Dinosaurs and Po Leung Kuk celebrations among this week's top events (with photos)

     Giant robotic dinosaur models are set to impress at the "Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs" exhibition opening this week at the Hong Kong Science Museum.

     Conceived as Hong Kong's largest and most diverse dinosaur exhibition, "Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs" will run from November 8 to April 9, 2014.

     Six lifelike robotic dinosaurs, including a 30-metre-long and 10m-high Daxiatitan binglingi, one of Asia's largest dinosaurs, will greet visitors at the museum's upper and lower piazzas.

     The show's 160-plus exhibits are from eight major natural history museums in the Mainland and five overseas museums. About half of the exhibits are fossilised dinosaur skeletons, vertebrae and eggs, while the other items include dinosaur models and interactive displays.

     Cutting-edge technology will be used to make the exhibition more interesting. For example, visitors will be able to use their smartphones to unlock information such as audio guides and animations for some exhibits.

     A laser show entitled "Evolution of Ancient Life" will be staged regularly in the evening at the museum's Lower Piazza to share the story of how some ancient creatures evolved.

     Another programme, "A Night with Dinosaurs", will give family groups the unique opportunity to stay in the museum overnight with the dinosaur exhibits and take part in fun-filled activities.

     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the exhibition is a signature event supporting the "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign under "Vibrant Hong Kong".

     For more information, please visit www.hk.science.museum/en_US/web/scm/se/se.html or call 2732 3232.


     The Po Leung Kuk, one of Hong Kong's oldest charity organisations, will celebrate its 135th anniversary with an open day at its headquarters in Causeway Bay. Everyone is welcome to visit its facilities including the children's dormitory and the kindergarten.

     The open day will run from 10am to 6pm on November 9.

     Highlight activities will include Heritage Guided Tours of the main building, which is a Grade II historic building. The two-storey building houses the Po Leung Kuk Museum and the Kwan Ti Hall.

     Another guided tour for visitors will focus on the Po Leung Kuk's environmental efforts. Environmental conservationists will serve as tour guides to explain the unique trees in the grounds of the headquarters.

     Visitors will be able to drop by a health-care station for a quick check of their blood pressure and weight, challenge themselves at game booths, and take family photos at the instant photo booth.

     People who love handicrafts and accessories will enjoy browsing the open day's flea market, where local handicraft artists will sell their creative products.

     Something else to consider as a good souvenir is the "Po Leung Kuk 135th Anniversary First Day Cover", which will be available in a charity sale. For details of the day's programme, please visit www.poleungkuk.org.hk.@


     Two hundred talented musicians, singers and dancers from six elderly centres will stage a show for an audience of 600 at the Auditorium of Kwai Tsing Theatre this week. The average age of performers in the programme is 80.

     The "Talented Seniors Variety Show 2013/2014" on November 5 is organised by the Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi Culture and Arts Co-ordinating Association.

     The show will open with a music performance by a Chinese orchestra with more than 40 senior musicians. Two choirs from the Elderly Musician Centre will also perform.

     Senior citizens from Buddhist Foo Wong Hop Neighbourhood Elderly Centre will give an aerobic dance performance featuring 10 exercise routines.

     The annual variety show, in which performers enjoy dressing up in fancy costumes, aims to encourage elderly people to keep practicing their musical instruments and dance routines.

     The auditorium will open for admission at 1pm and the show will start at 2.15pm. Admission is free. A small number of tickets will be distributed at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. For enquiries, please call 2427 7271.


     On November 10, persons with disabilities will be able to enjoy free trips around Hong Kong as part of Free Ride Day. The event will launch the run-up to International Day of Disabled Persons on December 3.

     A series of activities to promote social inclusion will be held in conjunction with International Day of Disabled Persons.

     The events are being organised by the Labour and Welfare Bureau (LWB), the Rehabilitation Advisory Committee, the Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

     On November 10, holders of the Registration Card for People with Disabilities issued by the LWB can get free rides on major forms of public transport, namely the MTR, the Airport Express, the Light Rail, buses, cross-harbour ferries, the Peak Tram, trams and some green minibus routes.

     Persons with disabilities will also be able to enjoy free admission to 17 museums and 23 indoor and outdoor public swimming pools, as well as the Hong Kong Wetland Park. One accompanying carer for each person with disabilities will also be able to enjoy free admission.

     Programmes and activities to mark International Day of Disabled Persons are available at the website www.hkcss.org.hk/rh/IDDP2013. For enquiries, please call 2864 2935.


     Hongkong Post and the YMCA of Hong Kong are together launching a two-month campaign to collect toys for disadvantaged children in the Tung Chung area.

     Entitled "Love to Share: Toys Collection Programme", the campaign will run from November 4 to December 31.

     The campaign will call for donations of toys in good condition. Sports gear, art equipment, musical instruments, electronic games, books, stationery and small decoration items in almost-new condition are also welcome. However, the programme will not accept stuffed toys or toys that could be hazardous to children.

     Donors can take toys for donation to designated counters at 14 participating post offices for the staff to check them in. The addresses of these post offices will be available from November 4 onward at www.hongkongpost.hk.@

     To be eligible to receive toys donated in the programme, children must open an account with the Toy Bank at the YMCA Tung Chung Centre at 420 Tung Chung Road, Lantau. They will be given a "bank book" that lists targets they have set for themselves.

     When the children achieve targets, their teachers or parents will sign the book and the children will then be able to claim their rewards at the Toy Bank. Toys can also be loaned to children at the Toy Bank.

     For enquiries, please call 2921 2222.


     All these events support the "Hong Kong: Our Home" public participation campaign, which aims to inject positive energy into society, foster social cohesion and promote care, mutual help and solidarity in the community.

     More than 230 Partner Organisations have so far pledged support for the Campaign.

     Altogether, the Government and Partner Organisations are organising more than 1,000 events/activities under the four themes of the Campaign from the end of April to the end of December this year.

     Full details of the Campaign can be found on the website www.hkourhome.gov.hk.

Ends/Sunday, November 3, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:00