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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €9, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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Friday
Nov302012

Radios for the Homeless

Looking for a new way to help those on the street this holiday season? Give them a gift that keeps on giving: a small, dynamo-powered radio so they can listen to music and the news.

Les Enfants du Canal, a dynamic new non-profit association that helps the homeless find housing, has launched "Operation 1000 Radios in Paris," an initiative to distribute 1000 radios for the homeless throughout the streets of the capital this holiday season. The radios, which help "break the isolation of individuals and to promote access to information and culture", cost €15 each, and will be distributed December 21st-24th.

Please consider sponsoring a radio with a €15 donation, either directly to Les Enfants du Canal (tax free if you are a resident), or by credit card through the PayPal link below (100% of the funds go to Les Enfants du Canal).

One radio = €15

Les Enfants du Canal
Operation 1000 Radios
5 rue Vesalius
75005 Paris
lesenfantsducanal@orange.fr
Tel 01 43 21 72 42

 

More about Les Enfants du Canal

This relatively young non-profit group evolved from the 2006 grassroots protests known as "Les Enfants du Don Quichotte" whose members set up red tents along the Canal St-Martin to protest the lack of housing and shelter for the city's growing homeless population. Unlike other shelters, the ones run by Les Enfants du Canal have individual rooms, no curfews, kitchens where the residents can cook for themselves instead of communal meals, and they are allowed to have dogs and visitors (not allowed in other shelters). The residents pay what they can (€0-€70/month), and leave only when they have found permanent housing. Donations help open more of these shelters, which at the current moment are completely full. As we come into the winter season, it's essential to keep people off the streets, especially those who are elderly, have young children, or serious illnesses.



Le Bus-Abri des Enfants du Canal

Les Enfants du Canal are also always looking for volunteers (residents only) for their Bus-Abri, a converted bus in the 14th arrondissement that serves as a welcome center during the day for those on the streets to have a bite of food, a hot drink, conversation, information and assistance. Check out their website or Facebook page for more information, or contact the Director Christophe Louis (tell him I sent you) at 01 43 21 72 42.

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