Archive for the year 2012

 

JANUARY 2012: Happy New Year!

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Jan. 7, at 14:00 - Social evening hosted by the New York Daugavas Vanagi at the DV House. Program will feature a Latvian sing along led by Ilona Kudiņa, socializing, lunch and refreshments. Admission $15 which includes wine, hors d'oeuvres and lunch. All are invited whether you are a member or not.

Sunday, Jan. 15, 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 and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org. In Latvian Epiphany (Jan. 6) is called "Zvaigznes diena" - "The Day of the Star".

Agora Gallery

From Tuesday Jan. 17 until Tuesday Feb. 7 - Exhibit of paintings by two Latvian artists, Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY. Opening reception will be on Thursday Jan. 19. from 18:00 to 20:00. The gallery will exhibit works by Latvian artists Yuri Elperin and Aleksandra Vavilova, as well as by others. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00. For information about the gallery visit: www.agora-gallery.com. There are also separate pages for each artist: Yuri Elperinam - www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Yuri_Elperin.aspx and Aleksandra Vavilova - www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Aleksandra_Vavilova.aspx.

Latvia flag

Friday Jan. 20 - Remembrance Day for the Defenders of the Barricades in 1991. After establishing a pro-independence government in Latvia in May 1990, the Soviet government in Moscow increased pressure to block Latvia’s peaceful mass movement toward freedom. In January 1991 the Soviet Union mobilized its security forces in an attempt to remove Latvia’s elected leaders. In response, people from all over Latvia brought trucks, tractors, and heavy equipment to Rīga to build barricades around the government buildings and parliament. The face-off culminated on January 20th when Soviet special forces initiated a gun battle and temporarily seized the Ministry of the Interior. Although several people were killed, the barricades held and pro-democracy forces prevailed to restore full independence in August 1991. (From the Latvian Institute www.li.lv.)

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Friday, Jan 20, at 18:00 - Singalong at Priedaine NJ. A video will be shown of Eduard Rozenštrauch's concert in 1989 at the DV house in the Bronx, NY. Please bring your favorite dishes for a pot luck dinner. Admisson free. For more information visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

Seafarers - International House

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED DUE TO THE SNOW. The new date will be posted here as soon as it is confirmed. Saturday, Jan. 21 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. The service will be followed by the annual meeting of the Inner City district (Iekšpilsētas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org. PLEASE NOTE: The date for this event was changed from Jan. 14 to Jan. 21 after the congregation's newsletter Baznīcas Ziņas went to press.

Sunday, Jan. 22, 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 and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

Latvia flag

Thursday, Jan. 26 - International (de jure) Recognition of the Republic of Latvia. This remembrance day was a holiday in pre-World War II Latvia. It marks the day in 1921 when the Council of the newly formed League of Nations decided to formally recognize Latvia as an independent country. The United States of America formally recognized Estonia's, Latvia's and Lithuania's independence on July 28, 1922. Most countries, including the USA, continued, at least symbolically, to recognize the Baltic States as independent nations even during the time of their occupation by the Soviet Union (1940-1991), thus denying legitimacy to the Soviet annexation of these countries.

Joshua Liner Gallery

From Thursday Jan. 26 until Saturday Feb. 25 - Exhibit of paintings by a Latvian-American artist, at the Joshua Liner Gallery, 548 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY. The gallery's "Resolve" exhibit features works by several artists including Kris Lewis, a Latvian-American. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00. For information about the gallery visit: www.JoshuaLinerGallery.com. Visit the Gallery's page on Facebook: Facebook Visit the artist's Kris Lewis' website: www.KrisLewisArt.com.

Saturday, Jan. 28 - "Draudzīgais aicinājums" ("The Friendly Appeal") Day. In 1935 Latvia's prime-minister Kārlis Ulmanis, on his name's day, issued the first annual "Draudzīgais aicinājums" charitable appeal for the benefit of Latvia's schools. Everyone was urged to remember the school of their childhood by donating to it books, works of art and money for the school's funds. Under Soviet occupation this campaign was banned but in exile Latvians continued to observe it. In 1994 the "Draudzīgā aicinājuma" appeal was revived in a Latvia which is once again free.

Saturday, Jan. 28, at 09:45 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey district (Ņudžersijas novads) of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 638 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's New Jersey district committee and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.
The meeting will be followed by the New Jersey Latvian School's "Draudzīgais aicinājums" event.

Gunārs un Jautrite Salini in 1978

Sunday, Jan. 29, at 10:00 - Church services, followed, at 11:15 by the annual NY Latvian Culture Days program, at the Yonkers Church. Program will be in honor and remembrance of the poet Gunārs Saliņs (1924-2010) and scholar of literature Jautrīte Saliņa (1924-2010). There will be a biographical overview of their lives and work in the Latvian artistic community focusing on the time of the Hell's Kitchen era in the 1950-os and 60-os in New York. This will be complemented by photographs and musical pieces composed by Arnolds Šturms, Gundega Šmite and Laila Saliņa, with Gunārs Saliņš texts & poems, Jautrītes Saliņš notes. Program will be performed by Gunārs & Jautrītes Saliņš children: pastor Laris Salīnš; singer Laila Saliņš; and the youngest daughter flutist and psychotherapist Lalita Saliņš. At this event recent recipients of the American Latvian Association's Certificate of Recognition will be honored: Gunta Ģiga; Vineta Zālīte; Mārtiņš Zālīte, as well as the recipient of the Daugavas Vanagi emblem in gold Ivars Bērziņš. There will be a reception following the program with hors d'oeuvres and wine. Admission $20. Event organized by the Council of American Latvian Organizations of NY. For information write Baibai Pinnis or call (917) 270-4786.

