COMMUNITY BRIEFS – Nov. 3, 2017
Tag: APASEEM, MVA, Rotary Club, Saipan World Resort
APASEEM conference at AMP
The Asia Pacific Academy of Science, Education and Environmental Management is holding its annual conference on Nov. 7, 8, and 9 at the American Memorial Park each night, from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Speakers will be present and there would be topics ranging from fisheries and butterflies to public perceptions of environmental issues and more. The conference is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend. Time is reserved at the end of each talk to answer question from the audience. (PR)
Citizenship Day observed today
This year, Citizenship Day, which falls on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, will be observed today, Nov. 3, 2017.
Veterans Day, which falls on Nov. 11, 2017, will be observed on Nov. 10, 2017.
Schools and government offices will be closed on both days.
Under the law, if a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, it shall be celebrated on the preceding Friday. (PR)
Revived Kantan Isla is rescheduled
The Kantan Isla Music Festival that was originally set for the end of September has been moved to Nov. 17 at the Garapan Fishing Base, from 5pm to 11pm. For additional information, call CCA at 322-9982. There would be a raffle drawing and incentives for participating individuals. Artists will also be given space to sell their CDs and promote their music. Ten vendor slots are also open for non-profit organizations, families, and churches that want to raise funds. The council will be providing tents but a $25 park and recreation fee is required. (Kimberly A. Bautista)
Power outage in Garapan on Saturday
There will be a scheduled power interruption on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from 5am to 10am to allow a Commonwealth Utilities Corp. line crew to safely replace three wooden power poles with concrete poles along Beach Road in Garapan.
Areas to he affected are Feeder 2 (2na Partial): Beach Road Garapan (Fishing Base to Smiling Cove Marina), Dama Di Noche St., Mapola St., Kadena Di Amor St., McDonald’s/Mobil gas station, TSL building, Joeten Hafa Adai shopping center, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Wild Bills, IHOP, Ajisen Ramen, Coconut St., Coffee Tree Mall, Ginger Ave., Coral Tree Ave., Date St., Pasco de Marianas, Palm St., and Plumeria Ave.
No water well will be affected but the S5 sewer lift station will be affected.
The traffic light at the intersection near Bank of Guam will be affected.
For more information, contact the CUC Call Center at 664-4282 or monitor its Facebook page for the latest updates. (PR)
Telephone disruption at OAG
The CNMI Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division is experiencing a temporary disruption to phone services. All incoming and outgoing calls are unavailable at this time. IT&E is working to resolve the matter to resume services as soon as possible. For immediate assistance, call 234-8964/788-7940; or Civil Division at 237-7500. (PR)
Las Vegas Night on Nov. 18
The 2017 Rotary Club of Saipan’s Las Vegas Night is on Nov. 18, at the Saipan World Resort’s Royal Taga Hall, from 6pm to 12pm. This year the Rotary Club of Saipan will make a donation to the Rotary Club of Las Vegas Nevada to help those in this year’s mass shootings. Each ticket is $5 or get five tickets for $20. You can call the Rotary Club of Saipan at 783-6378 for tickets, or visit any of the distribution points at Megabyte, NMPASI, or Paradise Dental. (PR)
Chamber hosts sales training for holidays
The “Customer Service & Suggestive Selling for the Holidays” training seminar will be conducted on Nov. 16, from 9am to 12pm at the Saipan Chamber of Commerce conference room (Marianas Business Plaza, third floor, Suite 315). Registration fee is $50 per person for Saipan Chamber of Commerce members and $55 per person for non-members. Light refreshments are included. To register, call 670-234-7150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (PR)
MVA membership meeting on Nov. 9
The Marianas Visitors Authority will hold its semi-annual general membership meeting on Nov. 9, 2017, at the Royal Taga Ballroom of the Saipan World Resort at 10am. Registration will begin at 9:30am.
Guest speakers will be from the MVA’s offshore offices and will provide a recap of fiscal year 2017 projects and the MVA’s marketing plans for fiscal year 2018.
Speakers will be the respective in-country managers: Irene Lee, Korea market; Shirley Zhang, China market; and Takashi Ichikura, Japan market.
The meeting cost is $16/person for MVA members and $20/person for non-members. The cost includes light refreshments and lunch. RSVP should be made by Nov. 3, 2017.
The MVA also welcomes new businesses, agencies and individuals who want to actively participate in the Marianas’ top industry as MVA members. Membership is $100 annually. To RSVP, to request a membership application, or for more information, contact MVA Community Projects administrative assistant Demalynn Pagarao at email@example.com or call 664-3200. (MVA)
JIL Church Saipan to mark 20th anniversary
The CNMI community is invited to attend the Jesus is Lord Church Saipan’s 20th anniversary celebration on Nov. 5, 3pm at the Royal Taga Hall of the Saipan World Resort. The JIL Church Saipan congregation hosts its members at their sanctuary in San Vicente. There are three services available every Sunday: 7:30am, 9:30am, and 6pm. For more information, call 670-235-8053 or 670-989-8053. (PR)
VA benefits counselor visiting Saipan
A U.S. Department of Veterans Benefits Administration benefits counselor will be at the Saipan VA Outreach Clinic on Dec. 15, 2017, from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The benefits counselor will be available 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)
CNMI Next Top Chef competition
The CNMI Next Top Chef 2017 invites interested chefs to register for the competition on Nov. 9, 2017, at 6pm at Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan. Tickets are now on sale for $50/person including the live cooking competition, full buffet dinner, and raffle. For a chef entry form or tickets, contact Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation at 235-2340 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jointly organized with the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, the event will benefit the Empty Vessel Ministry. (PR)
Limited tickets for ‘Ultimate Drag Queen’ on Nov. 4
In celebration of their 25th year anniversary in the CNMI, the Saipan Fil-American Lions Club will a host a fundraiser called “The Ultimate Drag Queen 2017” on Nov. 4, at the Royal Taga Hall of the Saipan World Resort. VIP tickets cost $25 and general admission is $15. Proceeds from the event will be used for the club’s community projects. For more details, call club president Annamae Adaza at 285-4388, vice president Lourdes Ortiz at 785-2306, VP Leony Mendoza at 287-7563, secretary Mario Mayuga at 285-1021, or Ernie Molina at 789-8212. (PR)
Marriage Encounter Weekend set
The next CNMI Marriage Encounter Weekend will take place at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan on Nov. 17-19 2017. It is open to husband and wife couples of all denominations and mixed faiths. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100. If couples are unable to fund the $100, M.E. will find sponsors to pay the fee. To participate, email email@example.com or call Joe and Linda Muña at 287-2102. Space is limited to the first 15 couples only. (PR)
Renewed PH passports now being released
The Philippine Consulate General in Guam, in coordination with the Office of Honorary Consul Eli Arago, is releasing passports to those who renewed their passports last Sept. 8, 9, 10, and 11, 2017. You can pick up your new passports at Finasisu Terraces, Apartment Building D, second floor, at the top of the Mini-Mart Store, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm (12pm to 1pm is break time). Please bring your old passport and receipt. For more details, call Mel Santos at 233-6293. (PR)
PH consulate to hold NMI outreach
The Philippine Consulate General in Guam, in coordination with the Office of Honorary Consul Eli Arago, will conduct a mobile consular outreach in the CNMI from Nov. 13 to 17, 2017 (Monday to Friday) at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe, from 9am to 6pm.
Those who wish to renew their passport may submit their application at the Finasisu Terraces, Apartment Building D, second floor (top of the Mini-Mart Store), Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (12pm to 1pm, break time).
For any inquiry about passport renewal, call Mel Santos at 233-6293. (PR)