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It'll be no surprise that December's issue focuses on shopping! There are plenty of outdoor markets on this month, as well as some interesting people to listen to, whether it's to learn something or be entertained. Happy holidays!

Christmas shopping


Piggly Wiggly will be extending its shopping hours from December 15-24 until 8pm. Spend R500 in the Village and you could win R2000 in vouchers. On Saturday, 17 December from 5-7pm, there’ll be Carols by Candlelight with Father Christmas on his horse and carriage.

Fair shopping


Forestgate will be opening its doors once again for a Christmas Fair with a variety of unique gifts, traditional decorations, seasonal food and family fun.
When 9, 10 and 11 December
Where 15 Theed Street, Howick – opposite Howick Prep
Cost R15 for adults; R10 for under 12s
Phone Dee on 083 651 5707
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How would the introduction of fracking affect the sensitive Drakensberg environment and its diverse ecosystems? This is the question that respected writer, artist, environmentalist and Chairman of the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) Jonathan Deal will be attempting to answer.
When December 3
Where Nottingham Road Hotel from 12pm and Cowan House from 6pm.  There is no entrance fee, but early arrival is advised as seating is limited. Refreshments and snacks will be served.
Phone Bruce Houghting on 082 402 5654
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Renowned musicians David Marks and Roger Lucey will be playing at Ronel Wood’s Sunset Soiree evening.
When December 3
Where The Coach House at St Charles College in Harwin Road
Time 6 for 6.30pm on December 3
Cost R80. Booking is essential as seats are limited.
Phone Ronel at 033 342 2338



Golden Horse Casino in conjunction with the non-profit Youth Film Development Project will be setting PMB ablaze with Summer Feva 2011 concert featuring the BIG 5.
Who Rajiv Mothie, Senzo, Jae, Verd and The Soap Girls
When December 3 Time 8pm-10pm
Where Golden Horse Casino
Cost R50 per ticket at the Golden Horse Box Office or call 071 886 9997 or 083 327 4666

Market shopping


The Midlands Bee indoor market has got something for everyone, from jewellery and fashion to food and children’s gifts.
When December 3
Time 9am-1pm
Where Lynwood Club (next to Linpark School) All proceeds in aid of the Maritzburg Cricket Club
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Phone Anne on 072 729 5811

Local shopping


Dargle residents will be selling delicious food, homemade artisan loaves, crafts, local produce and plants and will provide a taste of Dargle local living at the Dargle Local Market.
When Sunday, December 4
Time 9am-11.30am
Where Alongside Il Postino Restaurant, D20 (Dargle Main Road) off the R103
Phone Debbie on 082 8314092
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Vintage shopping


There will be quality goods and gifts for sale, delicious food, vintage tractors, blacksmiths, woodcrafters and more at the Vintage Baynesfield Christmas Market.
When December 11 
Time 10am-4pm 
Where Baynesfield Estate, along the Richmond Road 
Phone 033 251 0001



Happy Feet 2 is on at the Cinecentre at Liberty Midlands Mall – and in 3D – with a great cast (of voices) including Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.



The new trend this festive season is called Colour Blocking, says our fashionista Nokuthula Zimu, and it entails having fun with colours by combining two or more blocks of colour in an outfit. It can be bright colours, muted colours, contrasting and complementary colours. Some outfits like dresses come colour blocked already and others you have to co-ordinate the outfit yourself, by wearing two opposite colours next to each other.


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