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TUESDAY

U.N. World Habitat Day Event: Net Impact Tokyo and Habitat for Humanity Japan invite you to observe U.N. World Habitat Day and journey from Japan to Kyrgyzstan to San Francisco. Come discuss world housing issues, learn how they are being addressed, and find out how you can combine a love of travel with a sense of purpose and become part of the solution. From 7 p.m., no charge. "Travelers with a Purpose" meets the first Tuesday of every month. Where: The Pink Cow, 1-3-18 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward. Phone: (03) 3406-5597. E-mail gv[*at*]habitatjp.org or tokyo[*at*]netimpact.org. Web: www.thepinkcow.com and www.habitatjp.org/index_e.php

TELL Volunteer Phone Counselor Training Program: Tokyo English Life Line is accepting applications for nighttime volunteer telephone counselor training, which starts Sept. 15 and runs until Nov. 17, with sessions held Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30-9.30 p.m. No prior experience is required. Applicants must be fluent in English and over 21. For more information, visit our Web site at www.telljp.com , e-mail lls.assist[*at*]telljp.com or call (03) 3498-0246

Free Japanese Lessons for adults and children. Basic and intermediate lessons are provided as a community service by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 7-8:30 p.m. 28-8, Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. Contact (03) 3463-5507 or e-mail mjwilson_law[*at*]hotmail.com

WEDNESDAY

First Poker League in Japan! Wednesday Poker Party Night, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at CoZmo's Cafe, Shibuya. ¥2000 door charge with one drink. Texas Hold 'Em is the most popular poker variant played in most casinos around the world (see www.japanpokerleague.jp/). For more info, mail info[*at*]cozmoscafe.com, call (03) 3407-5166 or check www.cozmoscafe.com

THURSDAY

TUCWS In Action — Tokyo Union Church Women's Society will hold their October monthly program on Thu., Oct. 4. The program focuses all the activities we get involved with as well as information about where all the proceeds from our fundraising go. Refreshments starts at 9:30 a.m., the program 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nearest station is Omote-sando, Exit A-1. Please contact Lauraleen Gaudio on (03) 3589-3070 to pre-book. For more information, please call (03) 3400-0942

Open Mic Night — Every Thursday night from 8 till 1:30, CoZmo's Cafe in Shibuya comes alive with local and talented musicians. Musicians, singers, dancers and poets are welcome to take the stage and music lovers are welcome to listen to new and talented artists. Sign up upon arrival — no reservations. Free entry. Alternatively, just come to listen and enjoy. For info, mail info[*at*]cozmoscafe.com, call (03) 3407-5166 or check www.cozmoscafe.com

English Discussion Group Meeting — The East West Discussion Group will hold a meeting on "The Japanese Constitution and Gen. MacArthur," presented by Mr. Fumii Takano, on Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The venue is the Hongo Campus of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Bunkyo Ward, five minutes on foot from Hongo 3-Chome Station on the Marunouchi or Oedo subway lines. Admission is ¥700 for Japanese and ¥500 for non-Japanese and students. For details, call Tatsuo Imazeki on (090) 4827-5285 or e-mail veu01132[*at*]nifty.ne.jp

Choir Practice takes place every Thursday 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Tokyo Metro Church in Tachikawa. Each session includes English pronunciation practice by native speakers, breathing techniques and lots of singing. No experience is necessary. For more information (in Japanese), please call (042) 548-0132, or (in English) e-mail englishattmc[*at*]yahoo.com

FRIDAY

English Conversation takes place every Friday in Konan Ward, Yokohama. Each session includes free conversational English, pronunciation, grammar and intonation activities. No experience is necessary. For more information (English and Japanese) on these sessions, send an e-mail to english_ conversation_school[*at*]yahoo.com

Learn Japanese at Sakura-kai. Sakura-kai is a nonprofit organization that is made up of volunteer Japanese women with a lot of experience (since 1983) in teaching Japanese. The classes will take place in Minato Ward, Tokyo. Monthly membership fees range from ¥1-2,000. For more information on available classes, send an e-mail to sakurakai[*at*]par.odn.ne.jp

SATURDAY

Seisen Festival of Nations — On Sat., Oct. 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Seisen International School will come alive with a multicultural festival of arts, dance, music and food. A multitude of booths will celebrate the food, costume and culture of each nation. Admission is free, but unfortunately there are no parking facilities available this year so it is advisable to use public transport. Location: Seisen International School, 1-12-15 Yoga, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. Tel: (03)-3704-2661 for details

SUNDAY

Book Launch Party for "Jungle Crows: a Tokyo Expatriate Anthology" will take place Oct 7, at What the Dickens British pub, Ebisu, Tokyo, 4-11 p.m. Readings by contributing writers. Two Bands — "Tarantula" (with Tara Solheim) & "Shelf Life" (with Dom Pates). For more info, mail hillelwright[*at*]hotmail.com

