Archive for the year 2008
 

Calendar follows the notices

Gathering of signatures to initiate changes to Latvia's constitution

From Wednesday Mar. 12 to Thursday Apr. 10 - Gathering of Signatures to Initiate a Referendum on amending Latvia's Constitution to permit dissolution of the Parliament by public referendum, at the Embassy of Latvia in Washington DC. Complete information may be found at the Embassy's web site www.latvia-usa.org

The Latvian UN Mission in New York is seeking a building manager / chauffeur

To view the requirements for the position click here.

Latvian handicrafts now available at the United Nations Gift Centre

UN Gist Centre - A&L Mestardarbnīca "Cepļi"UN Gist Centre - Straupe

The representatives of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia in the USA have organized displays of the products of two Latvian makers of handicrafts - A&L Mestardarbnīca "Cepļi" and "V.I. Straupe" at the United Nations Gift Centre at UN. Headquarters in New York. Enter through the visitors' entrance at First Avenue and 46th Street. Open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm (closed weekends in January and February).

Referendum on the Proposed Changes to Latvia's Constitution.

The Referendum on the Proposed Changes to Latvia's Constitution will take place on Saturday August 2, 2008. 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). There will also be election precincts set up at the Latvian Embassy in Washington, DC.  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. Click on "TAUTAS NOBALSOŠANA" for more information about the referendum. In order to vote by mail you must register by July 11. Any questions should be directed to the Latvian Embassy in Washington DC at: embassy.usa@mfa.gov.lv or calling (202) 328-2840. More 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.

Referendum on the Proposed Changes to Latvia's Pension Laws.

The Referendum on the Proposed Changes to Latvia's Pension Laws will take place on Saturday August 23, 2008. 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). There will also be election precincts set up at the Latvian Embassy in Washington, DC.  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. Click on "TAUTAS NOBALSOŠANA" for more information about the referendum. In order to vote by mail you must register by August 1. Any questions should be directed to the Latvian Embassy in Washington DC at: embassy.usa@mfa.gov.lv or calling (202) 328-2840. More 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.

 

Survey of Latvians, Livs and citizens of Latvia currently living abroad

Greetings!
The aim of this survey is to inquire Latvians / Livs and citizens of Latvia, who currently live abroad, about the possibility of returning to Latvia for permanent residence. The research is being conducted by consulting company Aksedo under the authority of The Secretariat of the Special Assignments Minister for Social Integration Affairs. The study will be based on views and information provided by members of Latvian / Livs’ communities in the USA, Canada, Germany, Russia, the UK, and Ireland.
We would be grateful if you could share your experience about maintaining relations with Latvia and express your opinion about possibility of repatriation / remigration as well as the factors that influence this opinion (including existing obstacles and suggestions how to overcome them).
Thank you in advance for your participation and time. Please click on the following link: http://aksedo.e-formas.lv/forms/381 .

Support Georgia's Struggle against Russia's Aggression.

Flag of the Republic of GeorgiaSupport the people of Georgia in their struggle against Russia's aggression! Military forces of the Russian Federation continue to occupy Georgian territories in violation of international agreements and their own stated promises to withdraw. Several demonstrations have been held in front of UN headquarters in New York and at other locations. Georgian people greatly welcome the participation of Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians and all others who come in support of their cause. To see when and where upcoming protest actions will take place please visit: www TheWarInGeorgia Com and also www.sosgeorgia.org . For more information about Baltic efforts on behalf of Georgia visit www.jbanc.org .

The 90th Anniversary of Latvia's Independence.

Latvia's 90 logoInformation about news and events in Latvia and worldwide marking the 90th anniversary of the declaration of Latvia's independence on November 18, 1918 may be found at www.lv90.lv and www.latvija90.leta.lv .

COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

JANUARY 2008:

Happy New Year!

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Jan. 5, at 15:00 - Daugavas Vanagi members' evening, at the DV House. Program information will be forthcoming. Admission $25 which includes dinner and wine. For reservations write: Dagmāra Vallens, or call (212) 781-2360

Sunday, Jan. 6, at 10:00 - Epiphany Church service followed by Christmas tree celebration of the Northern district (Ziemeļu novads), at the Yonkers Church.

Sunday, Jan. 6, at 10:30 - Epiphany Church service followed by Christmas tree celebration of the Long Island district (Salas novads), 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.

From Saturday Jan. 12 through Friday Feb 29 - Distinguished Latvian opera star Elīna Garanča will perform the role of Rosina in the Metropolitan Opera production of Rosini's Il Barbiere di Saviglia (The Barber of Seville). Elīna Garanča is scheduled to perform on the following dates: Sat. Jan. 12 at 20:30; Tue. Jan. 22 at 20:00; Sat. Jan 26 at 13:30; Wed. Jan. 30 at 20:00; Sat. Feb. 2 at 20:00; Thu. Feb. 7 at 20:00; Thu. Feb 14 at 20:00; Thu. Feb 21. at 20:00; Mon. Feb 25 at 20:00; and Fri. Feb 29 at 20:00. For complete information visit: www.metoperafamily.org/metopera 

Sunday, Jan. 13, at 10:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Northern district (Ziemeļu novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Yonkers Church. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Northern district committee is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

Sunday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Long Island district (Salas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Long Island Church. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Long Island district committee is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org. PLEASE NOTE - This event was announced previously with an incorrect date date of Jan 27 on this web site and in the congregation newsletter Baznīcas Ziņas. Jan. 20 is the correct date.

Saturday, Jan. 26, at 12:30 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey district (Ņudžersijas novads) of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at Christ Church, 66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, NJ. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's New Jersey district committee is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org. PLEASE NOTE - This event was rescheduled from Feb. 3.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, Jan. 26, 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 (in Latvian) will be in honor of the 130th anniversary of the birth of President Karlis Ulmanis. Speaking about Kārlis Ulmanis will be Laima Dzenis, Rita Gāle, and Janis students. This will be followed by a documentary video by Arvīds Krievs: "Zemes Saimnieks". Admission $20, which includes a buffet lunch. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org . Proceeds will benefit the New Jersey Latvian school.

Saturday, Jan.26, 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. Latvia's Honorary Consul in New York, Daris Dēliņš will talk about Latvia's Ambassador to the UN Solveiga Silkalna; Kārlis Zamurs will talk about BATUN president Marģers Pinnis; Juris Padegs will talk about Latvian National Opera Guild former president Beatrise Rasuma; and WFFL Culture Fund chairperson Vija Bērziņa will talk about the curator of the ALA Ethnographic & Cultural collection, Lilija Tomass. Admission $15. Organized by the C.A.L.O.N.Y. For more information write Jānis Riekstiņš.

Saturday, Jan. 26, at 17:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Inner City (Brooklyn) district (Iekšpilsētas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Brooklyn parsonage. All people interested in the work of the church's Inner city district committee are cordially invited to attend. See www.nydraudze.org. Following the meeting there will be a "Games night" ("Spēļu vakars)".

