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Workshops and Seminars for a Better You
Lessons Learned in Marriage – A Special MOPS Panel, Mar 12
Adults. You are invited to join MOPS as they hear from two couples who have over 60 combined years of marriage experience. Mark and Dayna Blair and Mark and Cheryl Hatfield will be joining them for this special MOPS meeting to share some of the lessons they have learned about love and marriage. Free. 10am-noon. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Beijing International Christian Fellowship.
Morning Cuppa, Mar 13
Adults. Don’t miss this month’s Morning Cuppa guest speaker, Stella Chan Marinario, a nutritionist and exercise physiologist. Expect a wide range of tea, coffee, and breakfast snacks along with raffle prizes and delicious food vendors! And don’t forget the bubbles! Free. 10am-noon. Check the website to sign up. Westin Chaoyang.
Workshop – Sensory Motor Development for Young Children, Mar 13
Adults. This workshop will examine the following areas: Sensory-motor systems from a developmental standpoint for the 2-5 age groups / pre-schoolers; What is sensory/processing/sensory integration? What activities to do with young children to promote and enhance the integration of the different sensory experience; What is typical fine motor development? What to do to develop fine motor skills, and to lay the proper foundation for hand writing? This is an interactive workshop and will give opportunity for discussion, questions, and answers. Free. 2-3.30pm. Please email email@example.com for reservation. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi campus.
Yosemite Chic, Mar 14
Adults. Yosemite Chic returns this month with fabulous design and fashion vendors. For more info, contact WeChat antosamp or desireedewit. Yosemite Clubhouse (opposite ISB), No. 4 Yu Yang Road, Houshayu
Composting Workshop and Green Day, Mar 17
Aged 2-5. Come and join Hello Future at a Composting Workshop with fun activities for children age 2 to 5, Meet other Green People & businesses (food and daily life), making a difference. They are excited to welcome Zero Waste Beijing, who will offer a composting workshop at their Maquanying campus in Chinese/English. Everything needed will be provided, you don’t need to bring anything with you! Dress code: Wear something Green! RMB 100 (with bin), RMB 150 (without bin). Please sign up before March 13. Hello Future Flagship Campus.
Workshop: What You Need To Know About Surrogate Parenting, Mar 17
Adults. Becoming a parent is a wonderful thing, and many queer people in China see parenthood as the next step. This has partly fueled the rapid expansion of commercial overseas surrogacy services, which often involves complex, expensive international arrangements. Join Jack and Eddy, two loving dads with two-year-old twins, as they tell their family’s story and answer questions on the realities of surrogacy and gay parenting in the China context. Free. 2-5pm. Contact WeChat BeijingLGBTCenter for more information. Beijing LGBT Center.
School Open Houses
WAB Middle and High School Open House, Mar 13
All ages. WAB opens its doors and welcomes all prospective parents and students to explore the classroom and see the unique ways in which they implement the IB MYP and DP programmes. Your family will have the chance to tour the school, sit in on classes, speak with counselors, teachers, and administrators. Free. 8.45am-noon. Check https://www.wab.edu/fs/pages/1466 for registration. Contact 5986 5588 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Western Academy of Beijing.
House of Knowledge Open Day, Mar 13-14
All ages. Would you like to know more details about House of Knowledge? There’s no better way to see first-hand how House of Knowledge can inspire your child’s academic and personal journey. The Open Day provides an opportunity for you and your family to meet their principal, teachers, tours their school and learn about their curriculum. Chaoyang Park Campus: March 13, 9.30-11.30am (Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Park West Road); Shunyi Campus: March 14, 9.30-11.30am (North gate of Quanfa compound, 18 Maquanying Road). Contact 400 650 7747 email@example.com for registration.
3e Elementary Open House, Mar 15
All ages. 3e International School invites prospective Grade 1 (6 years) to Grade 6 (12 years) parents to visit and tour their new 3e Elementary campus, to understand more about 3e’s dual-immersion bilingual program. With small class sizes and individualized language and learning support, 3e Elementary program’s half-day English, half day Chinese and social French environment (in collaboration with the French International School (LFIP)) ensures students receive support and attention to become confidently bilingual and bi-literate within a global community. Free. 12.30-2.30pm. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or 6437 3344. 3e International School.
MSB Open House, Mar 22
All ages. Come join MSB for their Open House – prospective parents will be given a brief introduction of their English Only and Dual Language Programmes, the MSB curriculum, and scientifically sound Montessori Philosophy. This will be followed by a tour of the facilities to see the how a Montessori classroom is structured. Free. 9-11am (first session), 1pm-3pm (second session). Interested parents are requested to RSVP to email@example.com. The International Montessori School of Beijing.
YCIS Beijing Open Day, Mar 22
All ages. Join YCIS’s Open Day to learn more about the exciting learning taking place every day in their ECE, Primary and Secondary Learning Communities.The event will feature a panel discussion made up of both expert educators and students who will introduce their experiences as a part of the Years 6-8 Learning Community. Free. 9-11am. Check the website for registration. Contact 8585 1825 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Yew Chung International School of Beijing.
Spring Parkour Camp, Mar 16
Aged 7-16. Experience leaping into foam pits, jumping on trampolines, balancing on a slackline, climbing on a bouldering wall, and so much more! Parkour is a great way to build foundation skills for all other freestyle action sports. In fact, Parkour doesn’t have to be so crazy! At it’s basic level, it is a fascinating discipline, to train your body to be able to get over obstacles in your path: balancing, jumping, landing, rolling, vaulting, spinning, and more. RMB 700. All day. Check the website for more information and registration. Imagine.
