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This week we have a little bit of this and a little bit of that. There is quite a lot happening just before we head off into the Chinese New Year holiday.
Clicia’s Designs at Dragon Bay is having a “Ring In The New Year” gemstone clearance sale. Enjoy 50 percent off a wide variety of gemstones to fit all sizes of budgets. 10am-5pm until Friday, January 24. You can also book an appointment to see Clicia about bespoke design for you after the sale week. Clicia’s Designs and Shayne’s Treasures is at Lake View Place, Dragon Bay. Call the store on 8042 2203 or email email@example.com.
Tai Tai Tennis, the ladies doubles’ league in Shunyi, is holding registration sessions for its spring 2014 season. Sign-up will be held on Thursday, January 23, from 10am-12noon at Jamaica Blue in Yosemite Clubhouse. Tai Tai Tennis, now in its 15th season, is player-led, and women of all levels are welcome to join. The season runs from mid-February to early May and the registration cost of RMB 200 per person includes the end-of-season lunch and prize-giving. For more information, call 136 5134 6314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Not-for-profit breastfeeding organization, La Leche League is holding meetings in English twice a month in Shunyi, on every second and last Tuesday. Each meeting will be dedicated to a specific topic, with time put aside to discuss breastfeeding questions and issues. Some of the upcoming topics include: increasing your milk supply, weaning naturally while feeding complementary foods, and the first milk – what every pregnant woman should know.
The second monthly meeting, called Breastfeeding Café, is a way to come together with other nursing mothers (and babies) and talk about your experiences. All meetings are held at 2067 Gahood Villas from 9.30-11.30am. The next Breastfeeding Café meets on January 28. For more info, email email@example.com.
Roundabout will be closed for the Spring Festival from Sunday, January 26. If you are doing any spring cleaning over the holiday, the charity store invites you to bring in your donations from Friday, February 7 when its doors reopen at 9.30am. Donations will be be gladly accepted to be sold in the store or donated to Roundabout’s designated charities. With our support, the Roundabout Ren can continue to do the great work that Leslie Simpson started. For more info, check out www.roundaboutchina.com.
As you may know, Roundabout is also open to volunteer work. Last Saturday, some local boy scouts did a few hours of community service work with the charity as part of their community service badge. The boys helped out in the sorting area of Roundabout’s donation center and each given a cup of hot chocolate as a reward for their hard work.
BabyGro is having a pre-Chinese New Year sale for one more week, closing out some brands and selling out old stock. Pop into the store at Cathay View Plaza for a wide range of discounted merchandise, such as maternity wear (50-90 percent off), baby clothing (50-70 percent off), shoes and boots, UV-safe swimwear, baby car seats, double and single strollers, and much more. Cathay View Plaza is on Xiangjiang Beilu (same road as Beijing Riviera Villas). BabyGro is at the back, next to Switch Café. Call 8470 1690 for information.
Green T. House is offering every dining guest a good luck sky lantern. Perfect for the Spring festival, you can enjoy a five-course festive menu of the benue’s popular "T. cuisine" for RMB 388 per person. Food can be served individually or for sharing, just state your preference when you make your reservation. Free flow drinks are also available for RMB 200 per person, which includes wine, beer, and soft drinks for a two-and-a-half hour period. Prices quoted do not include their 15 percent service charge. Dining at Green T. House is by reservation only. Call 136 0113 7132 or 6434 2519 for bookings and directions. The festive menu is available daily until the end of February.
Dragon Bay is offering another venue for ice skating in Shunyi. While the lake is frozen over, you and your kids can come over to enjoy some time on the ice. Entrance to the lake costs RMB 30 per person. Bring your own skates or pick up one of the pairs available for rent for RMB30 per pair (no time limit). Other ways to get around on the ice include the ice trolley (RMB 30, no time limit), ice bike (RMB 50, no time limit), and ice motorbike (RMB 30 for 10 mins). Two winters ago, we brought our own wooden sled, hooked up the dog, and watched as he had fun pulling the kids along the ice. The Dragon Bay ice rink is open daily from 9am to 6pm.
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Dana is the beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent. Originally from the Philippines, she moved to Beijing in 2011 (via Europe) with her husband, two sons and Rusty the dog. She enjoys writing, photography, theater, visual arts, and trying new food. In her free time, she can be found exploring the city and driving along the mountain roads of Huairou, Miyun and Pinggu.
Photo by Dana Cosio-Mercado