Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Good News


'Taste of' offers view of India

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Interested in learning about Indian culture, food, crafts, even a folk dance called Bhangra that originated in the fields of Northern India?

It all happens at the fifth annual Taste of India, 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Old St. George Church, 42 Calhoun St., Corryville.

"We will have a wide range of mouth-watering Indian delicacies from restaurants such as Mayura, Sitar and Myra's Kabob,'' said Sailesh Rao, a member of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of India Development.

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Rao said art and crafts will include Mehendi and Rangoli. Mehendi is a temporary tattoo that stains the surface of the skin with a reddish brown dye, Rao said.

"Rangoli is a traditional art of decorating courtyards and walls of Indian houses and places of worship,'' Rao said.

And then there is Bhangra.

"This is an energetic celebratory dance. It is done during a harvest festival celebration, usually with 10 people wearing very colorful costumes. I have seen it done, but I have never done it. I would like to try it.''

Rao said the group is having the event to inform the public about activities of the chapter, which is a nonprofit, student-based organization at the University of Cincinnati.

Chapter activities involve collaboration with grass-roots groups in India and learning about the social and economic issues involved in development.

For more information, call 556-7514.

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Operation X-Out, an information session about drugs, will be from 7-8:30 p.m. May 1 at the University of Cincinnati Event Pavilion.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and The Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati.

Operation X-Out seeks to generate public awareness, specifically among students, to expose them to the dangers associated with club drugs and others.

Students, parents and concerned citizens are invited.

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A benefit for the children of Cincinnati Firefighter Oscar Armstrong III will be at 7 p.m., Saturday at Sonny's All Blues Lounge, 4040 Reading Road, North Avondale.

Armstrong, 25, was fatally injured while fighting a fire in Bond Hill on March 21.

Brenda Brown, caterer, will prepare food for the benefit.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

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Fourth-graders at Delshire Elementary School in Delhi Township will be featured in an advertisement in the June edition of the Cincinnati Bell Yellow Pages.

The students were awarded $250 for participating in an education program through Cincinnati Bell.

The money is to be used for school projects.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax 768-8340.




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