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New addresses, new faces, and a whole slew of books

Happy St. Hieronymus Day to Jednota, the Association of Translators and Interpreters. On September 31, the group celebrated the day of the patron saint of translators and interpreters - Hieronymus' version of the bible is the most translated book ever - for the fifth year running. Jednota has about 100 members available for translation work. For more information, contact them at their office at Laurinská 2, 815 08 Bratislava.

Deb Dioguardi is the new assistant executive director at the American Chamber of Commerce. She takes over the responsibilities from Meghan Dewhurst, a Peace Corps volunteer who worked as a senior consultant and is returning to the states.

Speaking of Peace Corps... Director Bob Blenker and the rest of the gang have moved to a new office in Bratislava. Their nové kancelaria is at Kremnicka ul. 6.

The Foundation for a Civil Society has also moved to a new office. Find them at v Záhradách 29/A, 811 03 Bratislava. Their new numbers are 580-2112, 580-2491, or (fax) 311-622.

Bookworms and the Slovak Academic Information Agency-Service Center for the Third Sector (SAIA-SCTS) recently thanked an American group called the Sabre Foundation for bringing 118,288 books to Slovakia. Most of the gift books - some of which came from a grant from the U.S. Information Service - go mostly to science libraries and schools. SAIA-SCTS also works with the British Know How Fund, which sponsors the Low-Priced British Books program, providing books in the field of commerce and English Education.

On the religious expat front: we recently met Elder Rick Robinson and Elder David Rich, two young Americans who are in Slovakia on their Mormon mission. They and at least four fellow missionaries from the United States are busy meeting people and spreading their message in the country.

Farewell to Georgina Pierce, the director of the English Language Teaching Centre at the British Council. She's gone on to set up a new program in Poland; Annie Nichols will take her place.

The British Council in Košice has a whole slew of activities planned for October. Check out their exhibition of environmental literature, running until the 13th, or, on October 30, at 1 p.m., an "Introduction to the Most Beautiful Sights in the Centre of Košice," by Tina Markušová.

The International Women's Club of Bratislava invites foreign residents of Bratislava to a wine and cheese welcoming party. Enjoy the piano music and Slovak wine and cheese, on Friday, November 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hotel Danube's Cafe Viennois. Cost: 200 Sk. RSVP to Hotel Danube guest relations by October 30.

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