10 Things to Do This Week (February 15 to February 21, 2018)

1. Workshops
Save planet Earth by starting your own miniature garden with the help of Earthoholics.
Date: February 18
Age: 10+ years
Call: 09833251324
Website: www.earthoholics.com
Learn how to express your thoughts in this creative writing and storytelling workshop by the World Storytelling Institute.
Date: February 18 to April 22
Age: 13+ years
Call: 09840394282

2. Read a Book
Lore of the Land by Nalini Ramachandran & Illustrated by Abhishek Choudhury (Age: 6+ years)
In the quaint town of Mithika lives a simple family with extraordinary abilities, one of which is storytelling. One stormy night, as instructed by a friendly spirit named Katha, the family’s 10-year-old daughter Mohini enters the haunted Eerul Caves. However, when Mohini tries to leave on the next day, Katha demands to be told a story. Mohini is shocked. Though she hails from a family of storytellers, she doesn’t know any stories! When Katha sees an upset Mohini, she leads her to a bookshelf, picks up a huge hardback book and opens it to a black and white illustration of a coastline. She then pushes the book towards Mohini. However, Mohini thinks the book is going to be slammed on her. She closes her eyes and raises her hand to shield herself from the impact of the book. When she opens her eyes, she finds herself in an illustration in the book! Mohini is now standing on the sands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with Katha. Will Mohini be stuck on the island forever or will she travel across India with Katha? Read this wonderfully illustrated book to find out. Published by Penguin India and available on Amazon.in

3. Watch It: Feast
‘Feast’ is an animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The movie starts with the protagonist James dropping a French fry on the ground. He spots a stray male Boston terrier puppy eating that fry. James then offers the puppy a second fry and a third and finally brings him home. He names the puppy Winston and keeps feeding him portions from his own food—junk food and regular dog food. One day, James meets Kirby, a waitress at a local restaurant, who persuades James to adopt a healthier lifestyle. However, this upsets Winston as all he is being fed now is vegetables! Does Winston ever go back to eating junk food? Watch the movie to find out.

4. Learn Something New
Tatting is an age-old thread weaving technique that is used to make lace. The technique involves wrapping thread around one or two shuttles and then guiding those shuttles across threads to form patterns of knots that can be shaped into rings and chains. One can use this technique to make earrings, necklaces, ornaments, purses, garments, placemats and note cards. To know more about tatting, log on to www.bit.ly/LearnTatting or www.bit.ly/TattingLessons.

5. Log On
Reading Bear teaches children how to read. The website introduces amateur readers to phonetic patterns through multimedia. The website has more than 50 presentations that can be viewed either as a video or a presentation. Each presentation has seven different versions, which introduce a person to various phonic rules.

6. What's New?
Creative’s Master Quiz 
Creative’s Master Quiz game is a compact box of 136 double-sided cards with a total of 1,632 questions based on three different levels of difficulty. You can play this game either in groups or individually.

A timer makes the game a lot more interesting. Creative’s Master Quiz can be bought online.

7. Pay it Forward
Artreach India
Artreach India works with children, young people and women from marginalised communities of India and tries to transform their lives through art. The NGO partners with contemporary and traditional artists from India and the world to hold art programmes with NGOs, schools, foundations and museums. The NGO conducts a lot of art programmes too. The NGO also conducts a programme called ‘Khel Mel’ in which art workshops are conducted for about 20 students of which 10 are underprivileged. To know more: Log on to www.artreachindia.org or E-mail: artreach.india@gmail.com

8. Little Green Finger 
Meet a New Plant: Citrus Limetta
Citrus limetta or the sweet lime is known by different names across the world. It is known as limettier doux in France, lima dulce in Spain and mosambi in India. There are two types of sweet lime trees—Mexican and Palestine. The Palestine sweet lime tree is the most common variety. The sweet lime tree can grow up to 26ft tall. Its fruit is oval in shape. Sweet limes turn yellowish orange when they ripen and their pulp is yellow in colour and can be divided into 10 to 14 segments. Sweet limes are rich in antioxidants, boost immunity and treat jaundice.

9. Music for Your Ears 
Know Your Instrument: Ukulele
Pronunciation: yoo-ku-lay-lay
Origin: Portugal
The ukulele is a small four-stringed guitar that was introduced to Hawaii by the Portuguese in the 1870s. The standard ukulele is shaped like the number eight; the second most popular ukulele is shaped like a pineapple; and others are shaped like a triangle or cigar box. Good quality ukuleles are made out of koa–wood from the acacia tree–or from mahogany. There are four types of ukuleles— soprano ukulele, concert ukulele, tenor ukulele and baritone ukulele

10. Bit by the Travel Bug 
Place to Visit: Lunglei, Mizoram 
Lunglei or Lungleh is a town in the south-central part of Mizoram. It is known for the Saza Wildlife Sanctuary and Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary where one can sight a wide range of animals including elephants, wild dogs, barking deer, leaf monkeys, tigers and leopards and a wide variety of bird species. The Saikuti Hall is another tourist spot. It houses a library, museum, conference hall, restaurants and an auditorium. The serene and beautiful Nghasih Stream, a tributary of Tlawng River, also flows close by. Lunglei can be reached by air, road and rail.

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