FEBRUARY 2012:

SuperBowl XLVI

Sunday, Feb. 5, starting after 17:00 - Super Bowl Party, at the Yonkers Church. Admission $20 (children under 16: free), which includes watching the Super Bowl on a big screen with projected TV, food, soda, wine and beer. Proceeds will benefit the work of the congregation's Northern region and the upkeep of the Yonkers church. All are welcome to join us. You don't have to be a sports 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 Whichever two teams that make it to the Super Bowl will play at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN and kick-off time is approximately 18:30 EST. The popular singer "Madonna" will perform at half-time. The party is organized by the NY Latvian Church - Northern Committee.
Follow the event "Latvian Church Super Bowl Party" on Facebook: Facebook and tell us if you are coming.
The latest news: The New York Giants are still in contention to make it to the Super Bowl! On January 1 they beat the Dallas Cowboys and made it into the playoffs. On January 8 they trounced the Atlanta Falcons in the wild-card round. On January 15 they took down last year's champions, the Green Bay Packers, in the divisional round. On January 22 they will play the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC conference championship. Go GIANTS!
The latest news: THE NEW YORK GIANTS WILL BE PLAYING IN THE SUPER BOWL! On January 1 they beat the Dallas Cowboys and made it into the playoffs. On January 8 they trounced the Atlanta Falcons in the wild-card round. On January 15 they took down last year's champions, the Green Bay Packers, in the divisional round. On January 22 they won a hard fought game that went into overtime against the San Francisco 49ers to claim the NFC conference championship. The Giants will be playing the AFC Conference champions, New England Patriots, in the Super Bowl. This is a repeat of the matchup in 2008 when we saw the Giants win. This year's game is sure to be just as exciting. Come join us at the Yonkers church and lets enjoy it together. Go GIANTS!

poetess Klara Zale Daugavas Vanagi Emblem Valentines Day

Saturday, Feb. 11, at 14:00 - Valentine's Day Event, at the DV House. Program will feature a celebration of the romantic poetess', Klāra Zāle's (1911-2003) 100th birthday. Participating will be her daughter Gunta Alexander, Eleonora Šturma, and the poets Voldemārs Avens, Rita Gāle and Jānis Krēsliņš. Admission $15 which includes lunch. All are invited. Organized by the New York "Vanadzes". For information contact: Marīja Maher, tel. (908) 277-1251.

Sunday, Feb. 12, at 11:00 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at the Yonkers Church. The church service will include a performance by the singer Laila Saliņa, accompanied by Inese Cederbaums. They will perform Bruno Skultes' "Labais Gars" and Paula Līcīte's "Ave Maria"- written in 1938 with lyrics by Kārlis Štrāls. This will be the premier pereformance of this work in the USA. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

Laila Robins - The Lady From Bubuque

From Tuesday February 14 until Sunday April 15, - Latvian-American actress Laila Robins will portray "Jo" in the play "The Lady From Dubuque", at the Signature Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY. For details visit: www.SignatureTheatre.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=1944. The theater's home page: www.SignatureTheatre.org.

Lithuania's national flag

Thursday, February 16 - Lithuania's Independence Day (1918).
For information on events please visit: www.nylithuanian.org.

Latvians abroad: Vote! Latvijas gerbonis

Saturday, Feb. 18 from 07:00 to 22:00 - Polling stations will be open for the (Latvian) national teferendum on proposed changes to the Latvian Constitution to make Russian (as well as Latvian) an official language of Latvia. On January 20 it will be announced if in New York there will be a polling station at Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY. Citizens of Latvia may vote by presenting a valid Latvian passport. If you cannot come to a polling station and wish to vote by mail you must submit a registration form by February 4. For complete information (in Latvian) visit the Embassy and Consulate of Latvia website: www.latvia-usa.org.

Latvians abroad: Vote! Is this what you want? Vote no in the referendum! Is this what you want? Vote no in the referendum! Latvijas gerbonis

Saturday, Feb. 18 from 07:00 to 22:00 - Polling stations will be open for the (Latvian) national teferendum on proposed changes to the Latvian Constitution to make Russian (as well as Latvian) an official language of Latvia. There will be a polling station in New York at Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY. Citizens of Latvia may vote by presenting a valid Latvian passport. There will be other polling stations across the USA, 15 in all. If you cannot come to a polling station and wish to vote by mail you must submit a registration form by February 4. For complete information (in Latvian) visit the Embassy and Consulate of Latvia website: www.latvia-usa.org.

