Parea sti Mani MESSAGE BOARD

On this page we can display messages from our members. eg Do you need to borrow a cot when relatives visit? Have you any specialist equipment you are willing to lend? Do you have some useful information to share? Do you need help with something? Please email your message to claire4parea\gmail

Presentation of work of the SOS Children's villages in Kalamata : Message from the Kalamata support group:- Dear Friends, on February 22, 2017 at 20:00, the Youth Center, at their premises in Square Othonos 10, gives us the opportunity to present and inform about the work of SOS Children's Villages. During the event, representatives from the Kalamata Support Group of SOS Children's Villages from the Child and Family Support Centre and the Centre of Professional and Family Support, will talk about the activities of SOS Children's Villages and the new program of Vocational Counselling. After the presentation, there will be a chance to discuss and exchange views and information on the extended role and work of SOS Children's Villages. Your presence will give us great pleasure and honor. Yours sincerely, Kalamata Support Group of SOS Children's Villages Greece Child and Family Support Center Captain Krobia 11 Kalamata - 2721098660 & 6941660532    (21-2-17)

Any news of Patras to Corinth Motorway?: Message from Ivor :- I'm travelling over as usual, in a couple of weeks Ancona to Patras - Kalamata. Can anyone help with news about the Patras to Corinth motorway. Is it now complete? I used the old road a couple of years ago and was suicidal by the time I reached Corinth. I have tried Googling but seem to end up with old news item links. It appears the replacement of the Patras - Pyrgos road is still some way off. If you know the current situation, please email me at ivor.labrum\gmail   Many thanks (18-2-17)

Rheumatologist in Kalamata: We have just added Dr. Michalis Drogaris to our DOCTORS LIST. He speaks good English, and undersrands German. Johann W. von Krause knows him, and would be happy to tell you more about him. You can email Johann at johann-w\vonkrause
Dr. Michalis Drogaris can be contacted by phone or email michalisdrogaris\yahoo (30-1-17)

VZINE a new venture by Nicola Cairncross : Nicola Cairncross is a successful business author, speaker, podcaster & Internet Marketing Mentor and she loves to mentor business owners to transform their businesses to give them more time, more profits and to better support their dreams. Her latest venture, she ha started from a balcony in Stoiupa, is a weekly VZINE " ..First Video Magazine, Episode 001, henceforth to be called a Vzine. I'm very excited! Likes, Loves & Constructive Comments welcome...warning, it gets a bit loud in the middle - my bad, I was supposed to Auphonic it first but I totally forgot in my excitement! VZINE Episode 001   and Episode 002 (30-1-17)

New Indian Restaurant in Kalamata : Message from Christine Homer :- We have a new Indian resturant in Kalamata and it's great! It's called Milopetra. It's in the old town, only a small place but feels cosy. The food is excellent, no more expensive than a taverna. Their house wine is excellent, all round a nice way to spend an evening. It used to serve Greek food but since the New year, they have a new menu and new chef. All the staff are lovely. We have visited twice and taken friends who agree it's lovely. Also Jazz music playing, which is nice - a really good night out .
Address: Mpenaki 6, Kalamata 241 00, Greece Phone: +30 2721 098950   milopetra     (22-1-17)

'A Taste of Home' Deliveries back to fortnightly - next delivery Friday January 27th - Prosilio Square , Kardamilli , Stoupa - bakery crossroads, and near junction to Neohori, and Freda's/Greggs in Ag Nik by about 11.15/30am. 'Specials' this time include - buy 4 hot pies, and get a 'Sausage & Mash' Pie FREE - (Value 3.50 euro) and English style fish 'n' chips with mushy peas. For more information/full product list, contact Gary 693 4337768 or uksausages\msn (20-1-17)

