What’s On

Ladies lunch club

The Stellenbosch Ladies Lunch Club will be meeting at L’Auberge du Paysan, Raithby Road, off Winery Road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West on Tuesday June 4 at 10.30am. Guest speaker, Judy Cawood, is an occupational therapist who saw the need to assist stroke patients, and started the Helderberg Stroke Support Group. For more information or to make a lunch reservation contact Val Stetyler on 021 855 2616 between 9am and 6pm, Moira Burt on kburt@telkomsa.net by Friday.

U3A Paarl meets

Palaeontology enthusiast, Andreas Groenewald, will talk at Paarl U3A, on Thursday June 6, at 10am, at the Paarl Boys’ High clubhouse in Brug Street. Call 021 872 0484 for more information.

Expressive art

An exhibition of expressive and emotional paintings by Marusa Mason, titled A Living Wave, explores a journey of healing and celebration of new life, and will be opening at Somerset Decor Centre, 15 Jigger Avenue (entrance to Somerset Sport), on Friday May 31, at 6.30pm. For more information, and to RSVP, call 084 705 4828.

Violin recital

Violinist David Bester will perform at the Helderberg Village Music Society concert, on Sunday June 2, at Talani Terrace, at 4pm. The cost is R90 for non-members, and R30 for students. For more information, call Olga Marsay at 021 855 3752.

Opera fundraiser

The AGL Opera project, Symphony of Prayers, a fundraising initiative launched in 2018, brings together classically-trained musicians who wish to make a positive difference in local communities. Singers and instrumentalists come together to present a live music concert of sacred classical repertoire, and all perform free of charge to raise funds through ticket sales. Helderberg DRC, in conjunction with Classical Sounds, are hosting AGL Opera’s Symphony of Prayers on Sunday June 2, at 4pm, in the church building. Tickets are available from Computicket at R100. The programme includes classics such as The Holy City, Halleluja from Handel, Panis Angelicus and many more. Funds raised will go towards the Paarl Community Development Project which focuses on the Faure, Firgrove, Croydon, Raithby and Bright Valley area communities, as well as four play schools in the Macassar area that are linked to the Child Development Program. Contact Yolanda Botha at helderbergconcerts@gmail.com or AGL Opera at johannes@aglopera.com

Diabetes talk

Registered podiatrist, Sean Pincus, will be presenting a talk titled “Managing and caring for our feet” for the Winelands Diabetes Education Group, at Jonkersview Medical Centre, 12 Jan Celliers Street, Stellenbosch, today, Wednesday May 29, at 6pm. Family and friends are welcome. Entry is free. For more information contact winelands.diabetes@gmail.com

U3A Paarl meets

The Paarl branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A), a club for retired people who wish to remain mentally and physically active, will focus on the origins of man, by paleontology enthusiast, Andreas Groenewald, on Thursday June 6, at 10am, at the Paarl Boys’ High clubhouse in Brug Street. Guests pay R20, and tea is served from 9.30am. Call 021 872 0484 for details.

E-waste recycling

Somerset West Neighbourhood Watch (SWNW) is holding a recycling e-waste and scrap metal drive, on Saturday June 8, from 7.30am to 12.30pm, at the gravel parking area opposite the Somerset West police station. Take anything electronic/with a plug, and scrap metal items. For more information, and to help out on the day, email SWNW at info@somersetwestnw.org.za

Book launch

Somerset West novelists, Paul English and Chris Hall, both have new novels published this autumn and are they throwing a book launch party at Chelsea Café @ Gallery 91, 91 Andries Pretorius Street, on Friday May 31, from 5.30pm to 7pm. The event will include a Q&A session with the authors, a prize draw and a selection of book-related giveaway items. Paul and Chris’s back catalogue novels will also be for sale, and a range of limited edition prints of the artwork created for Chris’s novel by her artist husband, Cliff Davies. RSVP is essential for catering purposes: contact Chris at 073 756 2930 or chris87hall@gmail.com

Hospice bridge drive

The Bridge4Hospice charity bridge drive will be held on Monday June 10, at 10am, at Erinvale Golf Club, followed by a light lunch. There  will be a duplicate bridge tournament as well as a room for social bridge.  Duplicate players should organise a partner. Social/rubber bridge players need to make up a table of four. Tickets cost R200, and are on sale from local bridge clubs, or Helderberg Hospice, or by emailing bridge4hospice@gmail.com There will be a raffle, at R10 a ticket, for which there are a number of prizes. First prize is a one-night stay for two, including breakfast, at Misty Waves Boutique Hotel, in Hermanus, valued at R4 000. For more information, contact Beverley on 076 762 2340, Natashja on 076 062 5855 or 021 852 4608 or bridge4hospice@gmail.com

U3A money talk

The U3A Money Matters group will meet on Monday May 27, at 3pm, at room 45, Urban Voice, corner of Sir Lowry’s Pass and Schapenberg roads, Somerset West. The talk will be “After a sudden tragedy, what now?”, with a presentation by Sean Beagley and Elna van der Walt, directors from Bespoke Executor Services. Members pay R10, and non-members pay R20. A craft gin tasting will take place afterwards. For more information, contact Danie Schoeman at dschoeman2745@gmail.com or 082 783 9582.

Breast cancer support

The Reach for Recovery Breast Cancer Support Group is meeting on Thursday May 30, at 9.30am for 10am, at the Mediclinic Strand, Altena Road, Strand. The speaker, Anna Stoddard, will talk about famous women and breast cancer, past and present. For more information, contact Reach for Recovery at 082 357 0497.