Booknotes Lecture Series at Good Day Books, Tokyo — From 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, author/columnist Sumiko Enbutsu will introduce her latest guidebook, "A Flower Lover's Guide to Tokyo: 40 Walks for All Seasons." Admission: Buy a copy of the book from our shop. Limited seating. Phone (03) 5421-0957 or for more information visit www.gooddaybooks.com

"The Red Notebook," a rough and unfinished novel by Michael Hoffman, is now appearing serially every Sunday at www.michaelhoffman.squarespace.com All are welcome

Square and Compass Masonic Lodge #3 meets Sundays in Kunitachi, Tokyo. Meetings begin at 1 p.m. with lunch at 12 p.m. For more information, please contact Wm. W. Burgos at wm[*at*]square-compass3.org

COMING UP

Run for the Cure fundraising campaign — help Tokyo Clothing Imports raise money for breast cancer awareness in Japan. Donation of 10 percent of all sales and free shipping on all purchases of children's clothing and maternity wear from online store www.tokyoclothingimports.com when using the discount code "JT-cure." Offer valid until Oct. 10. Contact: info[*at*]tokyoclothingimports.com

Annual Korean Furniture Sale, presented by Tokyo Union Church Women's Society, will take place Oct. 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 13, 10 a.m.—2 p.m. at Tokyo Union Church, 5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward (Omote-sando Station, Exit 1A). Contact Terry Kolodzieski on (03) 3584-3527 for more details

English Discussion Group Meeting — The East West Discussion Group will hold a meeting on "What does happiness mean to you?," presented by Mr. Tatsuo Imazeki, on Thu., Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The venue is the Hongo Campus of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Bunkyo Ward, five minutes on foot from Hongo 3-Chome Station on the Marunouchi or Oedo subway lines. Admission is ¥700 for Japanese and ¥500 for non-Japanese and students. For details, call Tatsuo Imazeki on (090) 4827-5285 or e-mail veu01132[*at*]nifty.ne.jp

Parent Effectiveness Training Courses will be offered in Omote-sando, Tokyo, in two series. Series I (2007-08): 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 12, Nov. 2 and 16, Dec. 7, Feb. 22 and 29, Mar. 7 and 14. Series II (2007): 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 22 and 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, and 26. This well-known family communications skills course teaches practical skills that will enable you to create more loving and caring family relationships. To register or for more information, contact openarmsjapan[*at*]hotmail.com

Kimono Lecture and Workshop will take place Fri., Oct. 12, presented by Kanagawa International Foundation's Minami Circle. Reception: 9:30-10 a.m; Event: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Place: Yokohama Kaiko Kinen Kaikan on subway (Minato Mirai) or JR (Sakuragicho), Naka Ward, Yokohama. Cost: Please call for details. Reservations (required): Sakiko Kamata on (045) 954-2832 or k-sakko[*at*]mbj.nifty.com. Minami Circle's home page at www.geocities.jp/minamicircle30/

YC&AC's World Culture and Food Fair: Sun., Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All welcome, free admission and entertainment — food for sale. Venue: Yokohama Country and Athletic Club, near Yamate Station. The YC&AC invites local residents and members to a fun-filled extravaganza, with a wide variety of international foods and music and dance from Peru, Ireland, Hawaii, Japan, the USA and more. A mini-Olympics will also be held. For more details, check www.ycac.or.jp/Default.aspx?ID=783

Japan Association for Language Teaching Nagasaki July meeting will be held Sun., Oct. 14, 2-4 p.m. Place: Dejima Koryu Kaikan, 5F Free Space (large white building next to Dejima Wharf and Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum). Topics: "Using Online Video Slide Shows as a Tool for English Learning" and "Teaching the Strategies of Speaking." Cost: members and students free, "one-day" members ¥1000. More info at www.kyushuelt.com/jalt/nagasaki.html or please join our monthly e-mail newsletter list at www.kyushuelt.com/jalt/nagamail.php3

Improv-A-Go-GO! What: Tokyo's awesomest improv free-for-all and sketch comedy jam fest. When: Every third Weds. (Oct. 17), starting 8 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.) Cost: Free! Why: To chill with a martini and burrito with the up-and-coming improvisers of Tokyo. Also, to see what new treats the Tokyo Comedy Store have lined up. Where: The Pink Cow, Shibuya. Phone: (03) 3406-5597. Web: www.thepinkcow.com

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School puts the cheek back into life-drawing. No drawing experience necessary. Just come down, sketch, drink, chat and have a blast! What: A burlesque-themed class, we combine cabaret performance, life-drawing sessions, complex costumes, smoking models, and boozy fun! When: Fourth Wed. (Oct. 24) of the month, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Cost: ¥1,500 with one drink. Where: The Pink Cow, Shibuya. Phone: (03) 3406-5597. For info, mail dillon[*at*]drsketchytokyo.com or visit www.thepinkcow.com or www.drsketchytokyo.com

Amnesty International defends human rights worldwide through campaigns and fund raising. For more information, please contact amnestygroup78[*at*]yahoo.com

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