● Are you ready to join our motivated group? The University of the Third Age (U3A) caters to people of a so called mature age, from about 50 to 90, who are still eager for more knowledge and a zest for listening to cultural and motivational talks. “U3A means no more than that we have not stopped learning at our age! We enjoy two excellent speakers per month and offer 16 different courses, including poetry, getting to know the JSE, music appreciation, armchair travel and more,” reads a U3A statement. U3A Meet on the second Thursday of each month at 9.30am. The cost is R 10 per visitor and R5 for members. This is for the monthly general meeting after which there is a speaker, followed by tea\coffee and biscuits. On the third Thursday of each month there is a current affairs meeting at 10am, with a speaker. Both meetings are held at the St Andrew’s Croquet Club hall in Bunkers Hill. Call (043)738-5090 should there be any queries.
● If you are single come mingle. Put on your dancing shoes to waltz, two-step and line dance tonight away with live music by Mark at the East London Bowling Club from 8pm. Entry is R25 per person. Couples welcome. Cash bar open. For more information call 073-243-2318.
● The East London slot car club will have racing every Thursday evening from 7pm. Come and see the little miniature slot cars on a new repainted 42m track. All welcome. For further information, contact Hennie on 082-448-3221.
● The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve is a must for those, who love beautiful places, river views, a mangrove swamp and forest walks. Bird enthusiasts will enjoy sitting quietly in the two bird hides watching blue duikers and birds at the birdbaths and eating seed. New members of Nahooners, which supports the reserve, are welcome to join and are given a gate key that allows them to visit 24/7. The reserve is off Beaconhurst Drive. Turn at the Dassie Trail sign. For enquiries, phone Celia on (043)735-1833.
● If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Gonubie Community Policing Forum, please contact Dewald Knoetze on 082-822-1035 or Fred Minty on 072-515-8646.
● Alcoholics Anonymous Gonubie meet at the Baptist Church in Watsonia Crescent at 7.30pm. Contact Jan on 082-850-6918 or Nick on 072-831-7663.
● Dinner dance tonight at Comrades Club with live music by Quentin from 8.15pm. Kitchen and bar open from 6pm at bargain prices. Entry R20. Call 083-255-3468 before 2pm for table bookings.
● St Crucis bazaar will be held from 12pm in the church hall in Edge Road, Beacon Bay. All the usual stalls available including homemade German sausage, braun and liver sausage.
● Put on your dancing shoes to waltz two-step and line-dance tonight away with live music by Patrick Nass at the EL Bowling Club from 8pm. Entry is R25 with a cash bar open. For info, call Janita 060-631-3701.
● Come join the thrills and spills at the sixth dirt oval racing event of the season at Border Stock Cars. Gates open 1.30pm and racing starts 5pm. Should it rain, the racing may be held over until Sunday at 12pm, weather permitting. Tickets are R50, children pay R20 with children under six free. Classes offered are, 2.1 Mod, Hot Rods, 1660, Junior Hot Rods and Flexi V8. Kiosk available. For info, contact 082-953-4942.
● The East London branch of the diabetes support group (Diabetes SA) meets at the Regent Hotel’s Terrace Room from 2.45pm for an awareness talk. Guest speaker is Santa Louw from the Sleep Lab. For more enquiries, call Vrooda Makhan on 083-708-0489.
● The Centenary Tennis Club hosts social tennis every Saturday from 1.30pm. All welcome, so all ages come and join the fun. For more info, call Maurice 082-676-9708 or Deon 082-443-8995.
● The Gonubie Saturday Flea Market takes place every Saturday morning in front of the municipality from 8am to 1pm- weather permitting. All stalls and car boot sales welcome. For enquiries, please contact Glenda on WhatsApp or call 082-714-3390.
● The Lavender Blue Pineapple Walk takes place every Saturday morning at 6.30am (weather permitting). Meet Yvonne in the Lavender Blue parking every Saturday at 6am for a lovely walk and enjoy breakfast afterwards. You will be taken on a 10km circular walk past farms and along farm roads. Take the usual goodies with and some money for a hearty breakfast afterwards. The walk is about two hours and a bit.
