With the return of greenery and warmth to the landscape, Spring is a good time to get out and enjoy the flowers. As a part of the efforts to beautify and take care of the Earth, organizers of Earth Day ''96 are planning a number of events centered in "Yukari no Mori", a forested park in the Toyosato area. The hand craft center there will be providing instruction for building bird houses (Sunday 10 am to 12 pm), making beautiful handmade postcards out of milk cartons (Monday from 10 am to 11:30 am) and making planters out of newspapers (Monday from 1 tp 2:30 pm). Participation is limited, so come early if you want to participate. There will also be "nature games" to play (Sun. 1 to 3 pm) and a treasure hunt for the first 200 arrivals on Sunday from 10 to 11:30 am and again from 1 to 2:30 pm.
Other events are also planned for the nearby "Rojin Fukushi Center" (Senior Citizen's Hall), including tapestry making and paper art (Sun 10 - 11:30 and 1 - 2:30), a recycle bazaar (Sun. 11 - 2 and Mon 10 -3), a star gazing session (Sun. 6:30 to 8 pm), and a symposium on the forests (Mon. 10 - 4).
As a part of the emphasis on taking care of the earth, the Earth Day planning committee, with the help of the city, is encouraging a clean-up campaign during the Spring months of April, May and June. They are asking for persons to voluntarily clean up some area around where they live or elsewhere in the city and register their good deed with the city. Each participants name will be listed on the Earth Day '96 Kirokushu (recording of the events) to be published in October. To register, send your name, address, area cleaned up and number of people who participated to the Earth Day Cleanup Office, c/o Ujie san, 68-57 Shibazaki, Tsukuba 305 (tel. 57-6933)
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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