In­terNa­tions end-of-year party

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY EXPAT - - TIMO CHUI - MATT HODGES

In­terNa­tions, a net­work­ing ser­vice and guide for ex­pats, wel­comed its 1 mil­lionth mem­ber world­wide last month and has a large fol­low­ing in Shang­hai. This week it will host its end-of-year so­cial get-to­gether. The tick­ets cost 150 yuan, in­clud­ing three drinks of your choice. 7-10:30 pm, Dec 17. Choir Wine Bar, 19 Fuzhou Lu, near Zhong­shan Dongy­ilu. Shang­hai’s best-known Protes­tant church will run a spe­cial 90-minute pro­gram at lunchtime for a good cause. All pro­ceeds taken that day will be used to sup­port or­phan­ages in China. As the church is lo­cated in the French Con­ces­sion, an area pop­u­lar with ex­pats, the ser­vice will be con­ducted in English. Heng­shan Com­mu­nity Church, also known as the In­ter­na­tional Church, was founded in 1925 and is known for its top-notch choir. Reg­u­lar ser­vices are held on Satur­day from 6:30-8 pm and on Sun­day from 2-4 pm. 11 am-12:30 pm, Dec 25. Heng­shan Com­mu­nity Church, Heng­shan Lu. What bet­ter way to burn off all those ex­cess calo­ries con­sumed over lunch and din­ner than by en­gag­ing in a gi­gan­tic pil­low fight on the evening of Christ­mas day in a bar near Xin­tiandi? The party at Mao Live House will re­port­edly in­clude Shang­hai-style party el­e­ments as well as pop­u­lar rock bands, dancers and no doubt a large mosh pit filled with peo­ple thwack­ing each other with col­or­ful pil­lows. Gim­micks in­clude a 1,000-pil­low hill to climb and three dif­fer­ent kinds of pil­low bat­tles. There will also be a lucky draw of­fer­ing tours of Hong Kong and Ma­cao worth about 4,000 yuan each. Tick­ets for the event cost 150 yuan on the door or 128 yuan in ad­vance. 8:30-11 pm, Dec 25. Mao Live House, 3rd Floor, 308 Chongqing Nanlu, Huangpu dis­trict (near Jianguo Zhonglu). 400-051-5298.

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