Archive for the year 2006
 

Calendar follows the notices

Catskills Church Camp 50 anniversary logoLatvian Lutheran Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills - 50th anniversary celebration

From September 2-4, 2006, Labor Day weekend, the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills (of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in, Elka Park, NY. All former campers and benefactors are invited to come celebrate this anniversary. See the full description below under "SEPTEMBER 2006" or click here. The organizers expect many guests, so please do not delay registering and making reservations for overnight accommodations. Photographs are being sought to create a CD-ROM portraying 50 years of activity at the Catskills Camp. Photos are desired from all earlier sessions (summer camp, language sessions, other) volunteer labor, construction, events and activities. The photos will be compiled into 10 year periods. All are invited to send in their photos for this purpose: to Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY, attn. Nometnes Foto, 254 Valentine Lane, Yonkers, NY 10705. Digital photos may be sent by e-mail to: nometnesfoto@gmail.com .Please provide, if known, the year each photo was taken and the names of any people portrayed. If you want your photos returned earlier, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelopes. Otherwise photos will be returned to their owners at the jubilee celebration on Labor Day weekend.

Catskills Church Camp 50 anniversary logoThe Latvian Lutheran Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills - 50th anniversary celebration was a great success!

Many thanks to all the organizers! In the near future, information will appear here about the newly formed Friends of Katskiļu Nometne Society.

Important information about the Latvian parliamentary (9. Saeimas) elections

Latvian parliamentary (9. Saeimas) elections will take place October 7, 2006. To vote in these elections you must have a valid Republic of  Latvia citizen's passport. An expired passport or other documents will not be acceptable. Please click here to read (in Latvian) the announcement from the Latvian Embassy in Washington, DC: Latvijas vēstniecības ASV paziņojumu. Information is also available by writing the Latvian Embassy at: embassy.usa@mfa.gov.lv or calling (202) 328-2840.

The Latvian Lacrosse Team needs support.

The Lacrosse team of Latvia will make its debut at the 2006 World Championship starting July 13 in London, Ontario, Canada. Donations are needed to cover travel and other expenses. For more information visit: www latvianamericanlacrosse org.

The Latvian UN Mission in New York has a job opening

The Latvian Mission to the United Nations is seeking a contract worker to start August 1. The deadline to apply is May 31. As the position requires ability to write and speak Latvian. Details are available in Latvian only. For details click here.

New York Election Precinct for the Latvian parliamentary (9. Saeimas) elections

The Saeima (Latvian Parliament) Building in Riga, Latvia The Latvian parliamentary (9. Saeimas) elections on Saturday October 7, 2006. Latvian citizens will be able to cast their ballots at the Latvian Mission to the United Nations in New York (which is located at 333 East 50th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York, NY) from 7:00 am to 22:00 (10:00 pm). To vote in these elections you must have a valid and current Republic of Latvia citizen's passport. An expired passport or other documents will not be acceptable. Please visit the Latvian Embassy web site: www.latvia-usa.org for information about obtaining/renewing your Latvian passport and about how these elections will be conducted in the USA. In order to vote by mail you must register by September 15. Any questions should be directed to the Latvian Embassy in Washington DC at: embassy.usa@mfa.gov.lv or calling (202) 328-2840.

Information about the elections, relevant laws, candidate lists and other information may be viewed at the Latvian government Central Election Commission site: www.cvk.lv. Some, but not all, of the information is in English as well as in Latvian. There is also information about the elections in Latvian and English in the latest ALA Infogram.

For those who are interested in reading (in Latvian) some deeper analyses of those parties with realistic chances of being elected to the Saeima (Latvian parliament) we remind you the the Latvian-American newspaper Laiks often contains articles about the elections. Especially worthwhile (in the view of this webmaster) is a series of articles by Dainis Lemešonoks , which began in the Jul. 29-Aug. 4.issue and has continued with weekly analyses about the parties (so far) TP, ZZS, JL, TB/LNNK, LPP/LC, "Russian parties" - PCTVL & SC, and LSDSP. The Latvian newspaper Diena has compiled its reportage, analyses, party programs, candidate lists and other information about the elections onto a separate web site www.vdiena.lv  on which the entire content is available for free. We recommend that voters view this site. Articles and discussion in English about the elections may be found on www.latviansonline.com .

The Saeima (Latvian Parliament) Building in Riga, Latvia Election Results of the Latvian Parliamentary (9. Saeimas) elections may be viewed at: www.velesanas2006.cvk.lv and www.cvk.lv

This site has complete results of the Latvian Parliamentary (9. Saeimas) elections. On the first page are the results for all of Latvia, as well as the number of seats each list has gained in the next parliament. You may also view results broken down by province (apgabals), by county (rajons or aprinķis) and even by individual election precinct. If you site click on the province names on the map in the upper right corner of the page, you can view results for Kurzeme, Zemgale, Videzeme, Latgale and Riga. At the bottom of the results page for each province you can click on and view results for each county. At the bottom of the results page for each county you can click on and view results for each precinct. All ballots voted at foreign (outside of Latvia) precincts are included in the Riga province. At the bottom of the results page for Riga you can click on either "Riga" to view local Riga precincts or on "Ārzemēs" (Abroad) to see results for ballots cast at precincts abroad. At the bottom of the page for "Arzemēs" (Abroad) you can click on the election district numbers to see the results for each election district abroad. The New York election district number is 1009.

Results for the New York Election Precinct (#1009)

Election list Ballots
# 15 - Jaunais Laiks 128
# 14 - Tautas Partija 33
# 19 - Apvienība "Tēvzemei un Brīvībai" / LNNK 32
# 7 - Zaļo un Zemnieku Savienība 13
# 9 - Latvijas Pirmās partijas un "Latvijas Ceļš" apv. 5
# 2 - "Saskaņas Centrs" 3
# 4 - Partija "Visu Latvijai" 2
# 5 - "Par cilvēka tiesībām vienotā Latvijā" 2
# 17 - Pol. org. "Pensionāru un Senioru Partija" 2
# 10 - Latvijas Sociāldemokrātiskā Strādnieku partija 1
# 12 - Nacionālā Spēka Savienība 1
Total of all ballots voted in New York: 222

 

The new 9. Saeima compared with the current 8. Saeima

Parliamentary Faction Vote % in election Seats in the
9. Saeima
Change from
8. Saeima
Tautas Partija 19.49 23 +3
Zaļo un Zemnieku Savienība 16.69 18 +5
Jaunais Laiks 16.38 18 -6
"Saskaņas Centrs" 14.42 17 +9
Latvijas Pirmās partijas un "Latvijas Ceļš" apv. 8.59 10 -3
Apvienība "Tēvzemei un Brīvībai" / LNNK 6.95 8 +1
"Par cilvēka tiesībām vienotā Latvijā" 6.02 6 0
Latvijas Sociāldemokrātiskā Strādnieku partija 3.50 0 -5
Independent deputies (who left their faction) - 0 -4

 

Support Latvia's President, Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga as the next United Nations Secretary-General!

