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Sunday, May 20, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Kobe's German school holding open house

The German European School Kobe is holding an open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23 at the school in Nada Ward, Kobe.

Founded in 1909, the international school provides German or English-based education from prekindergarten to elementary school for children age 2 to 11. It is the only school in the city authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Organization's primary years program.

For the open house, the school's education system and curricula will be introduced to parents. There is no fee.

The school is a five-minute walk from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Line. No parking facility is available.

For more information, call the school at (078) 851-6414.

Charity marathon June 3 in Kyoto

A charity marathon will be run June 3 at Takaragaike Park in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The Kyoto Charity Fun-Run has been held for 21 years, attracting about 1,000 participants each year.

Starting times differ depending on the distance being run, with the half marathon starting at 9 a.m., the full marathon at 10 a.m., and the 10-km, 5-km, and 2.5-km runs at 11 a.m. Runners will also be able to jog for unrestricted distances between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Entry fees will be donated to nongovernmental organizations active in developing countries. This year's profits will go toward activities to prevent starvation in Malawi.

The fee is 200 yen for elementary school students and younger, 500 yen for junior high school and high school students, and 3,500 yen for adults.

Entrants should go to the main office for the event, in the Ikoi no Mori area of Takaragaike Park, which will open at 8 a.m.

For more information, call organizer Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO) at (075) 241-0674, or call 090-1909-7879 (available only the day of the event).

Volunteers sought to read to children

Osaka International House Foundation is seeking native English speakers to act as volunteers for its book-reading program for children.

Several staffers are being sought for the sessions held on the second Tuesday and the third Thursday of each month, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward. The sessions are on a rotating schedule.

The rotating volunteer staff will be asked to read picture books to foreign and Japanese children aged 1 to 6, as well as participating in related activities, such as preparing the books, cleaning up after the session and talking to visitors.

Applicants must be native English speakers who can also communicate in Japanese.

For inquiries, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989 or e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

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