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WHAT'S ON in central taiwan in October, 2017
NIGHTLIFE ART & CULTURAL EXHIBITIONS
WHAT'S COOKING TOUR TIPS
AMERICAN CONRNER CLUBS, SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
   
upcoming NIGHTLIFE

---Regulars---

Amanking Lounge
Live house bands nightly 10 pm-3:30 am, plus DJs. Minimum bill per person NT$300 Sun-Thurs, NT$500 Fri-Sat. Open 9 pm-4 am.

Belling's Deli & Bar
Monday Happy Hours--up to 35% off all draft beers (Hoegaarden, Asahi, Taiwan Beer) and other drinks all day. Closed Tue.

Big Steve's Hamburgers
Big Steve's JianXing Rd branch now open to 11 pm and offering Taiwan Gold Medal Beer on tap for NT$99 (500cc) and NT$169 (1,000cc).

Bistro Corazon
Happy Hour runs all night, every night--buy 3 bottles of Corona or Hoegaarden and get another bottle free, plus a cheese platter. Enjoy a good variety of beers, cocktails, wines and champagne to midnight Tue.-Thu. and Sun. and to 2 a.m. Fri/Sat.

Britannia Bistro Bar
Daily Happy Hour specials with NT$120 Carlsberg Draught and NT$120 cocktails until 9 pm. Live English Premier League football. Closed Mon/Tue.

Early Bird Diner
Pub quizzes hosted by Jeanne Riley every other Friday (see 'Scheduled Events') with team trivia, free drinks, and chances to win prizes. NT$100 to play, includes a free beer.

Frog
Frog 1 & 2: Iced Fresh Fruit Tea 500c.c./NT$45. Selected hot coffee NT$45 available everyday before 5:30 pm. Gratin Potato NT$99. 6 inch Hand-made Pizza NT$99. Burrito NT$140. Bolognese Pasta NT$150. Caesar Salad NT$150. The above dishes are all available 11 am-5:30 pm, Mon-Sat.

H Bar (Howard Prince Hotel)
Nightly live music with house band Soul, 8-12 pm.

La Bodega
Euro 2016 football--showing most games live, plus replays. Call to confirm specific matches. Mon.-Thu. 6-10 pm Happy Hours--NT$290 for Serrano ham plate with bread and 500cc Taiwan Beer or glass of house red wine. NT$290 Paella and Sangria every Monday. ria every Monday.

Lounge ONE (Hotel ONE)
Oct. 7-15: Jazz Non-Stop Party will promote five creative jazz-themed cocktail drinks and famous jazz bands' live music every night! On Mondays, birthday boys/girls of the month can receive a free bottle of red or white wine with any purchase. Tuesday Gentlemen's Night--order a shot of whiskey and get the second 50% off. Wednesday Ladies' Nights (10:15 pm-12 am)--ladies arriving before 10 pm receive a free glass of sparkling wine. Live band: Francis. On Thursdays (10-11:45 pm), order a cocktail jug (base liquors: gin, rum, vodka, tequila) for NT 880+10%. Live band: Jazzaholix. On Fridays (10:15 pm-12:15 am), order liquor/red wine (min. NT$3,000) and enter a lucky draw for corkage fee specials (max. 30% off). Live band: Wailin' Soul. On Saturdays (10:30 pm-12:30 am), order from a selection of champagnes and enjoy 10% off. Live band: Swing Chair.

Moonight- Sky Bar
June event: Every night 7-9 pm order an alcoholic drink and get one spicy Buffalo Wing.

Nell's Home
Fridays 7-10 pm, informal interactive music learning. Saturdays from 8:30 pm, open mike night. Call 0921-780-844 for info.

Palm Bush Bar & Grill
Daily NT$399 All-you-can-drink deal on a long list of selected alcoholic beverages, including Taiwan Beer draft, wines and cocktails. Closed Mondays.

PJ's Cafe
New location opposite old one; now open 7 days/week 11 am-11 pm. Mon-Fri. Turkey Rice Lunchboxes, plus Sun. Turkey Dinners Weekly Philly Steak Saturdays with steak sandwiches only NT$150 (reg. Price NT$250). Weekly Fajita Fridays feature fajitas for only NT$199 (reg. price NT$299).