Sunday, Jan. 27, at 10:00 - Church services, followed by - Latvian Cultural Days in New York (Part 2) - Concert by Latvian saxophonist Artis Sīmanis and organist Kristīne Adamaite at the, Yonkers Church. Program will feature works by Latvian composers. Admission $20, children admitted free. Organized by the C.A.L.O.N.Y. For more information write Dace Aperāns or call (914) 234-3339.

FEBRUARY 2008:

THE FOLLOWING EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED, PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR THE NEW DATE. (Sunday, Feb. 3, at 14:30 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey district (Ņudžersijas novads) of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at the East Orange Church. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's New Jersey district committee is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.)

Sunday, Feb. 3, 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.

SuperBowl XLII ArizonaSunday, Feb. 3, starting after 16:00 - Super Bowl XLII Party, at the Yonkers Church. After a two-year hiatus the church's Super Bowl Party is being revived. 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". All are welcome to join us. You don't have to be a football fanatic or even understand American football to enjoy yourself at the party. But if you never learned what a "first down" is, and would like to know, then check out the "Beginner's Guide to Football" and other items on the NFL page: www.nfl.com/rulebook .Bye the way, the game will be played in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ and kick-off time is approximately 18:20 EST. UPDATE - The New York Giants made it into the Super Bowl! They will be playing the New England Patriots. Go Giants!

Sunday, Feb. 10, at 11:00  - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at the Long Island Church. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

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

Youth Days in the CatskillsFrom Friday, Feb. 22 to Sunday Feb. 24 - Latvian Youth Days, at the Latvian Lutheran Church Camp in the Catskills. For information visit www fljrk org

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 am  - Screening of the movie "The Singing Revolution", at the Cinema Village Theater, 22 East 12th Street, New York, NY. Check cinema web site: www.cinemavillage.com/chc/cv/coming_soon.asp . The movie is about the Estonian (and Baltic) struggle to regain independence from 1986-1991. Please visit www.thesingingrevolution.com .

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 13:00 - Estonia's Independence Day Celebration, at the New York Community Church, 28 East 35th Street (between Madison and Park Aves.) New York, NY. Program will feature a keynote address by Edward Lucas, correspondent for The Economist and author of the recently published book The New Cold War: How the Kremlin Menaces Both Russia and the West. Admission $10. Complete information about the program and the following dinner dance at the Estonian House may be viewed at www.estonianhousenewyork.com

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

Latvian Boy ScoutsLatvian Girl Guides Sunday, Feb. 24, at 11:00 - Church services followed by the 59th 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 feature a performance of a play "The Emperor's New Clothes" (in Latvian) as well as a lottery and activities for children  Food and refreshments will be available and a raffle drawing will be held. For further information write Inta Škinķis

Sunday Feb. 24, at 15:00 and again at 16:00  - Screening of the movie "The Singing Revolution", at the Cinema Village Theater, 22 East 12th Street, New York, NY. Check cinema web site: www.cinemavillage.com/chc/cv/coming_soon.asp . The movie is about the Estonian (and Baltic) struggle to regain independence from 1986-1991. Please visit www.thesingingrevolution.com .

MARCH 2008:

Welcome to the BalticsSaturday, Mar. 1, from 10:00 to 19:00 - and Sunday, Mar. 2, from 10:00 to 17:00 - The New York Times Travel Show, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 11th Avenue & 39th Street, New York. On Saturday after about 15:00 there will be a performance by the Lithuanian Children's Choir and other presentations about Lithuania. On Sunday after 11:00 there will be performances by Estonian singer Kristi Roosmaa and the Latvian Folk Dance Group Jumis. For complete Travel Show information visit: www.nytravelshow.com Among the exhibitors will be www.GoBalticEurope.com / Baltic Sea Tourism Commission (booth 115) and the Baltic national tourist boards (booth 114): Latvia - www.latviatourism.lv; Estonia - www.visitestonia.com and Lithuania - www.lithuaniatravel.com . Please also visit Jumis' web site which now has video clips: www.jumis.org

Saturday, Mar. 1, at 15:00 - Annual meeting of the Latvian Cultural Association TILTSat the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford, New York. A TILTS board meeting will precede the annual meeting at 13:00. Please visit www.tilts.org or call (914) 234-3339.

Sunday, Mar. 2, at 10:00 - Church services in honor the Col. Oskars Kalpaks Battalion and Students Company who fought in the war for Latvian Independence (1918-1921). Procession by Latvian student fraternities and sororities at the Yonkers Church. There will be a program following the church service featuring an address (in Latvian) by Ināra Jansons, imeria, who is Vice-President for Education at the American Latvian association. A lunch provided by the Latvian Sororities Group of New York will follow.

Friday Mar. 7, at 19:30 - Concert by distinguished Latvian pianist Aivars Broks and flutist Ilona Kudiņa at the Estonian House. Program will feature classical and jazz compositions. See photo below.

Saturday Mar. 8, at 19:00 - Concert by distinguished Latvian pianist Aivars Broks at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Program will feature Aivars Broks'own compositions. For directions visit: www.montclairartmuseum.org See photo below.

Sunday, Mar. 9, at 10:00 - Church services followed by the annual Pancake breakfast at the Yonkers Church.

From Wednesday Mar. 12 to Thursday Apr. 10 - Gathering of Signatures to Initiate a Referendum on amending Latvia's Constitution to permit dissolution of the Parliament by public referendum, at the Embassy of Latvia in Washington DC. Complete information may be found at the Embassy's web site www.latvia-usa.org  

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietyFriday, Mar. 14, at 19:30 - Theater performance of the comedy play Pērku Jūsu Vīru, at Priedainē, NJ. For more information about the Independent Theater troupe Kabata from Latvia please visit: www.kabata.lv. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org

Friday, Mar. 14, at 20:00 - Baltic Bash, at the Estonian House. DJ Raimo, Cover charge $10. For information write to Pia, or call (917) 770-7825. Please also visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com

pianist Aivars BroksDaugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday Mar. 15, at 15:00 - Latvian Legion Commemoration, featuring a Concert by distinguished Latvian pianist Aivars Broks at the DV House. Concert program will be forthcoming. Admission $25 which includes hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. All are invited. For more information write: Marija Maher or telephone (973) 783-9273. All are invited. Proceeds benefit the care of sick former legionnaires in Latvia.

Sunday, Mar. 16 - 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 East Orange Church. (In Latvian Palm Sunday is called "Pūpolu svētdiena" - "Willow Sunday".)

Rīgas Sargi - Defenders of Rīga
Monday, Mar. 17,
at 18:30 - Reception and Exclusive private screening preview of the movie Rīgas Sargi (Defenders of Rīga) at the Directors Guild Theater 110 West 57th Street (between 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY. The director of "Rīgas Sargi", Aigars Graube, will speak at the reception. Rīgas Sargi (2007) was filmed in Latvia and is a dramatized account of events in November of 1919 during Latvia's War of Independence which followed the end of the First World War. "Rīgas Sargi" premiered on Nov. 11, 2007 and has been seen by over 140,000 people, thus making it the most popular Latvian movie since Latvia regained its independence (in 1991). The film is in Latvian with English subtitles. Tickets are $25 (includes the reception). You may buy tickets at the door on the day of the performance or you may order tickets in advance from the Consulate of Latvia in New York (to which checks should be made payable), 155 Perry Street, Suite 1B, New York, NY 10014. For information please call the Latvian mission at (212) 838-8877 or call the Consulate at (646) 230-0590 or e-mail info@latvia-newyork.org . Hosted by Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations and the Consulate of Latvia in New York.

