NORTH The nonprofit youth mountain biking program Geerz is holding an inaugural two-day fund-raising ride across the North on March 27 and 28 to raise money for youth seeking to join the physical and educational organization.Riders will pedal their way from the Nahsholim Beach on the Mediterranean through the scenic trails in the country’s North before finishing in Tiberias on the shores of Lake Kinneret. The ride offers two route lengths each day: a 30-kilometer route and a 60-kilometer route. Along with off-road climbs, straightaways and drops, cyclists will enjoy two pit stops each day plus lunch.Registration for the event costs $100 and participants are expected to pledge to further fund-raising activities with the goal of reaching at least $3,600 from sponsors by March 31. A set of Geerz donors are then expected to double each dollar raised by participants in the cycling event.Geerz has reached more than 500 girls and boys since its inception in Israel five years ago. The funds raised from the two-day ride will be dedicated to equipment purchases and programming for youth on the fringes of society, who typically need financial support to join Geerz activities.Register at: geerz.typeform.com/to/GAzTni.MDA reinforces Afula-area branch Magen David Adom reinforced its Afula Illit-Givat Hamoreh division with four defibrillators and an emergency- use motorcycle to increase efficiency and reduce initial medical response time in the northern region.The station is also working to train additional ambulance drivers for the volunteer emergency medical services organization.“For me, receiving the motorcycle presents a means of reaching the scene of the incident faster for rapid treatment and saving lives,” said MDA motorcycle volunteer Shmulik Niven.CENTER Tel Aviv to party at annual Purim raveSome 100,000 costume-clad revelers are expected to descend on Tel Aviv’s Hamedina Square for the city’s annual Purim street party bash on March 10.The outdoor rave will start at noon and feature hours of electronic dance music with artist Ivri Lider headlining the event. Other special guest performers include Tomer Maizner, Vini Vici, Ella Gutman, Funky Fish and Uria Klepter.A 360º stage will form the centerpiece of the exuberant extravaganza. Partygoers are encouraged to wear their most festive threads to celebrate the holiday Tel Aviv style. Entrance to the event is free of charge. Deepak Chopra to get deep in the White CityInternationally renowned physician and philosopher Deepak Chopra is due to share insights and his doctrine about time, science, technology, awareness and spirituality to a crowded hall in Tel Aviv on March 5.Named as one of the 100 most influential people of the century, Chopra will also explore what the future holds and breakthroughs in medicine and mental health.The program at the Menora Hall will open with Doron Libshtein, CEO of Mentors Channel and chairman of the project WellBe before Chopra takes the stage. Ticket prices range from NIS 270 to NIS 700.SOUTH Ashdod holds art jubilee for International Women’s Day Various art institutions in Ashdod are set to hold an array of events throughout March to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.The Ashdod Art Museum on March 7 will hold the exhibition “Three at Urban Space,” which will include intimate meetings with three female artists: photographer Merav Marodi, multidisciplinary artist Shirel Horovitz and street poet Nitzan Mintz. Each of the artists will explain their works and the tropes they demonstrate that are related to their surrounding environments. Admission to the event costs NIS 50.The Ashdod Art Museum’s Monet Center will present the “Private Collection” show on March 15, featuring musical hits from the 1970s alongside creative artistic arrangements that bring a new dimension to the classic tunes. Four female singers will be accompanied by a live music ensemble to perform songs by Shmulik Kraus, Arik Einstein, Shem Tov Levi and others from the era known as the golden age of Israeli music. Tickets are on sale for NIS 60.Opening on March 16 and running until May 4, the southern port city’s Arie Klang Center will host the “XX Penetrate the Shell” showcase of 11 artists’ exploration of the female body.All of the artists featured in the exhibition present a journey of deep reflection that begins with the outer shell of the mind and penetrates into the inner self that is hidden under many layers. The exhibition displays observations of the contemplation of delicate femininity that is emotional and different from the image of women in “conventional” media. Entrance to the event is free.To culminate the month’s events, a conference composed of women will offer workshops in various fields of art along with lectures on March 23 at the Arie Klang Center. Ticket price is NIS 150.