January 20th, 2016: Bermuda Events Update
The weather might be a little temperamental at the moment but at least we are getting closer to Spring/Summer with each passing day.
Here is the latest upcoming fun in Bermuda:
Feeling safe and secure in your home and neighbourhood is essential for all of us, but can present special challenges if you’ve lost or are losing vision. For this reason, the Bermuda Society For The Blind presents Keeping You and Your Home Safe: Tips From the Bermuda Police Service on Wednesday, January 20th.
From 6pm at Beacon House, the Bermuda Police Service’s Central Community Action Team (CCAT) will share ways to make your home and neighborhood as safe as possible.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact 292-3231.
InterNations Bermuda are already shaking it up for 2016 as their first event of the year be on a Wednesday. Promising just as much fun as at their usual Thursday night gathering of expats, they’ll be taking it to the Lanes for the InterNations Expat Group Bowling Night on Wednesday, January 20th.
From 6.30pm at Warwick Lanes, you can expect a little exercise and a lot of laughter. The central meeting place is at the bar and dinner is available too. Bowling is not a requirement, so you can come for the good conversation, if you prefer.
As always, you’re welcome to bring friends. Everyone should sign up and RSVP at www.InterNations.org.
There is no cover charge. Those who wish to bowl and/or order food and drink will pay their own way.
For more information, contact Vicki.Abraham@gmail.com.
Bermuda Youth Library presents the Reading Odyssey reading challenge, from Monday, January 4th until Thursday, March 24th.
Check out 2 or more books from the library and get a star punch in your Reading Odyssey card. After 4 star punches, you can turn your card in for a prize with completed cards eligible for the grand prize draw that will take place on March 26th.
For more information, contact Marla Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 295-0487.
Looking for a consistent, safe, clean and friendly environment that will provide your child with a solid foundation? Then you may want to check out Onionpatch Academy’s Open House, daily until Friday, January 22nd.
The Onionpatch Academy was opened in August 2011 and has sought to redefine early childhood education in Bermuda by providing quality care in an environment that develops the whole child. They have a developmentally appropriate faith-based curriculum which provides their young students, aged 3 months to 4 years, with solid foundation in mathematics, language acquisition and development, science, reading/writing, and social studies. They have a convenient location and also offer extra curricular activities in Spanish, Music, Art and Dance.
Staff are all certified and CPR and SCARS trained and most have been with them for 2 or more years, which provides consistency for parents and students. Both staff and students wear uniforms which helps to solidify that they are very serious about what they do.
Onionpatch Academy communicate with parents via email, notes, their website, and classroom and school newsletters. They have great parent support and have community partners who them can call upon to assist with special events such as their sports day (North Village Club) and the annual Walk-a-thon (Parks Department and Barritts).
You will be able to go and see for yourself from now until Friday, January 22nd. From 9.30am until 11.30am each day, visitors will get to see A Day In the Life of An Onionpatch Student. Informational pamphlets outlining the programme and activities will be available and staff will be on-hand to answer any questions that you may have.
For more information, contact 296-6466 or email@example.com.
Offering a variety of community events that are open to the public, Bermuda College Science Week 2016 will be running from Monday, January 25th until Thursday, January 28th.
Firstly, the Corange Science Public Forum will be on Monday, January 25th. In the North Hall Lecture Theatre (G301) at 6.30pm, Dr. Tammy Trott will speak on the topic, Science for Fisheries Management: Black Grouper in Bermuda. Black grouper is a historically important fishery species in Bermuda; however, little was known of its biology until recently. Hear about the age, growth, reproduction, and efforts to sustain the black grouper harvest in Bermuda.
The Applied Technology Showcase will take place in the Technical Centre & Courtyard at 6.30pm on Tuesday, January 26th. This will be a Bermuda College showcase of the latest technology with representatives from Bermuda’s leading businesses, including appliances, automotive, renewable energy, and HVAC, plus 3-D printing technology.
On Wednesday, January 27th, there will be a Nursing Exhibition in the Technical Centre. From 6.30pm, you will be able to come out and see the many roles of nursing and discover a career pathway for you, including Oncology, Paediatric, Intensive Care, Palliative, Seniors, and more.
