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Goan Soccer League (Toronto)
For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php

Saturday June 26th, 2004
Event: Picnic
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Via Veneto 6340 N.Lincoln Ave. Chicago.773-267-0888
http://www.viavenetochicago.com

Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Event: ZANZIBAR - ALUMNI/Ex - STUDENTS’ REUNION (SJCSR) ­ 2005
Organised by St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar

Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
A reunion of former Students of St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar, is planned for the week of June 26 - July 3, 2005 in Toronto, Canada. Initial plans include a dinner dance on Saturday, July 2, a picnic on July 3, a tour of Niagara Falls and a shopping expedition in the Toronto Area sometime during the Reunion Week.
If you would like more information and would like to get on the mailing list please write to me asap. Jo (Joanita Gonsalves) Birkmeyer jbirkmeyer@yahoo.com
Please pass this along to people you know went to St. Joseph's Convent School in Zanzibar (it closed in 1968)


Sunday July 4th, 2004
Event: Organ recital in Toronto

Christina Koch (de Souza ) a Goan concert organist based in Switzerland, will be playing an organ recital at St.James Cathedral in Toronto on Sun. July 4th at 4.00 pm. She will be performing works by Bach, a Partita for organ dedicated to her by the Czech composer Jiri Ropek, and Cèsar Franck.
The recital will be followed by Evensong at 4.30pm. All invited.
Best wishes,
George Pinto
Goa Sudharop


Saturday July 3rd-5th Monday, 2004
Event: 7th biennial GOA convention in Toronto
Organised by Goan Organization of America
Goa Convention in Canada
Excerpts from message from Guirish Sardesai, Convenor, - sardesai@sympatico.ca

The 7th Biennial Convention in Burlington, Ontario is next weekend and we are This information to assist those making arrangements to come to Canada.

(A) Date and Location: Saturday, July 3, 2004 to Monday, July 5, 2004
(See program below.)

Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre
3063 South Service Road (at Guelph Line)
Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7N 3E9
Tel: 905-639-4443
Web site with video tour: www.holiday-inn.com/burlingtoncan

(B) Directions

1) If you are driving and crossing the border at Niagara Falls/Buffalo:

  • Cross the border at any of the four crossings at Niagara/ Buffalo
  • Join the Queen Elizabeth Way highway (QEW) to Toronto.
  • Take exit Guelph Line (Exit #102) in Burlington and go South.
  • The hotel is at the SE corner of the interchange.

Total driving time from the Niagara/Buffalo border is about 1 hr.

2) If you are driving and crossing the border at Detroit/Windsor:
  • Cross the border and join Hwy #401 East to Toronto.
  • Drive about 2 hrs, then take exit Hwy #403 toward Hamilton
  • Drive about 1 hour, then join QEW to Toronto.
  • Take the next Exit on the QEW -- Guelph Line (Exit #102) and go South.
  • The hotel is at the SE corner of interchange #102.

Total driving time from Detroit/Windsor border to the hotel is about 3 hours.

3) If you are driving and crossing the border at Port Huron/Sarnia:

  • Cross the border and join Hwy #402 to London/Toronto.
  • Drive for about 1 hour, then join Hwy #401 East toward Toronto.
  • Drive about ½ hour, then take exit Hwy #403 toward Hamilton.
  • After about one hour’s drive, join the QEW to Toronto.
  • Take the Guelph Line exit (Exit #102), the next exit on the QEW, and go South.
  • The hotel is at the SE corner of interchange #102.

The total driving time from Sarnia to Burlington is about 2-1/2 hours

4) If you are flying in and arriving at Toronto Airport.

Take a taxi from the airport to Holiday Inn, Guelph Line, Burlington. The distance is about 30 miles and cost is about $35 U.S. (Unfortunately, there is no shuttle bus). You may also rent a car at the airport for the weekend.