Seafarers - International House

Saturday, Feb. 18 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. The service will be followed by the annual meeting of the Inner City district (Iekšpilsētas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org.

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.

Estonia's national flag

Friday, February 24 - Estonia's Independence Day (1918), "Elagu Eesti!"
For information on events please visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com.

Lake Placid 2012

From Friday February 24 until Sunday February 26, - Latvians competing in World Championships in Skeleton and Bobsled, at Lake Placid, New York. Several of Latvia's individuals and teams have a good chance of earning medals at these events. Mārtiņs Dukurs and his brother Toms are competing in the skeleton. In the bobsled there are two Latvian teams. Several Latvian-Americans from Rochester, NY will be attending skeleton and bobsled events from February 24-26. Tickets can be bought at the event venues. Admission is $20. For more information visit: www.bobslejs.lv, www.fibt.com and www.whiteface.com/events/bobskel_champ_sched.php. Lake Placid is about a 5 hours drive north of the New York metro area.

Lake Placid 2012

From Friday February 24 until Sunday February 26, - Latvians competing in World Championships in Skeleton and Bobsled, at Lake Placid, New York. Congratulations to Mārtiņs Dukurs who won the gold medal in the skeleton! For more information visit: www.bobslejs.lv, www.fibt.com and www.whiteface.com/events/bobskel_champ_sched.php.

Jauniešu dienas 2012

From Friday February 24 until Sunday February 26, - Latvian Youth Days in the Catskills (Jauniešu dienas Katskiļos), At the Latvian Church Camp Nometne Rest House (Atpūtas nams) in the Catskills. Program:
Friday:
8:00 pm: Registration & Meet and Greet
Saturday:
9:00 - 10:30am: Breakfast
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm: Casino evening! (more details to come)
6:00 - 8:00 pm: Dinner
9:00 pm - ???: Ball in the Atpūtas Nams Basement. Theme: One-Hit Wonder Party; prizes for best costume!
Sunday:
9:00-11:00am: Breakfast
(Contact us if you're willing to help with clean up!)
Good byes
Follow this "event" "Jauniešu Dienas 2012 -- One-Hit Wonders!" on Facebook: Facebook, where you tell us if you are coming. For information write: Lija Kurēns  
More info: The cost for the entire weekend is $40, which includes meals, events, and keg beer both nights (room fee extra). Coming on Saturday? $30 for the day. Just the ballīte? $15 for event fee and keg beer. As usual, we can accept cash only for the event fees. Rooms are $55 a night and the money goes to NY Draudze. Please email JauniesuDienas2012@gmail.com to reserve your room ASAP because rooms go quickly. (Do not call Janina to reserve.) Janina can accept cash and checks for the room when you check in. Each room has 2 beds, but can easily accommodate 3 to 4 people, or even more if you wanna get cuddly. We tend to draw quite a crowd and with limited rooms in Atpūtas Nams, sharing is highly encouraged.

SkautiGaidas Sunday, Feb. 26, at 11:00 - Church services followed by the 63rd 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 (in Latvian) of a play "Raibā pasaka" followed by a hot lunch, a raffle drawing and a social afternoon. All past and present members of the Scouts and Guides, as well as well-wishers are cordially invited. For further information write Diāna Rudzīte or Reinis Sīpols.

MARCH 2012:

col. Oskars Kalpaks

Sunday, Mar. 4, at 10:00 - Church services in memory of 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. The church service will feature a performance by Jessica Sandidge (soprano) and David Moore (cello), accompanied by Inese Cederbaums (piano), of works by Bruno skulte and Guiseppe Verdi. After the service pianist Vilnis Klimanis, Lett! will play songs with soldierly and academic themes, An academic address (in Latvian) will be given by Dr. Izolde Zīversa Preisa, Dzintra. A reception will follow with hors d'oeuvres provided by the Latvian Sororities Group of New York. All are invited. Organized by the Latvian Fraternities Group of New York and the Daugavas Vanagi chapter of New York. For information contact Vilnis Vīksne, gers! tel. (718) 220-8191.

Latvijas pase

Until Friday March 23, - Registration to use the mobile passport workstation in New York.
Starting in 2012, the Embassy of Latvia will offer Latvian citizens the opportunity to renew, or obtain for the first time, Latvian passports at several locations in the USA. For this purpose a mobile passport workstation has been set up, which will allow those who have sent in their documents in advance, to have passport photos and biometric information taken at locations other than only at the Latvian Embassy in Washington DC.
The mobile passport workstation will be set up in New York, at the Mission of Latvia to the United Nations: 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022, USA.
To register for a session while the mobile passport workstation is operating in New York, you must submit your required documents to the Embassy of Latvia in the USA at Washington, DC by March 23.
The documents must be sent to consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv or by fax to (202) 328-2860, and you must provide your contact information (telephone, e-mail). You will be informed of the precise time to of your appointment when your photo and biometric information will be taken after March 23.
To find out what documents are required to register yourself, and / or your children, and to download a sample registration form, please visit: www.latvia-usa.org/inparmopadan.html. If the link does not work or you do not read Latvian, then visit the home page: www.latvia-usa.org or send an e-mail to the above address. The mobile passport workstation is scheduled to be in New York from April 12 to 14.

