Archive for the year 2005
 

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ALA Kultūras vērtību krātuve DV namā.ALA Ethnographic & Cultural Collection at the DV house.

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Gleznas p;ardošanā DV namāPaintings For Sale at the DV house.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

JANUARY 2005:

Happy New Year!

Until Sunday January 30 - Festival of Trees exhibit, Museum of the American-Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ. There you can see Christmas Trees decorated in the traditions of Latvia and many other nations. For more information visit: www.ahfoundation.org.

Sunday, Jan. 2, 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.

Saturday, Jan. 8, 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. 9, 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 Baiba Kļaviņš at (201) 288-4917. organized by the Northern congregation and womens' committees.

Sunday, Jan. 9, at 15:00 - Epiphany 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.

Friday, Jan. 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. Most people arrive after 20:30. 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, Jan. 16, 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.

Sunday, Jan. 23, at 10:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Yonkers Church congregation, at the Yonkers Church. See www.nydraudze.org.

Wednesday, January 26, at 20:00 - Contemporary music festival: Focus! 2005: Breaking the Chains - The Soviet Avant-Garde 1966-1991 concert which will feature a piece by Pēteris Vasks Music for a Deceased Friend for wind quintet and works by other composers, at the Juilliard Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, 65th Street at Columbus Avenue. Admission if free. The festival begins January 21 and ends January 28. Other concerts will feature works by Estonian composer Arvo Part and Lithuanian composer Osvaldas Balakauskas. For more information visit: www.juilliard.edu.

Saturday, Jan.29, at 15:00 - Latvian Culture Days in New York, at the DV House. Program will feature people recently honored for their achievements: Admission $10. For more information write:  Marija Maher or call (973) 783-9273.

Sunday, Jan. 30, at 10:00 - Church services, at 11:30 - Latvian Cultural Days in New York (Second part) - Concert: mecosoprano Laila Maria Saliņa and pianist Uga Grants, Yonkers Church. Program will feature works by Latvian and other composers. Admission $20, children free. For further information write: Dace Aperāns.

Sunday, Jan. 30, 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.

FEBRUARY 2005:

Sunday, Feb. 6, at 10:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Yonkers Church congregation, at the Yonkers Church. See www.nydraudze.org. This meeting was originally scheduled for Jan. 23 but was postponed because of the big snow storm.

Sunday, Feb. 6, at 14:00 - Draudzīgais Aicinājums (The Friendly Invitation - an annual charitable appeal, started in Latvia in 1935, in support of schools and learning) commemoration at Priedaine, NJ. Program includes an introduction by Rita Gāle and a showing of a video Eslingena, filmed during the 12th Latvian Song Festival in Canada in 2004 (see www.eslingena.com). Admission $15, which includes a buffet lunch. For more information, please visit Priedaine's new web site: www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Feb. 6, 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. You don't have to be an American Football fanatic to enjoy this event! We don't care who wins the game. We want only to enjoy some quality time with our old friends and meet new friends. Just so you know: the Philadelphia Eagles will be playing the New England Patriots in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information write Marģers.

Friday, Feb. 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. Most people arrive after 20:30. 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. 12, at 15:00 - Valentine's Day event: The way to love goes through the stomachat the DV House. The event will have a program featuring:  Ilona Kudiņa - jazz, flute, voice & piano and an address by Biruta Zande, followed by a competition to make the the tastiest sauerkraut, which will be judged by a special jury and awards will be given to the top three winners. Contestants are asked to register in advance with Marija Maher telephone (973) 783-9273. Program will also include presentations appropriate to the topic matter. Admission $15 including the feast.

Saturday, Feb. 12, at 21:00 - Valentine's Day Party, at the Brooklyn parsonage. Hot music, cold beer, sweet kisses and candy hearts. Admission $10. Partygoers are asked to wear at least one article of red clothing. For more information please email namsinfo@earthlink.net.

Sunday, Feb. 13, at 11:00 - Church service followed by annual meeting of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at the Long Island Church.. See www.nydraudze.org.

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


Sunday, Feb. 20, at 11:00 - Church service followed by annual meeting of the New York Latvian Federal Credit Union, at the Long Island Church. The meeting will take place in the church's social hall, downstairs. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. All members and potential credit union members are invited.

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


Sunday, Feb. 27, at 10:00 - Church services followed by the 56th 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 Anna Brigadere's Maija un Paija. For further information write the unit leaders Nora & Pēteris Aivars.