Simba
Live music nightly (except Mon.) from about 10 pm by house bands MIT, One Band, and Wang Pai. Minimum per person bill NT$300 (+10%) every night NT$500 Fri.-Sat. Open 9 pm-4 am with full drinks and food menu available.

Texas Roadhouse
Happy Hour, Mon-Fri 3-8 pm. Get 2nd selected draft beer for 50% off and selected appetizers for only NT$150. Buy-1-Get-1-Free offer on draft beer and Margaritas on every Wednesday.

The Uptowner
Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 2-7 pm with 2-for-1 deals on draft beer, rail drinks and house wine. Live and replayed sports broadcasts--NBA and MLB.

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---Scheduled Events---

Oct. 6, Fri.
@ Forro Cafe | Hsia Ning-shan performs on her Free Spirit tour. No ticket price, but minimum order required. 8-9 pm.

@ Legacy Taichung 台中音樂傳記 | 'A Night Out with Valen' Tour Taichung concert. 8 pm. Tickets: NT$1,000/advance, NT$1,200 at door.

Oct. 7, Sat.
@ Forro Cafe | Crockers perform on their mini-album tour. No ticket price, but minimum order required. 8-9 pm.

@ Legacy Taichung 台中音樂傳記 | Maggie Chiang 'Dear World' tour Taichung concert. 8 pm. Tickets: NT$800/advance, NT$1,000 at door.

@ Lounge One 忘廊 | Swing Chair live jazz music, 10 pm-12:30 am.

Oct. 7-9, Sat.-Mon.
@ Pasture Yen Family (Puli, Nantou County) 顏氏牧場(南投埔里) | Unlimited Freedom Festival, starts 11 am on Oct. 7. This event features 5 stages featuring 5 different styles of music, 100 indie bands from 7 countries, fire dancing, camping, food vans and more. Advance/door tickets: 1 day ticket NT$1,000/1,200, 3 day ticket NT$2,400/3,200 (no camping), 3 day ticket NT$2,600/3,500 (camping). For more info, visit here.

Oct. 8, Sun.
@ Legacy Taichung 台中音樂傳記 | MisiKe: 2017 'Don't Make A Sound' Tour Taichung concert. 7:30 pm. Tickets: NT$500/advance, NT$800/2 people, NT$700 at door.

@ Lounge One 忘廊 | Sing's Trio live jazz music, 10 pm-12:30 am.

Oct. 9, Mon.
@ Lounge One 忘廊 | Jazzaholix live jazz music, 10 pm-12:30 am.

Oct. 10, Tue.
@ Lounge One 忘廊 | Live music with Takeshi Sakamoto International special Quintet feat.Nick Javier現場音樂表演,10 pm-12 am。

Oct. 11, Wed.
@ Lounge One 忘廊 | Francis Band live jazz music, 10 pm-12:30 am.

Oct. 12, Thu.
@ Lounge One 忘廊 | Tuuletar live jazz music, 10 pm-12:30 am.

Oct. 13, Fri.
@ Lounge One 忘廊 | Wailin' Soul live jazz music, 10 pm-12:30 am.

Oct. 14, Sat.
@ Lounge One 忘廊 | Swing Chair live jazz music, 10 pm-12:30 am.

Oct. 20, Fri.
@ Forro Cafe | Quarterback performs on their Taiwan mini-tour. NT$350/advance, NT$500/door. 8-10 pm.

Oct. 21, Sat.
@ Forro Cafe | Rock/Soul Artist Doriane Woo Taiwan 'Ralph' Live Tour. No ticket price, but minimum order required. 8-9:30 pm.

@ Legacy Taichung 台中音樂傳記 | Sandee Chan's '6502' Tour Taichung concert. 8 pm. Tickets: NT$1,200/advance, NT$3,800/4 people, NT$1,500 at door.

@ PJ's Cafe | Open Mic NIght with Red Rob, Mark Harris & Friends, 7-10 pm. All welcome!

@ TADA Ark 方舟 | Crockers' 2017 'Last Tour Concert'. 8 pm. Tickets: NT$350/advance, NT$700/2 people, NT$450 at door.

Oct. 27, Fri.
@ Legacy Taichung 台中音樂傳記 | Utopia Taiwan 'H' 2017 Taichung album-release concert. 8 pm. Tickets: NT$400/advance, NT$600 at door.

