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English teaching textbook lottery

Slovak Ventures, an English-language textbook distributor based in Nitra, will hold a lottery at the British Council in Bratislava on June 20 for a free weekend trip to London. To enter the lottery, contestants must order the company's new catalog of English teaching textbooks, which Iveta Levočová, Slovak Venture's director, says contains "all the information that English teachers in Slovakia need," including titles from leading British English-language textbook publishers like Longmann, Oxford, Cambridge, and Heinemann. In addition to seeing Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, winners of the lottery will receive a guided tour of Longmann's showroom, among the highlights of any weekend in London.

For more information about the catoalog and the lottery, contact Igor Dokupil, Levačová's assistant at Slovak Ventures, at tel. 087/525-105.

Dutch sponsor multi-media art exhibition

The Slovak Union of Visual Arts and Dordrecht, Holland's "Vereniging Beeldende Kunst" academy recently opened an international art-exchange exhibition called Bratislava-Dordercht, at Galeria Cypriana Majernika, at Hurbanovo nam. 2.

The artists whose work the exhibition will show include contemporary Dutch multi-media artists Elvira van Bochove and Annemiek Tjepkema, along with those of Jozef Bajus, Stano Buban, Karol Weislechner and other Slovak artists' works. The showing is sponsored by the Dutch Embassy, supervised by Mariana Noteboom, second secretary in the Dutch Embassy in Bratislava, Gajus Scheltema. For more about the exhibition contact Noteboom at tel. 07/391-577.

Drinking & driving with Šariš brewery

The people who brought fat balding Franciscans out of the cloister and onto the labels of beer bottles, Šariš Brewery, on June 11-15 will sponsor a motocross racing event, "The Thirsty Monk 500 Kilometer Rally" on behalf of the Veteran Car Club, Bratislava-Rusovce. "Veteran" means veteran cars, not car-owners or drivers.

Automotive models in the running include vintage Škodas and Tatras racers, pioneers of European motocross in the 1920s and '30s. This month, trails will blaze (or wheeze) between Prešov and Bratislava, with pitstops in Štrbské Pleso and Žilina.

City U. graduation ceremony

On June 7, 94 young Slovaks garbed in black gowns with the bottoms of cut-out black boxes balanced on their heads will receive university degrees from City University, an international MBA program based in the US town of Bellevue, Washington.

The graduation ceremony, at Trenčín's Dom Armády, begins at 11 a.m. For more information contact Anna Šlapková, City University's Commencement Supervisor, at tel. 07/293-114 or 07/522-3852.

Scala software has new address

Scala Slovakia, the software and computer systems retailer in Bratislava, has changed its address and telephone number to Vlčkova 27/A, 811 05 Bratislava, tel. 07/352-702.

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