Several weekend events give you and your family the opportunity to help local charities, shop for gifts, and do something fun! But first a note to those who have yet to see — the South German Bakery has now officially moved from Euro Plaza to Pinnacle Plaza. Situated next to Mrs. Fields on the back row (across from Johnson’s Computers), you’ll find a smaller shop, but still stocked with fresh breads and baked goods. Yum!
Also, it’s the 3rd anniversary of Euro Plaza, and they are celebrating all month long. Displayed on the main floor are many prizes – from bicycles to coffee machines to electronics – all to be given away during daily lucky draws from 10am-8pm. For every RMB 200/day in Euro Plaza store sales receipts, enter for a lottery drawing; double your chances for every RMB 500 or more spent in a single day.
Coming up this weekend (Saturday, November 3 at 10am at 3052 Gahood Villas), The Children’s Learning Center of Beijing (CLCB) is hosting a puppet show and bake sale to help raise awareness and funds for two worthy causes – the Gahood based organization “The Little Flower Projects” (a nonprofit organization providing specialized care to abandoned infants and disabled children) and the “Little Ants” puppeteers. Come show your support; entry is RMB 50 for the puppet show. For more information on the charity, go to www.littleflowerprojects.org. For details about the event, call 8046 7082 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later this month, mark your calendars:
*The BSB Coffee Morning Talk in Shunyi will occur on Monday, November 14 from 11am-noon. Parenting educator and co-author of “Slurping Soup and Other Confusions” Kathryn Tonges will be the featured speaker with the topic “Help Your Children Cope with the Typical Challenges of Living Internationally.” Free to the community, contact email@example.com with any questions.
*Shayne’s Treasures is having a very special sale on emeralds, rubies and sapphires – stones are 50% off, and jewelry with these stones is 30% off. Shop for the holidays during this event on November 14 and 15 from 10am-5pm. Located at Lake View Place by the Dragon Bay Villas.
*Tai Tai and Roundabout will host a special guest speaker, Professor Wu Qing, at the British Rego School on Thursday, November 17 at 11am, followed by lunch. Professor Wu has dedicated her life to developing and improving women’s rights in China, especially in the rural areas where women comprise the majority of the inhabitants. She founded the “Beijing Cultural Development Centre for Rural Women” (www.nonjianv.org), focusing on grassroots training in literacy and job skills which will ultimately help improve their social and economic development. Come hear about her vision during this special event. Tickets are RMB 100 and include lunch, with remaining monies being donated to Professor Wu’s Centre. Tickets are available at Tai Tai beginning November 4.
* While the Roundabout retail store has closed until further notice, they still will organize the monthly book fairs that have been tremendously successful. The next one will be held at the British Rego School on Saturday, November 19 from 10am-3pm. You are encouraged to continue dropping off book donations – especially children’s books – either to Rego during school hours, Tai Tai, or by making arrangements with Leslie Simpson directly (137 1877 7761).
*Holiday bazaar season is upon us and one of the biggest, best and most attended is that of the Western Academy of Beijing! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 26 from 10:30am-3:30pm at the elementary school campus. Shop for the holidays or for yourself, and learn about many charitable organizations in China. With over 90 vendors, multiple food booths and bake sales, tag sales, entertainment, raffles and childcare for those over age 3, there’s truly something for everyone. A special annual touch is the “Angels: The Gift with a Difference” where you can sponsor the elderly for the coming winter.