Essay writing competition

The Good Shepherd Organization will conduct an essay competition for school children at Fatorda on June 26 to mark International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The topic for the competition is ‘The Effects of Harmful Drugs and Alcohol’ and the contest is open for participation only for Class X students. For details contact: 9850047533.

Rally for drug awareness: Positive People in collaboration with Goa state AIDS control society will organize a rally to mark International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking on June 26 beginning at 9.30am from Panaji church square to the Don Bosco oratory. To commemorate the day, a workshop on ‘empowering youth to counter drug abuse and illicit trafficking’ will be held at Fr Agnel college of art and commerce, Pilar, from 3pm to 5.30pm. On June 27, the anti-narcotic cell has decided to hold a rally of school students and members of the home guards and civil defense from Kala Academy in Campal, Panaji, to the Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji. The rally will be flagged off by director general of police, Goa, at 8.45am at Kala Academy.

Marathi film screening: Marathi film ‘Maati Maay’ will be screened at Sunaparanta at Altinho on June 26 at 6.30pm. Producer and director Chitra Palekar will introduce the 95-minute film and Sachin Chatte will be in conversation with her post the screening. ‘Maati Maay’ is a grave-keeper’s tale based on a short story (Baayen) by well-known writer Mahasweta Devi.

‘Sangod’ festival at Candolim: The traditional ‘Sangod’ festival at Orda, Candolim, will be held on June 29, the feast day of St Peter and St Paul, the patron saint of fishermen. The festival is celebrated onboard fishing boats. A chapel and a stage are erected on around three boats, which are bound together and Konkani stage performances are held. The audience watches the show from the banks of the river. The festival is organized annually by the St Khuris chapel committee, Orda, Candolim. A spokesman for the organizing committee said that there is going to be a change in the festival this time, with only two halts being made along the river bank. In earlier years there used to be six stops alongside the river for the villagers to view the performances. He also said that popular tiatr artistes will perform during the festival, alongside local villagers. The festival will start at 2.30pm and end by sunset.

‘Formative weekend’ for youth at Raia: The Jesuit Fathers of Pedro Arrupe Institute, Raia, will organize a free overnight formative weekend for youth/young professionals from 4.30pm on June 29 to 2pm on June 30 at their institute. There will be two categories: 15 to 22 age group and 23 to 35 age group. There will also be a free bus service from Panaji, states a press note. For details and registration call on 8805570108, 2776998, 2858323 or 2776917, or email at

Talk on breast cancer: Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji, will conduct a talk on breast cancer by cancer specialist Dr Shekhar Salkar on July 6. Dr Salkar will speak on precautionary measures to be taken and the causes of the disease. The programme will begin at 9.30am in the conference hall of Institute Menezes Braganza.

Poetry writing competition: On July 8, to mark the death anniversary of Late Bakibab Borkar, Institute Menezes Braganza will organize a poetry writing competition for higher secondary, college and university students. The last date to send in the poems has been extended to July 1. The programme will commence at 3.30pm with recitation of poems followed by a cultural programme. For more details call: 2224143.

Art classes in Panaji: The Sunaparanta Goa Centre of Arts in Altinho, Panaji, will conduct the Mango Tree After School Art Programme for children between 5 and 14 years from June 27 onwards. Altogether, 30 classes will be held where children will learn to make art works using various kinds of material. For details call: 2421311 or write to

Marathi Film Festival in Panaji: The sixth Goa Marathi Film Festival will be held from June 28 to June 30 in Panaji. This year a special short film competition will be held to provide a platform to aspiring independent filmmakers. Entries will be accepted in two categories – for films of less than 11 minutes duration and those 30 minutes in length. The last date for entry is June 25. For details visit or call 09422438017. Delegate passes are available at Kala Academy, Panaji.

Quiz in Margao: The Sunday evening quiz club’s June quiz will be held on June 29 at 5pm at the urban health centre, Margao. The quiz will be hosted by Lynn Barretto Miranda and is open to all. For more details long on to

Counselling on healthy living: The career and personal counselling centre of Chowgule College will conduct a new course in healthy living. The classes will begin on June 1 at the college premises. Healthy living will be part of the honours programme in lifestyle management. The total duration of the programme is 30 hours. For further details call on 2759504 or email

Environment workshops in Dona Paula: Centre for environment natural resource management (CENRM) – Srujan with The International Centre Goa (ICG) and United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF) are hosting two workshops – ‘Environment and development scenario in Goa: an introduction’ and ‘Damming of Mhadei: Water demands for urban settlement v/s fragile ecosystems’ on June 29 at ICG, Dona Paula, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 4pm. Participation is free. For prior registration email

Cello recital: Cello and piano recital will be held by Bianca Mendonca and Neville Bharucha on July 1 at 7.30pm at Art Chamber in Calangute. For details call: 9823217435.

Bharatnatyam classes in Panaji: Learn bharatnatyam at Swami Vivekanand Society, Junta House, in Panaji from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Call 2224098 for details.