Sunday, Feb. 27, at 16:00 - Church services followed by a Pot Luck Dinner, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. Attendees are asked to bring a food course to be shared with everyone. Music will accompany the dinner. All are invited. For more information please email namsinfo@earthlink.net

Monday, Feb 28, at 14:00 - Meet poet Juris Kronbergs at the Yonkers Church. Rita Gāle will introduce Juris Kronbergs, who will then read some of his poems (in Latvian). Juris Kronbergs will also speak about his work with the Latvian embassy in Stockholm.

MARCH 2005:

From Thursday Mar. 3 until Saturday, Mar. 5. - JBANC Baltic Conference and USBF Baltic Gala Celebration, Washington, DC. For more information about all events, please visit: www.jbanc.org.

Saturday, Mar. 5, 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.

Sunday, Mar. 6, 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! Gunārs Ziediņš, patrus, on the 75th anniversary of the Latvian academic journal Universitas. After the program, participants are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Baiba Skride violinistSunday, Mar. 6. at 20:00 - Concert by violinist Baiba Skride and pianist Lauma Skride, at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue, New York. Admission $15. For more information visit: www.brooklynfriendsofchambermusic.org.


Friday, Mar. 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. Most people arrive after 20:30. 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, Mar. 12, at 15:00 - Annual remembrance of the Latvian Legion, at the DV House. Solvita Moss will sing. Following the program will be a benefit luncheon, admission $35. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (973) 783-9273.

Sunday, Mar. 13, at 10:00 - Church services followed by the annual Pancake breakfast at the Yonkers Church. The New York Latvian folk dance group Jumis will perform.

Latvian Easter Post CardSunday, Mar. 13, at 15:30 - Church services with communion, followed by Easter Egg Coloring and hot lunch, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. All are invited. Participants will learn Latvian Easter egg coloring traditions using onion skins, red cabbage leaves, seeds, leaves, strings and other methods. Donation for egg coloring $5, Lunch $10. All eggs and materials will be provided. RSVP to namsinfo@earthlink.net or call (718) 875-5542. Please click on "Brooklyn Parsonage", for travel directions and photos.

Sunday, Mar. 13, - Eriks Raisters Memorial Fund annual function, In Boston Masachusetts.

Friday, Mar. 18, 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. 19, - 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, at the DV House. 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: Marija Maher telephone (973) 783-9273.

Saturday, Mar. 19, - NJ annual meetings: at 13:00 New Jersey Latvian Federal Credit Union, followed at 15:00 - New Jersey Latvian Society at Priedaine, NJ. For more information, please visit: www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Mar. 20 - Palm Sunday - Church services with communion: at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 10:30 at the Long Island Church.

Thursday, Mar. 24 - 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.

Thursday, Mar. 24, at 17:30 - Estonian Product Expo & Networking Event, followed by a Jazz Concert, at the Estonian House. Information about registration, admission and the concert program is available at www.eacci.org. Latvians especially welcome as the EACCI would eventually like to create a joint Baltic American Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, Mar. 25 - Good Friday and 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.- Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 19:30 at the Long Island Church.

From Friday, Mar. 25 to Sunday, Mar. 27 - New York Estonian Cultural Days, at the Estonian House. Information about admission and the program is available at http://www.estonianhousenewyork.com/kampaaniad/kultuuripaevad2005_eng.html.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, Mar. 27 - Easter Sunday - Church services: at 08:00 at the Yonkers Church and atthe Long Island Church, at 15:00 at the Jamaica, Queens Church, at the First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY.

APRIL 2005:

Friday, Apr. 1, from 12:00 until 16:00 and
Saturday, Apr. 2, from 12:00 until 16:00 - Flea market, at the DV House. If you have items you want to donate for sale at the flea market you may bring them to the DV House starting on Saturday, Mar. 19. For more information write: Marija Maher telephone (973) 783-9273.

Sunday, Apr. 3, at 13:00 - Latvian Catholic Congregation Mass, at the Missionary Sisters of St. Benedict Convent Chapel, 350 Cuba Hill Road, Huntington, NY. The mass will be led by prof. father Kļaviņš from Latvia. After the service congregants will drive to a memorial service at the St. Carl Cemetery. For more information please contact the chairman of the Catholic Congregation, Olģerts Balodis, telephone: (631) 368-0216.