ANO Galvenais miteklis ŅujorkāOn September 15, Estonia's, Lithuania un Latvia UN delegations submitted the nomination of Latvia's President, Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga for UN Secretary-General. To find out what you can do to support her candidacy please visit: www.batun.org , www.jbanc.org , or www.alausa.org. Supporters of the idea that the next UN Secretary-general should be a woman have established a site where you can sign a petition: www chooseawomanforun eu

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Latvia's President, Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga has ended her candidacy for United Nations Secretary-General.

ANO Galvenais miteklis ŅujorkāPlease visit: www.batun.org . This site will continue top be updated with news and analyses of President Vīķe-Freiberga's chances of being chosen for a high position with the UN or other international organization.

COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

JANUARY 2006:

Happy New Year!

Sunday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day: Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons will lead the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's Day concert in Vienna, Austria. This concert is broadcast in the New York area on Channel 13 WNET (PBS). For information about broadcast times visit: www.thirteen.org .

Saturday, Jan. 7, at 15:00 - Daugavas Vanagi members' evening, at the DV House. Admission $20 for reservations write: Dagmāra Vallens, or call (212) 781-2360, or call Kārlis Zamurs (914) 699-4356. All are invited.

Sunday, Jan. 8, at 10:00 - Church service with a Concert by violinist Una Tone and pianist Uga Grants at the  Yonkers Church. After the concert a hot lunch will be available for $15 and there will be a raffle drawing of paintings to benefit an orphanage in Latvia.

Sunday, Jan. 8, 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.

Sunday, Jan. 8, 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.

Sunday, Jan. 15, at 14:30 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey congregation (of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York), at the East Orange Church.

Saturday, Jan. 21, at 19:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Inner City (Brooklyn) Church congregation, at the Brooklyn parsonage. All people interested in the work of the inner city congregation committee are cordially invited to attend. The meeting will be followed at 21:00 by a Movie night where the Latvian film Limuzīns Jānu Nakts Krāsā (The White Limousine) will be shown. This movie was produced in 1981 and is among the best loved films in Latvia. Beer and popcorn will be available. For information write: maramclaughlin@hotmail.com 

Sunday, Jan. 22, 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. 22, 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.

Saturday, Jan.28, at 15:00 - Latvian Culture Days in New York, Part I at the DV House. Program will feature testimonials to people recently honored for their achievements: Alberts Ozols, Uldis Grava, Dace Aperāns, Guntars Ģedulis, Jānis Krēsliņš, Maija Laiviņš, and Kārlis Zamurs, Sr. Admission $15. For more information write Jānis Riekstiņš.

Sunday, Jan. 29, at 12:00 - 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 a concert by the New York Latvian Concert Choir, Andrejs Jansons and Laura Zamurs conductors. Admission $25, which includes a buffet lunch. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

FEBRUARY 2006:

Sunday, Feb. 5, at 16:00 - It is too early to know if there will be a Super Bowl XL Party, at the Yonkers Church. But we do know the game will start at 18:00 and will be played in Ford Field in Detroit, MI.

From Friday Feb. 10. through Sunday Feb. 26. - XX Winter Olympic Games in Turino, Italy. For further information about Latvia's Olympic efforts visit: www.olimpiade.lv .

Saturday, Feb. 11, at 21:00 - Valentine's Day Party HAS BEEN CANCELLED (or hopefully, only postponed) BECAUSE OF THE FORECASTED SNOWSTORM, at the Brooklyn parsonage. Music by DJ Matīs Puriņš from Boston. Admission by donation starting at $10. Dancing and refreshments. For more information please email namsinfo@earthlink.net  

Saturday, Feb. 11, at 18:00 - Valentine's Day Ball HAS BEEN CANCELLED (or hopefully, only postponed) BECAUSE OF THE FORECASTED SNOWSTORM, at Priedaine, NJ. People of all ages are invited. Program includes an exhibit of the 2004 "Sveika Latvija" trip, performances, hors d'oeuvres, and a light dinner. Proceeds from the ball will benefit the 2006 "Sveika Latvij" trip by the 8th grade class of the NJ Latvian school. Admission: adults - $15; students - $10; children under 12 - $5. Please make reservations with Mara Veidis, telephone (973) 726-8204. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

Sunday, Feb. 12, at 13:30 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at the St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ. THIS MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, FEB. 18 BECAUSE OF THE FORECASTED SNOWSTORM.

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


Thursday, Feb 16, and Friday, Feb. 17 at 20:00 - Ballet Tālā Gaisma (Distant Light), New York City Ballet, at The New York State Theater at Lincoln center. Music by Pēteris Vasks, Choreography by NYC Ballet artistic director Peter Martens. To reserve tickets, call: (212) 870-5570. Pēteris Vasks and his wife Dzintra Geka will attend the Feb. 17. performance. For more information visit: www.nycballet.com There will be two other performances: see Feb. 21 & 22.

Saturday, Feb.18, at 10:00 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at the St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ. (The meeting was rescheduled from Feb. 12.)

Saturday, Feb.18, at 15:00 - Latvian Culture Days in New York, Part II, at the DV House. Program (in Latvian) will feature world famous Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, who will discuss his music and perhaps play some of his pieces, and film producer Dzintra Geka who will show her latest documentary Sibirijas dienasgrāmata (Siberian Diary). Both lecturers will later answer questions.

Sunday, Feb. 19, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the 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.

Tuesday, Feb 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 19:30 - Ballet Tālā Gaisma (Distant Light), New York City Ballet, at The New York State Theater 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

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


From Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 26 - Youth Days in the Catskills
at the Latvian Church Camp in Elka Park, NY. For complete information visit http://www fljrk org/JD2006.html.

Jumis at Javits Center PosterSaturday, Feb. 25, at 16:00 - Latvian Folk Dance Group Jumis will perform at The New York Times Travel Show, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 11th Avenue & 39th Street, New York. Following Jumis the New York Lithuanian Choir will sing. The Travel Show is a three-day event. On Saturday it is open 10 am to 7 pm. Among the exhibitors will be "GoBalticEurope / Baltic Sea Tourism Commission". Admission: $7.50 (for AmEx card users), $15.00 (general). For more information, visit: http://209.131.117.124/travelshow/ Please also visit Jumis' web site: www.jumis.org.


Sunday, Feb. 26,
at 10:00 - Church services followed by the 57th 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 Princese Gundega un Karalis Brusubārda. For further information write Inta Škinķis

Sunday, Feb. 26, at 15:00 - Borealis String Quartet from Vancouver will perform music of Imants Ramiņš and other works, at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford Street at Lafayette Avenue,  Fort Greene, Brooklyn, four short blocks from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Program includes Imants Ramiņš' A Falcon, a Storm or a Great Song and works by Beethoven and Moart. Admission $10 if tickets ordered in advance, $15 at the door. For information and tickets, call (718) 855-3053, or visit http://www.brooklynfriendsofchambermusic.org/ 

MARCH 2006:

Saturday, Mar. 4, 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.

Saturday, Mar. 4. - USBF American Baltic Celebration, Washington, DC. Guest of honor and keynote speaker: President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga of Latvia. For more information about all events, please visit: www.usbaltic.org .

