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New York Latvian Events Calendar

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This calendar is maintained by the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York, Inc. We invite you to comment, to inform us about upcoming events, to tell us about any errors (including language errors), etc., by writing to the webmaster, Marģers, or by calling: (914) 631-5725. Please note that underlined names and words are hyperlinks, that either open a new web page or invoke your e-mail program to send a mail to contact persons.

But before you begin commenting, please note that we are still laying out additional pages as well as the overall graphic design for the site. In the future you will find information about Latvian organizations in the New York area, directions to the usual places where events are held, links to other related internet sites and much more.

This calendar was updated/revised on April 18, 2003.

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This calendar was updated/revised on July 13, 2003.

Church services:

This calendar does not list all of the church services held by the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York but this information may be found at www.nydraudze.org.

Information about the Latvian Catholic Congregation of New York may be obtained by calling the Congregation chairman Olģerts Balodis (631) 368-0216

New York and New Jersey Latvian Calendar

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

APRIL 2003:

Friday, April 18 - Good Friday church services (in Latvian) in Yonkers at 19:00 and Long Island at 19:30. See: www.nydraudze.org

Friday, April 18, at 18:00 - Film screening of Good Hands / Labas Rokas at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater,  155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A) 212-254-3300 This is part of the annual Estonian Cultural Days program. The film is a 2001 Latvian-Estonian co-production, directed by Peeter Simm and stars Rēzija Kalniņa, Atis Tenbergs, Leonarda Kļaviņa, Regnars Vaivars, Maija Apine & many other Latvian actors. Film dialogue is in  Estonian, Latvian, and some Russian, but with English subtitles. Please get there early for seats (the cinema holds just 100 seats) and to sample some Saku beer! For further information write Linda Pakri.

Sunday, April 20 - Easter Sunday church services (in Latvian) in Yonkers and Long Island at 08:00. See: www.nydraudze.org.

Saturday, April 26, at 16:00 - The brilliant 18-year-old Latvian pianist Vestards Simkus (winner of this year's music award) will perform at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Concert Hall, 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY, (914)761-3900; Admission will be by donation. It is suggested that reservations be made by calling the Conservatory. For further information write: Dace Aperāns. Organized by the Conservatory in cooperation with the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS.

Sunday, April 27, at 11:30  New Brunswick - Lakewood Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church Literary Group 30 year anniversary celebrations, 12. Gates Avenue, East Brunswick, NJ. Church service (in English) will be followed by a program (in Latvian) where works by New Jersey and New York Latvian artists will be read and played. Their favorite songs will be sung, accompanied by accordionist Jānis Students. Daila Tupuriņa will lead everyone on a stroll down memory lane, along the way highlighting the Literary Group's artists and activities. Coffee and desserts will be served. Donations requested.

Sunday, April 27, at 14:00 - Latvian Ev. Luth Church of New York Jamaica (Queens) chapter 50 year anniversary celebration, Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY. Church service (in Latvian) followed by a program, featuring concert by flutist Indra Ozola. Luncheon with Latvian style food. Donations requested starting at $20. Please make reservations by April 20 with Ruta Plostiņa (718) 641-2789 or Zigrīda Veiss-McDermott (516) 599-2171 (evenings). Organized by the Jamaica Chapter and Women's Committees.

MAY 2003:

From Friday May 2 until Sunday, May 4 - 52nd annual congress of the American Latvian Association (ALA), St. Paul, MN. For further information see: www.alausa.org.

Sunday, May 3, at 19:30 – Spring Concert by the Long Island Choir of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church. At the Long Island Church. Concert will feature the Choir and soloists.

Friday May 9, after work hours, "Latvians in the 'Big Apple'" - A monthly informal gathering to help New York area Latvians meet and get to know one another. All are welcome but the gatherings are aimed especially at young people and those who have come from Latvia in recent years. Bring your non-Latvian friends and colleagues. The meetings take place in the Estonian House Bar (on the first floor) where you can purchase food and drink, address: 243 East 34th St., at Second Avenue, in Manhattan. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175.

Saturday, May 10, at 13:00 - Mothers' Day church service in Summit, NJ, St. John's Lutheran Church. service will be followed by the New Jersey Latvian School end of school year and New Jersey Congregation Mothers' Day Program. featuring presentations honoring our older generations, performances by school students and luncheon.

