Archive for the year 2004
 

Calendar follows the notices

Latvian soldiers in IraqLatvian soldiers in Iraq
Let's send holiday greetings to Latvian soldiers serving in Iraq.

Latvian soldiers in Iraq will spend Christmas far away from their homes and families. You can help make this time for them a little more cheerful by sending them Christmas cards with your greetings. The address of the Latvian National Armed Forces Soldiers Contingent in Iraq is:
LTC Janis Avisans
MND CS / G3 / Latvia
Camp Babylon
APO, AE 09332
USA

The Baltic States are not yet in NATO!

In November 2002, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania received invitations to join NATO. but we have a lot of work to do to get the treaty ratified that will make them full NATO members. Please visit www,expandnato,org un www.jbanc.org.

NATO FlagBaltic Flags at the White HouseSupport Baltic interests by contacting your elected representatives!

Pressure from Latvian-Americans is still needed to defend the interests of Latvia and Latvian-Americans before US government bodies. This includes US aid for the Baltic militaries. Please visit www.jbanc.org. www.bafl.com & www expandnato org.

The New York Latvian Concert Choir wants you!

Choir practice takes place at the Yonkers Church on Sundays, at 11:15, following the 10:00 am church service. The conductors are: Andrejs Jansons and Laura Padegs-Zamurs. The choir is practicing songs in preparation for participating in the XXIII Song Festival in Riga, Latvia this June-July and from Alfrēds Kalniņš opera Baņuta, which will be performed at the Latvian Church Camp in the Catskills in May. The choir will also perform the concert version of Baņuta in Riga Latvia on June 26 at the Riga Latvian Society. For further information write Indulis Lācis and visit www.nylatvianconcertchoir.org.

The New York Latvian Concert Choir

If you like to sing and be in merry company, then we ask you to join us. we are starting the new year with an interesting program. The New York Latvian Concert Choir invites singers to join the choir in spirit and in person. Most of the rehearsals take place in the facilities of the Yonkers Church, at 11:15 am, immediately after the Sunday church service. For more information, please contact the conductors Andrejs Jansons (201) 201-944-1273 or Laura Zamurs (516) 628-1465. Please also visit: www.nylatvianconcertchoir.org.

Support the proposed Victims of Communism memorial in Washington DC.

Please visit: www.victimsofcommunism.org
Please also read the: Urgent action alert
.

Latvian Schools are open from September to May or June:

The Bronx School meets at the Yonkers Church on Saturdays from 09:15 to 13:45.For further information write: Laura Zamurs or call (516) 922-8338

The Long Island School meets at the Long Island Church on Sundays from 09:00 to 13:30.For further information write: R. Kerno or call (516) 431-6547

The New Jersey School meets on Saturdays from 09:45 to 14:00 at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Summit, NJ. A new play group is being formed for children ages 2-4. For further information write: Anita Batarags, telephone: (201) 760-6417.

Latvian Boy Scouts & Girl Guides:

The New York Rīga 90th Latvian Boy Scouts and Zilais kalns 4th Girl Guides have two active groups. One usually meets about twice a month on Saturdays from 14:00 to 15:30 after Latvian school in Summit NJ (see above). The other meets a little less often on Saturdays after Latvian School at the Long Island Church (see above). For further information write Nora & Pēteris Aivars. See the calendar (below) for dates of other events, weekend and summer camps.

Latvian folk dance group rehearsals:

A Latvian folk dance group has been formed in New York. Rehearsals take place at the Estonian House. Warm up starts at 19:00, rehearsal from 19:30 to 21:00. All are invited to participate, whether or not you have previous experience with Latvian folk dancing. Rehearsals usually are held on the second floor of the Estonian House but if another event preempts this, then they take place in the downstairs room. Check both places. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516)  883-0175.

Tautas deju kopas Jumis logoLatvian folk dance group Jumis rehearsals:

The New York Latvian folk dance group Jumis rehearses regularly from fall through spring. Rehearsals usually take place Thursday evenings. All are invited to participate, whether or not you have previous experience with Latvian folk dancing. To find out where rehearsals take place and for other information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175 and visit: www.jumis.org.

European Parliament Elections:

Elections to the European Parliament will take place in Latvia on Saturday June 12.  The Central Election Commission of Latvia has adopted a new procedure that affects how Latvian citizens living outside of Latvia may participate in these elections. Polling stations will no longer be set up in Latvia's embassies, consulates and missions abroad but all balloting will be done by mail. All those wishing to vote in this year's European Parliament elections must register by Sunday May 1st. Complete instructions on how to register and other information about the voting procedure may be found at: www.latvia-usa.org/eltoeurpar.html. These instructions are in Latvian. If you are a Latvian citizen and therefore eligible to vote but require instructions in English, contact the Embassy of Latvia, 4325 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, telephone: (202) 726-8213, e-mail: Embassy@latvia-usa.org . Please note, you may also send your registration to vote by mail to the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the UN, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022, telephone: (212) 838-8877.

COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

JANUARY 2004:

Happy New Year!

Sunday, Jan. 4, at 10:00 - Church service followed by Christmas tree celebration of the Yonkers Church congregation, at the Yonkers Church. Admission $20, which includes lunch with wine, desserts and coffee. Proceeds benefit the Jūgs fund, which supports church music and soloists. Please make reservations by calling Baibas Kļaviņš at (201) 288-4917. organized by the Northern congregation and womens' committees.

Sunday, Jan. 4, at 10:30 - Church service followed by Christmas tree celebration of the Long Island Church congregation, at the Long Island Church. Participants are requested to bring something for the pot-luck brunch but you are welcome even if you don't bring food. Everyone is welcome. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

Thursday, Jan. 8, at 19:00 - Latvian Folk Dance Group rehearsals resume at the Estonian House, please read the information at the top of the calendar.

Friday, Jan. 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. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175.

Saturday, Jan. 10, at 15:00 - Daugavas Vanagi members' evening, at the DV House. Events will include a Latvian sing along with Janis Students on the accordion. Saimniece Tamāra will serve you dinner. Admission $20 for reservations write: Dagmāra Vallens, or call (212) 781-2360, or call Kārlis Zamurs (914) 699-4356. Proceeds will benefit the Brothers' Cemetery at Lestene in Kurzeme. All are invited.

Sunday, Jan. 11, at 15:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Jamaica, Queens Church congregation, at the First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY. See www.nydraudze.org.