Oct. 28, Sat.
@ Forro Cafe | Ducktails w/The Fur perform on their Hallucinogenic New Jersey Trip tour. Tickets available at KKTix. 8-10 pm

@ Legacy Taichung 台中音樂傳記 | Sun of Morning 'To Feel It With Your Heart' 9th musical concert. 7 pm. Tickets: NT$600/advance, NT$800 at door.

@ Showhouse 秀屋 | Trick or Treat Halloween Party. Pre-events at DJ House (5 pm) and Uptowner (7 pm) featuring free make-up artists. Bands: Dread Rider, Shapemaster, Ghost Money and The Combobulators. Djs: Wei Wei & Subtle. Event moves to Showhouse at 10 pm. Costume contest. Tickets NT$600/advance, NT$1,000/door. Finishes 5 am.

Oct. 28-29, Sat.-Sun.
@ Art Museum Parkway 美術園道 | Compss Fest. See our cover story this month!

Nov. 4, Sat.
@ PJ's Cafe | PJ's Birthday Party and Open Mic Night, 7-10 pm. All welcome!

 

If you would like to announce a "What's On", the deadline is the 15th of the month prior. Please send us your news release to news@taiwanfun.com before this date.

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upcoming WHAT'S COOKING


Texas Roadhouse Taichung Store
Taichung store grand opening  Well-known American restaurant Texas Roadhouse is now open in Taichung (581-6, Shizheng Rd, Xitun Dist.) Texas Roadhouse takes pride in everything it serves, from hand-cut steaks and fall-off-the-bone ribs to excellent margaritas, and offers an excellent family-style dining choice for fantastic prices. Steak Wednesdays starts on Oct. 11. Enjoy this special offer of a 6 oz. Sirloin with one made-from-scratch side for only NT$500. Call 2258-5395 for reservations.

Millennium Hotel Taichung
The Prime Business Lunch The Prime-Grill & Lounge is offering brand-new The Prime Business Lunch meal sets such as USDA Prime Beef Rib Eye, NZ Lamb Rack "Persille", and Canada Live Boston Lobster with salad, soup and dessert for the price of NT$980+10% per person. Call (04) 3705-6099.

The Landis Taichung (Hotel ONE)
Oct. 19-Nov. 23 'Thanks-crabbing' Feast at IN Restaurant (28F) Fresh, top-grade crabs are combined with Thai Blade Steak (or Peppery Pork Knuckle) for this exquisite, limited-offer, delicious set meals, which also include a Japanese Seafood Hotpot for two. Prices for these fresh dining options start from NT$830+10%. Call (04) 2303-1234.

Tempus Hotel Taichung
Magnificent La Mode Hot Pots now available A Shrimp Banquet for Two (NT$999) provides 22 high-end seafood ingredients, including white shrimp, Argentine red shrimp, wild clams, and lobster. The "Fascinating Seafood Platter" (NT$1,980 for four people) includes frozen lobster, Australian lobster, fresh oysters, Hokkaido scallops, and various shrimp. All are welcome to sample the brand-new menu here. Tel. (04) 2326-8008.

Smokey Joe's
Camembert Pizza Donut This popular, creative dish, available at the Art Museum branch, features handmade fresh pizza dough mixed with French ham, bacon, walnuts and corn, all wrapped in French White Rind Cheese and baked. As baking is finishing, a fresh creamy egg yolk is added in the middle. Come and savor this exquisite dish! Call (04) 2375-3990.

Howard Prince Hotel Taichung
A Waltz of Flowers and Shadows The oriental-style "Waltz of Flowers and Shadows" Set Meal (NT$1,680) is prepared with local ingredients and is low in oil and sodium. These handmade and healthy meals are available to Oct. 31. Reservations are required (3 days in advance). Call (04) 2463-1616, ext. 2301.

Burger Joint
Macaroni Cheese Burger This handmade burger (NT$270), infused with macaroni cheese, is simple, yet filled with tons of creativity. All are welcome to try it! Call (04) 2326-7339.

PJ's Cafe
Friday Night Football Double Burger Special Every Friday night from 6 p.m., enjoy a special Double Burger for only NT$199 at PJ's Cafe for Friday Night NFL Football, starting from 6 p.m. Call (04) 2325-2457.

The Splendor Hotel
Crab Banquet with the 'Ten Scenes of West Lake' culinary theme From now to the end of November, Splendor Garden Restaurant (15F) is promoting creative cuisine with a Hangzhou-style Crab Banquet featuring sweet-and-sour Golden Crab with Orange. A set meal is NT$1,380+10%. Call (04) 2324-6114.