From Thursday. Apr. 7 to Sunday, Apr. 10 - Daugavas Vanagi annual delegates meeting, Daugavas Vanadzes meeting, DV youth meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Friday, Apr. 8, at 19:30 - Latvian ensemble Lauku Muzikanti (The Country Musicians) concert: Mirklis Romantika (Momentary Romance), at the Yonkers Church. Concert will feature baritone Normunds Ķietis with acoustic guitar and Inita Āboliņa, Latvia's best accordionist, on keyboards. Admission is $20 at the door but until April 1 tickets may be ordered for $15. To order tickets, 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.

Saturday, Apr. 9, at 09:00 - LELBA Eastern district ladies auxiliary conference, at New Brunswick Church, 12 Gates Ave., East Brunswick, NJ. Registration and breakfast from 9 - 10 am, invocation at 10 am. For details call Zigrida Tobiens (732) 679-6053.

Saturday, Apr. 9, at 18:00 - Estonian Educational Society 75th Anniversary Ball, at the Estonian House. (The Estonian Educational Society owns and manages the New York Estonian House.) For information call (212) 684-0336.

Sunday, Apr. 10, at 16:00 - Clavier Trio benefit concert: Riga On My Mind - Schubert & Cafe Music, at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY. Admission $35. The Clavier Trio is: Arkady Fomin, violin; Peter Steffens, cello; and David Korevaar, piano. Please reserve tickets by writing Laila Robins telephone (212) 873-7249, fax (212) 875-8974. Program will feature works by F. Kreisler, R. Shchedrin, V. Sturestep un F. Schubert. Proceeds will benefit the TILTS Exceptional Young Artists Fund. Organized by the Latvian Cultural Assoc. TILTS.

Sunday, Apr. 10, at 14:00 - Latvian ensemble Lauku Muzikanti (The Country Musicians) concert: Mirklis Romantika (Momentary Romance), at the Priedaine, NJ. Concert will feature baritone Normunds Ķietis with acoustic guitar and Inita Āboliņa, Latvia's best accordionist, on keyboards. During the concert sparkling wine will be served by candlelight. For more information visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org.

Friday, Apr. 15, 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 20:30. 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, Apr. 17, at 09:00 - Novuss tournament, the New York Cup at the DV House. Registration will be open only until 09:00 am, no later. One of the best novuss players, from Los Angeles, CA will be participating. For further information, call Ferlands Krūmiņš (914) 948-1929. For more information about the game of novuss, please visit: www.novussusa.com, though the site is still under construction.

Sunday, Apr. 17, at 10:00 - Church services followed by video showing of Eslingena, the musical, at the Yonkers Church. The video was filmed during the 12th Latvian Song Festival in Canada in 2004. The musical is about life of Latvian refugees in displaced persons (DP) camps in Germany after the war (see www.eslingena.com).

Sunday, Apr. 17, at 10:30 - Church services followed by Pancake Breakfast, at the Long Island Church. For further information write Raimonds Ejups.

Friday, Apr. 22, at 16:00 - Ilmārs Dambergs will speak about the Washington, DC congregations experience with its senior citizen home, at the Yonkers Church.

Sunday, Apr. 24, at 10:30 - Church services followed by Annual Spring Event, at the Long Island Church. Program will feature a talk by Dr. Zigurds Sūrītis with a slide presentation „Madagas>gar”.. A hot lunch will follow. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis, president of the Womens' Committee of the Long Island congregation.

Saturday, Apr. 30, at 18:00 - Church services followed, at 19:00 by a Game Night, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. 7pm-1am games, games, games and hot tamales! Enjoy an evening of playing novuss, zolīte, foosball...game tables and lessons provided. Bring your own board games to add to the fun! also, from 7pm-8.30pm rotaļas (Latvian folk games) for the children. $5 for tamales, cash bar. For more information, write: namsinfo@earthlink.net or call Mārtiņš Andersons (718) 875-5542.

MAY 2005:

Wednesday, May 4, at 19:30 - Ballet Tālā Gaisma (Distant Light) world premier performance, New York City Ballet, at Lincoln center. Music by Pēteris Vasks, Choreography by NYC Ballet artistic director Peter Martens. To reserve tickets, call: (212) 870-5570. For more information visit: www.nycballet.com There will be three other performances: May 5, at 20:00, May 10 at 19:30, and May 11 at 20:00.

Saturday, May. 7, 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.