If you are driving from Toronto airport:

  • Take Hwy #427 South from the airport
  • After driving about 6 miles, take QEW West toward Hamilton
  • After driving about 25 miles on the QEW West, take the Guelph Line exit (Exit #102) in Burlington. Take Guelph Line South.
  • The hotel is at the SE corner of the interchange #102.
  • Total driving time from the Airport to Burlington is about 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

5) If you are arriving at Buffalo Airport:

The best option would be to rent a car. See 1) above for directions.

(C) Crossing the Border:

American Citizens and Green Card holders do not require visas to come to Canada. Certain American visa holders also do not require a Canadian Visa. (Please check your visa status and make sure that you have the proper documents.) Indian citizens visiting the U.S. require a visa to enter Canada. Please note that they insist on photo ID at the border.

There is no inspection/check on the American side when you enter Canada. Similarly, there is no inspection on the Canadian side when you return to the U.S.

(D) Health Insurance

Canadian residents are covered by government health care. Unfortunately, this coverage does not extend to visitors and non-residents. Please make sure that the health insurance you carry in the U.S. will cover you during your stay in Canada.

(E) Weather

Weather conditions in Toronto during July are comparable to Detroit, Chicago, and Boston, with temperature in the high 70s and 80s. Sometimes, the temperature can fall into the 60s at night, or go up into the 90s during the day. So dress accordingly. Headgear and sunscreen are recommended on the boat, if it turns out to be a Sunny & hot day on the 4th of July.

(F) The Program

We have tried hard to put together a program which would be of interest to the young and the not-so-young. The tentative schedule of events is attached.

(G) Babysitting:

Babysitters will be provided at the hotel, for young children, during the dinner and evening performances.

(H) Surroundings

If you are planning on arriving a few days earlier, or staying behind, other places to visit in the immediate area would be Niagara Falls and Toronto.

Niagara Falls is about an hour’s drive from Burlington. The attractions include Maid of the Mist boat tours, tunnels, towers and Marineland. Please visit the following website http://niagara.falls.net/default.html for more information.

Toronto is about 45 min drive from Burlington. The attractions in Toronto include: the CN Tower, Ontario Place, Ontario Science Centre, City Hall and the Parliament Buildings. Toronto is a lively city, and there is a lot to see and do, and it is safe to go around. Please visit the following website for more information: www.Toronto.com

(I) Golf

If you are an avid golfer, you are in the right place. There are countless golf courses in the area. The two nearest to the hotel are Millcroft and Tyandaga. (Greens fees are about $50 plus cart rental about $20). If you really like challenges, the renowned Glen Abbey Course is a few minutes down the road in Oakville. It is a Jack Niklaus-designed PGA course and is the home of the Canadian Open. It is tough; and the green fees plus the cart rental would drain you for about $200U.S. (in addition to the cost of golf balls you are likely to lose in the valley, on holes 11 through 15).

Golf Courses in Burlington:

  • Burlington Golf & Country Club
  • Millcroft Golf Club
  • Burlington Springs Golf Club
  • New Course at Hidden Lake Golf & Country Club
  • Camilse Course at Camisle Golf Club
  • Old Course at Hidden Lake Golf & Country Club
  • Land of Legend Course at Camisle Golf Club
  • Tyandaga Municipal Golf Course
  • Lowville Heights Golf Club

Please visit the following website for more information

(J) Sports/Fitness

The hotel has a swimming pool, fitness centre, a basketball court, and tennis courts. For quiet strolls, Burlington has an excellent waterfront park.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us. (Tel: 905-639-7369, sardesai@sympatico.ca ).

Have a safe trip, and we look forward to welcoming you in two weeks.