Sunday, Mar. 5, 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 Solveiga Silkalna, Latvia's Ambassador to the United Nations. After the program, participants are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Saturday, Mar. 11, at 15:00 - Annual remembrance of the Latvian Legion, at the DV House. Benefit luncheon, with a concert featuring singer Indra Jenča from Latvia accompanied by Zinta Freiberga. Admission $35. For reservations write: Dagmāra Vallens, telephone: (212) 781-2360, or call Kārlis Zamurs, telephone:  (914) 699-4356. All are invited.

Saturday, Mar. 11, 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.

Valentines Day Ball at PriedaineSaturday, Mar. 11, at 18:00 - Valentine's Day Ball, at Priedaine, NJ. People of all ages are invited. Program includes an exhibit of the 2004 "Sveika Latvija" trip, performances, hors d'oeuvres, and a light dinner. Proceeds from the ball will benefit the 2006 "Sveika Latvija" trip by the 8th grade class of the NJ Latvian school. Admission: adults - $15; students - $10; children under 12 - $5. Please make reservations with Mara Veidis, telephone (973) 726-8204. For travel directions please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org (The Valentines Day Ball was rescheduled from Feb. 11 because of a snowstorm.)


Sunday, Mar. 12,
at 10:00 - Church services followed by the annual Pancake breakfast at the Yonkers Church.

Monday, Mar. 13, at 20:00 - Concert by the New England Symphonic Ensemble with choruses from across North America, at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, 57th Street & Seventh Avenue, New York. Program will include works by Imants Ramiņš, Magnificat and Missa Brevis, conducted by the composer. To order tickets call (212) 247-7800 or visit www.carnegiehall.org 

Saturday, 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.

Saturday, Mar. 25, - Annual meetings of the New York Daugavas Vanagi, at 10:30 - 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 at 16:30 there will be a  concert and program in honor of the deportees of 1949. Indra Ozola - flute and Paul Brantley - cello. There will also be short readings from works by former deportees. Admission by donation starting at $10 to benefit the "Siberia's Children" fund. Following the meetings there will be lunch and refreshments. For more information write: Marija Maher telephone (973) 783-9273.

Saturday, Mar. 25, - 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. 26, at 10:30 - Church services followed by Annual Spring Event, at the Long Island Church. Program will feature a talk by Pēters Dajevskis about his father's Ēvalds Dajevskis life and art. A video will complement the lecture. A hot lunch will follow. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis, president of the Womens' Committee of the Long Island congregation.

Sunday, Mar. 26, at 14:00 - Eriks Raisters Memorial Fund annual function at Priedaine, NJ. This year's award recipient will be the editor and commentator Ojārs Celle. Dr. Inese Račevska will introduce Mr. Celle who will describe the current situation in Latvia after which he will take questions. A concert will follow by Laila Saliņa, who will sing the poetry Aleksandrs Čaks, Ēriks Ādamsons and other poets to guitar accompaniment. Refreshments will follow the program. Admission by donation starting at $15.

Friday, Mar. 31, 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.

APRIL 2006:

From now until Monday April 10 - Exhibit of Paintings by Zoya Frolova , Franklin Bowles Gallery, 431 West Broadway, New York, NY. Exhibit will be open daily from 12:00 till 18:00. See: http://www.franklinbowlesgallery.com/NY/Main_Pages/nyhome.html.

Saturday, Apr. 8, at 14:00 - Easter Egg Coloring followed at 17:00 by Church services, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. All are invited. Participants will learn Latvian Easter egg coloring traditions using onion skins, red cabbage leaves, seeds, leaves, flowers, strings and other methods. RSVP to namsinfo@earthlink.net or call (718) 875-5542.

Sunday, Apr. 9 - Palm Sunday - Church services with communion: at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church, at 10:30 at the Long Island Church and at 15:00 at the Jamaica, Queens Church, at the First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY.

Thursday, Apr. 13 - 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.

Friday, Apr. 14 - Good Friday Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 19:00 at the Long Island Church.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, Apr. 16 - Easter Sunday - Church services: at 08:00 at the Yonkers Church and at the Long Island Church, At Yonkers an Easter breakfast and at Long Island an Easter Egg hunt will follow the church services.

From Friday, Apr. 21 to Sunday, Apr. 23 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Association (ALA), Los Angeles, California. For further information visit: www.alausa.org.

Saturday, Apr. 22, at 09:00 - LELBA Eastern district ladies auxiliary conference, at the Long Island Church. Registration and breakfast from 9 - 10 am. Pastors Ilze Kuplēna-Ewart from Toronto and Laris Saliņš will give presentations. A church service will follow the close of the conference. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis, president of the Womens' Committee of the Long Island congregation.

Saturday, Apr. 22, at 09:00 - Latvian American USA East Coast Volleyball Tournament. For more information, please write Gunta Ģiga tel. (908) 272-4580, or Aivars Bārs tel. (973) 601-0355.

Until Sunday, May 21 - Latvian American actress Laila Robiņš will portray one of the main characters in Howard Brenton's play Sore Throats, at The Duke on 42nd Street theater, 229 West 42nd Street, New York, NY. For information visit: Theatre for a New Audience site: www.tfana.org. Because of adult content his play is not suitable for children under 16.

Sunday, Apr. 23, at 09:00 - Novuss tournament, the New York Cup at the DV House. Registration will be open only until 09:00 am, no later. 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.

Wednesday, Apr. 26, at 18:30 - Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Fundraising reception in honor of Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1983 at the Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street, New York, NY. Tickets start at $1000 (One thousand). Sponsorships: Silver - $5000; Gold - $10,000; Platinum $20,000. Proceeds will benefit the construction of the memorial in Washington, DC. To reserve tickets call (212) 588-9148. Make checks payable "Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation", c/o Political Capital, 245 East 63rd Street, Suite 1212, New York, NY 10021. Please also visit www.victimsofcommunism.org.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 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 spring and summer season. Non-members are welcome. Come and get to know the Priedaine community. Drinks and food will be provided to volunteers. After the "talka", have a cozy time in the bar. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

Saturday, April. 29, 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 unneeded clean and little used clothes and other items for the flea market, please contact Vija Valdmanis (914) 476-4787 prior to the date of this event. Volunteers are also needed to help set up the merchandise tables on Friday, April 28 from 10:00 am until late in the evening as well as on Saturday to help out on the day of the event.

Sunday, Apr. 30, at 10:30 - Church services followed by Pancake Breakfast, at the Long Island Church. A "Games Afternoon" will follow with bingo, novuss, table tennis and other games. Proceed will benefit the Latvian schools graduating class' "Sveika Latvija" trip. For further information write Laila Ejups.

Sunday, Apr. 30, at 14:00 - Spring Event, at Priedainē, NJ. Performing will be the New Brunswick-Lakewood Latvian Church congregation choir, soloists and three tenors under the direction of Dzintra Rumpeters. There will be a hot lunch, coffee table, and dancing. Admission $20.