Sunday, Jan. 18, at 10:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Yonkers Church congregation, at the Yonkers Church. See www.nydraudze.org.

Sunday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 - Church service followed by a meeting and discussion with Maija Sinka, Advisor to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia, at the Long Island Church, social hall. Coffee will be served. Hosted by the Long Island congregation womens' committee. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

Friday, Jan. 23, at 19:30 - Benefit Concert by: Gidon Kremer and KREMERata Musica. Also appearing Egils Sefers, clarinet and Gints Bērziņš, piano. Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY. Ticket prices: $100 or preferential seating in limited availability $200. Make checks payable: Latvian Cultural Association Tilts Inc. Send to: c/o Laila Robins, 241 Central Park W. New York, NY, 10024. Hosted by the TILTS Exceptional Latvian Artists Fund. For further information call: (212) 873-7249 or write l_robins@verizon.net.

Sunday, Jan. 25, at 10:00 – Church service at the Yonkers Church, followed at 11:00 by The New York Latvian Concert Choir's Snowstorm Concert, the Advent concert that was postponed because of the blizzard. Conductors: Andrejs Jansons un Laura Padega-Zamura. Program will include Romuald Jarmak's Latvian Christmas and Camille Saint-Saēn's Christmas Oratorio. Participatingie will be The Bronx Chamber Orchestra; soloists Laila Liepiņa, Ilga Paupe, Laila Saliņa, Michael Brown; The New York Latvian Concert Choir. After the concert, all are invited to a brunch. You will be able to purchase gifts at the bookstore. Admission $15, children free. For more information write: Aija Pelše and view the Snowstorm Concert Poster.

Sunday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Long Island Church congregation, at the Long Island Church. See www.nydraudze.org.

Friday, Jan. 30, at 13:30 - Showing of the Latvian youth Avantis documentary film Atrasts Amerikā (Found in America) at Priedaine, NJ. 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. Admission $5. 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

Saturday, Jan.31, at 15:00 - Latvian Culture Days in New York, at the DV House. Program will feature people recently honored for their achievements: poet Voldemārs Avens, singer Laila Saliņš, and patron of the arts Indulis Lācis. Admission $10. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

FEBRUARY 2004

Sunday, Feb. 1, at 10:00 - Church services, at 11:30 - Latvian Cultural Days in New York (Second part) - Concert: saxophonist Artis Gāga un composer Solveiga Selga-Timpere on piano, Yonkers Church. Program will feature works by Latvian and other composers. Admission $20, children free. For further information write: Dace Aperāns.

Sunday, Feb. 1, at 10:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the New Jersey Church congregation, at the East Orange Church. See www.nydraudze.org.

Sunday, Feb. 1., at 16:00 - Super Bowl Party, at the Yonkers Church. The game starts at 18:00. Admission $25 (children under 16: free), which includes watching the Super Bowl on a big screen TV, food, soda, wine and beer. Proceeds will benefit the Yonkers Church and the "Ziemeļu novads" congregation. For further information write Reinis Sīpols.

Sunday, Feb. 8, at 10:00 - Church service followed by annual meeting of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at the Yonkers Church. See www.nydraudze.org.

Friday, Feb. 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, Feb. 14, at 15:00 - 100th anniversary of the birth of playwright Mārtiņš Zīverts at the Yonkers Church. Program will be performed by actors: Ritvars Asbergs, Rasma Birzgale, Karmena Straumena, Maruta Vitola, Vitolds Vitols, Marcis Voldins. Program will be in Latvian and will include an introduction Ziverts and his World, and parts of Zivert's plays will be performed, including: Āksts, Cenzūra, and the one act play Fiksā Ideja. Admission $15.

Sunday, Feb. 15, at 14:00 - 100th anniversary of the birth of playwright Mārtiņš Zīverts at Priedaine, NJ. Program will be performed by actors: Ritvars Asbergs, Rasma Birzgale, Karmena Straumena, Maruta Vitola, Vitolds Vitols, Marcis Voldins. Program will be in Latvian and will include an introduction Ziverts and his World, and parts of Zivert's plays will be performed, including: Āksts, Cenzūra, and the one act play Fiksā Ideja. Admission $20, which includes a buffet lunch. For more information, please visit Priedaine's new web site: www.priedaine.org.

Lithuania's national flag Monday, February 16 - Lithuania's Independence Day (1918).


Saturday, Feb. 21,
at 15:00 - Literary gathering: Eduard Virza's and Elza Stērste's granddaughter Anna Žīgure will read excerpts from the book Marselīne about her grandmother Elza Stērste. Anna Žīgure was also Latvia's first (post war) ambassador to Finland and Estonia, at the DV House. Admission $10. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

Sunday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 - Church service, followed at 11:45 by the Annual meeting of the Latvian Federal Credit Union of New York, at the Long Island Church. New members welcome. After the meeting there will be a social brunch.

Estonia's national flag Wednesday, February 24 - Estonia's Independence Day (1918), "Elagu Eesti!"


From Thursday, Feb. 25 until Saturday, April 10 - Latvian-American actress Laila Robiņš will play a role in the play Frozen
, at the Classic Stage Company theater, 136 East 13th Street, New York. For further information visit: www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/classic.htm.

Sunday, Feb. 29, at 10:00 - Church services followed by the 55th annual Scout-O-Rama of the Zilais kalns 4th Girl Scout unit and the Rīga 90th Boy Scout unit at the Yonkers Church. Program will include a performance of Zelta Zirgs (The Golden Horse). For further information write the unit leaders Nora & Pēteris Aivars.

MARCH 2004:

Saturday, Mar. 6, at 19:30 - 55 year Anniversary Ball in honor of the Zilais kalns 4th Girl Guides unit and the Rīga 90th Boy Scout unit at the Polish Center in Yonkers, NY. Admission $65 per person, which includes dinner, open bar and dance music. Reservations with full payment must be received by Feb. 29. Make checks payable "Parents Committee, Troop 748" and send to Nora & Pēteris Aivars, 69 Lakeshore Drive, Oakland, NJ 07436. For further information write Nora & Pēteris Aivars, or call (201) 337-3120. For directions to the Polish Center please visit: www.thepolishcenter.com.