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Offers & Sales

 

Taichung Top City Department Store
Before Oct. 11, 2017, sale events will include cosmetic items, lingerie and women's shoes. Customers spending at least NT$2,000 on cosmetics and lingerie will receive NT$200; purchases of NT$5,000 on clothing will receive NT$500; purchases of NT$10,000 on international brand items and electronic products will receive NT$500; purchases with 15 designated credit cards of at least NT$5,000 will receive NT$200, and credit card cashback offers of up to 20% are available.
‧Enjoy 79% off women's shoe brands, including MAGY, Ander, Playboy, Oriental Traffic, and other new designs. Customers spending at least NT$2,000 on any items will have a chance to participate a lucky drawing for a Hyundai Verna 1.6 (value: NT$609,000).
www.feds.com.tw (04)3702-2168

SOGO Department Store
22nd Year Celebration

Before Oct. 11 (Wed.), customers making purchases of any store items of at least NT$3,000 will receive 600 Smart Card points (or NT$300 gift voucher). Customers making cosmetic item purchases of at least NT$2,000 will receive 400 Smart Card points (or NT$200 gift voucher). Customers with NT$5,000 purchases of any items from floors 1, 2 and 10 will receive 1,000 Smart Card points (or NT$500 gift voucher). Customers purchasing with designated credit cards up to specified amounts will receive free gifts. www.kssogo.com.tw/ (04) 2323-3788

Taroko Mall
From now to Oct. 16 (Mon.) enjoy the 'Let's Party' Annual Celebration !
Customers purchasing at least NT$3,000 will receive a NT$300 shop voucher and NT$100 food voucher. Purchases made with designated credit cards up to specified amounts will also receive a free gift.
Starting from Sept. 25 (Mon.), purchases up to specified amounts will receive Disney 'Tsum Tsum dolls' for free; cash purchases of at least NT$3,000, or purchases of at least NT$799, by Manli Card holders will receive a free Minnie, Mickey, Chip 'n' Dale, and Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals, or four kinds of Disney pens. Visit while supplies last.
www.tarokomall.com.tw 080-900-6789

Hands Tailung Annual
Celebration Event

Any time before Oct. 11 (Wed.), there will be a sale on many imported Japanese items, included Japanese cooking pots, pillows, detergent and much more. Discounts begin from 67% off and are available at branches at Taichung Mitsukoshi Department Store (until Oct. 18), Taichung SOGO and Taichung Top City department stores (until Oct. 11). Customers purchasing at least NT$2,000 will receive a NT$200 gift voucher. Visit while supplies last. www.hands.com.tw 0800-011-098

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upcoming ART & CULTURAL EXHIBITIONS

20th Year Eurasia Chamber Orchestra Jubilee Concert
Eurasia Chamber Orchestra, established by conductor Iren Chih-Hui Huang, has been devoted over the past 20 years to holding touring concerts in remote areas and promoting music education. This elite recitalists' special "Mozart" opening will take place at National Taichung Theater on Oct. 25 (Wed.), 7:30 p.m. Tickets required. Call (02) 2722-9125.

'The Yellow Jumping Notes', Taiwan banana historical exhibition
Come and learn about the development and social culture of the Taiwanese banana industry between 1902 and 1970 with illustrations and digital games. Free admission. Time/Place: From now to Oct. 29 at National Library of Public Information. Tel: (04) 2262-5100.

2017 16th Taichung Tsai-Mo Art Festival
From now to Oct. 22, the 'Flower and the City' event is taking place at Taichung City Tun District Art Center. All are welcome to visit the 16th International Tsai-Mo Flower and City Exhibition, 16th Tsai-Mo New Artists Award Exhibition, installation art exhibitions, and five fun family-oriented tsai-mo (ink painting) and artistic crafts DIY workshops. (This advertisement is provided by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung City Government)

'Infinities of Zao Wou-ki' exhibition
This art exhibition has finally arrived in Asia after a 30-year wait and features premier Taiwanese artists' published arts and masterpieces collected by French artists. Time/Place: From now to March 4, 2018 at Asia University Museum of Modern Art (closed Mon.). Tickets required. Call (04) 2332-3456, ext. 6468.