Saturday, May 10, at 15:00 - Annual commemoration of the battles in the Kurzeme salient, at the Daugavas Vanagi House 115 West 183rd Street, Bronx, NY. A documentary film about the Latvian legion will be shown with text by Atis Skalbergs. Admission $ 8.- with the usual discounts. After the program, food and refreshments will be available for purchase in the Club downstairs. Organized by the Daugavas Vanagi Chapter of New York. For further information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

Sunday, May 11, Mothers' Day. At 10:00 - Yonkers church: service followed by program in honor of senior citizens with participation of Latvian school students. At 11:30 - Long Island church - service, followed by Latvian School commencement and Mothers’ Day program, featuring presentations honoring our older generations, performances by school students and luncheon. At 15:00 - Jamaica, Queens - church service.

Swing Vakara plakatsSaturday, May 17, at 17:00 - "Swing night" Dinnerdance, in the hall of the Yonkers Church. Admission: adults $15, children under 15:  $5. This function is a benefit to raise funds for the construction of a new playground at the Latvian Church Camp in the Catskills. All ages are welcome! Reservations required. Write to: Laura Zamurs, Tel. (516) 922-8338, or to: Anita Batarags (drinks will be available at a cash bar).

Sunday, May 18, at 14:00 - Baltic Association to the  UN (BATUN) acting president, Marģers Pinnis, will take part in a panel discussion - Views on War and Peace organized by the  UNA-USA, Westchester County Chapter, at the Scarsdale Public Library, Olmsted Road at Post Road. For further information please view the event: Poster and also the UNA-USA, Westchester County (NY) Chapter web site.

Friday, May 23 - Annual New York Latvian Choir music gathering, at the latvian Ev. Luth Church of New York, camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Taking part will be the Montral Choir Atbalss, conducted by Andrejs Vītols. Guest conductor from Latvia will be Aira Birziņa, musical director for the famous womens' choir Dzintars. The pianist Gints Bērziņš, currently with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, will serve as Concertmaster. At 19:00 there will be a choir seminar. The next day, Saturday May 24, work will commence on the concert program, which will feature choir music from Alfrēds Kalniņš opera Baņuta and songs from the  XXIII Song Festival repertoire, to be held in June-July in Riga, Latvia. For further information write: Indulis Lācis.

Sunday, May 25, Cemetery Festival at the Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills. At 16:00, Spring Concert by the New York Latvian Concert Choir, at the Latvian Church Camp in the Catskills, Elka Park, NY. The Choir will parts of the program it will sing at the upcoming XXIII Song Festival in Riga, Latvia and from the Alfrēds Kalniņs opera Baņuta. Guest conductor from Latvia: Aira Birziņa. Admission: $15.00, children up to age 13 free. For further information write: Indulis Lācis.

Saturday, May 31, at 11:00 New Jersey Latvian school commencement program and Childrens' Festival at Priedaine. Howell Twp., NJ. Program will include games, singing and luncheon. For further information write Laila Mednis.

JUNE 2003:

Friday, June 13, after work hours, "Latvians in the 'Big Apple'" - A monthly informal gathering to help New York area Latvians meet and get to know one another. All are welcome but the gatherings are aimed especially at young people and those who have come from Latvia in recent years. Bring your non-Latvian friends and colleagues. The meetings take place in the Estonian House bar. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175.

Saturday, June 14 - National Day of Mourning in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported from their homeland to Siberia by occupying Soviet forces in 1941. At 19:30 - Memorial church service at the Long Island church with the participation of the Long Island Latvian choir.

Sunday, June 15, at 10:00 - National Day of Mourning Concert and church service at the Yonkers church. Program will feature flutist Ilona Kudiņa (Recipient of the AABS Saltups Fund scholarship) who will perform a program of Baltic music. Dace Aperāns will accompany her on the piano.

From Saturday, June 21 to Sunday, June 22 - Volunteer labor "Super-Talka" to prepare the Church's Children Childrens' Camp for the summer season. Everyone, 10 years of age and older, is invited to help prepare the Childrens' Camp of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York in the Catskill Mountains of New York for this summer's season. For all volunteers, three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, will be provided. On Saturday evening all are invited to come round the St. John's Day / Midsummernight bonfire and join the festivities. Please reserve rooms by calling Janīna Briģis (518) 589-9932. For further information, please call Daina Lediņš (914) 273-9225 or write or call Ervīns Kurēns (914) 471-8814. If you are unable to donate your time and labor, the church is requesting cash donations to repair the camp's roads and trails. Please make checks payable to the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church of New York and send these to Daina Lediņš, 45 Banksville Road, Armonk, NY 10504.

