Community Briefs – May 24, 2017


Memories program on Friday

The Man’Amko Memorial Day Memories program will take place on Friday May 26, from 5:30pm to 8pm, at the American Memorial Park theater and amphitheater. Videos recorded by students of stories shared with them by their elders will be shown. There will also be performances by elders and students. (PR)

VA benefits counselor visits Saipan

The U.S. Department of Veterans benefits counselor will be at the Saipan VA Outreach Clinic today, May 24, 2017, from 9:30am to 3:30pm to answer benefits questions, and assist with the claim process. The Saipan VA Outreach Clinic is located at the MH II Bldg., Suite 206, Marina Heights Business Park in Garapan. To request an appointment, contact Ruth Coleman at 322-0035. (PR)

Grief support group to meet on June 1

The Compassionate Friends of Saipan will be holding its monthly grief support meeting on Thursday, June 1, from 6pm to 7:30pm, in the NMPASI conference room on Middle Road, in Gualo Rai.

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others to be supportive.

For more information, e-mail or call Donna Krum (783-1900). To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit its website at (PR)

Abstract submission deadline extended

The Northern Marianas Humanities Council has extended the submission deadline for paper abstracts for the 3rd Marianas History Conference. The new submission deadline is Friday, June 2, 2017.

The conference will be held on Sept. 1-2, 2017, at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan. It will cover a full range of topics associated with the archipelago’s history.

Papers may be submitted under the following general categories: Ancient Chamorro History; Early Colonial (17th – 18th centuries); Late Colonial (19th – early 20th centuries); World War II; Recent (post-war); and Oral History and Genealogical Research. The organizers also encourage student presentations.

Paper abstracts with a maximum of 150 words and the presenter’s bio may be submitted via a link on the council webpage at

The conference is open to the public and free of charge. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Contact council staff at 235-4785 for more details. (PR)

Learn how to manage tasks and time

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce presents “Task & Time Management,” the second in its “customer service excellence” series of workshops for 2017 in partnership with Jim Arenovski of Island Training Solutions. This seminar will take place at the Saipan Chamber of Commerce conference room (Marianas Business Plaza, third floor, Suite 315) on June 15, 2017, from 9am to 12pm. Registration fee is $50 per person for Chamber members and $55 per person for non-members. Light refreshments are included. Reservations and advance payment are required, as seating is limited. To register, call 234-7150 or email us at (PR)

Learn basic Chamorro

Are you interested in learning the basics of Chamorro? Or do you speak Chamorro or understand Chamorro, and just want to practice your Chamorro language skills? The CNMI Motheread/Fatheread Family Literacy Program offers a free Beginner’s Chamorro Literacy Class at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library this summer! Read and borrow books translated into Chamorro from the Motheread/Fatheread curriculum. Classes are held every Thursday from May to July. Class schedule: May 18, 25, and June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, from 5pm to 6pm. Completion class on July 1(1pm to 2pm). Call 235-7319/783-7678 or email at and sign up today. (PR)

Register for Chamber’s Corporate Challenge

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is still accepting team registrations for the 17th annual Corporate Challenge on Sunday, May 28, 2017. The event will be held at Minatchom Atdao. Registrations are due this Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5pm. Submit completed team player listing. Competing this year are Imperial Pacific, Fiesta Resort &Spa Saipan, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Delta Management, The Shack, Pacific Trading Co., Marianas Pacific Distributors, IT&E, and Kanoa Resort. To register now, or for more information, call 234-7150 or e-mail for more information or visit (PR)

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