Little Architect Camp, starts from Mar 17
Aged 4-12. Encourage your child’s math, science and design skills in this English-language camp. Architect and artist Jovanka Djorovic is an experienced art teacher and will help kids develop their skills through fun activities like city planning, the tallest tower competition and much more. Kids will each create their own portfolio to showcase their hard work. RMB 4,880 for 12-week courses. 10am-2pm. Check the website for more information or to register. Pingo Space.
March Events You Shouldn’t Miss…
Year of the Dog Exhibition at the Capital Museum, until Mar 18
All ages. Head to the Capital Museum for this exhibition of Year of the Dog related art, sculpture and cultural relics and learn more about man’s best friend and the most loyal and honest zodiac sign. Free. 9am-5pm. Visit the website for more information on the exhibition. Capital Museum.
The American Ball 2018, Mar 19
Adults. Join them for an exciting and glamorous evening of horse races, high heels, and fabulous hats. Whether you bet on the favorite or the long shot, find yourself in the Winner’s Circle at AmCham China’s Jockey Club! There will also be an exclusive race to the photo finish at the Champions After Party! RMB 1450. 5.30-9.30pm. Check the website for more information or to buy tickets. China World Hotel.
Ivy Charity Bazaar, Mar 24
All ages. Ivy’s Charity Bazaar will bring together vendors selling eco-friendly goods, children-made handicrafts, holiday beverages and seasonal snacks. Other fun activities including an auction will be held, while all profits go to the school’s chosen charities.Free. 9am-noon. Contact 8446 7921 / 8446 7287 or support-OE@ivyschools.com for registration. Ivy Bilingual Kindergarten Ocean Express Campus.
Rumble in the Jumble Spring 2018 Debut, Mar 24
Adults. As we welcome the new year and the arrival of spring, we see opportunity and newness. That’s why the theme for Rumble in the Jumble in its 2018 debut is “Renewal.” If you’re a crafter, this is your opportunity to debut your new handmade concept. If you have a box of second-hand clothes that you’ve been meaning to donate, this is your opportunity to sell them for a bit of drinking money, and refresh your wardrobe while you’re at it! If you are a small business, an artist, a volunteer, or just have a pile of books to drop off at their Booksellers stall, you are welcome and encouraged to join. Free to attend. Noon-6pm. Email at email@example.com with your name, company name (if you have one), products, price range, and WeChat ID, and a couple of pictures of your products to register. Modernista
BlackEXPO, Mar 31
All ages. More than just a market, BlackEXPO is a fun and interactive cultural experience placing the spotlight on the community and businesses, services, and talents therein. BlackEXPO is open to the entire Beijing community and it is a unique opportunity to further shape the black narrative here in China and in the world at large. Other than supporting the community, it is a chance to discover your new favorite artists, creatives, find that next head-turning outfit or accessory, taste the flavors of the world and simply make new friends with people from all over the world. Free. Noon-6pm. To register, scan the QR code in the poster above. 27 Courtyard, Line 5, Dongsi
Taoist Philosophy, Culture and Martial Arts Classes, every Mon, Thu, Sun
All ages. An ancient Taoist tradition past down for generations only in temples and few families. Yin Yang, Five elements, Eight Trigrams, rebuild your body according to these principles, make your body strong, calm down your mind and heart and nourish your life through the practice of Wujiquan. This exercise is beneficial for muscles, sinews, joints as well as internal organs. RMB 50 per class. 10.30am-6pm. Contact 150 1069 6821 or Wechat: Breznan for more information.
YCIS Beijing Active Parenting of Teens Workshop: From 13 to 18 Years, every Mon
All ages. Bringing up a young person in today’s world can have many challenges for parents. Active Parenting of Teens gives parents skills and strategies that help increase communication and cooperation with their teenagers, while also decreasing areas of potential conflict. This entertaining and informative program uses activities and discussion to show parents ways to raise independent, cooperative, and responsible young people. Free. 8.30-10.30am. Check https://yoopay.cn/event/87847351 for registration. Yew Chung International School of Beijing.
MindUp Social Emotional Learning Group, every Sat
Aged 4-6.This program is adapted from MindUp curriculum developed by Hawn Foundation. It aims to improve children’s attention, behavior, and emotional regulation, and ability to empathize and be pro-social. This program brings positive changes to a child’s academic skills and relationship with self and others around them. It also aims to create resilience and happiness. RMB 4,000 for 8-week courses. 9-10am. Contact 135 2234 1845 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and more information. LIH Olivia’s Place.
Troys Team Saber Classes, every Sat
All ages. Troys Team Saber classes – dramatic classes designed to teach you all sword systems and styles from a Galaxy far away, combining martial art movement and conditioning! 10-11am. Contact WeChat mayelam8 for more information. Yuanyang Guanghua International.
Tibetan Historical and Cultural Relics, until July 22
All ages. This exhibition of Tibetan cultural and artistic relics is the largest exhibition in China, and displays many artifacts for the first time out of Tibet. See works from important monasteries. The exhibition will be divided into four parts, “Tracing Civilizations,” “Tianlu Plateau,” “The Snowy Buddha” and “One and the Same.” Free. 9am-5pm. Check the website for more information on the exhibition. Capital Museum.
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