Thursday, Mar. 20 - Holy Thursday - Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 13:00 at the Long Island Church. (In Latvian Holy Thursday is called "Zaļā ceturtdiena" - "Green Thursday".)

Friday, Mar. 21 - Good Friday - Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 19:00 at the Long Island Church. (In Latvian Good Friday is called "Lielā piektdiena" - "Great Friday".)

Happy Easter!

Sunday, Mar. 23 - 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. (In Latvian Easter is called "Lieldienas" - "The Great Days".)

Tuesday, 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. (See also June 14.)

Art Now Fair - Galeija BastejsFrom Thursday Mar. 27 to Sunday Mar. 30 - Works by Latvian artists Normunds Brasliņš and Jana Brike will be exhibited at the Art Now Fair, Hotel 30/30, 30 East 30th Street, New York, NY. Admission free. The exhibit is open Thurs. 11-20, Fri. 11-21, Sat. 11-20, Sun. 11-18.

Friday, Mar. 28, 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.

Rīgas SargiSECOND SHOWING HAS BEEN ADDED AT 2 PM!
Saturday, Mar. 29, at 11:00 am and at14:00 (2 pm) - Showing of the movie Rīgas Sargi (Defenders of Rīga) at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater, 155 East 3rd Street (between Aves. A and B on the Lower East Side), New York, NY. Admission $15 for adults but children under 15 admitted free. Moviegoers are requested to register with the Consulate of Latvia in New York, tel. (646) 230-0590 or e-mail info@latvia-newyork.org or with the Mission of Latvia to the U.N., tel. (212) 838-8877. Rīgas Sargi (2007) was filmed in Latvia and is a dramatized account of events in November of 1919 during Latvia's War of Independence which followed the end of the First World War. "Rīgas Sargi" premiered on Nov. 11, 2007 and has been seen by over 140,000 people, thus making it the most popular Latvian movie since Latvia regained its independence (in 1991). The film is in Latvian with English subtitles. For information and directions to the movie theater please visit: www.twoboots.com/pioneer . The 11 am showing is almost completely booked. Space in the theater is limited, so please call the consulate to make sure there are seats still available. If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the showing. Click to view the full color POSTER (a PDF file that requires Adobe Reader).

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, Mar. 29, - 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 .

Spring Ball at the Brooklyn Parsonage Saturday, Mar. 29, at 20:00 - Spring Ball benefit for the restoration of the Brooklyn parsonage. Latvian and American dance music downstairs, networking and mingling upstairs. Admission $10. Admission tickets will also serve as tickets in raffle drawings. Sponsored by Aldaris Latvian beer. For more information view the POSTER (a PDF file that requires Adobe Reader).

Latvian Artists Exhibit - Philadelphia
IN PHILADELPHIA: From Saturday, Mar. 29 to Sunday Apr. 6
- Latvian Artists Exhibit, at the Philadelphia Society of Free Letts, 531 North 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Opening will be on March 29 at 4 pm. For information please visit: www.americanlatvianartists.org for details about the program. Click to view the full color POSTER (a PDF file that requires Adobe Reader).

Sunday, Mar. 30, at 10:30 – Church services followed by Spring Event at the Long Island Church. Program will feature a talk (in Latvian) by Vera Siliņa about "Amber, the Sun Stone", a Latvian lunch, coffee, and a lottery. Hosted by the Long Island Congregation Women's Committee. All are welcome. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

APRIL 2008:

From Thursday, Apr. 3 to Sunday, Apr. 6 - New York Estonian Cultural Days, at the Estonian House. Information about admission and the program is available at www.estonianhousenewyork.com/kultuur.php The English text of the program follows the Estonian version.

Saturday, Apr. 5, at 09:00 (?) - LELBA Eastern district ladies auxiliary conference, at the Yonkers Church .  A church service at 17:30 will follow the close of the conference. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis, president of the Womens' Committee of the Long Island congregation.

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Apr. 5, - 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. To read more about the Daugavas Vanagi in New York, please visit this site's: DV-NY Page. (This event had earlier been announced as taking place March 29.)

Rīgas SargiSaturday, Apr. 5, at 13:15  - Showing of the movie Rīgas Sargi (Defenders of Rīga) at the South Hills Mall, Silver Cinemas 8 Theater #6. The South Hills Mall is on US Route 9 between Poughkeepsie and Wappingers Falls, NY, about 6.9 miles north of the Interstate 84 interchange. It is on the west (Hudson River) side of Route 9. The mall is being reconstructed, therefore it is necessary to drive around the complex of stores to gain entrance to the theaters by using the back entrances. Admission $15. Rīgas Sargi (2007) was filmed in Latvia and is a dramatized account of events in November of 1919 during Latvia's War of Independence which followed the end of the First World War. "Rīgas Sargi" premiered on Nov. 11, 2007 and has been seen by over 140,000 people, thus making it the most popular Latvian movie since Latvia regained its independence (in 1991). The film is in Latvian with English subtitles. Organized by the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS: www.tilts.org .

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySunday Apr. 6, at 14:00 - Latvian Singalong, at Priedainē, NJ. Latvian folk song concert and singalong. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Apr. 12, at 11:00 - Latvian American USA East Coast Volleyball Tournament at the Volleyball House, 5635 Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, MD 21075, www.vbhouse.com . Men's and women's volleyball players from New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and elsewhere will be participating. For more information, please write NJ Latvian Sports Group "Kursa" rep. Jānis Ģiga or call home tel. (908) 272-4580, work tel. (732) 346-2926, mob. tel. (908) 931-1228. To register your team for the tournament please write Washington, DV, Daugavas Vanagi Sports Group "Sigulda" rep. Viesturs Timrots . Click to view the full color POSTER (a PDF file that requires Adobe Reader).

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSunday, Apr. 13, 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 more information, call Ferlands Krūmiņš (914) 948-1929. For more information about the game of novuss, please visit: www.novussusa.com.

Tuesday, Apr. 15 - Fifth anniversary of www.NYLatvian.Org ! (And don't forget to file your tax return.)

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemFrom Friday Apr. 18 to Sunday Apr. 20 - Daugavas Vanagi USA annual Delegates Meeting, Vanadzes meeting, DV Youth meeting, in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, please visit: www.daugavasvanagi.org .

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, Apr. 19, at 14:00 - Eriks Raisters Memorial Fund annual function, at Priedainē, NJ. This year's laureate is Vilnis Baumanis, of musical ensemble Trīs no Pārdaugavas fame, who will read his own humorous poetry. Rita Gāle will speak about the laureate and a film about Trīs no Pārdaugavas's visit to Latvia will be shown. Admission $15. Coffee and a lottery. All are invited. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

US Baltic Foundation Saturday, Apr. 19, at 18:00 - USBF American Baltic Celebration, Washington, DC. Guest of honor and keynote speaker: President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia. This event will headline a three-day series of Baltic cultural and business development events on April 18- 20 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC. Sponsored by The U.S.- Baltic Foundation (USBF), the 2008 Annual U.S.-Baltic Gala will feature a business conference, an exchange program summit, a silent auction and black-tie gala dinner to highlight the special and growing ties between the U.S. and the Baltic States. For more information about all events, please write info@usbaltic.org , call (202) 785-5056 or visit: www.usbaltic.org .

