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Mukuvisi Woodlands: Run/Walk/Ride every Sunday, then enjoy a bacon and egg roll and coffee from our breakfast gazebo. Start any time from 7 to 11am. Various marked trails, from 3km to 10km. Wear hat, carry water. Bottled water can be bought before you start. $5 per adult visitor/runner/walker/ MTB rider), children 5 to 12 $2, $1 per dog ON LEASH ONLY; over 65 free. Mountain bike riders welcome. Buy a 12 month Woodland Walker Membership ($50 single, $80 double, $120 per family, including children and dogs!) and walk any weekend at no further charge! Details from reception. Game food is placed for the animals at the Viewing Platform around 10am; see eland, zebra, giraffe and impala, guinea fowl, Egyptian geese, grey heron and more. Trails take you near the bird hide and small dam, then into the wild game area. Anyone letting their dog off the lead in the wild game area will be banned from the Woodlands. 5km from centre of Harare on Glenara Ave/Hillside Rd. 747111/123 or 0774 198009. mukwa@zol.co.zw; www.mukuvisiwoodland.co.zw
Join Mountain Club for Social, Scenic Walks: Saturdays meet 1pm depart 1.15pm, return 5.30 at car park. Sundays all day walks. Meet 8am, depart 8.15, return 3-4pm, depends on distance. Climbing Wed at Cleveland Quarry 4pm. Braai & drinks Wed evening MCZ Club, Boy Scouts HQ, 76 McChlery Ave, Highlands 6pm, bring braai pack, salad, cutlery, plate. Camping weekends. Membership Jan-Dec $20 single, $30 couple, 0773247721 lorraine@zimbiz.net.
Haka Game Park, next to Cleveland Dam, open 6am to 6pm daily. Now has two entrances, one via Cleveland Dam entrance off Mutare Rd, the other on Harare Dve. Spacious beautiful scenic environment, where you can walk, run, cycle, horse ride, drive, canoe, picnic or braai, plenty of birds and game to spot including giraffe, eland, wildebeest, also some San rock art sites; ice, wood and cool drinks sold at gate: admin@glcomms.co.zw
Pilates with Mel in Avondale: Small classes, private sessions on request, beginner packages, flexible schedule; if class times don't suit we'll find a time that does. 0773060235 melbzim@gmail.comClubs, Societies

Mashonaland Philatelic Society Club: Meets third Saturday every month 8:30am for 9am Mukuvisi Woodlands. Discussions, Auction, Sales, Display, tallyho@mango.zw.
Miracle Missions Networking Meetings: Clean & Green & Waste Management: First Tues every month, Life & Hope 4 Kids; Last Tues, Prisoners support: Last Thurs. All are welcome; uplifting, informative, proactive!
Harare Senior Citizens Club: Over 55s, subs $30 annually. Library, TV room, hair salon, bar, coffee shop, low cost restaurant run by hospitality training company, Bingo, other events: 250093.
Join Dante Alighieri Society, and enjoy benefits of membership, all welcome. Created internationally to spread knowledge and appreciation of Italian culture, but you don't have to be Italian! Società Dante Alighieri, 32 Quendon Rd, Strathaven. 0773 365232, Facebook: DanteZimbabwe.
Needlecraft Guild of Zimbabwe: Second Thurs afternoon of month 2pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church Hall, Enterprise Rd Highlands. All classes of Embroidery, Knitting, Crochet, annual ongoing project, monthly demos, all levels welcome 0775004500 www.facebook.com/groups/needlecraftguildzim
Lions Club of Hatfield meets 1.30pm on first Sat of each month 137 Northway, Hatfield. We have a workshop and the Lions can repair all your disused / broken toys, furniture or anything that you want to donate to charity. Call 0772 998236, 0712 403747, 576627, 576597
Excellent function venue: Senior Citizens Club/Rotary Centre. Looking for a good venue to hold a function or meeting? Call 250093 Mon to Fri 8am to 2pm or e-mail scc@zol.co.zw. Cnr Fife Avenue/Colquhoun St, entrance in Colquhoun, with secure parking, catering and bar facilities.