In the Student Hall, the Live, Love, Eat Culinary Demonstration & Sampling will start at 6.30pm on Thursday, January 28th. Popular Chef Tenieka Eve is back with more delicious recipes for you to make and sample.
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bermuda Zoological Society invites you to join them for the first installment of their lecture series, Hurricanes 101: A Bermuda Focus on Thursday, January 28th.
The lecture will begin at 7pm in the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo Education Classroom. Hurricanes have shaped Bermuda’s history both culturally and geologically on a fairly annual basis. This lecture is designed to offer an introduction to how, where and when tropical cyclones (including hurricanes) form, what mechanisms make them move (or track) in different patterns, where the strongest winds are located, how tropical storms differ from winter gales, and how to interpret, and therefore act, on the various levels of local watches and warnings.
The lecture is free to the public. Click here to register to attend.
For more information, contact Lisa Green at email@example.com or 299-2329 ext 2123.
Sure to be of great interest to anyone interested in the marine environment, including snorkelers and divers, the latest in the series of BUEI Talks will be All “Sea” Creatures Great and Small by Ron Lucas and Warren De Klerk on Thursday, January 28th.
Ron Lucas and Warren De Klerk are two of Bermuda’s most prolific underwater photographers. They have travelled widely to extend their portfolios of exotic reef species and will present and discuss their most interesting images. This is an opportunity to learn about species ranging from the largest fish in the ocean to critters under 1 centimetre in size, many of which can only be found in the centre of the Coral Triangle – Indonesia and the Philippines. Scientists speculate that following the Ice Age reef fish in the world were restocked from the Coral Triangle as these oceans were least effected by the big freeze.
Ron Lucas will be available to sign copies of Bermuda Reef Portraits. If you have not yet got your copy of this book, it is available from the Oceans Gift Shop.
The lecture will start at 7.30pm in the Tradewinds Auditorium and Harbourfront are offering a 10% discount (food only) to anyone dining there before or after the event. Reservations are available from 5pm for the sushi bar and the full menu will be available from 6pm – please mention the lecture when booking to avail of the discount and note that it cannot be combined with any other special offers. For dinner reservations call 295-4207.
Tickets for the lecture are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and available by calling 294-0204 or visiting Oceans Gift Shop at BUEI.
If you work in or support a charity in any capacity, then you won’t want to miss Building Hope, Bermuda’s only Third Sector Conference presented by The Centre on Philanthropy on Friday, January 29th.
From 8am until 5pm at the Hamilton Princess, you can spend your day collaborating first-hand with experts and peers to strengthen the charitable sector. Attendees will explore capacity building, fundraising, compliance, our current and future social state, and so much more.
There will also be an unveiling of their new programme to promote collaboration and consolidation within the charitable sector.
The registration fee is $200 for members of the Centre on Philanthropy or $225 for non-members.
For more information, or to register, visit http://www.centreonphilanthropy.org/pages/building-hope-third-sector-conference-2016.
Promising to be a great event for avid teen readers from M1 and up, KICS Reviews by Blu will be tackling The City of Ember at The Bookmart on Saturday, February 6th.
Join Blu and friends from 6pm until 8pm. KICS Reviews by Blu is an online teen book club produced by a teen and features reviews of some of the popular YA titles every Friday. Membership is free and includes 10% off in-store purchases at The Bookmart.
Admission is free and there will also be snacks.
For more information, including the complete book review schedule, visit www.kicssystems.com.
The Clara Mohammed School presents a screening of the documentary Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd on Saturday, January 30th.
Directed by Patricio Henriquez, the movie explores the experience of 22 men from China’s persecuted Uyghur minority who were detained in Guantanamo as terrorists. Henríquez focuses on three of these “prisoners of the absurd,” including one Bermuda resident, who were linked to worldwide terror networks through no fault of their own. The screening will start at 6.30pm in the Masjid Muhammad Auditorium, and the running time of the movie is 98 minutes.
Admission is $15 per person, or $25 per family, including children aged 12 to 15.
For more information, contact 537-5231.
Cedarbridge Academy presents the gospel concert Faith Love Hope on Saturday, January 30th.