ALA logoFrom Friday, Apr. 25 to Sunday, Apr. 27 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Association (ALA), Independence, Ohio (near Cleveland). For further information visit www.alausa.org .

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society Saturday, Apr. 26, - 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 .

IN BALTIMORE, MD: Saturday, Apr. 26, starting at 12 noon - East Coast Estonian / Baltic Folk Festival (IREKS), at the Lithuanian Hall, 851-853 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD. Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian folk dance groups from up and down the east coast will be participating. Party in the evening with dancing, drinks and dinner. Discount if tickets purchased in advance. For complete information visit: www.pillerkaarwdc.com/ireks2008.htm .

MAY 2008:

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAD TO BE CANCELLED because recently the US Dept. of Homeland Security imposed more onerous requirements for artists to obtain visas and it was not possible to meet the new requirements in time.
Saturday, May 3
at ??:?? - Concert by Liene Šomase at Priedainē, NJ. Ms. Šomase is a young singer from Valmiera, Latvia who also plays the saxaphone and is an actress in a TV serial on Latvian TV. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAD TO BE CANCELLED because recently the US Dept. of Homeland Security imposed more onerous requirements for artists to obtain visas and it was not possible to meet the new requirements in time.
Friday, May 9,
at ??:?? - "Tiekamies maijā..." ("Let's Meet in May...") Party. Details forthcoming. For information please visit www CentreLV com .

Sunday, May 11, - Mothers' Day church services: at 10:00, at the Yonkers Church, where a Mothers' Day program will follow in the downstairs hall with lunch, presentations by the Latvian school students. ; At 10:30 at the Long Island Church, where the Long Island Latvian school's commencement will follow.; At 14:00 at the Jamaica, Queens Church, at the First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY.

Saturday, May 17, at 12:30- Mothers' Day church services followed by the annual Barbeque at the Brooklyn parsonage. For more information Ēriks Niedrītis

From Friday May 23 to Sunday May 25 - ALA Sports Tournament in Volleyball, Basketball and Ice Hockey, in Chicago, Illinois. Complete information about the ALA tournament may be viewed at: www finalspeles com Saturday, May 24 - Hockey Night of the 55th ALA Sports Tournament, in Chicago, Illinois. The time has come to dig into your closets, dust off your skates and lace them up for some ice hockey! This year's ice hockey game will be a part of the 55th American Latvian Association's Sports Championships in Volleyball and Basketball on Saturday, May 24th in Chicago, Illinois (Robert Crown Ice Complex).  The game is slated to start at 5:45 pm and the current plan is to have a Latvian squad face off against a squad of Lithuanians. No participation fee has been set as of now, although it will probably be around $20 to cover the ice rental and officials. Information regarding the weekend's sports tournaments, official hotel, parties and maps can be found by logging on to www finalspeles com/. There are also sign up sheet for various events on the website, so please take a look at it. Further information regarding the ice hockey game can be obtained by writing to me directly at mlazdins[@]hotmail.com.  If you wish to play, please register with me via email or by phone (201.317.6448).  Also, if you know of anyone who may be interested in playing, please forward them this info and have them get in contact with me in order to register themselves.

Sunday, May 25, at 12:00 - Memorial Service at the Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills, next to the cemetery in Tannersville, NY. At 15:00 - 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. At 17:45 a dinner, dance and social evening will follow the concert, admission $10. Please make advance reservations 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.

Association for the Advancement of Baltic StudiesFrom Thursday, May 29 to Sunday, Jun. 1 - The 21st Conference on Baltic Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. The conference theme will be "Baltic Crossroads: Examining Cultural, Social and Historical Diversity". For further information, please visit the web page of the AABS

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From Thursday, May 29 to Thursday, Jun. 6 - Latvian Youth Seminar DivReizDivi, (Two times two) outside of Kalamazoo Michigan. Complete information, registration and program may be viewed at: www.divreizdivi.com 

Saturday, May 31, at 20:00- Grand Opening Party for the new www.LatvianUSA.com Portal, at the Estonian House . For complete information about the evening's program and on how to order tickets visit: www.LatvianUSA.com .

JUNE 2008:

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, Jun. 7, at 11:00 - Church services, followed by commencement  program of the Latvian school, at Priedainē, NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

Saturday, Jun. 7, at 13:00 - Informational meeting about the proposed new "Dining Hall" to be built at the Latvian Church camp (Ēdam zāles pārbuve Ņujorkas Draudzes Nometnē) at the Yonkers Church .

Saturday, Jun. 7, at 20:00 - Baltic Bash "Night of Mayhem", at the Estonian House. For information write to Pia, or call (917) 770-7825. Please also visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com

Sunday, Jun. 8, at 10:30 - Church services followed by an Informational meeting about the proposed new "Dining Hall" to be built at the Latvian Church camp (Ēdam zāles pārbuve Ņujorkas Draudzes Nometnē) at the Long Island Church.

Saturday, 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. (See also March 25.)

Saturday, Jun. 14, at 14:00- Church services followed by a Pot Luck lunch at the Brooklyn parsonage. For more information Ēriks Niedrītis .

Sunday, Jun. 15 at 10:00 - National Day of Mourning (June 14) Commemorative Church Services at the Yonkers Church, in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported from their homeland to prison camps in Siberia by occupying Soviet forces in 1941. 

Līgo! Līgo! Happy Midsummer night - June 21, Līgo eve - June 23 & (St.) John's Day - June 24!

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, June 21, 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 ensemble Dzirkstele from Philadelphia, will perform. At 19:00 there will be a concert by singer Ance Krauze from Rīga, Latvia. After the performances dance music will be provided by our old favorite - Bernie's orchestra till the wee hours. At 22:30 the bonfire will be lit to the accompaniment of traditional St. John's Day songs.. Admission $20.  For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org .

From Saturday, June 21 to Sunday, June 22 - 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 and clicking on "Nometne".

Sunday, Jun. 29 at 10:00 - Church Services followed by a showing of the film "The Soviet Story" at the Yonkers Church. Information about this film may be viewed at: www.sovietstory.com. Admission is by donation. All donations in their entirety will benefit the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia www.occupationmuseum.lv . The "Ziemeļu novads" ("Northern", i.e. Yonkers based congregation) committee is providing use of the hall at no charge and other people are donating their time, labor and use of equipment for this event.

JULY - AUGUST 2008:

IN LATVIA - Thursday, July 3, from 12:00 to 16:00 - (Informal) Meeting of the World's Latvians, at the "Lido atpūtas centra" restaurant, second floor, Krasta iela 76, Rīga, Latvia. Please register by June 15. Admission 10 Ls. which includes a buffet lunch. To register and for information visit: www.clba.lv .

