Pole Star

Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10
Pole Star, Wasantha Namaskara’s 77th exhibition of selected paintings
All are welcome; free entry.
Venue: 175, Dippitigoda Road, Dalugama, Kelaniya [close to 6th Mile Post, Kandy Road]


Despicable Me

Now showing
The latest animated English comedy flick starring Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, and Miranda Cosgrove brings out the story of a supervillain named Gru who plans to use three orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, only to find that their innocent love is profoundly changing him.
Cinema Hall: Savoy 2, Wellawatta
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.


We Are Family

Now showing
Starring Arjun Rampal, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor, the latest Hindi movie, We Are Family is directed by Siddharth Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar. The movie is a remake of 1998 Stepmom.
Cinema Hall: Liberty, Kollupitiya
Time: 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 7 pm



Now showing
Rajni plays dual roles. One is a scientist and the other is a Robot. Scientist Rajni creates a Robot with artificial intelligence like that of sixth sense in humans to help human beings and to the development of the country.
But its silicon heart falls in love with Aishwarya Rai, writes romantic poems and the Robot behaves just like a human being. Knowing about the extra ordinary intelligence of the Robot, the villains try to get control of the Robot. Scientist Rajni fights to save the Robot falling into the hand of the enemies and destroys the evil forces using the Robot itself.
Venue: Concord Cinema, Dehiwela
Time: 10:30 am, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm


Little Hands IV

Kindercare, the AMI certified Montessori school and daycare centre, held their annual arts and crafts exhibition, Little Hands IV, at the school premises recently.
The exhibition, a key event in the school calendar, featured recycled items that were transformed into
colourful works of art by the little students.
The children, ranging in age from 1-5 years, used their talent to provide a new lease of life to everyday items such as shoe boxes, yoghurt cups, containers, kitchen rolls, paper and empty cheese boxes.
These usually discarded items were turned into beautiful jewellery boxes, vases, pencil holders, room tags, clocks, t-shirts, and many more.


Anula Get-together 2010

Saturday, October 23
Anula Get-together 2010 organised by the Past Pupils’ Association (PPA) of Anula Vidyalaya features fun games, stalls, food and drinks, souvenirs, a musical show and a raffle draw.
Past Anulians can get the PPA Membership at the event (a copy of the NID, school leaving certificate and two stamp size photographs are required).
For further information contact Nilanka Karunaratne 0714-285064 (Secretary), Himani Jayaweera 0777-372605 (Asst. Secretary), Inoka Gunawardana 0714-870563 (Vice President), Sandya Uggalla 0728-825036 (Treasurer), Rashmi Navaratne 0715-638816 (Asst. Treasurer)
Venue: Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda
Time: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Shine and Dine on Jetliner

For music, dance and dinner!

Sunday, November 14
Be on board the cruse ship, Jetliner anchored at the Colombo Port, being a part of the Shine and Dine Get-together organised by the Past Teachers’ Association of Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda.
The event is a fundraiser to make donations to the Dementia Ward of the Mental Hospital and the welfare activities of the Association.
For more information contact Mrs. Pandithage on 0112829589.
Dress: Smart casual
Venue: Colombo Port
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Sailing starts at 5:30 p.m. sharp)


Mihimadala Exhibition 2010

Thursday, October 21 to Saturday, October 23

Organised by the Young Zoologists Association of Sri Lanka (YZA), Mihimadala Exhibition 2010: Prevent Global Warming; Conserve Biodiversity would be a campaign to conserve wildlife with the changing climates providing knowledge and products of renewable methods and recycling ideas.
An International Youth Conference will be held as an element of the Mihimadala Exhibition 2010, themed Prevent Global Warming; Conserve Biodiversity with the participation of both local and international delegates.
The conference will bring together both experts and amateurs from various disciplines falling within the broad category of environmental protection.
This international conference will provide an opportunity to identify organisations that are working on environmental issues and those working in the field of conservation.
It will provide an ideal platform for discussions and interactions between the participants and will be an invaluable opportunity to liaise with international counterparts.
Venue: Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC)
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Aloha Night Party

Saturday, October 9
Junior Camper International (CI), Bambalapitiya presents Aloha Night Party, an authentic experience of luau, a Hawaiian feast.
DJs: DJ Shiyam, Rizni, Romano, Upul, Ayzee
Special: Hawaiian fire dancers and eaters, luau fire works display, fruity drinks, Hawaiian cocktails, luau music
Venue: Beach House, Mount
Time: 9 p.m. onwards


Meritorious deed

The Malagoda Welfare Foundation on the visionary concept of Attorney-at-Law Nadil Dushantha Malagoda and counselling of Depanama Sugathabandu Thera, the chief incumbent of Sri Dharmakeerthiyarama Temple, Kollupitiya have started a meritorious act of releasing cattle destined to be slaughtered.
As the first step, a cow and a calf were freed recently at Sri Dharmakeerthiyarama Raja Maha Vihara, Kollupitiya.