MAY 2006:

Thursday, May 4, at 18:30 - Wine Tasting at the Estonian House. Come and learn about wines. Contact: info@estonianhousenewyork.com.

Friday, May 5, at 18:00 - Saku Party at the Estonian House. Saku Beer is back at the Estonian House bar. Each partygoer gets one complimentary beer. Visit www.saku-usa.com. At 20:00 - Rock band Blind from Estonia. Admission members $10, non-members $20. Contact: info@estonianhousenewyork.com.

"Vilki" logo Saturday May 6, at 19:00 - Concert by the Latvian folk ensemble Vilki (The Wolves), at Yonkers Church. This famous Latvian folk group is the only one whose repertoire consists of soldiers' and warriors' songs from ancient times to the present day. Admission $20. For more information about the group Vilki visit www.parks.lv/home/vilki Organized by The Daugavas Vanagi in New York and the Council of American Latvians Organizations of New York

Sunday May 7, at 14:00 - Concert by the Latvian folk ensemble Vilki (The Wolves), at Priedainē, NJ. This famous Latvian folk group is the only one whose repertoire consists of soldiers' and warriors' songs from ancient times till nowadays. Admission $20. For more information about the group Vilki visit www.parks.lv/home/vilki. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

Sunday May 7, at 18:30 - Concert by Indra Ozola, at the Norwegian Seamen's Church: 317 East 52nd St. (between 1st & 2nd Ave.). Indra Ozola will celebrate her 6 years in New York with a concert for all her friends and as a thank you for their friendship, care and support. During the concert Indra will play the flute and sing. She will be accompanied by Mika Pohjola, Patricia Chen, and Anita Jorgensen. Program will feature works by Western European composers. Admission is free but if you wish you may leave a donation.

From Thursday. May 12 to Sunday, May 14 - Daugavas Vanagi annual Delegates Meeting, Daugavas Vanadzes meeting, DV youth meeting, at the Latvian Center Garezers, Michigan. For more information, please visit: www.daugavasvanagi.org.

Saturday, May 13, at 10:30 - Mothers' Day church service at the Summit Church, at the St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ. A program by the Latvian school will follow. 

Saturday, May 13, at 14:00 - Reopening of the ALA Ethnographic and Cultural Collection, at Priedainē, NJ. The Collection was moved from the DV House in the Bronx, NY to its new home in the New Jersey Latvian Society Center Priedaine, near Freehold, NJ. The reopening festivities will feature poetry readings and a tour of the reopened exhibits by the Collection's curator, Mrs. Lilija Tomass. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org . Admission $15, which will support the further development of the Collection and installation of lighting. (To view the Collection as it looked in the DV House prior to being moved: click here.)

Saturday, May 13, at 19:00 Art Exhibit of works by Māra Rupners, followed at 20:00 - Spring Dance, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. This will also be the Valentine's Day Ball that was postponed from February because of the big snow storm. Music by DJ Matīs Puriņš from Boston. Admission by donation starting at $10. All are invited. For information please write namsinfo@earthlink.net or call (718) 875-5542.

Sunday, May 14, - Mothers' Day church services: at 10:30, at the Yonkers Church, with the Sororities (S!P!K!) Choir from Latvia, where a Mothers' Day program will follow in the downstairs hall with lunch, presentations by the S!P!K! choir and Latvian school students and a lottery. Proceeds will benefit the Church camp committee and the 50 year anniversary celebrations of the Camp.; At 10:30 at the Long Island Church, where the Long Island Latvian school's commencement will follow.; At 15:00 at the Jamaica, Queens Church, at the First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY.

Saturday, May 20, at 14:00 - Literary event, at the DV House. Program will feature a discussion (in Latvian) of three poetry collections published in Latvia, whose authors live in the New York area: Pirms saulgriežiem by Rita Gāle; Dziesma smilgai by Marta Vitrupe; and Rakstu I sējums by Elza Ķezbere. Participants will also celebrate Elza Ķezbere's 95th birthday. Admission $10. After the program the Vanadzes will offer lunch. All are invited.

Sunday, May 21, at 19:00 - "Latvian Shorts": a program of short films from Latvia at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre on the lower east side. Esteemed Latvian filmmaker Dzintra Geka curates a program of distinguished short films from Latvia. Information about the movie theater  may be found at  www.twoboots.com/pioneer/ To reserve tickets in case the showing is sold out, you may purchase tickets in advance here: http://www.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=53345 

From Saturday, May 27 to Sunday, May 28 - ALA Sports Championships in Toronto, Canada. For more information please visit: http://www.lsak.org/alams/.

Saturday, May 27, at twilight - Candlelight commemorative service at the Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills, next to the cemetery in Tannersville, NY. For travel directions, see below. 

Sunday, May 28, at 12:00 - Memorial Service at the Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills, next to the cemetery in Tannersville, NY. At 16:00 - Spring Concert by the New York Latvian Concert Choir, at the Latvian Church Camp in the Catskills, Elka Park, NY. Admission: $20.00, children up to age 13 free. The concert marks the 30th anniversary of the Latvian Concert Choir. Performers include: the New York Latvian Concert Choir, the Montreal Latvian Choir Atbalss, the St. John's Latvian Church Ensemble from Toronto and several soloists. Guest conductor will be Romans Vanags from Latvia. Program will feature "Gloria" by Vivaldi and works by Latvian composers. At 20:00 a dinner, dance and social evening will follow the concert, admission $10. Please make advance reservations by May 15 for the dinner. For further information, and to make dinner reservations, write to: Aija Pelše, or call: (516)935-0967. For travel directions visit: www.nydraudze.org click on "Nometne" and page down to near the bottom of the page.

Sunday, May 28, at 19:00 - Latvia vs. U.S.A. National Soccer Team Exhibition Game, Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut. For informative articles visit http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_280813.html and http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/soccer/03/13/bc.soc.wcup.usexhibitio.ap/index.html Aivars Bārs is organizing a group, so Latvian fans and their friends can see the game together. His e-mail is gotobars@earthlink.net , telephone home (973) 601-0355, work (908) 850-8444 ext. 3022. If you want to join him, tickets will cost $45. Please respond by April 3 and send checks to Aivars Bārs, 568 Stanhope Road, Sparta, NJ  07871. A "tailgate party" is being planned.

JUNE 2006:

Sunday, Jun. 3, at 11:00- Church services, followed by commencement  program of the Bronx (Yonkers) Latvian school, at the Yonkers Church.

Saturday, Jun. 3, at 11:30 - Church services, followed by commencement  program of the NJ Latvian school, St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Sunday, Jun. 4, at 11:00 - Talk by chiropractor Dr. Vineta Zālīte - "Health & Chiropractic Medicine" (in Latvian), at  Priedainē, NJ. A lunch and coffee will be served. A lottery will be held. Admission by donation, starting at $15. Organized for the benefit of the New Brunswick-Lakewood Latvian Church congregation by its Women's committee.

Wednesday, Jun. 7, after 10:45 - The President of the Republic of Latvia, Dr. Vaira-Vīķe Freiberga will address a joint session of the US Congress, at the Capitol building, Washington, DC. The address is scheduled to be broadcast on C-SPAN, the cable television channel (see www.c-span.org  ). See the press release on www.president.lv.

