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British Club Beijing High Tea, May 16
All ages. The British Club of Beijing will host a traditional British high tea, with tea, coffee, a variety of sandwiches and cakes as well as vendors selling handicrafts and a raffle, in an event which will benefit the Migrant Children’s Foundation. Have some fun and support a great cause. For more information or to register, email email@example.com. Because the event is held at the Ambassador’s Residence, guests need to RSVP with their passport number and full name as shown on their passport. Free. 1pm-3pm. British Ambassador’s Residence.
Chasing the Dragon Book Talk, May 16
Adults. The author of Chasing the Dragon: Living on the Edge, Rainier Thomm, appears to speak about his newest publication at Ossie on Tuesday night. Thomm writes about his experience in China’s expat community, talking about life and business in the Middle Kingdom. Free. 7pm-9pm. Ossie Restaurant and Bar.
INN Shunyi Coffee Morning at BSB, Shunyi, May 18
Adults. The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi is hosting the International Newcomers Network (INN) Shunyi coffee morning at Chatterbox Cafe this month. Join INN Shunyi for a great opportunity to meet other newcomers and old-timers in the Shunyi area! Free. 10am-noon. British School of Beijing, Shunyi.
House of Knowledge Community Yard Sale, May 20
All ages. The HoK Yard Sale is back, and it’s the perfect motivation you need to clear the clutter from your home and help them find a new home! Book a free table today (firstname.lastname@example.org). Everyone is welcome. If you don’t have anything to sell, swing by to get a bargain yourself, check out the books at the roundabout book-nook and eat cake guilt free, as all cake money goes to the migrant children. Free. All day. House of Knowledge. (email@example.com, +86 (10) 6431 8452).
Unity Day with Ivy Education Group, May 20
All ages. Join Ivy Education Group for a fabulous afternoon/evening of delicious food, exciting games, music & entertainment, wonderful stalls with organic produce and items for sale and much more. Open to the public, the event will give you a chance to have a fun-filled family outing at Daystar Academy’s brand new, state-of-the-art sports field, while giving back to the community at the same time. Free. 3pm-8pm. Daystar Academy. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 8446-4193 x 875).
Roundabout Children’s Flea Market, May 20
All ages. Roundabout is looking for youth volunteers to help in their sales. All profits will support the Leukemia kids for their treatment. Free. 2pm-4pm. Roundabout. (email@example.com, 137 1877 7761).
ISB Spring Fair 2017, May 21
All ages. The International School of Beijing (ISB) will hold their annual spring fair on May 21. The day promises to be packed with fun games and activities for the whole family. There will also be a food bazaar, excellent shopping opportunities, and a raffle with great prizes to bring home. The ISB Fair is the biggest event in the school calendar, attracting over 5,000 people to their campus each year. Free. 10am-4pm. International School of Beijing (ISB).
SpaceCycle with Master Trainer Bibi McGill, May 15
Adults. Bibi McGill toured with P!nk, Paulina Rubio and La Ley, became the guitarist and musical director of Beyoncé’s backing band, performed a “pyrotechnic guitar solo” at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2013, and finally now focusing on her other passion: yoga. RMB 199 to RMB 599. Both morning and night sessions available. SpaceCycle.
Raindance China Virtual Reality Film Festival, May 15 to May 25
All ages. Raindance is supported by the British Film Association and has an authoritative review process and a rigorous accreditation system. This festival focuses on virtual reality, allowing you to experience the artistic possibilities of this new technology. For more information, visit: https://www.douban.com/event/28642778/. RMB 80 to RMB 199. 10am-6pm. Ceramics Three Street Art Factory (789 Art District).
Neck and Lower Back Pain Treatment Workshop, May 16
Adults. Join MsUptown to learn about how to prevent and heal injuries with Gyrotonic technique. Gyrotonic is a blend of ballet, Taichi and yoga. During the workshop, participants will learn specifically how to treat shoulder, neck and lower back pain. This summer live pain free and play with complete freedom. RMB 50 (members), RMB 100 (non-members). 6.30pm-9pm. MsUptown.
Dumpling Class in a Hutong, May 17
All ages. Join KUCINA in their courtyard cooking studio for a great experience learning how to make traditional Chinese dumplings. Their dumpling classes are available every Wednesday and Thursday. Make a reservation (+86 15011337590) one day in advance. Contact for price. Sessions start from 10.30am. KUCINA Cooking Studio.