Doors to the Ruth Seaton James Auditorium will open at 6.30pm with the patron reception at 6.45pm and showtime at 7.30pm. Performing artists will include Mrs. Kalmar Richards (Principal of CBA), Last Call, CBA Alumni Choir, Cindy Smith, Anointed with Praise Dancers, Wild Honey, Septimus, Big Snipes, Kayuntae Ming, and more.
Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for general admission, $50 for patrons, and are available from Peoples Pharmacy and at Cedarbridge.
For more information, contact Donna Edwards on 278-1572.
Buy and sell your new or used items at The Urban Market, a new monthly flea market at Pembroke Community Club from Sunday, January 31st.
This will run from 11am until 4pm on the last Sunday of the month.
The fee for sellers is $20, which includes a table, chair and assigned space.
For more information, contact Michelle Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Ombudsman for Bermuda welcomes Dr. Victor O. Ayeni to our shores and invites you to attend a public address on the topic Ombudsman in Everyday Life on Thursday, January 21st.
Dr. Ayeni was the keynote speaker at the official opening of the Bermuda Ombudsman’s Office 10 years ago and will be speaking from 5.30pm at Bermuda National Library.
Dr. Ayeni is the Director of Governance and Management Services International, a UK-based training and consultancy firm dedicated to advancing the quality of public sector governance in developing countries and transitional democracies (www.gmsiuk.com). He has over 35 years experience in governance and international development, covering about 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, North America, and the Pacific.
He has been Director of Governance and Institutional Development of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, and before that, Deputy Director and Lead Adviser in Governance and Public Management. Before joining the Commonwealth, Prof Ayeni lectured in universities in South Africa, Botswana and Nigeria as well as served briefly in the Ondo State Civil Service of Nigeria. He has been consultant to several governments and a host of international and bi-lateral development agencies.
Prof Ayeni is an accomplished international development and public sector management scholar and practitioner. He is a well known international authority on the Ombudsman and related Oversight institutions. His pioneering work helped positioned the Commonwealth Secretariat as a leading technical player in this area. He is widely published with some 15 books and over 160 papers on various aspects of Governance and Public and Development Management to his credit. He has been member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The International Ombudsman Journal based in Alberta, Canada, and, until lately, Editor of the African Journal of Public Administration and Management.
Prof. Ayeni holds a PhD in Public Administration.
This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Lamumba K. Tucker on 296-6541 or email@example.com.
With another amazing International Race Weekend behind us, one of the next events on the running calendar is the Butterfield & Vallis 5k on Sunday, February 7th
The race starts and finishes at Butterfield & Vallis on Woodlands Road, kicking off at 9am with the Primary and Middle School boys and girls running the 2.7k route and at 9.30am the Senior School students and adults will run the 5k route. Walkers will start right behind the runners.
Steven DeSilva and his incredible Bermuda Timing team will once again be doing the chip timing. Participants will have plenty of time to compete, enjoy some snacks, watch the prize giving and still be home in plenty of time to watch the game.
This event is promoted and organised by Butterfield & Vallis, assisted on race day by the Bermuda Union of Teachers, and sanctioned by the BNAA. Proceeds from this event will go towards sending young athletes to the CUT Biennial Student Athletic Championships.
The main draw prizes are 2 pedal bikes from Winners’ Edge and Sportseller gift certificates.
The first 900 participants will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag, and the first 900 finishers will receive a water bottle.
Entry fees are $22 for 18 and unders, $15 for Primary and Middle School students (who don’t pay the $7 BNAA fee), $27 for members and $32 for all others.
Entry forms are available at the Sportseller and at both Butterfield & Vallis locations and should be handed in no later than 4.45pm on February 3rd. Entry forms can also be downloaded on www.bv.bm or participants can enter online at www.RaceDayWorld.com. Online registration will close at 5pm on February 5th.
For more information, contact Race Directors Terri Durrant on 236-6688 ext. 416 or 335-4870, and Cleveland Richardson on 599-9036.
The January edition of the monthly Ciné Club from L’Alliance Française des Bermudes will be showing La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family) at 8pm on Tuesday, February 9th.
Screening in the Tradewinds Auditorium at BUEI, this French music/comedy/drama with English subtitles is from director Eric Lartigau, with Karin Viard, Francois Damien and Eric Elmosnino.