Saturday, May 7, at 15:00 - Annual commemoration of the battles in the Kurzeme salient, at the DV House. Program will feature a video about the Latvian National Youth Resistance Movement against foreign occupation during and after World War II. The video is in Latvian and is 41 minutes long. All are welcome. Admission $10. Afterwards food and refreshments will be available. For further information write: Marģers Pinnis, telephone (914) 631-5725. Please come half an hour earlier, at 14:30, if you wish to take part in a Special viewing of the ALA Ethnographic and Cultural Collection. You will be able to view the collection at the conclusion of the program as well.

Sunday, May 8, - Mothers' Day church services: at 10:00, at the Yonkers Church, and at 10:30, 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.

Thursday, May 12, at 17:30 - "Forum" given by Cintia Albrecht, at The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, in the 3rd floor Dissertation Room. Brazilian-Latvian doctoral student Cintia Albrecht will discuss her research and play a few pieces by Brazilian composer Almeida Prado. 

Thursday, May 12, at 18:30 - EACCI Gala at Tavern on the Green, in Central Park at West 67th Street. The EACCI is the Estonian American Chamber of Commerce & Industry but Latvians, Lithuanians and others are most welcome. The organizers want to promote Baltic cooperation in expanding trade. For more information visit: www.eacci.org. Info about the restaurant may be viewed at: www.tavernonthegreen.com.

From Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Association (ALA), Kalamazoo, Michigan. For further information visit www.alausa.org.

Friday, May. 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 20:30. 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, May 14, at 10:30 - Church services, followed by a program of the NJ Latvian school, St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Sunday, May 15, at 11:00 - Talk and slide presentation: Riga, as seen in paintings by Latvian artists, by Eleonora Šturma, noted Latvian art critic and historian, at Priedainē, NJ. A hot buffet and coffee will be served. Admission by donation, starting at $15. Organized for the benefit of the New Brunswick-Lakewood Latvian Church congregation by its Women's committee.

Saturday, May 21, at 19:30 - Long Island Church Choir evening, at the Long Island Church.

Sunday, May 22, at 10:00- Church services, followed by commencement  program of the Bronx (Yonkers) Latvian school, at the Yonkers Church.

Cintia AlbrechtSunday, May 22, at 17:00 - Invocation, followed with a Concert by Brazilian-Latvian pianist Cintia Albrecht, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. Cintia Albrecht will play Brazilian and Latvian music. A reception with wine and Latvian hors d'oeuvres will follow. Admission by donation. For more information, write: namsinfo@earthlink.net or call Mārtiņš Andersons (718) 875-5542.


Saturday, May 28
, at 09:00 – NJ Latvian Sports Group KURSA hosts the 52nd annual US Latvians Championship Games in volleyball an basketball (Day 1). College of Staten Island Basketball games will start at 9:00 and will be followed by men's and women's volleyball games – admission is by donation  At 20:00 – evening activities / social evening: further information will follow. For more information write Aivars Bārs or Jānis Ğiga.

, May 29, at 09:00 - NJ Latvian Sports Group KURSA hosts the 52nd annual US Latvians Championship Games in volleyball and basketball (Day 2)College of Staten Island  Basketball finals will start at 09:00 followed by finals in volleyball.  At 18:30 – The 1st Latvian Hockey Games. The Staten Island Skating Pavillion Interested participants and spectators may contact Māris Lazdiņš. At 20:00 – “Once there was…” dance at the Staten Island HotelFood, drink, raffle, awarding of championship trophies.  All are invited. For more information write: Aivars Bārs or Jānis Ğiga.

Sunday, May 29, at 12:00 - 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. The concert is dedicated in honor of the 100th birthday of Bruno Skulte, the distinguished Latvian composer. Performers include the New York Latvian Concert Choir, the Montreal Latvian Choir Atbalss, soloists and kokle players. A dinner and social evening will follow the concert. Admission to the concert is by donation, starting at $15, children up to age 13 free. Admission to the concert and dinner is by donation, starting at $25. Please make advance reservations for the dinner For further information, and to reserve places for the dinner, write to: Aija Pelše, or call: (516)935-0967.

JUNE 2005:

From Thursday June 2 to Saturday July 31 - Baltic exhibit at the Warner Library of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow. 5 display cases in the lobby and reading room of the library, will show examples of the folk costumes, jewelry, ceramics and other aspects of the cultures of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Library is at 121 North Broadway in Tarrytown, NY. Exhibit organized by the Baltic Association to the United Nations (BATUN) www.batun.org Library information, including library hours may be found at www.warnerlibrary.org.