Walk and Discussion at the Lama Temple and Confucian Temple, May 17
All ages. The Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and the Confucian Temple/Imperial Academy are well-known for their association with Buddhism and Confucianism respectively. But these sites have also long played a significant role in state ideology and the ideology of empire building. The group will consider how the Qing emperors appropriated the forms and functions of Tibetan Buddhism. RMB 260 (members), RMB 300 (non-members). 10am-1pm. Lama Temple.
First Mini Urban Retreat by Mothers Retreat Beijing, May 20
Adults. Mothers Retreat Beijing is on a mission to create a time and space for hardworking mothers to come together and support one another in a relaxing and inspiring retreat setting. Mothers Retreat Beijing is excited to announce their first-ever Mini Urban Retreat, which will consist of yoga with Hannah Northcott, and a seminar by life coach Carnisa Berry, nourishing meals, and new friendships. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. RMB 2,500 per person. All day. Beijing Four Seasons Hotel.
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YCIS Beijing Open Day, May 25
Adults. Join the Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) for their Open Day. Tour their campus and meet their school Co-Principals, Noel Thomas and Christine Xu. Learn more about their school’s unique education model. Parents will have the opportunity to see the exciting changes that are happening all across their campus and visit their newly renovated Learning Communities. Free. 9am-11.30am. YCIS Beijing.
David & Goliath Musical, May 26
All ages. Hope International School (HIS) Music Department is proud to present its Elementary School Spring Production “Let The Righteous Rejoice.” Act I of the production will feature Hope Elementary School kindergarten through fourth grades performing songs of praise. Also, the school’s beginning and intermediate orchestras will be performing. In Act II Grades five and six will be presenting the original musical David and Goliath. Free. 7pm-9pm. Hope International School.
Dulwich College Beijing Founder’s Day, May 27
All ages. The Founder’s Day is a celebration of the Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) community. It is DCB’s biggest community event of the year. The day highlights the school’s diversity and includes performances and mini-events that showcase its four pillars（Academic, Sports, Performing Arts, and Community Service）Free. 2.45pm-9pm. Dulwich College Beijing.
Parkour Camp, May 27 to 30
Ages 8+. Experience leaping into foam pits, jumping on trampolines, balancing on a slack line, climbing on a bouldering wall, and so much more! Parkour is a great way to build foundation skills for all other freestyle action sports. This will take place from May 27 to 30. RMB 700 per day; RMB 600/day/each (3 kids together); RMB 600/day/each (early bird). 8.30am-5pm. Imagine. (email@example.com, 010-57394933).
Dragon Boat Festival Coding Workshop, May 27 to May 30
Ages 12 and under. During this workshop students will learn the basics of coding using an Arduino microprocessor. Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform that helps control real-world objects. Children will get familiar with electronics and C programming language. They will realize funny and useful objects including sensors, lights and electro-mechanical components. During this workshop, they will build a detection system, radar, traffic light system and control a car through an obstacle course. RMB 4500 per child. 10am-4pm. Atelier.
Pop Art for Dragon Boat Festival, May 27 to May 30
Ages 5 to 12. For the Dragon boat Festival, Atelier Sanlitun presents a exciting workshop that will allow children to discover, explore, and learn about Pop Art, and become Pop artists themselves. Pop Art began in the US in the 1950s, when artists used everyday, standardized iconography in American life. RMB 1500 per child. 10am-4pm. Atelier.
Stop Motion for Dragon Boat Festival, May 27 to May 30
Ages 10+ Discover the stop motion technique during four days, and make a short movie animation. Understand the principle of animation by watching examples and making a flip book with photographs, then learn how to tell a story, to invent characters, write a scenario, prepare a storyboard, create your 3D characters and the set. Then it is time to shoot, to edit, and to add your name to the credits! RMB 2600, RMB 2200 for Atelier’s students. 10am-4pm. Atelier.
HOPE Fundraising Auction for Children with Special Needs, May 28
All ages. HOPE (Horses Offering People Enrichment) is an non-profit organisation offering therapeutic horseriding for children with special needs. Through therapy session on a horse, HOPE has helped children with special needs in Beijing since 2009. HOPE is running a fundraising auction and bazaar to raise money to cover costs such as stables rental, medical fees for the horses, equipment costs, and training and purchase of new horses. The auction will feature arts and crafts from local and foreign artists, and art work by HOPE’s young riders and also children with autism. Free. 10am-3.30pm. Roundabout.