Church Camp Super Talka Flyer

Saturday, June 21, at 16:00 - St. John's Day/Midsummernight Celebration Priedainē, NJ. Celebrants will be welcomed starting at 4pm. The Philadelphia Latvian Folk Dance Group Dzirkstele will perform. Join in singing St. John's Day and Latvian folk songs. In the evening the German-American ensemble, Bernie, will play ballroom favorites in the open air stage. For further information write: Jānis Students.

From Sunday, June 29 to Sunday July 6 - XXIII Song Festival in Riga, Latvia.

JULY 2003:

Through Sunday, July 6- (continuation)  XXIII Song Festival in Riga,&nbap;Latvia.

Friday, July 11, after work hours, "Latvians in the 'Big Apple'" - A monthly informal gathering to help New York area Latvians meet and get to know one another. All are welcome but the gatherings are aimed especially at young people and those who have come from Latvia in recent years. Bring your non-Latvian friends and colleagues. The meetings take place in the Estonian House bar. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175.

July schedule of the Latvian Church Camp, in Elka Park in the Catskill Mountains of New York. See also: www.nydraudze.org):
    From Sunday, July 6 to Saturday, July 12 - Pre-school A camp. Info: Mārīte Krūze (207) 760-6417.
    From Sunday, July 6to Saturday, July 19 - First period of the childrens' camp.
        Info: Anita Batarags (201) 760-6417 & Iveta Eilands (281) 538-0801.
    From Sunday, July 20 to Saturday, July 26 - Pre-school B camp. Info: Kristīne Jackson (774) 233-0113.
    From Sunday, July 20 to Saturday, Aug. 2 - Second period of the childrens' camp.
        Info: Anita Batarags (201) 760-6417 & Iveta Eilands (281) 538-0801.

Saturday, July 26, Open invitation Soccer tournament (& festivities) in the Catskills. organized by the New Jersey Latvian Society's Sports Association Kursa. The games are planned to take place in Saugerties near the Latvian Church Camp in Elka Park. All are invited to play and/or watch and just have fun. More information will be forthcoming. Players are invited to register by writing Dzintars Dzilna or Jānis Ģiga.

AUGUST 2003:

Sunday, Aug. 3, at 12:00 - Cemetery Festival and internment of urns, at the Latvian Memorial Park, outside Tannersville, in the Catskill mountains of New York.

Friday, Aug. 8, after work hours, "Latvians in the 'Big Apple'" - A monthly informal gathering to help New York area Latvians meet and get to know one another. All are welcome but the gatherings are aimed especially at young people and those who have come from Latvia in recent years. Bring your non-Latvian friends and colleagues. The meetings take place in the Estonian House bar. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175.

August schedule of the Latvian Church Camp, in Elka Park in the Catskill Mountains of New York. See also: www.nydraudze.org):
    From Sunday, Aug. 3 to Saturday, Aug. 9 - Latvian language immersion camp for pre-school children.
        Info: Irēne Jasuta (631) 589-0372.
    From Sunday, Aug. 3 to Saturday, Aug. 16 - Latvian language immersion camp for school age children.
        Info: Ieva Gulbe (201) 420-4048.

From Sunday, Aug.17 to Sunday, Aug. 24 - "3 x 3 in the Catskills". A seminar in a camp setting for later teens to adults to seniors. Program is in Latvian. Info: Māra Buka (610) 383-5927.

SEPTEMBER 2003:

Saturday, Sep. 6 at 15:00 - Inta Tirole, of the Latvian National Theater in Riga will perform Tāda dzīve, by Raimonds Auškaps, in which Ms. Tirole will portray 8 separate characters, set in contemporary Riga, Latvia, at the Yonkers Church. See the article in the Latvian newspaper Laiks, August 30, page 3. Admission $15. For further information write Jānis Riekstiņš.

Sunday, Sep.  7, at 10:30 – Church service followed by Childrens’ Festival at the Long Island Church. Activities for children, women’s committee bazaar, luncheon and coffee.

