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Art Clarens is so well-known for its art and craft that it is often referred to as the Art Mecca of South Africa.  And given that Clarens has over  20 galleries and that so many artists have chosen Clarens as their base, this is hardly surprising. Visitors are invited to do the Art Route, or simply stroll from gallery to gallery to enjoy the wide variety of artwork on offer. Many of the galleries and artists also offer courses.   Aspiring artists can choose from a few hours of tuition in one of the local galleries or stay-over of a week of total immersion. Check our events page to find out more about courses on offer. Clarens offers aspiring artists  a chance to explore a wide variety of media, find inspiration or simply have some fun. Craft More and more crafters are now making their home in Clarens, and you will find interesting articles – many of them made in Clarens – on offer in some of the shops. Crafts vary from leatherwork and glass work, to hand-made knives, candles  and soft furnishings. Clarens is an art-lovers paradise: spend the day browsing through the many art galleries - you're bound to be inspired.  The galleries have a wide range of  South African artworks, and many well-known South African artists live and work in Clarens. Click here to see the list of Galleries in Clarens Click here to find out about Art courses in Clarens   News Items Clarens Art Route &n
Self-drive routes - An introduction Clarens to Afriski (Lesotho) Basotho Cultural Village Clarens to Vulture Restaurant: Golden Gate National Park Ash river outfall Lunch at The Green Goose Clarens to Katse Dam (Lesotho) Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary Clarens to Fouriesburg Clarens to Fouriesburg - The Caledon
Despite the fact that Clarens is a small village, it is well-known as a shopping destination for those that are looking for something a little different.    SHOPPING Accessories Antiques  Art materials Bath accessories Bed linen, throws etc Craft Beer Books Bottle Store Bread/Baked goods Butchery/Biltong Charcoal/wood/braai Clothing Cosmetics Cushions (scatter) Decor Delicatessen  Fashion Fuel Furniture Gifts Groceries Health & Beauty  Jewellery Kitchen Leatherwork Lighting Made in Clarens Mirrors Pots, flowers, topiaries  Quilts Shoes Sports goods Table ceramics & glassware Wine
Police: Charge office - 058 256 6000/1/2 Officer on duty – 082 466 8904In an effort to co-ordinate crime statistics The Sector Police Forum also asks that anyone who has not received a case number for crimes reported to the police to please contact the Sector Police Forum Medical: Paballos Nursing Henriette Hohne – 082 327 1035 Antoinette Earle - 083 236 1293 ER 24 Ambulance - 084 460 7007/084 460 7023 Fire: Dihlabeng Fire Department – Structural fires  - 058 303 5161 Clarens Fire Association – Veld Fires Gerald Storbeck - 079512 6840 Rodney Wainwright - 083 680 7770 Dave Green - 078 738 3866 Marthinus vd Walt Pretorius - 082 576 8500 (Clarens Golf Estate) Tsepiso Mosia – 071 079 1332 Snakes: Clarens Xtreme: Ollie - 082 56 36 242 Clarens Municipality Office Hours Clarens Office -  058 256 1411 Bethlehem Office - 058 303 5732 After Hours Michael Molaba (Supervisor) - 079 538 6887 Elias Vilakazi (Water) - 076 368 9733 Peter Reed (Manager) - 083 629 8232 Community Organisations Chairpersons: Clarens Business Chamber Malcolm Hickman - 083 357 8375 Clarens Fire  Association  (see above:  Fire) Clarens Ratepayers Association Pat Raubenheimer - 058 256 1123 Clarens Sector Policing Johan Lehman - 083 447 9925 Clarens Tourism Forum Tammy Hancock -  082 824 9365 Clarens Village Conservancy Rodney Wainwright - 083 680 7770 Kgubetswana Conservancy Eben Mofokeng -  073 952 8720 Please click here for other Community Organisations and their contact numbers If you should be on this page or if you find a problem with a number, please let us know. Email: editor@clarensnews.co.za       &nbs
There are a wide range of activities and things to do that one can enjoy whilst visiting Clarens.  What's more there is something for everyone no matter what their age or level of fitness.  It's not surprising therefore that Clarens is often referred to as the Adventure capital of the Free State. For more information, click onto the icons below.  These will take you to the information page for that specific activity, describe what equipment (if any) you need, and also tell you where to go and where necessary which adventure companies to contact. If, however, none of these appeal to you, you need never be bored in Clarens.    Take time to explore the town, browse the art galleries and shops, try out the various restaurants and coffee houses,  or take a drive into the surrounding countryside. (Click on the sightseeing/self drive option for a list of suggestions.) Tours Local Tours Sometimes the best way to get to know an area, and to learn more about its history and culture is to go with a guide.   Click onto the icons below to find out more about tours available from Clarens. Exploring Lesotho Lesotho is just a matter of hours away and Clarens is the perfect base for those who wish to explore The Mountain Kingdom.    Click here for more about visiting Lesotho and Tours to Lesotho from Clarens. &n