Sunday, Mar. 7, at 10:00 - Church services in honor of Col. Oskars Kalpaks and others who gave their lives in the war for Latvian Independence. Procession by Latvian student fraternities and sororities at the Yonkers Church. There will be a program following the church service, featuring an address by fil! Kārlis Līdaks, frater acad!, on Latvia's military forces (in Latvian). Fil! Līdaks is the military attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Washington, DC. After the program, participants are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Sunday, Mar. 7, at 15:00 - Annual meeting of the Latvian Cultural Association, TILTS, Inc., at the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford, New York. For further information, please visit : www.tilts.org.

Friday, Mar. 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.

From Friday, Mar. 12 until Sunday, May 30 - Exhibit Gustav Klutsis and Valentina Kulagina: Photography and Montage After Constructivism, at the International Center for Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) @ 43rd Street. Admission $10, students & seniors $7. Tel. (212).857-0000. The following information is summarized from a March 6 article in Diena by Anda Kļaviņa. Of approximately 200 items in the exhibit, 17 works are from the collections of Latvia's State Museum of Art and the Latvian War Museum. Gustavs Klucis (1895-1938) and Valentina Kulagina (1902-1987) are renowned as Russian constructivist avant-garde artists. When asked if an exhibit of G Klucis is the best way to represent Latvia abroad, Irena Bužinska, of the State Museum of Art, replied: "He is a great artist whose works are renowned across borders. This man, born in Valmiera in Latvia, was really neither Latvian nor Russian. He was a communist, in today's terms, a fundamentalist. While Latvia's wounds, as a nation, are still healing from 50 years of occupation, it is difficult for some people in Latvia to accept that by presenting his works we can popularize Latvia's name in the world."

Saturday, Mar. 13, at 15:00 - Annual remembrance of the Latvian Legion, at the DV House. Program will feature the poet Knuts Skujenieks from Latvia. During the first part of the program, he will describe his 7 year experience in Siberian labor camps, during the second part he will read from his works. Following the program will be a benefit luncheon, admission $35. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

Saturday, Mar. 20, - Annual meetings of the New York Daugavas Vanagi, at 11:00 - meeting of the Daugavas Vanadzes (Womens' Auxiliary), at 14:00 - meeting of the New York Daugavas Vanagi as a whole. Admission free. All are invited to attend and join the New York Chapter of the Daugavas Vanagi and further its work providing cultural programs and assistance to the needy. Following the meetings there will be lunch and refreshments. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

Normunds Rutulis (jumping) Saturday, Mar. 20, at 19:30 - Concert by Normunds Rutulis at the Yonkers Church. Admission to the concert is $15 if tickets are ordered by mail before March 13, admission will be $20 at the door. Tickets may be ordered for $15, until March 1 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.

Normunds Rutulis is one of Latvia's most popular cabaret music singers. he sings all of his songs in Latvian and he sings the songs that are closest to the hearts of Latvians. In this concert tour, Normunds will be singing many songs composed by Raimonds Pauls.


Sunday, Mar. 21,
at 10:00 - Church services followed by the annual Pancake breakfast at the Yonkers Church.

Sunday, Mar. 21, at 14:00 - Concert by Normunds Rutulis at Priedaine, NJ. See write up, above. Admission $20. Coffee & refreshments. For more information, please visit Priedaine's new web site: www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Mar. 21, at 14:30 - Church services followed by a lecture Let's live healthy! (in Latvian), by Dr. Ēriks Niedrītis. at the East Orange Church.

Thursday, Mar. 25 - National Day of Mourning in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported from their homeland to prison camps in Siberia by occupying Soviet forces in 1949.

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia - flag logoThe Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940-1991

UN Headquarters, New YorkThursday, Mar. 25, at 18:30 - Opening of the Exhibit by the Occupation Museum of Latvia at United Nations Headquarters in New York, at 1st Avenue and East 45th Street in New York. A reception will follow. UN diplomats, the US Senators of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, US Congress Baltic Caucus members, the Mayor of the City of New York, journalists and other distinguished guests will be invited. The exhibit tells the story of Latvia in the 20th century. Between 1918 and 1991 Latvia's history came full circle: from independence and membership in the family of European states to decades of occupation and isolation, to restoration of sovereignty and acceptance into the world community. The focus of the exhibit is the tragedy that engulfed the country from 1939 to 1991, the period of occupations and repression by two totalitarian powers. The convoluted and frequently distorted history of this period is only slowly being unraveled and understood, both by those who lived through it and by those who watched from the outside. We invite to participate in this historic occasion! Reservations to the opening and reception must be made by March 1st with a donation (minimum $50 per person). Proceeds will benefit the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. The exhibit is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Latvia to the UN, in cooperation with the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Latvia in New York and the Council of American Latvian Organizations in New York.. The American Latvian Association supported the creation of this display and has sponsored its exhibition in many US cities.

The exhibit is scheduled to last two weeks but it will be set up in an area of the UN building that is restricted to diplomats, UN personnel and accredited journalists. Therefore, the March 25th opening will be the only opportunity for the general public to view the exhibit inside the UN. To attend the opening and reception, send donations (minimum $50 per person, make check payable: “Council of American Latvian Orgs of NY, Inc.”) by March 1st to Imants Kalniņš, 42 Hackensack Street, Wood Ridge, NJ 07075. Please include your full name(s) and address. After receiving your reservation and donation you will be mailed a formal invitation(s) which must be shown to UN Security personnel to be admitted to the UN building and the exhibit. If you are unable to attend the opening, please consider making a donation, in any amount, to support this exhibit and the work of the Occupation Museum of Latvia. For more information about the Occupation Museum of Latvia, please visit: www.occupationmuseum.lv.


Friday, Mar. 26,
at 19:00 - Annual meeting of the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York, (ŅLOP) at the DV House. ŅLOP member organizations are asked to select delegates for this meeting who are ready, willing and able to serve on the ŅLOP board and actively participate in its work. For further information write Janis Riekstins.

Saturday, Mar. 27, - NJ annual meetings: at 13:00 New Jersey Latvian Federal Credit Union, followed at 15:00 - New Jersey Latvian Societyat Priedaine, NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's new web site: www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Mar. 28, at 10:30 - Church services followed by Annual Spring Event, at the Long Island Church. Program will feature viewing and discussion of the church's collection of paintings, led by Irene Avens, followd by lunch and a lottery drawing. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis, president of the Womens' Committee of the Long Island congregation.

Sunday, Mar. 28, at 13:00 - Eriks Raisters Memorial Fund annual function, at the DV House. this year's honoree is Biruta Sūrmane and program will feature a concert by the New York Latvian Concert Choir. Admission $15, which includes lunch.