Agora Gallery

From Tuesday Mar. 6 until Tuesday Mar. 27 - Exhibit of paintings by a Latvian artist, at the Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY. The gallery will exhibit works by Latvian artist Tanya, as well as by others. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00. For information about the gallery visit: www.agora-gallery.com. There are also separate pages for each artist: Tanya - www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Tanya.aspx.

ALA logo Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

From Friday, Mar. 9 until Saturday Mar. 10, - American Latvian Association (ALA) Board meeting at Priedaine NJ. ALA board meetings are open - anyone who is interested may attend and listen to the proceedings. For more information visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org. Also write: Anita Batarags.

Latvian Cultural Association TILTS Saturday, Mar. 10, at 13:30 - Annual meeting of the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS, at the DV House. A TILTS board meeting at 11:00 will precede the annual meeting. All are invited. Please visit www.tilts.org. For information write Ģirts Zeidenbergs or Andris Padegs.

Seafarers - International House

Saturday, Mar. 10 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org.

Gunārs un Jautrite Salini in 1978 Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Mar. 10, at 18:00 - Evening in remembrance of the poet Gunārs Saliņs and his wife, the scholar of literature Jautrīte Saliņa at Priedaine NJ. Program (in Latvian) will be in honor and remembrance of the poet Gunārs Saliņs (1924-2010) and scholar of literature Jautrīte Saliņa (1924-2010). There will be a biographical overview of their lives and work in the Latvian artistic community focusing on the time of the Hell's Kitchen era in the 1950-os and 60-os in New York. This will be complemented by photographs and musical pieces composed by Arnolds Šturms, Gundega Šmite and Laila Saliņa, with Gunārs Saliņš texts & poems, Jautrītes Saliņš notes. Program will be performed by Gunārs & Jautrītes Saliņš children: pastor Laris Salīnš; singer Laila Saliņš; and the youngest daughter flutist and psychotherapist Lalita Saliņš. Admission $20, which includes dinner and the cultural program. For more information visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

Daylight Savings Time begins at 1 am Mar. 11 - set your clocks one hour ahead!

Pankūku brokastis Jonkeros

Sunday, Mar. 11, at 10:00 - Church services followed by the annual Pancake Breakfast at the Yonkers Church. The church service will feature a performance by Una Tone (violin) and David Moore (cello), accompanied by Inese Cederbaums (piano), of works by L. van Beethoven. Taste Latvian style pancakes and crepes in all styles - and all delicious - filled with cottage cheese, meat, yeast, or apple. Add a side dish such as potatoes with herring or without. Top the crepes with fruit preserves of all kinds. Come and enjoy! Surely you will find something to your taste. There will also be a raffle drawing. Admission $25. Proceeds will benefit the work of the New York Latvian Church. All are invited. Organized by the NY Latvian Church's Northern region Women's Committee.

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem Latvian Legion

Saturday, Mar. 17, at 14:00 - Latvian Legion Commemoration, at the DV House. Program to be announced. This will be followed by a Latvian lunch. Admission $15, which includes lunch. All are invited.

filma - Bermontiade Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Mar. 17, at 14:00 - Latvian Legion Commemoration, at the DV House. Program will feature a showing of the documentary film "Bermontiāda" produced by Askolds Saulītis. This will be followed by a Latvian lunch. All are invited.

Sunday, Mar. 18, at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Spring Event at the Long Island Church. The program (in Latvian) will feature Madelena Minate telling about her experiences during her "Sveika Latvija" trip and at the Gaŗezers Latvian High School (in Three Rivers, MI). This will be followed by a lunch, coffee, and a raffle drawing. Organized by the NY Latvian Church Long Island region Women's Committee. For information write Ilze Beinikis.

Laila Robins - The Lady From Bubuque

Until Sunday April 15, - Latvian-American actress Laila Robins will portray "Jo" in the play "The Lady From Dubuque", at the Signature Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY. For details visit: www.SignatureTheatre.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=1944. The theater's home page: www.SignatureTheatre.org.

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Mar. 24, - Annual meetings of the New York Daugavas Vanagi: at 10:00 - meeting of the Daugavas Vanadzes (Womens' Auxiliary), and 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. To read more about the Daugavas Vanagi in New York, please visit this site's: DV-NY Page.

The Hidden Europe by Francis Tapon

Saturday, Mar. 24, at 17:00 - Book signing: The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Euopeans Can Teach Us, by Francis Tapon, at the Estonian House. Like most Eastern Europeans, Estonians resist being called Eastern European. Francis Tapon will not only explain why he puts Estonia in Eastern Europe, but he will also explain what we can learn from Estonians, as well as other Eastern Europeans. His 90-minute multimedia presentation will cover the Baltic to the Balkans. He will discuss controversial topics like Estonia's Bronze Soldier, as well as what Putin's re-election means to the region. You will see hundreds of stunning photos taken from 25 Eastern European countries.
Although the event is free, please make at least a $5 donation to help the Estonian House. Whoever donates will get a $6 discount off an autographed copy of The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us (list price is $26). Latvians and all friends of the Baltic peoples are welcome too!
RSVP to: www.pingg.com/rsvp/kbkts83rk4xzznz7j.
To read more about the book visit: www.FrancisTapon.com/Books/The-Hidden-Europe/Where-is-Eastern-Europe-and-what-countries-are-in-it.