  Tshepong, like the meaning of the word, truly is in every way a Place of Hope. Established four years ago as an initiative of the non-profit organization Combined Churches In Action (CCIA), Tshepong has grown every step of the way and today many could not imagine their lives without the love and support from all involved. One could say that the the Bana ba Hlokang (Children in Need) feeding programme that had previously been housed in a temporary shelter at the grounds of the Ithumeleng Clinic, served as the springboard for Tshepong. Although many children received food on a regular basis, one had to ask oneself – how much more could be done for the greater community with adequate facilities and facilitators? And so hope became tangible for many in the community, with the multi-purpose hall built on the lands of the Uniting Reformed Church in the beautiful Kgubetswana. The large hall would be able to tend to many different needs with facilities such as a kitchen, a small office, bathrooms, computer facilities, cleaning areas and smaller meeting rooms. All of the above would be futile without the incredibly friendly and welcoming staff. The five caregivers have 40 children each that they look after and tasks such as reporting on circumstances at home, assisting the children in schoolwork and teaching them computer skills are all just a drop in the bucket of their good deeds and unconditional love. Thomas and Sarah Thaele oversee all happenings at Tshepong and their presence is like that of loving, encouraging and protective parents. Both have been trained to provide play therapy and counseling to emotionally distressed children and the importance of their work cannot be underlined enough. Serious problems such as emotional and physical abuse, teenage pregnancy and suicide all demand constant attention and cannot be taken lightly. The Bana ba Hlokang programme ensures full tummies for those less fortunate and in collaboration with Starfish Greathearts Foundation, Protea Hotel Clarens and the Uniting Reformed Church provide balnaced meals from Mondays to Thursdays for the children at Tshepong. On Friday 25 October 2013 Tshepong showcased their End Year Concert assuring that all present would leave with lighter hearts and sunshine in their pockets. The Nativity Play allowed Tshepong to show the many benefits reaped from dedicated choir rehearsals, drama classes, art classes, dance classes and even English reading sessions that good Samaritans in town provide. Tshepong’s Christmas Party will be held on 2 November 2013 so make sure to be a part of this joyess occasion. The Place of Hope shines like the brightest star and acts as proof of what a community working together as one is capable of. *If you would like to sponsor old tyres Tshepong’s vegetable garden or assist in driving one child from and to counseling please contact Sarah/Thomas Thaele at 058 256 1268 * The Christmas Party, sponsored by Protea Hotel Clarens and The Bakery, (530 Sias Oosthuizen Street, Clarens) will take place at the Tshepong hall on 22 November 2013 at 14h00, entrance is free.   Article by Genevieve Blignaut Clarens News: November 2013         Click here To find out more about Tshepon
Recycling Helping the environment can always start in the comfort of your own home. Many of us may not even give recycling a second thought, as it didn’t play a significant part in our upbringing, however the numerous benefits of the act should be enough to get all very exited over our never-ending refuse. The Clarens Recycling Centre  has been running for three years and continues to grow in strength day by day. Evon Els talks excitedly about the increase in recycling material that is collected on a weekly basis, and states that more and more  people are becoming involved.involved.  Many of us have driven past the recycling trailer, next to Clementine’s restaurant opposite Mosiac Pizza, without giving it a second thought, but Evon states that the recycling material collected from the trailer has trippled in weight since August 2013 and various shops and business in town have also come on board. Garbage can become quite interesting when sorted into plastics, returnable bottles, cardboard boxes, tins, cans, paper and glass, and even more so when breaking glass according to colour and sorting plastics according to type. All-and-all recycling requires and incredible amount of hard and dedicated work. We can all help Evon and her team reach their target of 700kg’s of cardboard boxes and 6 ton’s glass bottles: all you have to do is to fill a separate black bag with all your recyclable plastics, glass, paper,  tins and cans and either load it on the recycling trailer on your way to buy milk, or quickly drop it off at the depot before your game of golf. Happy Recycling everyone! For more information contact Evon Els 076 293 2742 Article by Genevieve Blignaut Clarens News November 2013     Click here for more about the Clarens Recycling Ce