The Béliers are ordinary people: Rodolphe and Gigi are married, have two children and run their farm for a living. Ordinary people? Well, almost… since three of them, Dad, Mum and their son Quentin, are deaf. Which is not the case of the boy’s big sister, Paula. And not only can she speak but her music teacher scouts her beautiful voice as well. He offers her to sit for the entrance exam of the Maîtrise de Radio France, a vocal elite choir in Paris. Her parents, who rely on her as their ears and mouth in the outside world, take the news badly. Paula, who hates the idea of betraying her parents and her brother, goes through a painful dilemma…
All members of the public are welcome. Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for AF/BUEI members, $10 for non-members and $5 for students.
For more information, contact 294-0204 or visit www.AllianceFrancaise.bm.
The Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society (BMDS) proudly presents its latest production Stick Fly, opening on Thursday, February 11th.
In this dramatic comedy, the affluent African-American LeVay family is gathering at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective ladies home to meet the parents for the first time. Tensions flare as race, class and family become prime conversation topics. Then, when a phone call reveals a family secret, everything unravels. By the end of the weekend, lives have been turned upside-down and a family is left to reassemble the pieces.
Showtime is at 8pm each night and the show will run from Thursday, February 11th until Saturday, February 13th and then from Thursday, February 18th until Saturday, February 20th.
Can’t decide which night to go? On Opening Night on February 11th, there will be a special beach-themed party. From 7pm, you are invited to come dressed to impress and sip a summer cocktail or two before the show.
Tickets are $30 and will be available from www.pTix.bm from January 23rd.
For more information, visit www.bmds.bm.
The Church Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade are holding their popular fundraising Valentine’s Fair and Car Wash at St. Paul’s Church Hall on Saturday, February 13th.
From 10am until 4pm, you can browse stalls with include baked goods, books, DVDs, “Nearly New” goods, plants, White Elephant and more. Lunch will also be offered the usual delicious homemade soups, chili, hotdogs, codfish balls and chicken wingettes.
The Car Wash is $15 for small and regular sized cars and $20 for large cars and vans.
All funds raised are used to run the Boys and Girls Brigade programmes.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 334-9349 or 236-9349.
To show their appreciation of the older members of our community, the Smith’s Parish Council hosts their annual Seniors Tea at St. Mark’s Anglican Church Hall on Saturday, February 13th.
From 2pm until 5pm. senior residents of Smiths Parish and their guest are invited to enjoy tea, light refreshments, entertainment and prizes.
This event is free but you must RSVP in order to attend.
For more information, or to RSVP, contact 525-2150 or Secretary@SmithsParishCouncil.bm.
World Thinking Day is celebrated on February 22nd each year and is a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world. To celebrate, there will be a special Girlguiding Thinking Day Service and Parade in Bermuda on Sunday, February 21st.
The Girlguiding Units will parade along Church Street from City Hall to the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity for the service at 3pm. After the service, at around 4pm, there will be a March Past where the salute will be taken by the Island Commissioner on the Cathedral Church steps. Units will then proceed to the Flag Pole on Front Street for the lowering of the Guide World Flag and the playing of Taps.
At around 5pm, units will march back to City Hall for dismissal.
The 2016 Ariel Re Bermuda Sevens will be on Friday and Saturday, March 18th and 19th.
An official event of Bermuda Rugby and Bermuda Tourism, the tournament brings the very best in high school and college rugby to the Bermuda National Sports Centre, Bermuda’s premier sporting event venue.
The inaugural two-day sevens tournament will feature pool play on Friday with championship matches culminating on the Saturday.
There is no admission fee.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
Now in its 18th year of junior races, the 2016 KPMG Round the Grounds Race will be on Sunday, March 20th.
Held at the Botanical Gardens in Paget, this special event is just for younger runners, aged 4 to 18 years old. The first race starts at 1pm with the 4 year olds. Children’s activities will be provided by Masterworks and refreshments are available.
The entry fee is $10. You can register online at www.RaceDayWorld.com or download the entry form here. Number pick-up, including late entries at a cost of $15, will be on Saturday, March 19th at Masterworks in the Botanical Gardens between noon and 2pm.
For more information, visit www.RaceDayWorld.com or contact the Race Director at the Mid-Atlantic Athletics Club at 531-0303.