Sunday, Sep. 7, at 14:00 - Inta Tirole, of the Latvian National Theater in Riga, Latvia will perform Roger Hall's play Grāmatu Draudzeņu Klubs, translated into Latvian, in which Ms. Tirole will portray 7 separate characters, Priedaine, NJ. See the article in the Latvian newspaper Laiks, August 30, page 3. Admission $15.

Friday, Sep. 12, after work hours, "Latvians in the 'Big Apple'" - A monthly informal gathering to help New York area Latvians meet and get to know one another. All are welcome but the gatherings are aimed especially at young people and those who have come from Latvia in recent years. Bring your non-Latvian friends and colleagues. The meetings take place in the Estonian House bar. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175.

Saturday, Sep. 13, from 09:00 to 17:00 - Volunteer pre-season cleanup of the Daugavas Vanagi House, at the DV House. For more information write: Imants Kalniņš.

Sunday, Sep. 14, at 17:00 – Blessing and Inauguration of the new church pipe organ, at the Long Island Church featuring a concert of organ music. Program will feature: Marta Prāmniece: organ, Laila Saliņa: mecosoprano, Lutz Rath: cello, Kārlis Vilciņš: bassoon, Zaiga Dudāre: organ. Admission by donation starting at $20, children and students free. A reception will follow in the church's social hall.

Thursday, Sep. 18. at 21:30 - Concert by Latvian folk-rock group Iļģi at Joe's Pub. 425 Lafayette Street, (same building as the Public Theatre) in Manhattan's "East Village" / "Soho" neighborhood. Admission $15. For more information about the club, visit: www.joespub.com For more info about Iļģi visit www.ilgi.lv See the article in the Latvian newspaper Laiks, August 30, page 12.

Saturday, Sep. 20 from 08:00 until 20:00 - Latvia's referendum on the question of joining the European Union. At the Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022 USA, tel. (212) 838-8877, fax. (212) 838-8920.For further information please visit the Latvian Republic's Central Election Commission web site (Look under "Procedure of voting in foreign countries").

Saturday, Sep. 20 - Games hosted by NJ Latvian Sports Club Kursa, Priedaine, NJ.

Sunday, Sep. 21, at 15:00 - Annual Celebration of the founding of the University of Latvia, at the Estonian House. Academic address by Dr. Juris Vīksniņš Latvia in the European Union (in Latvian), concert program solo Laila Saliņa, on piano Ariana Goldinga. A reception (hosted by Latvian sororities and fraternities) will follow the program. For further information write: Baiba Pinnis.

Saturday, Sep. 27, at 15:00 - Season's opening event at the Daugavas Vanagi House, at the DV House, featuring a concert by flutist Indra Ozola, a video of this summer's Latvian Song Festival in Riga and a lottery drawing. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

Sunday, Sep. 28, at 10:00 - Church service followed by Michael's Day Festival and Bazaar, at the Yonkers Church. For further information write: Magnuss Kļaviņš.

OCTOBER 2003:

Now through Jan. 31, 2004 - Exhibit Russia Engages the World, 1453–1825 at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, New York, NY. The Exhibit traces Russia’s movement from relative isolation to global empire through its contacts with Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Messrs. Jānis Krēsliņš, Sr. consultant to the NYPL Slavic & Baltic Division and Jānis Krēsliņš, Jr. of the Swedish Royal Library were involved in setting up this exhibit (even though not all aspects of the exhibit reflect their view of this era of history). Admission free. For more information visit: http://russia.nypl.org/.

Saturday, Oct. 4, from 12: to 16:00 - Flea Market, at the DV House. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

Sunday, October 5, at 10:30 – Harvest Festival church service at the Long Island Church, followed by Harvest Festival.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 19:30 - Talent Fund Benefit Concert, Scandinavian House 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Streets), New York, NY. The program will feature Baiba Skride (violin) and Lauma Skride (piano). Including the reception, admission is $125 (preferred seats $200). Proceeds will benefit the Tilts Talent Fund. Order tickets in advance from Laila Robins, 241 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, Tel. (212) 873-7249.Make checks payable: "Latvian Cultural Association TILTS, Inc." A reception will follow catered by Aquavit. Organized by: The Latvian Cultural Association TILTS Please see the following poster:

Friday, Oct. 10, after work hours, "Latvians in the 'Big Apple'" - A monthly informal gathering to help New York area Latvians meet and get to know one another. All are welcome but the gatherings are aimed especially at young people and those who have come from Latvia in recent years. Bring your non-Latvian friends and colleagues. The meetings take place in the Estonian House bar. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175.