Friday, Jun. 9, at 19:00 - Concert by ensemble Zeļļi from Latvia, at the Long Island Church social hall. Admission $20. Zeļļi is a cabaret and popular music ensemble from northern Vidzeme in Latvia and features: Raitis Treijs - vocals; Ivars Birkāns - saxophone;  Ilmārs Stivriņš - guitar; and Jānis Vējiņš - piano. Organized by the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of NY. For more information write: Janis Riekstins.

Monday June 12, at 19:00 - Latvian-American author, Pauls Toutonghi, will excerpts from his first novel Red Weather, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Chelsea, 675 Sixth Avenue (which is officially called "Avenue of the Americas), at 22nd Street. The author will be introduced by Latvia's ambassador to the UN, Solveiga Silkana. The author will donate 5% of his royalties from his debut novel to the "Kids First" fund, which also helps abused and neglected children in Latvia. The novel Red Weather was reviewed in, among other publications, The New York Times Book Review, June 4, 2006 edition on page 34. To read more about the author visit: www.paulstoutonghi.com More information about the Kids First fund may be viewed at: www.kidsfirstfund.org.

Wednesday, 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. Church services at 11:00 at the Yonkers Church and at 19:00 at the Long Island Church.

From Thursday, Jun. 15 to Saturday, Jun. 17 - The 20th Conference on Baltic Studies, George Washington University, Washington, DC. For further information, please visit the web page of the AABS and www.aabsconference.org

Friday, Jun. 16, at 20:00 - Mexican Fiesta Season Finale Party at the Estonian House. For information visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com/eng/kuulutused.php.

Saturday, Jun. 17, at 14:00 - Church Service followed at 15:00 by How to make Jāņu siers? (traditional Latvian cheese made for the St. John's Day / Midsummernight celebrations) and Barbecue, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. The secrets of making St. John's Day cheese will be revealed. A barbecue party will follow in the backyard garden of the Parsonage. For more information, write: namsinfo@earthlink.net or call Mārtiņš Andersons (718) 875-5542.

Saturday, Jun. 17, at 14:00 - Wine tasting and dinner to benefit the 50th anniversary celebration of the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills, at Mārtiņš Roze's house, 119 Hollywood Avenue, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423. Children will have the opportunity to swim in the pool. Participation $50 for adults, $10 for children. R.S.V.P. by June 10 by e-mailing Mārtiņš Roze or calling (201) 493-0842.

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

Saturday, June 24, at 16:00 - St. John's Day/Midsummer night Celebration Priedainē, NJ. Celebrants will be welcomed starting at 4pm. After 17:30 the New York Latvian folk dance group  Jumis and the popular music ensemble Zeļļi from Latvia, will perform. Admission $20. For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org .

From Saturday, June 24 to Sunday, June 25 - Volunteer labor "Diž-Talka" to prepare the Church's Children's Camp for the summer season. Everyone, 10 years of age and older, is invited to help prepare the Children's 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 / Midsummer night bonfire and join the festivities. Please reserve rooms by calling Janīna Briģis (518) 589-9932. A map and directions to the camp may be viewed at www.nydraudze.org

Thursday June 29, at 18:00 - Opening reception for Exhibit Trace, at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, 120 Park Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY. See following item for a description of this exhibit. A limited number of tickets for the reception are being offered by one of the artists, Kārlis Rekevics. If you are interested in attending the reception, you must e-mail him at kr@karlisrekevics.com in advance of the reception to reserve a place. 

From Friday June 30 to November 12 - Exhibit Trace featuring works by 6 artists including Latvian-American sculptor Kārlis Rekevics, at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, 120 Park Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY. For more information about this exhibit visit www.whitney.org A press release about this exhibit may be found under "About the Museum" -> "Press Office". For more information about the artist Kārlis Rekevics visit www.karlisrekevics.com Please note that the Altria branch of the Whitney is at a different location from the main museum located at 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street.

JULY - AUGUST 2006:

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

Notice: The camp is looking for a nurse for its summer sessions. Please write: Anita Batarags, tel. (201)760-6417.

Sunday, Jul. 2 through Saturday, Jul. 15 - Children's camp session 1.

Sunday, Jul. 9 through Saturday, Jul. 15 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Children ages 2-6 camp session A.

Sunday, Jul. 16 through Saturday, Jul. 29 - Children's camp session 2.

Sunday, Jul. 23 through Saturday, Jul. 29 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Children ages 2-6 camp session B.

Sunday, Jul. 30 through Saturday, Aug. 12 - Latvian language camp.

Sunday, Jul. 30 through Saturday, Aug. 5 - Valodas Īkšķīši (Language Little Thumbs) Latvian language camp for children ages 2-6.

Sunday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Aug. 12 - Seniors' camp.

Sunday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 20 - 3 x 3 Seminar camp. For more information, please visit: www.3x3.lv.

Sunday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 19. - Latvian Girl Guide and Boy Scout 9th big Jamboree Dziesmu Gars, at Latvian camp Saulainē, Ontario, Canada. For more information visit www.dziesmugars.com and www.campsaulaine.com 

Saturday, Aug. 26, from 09:00 to 17:00 - Daugavas Vanagi House pre-season volunteer cleanup "Talka" at the DV House.

Saturday, Aug. 26, at 16:00 - Church Service followed by a Barbecue, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, HOPEFULLY TO BE RESCHEDULED. The barbecue party will follow in the backyard garden of the Parsonage. For more information, write: namsinfo@earthlink.net or call Mārtiņš Andersons (718) 875-5542.

SEPTEMBER 2006:

Katskiļi nometnes 50 gadu jubilejas logoSaturday, Sep. 2 through Monday, Sep. 4 (Labor Day Weekend) - 50th Anniversary celebration of the Latvian Lutheran Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills, (of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York) in Elka Park, NY. All former campers and benefactors are invited to come celebrate this anniversary. There will be a campfire, scavenger hunt (šķēršļu gājiens), an anniversary ball, special interest activity sessions, various sports, market of Latvian handicrafts, an art exhibit and of course - your good old friends. For all information about the planned program, registration forms, and overnight accommodations, please visit: www.nydraudze.org and click on "Nometne", or you may write Nora Aivars, tel. (201) 337-3120. The organizers expect many guests, so please do not delay registering and making reservations for accommodations. NOTICE: Route 23A is closed at Kaaterskill Falls and you will not be able to get to Elka Park via the usual route from NYS Thruway Exit 20 via Palenville, Haines Falls and Tannersville. From Exit 20 you will have to use Platte Clove Road, which has been widened and repaved, or routes from either Exit 19 - Kingston or Exit 21. Travel directions (in Latvian) are available at: http://www.nydraudze.org/?p=1452&lang=451#noradijumi . DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE UNCERTAIN WEATHER FORECASTS as the organizers have prepared for rain or shine!