Save the Date: Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
**NEW Reading Odyssey – January 4th to March 24th
Bermuda Restaurant Weeks 2016 – January 14th to February 4th
**NEW Onionpatch Academy Open House – January 18th to 22nd
Open Pole Fitness Session – January 20th
**NEW Keeping You and Your Home Safe: Tips From the Bermuda Police Service – January 20th
**NEW InterNations Expat Group Bowling Night – January 20th
Grotto Bay’s Monthly Chef’s Table Dinner – January 21st
**NEW Public Address: Ombudsman in Everyday Life – January 21st
Yoga Teachers Training – starts January 22nd
Pranayama: The Power of Breath 6 Week Course – starts January 22nd
Harlem Meets Bermuda – January 22nd
Dear Future Self: Women’s Vision Empowerment Retreat – January 22nd and 23rd
Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts – January 22nd to March 5th
Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 23rd
Sportz Mania 2016 Winter Multi-Sport Programmes – starts January 23rd
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Verdi’s Otello – January 23rd
BHS Vietnam Service Project Carwash – January 23rd
Beginner iPad Class at BUEI – January 23rd
Harlem Meets Bermuda Champagne Brunch at Marcus’ – January 24th
Salsa Sunset Sunday – January 24th
**NEW Bermuda College Science Week – January 25th to 28th
Open Pole Fitness Session – January 27th
Banking & Budgeting Seminar – January 28th
Portuguese Night at Taste 141 – January 28th
**NEW BZS Lecture Series – Hurricanes 101: A Bermuda Focus – January 28th
**NEW BUEI Talks: All “Sea” Creatures Great and Small – January 28th
**NEW Third Sector Conference: Building Hope – January 29th
Intermediate iPad Class at BUEI – January 30th
Housestyle Takeover – January 30th
**NEW Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd – January 30th
**NEW Faith Love Hope – January 30th
**NEW The Urban Market – starts January 31st
Open Pole Fitness Session – February 3rd
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Wagner’s Tannhauser – February 6th
Legend: Bob Marley Tribute – February 6th
The Bermuda Literary Festival – February 6th
Murder Mystery Dinner: The Mafia Murders – February 6th
**NEW KICS Teen e-Book Club – February 6th
**NEW Butterfield & Vallis 5k 2016 – February 7th
**NEW L’Alliance Française des Bermudes Ciné Club: La Famille Bélier – February 9th
Open Pole Fitness Session – February 10th
Pechakucha Bermuda Night Volume 14 – February 11th
**NEW BMDS Presents: Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond – February 11th to 13th and 18th to 20th
**NEW Bermuda Boys’ Brigade and Church Girls’ Brigade Valentine’s Fair and Car Wash – February 13th
**NEW Smith’s Parish Council Seniors Tea – February 13th
2016 Orchid Spa Wedding Expo – February 14th
Open Pole Fitness Session – February 17th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Berg’s Lulu – February 20th
The Wheels of Life: How to Know Your Chakras in a New Way – February 20th and 21st
**NEW Girlguiding Bermuda Thinking Day Service and Parade – February 21st
Yoga Foundation Class (Wednesday Evenings) – starts February 24th
Yoga Foundation Class (Thursday Mornings) – starts February 25th
Psychosocial First Aid Course – starts March 4th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Mozart’s Magic Flute – March 5th
Bermuda SPCA’s 19th Annual Paws to the Park – March 6th
Weekend Intensive Yoga – March 11th to 13th
**NEW Ariel Re Bermuda 7s – March 18th and 19th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Bizet’s Pearl Fishers – March 19th
The 5th Bermuda Beach Art Festival – March 19th
**NEW 2016 KPMG Round the Grounds Race – March 20th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Puccini’s Turandot – April 9th
Xtreme Sports Games – April 9th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut – April 16th
Bermuda Yoga Festival 2016 – April 29th to May 1st
Exhibits at Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard
- Amongst Friends – January 10th to February 5th
Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – January 8th to February 2nd
- Onions Gallery and Studios A & B: BSoA Members’ Show Part 2
- Edinburgh Gallery: Works from BSoA’s Life Drawing Class
DNA & SPArt presents Streets of Italy – November 19th to January 27th
Enjoy the rest of the week!