APRIL 2004:

Saturday, April 3, at 16:00 - Concert by Latvian pianist Juris Kalnciems at the Music Conservatory of Westchester Concert Hall, 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY, (914)761-3900; Admission $20, students $10, children free. Program will include works by Ivanova, Vītols and other composers. For further information write: Dace Aperāns.

Sunday, Apr. 4 - Palm Sunday - Church services with communion: at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 10:30 at the Long Island Church.

Thursday, Apr. 8 - Holy Thursday - Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, at 13:00 at the Long Island Church, and at 13:00 at the East Orange Church.

From Thursday, Apr.. 8 through Sunday, Apr. 11 - 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/  and Estonian Cultural Days at the Estonian House. For further information please visit: www estonianculturedays com.

Friday, Apr. 9 - Good Friday - Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 19:30 at the Long Island Church.

Sunday, Apr. 11 - Easter Sunday - Church services: at 08:00 at the Yonkers Church and at the Long Island Church, at 15:00 at the Jamaica, Queens Church, at the First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY.

Friday, Apr. 16, 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.

From Friday. Apr. 16 to Sunday, Apr. 18 - Daugavas Vanagi annual delegate meeting, Daugavas Vanadzes meeting, DV youth meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sunday, Apr. 18, at 09:00 - Novuss tournament, at the DV House. For further information, call Ferlands Krūmiņš (914) 948-1929.

Sunday, Apr. 18, at 14:00 - Concert by mezzo-soprano Brute Grunvalde, concert pianist Charlotte Rosa-Zanda and baritone David Michelle Opera and operetta afternoon, at the Northport library concert hall, 151 Laurel Avenue, Northport, NY (Long Island). Program will include opera and operetta arias, - duos and trios by Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Offenbach un Lehar. For further information call (631) 261-6930.

Latvia's Three TenorsThursday, Apr. 22, at 19:30 - Latvian National Opera Guild benefit dinner and concert with Latvia's Three Tenors, at the Long Island Church, social hall. Latvian opera stars Lauris Puntulis, Guntars Runģis un Miervaldis Jenčs will sing accompanied by Juris Kulakovs on piano. Program will feature songs from the Three Tenors latest CD. An elegant dinner is planned accompanied by Osprey Dominion wine produced in Long Island. Proceeds from the benefit concert and dinner will support two projects: firstly restoration of the lobby floor in the Latvian National Opera (LNO) house in Riga, and secondly the instrumentation of the opera Vilkaču Mantiniece. The distinguished Latvian-American composer, Bruno Skulte (1905-1976), wrote this opera, but did not finish its orchestration. The composer & conductor Andrejs Jansons considers this a noteworthy work and wished to complete its orchestral instrumentation. The LNO has agreed to perform this opera in concert form during its 2005 season, in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Bruno Skulte. In addition the LNO will perform this work during the 2006 season as a full opera production. Admission to the benefit concert and dinner is $70 if tickets ordered in advance by mail by April 15, $35 for students and $75 at the door. Make checks payable: "Latvian National Opera Guild" and send to Edvīns Rasums, 118 James Street, North Massapequa, NY 11758-1437. For further information write: Edvīns Rasums or call: (516) 694-6616.

From Friday, Apr. 23 to Sunday, Apr. 25 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Association, Seattle, Washington. For further information visit www.alausa.org .

Sunday, Apr. 25, at 14:00 - Skaista ir Jaunība V (Youth is Wonderful, 5th) annual program of the New Brunswick-Lakewood Latvian Church choir at Priedaine, NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's new web site: www.priedaine.org .

MAY 2004:

European Union flag Saturday, May 1 - European Union Expansion Treaty comes into force, Latvia together with the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus, and Malta become full members of the Union.


Sunday, May 2, Bike NY.
The New York Latvian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides will participate in the Bike NY bicycle tour. For information about the tour visit: www.bikenewyork.org/BNY-TOUR.htm If you wish to join the Latvian group, please write: Mārtiņš Putenis or call: (973) 593-8399.

From Tuesday May 4 until ? - The play by Bryony Lavery: Frozen, starring Latvian-American actress Laila Robiņš, opens on the Broadway stage, at the Circle in the Square theater, 1633 Broadway. Entrance is on the north side of 50th Street west of Broadway. Performances Tuesdays at 19:00, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 20:00, Wednesdays & Saturdays at 14:00 and Sundays at 15:00. The play is an intense drama intended for mature audiences. For further information visit: http://www.botz.com/nytheatre/frozen.htm or: http://www.entertainment-link.com/event_details.asp?event_id=6592. For her role in this play portraying Agnetha, Laila Robiņš was nominated for the Lucile Lortell award. Remember that often theater tickets can be bought for half price on the day of the performance at "tkts" booths. A ticket for Frozen at the "tkts" booth costs $42.50. For more information visit: http://www.tkts.com/tkts/index.html.

Saturday, May. 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, May 8, at 13:00 - Mothers' Day church service  followed by a program of the New Jersey Latvian School, St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Saturday, May 8, at 15:00 - Annual commemoration of the battles in the Kurzeme salient, at the DV House. A documentary film about the guerilla resistance to the Soviet occupation following World War II will be shown. The second part of the program will feature a champagne toast to celebrate the Baltic states becoming full members of NATO and the EU. Digital photos of some of the ceremonies will be shown. Admission $10. After the program, food and refreshments will be available for purchase in the Club downstairs. Organized by the Daugavas Vanagi Chapter of New York. All are welcome. For further information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

Sunday, May 9, - Mothers' Day church services: at 10:30, at the Yonkers Church, followed by a program of the Bronx Latvian School, and at 10:00, at the Long Island Church, followed by commencement program of the Long Island Latvian School, and at 15:00, at Jamaica, Queens, First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY.

Sunday, May 9, at 15:00 - Concert by the Artemis Chamber Ensemble featuring Dominique Hellste, soprano and Maxim Vladimiroff, piano, at Recital Hall of the SUNY Purchase College of Music. Program will include the world premier of Dace Aperāns' Songs of the Seasons with words from poems by Emily Dickinson. Admission $10. For more information visit: www.artemisensemble.com.

From Tuesday, May 11 to Saturday, May 29 - Exhibit of sculptures by Zane Treimanis, at the Pleiades Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY. Opening will take place Saturday May 15 from 18:00 to 21:00. Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 to 18:00. To view works by Zane Treimanis please visit: www.artzane.com.