XXIV Vispārejie latviešu Dziesmu un XIV Deju SvētkiIN LATVIA - From Saturday July 5 to Saturday July 12 - XXIV Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Festival, in Riga Latvia. Information will be available at: www.dziesmusvetki2008.lv 

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"Saturday July 12 at 11:00 am - "Zelta Bumba ("Golden Ball) Volleyball Tournament Benefit in the Catskills at the Latvian Veterans' Center Rota in Elka Park, NY. Come with or without a team, teams will be formed on the spot. Prizes will be given to winners. Admission $20 which includes a hotdog lunch. Proceeds benefit the NJ Latvian Sports Group "Kursa" and the LKIA "Rota". The evening program will take place in Rota's club "Zelta Auns" ("The Golden ram") and will feature "DJ MJ". For those who have not paid the all-day tournament admission the evening admission will be $10. For more information, please write NJ Latvian Sports Group "Kursa" reps. Jānis Ģiga home tel. (908) 272-4580 or Aivars Bārs, tel. (862) 812-1067. For directions and lodging visit: www.rotalodge.org .

Saturday, Jul. 19 at 15:00 - "Melnais Lācis" ("The Black Bear") Social afternoon. Please see below under the heading "New York Latvian Church Camp in the Catskill mountains summer program".

Saturday, Aug. 2, from 07:00 (a.m.) till 22:00 (10:00 p.m.) - Voting for the Referendum on Proposed Changes to Latvia's Constitution. Election precincts will be set up New York and Washington, DC. Read the paragraph, above. " Referendum on the Proposed Changes to Latvia's Constitution"

Katskiļi nometnes 50 gadu jubilejas logoNew York Latvian Church Camp in the Catskill mountains summer program

For more information visit www.nydraudze.org and click on "Nometne".

Sunday, Jul. 6 through Saturday, Jul. 19 - Children's camp session 1. For information write:  .

Sunday, Jul. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 2 - Children's camp session 2. For information write:  .

Sunday, Jul. 13 through Saturday, Jul. 19 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Children ages 2-6 camp session A. For information write: ikskisia@gmail.com .

Saturday, Jul. 19 at 15:00 - "Melnais Lācis" ("The Black Bear") Social afternoon, in the tent by the "Atpūtas nams" ("Rest Home"). Program will feature performances by the campers. Proceeds will benefit the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne".

Sunday, Jul. 20 at 11:00 - Church services followed by a Concert to close the first session of the Children's camp.

Sunday, Jul. 20 through Saturday, Jul. 26 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Children ages 2-6 camp session B. For information write: ikskisib@gmail.com .

Saturday, Jul. 26 in the afternoon - Theater performance of a short Neil Simon play "Kopīgā atvaļinājumā", translated into Latvian by Andrejs Zinbergs and performed by Uldis Steppe, Dagnija Lapiņa, Miķelis Rīsbergs and Tija Ore.

Sunday, Jul. 27 through Saturday, Aug. 2 - Īkšķīši (Little Thumbs) Children ages 2-6 camp session C, with focus on helping children who have difficulty expressing themselves in the Latvian language. For information write: ikskisic@gmail.com .

Saturday, Aug. 2 - Concert to close the second session of the Children's camp.

Sunday, Aug. 3 through Saturday, Aug. 9 - Valodas Īkšķīši (Language Little Thumbs) Latvian language immersion camp for children ages 2-6. For information write: ikskisiv@gmail.com .

Sunday, Aug. 3 through Saturday, Aug. 16 - Latvian language camp. For information write: valodasperiods@yahoo.com .

Sunday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, Aug. 16 - Seniors' camp. For information write: sencunometne@gmail.com .

Sunday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 24 - 3 x 3 Seminar camp. The "3 x 3" camp is for all generations. Program  includes interest groups on Latvian culture, language, politics and applied arts, along with captivating lectures, discussions and activities. For more information, please visit: www.3x3katskilos.info and www.3x3.lv.

AUGUST 2008:

Saturday, Aug. 2, from 07:00 (a.m.) till 22:00 (10:00 p.m.) - Voting for the Referendum on Proposed Changes to Latvia's Constitution to allow voters to recall the Parliament. Election precincts will be set up New York and Washington, DC. Read the paragraph, above. " Referendum on the Proposed Changes to Latvia's Constitution"

Olympic Games Beijing 2008IN CHINA - From Friday Aug. 8. through Sunday Aug. 24. - XXIX Olympic Games in Beijing, China. For further information about Latvia's Olympic efforts visit: www.lov.lv . For more information about the Olympic Games in Beijing visit: http://en.beijing2008.cn/ .

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"Saturday Aug. 16 at 14:00 pm - Soccer game at the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills followed by a Garden Party ("Zaļumballe") at the Latvian Veterans' Center Rota in Elka Park, NY. The organizers are inviting players to come so two teams can be formed. There is also a Celtic Festival at nearby Hunter Mountain that weekend. If you want to play and/or for more information, please write or call NJ Latvian Sports Group "Kursa" reps. Jānis Ģiga home tel. (908) 272-4580 or e-mail Aivars Bārs, tel. (862) 812-1067. For directions and lodging visit: www.rotalodge.org .

Saturday, Aug. 23, from 07:00 (a.m.) till 22:00 (10:00 p.m.) - Voting for the Referendum on Proposed Changes to Latvia's Pension Laws. Election precincts will be set up New York and Washington, DC. Read the paragraph, above. " Referendum on the Proposed Changes to Latvia's Pension Laws"

XV West Coast Latvian Son Festival, Ventura, CAIN VENTURA, CA - From Thursday August 28 to Monday September 1 - XV West Coast Latvian Song Festival, in Ventura California. Information will be available at: www.westcoastlatviansongfest.org 

From Saturday, Aug. 30 to Sunday Aug. 31 - Baltic Labor Day Weekend Bash, at the Lakewood Estonian House, 4 Cross Street & Vets Highway, Jackson, NJ. Activities start at 1 pm on Saturday. Events include: Pig Roast; Beer Garden with Lithuanian, Latvian & Estonian beers; Saturday evening entertainment program with folk dancing and more; Volleyball - set up teams and practice on Saturday, tournament on Sunday; Vendors with handicrafts and jewelry; Games - ping pong, badminton, Sumo wrestling; Activities for children - hair wrapping, face painting & games; Dance band on Saturday night; Movie - The Singing Revolution on Sunday; DJ  & dancing on Sunday night; Camping & Sauna. Admission: $10 a day or $15 for the weekend ($12 if you pay in advance), Camping fee $10, Pig Roast $10, other food in the kitchen all weekend. For more information and advance admission e-mail Karin Lichter or call (732) 446-7615. Directions to the Lakewood Estonian House - From the direction of New York City get on US Route 9 going South and drive into Lakewood NJ. When you see a lake on your right and you are halfway past it, turn right onto Central Avenue. Drive straight on Central Avenue until you see the Lakewood Estonian House in front of you as the road curves to the right.

SEPTEMBER 2008:

Saturday, Sep. 6, at 19:00 - Theater performance by the Skatuve theater company from Latvia of the play Kronis II, at the Yonkers Church. The play Kronis II ("Crown II" in Latvian) is by Lelde Stumbre. Admission $20. For more information write Jānis Riekstiņš or call (516) 674-8802. Organized by the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS and the Council of Latvian Orgs. of N.Y.

