If you have a sweet tooth you want to hear about this! The freshly refurbished CMM Arena Mega Store in association with SKM Institute of Culinary Arts is hosting a sweet dish competition. Those interested in participating may get in touch with them as soon as possible. The recently re-launched store now offers much more including ideas for designing your residential spaces with substance and style. Do look around. Venue: CMM Arena Mega Store premises, Renovadi, Merces. Date: Sunday, Aug11. Time: 4pm. Details: 9552276084

Rakhi Making: Blue Lemon is celebrating 10 years of creativity by organizing a rakhi making workshop. Participants will create two rakhi and a card. Venue: Blue Lemon, Colva. Date: Aug9. Time: 4pm to6pm Registration:

Travel Talk : Catch up with travel etiquette and Indians, a talk moderated by Ramchandra Prabhu Salgaonkar. Entry is free. Venue: International Centre Goa, Dona Paula, Panaji. Date: Saturday, Aug10. Time: 5pm to 7pm.

Earth Keepers Market: Place to pick up fresh, local, organic fruit and vegetables, groceries, health supplements and herbals, natural body products, acupressure and vision improvement kits, etc. Plus, gift economy to trade things in good condition. Venue: Rejuvenation Center, 1175 Anavaddo,Candolim. Date: Sunday, Aug11. Time: 4m to 6pm. Details: 8888409687

Chaturthi Special Festival Bazaar: Here’s your chance to buy a host of Ganesh Chaturthi and other monsoon season festival items you need or want or can do with to be happy. Entrepreneurs, traders, artisans, crafters, bakers and farmers make up this bazaar. Venue: Don Bosco Oratory, Panaji. Date: Saturday/Sunday, Aug10/11. Time: 10.30am to 9pm.

A Tribute to Chris Perry: Pop star Glenn Perry is performing in a concert to pay tribute to his legendary father Chris Perry. Venue: Entertainment Society of Goa, Panaji. Date: Sunday, Aug10. Time: 8pm. Details:

GTDC Monsoon Trekking: Trek to Assodem village, a small village in Satari taluka. The trekking is open to all but be sure to wear broken in comfy footwear for walking over rough terrain, carry your own water bottle and whatever else you will need like a change of clothes. Date: Sunday, Aug11. Time/Venue: Transportation arrangements from Mapusa Residency at 7.30am, Paryatan Bhavan, Patto, Panaji at 8.30am, Margao Residency at 7.15am. Pick-up at Old Goa Banasthari, Porvorim, Cortlaim and Verna also available. Fee: Rs800. Details: 9422057704/8379022215

Nature Trek: Youth Hostels Association of India, Porvorim, has organized a 1-day trek to Hanumantgad and waterfalls at Fukeri, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. Date: Sunday, Aug11. Time/Venue: Transport will leave from Porvorim at 7.30am, Patto in Panaji at 8am and Green Park, Mapusa at 8.30am.

Cancer Prevention & Latest Treatments: Be sure to come and catch this talk by cancer specialist Dr Ian Pinto. Venue: International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. Date: Sturday, Aug10. Time: 3.30pm. Details: 81828304052

Yoga Workshop: Prati Yogayana is conducting a free workshop featuring 3-step rhythmic breathing for total health, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Free entry. Venue: Rocky’s Martial Arts Studio, Kadamba Plateau. Date: Saturday, Aug10. Time: 4.30pm to 6pm.

Health Workshop: Here’s a workshop on gut health, probiotics and fermented foods by Chef Moina Oberoi. Learn how to integrate good bugs in your daily diet and how Indianized sauerkraut and homemade kefir is made. Also, take home goodie bag! Venue: Saukhyam, Porvorim. Date: Aug17. Time: 10am to 12.30pm. Details: 8668726876

At the BN Melvani Recreation Centre for Senior Citizens: Catch up with the following interactive sessions/talks/workshops coming up for the week: Aug 10/3pm-5.30pm – Osteoporosis check-up camp by Dr Shirwalker; Aug12/5pm– My Intelligent Brain’, talk by Vernon Marshall; Aug13/5pm –Legal Protection to Seniors’, a talk by Dr Sandhya Ram (VMSCL); Aug16/5pm – `Understanding Our Goa of the Past’, talk by historian Sanjeev Sardesai. Plus, every Wednesday is Whoopee from 10.30am to 12.30pm, day of surprise celebrations!


To celebrate the national spirit and honor the country’s armed forces this Independence Day on August 15, 2019, the Indian Hotels Company Limited or Taj Group of Hotels is offering generous 50% discounts to the armed forces! This is for bookings made between August 8 and August 15 for stays till October 15 and applies across the 130+ IHCL hotels in India. Special promotions also for all day diners, at Jiva Spa and Taj Khazana luxury lifestyles stores of the participating hotels.
The offer coincides with the second edition of the `115 Years of Taj Mahal Palace Charity Gala’ scheduled at Taj Palace, New Delhi, on August 9, 2019. Proceeds of the gala go to the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust set up post-26/11 attacks to aid victims of terror and natural disasters as well as members of the armed forces. The iconic hotels of The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai and The Taj Palace in New Delhi will also light up in Indian tricolors to mark India’s 73rd Independence Day.
Perhaps few today remember that the first Governor-General of Independent India, Lord Louis Mountbatten, made his farewell speech from the steps of The Taj Mahal Palace , Mumbai, a hotel which has witnessed many a milestone in India’s freedom struggle. Hence, the “freedom offer” is a humble tribute to express solidarity with the true heroes who protect this nation, the armed forces of India.

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