Sunday, Oct. 12, at 12:00 - Cemetery Festival and internment of urns, at the Latvian Memorial Park, outside Tannersville, in the Catskill mountains of New York.

Saturday, Oct. 25, at 15:00 - Literary gathering in celebration of poetess' Aina Kraujiete's 80 anniversary featuring New York Latvian poets, at the DV House. Admission $10. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

NOVEMBER 2003:

Saturday, Nov. 1, at 16:00 - Concert by distinguished duo-pianists Antra un Normunds Vīksne at the Westchester Music Conservatory, 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY. The program will include works by Latvian and American composers. Directions: www.musicconservatory.org or 914-761-3900. Parking is available in the city lot across the street. The Vīksnes new compact disk featuring works by Latvian composers for two pianos will be available for purchase. Admission: $20.00; children admitted free. For further information write: Dace Aperāns.

Saturday, Nov. 1, at 21:00 - Baltoween: (Baltic-Halloween) at the Estonian House Halloween celebration for Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians. Music of three DJ's on three floors, refreshments, finger food, costume party and contest with prizes. Admission $10 with full costume, $15 without. For further info write: Ingrīda Erdmanis and view the Baltoween POSTER (.pdf file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Sunday, Nov. 2, at 10:00 - Church services and investiture of Pastor Juris Saivars as permanent pastor of the Yonkers Church.

Sunday, Nov. 2, at 13:00 - New Jersey Daugavas Vanagi Fall event, at Priedaine, NJ. Program will include poetry rreadings by Rita Gāle; congregation men's choir Deviņvīru spēks with Br. Valters, soloists, conducted by Dzintra Rumpēters; honoring of veterans; commemoration of Latvian Legion 60 anniversary; bazaar; hot lunch. Admission by donation.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 18:00 through 21:00 - Reception to open exhibit of photographs by Latvian artist Arnis Balcus. See below "from Monday, Nov. 9 ..."

Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10:00 till 15:00 - Flea market at the Yonkers Church downstairs hall. Proceeds will benefit the Riga 90. Boy Scout unit and Zilais kalns 4. Girl Guides unit. If you wish to donate items for the flea market, please contact Vija Valdmanis (914) 476-4787 prior to the date of this event. For further information contact Maija Sķiņķis (718) 229-8055.

Saturday, Nov. 8, at 15:00 - Lācplēsis Day commemoration, at the DV House. Concert by violinists Laura Zamurs and Silvija Grendze. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

From Monday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Dec. 8 - Exhibit of Photographs by Latvian artist Arnis Balcus, at the chezTGN gallery, 31 Woodhull Street, Brooklyn, NY. For further information, please visit: www.cameandwent.com/cheztgn.htm.

From Thursday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 16 - Estonian Animated Film Festival at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre on the lower east side. Info about the movie theater and titles and show-times for the individual films may be found at: www.twoboots.com/pioneer/ Page down to the dates 11/13 - 11/16 Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy: The Best of Estonian Animation.

Friday, Nov. 14, after work hours, "Latvians in the 'Big Apple'" - A monthly informal gathering to help New York area Latvians meet and get to know one another. All are welcome but the gatherings are aimed especially at young people and those who have come from Latvia in recent years. Bring your non-Latvian friends and colleagues. The meetings take place in the Estonian House bar. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175.

Saturday, Nov. 15, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the Yonkers Church. Program will feature an address by the President of the American Latvian Association (ALA), Dace Copeland (in Latvian), followed by a concert performed by the New York Latvian Concert choir, conducted by Andrejs Jansons. Program will be followed by a social hour where hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Admission $25 ($20 if tickets purchased by Nov. 7). For further information write: Jānis Riekstiņš and view the Latvian Independence Day POSTER (.pdf file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). To order tickets by Nov. 7 for $20 a ticket, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope, with payment (make checks payable to "Council of American Latvians Orgs. of N.Y., Inc.") to Imants Kalniņš, 42 Hackensack Street, Wood Ridge, NJ 07075.