Sunday, Sep. 7, 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. Traditional Latvian foods, coffee and refreshments will be served. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySunday, Sep. 7, at 14:00 - Theater performance by the Skatuve theater company from Latvia of the play "Kronis II", at Priedainē, NJ. The play Kronis II ("Crown II" in Latvian) is by Lelde Stumbre. Admission $20. For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org.

From Saturday Sep. 13 until Sunday Oct. 26 - "Art in Free Fall" exhibit by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Among the artists exhibiting their works will be (Latvian-American) Anna Annus Hagen and her husband Thomas Hagen. For more information and directions visit: www.bwac.org .

Sunday, Sep. 14, at from 11:00 to 17:00 - "Lights on for Latvia" in New York City at the 92nd Street "Y" "Street Fest '08", Lexington Avenue between 90th & 91st Streets. To mark the 90th anniversary of Latvia's independence visit Latvia's exhibit at this exciting international street festival. Learn more about one of Europe's oldest nations and cultures and one of the most rapidly developing economies in Europe today. See master weaver Jānis Rozentāls from Rīga display his works, plus more exciting events. Fore more information write info@latvia-newyork.org , call (646) 230-0590 or visit www.latvia-newyork.org . For more information about the annual 92nd Street "Y" Street Fest visit www.92y.org and click on the events calendar for September 14.

The Soeviet Story filmSunday, Sep. 21 at 11:00 - The Soviet Story - Premier film viewing, at the Scandinavian House, 58 Park Avenue between 37th & 38th Streets. Reception will follow with President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia and the film's producer Edvīns Šnore. Tickets $20. As the film includes footage of Soviet atrocities it is not suitable for children under 15. You may buy tickets at the door on the day of the viewing. For information please call the Latvian Consulate in New York at (646) 230-0590, e-mail info@latvia-newyork.org or visit www.latvia-newyork.org. For directions to the Scandinavian House visit: www.scandinaviahouse.org/about.html#visit_info . Also click to view the full color POSTER (a PDF file that requires Adobe Reader).

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"Saturday, Sep. 27 at 10:00 - 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). Party in the evening. Next day have fun on the beach at the Jersey Shore. For more information write  Jānis Ģiga, tel. (732) 346-2926 or Aivars Bārs, tel. (973) 601-0355.

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, September 27, at 14:00 (not at 15:00 as posted earlier) - Daugavas Vanagi season opening event at the DV House. Program will feature a video and a raffle drawing for paintings by Latvian artists. The audience will choose which of two videos will be shown - either Mana mīļā Rīga or Nakts pirms rītausmas. All are invited.

IN PHILADELPHIA: Saturday, September 27, starting at 19:00 - "Happy Hour", at the Philadelphia Society of Free Letts, 531 North 7th Street (pie Spring Garden), Philadelphia, PA 19123. Enjoy Latvian music, Latvian beer, the Latvian pool-like game of Novuss and the Latvian bartender Pauls. Tell your Latvian friends. Tell your non-latvian friends. The Philadelphia Society of Free Letts Happy Hour is held monthly.

Sunday, Sep. 28, at 10:00 – Church service followed by St. Michael's Day bazaar at the Yonkers Church. The program will begin with Vera Siliņš' presentation "Dzintars" ("Amber" in Latvian) and an exhibit on amber. There will be Latvian style foods & desserts, a raffle drawing and more. Admission $25. All are welcome. For further information write: Baiba Kļaviņš

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSunday, Sep. 28, at 13:00 - DV chapter of New Jersey event, at Priedainē, NJ. Program will information will follow. For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org .

OCTOBER 2008:

Sunday, Oct. 5, at 10:00 – Harvest Festival church service at the Yonkers Church.

Sunday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 – 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.

The Clavier TrioSunday, Oct. 5, at 14:00 – Concert by the Clavier Trio, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The violinist Arkady Fomin from critically acclaimed CLAVIER TRIO was raised and educated in Latvia. The other members of the Trio are Jesús Castro-Balbi, cello and David Korevaar, piano. The concert program will feature the American premiere of Postscriptum by Lera Auerbach, Sonata for violin and cello by Ravel and Trio Elégiaque op. 9 by Rachmaninoff. For information, directions and tickets visit: www.carnegiehall.org .

Concert by Edvinas MinkstimasFriday, Oct. 10, at 19:00* - Concert by Lithuanian pianist Edvinas Minkstimas, at the United Nations Auditorium, 760 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY The UN Visitor's entrance is on First Avenue at 46th Street. *Guests should allow 30 minutes to clear UN security. Reception will follow. Admission by donation ($55 or $100) and advance reservation only. Please visit www.usbaltic.org , or call Trevor Dane of the USBF at (202) 785-5056.

Saturday, Oct. 11, at 19:00 - Theater performance by the "Mazais" ("Little") Latvian theater company from San Francisco, CA of Raimonds Staprāns' play "Meli Un To Piedošana" ("Lies and the Forgiveness of Them" in Latvian), at the Long Island Church.  Admission $20. For more information write Jānis Riekstiņš or call (516) 674-8802. Organized by the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS and the Council of Latvian Orgs. of N.Y.

Sunday, Oct. 12, at 12:00 - Memorial Service at the Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills, next to the cemetery in Tannersville, NY. For travel directions visit: www.nydraudze.org click on "Nometne" and page down to near the bottom of the page. Also please visit: www.latvianmemorialpark.org

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySunday, Oct. 12, at 14:00 - Theater performance by the "Little (Mazais)" Latvian theater company from San Francisco, CA of the play "Meli Un To Piedošana" ("Lies and the Forgiveness of Them" in Latvian), at Priedainē, NJ. For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org.

American Latvian Artists AssociationFrom Friday Oct. 17 until Sunday Oct. 19 -American Latvian Artists' Association (ALMA) annual Gathering, in the Catskills N.Y. Latvian Church Camp Rest Home (Atputas Nams). For information write Dace Marga or call (215) 368-2061. Please visit: www.americanlatvianartists.org .

Saturday, Oct. 18, from 12:00 to 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: Imants Kalniņš or call (201) 933-8234.

Sunday, Oct. 19, at 16:30 - Harvest Festival Church service, at the East Orange Church.

From Friday Oct. 24 till Sunday October 26 - Fall Festival in the Catskills at the Latvian Veterans' Center Rota in Elka Park, NY. Information about the program will be forthcoming but will include Beer tasting, dinner and a Party in Rota's bar with live music by The Lugers - Karlis Alversons, Alvis Brigis, Lars Alversons - who will rock out with tunes in Latvian and English. Proceeds benefit Rota and Rota's work. Please visit: www.rotalodge.org .