Saturday, Sep. 9, at 09:45 - 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.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"Saturday, Sep. 16 at 11:00 - Kursa's Cup Games in Volleyball, at Priedainē, NJ. Volleyball games with mixed teams. If you are alone (not with a team) don't worry or hesitate to come because the teams will be formed just before the games. Kursa will be offering hot dogs and hamburgers (for a donation). For more information write  Jānis Ģiga, tel. (732) 346-2926 or Aivars Bārs, tel. (973) 601-0355.

Saturday Sep. 16 to Sunday, Sep. 17, - Latvian Soldier's gathering at the Latvian Disabled Veterans' Center Rota in Elka Park, NY in the Catskills. For information and reservations call (518) 589-9878.

Sunday, Sep. 17, at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Children's festival, at the Long Island Church. The Latvian folk dance group Jumis will be performing some newly learned folk dances Activities for children will take place outside. There will be a bazaar hosted by the women's committee. Traditional Latvian foods, coffee and refreshments will be served. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

Sunday, September 17, at 11:15 (immediately following the 10:00 am church service) - The New York Latvian Concert Choir resumes its regular practices after the summer break at the Yonkers Church. All present and potential new members are invited. For more information about the choir and its planned programs click on the button "Participate in our NY Latvian Community" in the main menu bar at the top of this page, and then choose "New York Latvian Concert Choir".

Saturday, Sep. 23, at 19:00 - Members of the National Theater of Latvia will perform "Zilā", a play by Gunārs Priede, at the Long Island Church. Admission $20. See description below.

Sunday, Sep. 24, at 14:00 - Members of the National Theater of Latvia will perform "Zilā", a play by Gunārs Priede, at Priedainē, NJ. For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org and see the description below.

Scene from the play "Zilā"Excerpts from Rita Gāle's description of the National Theater of Latvia's production of Gunārs Priede's play "Zilā". "Zilā", written in 1974, is considered by many to be Gunārs Priede's best play. The play's subject matter is still relevant today as it revolves around unresolved issues of relations between children and their parents, and the relationship between the past and present - symbolized by the "Zilā" ("the Blue One"), an almost extinct breed of cow. 4 characters interact: "Juris" - Ainārs Ančevskis; "Rasma" - Lolita Cauke; "Linda" - Ēvija Skulte; and "Vidvuds" - Juris Lisners; producer - Mihails Kublinskis. The play premiered in Estonia, as at the time Gunārs Priede was considered an undesirable person in Soviet occupied Latvia.

From Wednesday Sep. 26 to Friday Oct. 6, daily from 10:00 to 14:00 - At the New York Election Precinct for the Latvian parliamentary (9. Saeimas) elections, you will have opportunity to read and familiarize yourself with the candidate lists, info about candidates and the pre-election programs of all parties running in the elections, located at the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022, Telephone (212) 838-8877. All this information is also available online at the Latvian Central Election Commission site www.cvk.lv and on the web sites of the individual political parties.


Organist Aivars Kalejs photoSunday, Sep. 24,
at 15:00 - Concert by the distinguished Latvian pipe-organist Aivars Kalējs, at the United States Military Academy Cadet Chapel at West Point, 722 DeRussy Road, West Point NY  Admission is Free.  Informaion about the Cadet chapel may be viewed at: www.usma.edu/Chaplain/cadetchapel.htm  Travel directions and security information may be viewed at: www.usma.edu/visiting.asp  Aivars Kalējs is concert organist at the Riga Dome Church, organist at the Jaunā Gertrūde Church and conductor of the Riga Boys' Choir.

Garden City Epicopal CathedralGarden City Episcopal Cathedral interiorFriday, Sep. 29, at 20:00 - Concert by the distinguished Latvian pipe-organist Aivars Kalējs, at the Episcopalian Cathedral in Garden City, NY (Long Island), Admission $15. A reception will follow the concert. Aivars Kalējs is concert organist at the Riga Dome Church, organist at the Jaunā Gertrūde Church and conductor of the Riga Boys' Choir. Information and travel directions may be obtained at www.cathedralmusic.info or by calling (516) 746-2955.

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, September 30, at 15:00 - Daugavas Vanagi season opening event at the DV House. Admission $10. Program will feature a discussion (in Latvian) of the Latvian Parliament (9. Saeimas) elections to be held on October 7 moderated by Marģers Pinnis  tel. (914) 631-5725. Persons willing to give a 5-7 minute talk in favor of their chosen party are asked to register with the moderator in advance. An open discussion will follow an introduction by the moderator and presentations by party representatives. After the discussion the June 14 lottery drawing will take place. Following the program food prepared by the Vanadzes and refreshments will be available. For those who are interested in reading (in Latvian) some deeper analyses of those parties with realistic chances of being elected to the Saeima (Latvian parliament) we remind you the the Latvian-American newspaper Laiks often contains articles about the elections. Especially worthwhile (in the view of this webmaster) is a series of articles by Dainis Lemešonoks , which began in the Jul. 29-Aug. 4.issue and has continued with weekly analyses about the parties (so far) TP, ZZS, JL, TB/LNNK, LPP/LC, "Russian parties" - PCTVL & SC, and LSDSP. The Latvian newspaper Diena has compiled its reportage, analyses, party programs, candidate lists and other information about the elections onto a separate web site www.vdiena.lv on which the entire content is available for free. We recommend that voters view this site. Articles and discussion in English about the elections may be found on www.latviansonline.com .

OCTOBER 2006:

Sunday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 – Harvest Festival church service followed by St. Michael's Day bazaar at the Yonkers Church. There will be Latvian style foods & desserts, a raffle drawing and more. All are welcome. For further information write: Magnuss Kļaviņš.

Sunday, Oct. 1, at 10:00 – Harvest Festival church service at the Long Island Church, Harvest Festival celebration will follow in the church social hall. There will be Latvian style foods & desserts, a raffle drawing and a performance by the Long Island theater group. All are welcome. Hosted by the Women's Committee. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

Sunday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 - Clavier Trio Concert "Mozart On My Mind": Arkady Fomin - violin; Jesss Castro-Balbi - cello; David Korevaar - piano, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Admission $35, discounts for students and seniors. Information about the program and tickets available at: www.midamerica-music.com . ceļa and travel directions at: www.carnegiehall.org .

Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7, 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.

Friday, Oct. 6, from 12:00 until 16:00 - Flea market (first day), 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.

Saturday, Oct. 7, - Latvian Parliamentary (9. Saeimas) Elections. Please see the paragraph at the beginning of this page "Important Information about the Latvian parliamentary (9. Saeimas) elections.

Saturday, Oct. 7, from 12:00 until 16:00 - Flea market (second day), 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. 8, at 12:00 - Memorial Service and internment of urns 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. Note that Route 23-A is closed therefore please see the alternative routes at the bottom of the "Ceļa norādījumi" page above.

Thursday, Oct. 12, at 18:00 - Latvian Investment and Development Agency representative Uldis Salenieks will address a meeting of the Estonian-American Chamber of Commerce on the topic "An Economic Overview of Latvia", at the Estonian House. Other speakers at the meeting include <> who will speak about "Real Estate Opportunities in the Baltics" and the Consul General of Estonia Peeter Restsinski who will speak about "A Brief Economic Overview of Estonia". Admission free. For more information visit: www estonianamericanchamberofcommerce com.