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Saturday, Mar. 24, at 20:00 - Let's celebrate Mara Day!, at the Estonian House. There will be music, snacks, "maratinis", a raffle drawing, fun, and flowers for all Maras. Admission free for all "Mara-s", $5 for those with "Mara" as a middle name, and $10 for FOMs (Friends of Maras). Proceeds will benefit the American Latvian Youth Assoc. (ALJA) and the Latvian school of Brooklyn. Follow this event "Saviesīgais vakars! Fun Times!" on Facebook: Facebook.

Sunday, Mar. 25 -National Day of Mourning in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported on this day from their homeland to prison camps in Siberia by occupying Soviet forces in 1949. (See also June 14 and July 4.)

Monday March 26 at 19:30 - Performance of the play "Colonel Pilate", at the Lark Play Development Center / Theatre, 311 West 43rd Street, New York, NY. The author of the play is Ukrainian-born Aleksey Scherbak, who lives in Latvia. For more information and to order tickets visit: www.LarkTheatre.org. The performance will be followed by a short conversation with the playwright

Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York

Wednesday, 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 Baiba Pinnis or call tel. (917) 270-4786.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Mar. 31, - New Jersey Latvian annual meetings at Priedainē NJ. At 13:00 New Jersey Latvian Federal Credit Union, followed at 15:00 - New Jersey Latvian Society, at For more information, please visit  www.priedaine.org.

APRIL 2012:

Sunday, Apr. 1 - Palm Sunday - Church services with communion: at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church and at 10:30 at the Long Island Church. (In Latvian Palm Sunday is called "Pūpolu svētdiena" - "Pussy Willow (or Willow Catkins) Sunday".)

From Sunday, April 1 to Saturday April 28 - Exhibit of works by Krista Svalbonas, Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ. The gallery is open Thursday and Friday from 12:00 to 15:00, Satrurdays by appointment only. Opening reception will take plave Sunday April 1 from 13:00 to 16:00 For information about the gallery visit: www.WatchungArts.org. Visit the artist Krista Svalbonas' websites: www.KristaStudios.com and www.KristaSvalbonas.com.

Monday Apr. 2 at 16:30 - Lecture by Karen Weber of the History Dept, New York University: "'In Future Generations ...': Legislating Mixed Marriages in the Baltic Provinces, 1865-1884", at the Yale University, 203 Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT. The event is presented by the European Studies Council & the Baltic Studies Program. For information about Yale University and travel directions visit: www.Yale.edu. If you have questions write Bradley Woodworth, Baltic Studies Coordinator bradley.woodworth@yale.edu.

Important Contemporary Artists of Latvia

From Tuesday, Apr. 3 until Friday Apr. 20 - Exhibit: Important Contemporary Artists of Latvia, at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY. The U.S. premiere of an exhibition of “Important Contemporary Artists of Latvia” will be held at theNational Arts Club of New York in April 2012. It will feature the paintings by nine contemporary Latvian artists, showing their diversity, creativity and originality. The exhibition features 36 paintings by nine Latvian artists: Kaspars Brambergs, Harijs Brants, Andris Eglītis, Ieva Iltnere, Ernests Kļaviņš, Daiga Krūze, Leonards Laganovskis, Inga Meldere and Miervaldis Polis. The gallery is usually open to the public from 9 am to 6 pm, but call the number (below) to make sure it will not be closed for a private function at the time you plan to come. Admission is free. There may still be a limited number of invitations available for the opening reception on Monday, Apr. 2. To receive an invite e-mail the Honorary Consulate of Latvia in New York: info@latvia-newyork.org. For directions please visit: www.NationalArtsClub.org or call (212) 475-3424.

Thursday, Apr. 5 - Holy Thursday - Church services with communion: at 11:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 13:00 at the Long Island Church and at 13:00 at the East Orange Church. (In Latvian Holy Thursday is called "Zaļā ceturtdiena" - "Green Thursday".)

Friday, Apr. 6 - Good Friday - Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 19:00 at the Long Island Church. At Yonkers the services will be complemented by Wallace Kramer - clarinet & Inese Cederbaums - piano performing "Romanza: Tres calme" - F. Poulenc and "Six studies in English Folksong"- R.V. Williams.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Apr. 7, at 12:00 - Easter celebration, at Priedainē NJ. Program will include Easter egg coloring, an Easter egg hunt, a traditional Latvian Easter swing, a raffle drawing, and a Latvian style lunch. To participate, please register with Sarmīte - mob. tel. (732) 610-8227. All are invited. Follow this event "Lieldienu sagaidīšana PRIEDAINĒ, NJ" on Facebook: Facebook. For more information, please visit: www.priedaine.org.