From Thursday, May 13 to Saturday, June 12 - Exhibit of drawings by Edgar Jēriņš, at the Tatistcheff Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY. Reception for the artist will be on Thursday, May 13 from 18:00 to 20:00 pm. Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 to 18:00. For more information e-mail: tatistcheff.gallery@verizon.net or call (912) 627-4547.

Sunday, May 23 - Church services: at 10:30, at the Yonkers Church, and at 10:00, at the Long Island Church, after which congregants from both churches, as a group, will attend a baseball game. The baseball game will be at Shea Stadium in Queens and start at 13:00, where the New York Mets will play the Colorado Rockies. The group has tickets reserved together in a section of the stadium's upper deck. Group tickets are $12 and may be ordered from the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of N.Y., 4 Riga lane, Melville, NY 11747. The organizers of this event hope that the Latvian congregation's name (as one of the groups attending this game) will be show on the stadium's big screen.

Sunday, May 23 - After church services at the Yonkers Church, and at the Long Island Church, congregants attended a baseball game at Shea Stadium where the New York Mets played the Colorado Rockies. With the spiritual support of New York Latvian church congregation the New York Mets not only won the game 4-0, but Mets pitcher Tom Galvine gave up only one hit, one walk and struck out eight!

From Thursday, May 20 to Friday, May 21 - NATO Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. By the time the summit convenes, Latvia, together with Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia will have completed all the steps to formally become members of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) alliance.

Saturday, May 22, from 09:00 to 18:00 - Volunteer labor "Talka" at Priedainē, NJ. Come get get the New Jersey Latvian Society's center Priedaine in shape for the summer season. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes and saws and other yard work equipment. Non-members are welcome. Come and get to know the Priedaine community. Drinks, beer and snacks will be provided to volunteers. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site: www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, May 30, Memorial Service 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. Admission: $15.00, children up to age 13 free. A social gathering will follow the concert. Program will include: WA Mozart's Coronation Mass, and interpretations of folk songs by Latvian authors. Participants: Agita Ikauniece, soprano, Indra Ozola, mezzo-soprano, Michael Brown, tenor, Dennis Steele, baritone, Uga Grants, pianist. New York Latvian Concert Choir, Montreal Latvian Choir Atbalss. Guest conductors from Latvia: Agita Ikauniece, Ints Teterovskis. For further information write: Aija Pelše, telephone: (516)935-0967.

JUNE 2004:

From Thursday, Jun. 3 to Saturday, Jun. 5 - The 19th Conference on Baltic Studies, Dynamics of Integration and Identity: The Baltics in Europe and the World, University of Toronto, Canada. For further information, please visit the web page of the AABS and www.utoronto.ca/estonian/aabsconference2004/.

Saturday, Jun. 5, at 11:00 - New Jersey Latvian school commencement program and Childrens' Festival at Priedaine, NJ. Program will include games, singing and luncheon. For further information write Laila Mednis.

Saturday, Jun. 5, from 12:00 to 16:00 - Rummage sale at the DV House.

Sunday, Jun. 6, at 11:00 - New Brunswick - Lakewood Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church Spring Event at Priedaine, NJ. Featuring a talk by Pastor prof. Dr. Arvīds Ziedonis "Health care advice and important documents  for the latter portion of your life" (in Latvian). There will be a  hot buffet and a lottery. Admission by donation toward the church's work starting at $12. All are invited.

Sunday, Jun. 6, at 12:00 - New York Latvian Concert Choir will perform in Brooklyn's Red Hook, 499 Van Brundt Street, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Choir will perform around 13:00 as part of the 12th annual Pier Art Show organized by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition. The exhibit area is 20,000 square feet and includes over 340 artists. Enjoy the spectacular view of the harbor. Direction may be viewed at www.bwac.org. Look for the big yellow flag with the letters BWAC. For more information write: Anna Annus-Hagen or call (718) 282-1486.

Sunday, Jun. 6, at 10:30 - Church services followed by program and luncheon to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of congregation pastor Laris Saliņš, at the Long Island Church. Hosted by the Long Island congregation and women's committees. Admission $10. Reservations must be made by May 26 by calling Mara Vilciņš at (516) 431-1168 or writing: lidaugaviete@aol.com.

From Saturday June 12 until Sunday June 13 - Weekend Boy Scout and Girl Guide Camp. At New Jersey's Jenny Jump State Park, www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/jennyjump.html For further information write: Nora & Pēteris Aivars.

Sunday, June 13, at 10:00 - National Day of Mourning (June 14) church service, at the Yonkers Church.

Monday, June 14 - National Day of Mourning in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported from their homeland to prison camps in Siberia by occupying Soviet forces in 1941.At 19:30 - Church service, at the Long Island Church.

Līgo! Līgo! Happy Midsummer night & St. John's Day!

Saturday, June 19, at 16:00 - St. John's Day/Midsummer night Celebration Priedainē, NJ. Celebrants will be welcomed starting at 4pm. Admission $20. For more information, please visit Priedaine's new web site: www.priedaine.org.

Friday, June 25, from 17:00 to 20:00 - Celebrate Swedish Midsummer, at Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Battery Park City. Organized by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York and the battery Park City Conservancy. For more information and direction, please visit: www.swedennewyork.com/midsummer and www.batteryparkcityparks.org.

From Saturday, June 26 to Sunday, June 27 - Volunteer labor "Super-Talka" to prepare the Church's 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 write Ervīns Kurēns or call (914) 471-8814.

JULY - AUGUST 2004:

Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4 - Twelfth Latvian Song Festival in Canada. For information visit www.latviansongfest.com.

Friday, July 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. Most people arrive after 20:00. 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.

Friday, July 16, at 19:00 - Dinner Cruise from Captree Landing, on the south shore of Long Island. The cruise will be on Fishtales Charter. Tickets $40 per person which includes dinner and drinks. Proceeds will benefit this summer's Sveika Latvija! program. Tickets must be purchased by July 9 from Laila Ejups, telephone (631) 666-4050.

Latvian Church Camp summer program (for more information visit: www.nydraudze.org):

Sunday Jul. 4 through Saturday Jul. 18 - Childrens' camp session 1.

Sunday Jul. 11 through Saturday Jul. 17 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Children ages 2-7 camp session A.

Sunday Jul. 18 through Saturday Jul. 31 - Childrens' camp session 2.

Sunday Jul. 25 through Saturday Jul. 31 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Children ages 2-7 camp session B.