Saturday, Jun. 4, at 13:00 - Church services, followed by commencement  program of the NJ Latvian school, St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Saturday, Jun. 4, at 14:00 - How to make Jāņu siers (traditional Latvian cheese made for the St. John's Day / Midsummernight celebrations) ? and Barbecue, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. From 14:00 to 16:00 the secrets of making St. John's Day cheese will be revealed by Vera Upenieks. Admission by donation. A barbecue party will follow in the backyard garden of the Parsonage. This event will close the season at the parsonage and celebrate the coming of summer. Activities will resume in September.  For more information, write: namsinfo@earthlink.net or call Mārtiņš Andersons (718) 875-5542.

Sunday, Jun. 5, at 10:30 - Church services followed by a piano concert by Cintia Albrecht, at the Long Island Church. Cintia Albrecht, from the Latvian community in Brazil, has come to New York to continue her studies in pursuit of a PhD degree. Her concert will feature classical pieces, as well as works by Brazilian and Latvian composers. A reception will follow. Admission $15. For more information, please call Dr. Erik Niedritis at (516) 678-2487 or email: erikniedritis@msn.com.

Friday, Jun. 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 20:30. 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, June 12, at 10:00 - National Day of Mourning (June 14) church service, at the Yonkers Church. Service will be led by pastor Juris Saivars and will include a concert featuring Cintia Albrecht, Silvija Padega-Grendze, Indra Ozola, and Lauta Padega-Zamura.

Tuesday, Jun. 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, the choir will sing.

Saturday, Jun. 18, at 15:00 - Meet Latvia's new ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Solveiga Silkalna, and Benefit Reception for the Victims of Communism Memorial, in Washington DC, at the DV House. Program will include invocation by deacon Indriķis Kaņeps, an address by Latvia's Ambassador to te UN, Solveiga Silkalne, and a concert by Anita Šenfelde. Admission $35, children under 18 by donation, which includes the program, a reception with finger food and a coffee & desserts table. Other refreshments will available from a cash bar. Information about the proposed Victims of Communism memorial may be viewed at: www.victimsofcommunism.org Reservations must be made by June 4, by contacting Marija Maher, telephone (973) 783-9273.

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

Saturday, June 25, 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 www.priedaine.org.

From Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26 - 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. A map and directions to the camp ma be found at www.nydraudze.org.

JULY - AUGUST 2005:

Friday, July 16, at 19:00 - Dinner Cruise on the south shore of Long Island. Further information will follow.

Friday, Jul. 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 20:30. 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.

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

Sunday, Jul. 3 through Saturday, Jul. 17 - Childrens' camp session 1.

Sunday, Jul. 10 through Saturday, Jul. 16 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Children ages 2-7 camp session A.

Sunday, Jul. 17 through Saturday, Jul. 30 - Childrens' camp session 2.

Sunday, Jul. 24 through Saturday, Jul. 30 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Children ages 2-7 camp session B.

Sunday, Jul. 31 through Saturday, Aug. 13 - Latvian language camp.

Sunday, Jul. 31 through Saturday, Aug. 6 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Latvian language camp for children ages 2-7.

Sunday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 13 - Seniors' camp.

The Friday, Aug. 12, "Latvians in the 'Big Apple'" gathering has been CANCELLED because the Estonian House is closed for the summer. For further information write: Ingrīda Erdmanis or call: (516) 883-0175.

Saturday, Aug. 13,at 15:00 - Meet Franks Gordons, the Israeli-Latvian journalist and commentator, at the DV House. After the talk and a question and answer session, food and refreshments will be available. For further information write: Marģers Pinnis telephone (914) 631-5725.

Sunday, Aug. 14 through Sunday, Aug. 21 - 3 x 3 Seminar camp. For more information, please visit: http://tlaivins.home.comast.net and www.3x3.lv.

SEPTEMBER 2005:

Friday, Sep. 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 20:30. 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. 10, at 10:00 - Church services followed by opening of The New Jersey Latvian School's academic year at St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Saturday, September 10, from 09:00 to 17:00 - Daugavas Vanagi House pre-season volunteer cleanup "Talka" at the DV House.