Sunday, Nov. 16, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at Priedaine, NJ. Program will feature an address by Ambassador Gints Jegermanis, Representative of Latvia to the United Nations, followed by a concert performed by the New Brunswick-Lakewood Latvian Ev. Luth. Church Choir that will feature Latvian folk songs. Admission $15. For further information write Jānis Students.

From Friday, Nov. 21 through Monday, Nov. 24 - Estonian Animated Film Festival (Because of popular demand, additional shows have been added) at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre on the lower east side. Info about the movie theater and titles and show-times for the individual films may be found at  www.twoboots.com/pioneer/ Page down to: Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy: The Best of Estonian Animation.

Thursday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 30 - 51st Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association. Long Beach, California. For information visit www.alja.org or write kongressjurmalaa@yahoo.com.

DECEMBER 2003:

Saturday, Dec. 6, from 12:00 to 17:00 - Christmas fair, at the DV House. Admission free. Come shop, eat and drink in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Here you may find Latvian jewelry and handicrafts and products from Latvia. At any time you can come to the cozy club room downstairs where you can enjoy a Latvian style lunch and enjoy refreshments from the bar, including Piebalgas Minhauzena beer imported from Latvia. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens. While the market is open on the second floor of the DV House there will be repeated showings of the Latvian documentary film Atrasts Amerikā (Found in America) Admission $5. Read the description about the film, below, following the info about the December 7 showing in  Priedaine. For further information about the film you may also write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call her at (516) 883-0175.

Saturday, Dec. 6, at 18:30 - Showing of the Latvian documentary film Atrasts Amerikā (Found in America), at the Norwegian Seamen's Church: 317 East 52nd St. (between 1st & 2nd Ave.) : Press the doorbell button to have the door unlocked. Look for the Norwegian and US flags outside bldg. Take subway: Lines 6, E, or V to the 51st St. stop. Admission free. Read the description about the film, below, following the info about the December 7 showing in  Priedaine. For further information about the film you may also write Ingrīda Erdmanis or call her at (516) 883-0175. After seeing the film give your ‘2 cents worth’ in a discussion with the producers following the movie. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10:00 – Church service and Advent concert at the Yonkers Church. The New York Latvian Concert Choir will perform. After the concert, all are invited to an Advent brunch. You will be able to purchase gifts at the bookstore. Admission $15, children free. For more information write Aija Pelše. During the brunch the NJ Latvian School's 8th grade class will be holding a Christmas craft fair. Christmas tree decorations, cards, and gifts made by the class will be available. Proceeds will help to support the graduating class's participation in this summer's "Sveika, Latvija" trip.

Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 – Church service followed by a Christmas bazaar and fair, featuring Latvian handicrafts and products from Latvia, at the Long Island Church.

Sunday, Dec. 7, at 14:00 - Showing of the Latvian youth Avantis documentary film Atrasts Amerikā (Found in America) at Priedaine, NJ. Admission $10. The heroes of the film are Latvians from Latvia who have come to the USA to earn money and who freely express their feelings about working here. The aim of the film is not to criticize of teach anyone but to present the problems as such. Read the description of the film below.  For more information, please visit Priedaine's new web site www.priedaine.org.

The documentary film Atrasts Amerikā (Found in America) produced by the Latvian youth social organization Avantis.

As a film about a very current issue in Latvia, as well as in many other newly independent eastern European countries, “Found in America” has been extremely popular in Latvia. This film tells the stories of nine people who have come to the U.S. in the past year from Latvia-  to live, survive, run away, make money, …. Is the world outside their door the dream that they envisioned? Come hear their stories. Found in America is a documentary film from Latvia, in Latvian with English subtitles, produced by the Latvian youth social organization Avantis www.avantis.lv Information about viewing times and locations may be found above: December 6 - DV House and the Norwegian Seaman's Church, December 7 - Priedaine.

Sunday, Dec. 7, at 14:00 - 15th Annual Festival of Christmas Trees at the Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation 300 Somerset St New Brunswick NJ. Festival includes Christmas trees decorated in traditions of Belarus, Denmark, Greece, Hispanic-Latino people, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Scotland, Ukraine, Victorian England and Early 20th Century America. Opening reception will be held Sunday from 14:00 to 17:00. The exhibit will be open until February 1st. For further information about exhibit times call (732) 846-5777 or write info@ahfoundation.org.