Seafarers - International House

Saturday, Apr. 7 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org.

Happy Easter! (In Latvian "Priecīgas Lieldienas!")

Holy week church services with the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York

Sunday, Apr. 8 - Easter Sunday - Church services: at 08:00 at the Yonkers Church and at 08:00 at the Long Island Church. The services in Yonkers will be complemented by the New York Latvian Concert Choir. Following the church services there will be: an Easter breakfast  at Yonkers; and an Easter Egg hunt at Long Island. (In Latvian Easter is called "Lieldienas" - "The Great Days".)

IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN: From Thursday, April 12 until Saturday, April 14 - Archive and material culture conference for Latvian organizations abroad. For more information visit: www.alausa.org/lv/citi/trimdas-latviesu-arhivaru-konference/. If the link does not work, then find it on the ALA home page: www.alausa.org.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa" Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: Saturday, April 14, 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. To register individual players or teams for the tournament, or for additional information, please write the Washington, DV, Daugavas Vanagi Sports Group "Sigulda" rep. Viesturs Timrots - tel. (301) 294-0046, or the NJ Latvian Sports Group "Kursa" rep. Jānis Ģiga - home tel. (908) 272-4580, work tel. (609) 588-6314.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Apr. 14, at 14:00 - Ēriks Raisters memorial fund award presentation, at Priedainē NJ. This year's honoree will be Vilnis Baumanis. All are invited. For more information, please visit: www.priedaine.org.

Ziedu ansamblis

Saturday, Apr. 14, at 14:00 - Concert: "Pasakas par ziediem" ("Fairytales About Blooms") at the Long Island Church. This will be the premier performance in the USA of this ensemble: Dita Krenberga (flute) - soloist with the Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra; Valts Pūce (piano) - the composer; and Gundars Āboliņš - actor with the Jaunais Rīgas teātris. After the performance the audience will have the opportunity to converse with the artists over wine and hors d'oeuvres. Admission $25. Organized by the Council of American-Latvian Orgs. of NY in cooperation with the Latvian Cultural Assoc. TILTS. For further information write Baiba Pinnis or call tel. (917) 270-4786.

Fundraising ALJA Kongress 2012

Saturday, Apr. 14 at 20:00 - Fundraising Event for ALJA Kongress in NYC, at the restaurant Butterfield 8, 5 East 38th Street, New York, NY. Admission $30. This year's ALJA Kongress will take place in New York City over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Follow this event "Fundraising Event for NYC Kongress" on Facebook: Facebook. Restaurant website: www.butterfield8nyc.com.

Tuesday Apr. 17 at 11:45 - Una Bergmane's presentation "Bloodshed in Vilnius and Riga in January 1991: The Forgotten Crisis in Western-Soviet Relations", at Yale University, Room 108, Allwin Hall, 31 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT. Presentation by Una Bergmane of Sciences Po (Paris) / Yale University: "Bloodshed in Vilnius and Riga in January 1991: The Forgotten Crisis in Western-Soviet Relations" The event is presented by the International Security Studies & the Baltic Studies Program. For information about Yale University and travel directions visit: www.Yale.edu. If you have questions write Bradley Woodworth, Baltic Studies Coordinator bradley.woodworth@yale.edu.

European Union Youth Orchestra 2012 Concerts

Wednesday, April 18 at 20:00 - Three Latvian artists will be with the European Union Youth Orchestra tour, at Carnegie Hall, West 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY. Three musicians from Latvia will be participating in this tour's visit to the United States: Liga Kuzman, violin; Stella Zake, violin; and Knarika Karapetyana, viola. For information about the concert visit: www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2012/4/18/0800/PM/European-Union-Youth-Orchestra/. For information about the orchestra visit: www.euyo.org.uk.

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

IN CLEVELAND, OH: From Friday Apr. 20 to Sunday Apr. 22 - Daugavas Vanagi USA annual Delegates Meeting & Vanadzes meeting,. For more information, please visit: www.daugavasvanagi.org.

IN PHILADELPHIA, PA: Saturday Apr. 21 at 09:00 (am) - Conference of East Coast (Latvian Lutheran church congregation) Women's Committees, at the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of St. John, 301 N. Newtown Square Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073. For information and registration write Ruta Ore, or call tel. (610) 287-3845.

LLos Angeles Latvian Men's choir concerts

Los Angeles Latvian Men's choir "Uzdziedāsim, Brāļi!" ("Let's sing, Brothers!") concerts,
Saturday, April 21 at 15:00 - at Priedainē NJ, and
Sunday, April 22 at 12:30 - at the Yonkers Church. You will hear new and old songs. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Admission $25. For information write: Valdis Ķeris, or call tel. (310) 347-1385.
At Yonkers on April 22 a church service at 10 am will preceed the concert.

AABS - Assoc. for the Advancement of Baltic Studies

IN CHICAGO, IL: From Thursday, Apr. 26 to Saturday, Apr. 28 - The 23rd Conference on Baltic Studies, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, IL. For further information, please visit the web page of the AABS. Follow the conference ("group") "AABS Conference 2012 Chicago" on Facebook: Facebook. Register by Feb. 1 to receive the discounted registration price.

