 6 New Country Road
FridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired. The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts. For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT. 1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 1pm at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome and we will always find you a partner. Details are on the website – www.pattayabridge.com or call Terry on 038 422 924. 2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at Pattaya Plus Bowl (north of Big C), Second Road. Contact La at P.S. after 1:30 p.m.SaturdayPattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road. Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free. For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.comOcean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends. The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School. Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: email@example.com:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia. Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage. Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors. Leisure trail riding, group and private classes. All levels of riders welcome. Over 100 horses and ponies available. Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya. Free shuttle service available. For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 21213.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Simon at email@example.comSunday8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School. Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: firstname.lastname@example.org:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays at the fields of Pattaya Sport Flying Club. The fields are situated as follows: follow Sukhumvit Road in the direction of Sattahip and turn left just past Greenway Driving Range. Follow the road for about 5km till you see a sign saying Pattaya Sport Flying Club on your left hand side. Turn in the sandy road for another 3/4km till you see the fields on your left side. For more details contact Dirk at: email@example.com or phone at 015754528 or Alan at 061574795.2:00 p.m. The Pattaya Backgammon League (PBL) meets every Sunday at B.G. House & Restaurant @ 2 p.m. For further details phone 081 664 9085 or email tournament@pattaya backgammonleague.com3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm. For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.5:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Lawn Bowling Section. Fun roll-ups on Sunday nights at 5 p.m. that will be instructional, build camaraderie, and fun. Teams will be drawn for matches, with beginners and experienced bowlers mixed together. Very generous discounts are offered for PSC members, just show up with your PSC card and flat-soled shoes if you have them. Equipment is for hire at a modest cost if you don’t have your own. Contact Bowling Green – Pattaya on 038 720 741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call at the Bowling Green located on Soi Fuengfa between Soi Buakow and 3rd Road.MondayPattaya Blue Water Sailing Club is sponsoring a 5 day 4 night cruise from Pattaya to Koh Samet aboard the 52 ft sailing yacht Monona from Dec 12-16. The yacht will accommodate 6-8 people and will leave Pattaya Monday with an overnight stop at a beach off Satahip arriving Tuesday in Koh Samet. Wednesday and Thursday will be spent exploring the islands around Koh Samet and arrive back in Pattaya early Friday evening. For further information contact Nathan Russo at 08 5275 6724 or email@example.com:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome (a suitable partner if necessary) and the venue is non-smoking. For all the latest information, times, location map etc. visit: – www.pattayabridge.com3:00 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3.15 pm at the Lek Hotel, (between Soi 12 & 13 on 2nd Road). The bus leaves at 3.30 pm, and the run starts at 5pm. Call Patrick 081 687 2410 for details.8:30 p.m. The next Monday Quiz Night is on June 4. The fixtures are as follows: Irish Rovers vs. Nervous Wreck, Offshore vs. W. Tankie, Palmers vs. Londoner, The Ranch vs. Cheers.TuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland. com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club. All ages and abilities are welcome. 100 baht per person. Please email pattayanet firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome (a suitable partner if necessary) and the venue is non-smoking. For all the latest information, times, location map etc. visit: – www.pattayabridge.com3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Simon at email@example.com pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting. No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: petanque.Th@gmail.com (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday7:00 p.m. Pattaya Panthers and Panties (mixed) Touch Rugby every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Paul Crouch on 089 902 6286 or firstname.lastname@example.org:30 p.m. PSC Thursday Darts League. Participating teams include Pleasure Dome, Fishermen, Roxy, Queen Vic, PSI, Helicopter, Rising Sun, Londoner and Crazy Eddie’s. For details, contact Len Banfield, PSC Darts chairman, phone 038 420 432.