Dear Members,

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day fast approaching. I see hearts and balloons all over the city, setting the
atmosphere and the mood for a cozy month. And to get you going, we have planned a fabulous Valentine’s Ball
for you and your partners. We will be celebrating February as the month of the Dominican Republic, so we
have also planned many related activities during the month, including some Merengue and Bachata classes.
I hope you are all set to enjoy the fun and fantastic events planned for this month! You are invited to sign
up for the monthly events at the Monthly Coffee morning or at other events. You can also e-mail me to sign up in advance. We are always open to improvements, so you are welcome to approach me with any suggestions and recommendations for future events.
Enjoy the events planned for this month!
Cheers,
Avantica Shinde Nielsen
Second Vice-President

EVENT DETAILS
3 February (Friday) from 22:00h onwards – Performance of “Mango Duende” at Restaurant La Cubanita.
You are invited to watch the pulsating music of the Latino band “Mango Duende” while enjoying some Cubanand Latino-flavored food or having fun downing some delicious cocktails. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen on her mobile or via e-mail.
7 February (Tuesday) from 10:30h onwards – Monthly Coffee Morning at Matti’D. We will have a short presentation to celebrate the month of the Dominican Republic. Please remember to sign up for the events and
activities during this meeting. If you are unable to sign up at the coffee morning, you can also e-mail a few days in advance. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen on her mobile or via e-mail.
9 February (Thursday) from 19:00h onwards – The IWC Valentine’s Ball. We invite members to enjoy an evening with exciting salsa music and a delicious dinner at the beautiful party hall “Matti’D”. Sashay the night away with a popular band and DJ at your disposal! There will, of course, be lots of wine, and prizes to win, too! Dress code: Formal/Black Tie. Fee: 50 BGN per person. You are invited to bring your partners and friends along. Please sign up as soon as possible. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen on her mobile or via e-mail.
13 February (Monday) at 10:00h – Charity Committee Meeting at the IWC office, Building 11A, Business Park,
Mladost IV. For further information, please contact Grace Tift on her mobile or via e-mail.
13 February (Monday) from 10:30h onwards – Newcomers’ Coffee Morning. This meeting is organized to
welcome new members and to help them get to know the Club, its activities, and some of its members. If you
would like to have an opportunity to share your experiences and to meet new friends, please come along to
the next monthly Newcomers’ Coffee. For further information, please contact Johanna Alcantara de Tejeda on
her mobile or via e-mail.
15 February (Wednesday) from 10:30h onwards – Dominican Cooking Class by Marlenys. Fee: 10 BGN.
Max: 12 people. Learn to make delicious Dominican main courses. There is limited space, so please sign up
at the February coffee morning. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen on her mobile or via e-mail.
16 February (Thursday) at 10:00h – Visit to the International Tourism Fair at the IEC. Plan or scout out
new destinations for your summer vacation! Please sign up at the February coffee morning, so we can organize
transportation. Transportation: IWC van or carpooling. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde
Nielsen on her mobile or via e-mail.
19 February (Sunday) at 11:00h – Storytelling for Children. Avantica, Sophia, and Heidi will read stories
and also organize some craft-making. Partners and kids are welcome to join us. For further information, contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen on her mobile or via e-mail.
20 February (Monday) from 10:30h onwards – Dominican Cooking Class by Johanna Alcantara. Fee: 10
BGN. Max: 12 people. Learn to make delicious Dominican starters and entrees. There is limited space, so
please sign up at the February coffee morning. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen
on her mobile or via e-mail.
20 February (Monday) at 11:00h – Charity Visit to Soup Kitchen. Meeting point: In front of Alexander
Nevsky Cathedral, in the city center. Transportation: IWC van or carpooling. For further information, please
contact Grace Tift on her mobile or via e-mail.
21 February (Tuesday) from 12:00-15:00h – Breast cancer examinations for IWC members. The “Tomorrow
for Everyone” foundation has offered all IWC ladies and their friends a breast cancer (prophylactic ultrasound)
examination. If you prefer a female doctor, that won’t be a problem. Fee: 30 BGN per person. Please
sign up as soon as possible. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen on her mobile or
via e-mail.
22 February (Wednesday) at 10:30h – Guided trip to the ARS dog shelter in Bogrov. We have organized a
short trip to a dog shelter about 25 minutes’ drive from Sofia. Animal Rescue Sofia (ARS) runs the biggest municipal shelter, the Bogrov shelter for stray dogs. You will learn about the condition of dogs and strays in Bulgaria, their treatment, and their upkeep. You will also be able to see and interact with some of these adorable creatures! Join us on this enlightening and heartwarming trip! You might end up bringing an adorable, furry friend home! 😉 Transportation: carpooling. Meeting point: Bus station on Sitnyakovo Blvd. near the Romanian embassy. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen on her mobile or via e-mail.
23 February (Thursday) and 24 February (Friday) from 17:00-19:00h – Breast cancer examinations for IWC
members. The “Tomorrow for Everyone” foundation has offered all IWC ladies and their friends a breast cancer
(prophylactic ultrasound) examination. If you prefer a female doctor, that won’t be a problem. Fees: 30 BGN
per person. Please sign up as soon as possible. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen
on her mobile or via e-mail.
27 February (Monday) at 12:00h – Monthly lunch at La Casa Latina. Join us for a delicious lunch with
friends and celebrate Dominican Independence Day at a newly-opened restaurant which has gotten good reviews from visitors. The menu will include various starters and a main course with a Dominican flavor. For further information, please contact Avantica Shinde Nielsen on her mobile or via e-mail.