Tentative Schedule of Events


Saturday, July 3, 2004:

2:00pm - 4:30pm – Registration

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Cocktails

6:00pm - 7:30pm - Dinner

8:00pm onwards - Family Night

(Participants will include family members, followed by DJ)

Sunday, July 4, 2004:

7:00am - 9:00am - Breakfast

9:00am - 10:30am – Presentations/Lectures

(Presenters: Dr. Hede; Dr. Ramani; Mr. Ben Antao)

11:00pm - 4:30pm – "A Taste of Toronto"

A scenic cruise (with lunch and music) through Toronto’s

impressive Harbourfront, aboard a chartered cruise liner

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Cocktails

6:00pm - 7:30pm - Dinner

8:00pm onwards – "An Evening of Geet Sangeet"

(Natya Sangeet, Gazals, Film Songs, etc., followed by DJ)

Monday, July 5, 2004:

8:00am - 10:00am - Breakfast

10:00am - 12:00am - Biennial General Meeting

- Venue for 2006 GOA Convention

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch

- Adjourn and good byes


Friday July 9th, 2004
Event: Panorama India Canada Day

Panorama India and the Consulate General of India will be celebrating the Canada Day this July 9 at Pearson Convention Centre. Panorama India a non-profit cultural organization, celebrates annually three main events - India's Republic Day, Canada Day and Independence Day. Panorama India has donated funds to many worthy causes over the years. In January 2000, it donated $100,000 toward the South Asian gallery at ROM and last year contributed $10000 to Brampton's William Osler Hospital. For info and tickets to the Canada Day gala, call 905 794 8950 or 416 289 9771


Sunday July 11th, 2004
Event: TANZANITE PICNIC
Venue: Centennial Park, Etobicoke
Picnic Area # 6
For Further details, you may contact your committee members:
Sara Ferrao 905-569-6609 Steve Pereira 905-820-4089
Alban Mascarenhas 905-855-8161
Clayton Remedios 905-427-6389
Wilma & Bosco Moniz 905-831-8349    
Watch this site for further information.

WORLD GOA DAY CELEBRATIONS
TORONTO-CANADA -VIVA GOA
Viva Goa is back! In preparation for this year's celebration, the G.O.A has scheduled 3 events prior to Viva Goa.
Sunday July 18th, 2004
Event: Viva Goa day at Wonderland
(Reduced rate tickets) Deadline to order by mail is July 9th
http://www.goatoronto.com/events/2004/viva%20goa/wonderland.pdf
Arrangements can also be made for pick up, please contact the following:
Brampton: Joanne Lobo 19 Viewmount Crescent, Brampton, ON, L6Z 4P4 (416-948-6573)
Mississauga:

Troy De Souza, 4241 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON, L4W 1J7 (905-270- 9165)

Erin Mills: Judy Barreto 4504 Donegal Drive, Mississauga, ON L5M 4G9 (905-569-3196)
(No refunds/rain checks)
Tuesday July 20th, 2004
Event: Viva Goa Golf Day at Streetsville Glen
 
Thursday July 22th, 2004
Event: Bingo Night being held at Nativity of Our Lord Church

Early morning tee off time.
Includes Green Fees, Cart and Lunch.
Linmited spots available (first 24)- book early to avoid disappointment.
location : Streetsville Glen
Cost : $90.00
Need more information or to register, contact Vince Gomes 905-625-0139, Em : orthotic@idirect.com or Fil Fernandes 905-927-2290, Em: Ffernandes@frk.com
Mail Cheque (payable to GOA) to Fil Fernandes: 9 Forester Crescent Unionville, ONL6C 1R2.

Join us for a fun filled evening of Bingo.... come one ..... come all...
Starting at 6pm-10pm
Location : Nativity of Our Lord Chruch (480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke)
Admission is FREE.
Light snacks available for purcahse and cash bar on site
Need more information, contact Hema Pereira at 905-502-6103.

 
Saturday July 24th, 2004
Event: Viva Goa! ($6 before July 24th; $8 at the door)

Sunday July 25th - Saturday July 31st, 2004
Event: Grand Reunion of BMX

The St. Britto's, St. Mary's and St. Xaviers college of Mapuca are having a Grand Reunion in Toronto , with ex-students expected from UK, Goa, Austraila, Spain, US, etc.

