Polwatte church Easter carol service

"The Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Polwatte, Colombo 3 will have an Easter Carol Service today, Sunday, April 4 at 6 p.m. as part of the celebrations for Eastertide. It will consist of Bible readings, poems, anthems and popular Easter hymns.

At the organ will be Denham Pereira, who will play a series of organ preludes before the commencement of the service. Dr. Lalith Perera will direct the music. All are welcome.

Michael Angelo opens its doors

Colombo's latest Italian restaurant Michael Angelo, named after Italy's famous artist, opens its doors to Italian food lovers today Easter Sunday. Situated at Nawala Road, Rajagiriya, it promises affordable yet delicious and healthy, home- made Italian fare for all.

The highlight of Michael Angelo is its unique traditional Italian pizza oven where authentic home- made pizza combined with a choice of toppings are baked.

There is also home- made pasta such as fettuccine, ravioli stuffed with fresh ingredients, mouth watering lasagna and other traditional Italian dishes. Gnocchi (dumplings), a firm Italian favourite and Tagliata alla Grillia, veal grilled in olive oil and served with grilled vegetables, Polpettine, home- made meat balls and Spaghetti Amatriciana are some of the other signature dishes.

COO Dimuthu Gamage says delivery is available.

Latest guide to birds of Lanka

By Malaka Rodrigo

Eminent ornithologist Prof. Sarath Kotagama will launch his latest guide to the birds of Sri Lanka with illustrations by world renowned wildlife artist Gamini Ratnaweera.

"An Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka" will be launched on April 5 at the New Biology Lecture Theatre, University of Colombo at 5 p.m with a lecture on Birds of Sri Lanka by the author. The book is priced Rs.2000. It will be available at a concessionary rate at the event. Admission is free.

Celebrated bird artist Gamini Ratnavira has focused recently almost exclusively on the birds of the New World (he lives and works in California), but the series of plates he produced for this book are intended to depict especially those characteristics a birdwatcher would need to identify a bird and differentiate it from similar species.

Shiromi gets international recognition

Directress of Rhythm World Shiromi Perera has qualified to become a member of the World Dance Council and Asian Amateur League.

She has also been appointed the contact representative for the international dance body responsible for organizing dance competitions around the world for cultural, modern, hip hop, ballet, fusion and other dance forms.

Shiromi plans to work with Ms. Aleena Tan, President of the Singapore Dance Teachers Association and organizer of the Singapore Dancesport competition to organise an international dance competition in Sri Lanka.

BBs Forum Theatre in search of young talent

Beyond Borders, is a voluntary youth-led, youth-run initiative which provides young people a platform to express themselves and to work on development issues that they may be concerned about.

It also runs a Forum Theatre programme that enables youth to address social issues. With two FT productions already under their belt which dealt with wartime censorship and learning disabilities respectively, the Beyond Borders team is currently readying themselves for their third production. This time the focus will be on racial prejudice in the context of governance.

The BB team is looking for actors and stagehands for the upcoming FT production which will take place in early May. Those interested in volunteering, should contact Ramzi on 0773544949 or Ruwan on 0774372794.

A commemorative stamp was issued by the Postal Department to mark 80 years of Rotary service in Sri Lanka.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Colombo Central and the stamp was launched at Water's Edge on March 18 with Secretary Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication P.W.D. C.

ayathilake, Post Master General M.K.B. Dissanayaka, Governor Rotary District 3220 Suri Rajan and President of Rotary Club of Colombo Central Leisha de Silva Chandrasena present on the occasion.

Nearly 4000 stamps have been issued around the world for Rotary. This is the first to be issued in Sri Lanka.

SLIOP programmes

The Sri Lanka Institute of Printing (SLIOP) under the Ministry of Mass Media and Information is calling for applications for the following programmes in multi-media technology beginning in late April. The Institute courses have been developed to meet current industry standards and industry-employment requirements.

Non-Linear Editing- Designed to provide essential knowledge and editing skills in video, TV and motion picture productions, this is ideal for those in the video, TV and film industry and newcomers who wish to pursue careers in this field.

Digital Animation: Ideal for those interested in creating 2D and 3D moving images using computer /human skills.. The programme will teach those who intend to use these images in architectural and interior design as well as web design and motion pictures.

Computer Hardware and PC Assembly: This course provides an in-depth knowledge in computer hardware and PC assembly for anyone interested in learning technical and trouble-shooting skills applicable to computer hardware and assembly of computers in addition to software related issues.

For more information contact the Sri Lanka Institute of Printing, Government Printing Department, No. 118, Dr. Danister de Silva Mawatha, Colombo 8 or the SLIOP office on 2686162 or 2679791.

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