Running the Good Mile

Monies raised by the British High Commission in “Sports Relief Mile” programme was contributed towards a sports development programme in rural southern, Sri Lanka.
On March 20, staff of the British High Commission (BHC) in Colombo, along with their colleagues from the British Council, UK Trade and Investment and the wider BHC family, took to the streets to run up to three miles, as the popular UK charity, Sports Relief, went global. Yet, behind the light-hearted fun of the race, the BHC staff also had another aim in mind: To raise funds for the local charity, the Foundation of Goodness (FOG).
The FOG aims to bridge the disparity between urban and rural life in Sri Lanka by tackling poverty through productive activities. The money raised by the BHC in Sports Relief – approximately Rs. 300,000 was contributed towards a sports development programme in rural southern Sri Lanka.
Along with financial contributions from two other donors, the money was used to build a fully-equipped gymnasium for the budding young sportsmen and women of the community of Seenigama and its surrounding villages. This gymnasium is now fully-operative and the youth of the area are certainly benefiting from its facilities, all of which are free of charge.

“This is a very special project and most useful to the FOG sports academy, particularly in the context of a rural backdrop,” said Kushil Gunasekara, Founder/Trustee (voluntary) – Foundation of Goodness. “We are fortunate to have been selected for this worthy grant from the British High Commission. We should also not forget, of course, the volunteer architect from the UK, Miss Kim Wright, who helped us immensely and our other two esteemed sponsors –Nandadeva Perera, Director of Vogue Jewellers (Pvt.) Ltd. and a former Nalanda College cricket captain and the Leeds Grammar School, UK. The commitment of all three donors in helping the rural communities in Sri Lanka is appreciated by us who help them and, most importantly, by the ultimate beneficiaries of your support.”

The Foundation of Goodness continues in pursuing the concept of providing rural communities with more than just their basic needs; it also provides them with opportunities to break away from the trap of poverty and move towards excellence in every sphere in life.


World Alzheimer’s Day commemorative walk

The annual commemorative walk organised by the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation kicked off last week from the Angsana Spa Garden at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. It was the eighth year in succession that the walk took place, attracting large crowds helping to create awareness of this fast spreading disease especially in Sri Lanka


Trusteeship workshop

The annual Training for Trusteeship Workshop organised by the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER) was held recently at the MAS Institute of Management and Technology (MIMT).

The workshop brought together student leaders from all universities and a number of youth groups in Sri Lanka and aimed to instill in them a realisation that as future leaders of the country they are all trustees for the future.
The workshop brought together about 70 students from Jaffna to Matara and Batticaloa to Colombo who all lived and worked together for five to seven days planning ways and means through which they could work for the betterment of Sri Lankan society in one way or another.

The workshop commenced on a cross cultural note with inspirational statements from religious personalities representing Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. They spoke on the teachings of those religions regarding the duties to each other and to the human future.
Among the matters which received special attention at the workshops were duties to the environment, the concept of peace and reconciliation, the duties to future generations and a basic exposure to human rights and international law.

The workshops held in previous years have been productive of very significant results through projects planned and executed by participants. Among these were a health project for elderly people in Batticaloa, a legal aid project in Vakarai, an environmental protection project in Wilpattu and IT training projects in Hambantota.
Among the co-sponsors of this year’s workshop were Monash University, the American Centre, UNESCO and Julius and Creasy.

The Training for Trusteeship programme of the Weeramantry Centre has been selected as one of five future oriented educational projects from across the world for discussion at a World Youth Conference currently being held in Bonn under the auspices of the Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award.



Until Sunday, October 3
An exhibition of paintings by Radhika Dias Bandaranaike and Zinufa Razik
Venue: Harol Peries Gallery, Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre, 18, Guildford Crescent, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nourishing And Nursing Nature, a wild life photographic exhibition
Venue: Kandy City Centre
My Way II, the second solo photographic exhibition by Lester Fernando
Venue: Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre, 18, Guildford Crescent, Colombo 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Wednesday, October 6
Sinhabahu, a stage play of Ediriweera Sarachchandra
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.