The Soeviet Story filmFrom Friday Oct. 24 till Thursday, Oct. 30  - The Soviet Story will be showing 5 or 6 times a day, at the Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Avenue (at East 12th Street), New York NY. For show-times, directions and tickets visit www.villageeastcinema.com . Adult admission $12, discounts available for students, seniors and groups of 25 or more. Please invite your non-Baltic friends and neighbors to join you. The film includes footage of Soviet atrocities and thus is not suitable for children under 15. For more information about the film and a preview trailer visit www.sovietstory.com. Also click to view the full color POSTER (a PDF file that requires Adobe Reader). This showing is organized by the Latvian Consulate in New York: tel. (646) 230-0590, e-mail info@latvia-newyork.org or visit www.latvia-newyork.org. ABOUT THE FILM - “The Soviet Story” is a unique first time documentary film by director Edvīns Šnore. Completed in May 2008, the film tells the story of the Soviet regime. Among the many subjects explored in the film are:  The Great Famine in Ukraine (1932/33); The Katyn massacre (1940); The SS-KGB partnership; Soviet mass deportations; and Medical experiments in the GULAG. "The Soviet Story” was filmed over 2 years in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, France, UK and Belgium. Material for the documentary was collected by the author, Edvīns Šnore, for more than 10 years. As a result, “The Soviet Story” presents a truly unique insight into recent Soviet history, told by people, once Soviet citizens, who have first-hand knowledge of it. “The Soviet Story” also discusses the impact of the Soviet legacy on modern day Europe. Listen to experts and European MPs discuss the implications of a selective attitude towards mass murder; and meet a woman describing the burial of her new born son in a GULAG concentration camp. “The Soviet Story” is a story of pain, injustice and “realpolitik”. The Economist news-magazine wrote on May 22nd: “'Soviet Story' is the most powerful antidote yet to the sanitization of the past. The film is gripping, audacious and uncompromising.” The film is essential viewing for anyone interested in this very important part of 20th century history and how it resonates in today’s geo-political climate. The film had its North American premiere screening at the prestigious 2008 Boston Film Festival (www.bostonfilmfestival.org) on September 13, winning the ‘Mass Impact Award’ which is given to a film that illuminates a social injustice in the world. The film’s inclusion was noteworthy because the festival selects only 30 films each year. The film also screened on September 18, 2008 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. The event was introduced by the Chairman of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Dr. Lee Edwards who remarked to the audience that “We need more documentary films like “The Soviet Story”. Latvia’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Andrejs Pildegovics introduced the screening. The event was attended by many representatives of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. government, as well as numerous diplomats and representatives of the media. To view a video of the event visit  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX52EGtYd_o For more information and to view the trailer, please visit:www.sovietstory.com.

Friday, Oct. 31, at 20:00 - "Baltoween" (Baltic Halloween) party at the Estonian House. Who knew Hannibal Lector was Lithuanian...MuHaHaa! Come party and mingle. Let's eat and drink. Let's dance and meet. Admission with a costume $10, without $15. For information e-mail Pia Levensteins or call (917) 770-7825. For directions visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com .

NOVEMBER 2008:

Saturday, Nov. 1 - Deadline for reservations to the Formal Ball in Honor of the 90th Anniversary of Latvia's Independence, at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street (at Fifth Avenue), New York NY. See the event description under November 21.

Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10:00 till 15:00 - Flea market at the Yonkers Church downstairs hall. Hosted by the Bronx Latvian grade school and the New York Latvian Concert Choir. 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. 2 at 13:30 - Discussion and Book Signing with Jukka Rislakki, at the DV House. The discussion will focus on the newly published "The Case for Latvia – Disinformation Campaigns against a small nation; Fourteen Hard Questions and Straight Answers about a Baltic Country" by Jukka Rislakki. The book is about a Baltic nation that emerged from fifty years under the Soviet Union - interrupted by a brief but brutal Nazi-German occupation and a devastating war - now a member of the European Union and NATO. Yes, but what else? Relentless accusations keep appearing, especially in Russian media, often repeated in the West: "Latvian soldiers single-handedly saved Lenin's revolution in 1917", "Latvians killed Tsar Nikolai II and the Royal family", "Latvia was a thoroughly anti-Semitic country and Latvians started killing Jews even before the Germans arrived in 1941", "Nazi revival is rampant in today's Latvia", "The Russian minority is persecuted in Latvia. . ." True, false or in-between? The Finnish journalist and author Jukka Rislakki examines charges like these and provides an outline of Latvia's recent history while attempting to separate documented historical fact from misinformation and deliberate disinformation. His analysis helps to explain why the Baltic States (population 7 million) consistently top the enemy lists in public opinion polls of Russia (143 million). His knowledge of the Baltic languages allows him to make use of local sources and up-to-date historical research. As a neutral, experienced and often critical observer, Rislakki is uniquely qualified for the task of separating truth from fiction. The Book can be purchased at Amazon.com, BalticShop.com. Some copies will be available for purchase at the time and place of the event. Jukka Rislakki was born in 1945. He received MA, political science, University of Finland and also graduated from the Sanoma School of Journalism. „Helsingin Sanomat” journalist; Baltic correspondent from 1998 -2001. Now lives in Jurmala, Latvia, as a freelancer and writer. Since 2008 he is also a political cartoonist at the Latvian newspaper "Diena". Jukka Rislakki has received many prizes on journalism and non-fiction writing in Finland and Latvia. He has published several books on history, the Baltic countries and popular culture as well as biographies in Finland, Latvia and the US.

Welcome to the BalticsWednesday, Nov. 5, from 16:00 to 19:00 - Destination Baltics: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Beyond. Fascinating presentations, one-on-one consultations, elegant cocktail reception at the Estonian House. This informative seminar which will include presentations, consultations, brochures, videos, regional cuisine and performers and more will offer a brief glimpse of the many facets of this exotic travel destination. RSVP by November 3: Krista Altok Tassa, e-mail: katassa@eacci.org Sponsors include AirBaltic, Czech Airlines, Finnair, Icelandair, SAS, Vytis Tours, Amest Travel & iTRVL

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Nov. 8, at 14:00 - Lāčplēsis Day commemoration, at the DV House. Concert by talented young violinist Margarita Kreine from Latvia. Ms. Kreine will perform works by JS Bach, F Mendelssohn, J Brahms, V Sturestep and others. Admission $20. After the program refreshments will be available in the club room downstairs.

Saturday, Nov. 15, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the Yonkers Church. Program will feature an address by Zigurds Rīders, chairman of the Daugavas Vanagi in the USA (in Latvian) and a concert by the New York Latvian Concert Choir. 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 7 tickets may be ordered for $20 (or benefactor tickets at $50 - benefactors will have their names printed in the program). Free admission for children up to 12 years of age and for Latvian school pupils. To order tickets send a stamped, self-addressed envelope, with payment (make checks payable to "Council of American Latvian Orgs. of N.Y., Inc.") to Imants Kalniņš, 42 Hackensack Street, Wood Ridge, NJ 07075.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society Sunday, Nov. 16, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at Priedainē, NJ. Program information will follow, but will include and a concert by the New York Latvian Concert Choir. Admission is $20. For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org .

