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Canada D’eh set for June 27

The 2009 annual Canada D’eh Beach Party will be held on Saturday, June 27, at Shalun (沙崙) Beach near Tamsui (淡水) from noon to midnight, rain or shine. This year, along with fireworks, games, drinks and food, Grammy nominee Colby O’Donis will be among the musicians providing live entertainment. Tickets range from NT$450 for a single adult to NT$950 for family pack of two adults and two children and are on sale now. More information is available at www.canadiansociety.org.tw. Meanwhile, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei and the Taichung City Government are inviting everyone to take part in a series of events from June 30 to July 5 in Taichung in celebration of Canada Day. The week-long series will feature an environmental film festival at the National Museum of Art, a street festival and a Canada Food Promotion. Details are available on the trade office’s Web site (www.canada.org.tw) or by calling (02) 2544-3000.

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Buddy Bear arrives from Germany

Taiwan received its own Buddy Bear from Germany last Saturday via the German Institute. With help from students at Fengshan and Fengshin high schools in Kaoshiung and the German School in Taipei, the bear was painted and given its own unique look on Saturday. The life-sized fiberglass sculpture will make an appearance on June 27 at the Taipei Film Festival, as the festival’s theme this year is Berlin, the institute said. The bear will go on tour next month and in September to coincide with the World Games in Kaoshiung and the Deaflympics in Taipei, it said. The institute is holding a competition to name the bear. Suggestions can be sent to the institute before Oct. 3. Nearly 1,300 Buddy Bears have been sent from Germany all over the world. More information on the bear-naming contect is available on the institute’s Web site at www.taipei.diplo.de.

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