Learn Shona/English as a Foreign/Second Language


in Harare (Shona/English lessons for speakers of other languages) tutorials for children (7-15 years) and adults (16-80 years). Private one on one tutorials (create your own timetable). Monthly Shona class group courses for adults (morning, afternoon, evening and weekend sessions to choose from). Personalised in house Shona/English language training for corporates. Long distance Shona/English lessons offered online on Skype (for those outside Harare or Zimbabwe). Shona/English language seminars and workshops. Other services: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam preparation tutorials, English-Shona/Shona-English translation of documents. Proofreading, editing, rewriting, and copy-writing of Shona/English language documents. Shona/English language/ cultural consultant services. Available 7am-9pm Monday-Saturday. Trained, qualified, experienced and professional foreign language instructors. Traceable testimonials from current and former clients from around the globe. To book services and to request a full detailed service list, Call: +263 737 924 599, freeyourmind.info@gmail.com; www.freeyourmindlanguagetution.com;
Twitter: @privatelessons2, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/languageITlessons,
Hours: Mon-Sat 7.am-9.pm

Friend Animal Foundation is in desperate need of pet food! The Shopping Club is running a pet food drive on its behalf. Anyone can buy pet food for us at the club or pay into the account as follows: Account: The Cold Chain Zimbabwe; Bank CABS Northridge Park. RTGS 24000 account number 1006148299, reference FAF-AF.

VAWZ is a Private Trust Organisation spearheading many animal welfare activities, including inspections, investigations, training and liaison. VAWZ always needs your support in cash or kind or apply to adopt a rescued animal. kamvet@zol.co.zw; 0772308234.

AWARE (Animal and Wildlife Area Research & Rehabilitation) Trust is run by vets and focuses on animal welfare, wildlife conservation and research. Campaigns in rural areas adjacent to wildlife areas vaccinate, sterilise, de-tick, de-worm and improve quality of life for domestic animals. AWARE educates children and adults on animal care and conservation, does research on health of wild & domestic animals living adjacently, rehabilitates & releases injured wild animals, dehorns rhino. lisa@awaretrust.org.

BirdLife Zimbabwe: Learn about birds, help conserve them, make new friends! Bird walks in scenic areas, participate in research projects, attend regular talks & events: Info 481496; 490208. info@birdlifezimbabwe.org; www.birdlifezimbabwe.org;
BirdLife Zim Mashonaland Branch Organises free bird walks for members and non-members; sometimes entry fee/tip needed, depends on location; alegria@zol.co.zw; 490375.

Friends of Hwange always needs your help! If you have an extra $5, $10 or $20, Info & to donate: dave@friendsofhwange.com; www.friendsofhwange.com/donate;
https:// www.facebook.com/FriendsOfHwange

Friend Animal Foundation is running out of funds! This Foundation, set up by Jean Friend and funded by her bequest, cares for and re-homes abandoned, unwanted and rescued animals. Despite careful management by professional Trustees, the money is running out. Please Donate Generously to keep this wonderful organisation going! Please give a loving home to a pet from Friend! So many gorgeous animals crying out for you to take them home for a happy life! Open 7 days a week 8am to noon, 1pm to 5pm; 7 Kirkman Road, Tynwald. Economical boarding for cats & dogs, grooming, dipping service; 0772225845; animalfriendfoundation@gmail.com

Harare SPCA works to eliminate cruelty to animals and never turns away any animal in need. Mobile veterinary unit goes out five days a week to high density areas to treat, vaccinate, dip. Facilities were well upgraded in 2015 to ensure safe haven for unwanted, lost and sick animals. Last year Harare SPCA re-homed over 900 animals & treated several 100 others, including many who were humanely euthanised after being too badly injured by cars to be treatable. Costs have risen drastically due to rapidly and alarmingly increasing need! Harare SPCA urgently requires funds to keep its doors open! A Private Voluntary Organisation, without the assistance of benefactors it cannot stay open! HSPCA must continue to offer help to those who can’t afford to treat or keep their animals. Urgent fundraising efforts are in the pipeline but meantime HSPCA urgently needs help! To donate Contact General Manager, operations.harare@spca.org.zw, 576356/7, 581347, Bank details: Barclays Bank Cripps Rd, Account No 2199 101 2419, or use ECOCASH biller 06326. Without assistance HSPCA faces possible closure! Contact us if you can help in ANY way! www.spca.org.zw. Please give a forever home to a pet from SPCA! The greatest gift! So many adorable animals would love you to take them home for happy life!
ZNSPCA Charity Shop: 156 Enterprise Rd. Open Mon, Wed, Fri 8am to 2pm, all proceeds to animal welfare, tatum@zol.co.zw. 0772 308 647
Bulawayo SPCA: If you see an injured or lost dog on the road contact our kennels on 66578, 66593, 66593. SPCA Shop Hours Mon 2-3.45pm, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am - noon, 1.30-3.15pm, Wed 9am-12 noon, 2-3.45pm; first Sat of month 9-10.45am.

Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary: Open to visitors by prior booking only. Tours of orphanage and rescue centre 10am and 2:30pm, morning/afternoon tea included, bring a picnic if you like, picnic sites in beautiful gardens overlooking the dam, you will likely be joined by our sociable duikers, the occasional tortoise or bird and inquisitive cats! Day ends with 4pm lion feeding. 0733 436 239, sarah@twalatrust.co.zw

Lost and Found Animals: Join Zim Pets Lost and Found Facebook Group! Post photos and details of animals lost and found here. Very active page, pets and owners often reunited using this supportive community tool, stray animals reported here, also those rescued by VAWZ, SPCA; unclaimed can be re-homed. www.facebook.com/groups/135440236649668

Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe (WEZ): Mukuvusi Woodlands Cnr Glenara Ave South/Hillside Rd, Shop 747859, 747648; mashwild@utande.co.zw; 747859, 747648; Visit our WEBSITE. You can join WEZ and pay subs at The Spotlight at Reps Theatre!

What’s booking at the spotlight, plus reps news
Join reps! Africa's best amateur theatrical society: enjoy the bar as a social theatre-goer, shows at discount prices, or be an active member on or back-stage.
9 to 12 Aug: ‘Sister Act’ at Reps Theatre presented by Peterhouse Group of Schools 2pm on 9 Aug, 7pm, 10 to 12 Aug. ‘Sister Act’ is the divine, feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music, more info sisteract@peterhouse.co.zw
Sep 22 8pm: Home Coming Comedy Night: Reps Theatre – Featuring Alfred Kainga with supporting artists Long John & Q Dube, book at Spotlight.
11 Aug 6pm, ‘Can You Hear Me?’ Variety Show: Music, drama, spoken word, dance, mime, high energy creative arts, in aid of youth assistance programmes under The Seed Project. Harare International School Theatre.
11 Aug 5-10 pm, ‘The Art of Chemotherapy’ at ISU Collections, 19 Glenara Ave, Eastlea. Join us for an evening of fashion, food, live music & more, as Famba Neni & Afro Dapper release their latest collections, & there is an amazing Fashion film brought to us by @Fambaneni, we've had a sneak peek & it's too live for. Can't be missed. 0774111661.
12 Aug : ‘Comexposed’, 9am: Theatre in the Park, Harare. The 3rd Comexposed Convention, a celebration of Comic Books and Digital Art in Zimbabwe. Come and see the best Zimbabwe has to offer in Comic Books, Animation, Gaming, Cosplay, Pop Merchandize, Themed Dining, Workshops, Industry Specialist talks and more.
19 Aug 9am-5pm: Kingstons Arts & Craft Fair Botanical Gardens Lots of fun available Jumping castle, face painting, national ballet, Zimbabwe kids marimba band, competitions & many more. 0778703077.
17 Aug 6pm The Totem Dinner: 4th Floor, Joina City, Harare, tickets $70: Come and enjoy a night of arts and culture at the Totem Dinner hosted by the Harare Mayor's Cheer Fund. Explore the origins of our totems, share in our culture of giving under our theme "Ubuntu: I am because we are”. To book: 0732 198 782.
28 Aug 9am: FIG Arts Festival. Workshops and Competitions. 1 Glenroy Crescent, Highlands Shopping Centre. The event will showcase art as different participants compete in different categories: www.figartsfestival.org.
29 Aug: The Twelve Music Every Month Concert Series presents the Irish/Israeli piano trio Fidelio. Full details to follow.
31 Aug - 2 Sept: The Chamber Music Festival (Harare), Hoyle Field, tickets from Dandaro and Alo Alo from 20 Aug.
3 Sept Verandah Gallery Charity Art Exhibition 10am to 4pm. We celebrated our 25th year in July 2016: a milestone. It seems a good time to break the mould and do something different. Call Anna 0772 307772 or info@verandahgallery.co.zw.
Inns of Zimbabwe has launched Grace's cottage in the Bvumba mountains. Available for guests. www.innsofzimbabwe.co.zw or visit Armadillo travel in Avondale, Corner Natal/ King George Road.
Sept 27 to 1 Oct: Sanganai: Zimbabwe's Tourism Expo: Book now to take part in this showcase of Zimbabwe's travel and tourism offerings. Call (04) 758730-4 or e-mail sanganai@ztazim.co.zw.