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


Coat of Arms of the Republic of LatviaFriday, Nov. 21, at 19:00 - Formal Ball in Honor of the 90th Anniversary of Latvia's Independence, at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street (at Fifth Avenue), New York NY. The Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, the Honorary Consulate of Latvia in New York and the Council of American-Latvian Organizations in New York cordially invite you to the 18th of November 90th Anniversary Ball in New York. Please make reservations by November 1st. Formal attire preferred. To make reservations send payment of $150 per person (make checks payable to "Council of American Latvian Orgs. of N.Y., Inc.") to Imants Kalniņš, 42 Hackensack Street, Wood Ridge, NJ 07075. Please include the full names of all people attending, your mailing address and your e-mail (or telephone if you don't have e-mail). Major anniversaries happen only once in ten years. Come and join the New York Latvian community at this gala event. All are welcome. For information e-mail Baiba Pinnis or call (914) 631-5725.

Coat of Arms of the Republic of LatviaFriday, Nov. 21, at 19:00 - You can still make reservations for the Formal Ball in Honor of the 90th Anniversary of Latvia's Independence in New York, which will take place Friday, Nov. 21, at 19:00 at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street (at Fifth Avenue just north of Rockefeller Center), New York NY. The Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, the Honorary Consulate of Latvia in New York and the Council of American-Latvian Organizations in New York cordially invite you to the 18th of November 90th Anniversary Ball in New York. Please make reservations without delay. The $150 per person cost includes dinner, dessert, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks as well as live dance music with a polonaise. The Ball will be held in an elegant building and hall built in the 1930-s. Formal attire preferred but not obligatory. You may park your car at 250 West 50th Street (a few blocks from the club) for $14 for 8 hours if upon arriving at the club you get your parking ticket stamped with the club's validation by the concierge on the first floor. To make reservations send payment of $150 per person (make checks payable to "Council of American Latvian Orgs. of N.Y., Inc.") to Imants Kalniņš, 42 Hackensack Street, Wood Ridge, NJ 07075. Please include the full names of all people attending, your mailing address and your e-mail (or telephone if you don't have e-mail). Major anniversaries happen only once in ten years. Come and join the New York Latvian community at this gala event. All are welcome. For more information and to arrange table seating e-mail Baiba Pinnis or call (914) 631-5725.

The Ball in honor of Latvia's 90th Anniversary was a great success!

The ball took place Friday, Nov. 21, at 19:00 at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street (at Fifth Avenue just north of Rockefeller Center), New York NY. It was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, the Honorary Consulate of Latvia in New York and the Council of American-Latvian Organizations in New York. Here are few photos.

Group photo of the Latvia's 90th Anniversary Ball 11-23-2008
Polonaise at the Latvia's 90th Anniversary Ball 11-23-2008
Polonaise at the Latvia's 90th Anniversary Ball 11-23-2008

ALYA logoFrom Wednesday, Nov. 26 until Sunday, Nov. 30 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please visit: www aljakongress net and www.alja.org.

DECEMBER 2008:

Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10:00 – New York Latvian Concert Choir's Advent concert at the Yonkers Church. Program will feature the premier performance of the cantata "Ziemassvētku vakarā" ("Christmas Eve") by Ēriks Ešenvalds and the cantata "Latviešu ziemassvētki" ("Latvian Christmas") by Romualdas Jermaks. The performers will include: Laila Liepiņa (soprano), Sarma Dindzāne-Vanseta (alto), The New York Latvian Concert Choir, the Bronx Chamber Orchestra, conductors Andrejs Jansons and Laura Padega-Zamura. After the concert, all are invited to an Advent brunch. Admission $25 (for the concert and brunch), children ages 13 and under free. You will be able to purchase gifts at the bookstore run by the Women's committee of the church congregation.

Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 – Church service followed by a Christmas bazaar and fair, at the Long Island Church. Enjoy a Latvian style lunch. 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. 13,  at ??:?? - The Bronx Latvian school's "Eglīte" ("Christmas Tree" celebration) at the Yonkers Church.

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Dec. 13, at 15:00 -  New York Latvian society and the New York Daugavas Vanagi "Eglīte" ("Christmas tree" celebration), at the DV House. Admission is by bringing an item for the pot-luck lunch or $10. Program information will follow. Pot luck buffet will follow the program. All are welcome.

Saturday, Dec. 13, at 13:00 - "Piparkūkas" (Gingerbread cookie) baking and "Eglīte" ("Christmas tree" celebration) of the Inner City Congregation, at the Brooklyn Parsonage. "Piparkūkas" baking will be held from 13:00 till 15:00. You will be able to form and decorate your own gingerbread cookies. You will be asked to donate $5 to cover the cost of the dough. Please register in advance for the baking with Vija Eversone-Garvey tel. (646) 334-8263 e-mail vijarita@aol.com  At 15:00 there will be a church service together with the Brooklyn Latvian school children. This will be followed by a social evening with singing of Latvian Christmas songs, hot wine, and "pīrāgi". All are cordially invited.

Sunday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 – Church service followed by the Long Island Latvian grade school "Eglīte" ("Christmas Tree" celebration), at the Long Island Church.

Dec. 15, 18, 22, 26, & 29 - Maija Kovaļevska performs at the Metropolitan Opera. Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska, winner of the 2006 Domingo Operalia competition, returns to the Metropolitain Opera this season in the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme. In Franco Zeffirelli’s production of the Puccini favorite, Maija Kovalevska sings the consumptive heroine, and Ramón Vargas and Massimo Giordano share the role of her poet-lover, with Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello, in what may be the world’s most popular opera. Maija Kovalevska is scheduled to appear on December 15, 18, 22, 26 and 29 and January 3, 6, and 10. For further details visit: MetOpera http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/production.aspx?id=10014 For more information on Maija Kovalevska, please visit her website www.maija-kovalevska.com or IMG Artists. This information provided by the Latvian Consulate in New York www.latvia-newyork.org .

Saturday, Dec. 20,  at 12:00 - The New Jersey Latvian school's "Eglīte" ("Christmas Tree" celebration), at St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ. (PLEASE NOTE that the information posted earlier on these pages, in "Baznīcas Ziņas", and in the newspaper "LAIKS" is incorrect. These mistakenly referred to Christ Church, 66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, NJ.)

Saturday, Dec. 20, at 15:00 - The Brooklyn Latvian School's "Eglīte" ("Christmas tree" celebration), at the Brooklyn Parsonage. Program will feature Latvian Christmas games, songs and other traditions. Lunch will be served afterwards. All are invited. Admission by donation, starting at $10. Proceeds to benefit the Brooklyn Latvian School. For more information visit www CentreLV Com.

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

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

DivReizDivi 2008IN MICHIGAN: From Friday Dec. 26. till Wednesday Dec. 31 - Latvian Youth Seminar DivReizDivi, (Two times two) in Lawton, Michigan, near Kalamazoo and Gaŗezers. Complete information, registration and program may be viewed at: www.divreizdivi.com

IN PHILADELPHIA: Wednesday, Dec 31, starting at 12:00 - A.L.J.A. New Year's. For information visit: www.alja.org .

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietyWednesday, Dec 31, at 20:00 - New Year's Eve Ball at Priedaine, NJ. Accordionist William Aust will play dance music in the big hall. Downstairs in the bar there will be music, karaoke and games for the younger generation. There will also be a play area for children. Admission $45 per person. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

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