Wildflowers of the Mani - a new book by Roger Marchant: The book has a comprehensive coverage of the area with photographs IMAGE(1) and descriptions IMAGE(2) of more than 930 plants, each one illustrated with at least one photograph and information about the flowering period habitat etc. The book also contains background information on the geography and climate of the Mani with maps and identification keys and diagrams and a glossary of terms to help with identification. The book is hardcover with 262 pages printed on gloss paper. The book is currently available on Amazon at £25 +p&p but is also available from the bookshop in Kardamyli and from Mani Money in Aghios Nikolaos. This is the only book devoted specifically to the flowers of the Mani. Roger Marchant - " I have spent my working life as a professional biologist in various universities. I am now combining my interest in photography with a continuing interest in plants and animals to produce volumes of identified plants and animals from locations around the world. ' Wildflowers of the Mani ' has been a labour of love on my part and I am making no profit whatsoever from the sales." For other books by Roger Marchant see blurb co uk (8-1-17)

PsM Website news : Message from Claire:- I am pleased to say that I have had several replies to my request for help with editing the website, including a couple who are willing to learn about the technical side, so I am optimistic that even if I have extended periods without internet, there will be someone who can circulate news and information. However, my next absence will be from January 30th until March 3rd 2017, and although I have someone learning about the website, it will probably be too soon for him to work on the site, so, as during previous absences, I shall be monitoring things from afar, and may not be able to respond to emails very quickly, as I shall have limited internet access. (27-12-16)

'Seeing and Believing' is a new book by Gillian Bouras : Gillian lives near Kalamata, and spoke of some of her amusing and poignant experiences, at one of the PsM 'Meet the Author' events, a couple of years ago. She is an expatriate Australian writer who has written several books, stories and articles, many of them dealing with her experiences as an Australian woman in Greece. GILLIAN BOURAS. Her new book Seeing and Believing which continues the story of her experiences, will be available from Bookmark in Kalamata: Antonopoulou 12. ( Just up from the National Bank on the lower part of the plateia.) 27210 21100. (26-12-16)

Editorial help wanted with PsM :Message from Claire:- During the coming year, I anticipate needing to spend more time in the UK, and there may be extended periods when I will not have much time/opportunity to update the Parea sti Mani website. While I am only looking for occasional help at the moment, I would be particularly interested to hear from anyone who might eventually like to take over as editor of the website. There are various ways we could organize 'who does what', depending on the interests/availablity of whoever is helping (possibly more than one person). One option would be to offer your email address in an automatic reply to anyone who emails the Parea sti Mani, while I am away. Then, assuming you had learnt a little about the editor program, you could put urgent information, or imminent events on the website, while I am away. If you would like to know more, please contact me initially, by email claire4parea\gmail Don't worry if you are new to the area, or know nothing about editing websites - I didn't when I took over, and the new website is easier to handle than the one I took over!  (10-11-16)

New specialist doctors in Stoupa : We shall soon have 3 new specialist doctors visiting Stoupa. All three will have their clinics on the main road between Stoupa and Ag Nikolaos. Stephanos Zarmakoupis is already here ( almost opposite Katerina's supermartket) and the husband and wife team, Iannis Manoleas and Sophia Oikonomou, hope to be here by the new year, in the new building opposite the old 'Drive In' cafe. They plan to work in Stoupa at weekends and Wednesday evenings.
Pediatrician: Stephanos Zarmakoupis already comes to Stoupa Tues 9:00-14:00, Wed. 18:00-21:00, and Sat. 9:00-14:00. He speaks some English. Mob. 6932 910404, Tel. 27210 94094 in Kalamata
Gynaeocologist : Sophia Oikonomou
Physiatrist **: Iannis Manoleas Tel. 27210 22773 in Kalamata       (5-10-16)
**A physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain medicine. These spine specialists focus on the body's musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves

Insurance Office has moved: Message from Stuart:- Christos Manoleas has moved his office. He is no longer above the beer wholesaler's warehouse on the Stoupa/Ag Nikolaos main road. He has moved along the road - 500 metres further towards Agios Nikolaos, and still on the right hand side of the road. He has taken over the 'Drive In' coffee shop premises, and is already open. Level ground and plenty of space to see to turn in off the main road, park, and see to turn out again. Soon he will also open a coffee shop within the office! (22-9-16)

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