NYT deSevervsky centrsFriday, Oct. 13, at 19:00 - Latvian National Opera Guild Million Dollar Formal Ball, at the de Seversky Center of the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, Long Island. The de Seversky Center is housed in an historic neo-classical Georgian style mansion. The ball will mark the over $1 million raised by the Guild for the benefit of the Latvian National Opera (LNO) in Riga, Latvia. The evening will feature a concert by distinguished LNO soloists Antra Brigača and Krišjānis Norvelis. A dinner and dance will follow the concert. Admission $150 per person if payment made by Oct. 8, $160 afterwards. Make checks payable "Latvian National Opera Guild" and send to Edvīns Rasums, 118 James Street, Massapequa, NY 11758. For more information write rasumedw@msn.com or call (516) 694-6616. For information about the Guild visit: www.music.lv/gilde For more information and directions to the de Seversky Center visit: www.nyit.edu/resources/restaurant/index.html.

From Friday Oct. 13 till Sunday October 15 - Fall Festival in the Catskills at the Latvian Veterans' Center Rota in Elka Park, NY. Friday at 21:00 Pre-opening festivities at the "Spinning Room" on Main St., Tannersville, NY (518) 589-7746. Saturday at 15:00 - Soccer games at Nometne, 18:00 - Beer tasting at Rota- including 7 styles of Oktoberfest and 2 pumpkin beers, 19:30 Dinner, 20:30 Rota's bar opens, 21:00 Party in Rota's bar with live music by   The Lugers - Karlis Alversons, Alvis Brigis, Lars Alversons - will rock out with tunes in Latvian and English. They will unveil a few original pieces before their group premiers at ALJA Congress in Philly on Thanksgiving Day weekend. Sunday at 12:-- Traditional Latvian Sauna. and other activities. For information about registering, RSVP, overnight accommodations and directions please write kfoldats@yahoo.com and read the Fall Festival Flyer (requires Adobe PDF reader). Admission $25. Proceeds benefit Rota and Rota's work.

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSunday, Oct. 15, at 13:00 - New Jersey Daugavas Vanagi Fall event, at Priedaine, NJ.

From Friday Oct. 20 until Sunday Oct. 22 -American Latvian Artists' Association (ALMA) annual Gathering, in the Catskills Latvian Church Camp Rest Home (Atputas Nams). Cultural program will feature a talk by Prof. Atis Kampars of the Latvian Fine Arts Academy, a panel discussion of the educational approaches in teaching fine arts; video presentations (animation artist Signe Baumane), a film on Konrads Ubans, mini-exhibit of members' work and discussion by artists, poetry readings, "Fancy Hat" party and more. Artists and art supporters are invited to come and participate.  Registration fee $20 (members), $25 (non-members). Room/board additional. To reserve space,  please contact Dace Marga  - dace_marga@merck.com ; telephone (215) 368-2061 (evenings)

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Oct. 21, at 15:00 - Inaugural Concert for the New Concert Grand Piano at the DV House. Invocation by pastor Juris Saivars. The following distinguished artists will perform: pianist Reinis Zariņš; bass singer Andrew Martens; flutist Indra Ozola. Details about the program will be forthcoming. Admission $25 which includes a glass of champagne and hors d'oeuvres. After the concert in the Club room drinks, coffee and desserts will be available for purchase.

Saturday, Oct. 21, at 17:00 - Church services, followed at 19:00 by - Amber Soiree, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. An evening devoted to the beauty of amber. Come adorned in all your most beautiful amber! Prizes will be awarded for largest pieces and the most original creations. Enjoy live music and the company of others who are decked out in their favorite amber pieces. Sample delicious hot and cold appetizers for a small donation. Beer, wine and champagne punch will be available for sale. Congregants are welcome to stay until the doors open to the public at 7pm. What better way to usher in the Fall season than by celebrating the golden colors of amber! For more information write: namsinfo@earthlink.net .

Thursday, Oct. 24, at 20:00 - Latvian folk dance group Jumis viewing of dances for the upcoming Latvian Song Festival in Indianapolis, July 2007, at 440 Lafayette St. Room 4-G (between Astor Place and West 4th St.), New York, NY. Jumis invites all current and potential folk dancers to come and watch a DVD of dances to be performed at the Indianapolis Song Festival for the purpose of choosing which dances you and Jumis would like to perform. Jumis members will meet beforehand at 18:30 for dinner at the Ukrainian National House, 120 Second Ave. (between 8th and 9th Streets). Please also visit www.jumis.org .

From October 24 Until November 11 - Art exhibit "Recent Paintings and Prints by Gerda Roze, Mamaroneck Artists' Guild Gallery, 2120 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538, tel. (914) 834-1117. Gallery will be open Tue.-Sat. from 12:00 to 17:00. For travel directions visit www.mamaroneckartistsguild.org . For more information about the artist visit: www.gerdarozeart.com 

Saturday, Oct. 28, at 17:00 - Opening reception for Gerda Roze exhibit (see previous event, above).

Saturday, Oct. 28, at 20:00 - Halloween at the Estonian House. For information visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com/eng .

NOVEMBER 2006:

From Wednesday Nov. 1 to Sunday Nov. 5 - Distinguished Latvian conductor Maris Jansons and / or distinguished Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer will perform in 4 different concerts at Carnegie hall. All the concerts start at 20:00. Complete information about all the concerts may be found at www.carnegiehall.org Each concert will have a different program. The Sunday Nov. 4th concert is the only one where Maris Jansons and Gidon Krēmer will perform together.

Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10:00 till 15:00 - Flea market at the Yonkers Church downstairs hall. Proceeds will benefit the Bronx Latvian grade school. Huge selection of books (English and Latvian), clothes, household items and much more. For more information write  Laura Zamurs or call.(516) 628-1465

Sunday Nov. 5, at 10:00 - Pipe Organ Concert of the "Ziemeļu novads" (the Northern district congregation of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY) at the Yonkers Church. Information about the program will follow.

Sunday Nov. 5, from 08:00 - New York City Marathon Run. Information about runners from Latvia may be found at  www.ingnycmarathon.org/entrantinfo/entrantdb.php where you can also look up participants by country.

We congratulate Jelēna Prokopcuka of Latvia on her victory in the women's half of the New York City Marathon!

Sunday Nov. 5, from 08:00 - New York City Marathon Run. Information about runners from Latvia may be found at  www.ingnycmarathon.org/entrantinfo/entrantdb.php where you can also look up participants by country. We would like to know about all Latvians, regardless of what country you live in, who ran in the Marathon. Please send Marģers your name, entry number and what town and country you live in.