Taichung City Arts and Technology Event
This performance, combining technology and drama, eliminates the distance between the audience and performers and is introduced by the Animated Pop-Up Book Show. On Sunday, Oct. 8, "The Little Prince" dramatic performance takes place at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. "Alice in Wonderland" will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Very Theatre will perform "Teatime with Me, Myself and I" on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are required. Call (04) 2392-1122 for information.(This advertisement is provided by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung City Government)

2017 Taichung Jazz Festival
The 15th Taichung Jazz Festival will once again take place on Taichung's Civic Square (People's Park) and five locations along Calligraphy Greenway between Oct. 7 and 15, treating visitors to an extraordinary 9-day jazz journey with 51 great bands. For program information, check www.taichungjazzfestival.com.tw. Tel. (04) 2207-0976.

2017 Animal Supporters Festival
All animal lovers are welcomed to gather at this festival event and participate in the Loving Animal Market. Please bring your own water bottle, bags and dining utensils. Time/Place: Oct. 14-15, 1-6 p.m. at Fengle Sculpture Park. Free Admission.

T.U. Percussion Ensemble
T.U. Percussion, founded by percussion lovers at National Taichung University of Education, will have its first post-graduation reunion with this performance. Tickets required. Time/Place: Oct. 14 (Sat.), 7:30 p.m. at National Taichung University of Education (227, MinSheng Rd,West Dist.). Tel: (04) 2208-0128.

People Movers Theatre, 'Hello, World!'
This dramatic presentation--arranged from Thomas Gibbons' "Uncanny Valley" script--portrays the mystery between inventors and inventions, as well as the fact that humans will soon be replaced by robots in the near future. Tickets required. Time/Place: Oct. 21 (Sat.), 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 22 (Sun.), 2:30 p.m. at National Taichung Theater. Call 0905-472-900.

Daily Calling 2.0
This exhibition showcases five artists who observed and created paintings out of a passion for their surroundings, and love and care for life. Free admission. Time/Place: From now to Oct. 20 at b.space gallery (76, ChaoMa Rd, Xitun Dist). Call (04) 2254-0778.

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upcoming TOUR TIPS


---HOTELS---

TAICHUNG HOTELS

Howard Prince Hotel Taichung
'A Waltz of Flowers and Shadows' 2-meal, 1-night stay package Flora Expo themed guest room packages are available from now to Oct. 31. Stay in a Superior King/Twin Room for NT$6,600; 4 people staying in a Deluxe Twin Room enjoy a price of NT$9,900. Breakfasts and 'Flowers and Shadows' lunch and dinner set meals are included. Call (04) 2463-2323.

Millennium Hotel Taichung
'Sense of Taichung Room Package' From now to Dec. 31, stay in a Deluxe Room (without free breakfast) for NT$4,800. Pack your suitcase and come to Taichung to enjoy the sunshine and a relaxing vacation! Call (04) 3705-6111.

Tempus Hotel Taichung
24-hour stays available! Stay in Double Penthouse guest room (79-82 square meters) during weekdays and enjoy a price of NT$7,000. The hotel will allow guests stay up to 24 hours from check-in and one NT$500 restaurant voucher is provided to each guest room. Call (04) 2326-8008.

The Landis Taichung (Hotel ONE)
Enjoy a leisurely fall visit with The Landis With this first time cooperation with Uber, guests staying in a Superior Room during weekdays will enjoy two breakfasts at IN Restaurant and two Uber rides with NT$150 off each ride, all for the price of only NT$5,688. Call (04) 3700-3839.

The Splendor Hotel
The Ultimate Beauty Package In cooperation with Taichung's Asia University, this package provides guests staying in any room with Zao Wou-ki painting exhibition tickets and free shuttle bus rides, in addition to 2 Wou-ki wine dinner sets and 2 all-you-can-eat breakfasts, all for the price of NT$12,800. Call (04) 2328-8000.

The Tango Hotel Taichung
'Explore and Travel in Taichung' Package Visit Taichung this fall via Uber! From now to Oct. 18, stay in a Wonderful Studio for NT$3,300 on weekdays (NT$3,500 weekends) with breakfast included. Tel. (04) 2320-0000.