MAY 2012:

ALA logo

IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN: From Friday, May 4 until Sunday, May 6 - The American Latvian Association's (ALA) annual congress, Ann Arbor, MI. For information visit www.alausa.org.

Saturday, May 5, from 09:00 to 15:00 - Flea market, at the Yonkers Church. Please donate (right now - don't wait till the day of the flea market) lightly worn clothes, kitchen utensils, serving pieces, place settings, toys, electronics and other household appliances. Clear out your closets, attic and garage! Please contact Vija Valdmane, tel. (914) 478-4787, to say when you will be dropping by with your unneeded stuff. Please also come to the flea market for fantastic bargains! If you have any questions please contact: Laura Zamurs, tel. (516) 628-1465, for more information and to volunteer if you can help set up before and also man the tables during the flea market.

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, May 5, at 14:00 - Annual commemoration of the battles in the Kurzeme salient at the close of World War II, at the DV House. Program will feature a chamber music concert of works by Latvian and other composers performed by flutist Connie Leviatin, cellist Enrico Orengo and pianists Lisa Forte and Dace Aperāns. This will be followed by lunch, desserts, coffee and refreshments in the downstairs club room. Admission: $20, young people under the age of 16 admitted free. All are invited. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (908) 277-1251. Follow this "event" "Chamber Music Recital & Kurzemes Cietiksnis" on Facebook: Facebook.

Tuesday, May 8 at 20:00 - Concert: Music of Pēteris Vasks at the Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue (@ the SE corner of East 85th Street), New York, NY. The Afiara String Quartet: Yuri Cho, violin; Valerie Li, violin; David Samuel, viola: Adrian Fun, violoncello. Paul Vasile, organ. Program: Viatore (2005) - Pēteris Vasks; Canto di forza (2002) - Pēteris Vasks; String Quartet No. 4 (1999) - Pēteris Vasks. The composer will be present at this concert. $20 General Admission / $15 Student/Senior at www.Smarttix.com. For directions visit: www.ParkAvenueChristian.com. For more information about the concert and performers visit: www.ParkAvenueChristian.com/arts/event-calendar/.

Saturday, May 12, at 10:30 - The Bronx Latvian elementary school celebrates its 60th anniversary at the Yonkers Church. Program will include an invocation, performances, exhibits, activities, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and lunch. Admission $25, chilren under 16 admitte free. Everyone from the school's family is welcome: including former, current and future pupils, their parents, grandparents and all of the school's supporters. For information contact: Laura Zamurs, tel. (516) 628-1465.

Seafarers - International House

Saturday, May 12 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org.

Sunday, May 13, at 10:30 - Mothers Day church services followed by an Event to honor senior congregation members at the Long Island Church. The program (in Latvian) will feature Krista Lediņa telling about her experiences during her "Sveika Latvija" trip. This will be followed by a lunch, and coffee. For information write Ilze Beinikis.

From Friday May 18 to Sunday May 20 - Spring Festival at Rota in the Catskills. For directions and info about Rota visit: www.RotaLodge.org. To reserve rooms: at Rota call (518) 589-9878; at the Nometne's Viesu or Ezermāja call (518) 589-9932. For more information write Juris Bļodnieks. Follow this "event" "Rota's Pavasarsvetki - Spring Brew Fest 2012" on Facebook: Facebook.

Artis Pabriks

Tuesday May 22 at 17:30 - Dr. Artis Pabriks, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia will be featured in a discussion hosted by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, at The Union Club, 101 East 69th Street (@ Park Avenue), New York, NY. Minister Pabriks will speak on the topic: "The Impact of Austerity Measures on the Transatlantic Link: Can the Challenges Be Overcome?". The discussion will be moderated by Amb. Herman J. Cohen, among other things former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. A reception will follow. Admission $60 with advance registraion by May 21, through: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=368366 . Proper dress required - for men a jacket and tie, no jeans allowed. No cell phone use on Club premises. For information about the National Committee on American Foreign Policy visit: www.ncafp.org.

Astra & the 22's

Friday, May 25 at 19:30 am - Astra & The 22's (a musical ensemble) will play at the Alphabet Lounge, 104 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009. Astra is from Latvia. Tickets $10 at the door. Follow this event "Astra and The 22's @ Alphabet Lounge" on Facebook: Facebook and let people know if you will attend.

ALA 15. un 59. ASV Latviešu Meistarsacīkstes NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa" American Latvian Association logo

IN TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA: From Saturday May 26 to Sunday May 27 - 59th Annual ALA Sports Tournament in Volleyball, Basketball and Ice Hockey, will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more information write: Jānis Ģiga gbgiga@verizon.net, mob. tel. (908) 931-1228, or Aivars Bars Aivars@njkursa.com and visit: www.lsak.org/ms2012/.
The Annual American Latvian Association USA Championships in Volleyball, Basketball and Hockey will for the second time ever take place north of the border in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Tournament events run from May 25th thru the 27th, and will take place at Humber College's Athletics Centre (North Campus) and Westwood Arena. Those looking to book a hotel for the event can already do so by clicking the following this link. The tournament organizers have arranged for a special Latvian Athlete's rate of $84/night for a room with two Queen beds and a free breakfast included (and we're not just talking "continental"!): www.comfortinn.com/ires/en-US/html/ArrivalInfo?hotel=CN478&srp=LLSAK
Follow updates about this event "2012 ALA un ASV Meistarsacikstes - Toronto" on Facebook: Facebook and let people know if you will attend.