Sunday, September 11, at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Children's festival, at the Long Island Church. Activities for children will take place outside. There will be a bazaar hosted by the women's committee. Coffee and refreshments will be served. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

Saturday, September 24, at 15:00 - Daugavas Vanagi season opening event at the DV House. Program will feature an invocation, a concert by the famous Latvian-American violinist Rasma Lielmane, and a raffle drawing of paintings. After the program dinner and refreshments will be available. Admission $15 (DV members $10). For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens, or call (212) 781-2360.

Sunday, Sep. 25, at 10:30 - Church service followed by Michael's Day Festival and Bazaar, at the Yonkers Church. The Latvian folk dance group Jumis will perform. For further information write: Magnuss Kļaviņš.

OCTOBER 2005:

Saturday, Oct. 1, from 12:00 until 16:00 - Flea market, at the DV House. If you have items to donate for the flea market please bring them to the DV house a few days before. For more information write: Marija Maher telephone (973) 783-9273.

Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 – Harvest Festival church service at the Long Island Church, Harvest Festival celebration will follow in the church social hall. The Long Island Latvian theater troupe will perform a play Zaļā Krūze (The Green Cup based on the Latvian folk song of that name) by Taina Laiviņa. There will be a hot lunch, raffle drawing,, and Latvian style foods and desserts. All are welcome. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis. Harvest festival church services will also be held at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church, at 14:30 at the East Orange Church, and at 15:00 at the Jamaica (Queens) Church, at the First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY.

Sunday, Oct. 2, at 13:00 - New Jersey Daugavas Vanagi Fall event, at Priedaine, NJ Concert by Brigita & Deviņvīru Spēks, Dzintra Rumpēters, conductor. There will be a hot lunch, bazaar, social evening and sing-along.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 10:00 - Latvians living in Siberia today at the Yonkers Church. Ilmārs and Janta Mežs will give a talk and show photographs about their visit to Latvian communities in the Tomsk and Krasnoyarsk regions of Siberia which is home to 10,000 Latvians. Organized by the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS www.tilts.org.

Friday Oct. 7, at 20:00 - Normunds Rutulis Concert , at the Brooklyn Parsonage. For more information, write: namsinfo@earthlink.net or call Mārtiņš Andersons (718) 875-5542.

Saturday Oct. 8, at 14:00 - Normunds Rutulis Concert, at Priedaine, NJ. Admission $20. For more information please visit www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Oct. 9, at 12:00 - Memorial Service at the Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills. The Latvian Memorial Park is located next to the village cemetery in Tannersville, NY, which is near the Camp of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY and the Disabled Latvian Veterans' home Rota. A printable map may be found at www.nydraudze.org under "Ceļa norādijumi" and then paging down to "Latvian Lutheran Camp, Elka Park, NY" and clicking on the map.

Friday, Oct. 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. Most people arrive after 20:30. 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. PLEASE NOTE that on this night there will be a rock and dance music concert by the famous Estonian group Tanel Padar and the Suns. Therefore there will be a $20 cover charge to enter the Estonian House. Doors open at 18:00 and the concert starts at 21:00.

From Friday Oct. 14 till Sunday October 16 - Fall Festival in the Catskills at Rota in Elka Park, NY. Program includes golf games, beer tasting featuring local microbrews Keegam Ales and others, a talk on beer making, dinner, a ball in the Rota bar where Latvian and American pop music will be played, sauna, walks through the woods to enjoy the fall foliage and other activities. For more information write mgrislis@hotmail.com and/or read the Fall Festival Flyer (requires Adobe PDF reader). Admission $25. Proceeds benefit Rota and Rota's work.

From Friday October 14 until Sunday, October 16 - Meeting of the American Latvian Artists' Association (ALMA), in the Catskill Mountains at the "Rest home" on the property of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York There will will be an exhibit with the theme "My home", lectures, discussions, viedeo showings. For further information write Dace Marga, or call (215) 368-2206.

(ATSAUKTS) Saturday Oct. 15 OR Sunday, Oct. 16, at ??:?? - Concert by the Latvian folk ensemble Vilki (Wolves), at Priedaine NJ. This famous Latvian folk group is the only one whose repertoire consists of soldiers' and warriors' songs from ancient times till nowadays. For more information about the group Vilki visit www.parks.lv/home/vilki.