Sunday Aug. 1 through Saturday Aug. 14 - Latvian language camp.

Sunday Aug. 1 through Saturday Aug. 7 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Latvian language camp for children ages 2-7.

Sunday Aug. 8 through Saturday Aug. 14 - Seniors' camp.

Sunday Aug. 15 through Sunday Aug. 22 - 3 x 3 Seminar camp. Please visit: www.3x3.lv

Friday, Aug. 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. Most people arrive after 20:00. 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.

From Sunday Aug. 15 through Saturday Aug. 21 - Boy Scout and Girl Guide Summer Camp Akmens kalns. At Otter Lake Scout Preserve, Ontario, Canada. For information visit: www.zintis.net/AkmensKalna/ . The New York Latvian Scouts and Guides will be participating, please write: Nora & Pēteris Aivars.

From Friday Aug. 13. through Sunday Aug. 29. - XXVIII Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Athletes will compete in 28 different sports in 37 disciplines. For further information about Latvia's Olympic efforts visit: www.olimpiade.lv .

Friday, Aug. 20, at ??:?? - Concert by Latvia's Three Tenors "Mīlas lidojumā pie draugiem" ("On a flight of love to our friends"), at the Latvian Church Camp in the Catskills (see above for link). The three tenors are: Miervaldis Jenčs, Nauris Puntulis & Guntars Ruņģis. They will be accompanied by composer Juris Kulakovs. Program will include cabaret and classical music by Latvian composers, Neapolitan favorites and other pieces arranged specially for the three tenors. For more information about the three tenors please visit www threelatviantenors com.

Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 14:00 - Discussion with Jānis Krūmiņš, President of the Daugavas Vanagi in Latvia at the DV House. Food and refreshments will be available. Admission by donation. All are invited.

SEPTEMBER 2004:

Friday, Sep. 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. Most people arrive after 20:00. 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, September 11, from 09:00 to 17:00 - Daugavas Vanagi House pre-season volunteer cleanup "Talka" at the DV House

Saturday, September 11, at 16:00 - Baltic Association to the United Nations (UBA-BATUN) Annual Meeting. Following the annual meeting will be a program starting about 17:30 featuring Algis Tomas Geniušas, President of the United Nations Association of Lithuania. All are invited to come and learn about UBA-BATUN's work and future projects. For more information about UBA-BATUN please visit: www.batun.org.

September 12, at 10:30 - Church services followed by an exhibit of paintings by Ojārs Lasmanis, at the Long Island Church, social hall. At the same time there will be a Children's festival on the grounds of the Long Island Church with activities for children, a bazaar hosted by the women's committee. The folk dance group Jumis will perform. Coffee and refreshments will be served for further information write: Ilze Beiniķis.

Saturday, Sep. 18, at 14:00 –  .Concert by Latvia's Three Tenors "Mīlas lidojumā pie draugiem" ("On a flight of love to our friends"), at Priedaine, NJ. The three tenors are: Miervaldis Jenčs, Nauris Puntulis & Guntars Ruņģis. They will be accompanied by composer Juris Kulakovs. Program will include cabaret and classical music by Latvian composers, Neapolitan favorites and other pieces arranged specially for the three tenors. For more information about the three tenors please visit www threelatviantenors com. For more information about this concert at Priedaine, please visit Priedaine's web site: www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Sep. 19, at 16:00 – Pipe organ concert including Latvia's Three Tenors, at the Long Island Church. The program will feature Dr. Ingrīda Gutberga, organist, the three tenors who are: Miervaldis Jenčs, Nauris Puntulis & Guntars Ruņģis. The tenors will be accompanied by composer Juris Kulakovs. Admission $30, children admitted free. For more information about the three tenors please visit www threelatviantenors com.

From Friday Sep. 24 through Sunday, Sep. 26 - LELBALL Latvian Church East Coast Regional Conference at the Church Camp in the Catskills.

Saturday, September 25, at 14:00 - The Daile Theater of Latvia will perform Māras Zālilītes' play Zemes nodoklis (The Land Tax), at Priedaine, NJ. For more information about this performance at Priedaine, please visit Priedaine's web site: www.priedaine.org.

Saturday, September 25, at 15:00 - Daugavas Vanagi season opening event at the DV House. US Army lieutenant colonel Jānis Birznieks will speak on his experiences and observations as US military attaché in Riga. After the program dinner and refreshments will be available.

Sunday, September 26, at 12:00 (after church services) - The Daile Theater of Latvia will perform Māras Zālilītes' play Zemes nodoklis The Land Tax), at the Long Island Church. Admission $20 (at the door). Tickets may be ordered by mail for a $5 discount (for $15 each) until September 18 by sending a check with a stamped self-addressed envelope to Marģers Pinnis, 148 New Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591-1707. Please make checks payable "Council of American Latvian Orgs. of NY".

OCTOBER 2004:

From Friday Oct. 1 till Sunday October 3 - Fall Festival in the Catskills. Program includes soccer games, beer tasting dinner, a ball where Latvian and American pop music will be performed by musicians from the groups Adam Zahl and Los Pintos, sauna, and other activities. For more information write: mgrislis@hotmail.com and/or read the Flyer (requires Adobe PDF reader). Admission $20. Proceeds benefit Rota and Rota's work.

Sunday, Oct. 3, at 10:00 - Church service followed by Michael's Day Festival and Bazaar, at the Yonkers Church. The church service will also commemorate the founding of the University of Latvia. For further information write: Magnuss Kļaviņš.

Sunday, Oct. 3, at 15:00 - Annual Celebration of the , at the Estonian House. Further information about the program will be forthcoming. A reception (hosted by Latvian sororities and fraternities) will follow the program. For further information write: Baiba Pinnis.

Friday, Oct. 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. Most people arrive after 20:00. 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, October 16, at 15:00 - Discussion on the US Presidential elections at the DV House. Dr. Uldis Bluķis will speak and chair a discussion. After the program dinner and refreshments will be available.

Sunday, October 17, at 10:00 - Musical church service, at the Yonkers Church. Indra Ozola - soprano & fute, Ilona Kudiņa - flute and Una Tone - pipe organ, will perform J.S. Bach's Ich folge dir gleichfalls, an excerpt from W.A. Mozart's Sonaates Re mazoraa, an excerpt from Loeillet's Trio sonaates, and G.F. Teleman's Trio.

