Submit your Ottawa-based event to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 613-232-9055 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30Japan's New Defence and Security Policy—Guest speaker Dr. Masashi Nishihara, president of the Research Institute for Peace and Security, will discuss "Japan's New Defence and Security Policy and the Asia-Pacific Region." Presented by the Embassy of Japan. 5:30 p.m. Auditorium, Embassy of Japan, 255 Sussex Dr. RSVP to email@example.com
Health and Poverty: Global Health Problems and Solutions—Dr. Gijs Walraven, director of community health at Aga Khan Health Services will draw on 20 years experience working in the community health field in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Dr. Walraven will discuss the links between health and poverty in poor countries, and offer solutions, based on experience and innovation, to some of the most critical healthcare challenges of the 21st century. 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP to Jennifer Carter at 613-232-2532 ext. 182 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe—The world-renowned Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe presents fascinating tales from Hindu mythology. This classical form of Indian dance typically features male dancers in both male and female roles. Presented by the High Commission of India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations as part of the Year of India in Canada 2011. 7:30 p.m. Theatre, Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau, Que. Free tickets available by calling 819-776-7000 or at box office.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31United Nations Association in Canada 65th Anniversary Dinner—Join Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon and former Canadian ambassadors to the UN Yves Fortier and Allan Rock for UNA Canada's 65th Anniversary Dinner. 6 p.m., $100. Panorama Room, NAC, 53 Elgin St., Ottawa, Ont. RSVP by March 22 to 613-232-5271 or email@example.com
Canada/US Leaders Forum—Attendees will focus on strategic issues and new perspectives for both countries. By invitation only. Presented by the Conference Board of Canada and the Conference Board of the United States. March 31-April 2. Chateau Montebello, Montebello, Que. www.conferenceboard.ca
FRIDAY, APRIL 1Diplomatic Tour & Maple Syrup Tasting—The Diplomatic Tour & Maple Syrup Tasting will include a delicious brunch, horse-darn sleigh or wagon ride, cooking demos and maple taffy tasting. 10 a.m. $10-$19. Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm, 2452 Yorks Corners Rd., Edwards, Ont. (613-821-2751). Call Ulle Baum for tickets, 613-240-4622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Response of Middle Powers to China's Rise—Join Andrew O'Neil of Australia's Griffith University and James Manicom of the Balsillie School of International Affairsfor a discussion on "The Response of Middle Powers to China's Rise." Presented by CIPS at the University of Ottawa. 12 p.m. Free. Room 3120, Desmarais Bldg., 55 Laurier Ave. E., Ottawa, Ont. www.cips.uottawa.ca
Concert: Paul Kunigis—Paul Kunigis performs his Grammy-winning brand of world music, followed by a reception. Presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. 6 p.m. Embassy of Poland, 443 Daly Ave.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2Snowflake Ball—The theme for this year's Snowflake Ball is Venetian Sunset Masquerade. This highly popular event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Colorectal Cancer. The evening will include entertainment; a display of Venetian masks; live and silent auctions; gourmet Italian dinner and dancing. Also, organizers will pay tribute to the work of CHEO's head of gastroenterology, Dr. David Mack. Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineau, Que. For more information, call 613-237-0190 or www.snowflakeball.com
17th Annual Travel and Vacation Show—Visit over 170 travel and vacation exhibits from more than 45 countries and taste creations by four celebrity chefs. April 2-3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St. Ottawa, Ont. http://www.travelandvacation.ca
SUNDAY, APRIL 3One on One with Etgar Keret—The Writers Festival and The Embassy of Israel present an evening of prose, conversation and film with Israeli filmmaker and author Etgar Keret. Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood. 7 p.m., $10-$15. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St., Ottawa, Ont. 613-562-1234 or www.writersfestival.org
Screening: La Vaca—After a famous American archeologists dies, the peculiar items in his will, an important part of which involves a cow named Tracy, sets off a series of hilarious misadventures. Dir. Mendel Semayoa. Guatemala, 2010. In Spanish with English subtitles. Part of the 15th Annual Latin American Film Festival, presented by CFI and The Embassy of Guatemala. 7 p.m. $8-$12. Auditorium, Library and Archives, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ont. http://www.cfi-icf.ca/
MONDAY, APRIL 4Senegal celebrates its Independence Day. It gained independence from France in 1960. For information on any celebrations, please call the embassy at 613-238-6392.
Track Two Diplomacy with Iran—Join guest speaker Peter Jones of the graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, for a discussion on "Track Two Diplomacy with Iran: Are We Getting Anywhere?" Presented by CSDS and the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance. 12:30-2 p.m. Alumni Boardroom, 617 Robertson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Col. By Dr. 613-520-2600 ext. 6671 or email@example.com
Liberty's Trial: War & the Health of Democracy—Join guest speaker Ron Krebbs of the University of Minnesota for a discussion on "Liberty's Trial: War and the Health of Democracy." 2 p.m. Free. Room 3120, Desmarais Bldg., 55 Laurier Ave. E., Ottawa, Ont. www.cips.uottawa.ca
Tanusree Shankar Dance Company—Blending traditional Indian dance with Western forms such as ballet, the Tanusree Shankar Dance Company is on the cutting edge of contemporary Indian dance. Presented by the High Commission of India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations as part of the Year of India in Canada 2011. 7:30 p.m. $10. Theatre, Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau, Que. 819-776-7000 or at box office.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5The Political Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa—Join Pierre Razoux of Rome's NATO Defence College for a talk on "The Political Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa: Implications for NATO and its Partnerships." Presented by CSDS at Carleton University. 3-5 p.m. Alumni Boardroom, Robertson Hall 617, Carleton University, 1125 Col. By Dr. 613-520-2600 ext. 6671 or www.carleton.ca/csds/
Global Energy Challenges—Guest speaker Dr. Frank Umbach, Centre for European Security Strategies (Munich-Berlin), will discuss "Global Energy Challenges and the Implications for the EU's Common Energy Policies." EU Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann will give the introduction. Presented by the German Embassy and the Centre for European Security Strategies (Munich-Berlin). 3-4:30 p.m. Delegation of the EU, 150 Metcalfe St., Suite 1900. RSVP by March 31 at carleton.ca/ces/GlobalEnergy
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6The 3Ds: Diplomacy, Defence and Development—The National Capital Branch of the CIC presents a speaker event, "The 3Ds, Diplomacy, Defence and Development, Pillars of Foreign Policy: Time for Adjustments?" Speakers will be Derek Burney, former ambassador to the US; Paul Heinbecker, former ambassador to the UN; and Conservative Senator Hugh Segal. 5:15 p.m. Rideau Room, Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert St., Ottawa, Ont. 613-520-3916 or http://www.onlinecic.org/branches/ottawa
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