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---TOURS---

EAGLE TRAVEL
Eagle Travel provides train or flight package tours to Hualien, Taitung, Green Island, Orchid Island and Penghu Island all year round, all tailor made.We also help to book domestic air or train ticket and hotels everywhere in Taiwan. Visa service. Cheap Tickets. For Reservation: EAGLE TRAVEL Tel: (04) 2226-2175, 3608-2388.

ELIZABETH TRAVEL
ELIZABETH TRAVEL SERVICE is your FREE (Friendly Reliable Experienced & Efficient) travel agent serving all your travel needa at all times! Call us now! Tel: (04)2329-8277, 2329-8297.

Dragon Tours
Tickets, Hotels, Package Tours...anything you need! Special offers for your vacation. Taichung-HK round trip TKT NTD$4880+tax. Tel: (04)2323-5789.

Z-NINE travel service Co., LTD
Tickets, friendly, package tours, hotel booking, Visas application. English, Japanese & Chinese service. Application for Mandarin & College Undergrad/Grad programs in Taiwan. Tel: (04)2329-4241.

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upcoming Community & Activities

---REGULARS---

_Alcoholics Anonymous
English Meetings - location & contact details on our website - www.aataiwan.com

_American Chamber of Commerce in Taichung (AmCham)
Oct. 14 KIDZ Charity Fun Run & Walk, Oct. 21 Monthly Happy Hour, Oct. 26 AmCham Wine Dinner (see 'Events' listings for details). Contact tel/fax: Call administrative coordinator Jane Liu at 0937-518-098, (04) 2471-8133, e-mail coordinatoramchamtaichung@gmail.com for information.

_American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)
AIT's Taichung Virtual Branch Office at http://taichung.ait.org.tw, call ACS section at (02) 2162-2000, ext. 2306, or fax (02) 2162-2239.

_International Women's Association of Taichung (IWAT)
Oct. 4 Book Club, Oct. 11 Casual Luncheon, Oct. 18 IWAT Scavenger Hunt, Oct. 25 Coffee Morning (see 'Events' listings for details). General IWAT information: Contact iwatpresident@gmail.com or visit the IWAT website: www.iwat.org

_Formosa Cricket Club
The FCC is a cricket club that plays regularly in Taipei and all around Taiwan, with the occasional international event. We welcome anyone with any level of cricket experience or beginners. We Encourage families and friends to become involved and we organise regular social events. Contact: Dwight Johnson 0937-060226 dwight.johnson@pw.utc.com. Sunil Sistla 0931-217250, sunil_sistla@yahoo.com. Website: formosacricketclub.tripod.com

_Taichung Hash House Harriers
Find fun and friendship with the Taichung Hash House Harriers, part of the world's most eccentric running club, the only thing needed is a sense of humour! Regular runs each Saturday, except the last Saturday of the month, meet 1 pm at WenXin Rd, Sec. 2 McDonald's (near Foreign Affairs Police HQ). All welcome. For more information, contact Todd Latta at 0936-276-392.
_Rotary Club - Tatong Chapter (English-speaking)
Rotarians only. Regular meetings every Thursday at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, 12:30 pm. Information: Emma, tel.2327-1223, tatongrc@ms18.hinet.net

_Sexaholics Anonymous in Taichung
A 12-step recovery program for those who want to stop their compulsive sexual behavior. Weekly English meeting. Contact: sataichung@gmail.com. For more info: http://sataichung.blogspot.tw/

_Sun Moon Lodge
Number 13 of Grand Lodge of China Free and Accepted Mason, F.&A.M. Meets every fourth Saturday at 3 p.m. No meetings July and August. Where: 200, WenXin Rd., sec. 4, North District, 12F-1. Information: (04)2295-7757, fax (04)2295-7808.

_Taichung Compass Utd FC Soccer Team
Call Ben at 0911-789-307, or contact Doug at 0936-827-267, or email doug@taiwanfun.com. For news/games updates, check www.taichungcompassfc.com

_Taichung Improv
Call Josh at 0912129654 or send an email to tai1josh@yahoo.com
Website: www.taichungimprov.net

_Taichung International Golf Society
The Taichung International Golf Society became operational around 2006 and formally brought together in 2007. TIGS is a group of male and female social golfers who play every weekend in all weather conditions. Competitions are held once a month along with weekly friendly games. Contact: contact@taichunggolfsociety.org info at www.taichunggolfsociety.org

_Taichung Toastmasters Club (TTC)
English Speech & Leadership Club. Regular meeting: 2nd and 4th Wed. of the month 7-9:30 pm. For more information call Josh at 0912-129-654, e-mail tai1josh@yahoo.com, or website: http://www.taichungtoastmasters.org

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---MONTHLY EVENTS---

● Wednesday, Oct. 4
IWAT Book Club, 1-3 pm
Book Group will discuss "The Versions of Us" by Laura Barnett, a story about the nature of love and how it grows and changes through life. Please bring a dish or beverage to share. Information/directions: contact iwatpresident@gmail.com.

