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Besides World Environment Day activities, sign up for a theatre workshop and some shopping

Past attraction
The Auroville Earth Institute is organising a five-day workshop on arches, vaults and domes. Participants will learn about low-cost, low-carbon possibilities of masonry flooring and roofing. It will also include research on construction techniques with the aim to integrate 21st century technologies with age-old building methods, such as those developed in ancient Egypt or medieval Europe. From June 8 to 13. From RsA� 13,000 (boarding and documentation).
Details: 0413 2623330

Movie hour
Catch a French movie this weekend at the AFP Auditorium. Screened by the Alliance Francaise Pondicherry, La��illusionniste is about an unemployed illusionist who moves to Scotland, where he meets a young woman and falls in love with her. On June 7, from 6 pm onwards.
Details: 04132338146

Action stage
Dona��t miss this chance to become an actor. Indianostrum Theatre is organising a 10-day theatre workshop, where they will be using their play, Land of Ashes (2009), as a guide. Participants must register by mail today to get their script. The workshop is free and doesna��t include food and accommodation. At Indianostrum Theatre, from June 20-30. Details: indianostrum.theatre@gmail.com

Walk the talk
DakshinaChitra is celebrating World Environment Day with a nature walk and tree identification sessions by in-house reptile expert, Sharath Nambiar. There will also be a composting workshop to teach participants how to get the most out of waste. While there, catch a talk and presentation by Nambiar on the a�?Importance of preserving our Eco Systema��, followed by a film screening based on our environment. Today, at DakshinaChitra. Details: 27472603

Beat the heat
Kriti Eco Store is popular for its honey and bees wax balms and soaps. But try new additions like the refreshing drink from the Himalayas called Tsering, a hippophae (sea buckthorn) concentrate that can be mixed with water or soda. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, it will keep you cool. Also try on their patchwork skirts, stitched by tribal women in Madhya Pradesh. In light cotton, they are perfect for the season. Available at the store in Ambour Salai. Tsering is `180 and the skirts are priced from Rs 710 onwards. Details: 0413 2332643

Resort ready

Before the holiday season comes to an end, plan a weekend at Auroville. For accommodation, try Purple Resort, which is offering 50 per cent off on 60 rooms. From `1,850 onwards. Details: 0413 2623068/69

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