Sunday, Dec. 7, at 15:00 - Tartu (Tērbata) University 371 anniversary celebration,  Estonian House. Admission $10. Program will include solo performances by pianist Kristjan Randalu, lectures about teaching filmmaking in modern day Estonia, about the Estonian Foundation for Arts and Letters about Tartu University and on other topics. The first half of the program will be in English, the second in Estonian. reception will follow. Sponsored by the Estonian Foundation for Arts and Letters (in America).

The New York Latvian Concert Choir Concert, that had been scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 7, and was cancelled because of the snow storm, has been re-scheduled for Sunday January 25, see below.

Marija Naumova concerts poster (in English)

In New York Marija Naumova (Marie N) will perform with two different programs.

Friday, Dec. 12, at 21:30 - Marija Naumova concert: Pop Music program, at the Estonian House. Admission to each concert $15 if tickets ordered by mail by Dec. 3., $20 at the door. See mail order info below, following Dec. 13 concert info.

Saturday, Dec. 13, from 12:00 to 15:00 - Christmas fair, at the DV House. Admission free. Come shop, eat and drink in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Among the items available at the fair will be ginger bread cookies, "pīrāgi", blood sausage, Latvian dark bread, honey, beans, Latvian jewelry and handicrafts, Latvian calendars, books, greeting cards, other gift items and products from Latvia. At any time you can come to the cozy club room downstairs where you can enjoy a Latvian style lunch and enjoy refreshments from the bar, including Piebalgas Minhauzena beer imported from Latvia. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens. At 15:00 the fair will take an intermission for the NYLB & DVNY Christmas tree celebration (see below). At about 16:30, when the program concludes, the fair will re-open. You will have time to visit the fair and do your shopping before going to the Marija Naumova concert at the Yonkers Church (see below).

Saturday, Dec. 13, at 15:00 - Christmas tree celebration by the New York Latvian society and the New York Daugavas Vanagi, at the DV House. (Before the celebration, visit the Christamas fair, see above.) Program includes and invocation, by Pastor Laris Saliņš, concert by pianist Ramona Kļaviņa and soloist Daira Strautniece, and a visit by Santa Claus. Admission is by bringing an item for the pot-luck lunch or $10. For more information, and to register children, write: Dagmāra Vallens or call (212) 781-2360.

Saturday, Dec. 13, at 19:30 - Marija Naumova concert: Cabaret Music program, at the Yonkers Church downstairs hall. Admission to each concert $15 if tickets ordered by mail before Dec. 3., $20 at the door. See mail order info below: During the intermission the NJ Latvian School's 8th grade class will be holding a Christmas craft fair. Christmas tree decorations, cards, and gifts made by the class will be available. Proceeds will help to support the graduating class's participation in this summer's "Sveika, Latvija" trip.

How to order tickets to the Marija Naumova concerts Dec. 12. & 13.  in New York: 

Tickets may be ordered for $15, until December 3, by sending a stamped, self-addresses envelope, with payment  (make checks payable to "Council of American Latvians Orgs. of N.Y., Inc.") to Imants Kalniņš, 42 Hackensack Street, Wood Ridge, NJ 07075. Please indicate clearly how many tickets you are ordering for each concert because there are two different concerts: The Pop Music concert on Friday Dec. 12., at 21:30 at the Estonian House and/or the Cabaret Music concert on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 19:30 at the Yonkers Church downstairs hall.

For more information about Marija Naumova visit: www.marien.lv

Sunday, Dec. 14 - Church services followed by Latvian School Christmas celebrations, at 10:00 Yonkers Church, and at 10:30 Long Island Church.

Sunday, Dec. 14 at 14:00 - Marija Naumova light music concert at Priedaine NJ. Admission $25. For more information, please visit Priedaine's new web site: www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Dec. 21,  at 16:00 - Pipe Organ Concert at the Long Island Church. Steven Frank of the Allen pipe organ company will play Christmas music. Admission free. After the concert, hot wine and refreshments will be served in the church's downstairs hall.

Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 18:00 - Christmas Eve Church services, Yonkers Church, and Long Island Church.

Thursday, Dec. 25, at 11:00 - Christmas Day Church services, East Orange Church.

Wednesday, Dec 31, at 20:30 - New Year's Eve Ball at Priedaine, NJ. Masquerade ball, European dance music provided by William Aust, German-American accordeonist. For more information, please visit Priedaine's new web site: www.priedaine.org .

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