● Wednesday, Oct. 11
IWAT Casual Luncheon, 12 pm
Taichung ladies looking for new friends or wanting to connect with old friends are welcome to join IWAT's Casual Luncheon. Women of all nationalities are welcome. Learn about upcoming activities and discover local volunteer opportunities. New members will receive a welcome packet. For 33 years, IWAT has been helping women in Taichung to find friends and to make Taichung an enjoyable place to live. Please see www.iwat.org for more details and RSVP to iwatpresident@gmail.com.

● Saturday, Oct. 14
Taichung AmCham KIDZ Charity 5K Fun Run & Walk, 8:30 am
All are welcome to participate in this relaxing charity five-kilometer run or walk. Participants are asked to donate at least NT$1,000 per adult and NT$500 per child (12 and under) and will receive an attractive Fun Run T-shirt (while supplies last). Donations go to support the KIDZ Charity for needy physically/mentally handicapped Taichung children at the Daniel A. Poling Home. Where: Taichung Metropolitan Park. For more details about this event and registration, check: facebook.com/amchamfunrunwalk/

● Wednesday, Oct. 18
IWAT Scavenger Hunt, 8:30 am-3 pm
Help new people and make new friends by joining IWAT in a race to find items throughout Taichung that are useful for the daily lives of foreigners. Entry fee: NT$200. Winners will be announced at the November IWAT luncheon. For more details, please contact iwatpresident@gmail.com

● Saturday, Oct. 21
Taichung AmCham October Happy Hour, 6-8 pm
All are welcome to this month's informal social/networking gathering at a brand-new American chain restaurant with food, drinks and fun. Participants get to enjoy 50% discount on their second draft beer, plus NT$150 special price on 3 select appetizers. Reservations not required. Where: Texas Roadhouse (581-6, ShiZheng Rd, Xitun Dist; tel. 0901-272-968). Information: Contact Taichung AmCham administrative coordinator Jane Liu at coordinatoramchamtaichung@gmail.com, 0937-518-098 or (04) 2471-8133,or check Facebook: AmCham Taichung 台中美國商會

● Wednesday, Oct. 25
IWAT Coffee Morning, 10 am-12 pm
Join the IWAT ladies for this monthly gathering. Coffee and tea provided. Please bring a dish to share and encourage friends to join. Instead of a dish, NT$200 donations can be made to the IWAT Charity Fund. Information/directions: contact at iwatpresident@gmail.com.

● Thursday, Oct. 26
Taichung AmCham October Dinner Meeting & Speech, 6:30 pm
This month's dinner meeting will feature guest speaker, The Bayshore Pacific Group Senior Vice President Of Operations Jeff Lee, who will offer his perspectives on Taiwan's restaurant industry from decades of experience, and his company's operations, including TGI Fridays and Texas Roadhouse. All are welcome to join this relaxed dinner with advanced reservations preferred. Cost: NT$250 for Taichung AmCham members, NT$350 for non-members (includes 1 alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink from provided selections, and appetizers; more meals/drinks can be ordered individually). Where: TGI Fridays Yingcai Rd. branch (239-1, Taiwan Blvd, Sec 2, West Dist; tel. 04-2322-7769). Contact Taichung AmCham administrative coordinator Jane Liu at coordinatoramchamtaichung@gmail.com, 0937-518-098 or (04) 2471-8133, or check Facebook at AmCham Taichung 台中美國商會

● Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 28-29
2017 Compass Taichung International Food & Music Festival, 12-9 pm
Compass Magazine's 14th annual festival and one of Taichung's largest international events will once again feature nonstop live music by about 18 bands and artists, plus about 50-60 vendor booths operated by local restaurants, bars, shops, artists, non-profit/community organizations and other businesses. Free and open to the public. Where: Art Museum Parkway. See cover article for more details.

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