● 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 have a zest for listening to cultural and motivational talks. U3A meets on the second Thursday of each month at 9.30am. The cost is R10 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 Andrews Croquet Club hall in Bunkers Hill. Do come along and swell the numbers. Call (043) 738-5090.
● The East London branch of the Diabetic Support Group meets at the Regent Hotel’s Terrace Room from 2.45pm to 4pm for an awareness talk on the first Saturday of every month (February to November). No entry fee is required and we encourage all to attend. Please join us for refreshments after the talk. For more inquiries, call Vrooda Makhan on 083-708-0489.
● Masithethe Counselling Services (formerly LifeLine) will be hosting a Rape and Domestic Violence support group on the first Thursday of the month at 11am. It takes place at the centre at 3 St James Road, Southernwood. For info, call (043) 722-2000 or 084-091-5410 (WhatsApp). One in three women are victims of rape and domestic violence. Are you one of them?
● 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. 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 inquiries, phone Celia on (043)735-1833.
● Put on your dancing shoes to waltz, two-step and line dance the night away with live music by Ivan’s Band at the East London Bowling Club from 8pm. Entry is R25 per person. Cash bar open. For more info, call 073-243-2318.
● 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 meets at the Baptist Church in Watsonia Crescent at 7.30pm. Contact Jan on 082-850-6918 or Nick on 072-831-7663.
● Devon Stolsie performs live at Legendary Fridays at Legends Showcase, 42 Stewart Drive, Berea, today. The pub opens at 4.30pm with live music on show.
● Come party tonight away on EL’s best dance floor at Comrades Club, with live music by Quentin from 8.15pm. Bar and kitchen open from 6pm at bargain prices – booking essential. Entry R20. Call 083-255-3468 before 2pm for table bookings.
● Yellowwood Forest Fare in Morgan Bay every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. The perfect place to enjoy a social, catching up with the locals while doing your weekly grocery shopping. Lovely farm fresh veggies, eggs, delicious home bakes, plants, herbs, toys, books and much-loved second and goodies to buy, or just pop in for a meal or a cup of tea in the open-air tea garden while the kiddies enjoy the crazy treehouse and trampoline. Guaranteed fun for the whole family. Yellowwood also has a shaded campsite and cozy cabins and cottages available.
● 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 in front of the municipality from 8am to 1pm – weather permitting. All stalls and car boot sales welcome. For inquiries, please contact Glenda on WhatsApp or call 082-714-3390.
● The Lavender Blue Pineapple Walk takes place every Saturday at 6.30am (weather permitting). Meet Yvonne in the Lavender Blue parking lot 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 along and some money for a hearty breakfast afterwards.
● Tea in the Trees has 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 7.30 onwards. Any inquiries, contact Kate 072-611-2367, www.teainthetrees.com or on the Facebook teainthetrees.
● The Esplanade Flea Market (in front of Osner Hotel) now on every weekend, weather permitting, from 8am to 2pm. All new stalls welcome.
● Exercise classes for senior citizens every Monday and Thursday from 8.30 to 9.30am at St John’s Ambulance, St George’s Road. For information, 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 7.30pm. Contact Elsie on (043) 721-0483 or 078- 628- 6311.
● Alcoholics Anonymous Cambridge Group meets at the Methodist Church, Hebbes Street, at 7.30pm. Contact Jumbo on (043)741-3685.
● The pipe band meet at 6.30 at Hudson Park High School music block. Tuition given. For bagpipes, call Robert on 082-897-8571, and for drumming, call 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. Call Jean (043) 735-4893, Karen 082-856-0400 or Kathie 083-651-0418 for info.
● Narcotics Anonymous meets every Wednesday and Friday from 7pm-8pm at St Nicholas Church, Pell Street, Beacon Bay. For details, call 082-796-3699.
● Scottish dancing classes every Tuesday from 4 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.
● A presentation on The Kwelera National Botanical Garden by the curator, Lee-anne Kessler, will be hosted by the Friends of the Museum and the Border Historical Society in the Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.
● The Beacon Bay Bridge Club is looking for players interested in playing social bridge every Tuesday and Friday between 1.30 and 4.30pm. They meet at the Eden Worship Centre at 10 Coad Road, Beacon Bay. For info, contact Olga on 083-650-6653 or Heather on (043) 748-1465.
● Masithethe Counselling Services are hosting a Live, Love, Laugh Support Group to create a space where people can meet and talk about issues that are affecting them, spread awareness, educate and encourage each other. Masithethe will 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 at 3 St James Road, Southernwood. For more info, call (043) 722-2000 or WhatsApp 084-091-5410.