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Sunday, June 5, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Parenting course in English offered:
An English-language parenting class will be held at 10 a.m. June 10, June 24 and July 8 at the pia NPO building in Minato Ward, Osaka.

The three-session class is open to all English-speaking expectant parents. Couples with one Japanese member and couples still planning to have a child are also welcome.

The program will provide information on delivery and child care as well as tips to help expectant parents lead an easier, healthier life during pregnancy.

Participation is 7,000 yen for the course. Another 1,000 yen will be charged when the partner also attends.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer AMDA International Medical Information Center at (06) 4395-0555. Details are also available on its Web site at homepage3.nifty.com/amdack/

Cloisonne workshop to be held in English:
The Osaka YWCA Senri Center is organizing an excursion June 12 for English-speaking foreigners to attend a cloisonne workshop in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

Participants will visit the Namikawa Cloisonne Museum of Kyoto, which was formerly a residence of Yasuyuki Namikawa, a noted cloisonne artist active in the Meiji and Taisho eras. Participants can view the museum collection and take part in a workshop to make a key ring, pendant or brooch adorned with their own work of cloisonne.

After the workshop, participants can make an optional visit to Heian Shrine.

Participants will meet at 11 a.m. at the information office in Sanjo Station on the Keihan Line.

The fee is 2,100 yen. Lunch and transportation are not included.

The application deadline is Wednesday.

For applications and more information, call the coordinator of the program at 090-9253-7150, call or fax (0749) 26-4774, or e-mail usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

Multilingual information and counseling session:
A free information and counseling service for foreign residents will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

Specialists will offer advice on issues often facing non-Japanese residents, including legal matters, taxes, human rights, immigration, employment, education, medical care and child care.

Interpreters will be available in Chinese, English, Filipino, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.

No reservation is required. Strict confidence is assured.

For more information, call the venue's information center at (06) 6773-8989.

Scrabble competition to be staged in Kobe:
Competitors are being sought for a Scrabble competition 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 on the fourth floor of Kobe Crystal Tower in Chuo Ward.

The event is organized by Kobe Systematized Goodwill Guides Club, a volunteer interpreters' group, with the goal of promoting friendship between Japanese and foreign players of the popular board game.

Participation is free.

The venue is a three-minute walk from JR Kobe Station.

For more information, call the organizer at (078) 291-8442 or (078) 785-2898.

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