● The Emerald Vale Mountain Bike Race is held from 11am, with registration from 8am to 10.15am. Entry beforehand online until Thursday (August 3) or at cycle shops. Entry on the day can be done at the event. Late entry (after 2 August), will be charged an additional R50. Temporary CSA licence (only for 30 km) at R35.
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Category and lucky draw prizes. The proceeds go to the Eyabantwana, For the Children Trust.
● Free miniature train rides for everyone to enjoy from 10.30am until about 1pm at the East London Model Engineering Society railway track at the Gonubie Hall Showgrounds, weather permitting. For further info, contact Clive on 082-355-5445.
● Tea in the Trees have a market on the first and last Sunday of the month from 9am to 2pm. All arts, crafts and home produce welcome. Only R50 to have a stall, all welcome to set up from 7.30am onwards. Any enquiries, contact Kate 072-611-2367, www.teainthetrees.com or on the Facebook page: teainthetrees
● The Flea Market Esplanade (in front of Osners Hotel) now on every weekend, weather permitting, from 8am to 2pm. All new stalls welcome.
● The Beacon Bay Ratepayers meet at 6.15pm at the Bonza Bay Bowling Club. A speaker from the Nahoon Estuary Group (Dassie Trail) will update us on what goes on there. All welcome
● Exercise classes for senior citizens every Monday and Thursday from 8.30am to 9.30am at St John’s Ambulance, St Georges Road. All very welcome. For info, call Nookie (043)726-1100.
● The East London Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, founding group, meets at The Catholic Church Hall in Caxton Street, Quigney at 7.30pm every Monday. Contact Morris 073-870-4486 or Pieter 082-094-0959 or (043)722-4033.
● Alcoholics Anonymous Kayser’s Beach Group meets at the Chapel Hall at 7.30pm. Contact 082-714-9400.
● If you are living with someone, who is drinking, and this is affecting you, or perhaps you are experiencing problems from having lived with an alcoholic, relative or friend, there is help available for you at the Al Anon Family Group Meeting held at Cambridge Methodist Church Hebbes Street every Tuesday at 7.30 pm. Contact Elsie (043)721-0483 or 078-628-6311.
● Alcoholics Anonymous Cambridge Group meets at the Methodist Church, Hebbes Street, Cambridge, at 7.30pm. Contact Jumbo on (043)741-3685.
● The pipe band meets at 6.30 at Hudson Park High School music block. Tuition given. For bagpipes, call Robert on 082-897-8571 and drumming: Stephen on 082-560-0247.
● The EL Bridge Club welcomes all, who wish to play “Duplicate Bridge”. Provision has been made for new players to begin at a starter table to be guided in the use of bidding boxes. Come along with a partner on any Tuesday and/or Saturday at 1.15pm to the Berea Gardens Dining Hall. For info, call Jean (043)735-4893, Karen 082-856-0400 or Kathie 083-651-0418.
● Narcotics Anonymous meet every Wednesday and Friday from 7pm-8pm at St Nicholas Church, Pell Street, Beacon Bay. Call For info, call 082-796-3699.
● Scottish dancing classes every Tuesday 4pm to 5.30pm at Ham’s Club in Selborne. Instruction given to beginners. No experience required, just a love of dancing. All very welcome. For info, call Nookie (043)726-1100.
● The Beacon Bay Bridge Club is looking for players interested in playing social bridge every Tuesday and Friday between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. They meet at the Eden Worship Centre at 10 Coad Road, Beacon Bay. For info, call Olga on 083-650-6653 or (043)735-1736 or Heather on (043)748-1465.
● There are times you just need someone to talk to, to laugh and meet new people. Masithethe Counselling Services are hosting a Live, Love, Laugh Support Group to create a space, where people can meet, be themselves and talk about issues that are affecting them, spread awareness, educate and encourage each other. Masithethe (formerly LifeLine) will provide the space and facilitate the process. This support group is open to all. To be held every third Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the Masithethe Centre, 3 St James Road, Southernwood. For more info call (043)722-2000 or WhatsApp: 084-091-5410 and Facebook.
● East London Museum open from 9am to 3.30pm. Free entry to the Museum. The Coelacanth Cafe at the museum opens for teas and lunches.