Even though this is the November issue, we need to include information on holiday events coming up in early December. More details of the Christmas/New Year's holiday events will, of course, appear in the December issue, but to help in your holiday planning, some of the early events are included here.
The Tsukuba Classical Music Choir will be presenting their annual concert on Sat. Nov. 27 in Nova Hall, and this time, they have chosen Handel's "Messiah". The program begins at 5 pm and is expected to last about 3 hours, as the entire piece will be presented. This is a highly trained choir that has been in existence for many years. Tickets are ´1000 (´800 in advance).
Another opportunity to hear the more well-known sections of the Messiah will be on the next day, Sunday, Nov. 28 at the Tsuchiura Megumi Church starting from 7 pm. This is an annual affair, and they do a really top-notch presentation (plus it's free!) There will also a special Christmas concert on Dec. 5 at 5 pm featuring Tomoe Sawa, and award-winning pianist and singer. This is also a free event. Tel. 22-2244
The Tsukuba Christian Center/YMCA building and surrounding trees, etc. are decorated during the month of December with thousands of lights and other Christmasy things. For those away from home and who would like a touch of Christmas, there will be a traditional turkey/pot luck dinner at 6 pm on Saturday, Dec. 11. If you would like to attend, please call Tim at 55-1907.
The YMCA "Shimin (Citizen's) Christmas" will be held in Nova Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 7 pm. Admission is free, and a joint choir from numerous area churches, a handbell choir, and the talented international duo of Abraham and Sayuri Kist-Okazaki will present a number of "Christmasy" musical numbers.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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