From Tuesday October 19 to Friday November 19 (opening night Friday October 15) - William Shakespeare's Macbeth featuring Latvian-American actress Laila Robiņš as Lady Macbeth, at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. For further information please visit: www.shakespearenj.org or call (973) 408-5600.

From Friday October 22 until Sunday, October 24 - Meeting of the American Latvian Artists' Association, in the Catskill Mountains of New York For further information write Juris Ubāns, or call (207) 774-9184.

Saturday, October 23, from 10:00 to 14:00 - Flea market / Rummage sale, at the Yonkers Church. Enormous selection of books (in English and Latvian), clothes, household goods of all kinds and more!

Sunday October 24, at 11:30 (after church services at 10:00) - The film Mana mīļā Rīga (My Love Riga) by Laima Zurgina will be shown, at the Yonkers Church. Admission $10.The film is in Latvian with English subtitles. The firm is about Riga and its inhabitants. It features the architecture of the old town and Jūgendstil neighborhoods, as well as modern buildings, the harbor and the Freedom monument, the Brothers and Forest cemeteries. Various festivals and celebrations will be highlighted. The films true heroes are Riga's people each of whom shows his or her love for Riga in their own way. Many prominent residents of Riga will be interviewed. The film is 1.75 hours (105 minutes) long.

Friday October 29, at 19:30 - Concert by pianist Armands Ābols, at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY. Admission $35. Please reserve tickets by writing Laila Robins or calling (212) 873-7249.

Saturday, Oct. 30, at 21:00 - Baltoween (Baltic Halloween), at the Estonian House. Annual Halloween celebration for Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians and their friends. Admission with full costume $10, with minimal or no costume $15. DJ music on two floors, snacks, refreshments available from the Estonian House bar. 1980-os theme for music and costumes. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175. Please also see the Baltoween flyer (requires Adobe PDF reader) or below.

Baltoween poster


NOVEMBER 2004:

Saturday, Nov. 6, at 15:00 - Latvian Foundation informational seminar: A Weekend for the Future, at the DV HouseThe annual meeting of the Latvian Foundation will convene at 15:00. The seminar will start at 17:00 with a talk (in Latvian) by Aija Abene, president of the LF, on "Why we don't speak Latvian anymore?" where she will talk about a demographic study of Latvian families in Toronto. This will be followed by a panel discussion (also in Latvian) on the same topic with Uģis Sprudžs, Aija Abene, Anita Bataraga and led by Harolds Bulmanis. See: www latviesufonds org.

Sunday, Nov. 7, at 17:00 - Meeting to renew the activities of the Urban (Manhattan & Brooklyn) committee of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of N.Y., at the Church's Brooklyn parsonage, 564 Second Street, Brooklyn, NY (a five story brownstone building in the Park Slope neighborhood). Following an invocation, the meeting will focus on reviving the activities of the Inner City Congregation, which has been inactive for many years. The organizers wish to reach out to the growing number of Latvians, especially from the younger generation, who live and work in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the other boroughs and near New York City. The Brooklyn Parsonage is convenient to subway lines, and other public transportation. Organizers hope to resume an ongoing program of events, including church services concerts, traditional Latvian cooking classes, lectures, dances and other social functions. All are welcome, including those who speak little or no Latvian. For more information please write: Ēriks Niedrītis.

Friday, Nov. 12, at 16:10 - The film Between Latvias (Starp Latvijām) will be shown at the Village East Cinema, 181 Second Avenue, at 12th Street, on screen #6. Based on interviews with over 100 people, from Latvian President Vaira Vīķe- Freiberga and business tycoon Aivars Lembergs, to Russian poet Sergei Timofeyev, all discussions stem from one question: What does it mean to be Latvian? Exploring the intricate complexities of ethnic identity, Director Māra Pelecis takes us on a unique journey through the personal, political, spiritual, and cultural landscapes of Latvia today. For more information about the film please visit: www.betweenlatvias.net , http://www.mndaily.com/article.php?id=9005 , http://www.citypages.com/databank/25/1217/article12019.asp?page=4 . For more information about the movie theater and the New York Film Festival, please visit: http://www.nyfilmvideo.com/index.html This showing was supported by the Latvian Cultural Association Tilts: www.tilts.org 

Friday, Nov. 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. Most people arrive after 20:00. 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. 13, at 14:00 - Lāčplēsis Day commemoration, featuring a concert by flutist Indra Ozola and violinist Una Tone, at the DV House. Admission $10. A banquet and refreshments will be available after the program. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

Saturday, Nov. 13, at 17:00 - Concert by flutist Indra Ozola, violinist Una Tone and bassoonist Kārlis Vilciņš, at the (Latvian Ev. Luth. Church's) Brooklyn parsonage, 564 Second Street, Brooklyn, NY (a five story brownstone building in the Park Slope neighborhood). After the concert wine and finger food will be served. No set admission fee, donations requested. For more information please write Ēriks Niedrītis.

Sunday, Nov. 14, at 15:00 - Choir concert including 15 works by composer Māris Kristapsons, at the St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie, New York. Featured works include Mozart’s Mass in G, KV 140 for solo quartet, choir and orchestra and Māris Kristapson’s Suite on 19th century American Hymns. The Suite by Kristapsons is scored for children’s choir and adult choir, hand bells, orff instruments and orchestra. There will be additional selections for the children’s choirs. Amy Huber, director of the children’s choirs and Māris Kristapsons, composer, are the featured conductors; Susan Guse is the director of music at St. John’s. There is no charge for admission. For more information and direction, please visit: http://www.stjohnselc.org/.

Latvia's national flag Thursday, November 18 - Latvia's Independence Day (1918).


Saturday, Nov. 20,
at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the Yonkers Church. Program will feature an address by Dr. Juris Mežinskis, Vice-President of the American Latvian Association and a concert featuring Antra Bigača, soloist mezzosoprano with the Latvian National Opera accompanied by pianist Ventis Zilberts. A social afternoon will follow the program in the church's social hall, downstairs, with finger food and refreshments. Admission is $25 at the door but until November 12 tickets may be ordered for $20 (or benefactor tickets at $50 - benefactors will have their names printed in the program) To order tickets by 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. Children 12 and under as well as Latvian school pupils will be admitted free.

Saturday, Nov. 20, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration at Priedaine, NJ. Program will feature an address by Pēteris Elferts, Latvia's representative at the European Commission on the subject "Latvia returns to Europe and Europe returns to Latvia" (In Latvian), and a concert by the church choir. Admission $20. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org.