Bulawayo

Zimbabwe Academy of Music: tuition in piano, violin, recorder, flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, guitar, drums and voice. Marimba & mbira lessons can be arranged. One-on-one with teacher. Longer lessons & group lessons can be arranged. Office open 8.30am-4.30pm. 60684; 67195; zam@gatorzw.co.uk
National Museum of Zimbabwe: Join as a Friend; $15 Family, $10 individual! See our book shop for new releases. 250045, natmuse@netconnect.co.zw.
8-10 Aug: Bulawayo Theatre: Byo Ballet Society Production: "Curtain Call". 8 Aug 7pm. 9 Aug 7pm. 10 Aug 2pm and 7pm. Book at theatre 9am-4pm 17 July. $5.
8 Aug: The Kingswood College Concert Band, 7pm Girls' College, 9 Aug 7 pm Robert Sibson Hall: This 40-strong Band will be remembered from its successful visit 5 years ago and presents two concerts with something for everyone. Bookings at Girls’ College for the concert there, and at the Academy for BOTH CONCERTS.
12 & 13 Aug 8am: Bulawayo Polocrosse Club at Bulawayo Country Club: The Zimbabwe Old Mutual High Goal Tournament. Featuring 8 New Zealand players and our top Zimbabwe players. Full bar and catering all weekend.
Aug 23 8am, Family Festival: 62 Clark Rd, Suburbs, Bulawayo. Highlight of the year, not to be missed. You are invited to fellowship and praise the Lord with us.
16 Sept 6.30am; Bonsa Spar Cancer Family Fun Walk 2017 Busters Sports Club, Fairbridge Way, in support of those who are fighting cancer.
30 Sept 8am, Whitestone School Spring Fair.
21 & 22 Sept: WASHen (Water, Sanitation, Energy): ZITF Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre.
23 Sept: Golfers! Dambari Wildlife Trust: Bulawayo Golf Club is calling all golfers in Zimbabwe. World Rhino Day 4 Ball Better Ball Competition. For those coming from out of town we have some great weekend stay options from some of the best B&B's in Bulawayo. Competition prizes will be awarded to 10th place. Call Verity +263 772255998. Proceeds to Dambari Wildlife Trust's ongoing rhino and conservation projects in Matopos Hills World Heritage Site.
Sept 16 1pm The Stable Winery & Queen of Heart's Wine, Craft Beer & Gin Festival: 1pm: Queen of Hearts Cafe & Bakery, 1 Hurworth Rd. Live music by The MacKay Brothers with full band, Rob Macson with live guests, no tickets will be sold at the gate. Only pre-sold tickets, avail at Stables Winery and Q of H. No under 18.

Food Fairs & Markets

Food For Life Market every Tues 9am to 2pm 17 Phillips Ave, Belgravia. Unique local products, specialising in traditional, organic & healthy options. Cooking presentations, crafts, vegetarian and vegan options, baked goods, sauces & spreads, international cuisine, sweet treats, fresh produce, meats and more. Info or to book: FoodForLifeMarket@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FoodForLifeMarket.
Fresh Food Fair, Amanzi Restaurant Fri 9am to 1pm 158 Enterprise Rd Highlands, 497768. Maasdorp Ave Market. Every Wed and Sat, 11 Maasdorp Ave opp Bottom Drawer, 7.45am to lunchtime. Fresh & homemade products: Banting, gluten-free, goats' cheese and milk, fresh fruit & veg, cakes, muffins, quail eggs, chocolate including Banting and sugar free, fresh juices, farm-fresh chicken, duck products, pickles, frozen pies & samoosas, pita bread, homemade jams, free range eggs, Mozambican prawns and fish, Homemade sausages, Indian spices, honey, mushrooms, large variety of beans & lentils, plants and bulbs in season, woven baskets, table cloths. Enter our competition to win a hamper. Ecocash, cards welcome.
The Upmarket Food Market 12 Maasdorp Ave next door to Bottom Drawer, 9am to 12 noon every Wed & Sat. Wonderful food & handmade crafts, fresh produce, organic veg, amazing bread, banting products, baked goods, fudge, sugar-free sweets, nougat, yoghurt, cheese, ethnic food, fresh juices, chicken, sausages, smoked bacon, pickles, samosas, eggs, woollen items, jewellery, beadwork, paintings, handmade soap & more.