Entry # Name From where
2594 Ivars Eskins Valmiera, LV
3244 Inta Eskina Valmiera, LV
11143 Marts Kalniņš Valmiera, LV
20121 Dzintars Rudzītis Valmiera, LV
44845 Davis Neville Rīga, LV
94048 Jelēna, Prokopcuka Latvia (2006 champion)

 

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Nov. 11, at 15:00 - Lāčplēsis Day commemoration and concert, at the DV House. Program will begin with an invocation followed by a concert by distinguished pianist Gints Bērziņš. Admission $12. After the program refreshments and dinner will be available in the club room downstairs. For more information write: Marija Maher telephone (973) 783-9273.

Friday, Nov. 17 at 20:00 - Concert by the renowned Latvian women's ensemble Putni (The Birds), at St. Joseph's Church Yorkville, 404 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128; information: (212) 289-6030 www.stjosephsyorkville.org The acclaimed New Amsterdam Singers will perform on the first half of the program, and the Putni will complete the second half of the concert with original and folk music by Latvian and other composers. This is the Putni's first concert in New York. Admission is free or by freewill offering. See the photo of the Putni below.

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



Ambassador Solveiga SilkalnaVocal ensemble "Putni" Saturday, Nov. 18,
at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the Yonkers Church. Program will feature an address by Solveiga Silkalna, Latvia's Ambassador to the United Nations (in Latvian) and a concert by Putni, the women's vocal ensemble from Latvia. Please visit: http://www.music.lv/putni/ 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 10 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. 18, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration at Priedaine. NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Nov. 19 - Latvia's Independence Day Church Services: at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church, at 10:30  at the Long Island Church and at 14:30 at the East Orange Church.

ALYA logo From Wednesday, Nov. 22 until Sunday, Nov. 26 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit: www fljrk org, www aljakongress com and www.alja.org.

Thursday, Nov. 30, at 19:30 - The chairman of Delna, the Latvian chapter of Transparency International, Roberts Putnis will give a talk (in Latvian) about the development of government and about the honesty of politics and politicians in Latvia, at the Estonian House. Organized by the C.A.L.O.N.Y. Fore more information about Delna visit www.delna.lv . For information about this event write Jānis Riekstiņš.

DECEMBER 2006:

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, December 2, 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.

Advent concert poster Sunday, Dec. 3, at 10:00 – Church service and Advent concert at the Yonkers Church. The New York Latvian Concert Choir, the Bronx Chamber Orchestra, and soloists will perform Christmas cantatas. Conductor: Andrejs Jansons. After the concert, all are invited to an Advent brunch. You will be able to purchase gifts at the congregation bookstore. Admission is by donation, starting at $20, children ages 13 and under free. For more information write Aija Pelše or call (516) 935-0967.

Sunday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 – Church service followed by a Christmas bazaar and fair, at the Long Island Church. Enjoy a Latvian style lunch with Latvian beer. We will be selling our own home-baked gingerbread cookies, rye bread, cakes, "Pīrāgi", barley sausage, grey peas, "Gotiņa" candies, and other delicacies. There will also be a table with latvian books and handicrafts. A raffle drawing will be held. All are invited. For more information please write Ilze Beiniķis.

Saturday, Dec. 9, at 14:00 - The Brooklyn Chapter of the New York Latvian Church’s Annual Holiday “Piparkūkas” (Gingerbread cookies) Baking Event and Christmas Evening, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. At 14:00 Come bake and decorate your own traditional holiday “piparkūkas” cookies! Baked cookies will be available for sale. We just ask that you RSVP so that we know how much dough to make: namsinfo@earthlink.net :Later the same day at 17:00 - Church Service followed at 18:00 - Evening around the Christmas Tree – Mulled wine, hors d’oeuvres, music and caroling.

Sunday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 – Church service followed by the Latvian grade school Christmas Tree celebration & bazaar and fair,  at the Long Island Church.

Sunday, Dec. 10 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 18:00 - Distinguished Latvian poet Juris Kronbergs from Sweden will be reading his works at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York's Greenwich Village. Famous Latvian poet Juris Kronbergs will take part in a poetry reading with Romanian born Nina Cassian, Dean Kostos, and Russian born Julia Istomina). Cover charge $6, which includes one free house drink. The Cornelia St. Cafe is located between West 4th and Bleecker Streets. Directions and other information may be found at www.corneliastreetcafe.com 

Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 20:00 - Distinguished Latvian soprano, Maija Kovaļevska, will sing the role of Mimi un Puccini's opera La Boheme, at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. See www.metoperafamily.org/metopera.

Saturday, Dec. 16, - Latvian grade school Christmas Tree celebrations at 11:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 12:30 in Summit, at the St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Dec. 16, at 15:00 - Christmas tree celebration by the New York Latvian society and the New York Daugavas Vanagi, at the DV House. Admission is by bringing an item for the pot-luck lunch or $10. Program includes: Invocation by Deacon Indriķis Kaņeps with pianist Māra Laķis; Harp music concert by Olivia Lu; and a visit by Santa. Pot luck buffet will follow the program. All are welcome. For more information, and to register children, write: Marija Maher or telephone (973) 783-9273.

Saturday, Dec. 16, at 20:00 - Distinguished Latvian soprano, Maija Kovaļevska, will sing the role of Mimi un Puccini's opera La Boheme, at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. See www.metoperafamily.org/metopera

Sunday, Dec. 17, at 10:00 – Church service featuring a short musical program by Reinis & Ligita Zariņi, at the Yonkers Church. Program will include songs accompanied by piano and an instrumental piece. Reinis Zariņš from Latvia is a student in the music program of Yale University.

Iveta Apkalna at the 2005 Pipe Organ Festival in Long Island NY photoSunday, Dec. 17, at 16:00 - Pipe Organ Concert by Iveta Apkalna at the Long Island Church. The world famous organist Iveta Apkalna returns to New York and will perform at the Long Island Latvian Lutheran Church's Christmas Organ Concert. Admission $25. A reception will follow with hot wine and hors d'oeuvres in the lower hall with a Christmas spirit. For information write: Ēriks Niedrītis.

Monday, Dec. 18, after 20:00 - Latvian-American rock band "Mācītājs on Acid" will perform at Club Europa, 98-104 Meserole Avenue, (corner of Manhattan Ave) in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY. For info and directions to Club Europa visit www.europaclub.com . For info and sample song from the band visit: www.myspace.com/macitajsonacid This rock band performed recently at the American Latvian Youth Association congress in Philadelphia. NYLatvian.Org Editor's note - Some people may find some words and phrases on the aforementioned web sites offensive. Of course the same may be said about the name of the band itself. Though NYLatvian.Org wishes to maintain its good reputation as a site that any family member may safely be allowed to view, it is also meant for the broad-minded and worldly New York audience. Indeed if any of our readers were really so easily offended, they probably would have left the New York area long ago and now confine their internet surfing to a very few safe sites.

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

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

Divrizdivi plakats

From Tuesday Dec. 26. till Tuesday Jan. 2, 2007. - Latvian Youth Seminar Divreizdivi, (Two times two) outside of Washington DC. Complete information, registration and program may be viewed at: www.2x2divi.com Notice: This 2x2 seminar cannot accept more then 100 participants and 50 have already registered. Therefore do not delay registering.

Ziedojiet Divreizdivi plakāts

Sunday, 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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