Schedule of our events:-
Welcome Day - Venue :Seneca College Conference Room
July 25th - Picnic - Venue: Centennial park Etobioke
July 26th - Trip to Niagara falls
July 27th - Trip To Canada's Wonderland
July 28th - Toronto by Day
July 29th - Trip to Casino Rama
July 31st - Grand Reunion Dance (Sold Out-but will accept any last minute bookings of overseas members)

For further info. please contact the President of BMX, Mr. Joe Nunes at joe@conros.com. or check our web site - www.bmx2004.com


Saturday July 31st, 2004
Event: Grand Reunion of BMX

(Sold Out-but will accept any last minute bookings of overseas members)

The St. Britto’s, St. Mary’s and St. Xaviers college of Mapuca are having a Grand Reunion on July 31 in Toronto , with ex-students expected from UK, Goa, Australia, Spain, US, etc…

For further info. please contact the President of BMX, Mr. Joe Nunes at joe@conros.com.


Friday, August 6th, 2004
Event: Special Mass for the Deceased Relatives of Navelim Members
Organised by Villagers of Navelim
Time:
7:30 p.m., thereafter gathering in the church hall
Celebrant:
Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio da Costa, Pastor of Navelim Church, Goa
Location:
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough
(just south of Finch Ave)
Please contact one of following committee members for further information.
Name Telephone E-mail Address
Lazarus and Celine Pereira
416-292-1653
John Fernandes
416-510-8306
Tina Fernandes
905-294-8882
Leanne D’Souza
905-828-0637
Tony Rodrigues
416-750-4469

Sunday August 08th, 2004
Event: "GOENCHO MONTRI" Konkani Musical show
Organised by Goan Heritage U.K
Venue: Archbishop Lanfranc
School, Mitcham Road, Croydon.
Dedicated to World Goa Day.
Konkani Musical show with Lorna, the Nightingale of Goan Konkani stage; famous comedians Domnic, Ben Evangelisto & Jr. Nelson and musician Norman.
For tickets:
Fr.Oliver Antao 020 8563 9102 Tony 020 8795 1121
Babit 020 8764 2268 Felix 020 8450 2129
Jimmy 020 8450 5623    

Sunday October 09th, 2004
Event: ANNUAL TANZANITE DANCE
Venue: Claireport Place Banquet Hall,
Etobicoke, Ontario.

MUSIC:

Live Band by " The Illusions"

For Further details, you may contact your committee members:
Sara Ferrao 905-569-6609 Steve Pereira 905-820-4089
Alban Mascarenhas 905-855-8161
Clayton Remedios 905-427-6389
Wilma & Bosco Moniz 905-831-8349    
Watch this site for more information.

Saturday October 23rd, 2004
Event: Taste of Goa
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Via Veneto 6340 N.Lincoln Ave. Chicago.773-267-0888
http://www.viavenetochicago.com

Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Event: NAVELIM FEST
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Organised by Villagers of Navelim
Time:
5:45 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The solemn high mass will commence with the Enthronement of Our Lady at 5:45 p.m. sharp
Venue:
Claireport Place Banquet and Convention Centre
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27/Albion Rd)
Tickets:
Adults: $25
Children 6 to 12 years: $15
Children under 6 years: Free
(Order your tickets early to avoid disappoint.)
Entertainment:
Dance to the sounds of “NITE FEVER” and DJ “FATZ”
Contact:

Name Telephone E-mail Address
Lazarus and Celine Pereira 416-292-1653 lazaruspereira@aol.com
John Fernandes 416-510-8306 John.fernandes@sw.ca
Tina Fernandes 905-294-8882 wwcie@hotmail.com
Leanne D’Souza 905-828-0637 marthasteve@hotmail.com
Tony Rodrigues 416-750-4469 arodrigues@rogers.com
Order Form
 
For Navelim Fest Order Form click here or by clicking the image shown.

Saturday December 04th, 2004
Event: Christmas Dance
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Via Veneto 6340 N.Lincoln Ave. Chicago.773-267-0888
http://www.viavenetochicago.com

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