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“Mums in Touch” cook lunch for CMIS graduating class

Painting contest to be held in Chiang Mai

Counter Corruption Commission to hold youth camp

Celebrate the 4th of July at the American Consulate

Bangkok Symphony String Orchestra a sell-out in Chiang Mai

“Mums in Touch” cook lunch for CMIS graduating class

A group of Chiang Mai International School parents, who call themselves “Mums in Touch” and who helped all year to support the school sports teams, and who also organize support for the students in various ways, prepared a ‘home-cooked’ lunch in honor of the 2003 Senior Class in the week after the final exams were taken. This luncheon event was held in the school assembly hall during a break in school activity.

A group of “Mums-in-Touch” from CMIS, who organized a special lunchtime event in order to honor the 2003 Graduating Class of High School Seniors. Thank You Mums! Nothing would have been possible without you! (Photo by Geoff Thompson)

The ‘Mums’ prepared special decorations in the school colors, with each student’s college destination after graduation. Picture shows CMIS Grads Elijah Ridgley, Kevin Dutton, and Jessica Wang who are all bound for universities in California. (Photo by Geoff Thompson)

Painting contest to be held in Chiang Mai

HHK Intertrade has organized seminars (acrylic, water color, oil), workshops, sale of products and demonstrations, which will be held July 16 - 19 in Chiang Mai at the Amari Rincome Hotel. The activities will take place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

During that time, HHK Intertrade will host a Franco-Thai painting contest, organized in cooperation with famous artist teacher Mr Kosol Pinkul.

This contest is open to students between 18 to 25 years old. The subject must represent the relations between the 2 countries and their cultural differences. That means that students must think about how they perceive France and French people compared to Thailand, in which way they think these two countries can be linked (monuments, flowers, food...).

Artistic and aesthetic quality, originality, creativity, and good utilization of material will be taken into account in order to select the winners. The duration will be 3 hours. Students must come at 1.30 p.m. and the contest will start at 2 p.m. and last until 5 pm.

All materials will be provided by HHK. The type of painting used will be watercolors and the size of support will be Canson papers A3 adapted to this kind of painting.

The participation to the contest is free.

The number of participants is limited to 20 per day, but the competition will occur every day. Six pictures will be chosen at the end of the week.

Winners will be awarded 3000 baht each plus materials offered by HHK. The nomination of the winners will be announced at the end of the week. Mr Baude, Honorary French Consul in Chiang Mai will attend the prize giving.

HHK Intertrade is the exclusive agent for top quality products from France. It specializes in fine arts, drafting, office, school and craft, and can quote Lefranc & Bourgeois, Canson, Maped, and Rapha๋l among its brands.

For further information, please contact Vanessa Bouquety, tel. 02 895 7200, ext 125; e-mail: Bouquety. [email protected]

Counter Corruption Commission to hold youth camp

Nantanee Jedsadachaiyut

Wichien Noonrowd, the head of Chiang Mai Provincial Public Relations Office announced that the Office of National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) would hold a youth camp July 12-15 at Wangree Resort, Nakhon Nayok Province.

It is aimed to train teenagers on preventing and countering corruption through activities of the university clubs, and build an effective network between NCCC and university students to prevent corruption.

The activities in the camp will include special lectures about corruption, and a seminar about their participation and networking for countering corruption and other illegal activities.

For more information, contact the NCCC on Phitsanulok Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, tel. 0-2282-0197, 0-2282-3161-5#508 during office hours.

Celebrate the 4th of July at the American Consulate

All U.S. passport holders and their guests are invited to another year’s incredible 4th of July at the American Consulate General, 387 Wichayanond Road, Chiang Mai, Friday, July 4th, from 2 to 8 p.m.

This year, rain or shine, we promise no mud! (We’ll have the lawn covered and plenty of tents.) We’re sorry - no parking is available at the Consulate. You can park at the nearby Wararot Market lot or take public transportation.

This year’s extravaganza will include burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, American soft drinks and beer, patriotic fun and crafts, prizes and entertainment on the hour - with everything from “Elvis” to the Chiang Mai Choral Society, and local marching bands like Regina and Montfort.

Admission: 50 baht for adults, 20 baht for children. For more information, call 053-252-629, or e-mail [email protected]

Schedule of events:

14:00 Regina Coeli Band Performs

14:45 Regina Finishes

15:00 Payap Brass Ensemble

15:45 Payap Brass Ensemble Finishes

16:00 Montfort Performs

16:45 Montfort Finishes

17:00 Payap Choral Group Performs

17:45 Elvesky Set-up

18:00 Elvesky Performs

18:45 Chiang Mai Choral Society/Sing Along National Anthem

20:00 Fireworks

Bangkok Symphony String Orchestra a sell-out in Chiang Mai

Surachai T. Bunditkul

Bangkok Symphony String Orchestra performed live at two concerts at Chiang Mai University. The demand was way beyond the organizer’s expectations, with no seats left for some of the crowd who had queued to gain admission.

Worrapong Karnchanawerayotin performs a flute solo during the Bangkok Symphony String Orchestra sell-out concert in Chiang Mai.

The Faculty of Fine Arts, CMU and the Bangkok Symphony String Orchestra entitled the performances the La-Ong Concert. There were only two performances, with one reserved solely for students.

The music was conducted by His Excellency Privy Councilor Rear Admiral M.L. Atsanee Pramoj, who presented music by Vivaldi (Flute concert in D major), Mendelssohn (Violin concerto in D minor) and M.L. Usni Pramoj (Suite for String Orchestra). Ms. Tassanee Nakwatchara and Worrapong Karnchanawerayotin were soloists in the classic performance.

The concert was incredibly successful. Although it was raining that night, the concert hall was full with both Thais and foreigners making up the audience. The performances had been booked out beforehand, and although many came in the hope of purchasing a ticket, they were disappointed because there was no further room available.