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Holidays, happy hour, and hungry minds

Mmmm, sharpen those knives ... and get ready for the American Chamber of Commerce's Thanksgiving Gala. This year there'll be plenty of food for everyone to stuff themselves at the restaurant Reduta. The bash will actually be held the day after Thanksgiving - an American holiday that has come to mean turkey dinner - on Friday, November 24.

Tickets, which include dinner, dancing, and a wine-and-beer hour, are on sale for 1,000 Sk per person at the American Chamber of Commerce, Šafárikovo nám. 4 in Bratislava. For more information, call 07/365-191.

Those who want to feed their heads rather than their bellies should cruise to the British Council in Banská Bystrica, which offers a whole range of activities this month.

On November 9, the film club will present Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam classic, and on November 22 the English Speakers Club has its monthly meeting. In addition, the "Staff Room" will run on November 30 to provide support for English teachers. To find out more, contact the British Council at Lazovná 3, 974 01 Banská Bystrica, 088/724-216.

Deep thinkers can also applaud Vladislav Suvák of the Arts Faculty of Šafárik University in Prešov, who travelled to Boston University in the U.S. to take part in a project in classical philosophy. His trip was part of the Jan Hus Educational Foundation Support for Higher Education project.

Or, if you're still in the partying mood, plan to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Entrepreneurship Center during the first week of December. They're planning a birthday bash that week. Watch this space for more details.

CAnd speaking of entrepreneurship - congratulations to the 40 participants who recently returned from training programs in the U.S. under the Entrepreneurial Management and Executive Development Training Program (EMED), a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

U.S. Ambassador Theodore Russell presented the hard-working 40, each of whom spent three to four weeks in an American company, with certificates of achievement last month. It's happy hour again -the International Women's Club of Bratislava has restarted its happy hour, at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Café Viennois at the Hotel Danube.

They'll also be at the Hotel Danube on Sunday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosting their annual Christmas bazaar of both Slovak and international items that are unavailable in Bratislava.

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