April 25, 2008

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MOVING SALE – FINAL DAYS!

Moving sale, Ah, two words that make my heart go pitter patter. Get in on the last few days of this great sale here.

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BE A STAR! AUDITIONS – April 28

Semi-Circle, Basel’s Amateur English Theatre Group will be holding auditions on Monday, April 28 for their Fall production, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. The auditions will be held at 7pm in the Jaquet Building on Thannerstrasse 15. Get all the details you need as well as copies of the script to help you prepare for your 15 minutes of fame on www.semi-circle.ch.

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LAST (OR FIRST) TANGO IN BASEL

Don’t miss this English-speaking Tango class every Monday night from 18:45-20:00. Classes are hosted by Romeo Orsini and Cecile Sidler at the Tango Basel studio located at Clarahofweb 23. The eight-class series costs 180 CHF per person. Classes run from April 21 – June 16. Not sure if its for you? Try it on for size witht their free trial lessons available from 8pm to 9pm after each Monday’s class. For more information contact the Tango Schule Basel at +41 61 981 69 96 or email tangobasel@tangobasel.ch .

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THE ENGLISH SHOW
From Tango classes and museum passes to local bands and the latest news, the English Show is a great resource for local events and info for Basel expats. It even includes my very own Basel Newsletter. Check it out at www.theenglishshow.com (and bookmark it to visit often). Don’t forget to tune to 94.5 Radio X each Tuesday at 6:30pm (or stream the show live from the website) to hear the latest on what and who is making news in Basel.

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HEART SMART

Like to know more about your heart, how it works, and what happens when it doesn’t? Check out the heart exhibition at the Anatomicial Muesum in Basel… otherwise known as the Anatomisches Museum in Pestalozzistrasse. For more information, visit: www.basel.com.

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SCHOOLIN’ SWISS – May 7
Do you think your children are getting a decent education in Switzerland? How does it compare to your country? Head over to Bergli Books for a discussion about Swiss schools. Led by Margaret Oertig, author of “Beyond Chocolate – Understanding Swiss Culture”, this discussion will give you the opportunity to share your opinions and learn how to get the most out of the Swiss School system. For more information visit www.bergli.ch.

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RHEIN INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE – May 7
Rhein International Academy (RIA) cordially invites you to attend their Spring Open House on May 7, from 1 and 7 p.m. Learn firsthand from students, staff and parents why your family should be part of RIA!

The school, which is dedicated to meeting “the academic and social needs of the expatriate and local community in and around Weil am Rhein and Basel”, offers:
•Preschool Programs with flexible half- and full-day schedules
•Low student/teacher ratios
•Individualized attention
•Support for special education needs
•German language lessons
•Extra curricular activities
•Transportation from Basel
•Aftercare program
•Non-corporate rates

For more information on the Open House visit the website www.RIAweb.net, email: info@riaweb.net or call the school at +49 7621 161 8940.

Rhein International Academy
Mattrain 8
79576 Weil am Rhein Germany

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SPRINGTIME IN… WENGEN
The ski season may be coming to a close, but there’s still plenty to enjoy in Wengen – especially if you are staying at the fabulous Caprice Hotel. Owned and operated by the charming Christian and Monica Aubert, the hotel combines a fresh Swiss Chalet-Meets-W-Hotel aesthetic with a fabulous view of the Jungfrau and a gourmet restaurant.

Spend the day hiking around the mountain then return to relax in front of the fire in their beautifully appointed lounge. You’ll be glad you worked up an appetite when you get a glance at the restaurant’s impressive dinner menu featuring incredible French cuisine. Visit their site for photos and more information: www.caprice-wengen.ch.

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ASKED AND ANSWERED – LOCAL SPAS
A reader came to me with what I (and my knotty shoulder muscles) view as a critical question: where to find a good spa in Basel? An informal poll yielded the following results:

•Yves Rocher. This Basel shop is not the most soothing or sophisticated of environments but they do offer massages (and waxing services as well) by appointment only. Freie Strasse 11, +41 61 261 10 90
•Kurzentrum Rheinfelden, about 15 minutes away offer spa services that have found repeat customers in some of the most discerning shoulders I know in Basel
•Badenweiler. If you’re really big on spas, why not try Badenweiler – a whole spa town in Germany, less than an hour away from Basel.

If you have a favorite local spaemail me at karena.meehan@balehoo.com

or post a response on www.balehoo.com

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A BEAUTY OF A GIFT IDEA

Whether you’re looking for a Mother’s Day present, a housewarming gift, or simply want to give yourself a little lift, head to the local pharmacy (or Globus) and pick up some Dr. Hauschka bath and beauty products. Harder to come by (and more expensive) in the US, I swear by their Rose Day Cream and just a few drops of their Lavender Bath oil can instantly transport me to my favorite Provencal B&B. Visit the website to view the entire line. Your friends-and your skin-will thank you.

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“BASEL-RITA” VILLE OR THE LAST MARGARITA RECIPE YOU’LL EVER NEED

Like Jimmy Buffet, there’s nothing I love more than a good margarita.* I have even been unreasonably fond of some bad ones – despite the headache. However, in all my time in Basel, I never found a zehr gut margarita.

On my recent trip to Mexico to promote my kiddie DVD**, I finally got my grubby (and sunburned) mitts on the quintessential margarita recipe and I am sharing it with you now for your slurping enjoyment. Make this drink for your friends and help turn Basel into “Basel-rita” ville! (Remember: always designate a driver or call a cab.)

“Basel-Rita” Recipe

• Equal parts tequila (1 or 2 shots)

•Equal parts orange liqueur, such as Cointreau (1 or 2 shots)

• Juice of one lime

Add all ingredients to ice. Shake well or blend depending on your preference. Pour into salt-rimmed (optional) glass and garnish with a lime wedge. For a sweeter version add up to ¼ cup simple syrup.

For a special twist add a sprig of fresh basil or mint!

*Drinks only. My love of cheese is another story.

**Great news! We just got accepted to the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. Check out our trailer here.

Have news and information to share? Send it to Karena Meehan.

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