Saturday, Oct. 15, from 09:00 to 18:00 - Volunteer labor "Talka" at Priedainē,  NJ. Come help get the New Jersey Latvian Society's center Priedaine in shape for the fall season. Non-members are welcome. Come and get to know the Priedaine community. Drinks and food will be provided to volunteers. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

Sunday, Oct. 16, at 11:00 - Solo concert by famous Latvian pipe organist Vita Kalnciema, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 16905, telephone (203) 324-9522. Admission by donation.

Ergelu dienas logoSaturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23 - North-American Latvian Pipe Organ Music Festival, at the Long Island Church. The festival features a series of concerts, lectures and a video. Over 30 musicians from the USA, Canada and Latvia will perform. Archbishop A Rozītis will be attending. To view information about the program, ordering tickets and nearby hotels Click Here. Please note there is a discount for tickets ordered by Oct.12. For further information call: (516) 678-2487. The Festival's grand concert, will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 at 19:00, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City , NY, telephone (516) 746-2955. Admission $15. The concert will be played on the largest pipe organ in Long Island. Iveta Apkalna and Vita Kalnciema from Latvia, and Marta Prāmniece from New York will perform. For more information about this concert visit www.cathedralmusic.info and http://www.organfocus.com/features/events/iveta_apkalna.php.


Tuesday, Oct. 25,
at 12:30 - Distinguished Latvian pipe organist Iveta Apkalna will give a brief concert, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Avenue South, New York, NY, telephone (212) 935-2200. Admission by donation. More information me be viewed at www.saintpeters.org.

Saturday, Oct. 29, at 19:30 - Pipe organ music concert by Iveta Apkalna, at St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, Telephone (845) 452-1550. For more information visit www.stjohnselc.org or contact Dace Aperāns.

Baltoween PosterSaturday, Oct. 29, at 20:00 - Baltoween - Baltic Halloween Party, at the Estonian House. Its BAAAAACK! Music by DJ White Powwdel & DJ Raimond Walge. Admission $20. This year the Estonians are organizing the annual Baltoween party with help from their Latvian and Lithuanian friends. Please come in costume. Some evil things never die! More info: http://www.estonianhousenewyork.com/yritused.php .


Sunday, Oct. 30, at 10:00 - Church service followed by a lecture by Ilmārs Knaģis about the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, at the East Brunswick Church, 12 Gates Avenue, East Brunswick, NJ. For more information about the Occupation Museum of Latvia please visit www.occupationmuseum.lv .

NOVEMBER 2005:

Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10:00 - Church service marking the 40th anniversary of the Yonkers Church, at the Yonkers Church. Sermon by archbishop Elmārs Rozītis. At 12:30 - hors d'oeuvres and refreshments in the second floor hall. At 13:30 - Program and lunch in the downstairs hall. Admission to the program and lunch (in the downstairs hall) is by donation, starting at $30 per person. Please send reservations with payment to Māra Laķis, 238 Pinebrook Blvd., New Rochelle, NY 10804, tel. (914)235-8186, by October 28. Checks payable "Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York."

Sunday, Nov. 6, at 14:00 - Rudens Vēji (The Autumn Winds) Concert by the New Brunswick-Lakewood Latvian Church choir at Priedaine, NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org.

Friday, Nov. 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. Most people arrive after 20:30. 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. 12, at 15:00 - Lāčplēsis Day commemoration, at the DV House. Invocation by Pastor Juris Saivars will be followed by a talk about the life of Latvian poet Andrejs Eglītis and readings of his works. The second part of the program will feature a video about the life of the late Juris Kļaviņš. Admission $10. A buffet and refreshments will be available after the program in the downstairs club room. For more information write: Dagmāra Vallens.

Saturday, Nov. 12, at 15:00 - Church services followed by Sculpture and Photography exhibit, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. From 16:00 to 16:30 New York Latvian sculptor Kārlis Rekevics will discuss his work (view additional info at www.karlisrekevics.com) and photographs by Māra McLaughlin will be on display and for sale. Māra McLaughlin will arrive to discuss her work around 18:30. Beer, wine and sandwiches will be available at nominal cost. For more information, write: namsinfo@earthlink.net or call Mārtiņš Andersons (718) 875-5542.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 20:00 - RIX piano quartet will perform in the Fabbri series of concerts Hands Across the Ocean and will perform Pēteris Vasks piano quartet premier in New York. At the House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street, New York, NY, tel. (212) 289-0399, tickets $30, students $15,  reservations recommended. For more information www.houseoftheredeemer.org. The RIX piano quartet is: pianist Jānis Maļeckis, violinist Sandis Šteinbergs, violist Ilze Kļava, cellist Reinis Birznieks.

