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MAY 31-JUNE 2. MANCHESTER 1996 NEPAL HIMALAYAN FESTIVAL Events in Manchester Town Hall, include an exhibition of Nepalese handicrafts, artefacts and cuisine, a concert of traditional music and dance, and slide-illustrated talks by mountaineers Doug Scott and Mike Harding. Details: 0161 234 3999.

JUNE 6, 8, 10 AND 12

LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Barbican, London EC2, is presenting a new production of Donizetti's rarely-staged opera. Details: 0171 628 2571.


ACTIONAID WEEK Teachers are invited to send off for a free schools pack, A World of Achievement, full of competitions, materials and fundraising classroom activities. It contains photocopiable sheets, some related to key stage 2-3 geography, which look at children's lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Details: ACTIONAID Education, Chataway House, Chard, Somerset TA20 1FA, 01460 62972.


WALK TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN Abandoning the car in favour of walking short journeys to school improves the fitness of children and their parents and has economic and environmental benefits. The Pedestrians' Association has produced a resource pack of supporting materials available for Pounds 3 from 0171 490 0750.


LEONARDO DA VINCI: SCIENTIST, INVENTOR, ARTIST Paintings, sculpture, copies of 144 drawings, fully operational working models and interactive computer programmes at Accademia Italiana, 8 Grosvenor Place, London SW1. Teachers are invited to a talk on June 18, 6-8pm, where they will be given packs containing key stage 2-4 and A-level worksheets. These are also obtainable by sending an SAE with Pounds 1 postage specifying the level required. Details: Rachel Tranter, 0171 235 0303.


MEMORIAL SERVICE Friends and colleagues of Bill Lee, founder of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, are invited to the British Council, 11 Portland Place, London W1 at 3pm.

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