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Weekend Tips, Friday, January 20th until Monday, January 23th
It finally feels like Winter but, unfortunately, the ice on most canals is too dangerous to skate on. There are multiple natural skating areas created to get the feeling of skating on natural ice. So please take the advise and refrain from going on ice that is simply not safe enough. The ANWB and the local VVV's will help you in finding the natural skating rinks. The outdoor skating feeling is great but you do not want "wet feet". If you travel further to the eastern part of the country, the chances of snow and ice are more likely. We are just too close to the sea.
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Community Activities and Events
Writers Unlimited Winternachten Festival, Thursday 19 January 20:00, The Hague: Writers Unlimited Winternachten Festival The Hague is the most important international literature event of The Netherlands. The festival brings together writers, poets, thinkers and musicians from all parts of the world together with their audiences. They share their work, their experiences, their dreams and ideas. Across borders of languages and cultures. With Dutch language programmes mixed in among international ones, the festival bridges the gap between Dutch literary audiences and those coming from abroad. Tickets for the festival can be booked at the boxoffice of Theater aan het Spui. By telephone (+31 70 3465272), email (kassa@theateraanhetspui.nl) or online via writersunlimited.nl/en. Festival locations Winternachten Festival takes place at Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag. Location: Theater aan het Spui, Spui 187, The Hague

Theater Tour for Kids (6+), Saturday, January 21st, 13:30, Leiden: Learn all about the history of the buildings and what’s going on behind the scenes of the Leidse Schouwburg. Join one of the theater tours to visit areas that usually aren’t open to the public. Entrance is free, but make sure to make a reservation because the places are limited.
Location: Leidse Schouwburg, Oude Vest 43, Leiden

Discovering the Dunes Walk, Sunday, January 22, 14:00, The Hague: Winter walk through the Westduinpark in The Hague, which is largely run on dirt trails to experience nature in its completeness. The total walk is about 1,5 to two hours. Meet up at the corner of the Laan van Poot and Savorin Lohmanlaan. Registration in advance required by denhaag@citee.nl. More about Duinontdekkingswandeling www.citee.nl
A taste of Mindfulness, Monday, January 23rd, 19:15 - 21.15 or Wednesday, January 25th, 9:15 - 11:15, Wassenaar: Do you wish for 2017 to be a less stressfull year? The challenges of life are likely to keep coming but being mindful and practicing mindfulness is an efficient way of coping and navigating the sometimes chaotic environment around you. This introduction gives you an understanding of mindfulness, the research behind it and how to practice it. The event is free but donations are welcome and will go to ASH Global Service Learning Programs in Nepal. Suitable for adults and older children (from about 13 year). For details please see www.glaede.eu or contact Berit Lewis at berit@tamorin.co.uk

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Wednesday, January 25th until Sunday, February 5th, Rotterdam: IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large. The festival's Official Selection includes some 252 feature films and 225 short films out of 50 countries. It aims to organize and stimulate film-related activities in Rotterdam. Visit the IFFR website to find out more about the film program, events and package deals.

Chinese New Year Festival, Saturday, January 28th, 11:30, The Hauge: The center of The Hague will come alive with the excitement, sounds of fireworks and bold colours of the Chinese New Year Festival. To kick off the Year of the Rooster, 2 large-scale celebrations of the Chinese New Year will take place in The Hague: the national celebrations in and around The Hague City Hall and the local celebrations in The Hague's Chinatown neighbourhood. All the festivities in The Hague are free of charge and open to the public. Kick-off on Spuiplein The festivities begin at 11:30 with a traditional Chinese opening ceremony with fireworks on the Spuiplein in the presence of the mayor of The Hague and the Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands. Visit www.chineesnieuwjaar-denhaag.nl/en/ for more information.

Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. Tribute and Dinner, Sunday, January 29th, 17:30, Wassenaar: On Sunday, 29 January Overseas Americans Remember (OAR) will sponsor the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Tribute and Dinner. The dinner and commemoration are geared to families. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, DC It was in 1986 that the Martin Luther King holiday was first commemorated in the United States as well as by a group of American women in Wassenaar. The tribute to Dr. King has been held each year in The Hague since that time. Civil rights movement When one thinks about the Civil Rights Movement, there are no words. Dr. King led the movement and the hundreds of thousands who followed him shared his belief in non-violence and his love and commitment to the United States of America and the dignity of people everywhere. So much has improved since Dr. King first spoke of 'His Dream', but the battle to eliminate racism and discrimination is still a task for today and tomorrow. The message and motto of Martin Luther King Day is a challenge for all people: 'Make this a day on, not a day off!' In other words, do something to make Dr. King’s dream a reality.
The commemoration will feature a number of distinguished speakers as well as music integral to the civil rights movement.
Come to the Hotel Den Haag-Wassenaar (formerly De Bijhorst) on Sunday, January 29th at 17:30 for a simple dinner full of friendship and lots of goodwill. You are encouraged to bring your children. The dinner costs 30.00 Euros for adults and 15.00 Euros for children under 12 years. For reservations please send an email to oarinnl@yahoo.com.
Location: Hotel Den Haag - Wassenaar (formerly De Bijhorst), Zijdeweg 54, Wassenaar
Wine Tasting Fundraiser, Saturday, February 11th, 19:00 - 21:00, Wassenaar: The Yarnell Family Trust and ASH parent volunteers are organizing the first Wassenaar Wine Tasting Fundraiser. The owners of the wine store will open 60 bottles of wine for you to taste freely. They will be readily available to help you with their expertise. Live music entertainment will set the mood for the night and light finger food and snacks are available. Additionally, we will raffle off a selected wine basket. The wine tasting is open to ASH families and friends. Admission is limited to 75 people so make sure to get your ticket now. Proceeds from the ticket sales to the event and 15% of the sales for cases of wine sold on the night will benefit the Yarnell Family Trust. The goal is to relieve Stephanie's main caregiver, her mother Bernie, and let her recover from the strenuous pre-and post-operation time. We therefore would like to finance Stephanie's stay at a full-time care facility for two weeks and a flight ticket back home for Bernie. Tickets for the Wine Tasting Fundraisers are available at the HS Office for 20 Euros per person (limited to 75 people).
Location: wine store Wijnheeren, Molenstraat 23, Wassenaar
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