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


Friday, November 18,
at 13:00 - Church services followed by Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the East Orange Church. Program will feature an address by Marģers Pinnis, president of the Baltic Association to the United Nations (BATUN www.batun.org).

Saturday, Nov. 19, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the Yonkers Church. Program will feature an address by Jānis Krēsliņš, Jr. of the Royal Library in Stockholm, Sweden and a concert by the RIX piano trio from Rīga: pianist Jānis Maļeckis, violinist Sandis Šteinbergs, and cellist Reinis Birznieks. 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 11 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. 19, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration at Priedaine, NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org

Sunday, Nov. 20, at 11:00 - Concert by Latvian violinist Baiba Skride and pianist Lauma Skride at Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater. Tickets $20, telephone (212) 721-6500. For more information please visit www.lincolncenter.org or call (212) 875-5456. This will be the Skrides sisters Lincoln Center debut concert.

From Wednesday, Nov. 23 until Sunday, Nov. 27 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, please visit: www aljakongress com and www.alja.org .

Sunday, Nov. 27, at 15:30 - Symphony of Toys Benefit Concert, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Admission $10 for adults or $5 students & children and bring and a new unwrapped toy for children. The event is sponsored by New York Cares Gift Drive. 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. The Lincoln Center: 212-875-5030; www.LincolnCenter.org (Symphony of Toys will also be performed in Latvia: Rīga, Cēsis, Jēkabpils from December 17-28 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 web site for the concerts in Latvia 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 2005:

Saturday, December 3, 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 Latvian beer - Piebalgas Minhauzens. 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. For more information contact: Marīja Maher.

Sunday, Dec. 4, 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. 9, at 20:00 - Holiday concert by the Festival Chamber Ensemble, featuring Latvian mezzosoprano Laila Maria Saliņa,  in the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 371 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue at Washington Place in Greenwich Village), New York. Admission is free. Besides Saliņa, the ensemble includes soprano Ulla Westlund, violinist Mayuki Fukuhara, violinst Theresa Salomon, violist Veronica Salas, cellist Lutz Rath, bassist Jeffrey Levine, flutist Elizabeth Mann and pianist David Oei. The program includes work by Christoph Bernhard, Max Reger, Johannes Brahms, Nino Rota, Jean Sibelius, Frank Martin, Antonio Vivaldi, Franz Schubert and Johann Sebastian Bach. The event is part of the Washington Square Music Festival, about which more information is available by visiting www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org.

Friday, Dec. 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 20:30. 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. 10, 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 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. 10, at 13:00 - Gingerbread cookie baking and Latvian Christmas celebration, at the Brooklyn parsonage. From 13:00 to 16:00 Bake and decorate your own traditional Latvian gingerbread cookies (Piparkūkas). There is a nominal fee of $5 to cover cost of ingredients. Dough and cookie cutters will be provided. 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 16:00 - there will be a Church service followed by Mulled wine (Gluhwein), Hot cider, Carols and  Tree decorating Please join us for a relaxed evening of worship, tree decorating, fellowship, and carols to get into the Christmas spirit. Mulled wine, hot cider, Piebalgas alus (Latvian beer), pīragi, and gingerbread cookies will be served. For more information please email namsinfo@earthlink.net or call Martins Andersons 917 821 0440.

Sunday, Dec. 11, 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, as well as ginger bread cookies and other gifts made by the Latvian Scouts and Girl Guides. Admission is by donation, starting at $20, children free. For more information write: Aija Pelše or call (516) 935-0967.

Sunday, Dec. 11 at 14:00 - Christmas Tree Celebration by the New Brunswick-Lakewood Latvian Church congregation at Priedaine, NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site: www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Dec. 18, at 16:00 – Christmas Pipe Organ Music Concert at the Long Island Church. A long time friend of the congregation, Steven Frank, will play a broad selection of Christmas music. The concert will be followed by a reception with hors d'oeuvres and hot wine. For more information please write Ilze Beiniķis.

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

Sunday, Dec. 25, at 12:30 - Christmas Day Church services, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Saturday, Dec 31, at 20:30 - New Year's Eve Ball at Priedaine, NJ. Accordionist William Aust will play. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org.

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