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Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003

KANSAI: Who & What

Coors to sponsor free HIV test at Osaka club: Coors Japan K.K. is sponsoring a campaign that will provide a free HIV test to anyone who visits Grand Cafe, a club in Osaka's Chuo Ward, between 10 p.m. and midnight on Wednesday.

The alcoholic beverage company is holding an all-night event that starts at 8 p.m. and feature its Hooch drink, live reggae music and a free manicure service, as well as the HIV test by Dr. Tsuneo Akaeda, a gynecologist who advocates safe sex among young people.

The results of the strictly confidential test will be available in about 15 minutes. Every visitor who buys a bottle of Hooch will also receive a condom and a condom carrying case.

The venue is in the city's America-mura district, near Shinsaibashi Station on the Midosuji subway line.

For more information, call the organizer at (03) 3401-7000.

Indian consulate set to mark independence day: The Consulate General of India Osaka-Kobe is inviting members of the Indian community in the Kansai region to a flag-hoisting ceremony on Friday to mark the 56th anniversary of the country's independence.

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the Indian Social Society in Kobe's Chuo Ward.

For more information, call the consulate general at (06) 6261-7299.

Children to get hands-on experience at foundation: The Kyoto City International Foundation is holding a hands-on learning session for children between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Aug. 20 to Aug. 23 at the Kyoto International Community House (Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kaikan) in the city's Sakyo Ward.

The session will encourage children to understand the world, society, science and culture through experience. They will have the chance to play musical instruments from around the world with foreign residents of Kyoto, see a fashion show of ethnic costumes, learn how to weave textiles and record sound using paper cups, as well as take a look at how people live in the Arctic, Peru, Java, Arab countries, Bhutan and South Korea.

All the events will be conducted in Japanese and aimed at elementary school students and their parents.

Participation is 150 yen for children and 300 yen for adults. Some workshops will charge for the cost of materials. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

NPO plans hiking, hot spring tour to Hyogo: Osaka Citizen's College, a nonprofit organization, is planning a hiking and hot spring tour to Hyogo Prefecture on Sept. 7.

Foreign and Japanese participants will walk the 5-km course along the disused railroad in the Mukogawa river valley.

Participation is free for foreigners and 1,500 yen for Japanese, not including transportation and lunch. Entrance to the Takedao spa will cost an extra 1,000 yen.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the fountain in front of the central concourse of JR Osaka Station. Reservations are required in advance.

To make reservations, call OCC at (06) 6764-1282 or e-mail: occ-manapi@mvb.biglobe.ne.jp

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