Kremerland album cover Saturday, Nov. 20, at 20:00 - Kremerata Baltica concert at Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern auditorium. Latvian born violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica ensemble of 27 young musicians from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will perform works by Dmitri Shostakovich. For more information about this concert please visit www.carnegiehall.org. For more information about Kremerata Baltica, please visit: www.kremerata-baltica.com.


From Wednesday, Nov. 24 until Sunday, Nov. 28 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
. For more information, please visit: www aljakongress com.

Sunday, Nov. 28,  at 15:30 - Symphony of Toys Benefit Concert, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Admission is free when you bring and a new unwrapped toy for children ages 4 to 12. The event is sponsored by New York Cares Gift Drive. The concert will feature the New Conservatory of Dallas Orchestra and other artists. Vadim Gluzman ,a young, renowned violinist, will be playing Jāzeps Mediņš Legend. The Artistic Director of Symphony of Toys is Arkady Fomin, a violinist, who was born in Riga, Latvia and studied music at the Latvian State Conservatory with Voldemars Sturestep. To get tickets, which you must have to attend, call the Lincoln Center, 212-875-5030; www.LincolnCenter.org (Symphony of Toys will also be performed in Riga, Latvia at the Lielā Ģilde on December 22 and 23, 2004 to benefit needy children in Latvia and provide them with holiday gifts. As in New York, admission to the concert will be a toy. The performers participating in the concert in Riga will be Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Ilze Urbāne, flutiest and Chloe Trevor, violinist. The web site for the concert in Riga is www.hbf.lv .) Let's show our appreciation for Mr. Fomin's generosity toward the children of Latvia by supporting and attending the Symphony of Toys concert at Lincoln Center. For further information, write Laila Robins, TILTS Director of The Exceptional Talent Fund or call (212) 873-7249.

DECEMBER 2004:

Saturday, December 4, from 12:00 to 17:00 - Daugavas Vanagi Christmas market at the DV House. Get started on your Christmas shopping, enjoy a traditional Latvian lunch over a few drinks in a relaxed & informal atmosphere, and get to know your fellow New York Latvians. This is the place to get your Latvian gifts: jewelry, ceramics, books, cards, calendars, ginger bread cookies, and holiday foods: Christmas sausage, pīrāgi, honey, breads of various kinds. An extensive selection of food products imported from Latvia will be available including Laima chocolates. The bar will be serving several Latvian beers: Piebalgas Minhauzens, Aldaris Zelts (& hopefully Porteris) Enjoy some Christmas punch and try your luck in the lottery drawings. The lunch will have many Latvian style goodies on the menu, such as sausages, sauerkraut, blood sausage, cranberry relish and more. All are invited. Stay a while, the bar will stay open for some time after 5PM. While at the market, congratulate Dagmāra Vallens, who on Nov. 17. was presented with Latvia's Order of the Three Stars (Trīszvaigžnu ordenis) for her decades long work on behalf of numerous Latvian and Baltic causes. For more information contact: Marīja Lidīja.

Advent concert poster Sunday, Dec. 5, at 10:00 – Church service and Advent concert at the Yonkers Church. The New York Latvian Concert Choir, the Bronx Chamber Orchestra, kokle players and soloists will perform. Conductors: Andrejs Jansons un Laura Padega Zamura 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 or call (516) 935-0967. (See the above poster.)

Sunday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 – Church service followed by a Christmas bazaar and fair, featuring Latvian books, handicrafts, products from Latvia, and a raffle drawing at the Long Island Church. For more information please write Ilze Beiniķis.

Friday, Dec. 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. Most people arrive after 20:00. 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, Dec. 11, at 15:00 - Christmas tree celebration by the New York Latvian society and the New York Daugavas Vanagi, at the DV House. Program will include an invocation by Pastor L. Saliņš, recitations of prose by Biruta Zande 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.

Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 - Church services followed by Latvian School Christmas celebration, at the Long Island Church.

Sunday, Dec. 12 at 18:30 - Concert: Scandinavian Yuletide Voices, in which Latvian flutist, Indra Ozola, will play, at the Norwegian Seaman's Church, 317 East 52nd Street (between 1 & 2 Ave), NYC. Admission $10. Program will feature songs in Scandinavian and English languages. A Christmas video, filmed in New York, will also be shown. Vocalists: Rigmor Gustafsson, Eirik Fluge, Katja Kullander, Kristin Mulders, Sanni Orasmaa and Eeppi Ursin. The Yuletide Voices orchestra is: David Ambrosio - double bass, Laura Arpiainen - violin, Mark Ferber - drums, Indra Ozola - flute, Mika Pohjola - piano. Video production: Minna & Mika Gröndahl © Lumi 4, Inc. All are invited. For more information please visit: www.yuletidevoices.com.

Saturday, Dec. 18, at 11:30 - New Jersey Latvian School Christmas tree celebration, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ. After church services school pupils will perform the play Ziemassvētku dāvana (The Christmas Gift). After the program lunch will be served and Santa will visit.

Saturday, Dec. 18, at 15:00 - Christmas in the Latvian spirit, at the (Latvian Ev. Luth. Church's) Brooklyn parsonage. From 15:00 to 15:00 to 17:00 BAKE AND DECORATE YOUR OWN TRADITIONAL LATVIAN GINGERBREAD COOKIES (PIPARKUKAS). For a nominal fee of $5 decorate and bake your own Latvian gingerbread cookies. Dough and cookie cutters will be provided. If you would like to participate, please send a blank email with the subject line of "piparkukas" to namsinfo@earthlink.net. so that we know how much dough to make. At 18:00 -  MULLED WINE (GLUHWEIN), HOT CIDER, CAROLS AND TREE DECORATING Please join us for a relaxed evening of tree decorating, fellowship, and carols to get people in the Christmas spirit. Mulled wine, hot cider, Piebalgas alus, pīragi, and gingerbread cookies will be served. If you would like, bring an ornament to help decorate the tree. For more information please email namsinfo@earthlink.net. or call Martins Andersons 917 821 0440.

Sunday, Dec. 19,  at 16:00 - Pipe Organ Concert at the Long Island Church. Admission $10. Concert will feature Steven Frank of the Allen pipe organ company. There will be a reception with refreshments following the concert. All are invited. For more information please write: Ilze Beiniķis.

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

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

Friday, Dec 31, at 20:30 - New Year's Eve Ball at Priedaine, NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

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