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Little Mr. and Miss V.I.
The Little Mr. and Miss V.I. Cultural and Heritage Pageant, sponsored by Bliss Heritage Inc., will commence in June. Boys and girls ages 5-8, 9-11 and 12-13 are sought for the primary, intermediate and advanced divisions. The time, date and place of the event will be announced at a later date.
Parents of interested children should contact Keisha at 344-1870 or Latisha at 803-467-3369.
Indian healing lectures
Chinello and Nadira Seeram-Haney, senior teachers at Sri Kaleshwar, will be visiting the territory through May 31 to give healings, teach classes, perform sacred homas (fire pujas) and to give open lectures on some of the divine ancient teachings passed on to them by their guru, Sri Kaleshwar.
Until recently, these teachings have not been widely taught or available outside of Penukonda, India. Originating from sacred ancient palm-leaf manuscripts, the teachings will take place at several locations on St. Thomas and St. John.
Special highlights of this visit are classes on the ancient science of Vaastu (Indian Feng Shui). Another teaching highlight will be how to “decharge” negative energy.
The free open lecture on St. Thomas will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at 8-56-7 Estate Nazareth.
Chinello and Nadira are also available to meet with local groups for private teachings and healings, taking into account the groups specific needs.
For more information, contact Therese at 626-3256 or Nori at
UVI announcements
• The University of the Virgin Islands’ 2010-2012 Academic Calendar is now available online. Links to the two-year academic calendar are available on the Academics, Admissions and Provost’s sections of the UVI web site at www.uvi.edu.
• UVI’s 2010 summer session 1 classes are slated to begin Monday. In-office registration continues today.
• Virgin Islands residents pursuing advanced degrees are encouraged to apply for the V.I. Academic & Cultural Awards Endowment Scholarship. Funding is also available for V.I. residents conducting research and projects designed to promote cultural awareness in the territory. Recipients may receive up to $10,000 per year.
The application deadline is today. Applications are available on St. Croix and St. Thomas at UVI, the V.I. Board of Education and the V.I. Superior Court.
Bar Association conference
The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division, in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Bar Association, will host its Spring Conference through Saturday at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa on St. Thomas.
The theme is “Connect, Collaborate, Learn.” The conference will address the needs of young lawyers struggling with securing employment as well as those of more seasoned professionals moving up the legal corporate ladder.
Programming includes:
• 10:45 a.m. today — Effective Cloud Gathering: A Young Lawyer’s Guide to True Rainmaking
• 10:45 a.m. today — Secrets of a Superstar Senior Associate
• 12:30 p.m. today — Nuts and Bolts of Starting and Running Your Own Practice
• 12:30 p.m. today — Making Partner: Understanding the Partnership Agreement
• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday — You Need Clients, They Need Lawyers: How to Build a Practice Working with Group Legal Services Plans
• 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. today — Anatomy of Business Law: Understanding the Basics of International Business Transactions from a Tax Perspective
• 12:30 p.m. today — Voting Rights in the U.S. Territories
• 1:15 to 2:15 today — Smart Soloing: Keys to Building an Efficient, Ethical and Successful Practice
• 2:30 to 4 p.m. today — What Every Young Lawyer Needs To Know About Intellectual Property
• 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. today — Criminal Law 101
• At 10 a.m. Saturday, the conference will offer the opportunity to be sworn-in to the United States Supreme Court Bar.
Visiting Bar members will participate in two community service projects while on island — members of GP Solo have volunteered to “Clean Up Coki Beach,” while the Young Lawyers Division will visit Ivanna Eudora Kean High School as part of the division’s “They Had A Dream Too” project, which educates high school students on the struggles of young civil rights leaders.
For more information, contact Tamiko Lee at 312-988-5237 or e-mail leet@staff.abanet.org or Jill Stewart at 312-988-5106 or e-mail stewartj@staff.abanet.org, or visit http://www.abanow.org.
