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Featured Events This Week
Beijing SYDNEY-GYM 2017-2018 New Program, begins from Nov 25
Aged 4-12 years old. The SYDNEY-GYM Team is a program aimed at the future athlete who wants to learn English while learning to swim in a competitive atmosphere. Different courses with different content have been designed to meet the various stages of a child’s swimming development needs. Courses will be subdivided into eight themes: Strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, reaction speed, coordination, attention. Tue-Fri 10am-8pm. Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Olympic Sports Center. Contact WeChat/Phone: 18610811988 or click here for more information.
All ages. This three-day interactive workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, school staff and administrators who want an effective discipline approach which integrates social and emotional learning while reducing challenging student behaviors. RMB 5,800. Hello Future. Contact 15210600619 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your reservation.
Storytelling and Crafts, Dec 2
Aged 4-7. The Bookworm will start this storytelling session with another favorite by Julia Donaldson. Storytelling and Crafts host: Karin Markowski. RMB 80. 10:30-11:30am. The Bookworm. Contact 010-6503 2050 or email email@example.com to find out more.
Adults. Witness the thrilling chili competition at the Beijinger’s 7th Annual Hot Chili Pepper competition being held at Punjabi Indian Restaurant. While the contestants try to win the title of King or Queen of Spice, you will be given a chance to make a guess who will win. RMB 100 including buffet. 6-9pm. Punjabi Indian Restaurant (5867 0221).
Fresh Events Next Week
BSB Sanlitun Christmas Fayre, Dec 3
All ages. Friends and families are invited to join BSB for an event filled with Christmas festivities especially for the children, with arts and crafts activities, Christmas games run by the teachers, and exciting raffle prizes to be won. Come and enjoy some wonderful food, a glass of warm mulled wine and some fabulous Christmas songs and good cheer. Free. The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your reservation.
Adults. Join YCIS Beijing’s Open Day to understand how you can support your children in their bilingual journey. From the early stages of their life through to graduation, the journey of a bilingual learner is both unique and challenging. Being able to fully communicate in a second language and thoroughly understand a second culture is a struggle that could take learners many years or even decades. Free. 9-11:30am. Yew Chung International School of Beijing. Check out the website or email email@example.com to RSVP.
Adults. ICVS is celebrating Christmas and hosting a party for Pets and their People. Bring the family and join in the fun at our annual Christmas party for pets, owners, rescuers and pet lovers. ICVS will give Christmas presents and treats to all the Pets and their people at the party. Free. 2-5pm. International Center for Veterinary Services. RSVP by December 9th to: reception@ICVSASIA.com
All ages. Invitation to the opening of the World AIDS Day “Cure the world with love” Charity Art Exhibition by the Chi Heng Foundation. The exhibition will showcase more than 30 paintings created by AIDS-impacted children. There will be a special “art battle” program on site, various artists will join a live competitive painting activity and improvise with the environment. Free. 10am-6pm. Another Art Center. Check out the website to book your reservation.
Fun for the Family
Parade of Penguins at Indigo’s Christmas Castle, until Jan 2, 2018
All ages. This year the Indigo winter garden will be transformed for our annual Christmas tree lighting event, featuring a magnificent Christmas Castle ruled over by the lovely penguin duke. There will be many fun games and activities in the castle for all to enjoy this Christmas. Make a special Christmas wish as you slide down the magic castle slide, and see if the penguin duke grants your wish. Indigo. Check the website for more information.
Markets and Bazaars
3e’s Christmas Bazaar, Dec 2
All ages. 3e International School welcomes you to celebrate the festive season at the annual 3e Christmas Bazaar. Come to find that special Christmas gift, try to win fabulous prizes by supporting the charity raffle, and enjoy creating seasonal crafts with the whole family. Vendors can book a table for RMB100 (table fees will be donated to Roundabout). Free. 10am-noon. 3e International School. Contact 64373344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BCIS Christmas Bazaar 2017, Dec 2
All ages. With over 70 Christmas shopping stalls selling a wide a range of products, attendees will be able to browse for that perfect holiday gift. There will also be live music and other performances to keep everyone’s spirits up; a raffle to enter to win various prizes; and a children’s corner to entertain the little ones and make every family happy. A special Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held as well to mark the start of the festivities. Free. 11am-3:30pm. Beijing City International School. Click here to register.
All ages. The 17th Deutscher Charity Weihnachtsbasar will be held at the German Embassy Beijing – a delightful and popular Christmas bazaar where visitors will delight in delicious traditional German food items, festive music, books, beautiful handmade Christmas decorations, activities for the children, a gigantic raffle with valuable prizes and more. RMB 100 (adults), RMB 10 (kids). German Embassy China. Check out http://www.charitybasar.cn for more information.
Feed Your Mind
All ages. The biggest international music community in Beijing, the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! Musicians of 25 nationalities from all across the Globe will present to you an unforgettable show. RMB 100 (adults), RMB 50 (kids). 4-9pm. Canadian International School of Beijing. Contact email@example.com or check www.bico-china.com for more information.
School Open Days
WAB Open House 2017 Series, Nov 28
Grade 2-5. Come learn with WAB! Parents will participate in a workshop on learning at WAB led by their Elementary School principal, assistant principal, and IB PYP coordinator. Your children will have the option to join in fun WAB activities or real classroom experiences during the open house. A tour of their campus led by admissions officers and WAB parent ambassadors will be offered to both parents and their children. 8.45-11.30am. Lotus Lounge. Check out the website to book your reservation. For a complete schedule or more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade 6-12. The International School of Beijing invites prospective parents & students of middle school (Grades 6-8) and high school (Grades 9-12) to come and learn about ISB’s challenging curriculum and innovative teaching practices. Meet their new Head of School, Patrick Hurworth, learn more about their high school and college guidance programs, and hear first-hand accounts from their student panel. An in-depth presentation from their middle school principal will follow the high school program. Families will also have the opportunity to tour following each divisional discussion. RSVP needed as space is limited. (8149 2345, email@example.com)
AHA First Aid Training, Dec 2
Adults. Learn to how to be a first responder during an emergency situation. This course is a CPR certification class from the American Heart Association (ASA). It is taught in English and Chinese with a certificate given on completion. Free. 9am-noon. Oasis International Hospital. Contact David Guo guo.wei.@oasishealth.cn for registration.
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