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September 4, - September 10, 2007



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Thai students learn American values and cultures

Fire in the bow concert charms audience in Chiang Rai

Bundit Sitson classical and jazz concert

Prem school volunteers launch charity calendar

Living in Chiang Mai

Thai students learn American values and cultures

Mr. Darryl N. Johnson, standing 4th from left, Mrs. Kathleen F. Johnson, right, Directors of Exploration Seminar in Northern Thailand University (of Washington), accompanied the students from the University of Washington , USA visited Chiang Mai University. On hand to welcome the visitors was Associate Prof. Dr. Tanan Anumanrajadhon, the vice president for Foreign Affairs, and Human Resources Development, standing 3rd from right.

To promote cross-cultural awareness and opportunities in a multicultural world, the U.S. Embassy in Thailand sponsored the first Cross-Cultural Leaders (XCL) Camp in Chiang Mai.
The event was organized by ACE! The Academy for EducationUSA. Cultural Affairs Officer Kenneth L. Foster gave remarks to almost a hundred students and teachers from 17 high schools in the upper northern region who attended the three-day camp, while Information Resource Assistant, Ms. Baralee Sukontarangsi, conducted an all-day workshop on creating Powerpoint presentations designed to raise cultural awareness about the United States through U.S. government web sites such as USA.gov and USINFO.state.gov. By browsing and searching for information on these web sites, participants learned more about the American government, the educational system, society and values.

 

Fire in the bow concert charms audience in Chiang Rai

Past President of Rotary Maechan Khun Somrit Pantarat, owner of Taweeheng Leasing, who donated 23 violins to start the Chiangrai Youth & Hill Tribes Project in 2006, with Khun Tanin Siriratanothai and Geertje Podevyn.

On August 25th, Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz, together with the Rotary Club of Maechan, hosted a very special concert of the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra at the Wiang Inn Hotel in Chiang Rai: Fire in the Bow with accompanist violinist Geertje Podevyn from Belgium playing in a multi-ethnic concert.

Violinists from four different hill tribes of Chiang Rai performed at the Fire in the Bow concert.
Over 400 guests who filled the concert room not only enjoyed music, but also the particular multi-ethnic flavor of an ensemble which was chosen to be different: “A string orchestra open to everyone who loves music and which proudly promotes its northern roots and culture”.
Many guests made the trip from Chiang Mai and Bangkok for this special evening which was enhanced by the presence of Khun Thanit Vajarodaya, Director of the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary, and Khun Wittaya Tumornsoontorn, of the board of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.


Bundit Sitson classical and jazz concert

The Music Department of Payap University presents a junior concert by Bundit Sitson who will perform classic and jazz music on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 19:30. The event will take place at the Payap Music Hall, Mae Kao Campus and admission is free.


Prem school volunteers launch charity calendar

‘Chiang Mai is a Wonderful Place to Live’ was the theme chosen as students submitted their drawings and art work to complete the project.

Ramlah M. Jafri
The idea came over lunch in a small restaurant. We lamented the fact that so many visitors just skim the surface of our city, staying only a night or two, rushing in and out, missing so much else to experience - sights and sites that we ‘locals’ take them to see, and observe their huge enjoyment.

The desktop calendar will benefit charitable organizations in Chiang Mai.
So how to encourage tourists to stay longer? To experience the ‘real’ Chiang Mai beyond the tour groups and the predictable one or two night packages? How to portray our historic city in a dimension beyond the travel brochures? The topic turned to how children reflect their observations so beautifully in art. Soon we were talking about kids painting pictures of Chiang Mai - to create an exhibition maybe? And how might tourism promotion benefit poor children? And how could we sustain interest long term?
So why not a useful, unusual, non-commercial charity calendar, sitting nicely in homes and offices all over the world for 12 months or even more. Something worth keeping, just looking at, appreciate, and show to friends? So, it has happened....And we are proud to share it with you.
It’s a lovely, unusual 40-page 2008 full color desk calendar featuring 13 children’s paintings, selected by judges from a total of 93 submissions, representing why they think ‘Chiang Mai is a Wonderful Place to Live’ Full calendar month pages run from December 2007 to January 2009, so it can be used for overlapping years.
How can it support charities? – The entire project has been created by volunteers, the layouts and artworks offered free of charge, and the printing done at cost. We have no administrative or other expenses of any kind - we pay for our own transportation, materials, phone calls etc., and we secured an interest-free loan to pay the printer in advance. Once the printing cost is covered, every single baht will go to a ‘charity pot’ - and the proceeds donated to deserving organizations supporting children in need. The paintings themselves will be sold, and the total revenue added to the ‘pot’
Visit the website: http://chiangmaicalendar.googlepages .com/home
The calendar can be purchased for 100 baht at Rimping supermarkets, the Amari Rincome Hotel and the Maetaman Elephant Camp.


Living in Chiang Mai

Seminar for newcomers

A one-session introductory seminar for newcomers to the community and anyone else who loves ChiangMai and wants to share info will take place on Saturday, September 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Raintree Resource Center (east side of Chiang Mai Lamphun Road at Nawarat Bridge). The seminar is free. For information, please contact Chiang Mai Community Church at 053-244-820 or Norma Morse at 089-953-4850.



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