American Legion convention
The American Legions of the Virgin Islands will host its 41st annual American Legion District Convention at 10 a.m. Saturday at Myron G. Danielson American Legion Post No. 85, Headquarters, Hospital Street, Christiansted.
Legionnaires from all posts in the Virgin Islands will assemble to discuss issues affecting the veterans of the Virgin Islands and to prepare an agenda for the Department of Puerto Rico Convention next month in Puerto Rico. Guest speaker will be Shenita Washington, assistant director of the the VA Caribbean Healthcare System.
The Legion will also render a special tribute to Armed Forces Day and the deployed members of the V.I. National Guard and all deployed members of the Armed Forces. Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May.
Trail volunteers needed
The Virgin Islands Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc. is seeking volunteers to continue to help build a new bridge and to maintain the Estate Adventure Nature Trail from 7 to 9 a.m. Sunday. Volunteers will help complete building the new bridge across the gut to link the two trail spurs and continue to mow weeds.
All students seeking community service hours, teachers, hikers, birders, ecologists, researchers and
St. Croix nature lovers are welcome. Volunteers should bring gloves and wear suitable clothing for working in the bush. Water, snacks and tools will be provided.
For more information, contact Olasee Davis at 692-4053 or e-mail odavis@uvi.edu or the V.I. RC&D office at 692-9632 ext. 5 or e-mail vircd@usvircd.org.
IEKHS spring concert
The Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Music Department will host its annual spring concert, titled “This Is It,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria.
The concert will feature the Steel Orchestra, directed by Glenn Elskoe; the Chorus/Jazz Choir, directed by Jeanette Rhymer; the Cultural Band/Dancers, directed by Urbane Chinnery; and the Concert/Marching Band and the Jazz Band, directed by Dionne Donadelle. A special guest appearance will be made by Kean alumnus Lorna Freeman-Dennis.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
For more information, contact the IEKHS Music Department at
777-5299 or 775-6380 ext. 4830.
Ad Club auction
The American Advertising Federation-USVI will host the 2010 Ad Club auction at 6 p.m. May 21 at Bolongo Beach Resort. Tickets are $25 and include a buffet dinner.
The auction will feature media buys, jewelry, hotels stays, restaurant and spa certificates, entertainment, travel, home care and more. Attendees will also have a chance to win $100 at a karaoke contest.
For tickets, call 776-7828.
Upward Bound event
The Upward Bound Youth Role Model Luncheon will be held at
12:30 p.m. May 23 at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa.
The honorees are Shekaya McCarthy of All Saints School; Clinton Williams of Antilles School; Addis Elliott of Charlotte Amalie High School; Jeffrine Niles of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School; Hannah-Marie Charles of Ss. Peter and Paul School; Oshana Mitchell of the Seventh-day Adventist School; and Kendra Boyd of the Upward Bound Program.
For more information on ads, patrons or tickets, call 693-1130 or 693-1131.
Mental health fair
The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Virgin Islands will present a Mental Health Awareness Fair on May 26 and 27 in Emancipation Garden.
For more information, call
Ulla Muller spring concert
Former music students of Joe Francis are invited to come out and celebrate the retiring music instructor’s career at a spring concert at
6 p.m. May 27 at Ulla Muller Elementary School.
A retirement dinner in Francis’ honor will take place on June 18 at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa.
Tickets to the concert are $5. Tickets to the retirement dinner are $60.
For more information, contact Nurse Taylor at 774-0059.
BVI Music Festival
The BVI Music Festival will be held from May 28 to 30 in Cane Garden Bay. This year’s performance lineup includes Fantasia, Nina Sky, Co Co Tea, WCK, the Spinners, Gyptian, IMO and more. The event will be held in the new “Music Festival Village on the Beach” between Myetts and the bound of the Ivan Dawson Primary School.
For more information visit http://www.bvimusicfestival.com/.

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