Sunday May 27 at 12:00 noon - Memorial Service at the Latvian Memorial Park cemetery, in the Catskills. There is also a candlelight service at dusk of the previous evening (Sat. May 26). For information visit: www.LatvianMemorialPark.org.

Spring Concert
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New York Latvian Concert Choir

Sunday May 27, at 15:30 - Spring Concert: Music of the 2012 Latvian Song Festival (to take place in Milwaukee, WI). With Dobele High School Choir Sadzieis, the New York Latvian Concert Choir, the Montreal Latvian Choir Atbalss, and Friends. Agita Ikauniece & Ints Teterovskis - Guest Conductors from Latvia, at the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Admission $25, students $15, children free. Includes pre-concert hors-d'oeuvres. For concert and other information write Sandra tel. (773) 551-5265 and visit: www.NYLatvianConcertChoir.org. This concert made possbile by the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, private donations and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

JUNE 2012:

Saturday, Jun. 2 at 10:30 am - Commencement program of the Bronx Latvian School, at the Yonkers Church.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Jun. 2, at 11:00 - Commencement program of the New Jersey Latvian school, at Priedainē NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org. For information about the New Jersey Latvian school visit www.njskola.org.

The Parsonage in Brooklyn

Saturday, Jun. 2 at 14:00 - Church service, at the (former) Brooklyn parsonage. Zanda Velta Lazda will be christened during the service. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. A lunch will follow. Questions? Write to Andrejs Lazda or call tel. (646) 228-1184. The Brooklyn parsonage was sold in 2011, so this might be the very last Latvian event to take place there. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org.

Long Island Church-s 45th

Sunday, Jun. 3 at 10:30 am - Church services and Long Island district 45th anniversary celebration, at the Long Island Church. Solos by violinist Una Tone. Reception downstairs will follow with greetings, pīrāgi and kliņģeris. All are invited. For information write Ilze Beiniķis.

filma Sibirijas Bilance

Sunday, Jun. 10 at 10:00 am - National Day of Mourning (June 14) church service at the Yonkers Church (also see June 14 for service in Long Island). After the services the documentary film Sibīrijas bilance by Dzintra Geka will be shown.

Latvijas pase

Until Wednesday Jun. 13, - Registration deadline to use the mobile passport workstation during the July Latvian Song Festival in Milwaukee, WI.
If you would like to renew, or obtain for the first time, a Latvian passport, a mobile passport workstation will operate during the Latvian Song Festival which will take place in Milwaukee, WI from July 4th to 8th. But you must register with the Latvian Embassy in Washington DC by June 13 to use the workstation. For complete information visit: www.latvia-usa.org/inparmopadan.html. If you have any questions (or don't read Latvian) then contact: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv or call to (202) 328-2881.

Thursday, Jun. 14 - National Day of Mourning in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported on this day from their homeland to prison camps in Siberia by occupying Soviet forces in 1941. (See also March 25 and July 4.)
Church services will be held at 19:00 at the Long Island Church.

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

ensemble Lauku Muzikanti Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, June 23, at 16:00 - St. John's Day/Midsummer night Celebration at Priedaine, NJ. Celebrants will be welcomed starting at 4pm. Program will feature Latvian folk dance group performances with Jumis from New York, Namejs from Washington DC, and Dzirkstele from Philadelphia. This will be followed by a concert by Lauku Muzikanti from Latvia. Dance music by Pēdējais vilciens led by Ričards Skulte. Singing by the bonfire will be led by Jānis Students on accordian. There will also be a Līgo Market where you can purchase Latvian jewelry, a hot lunch, traditional Latvian style foods, European ceramics, Latvian weavings and much more. Admission: adults - $30; students (ages 15-21) - $15; children under 15 - free. For more information and directions visit www.priedaine.org. Follow the "New Jersey Latvian Society Priedaine" page on Facebook: Facebook; and the event "Svinēsim "Jānus" Priedainē" - Facebook.

JULY 2012:

Wednesday July 4 - In Latvia this is the National Day of Mourning for those who perished in the Nazi Holocaust. Officially the day is called the "Remembrance day for Jewish genocide victims" (in Latvian "Ebreju tautas genocīda upuru piemiņas diena"). On this day in 1941 occupying Nazi-German forces burned down the Great Choral Synagogue in Rīga. (See also March 25 and June 14.)
USA flag In the U.S.A. this day is celebrated as Independence Day (declared in 1776).

Fundraising ALJA Kongress 2012

Saturday, July 7 from 21:30 to 23:30 - Fundraising Event for ALJA Kongress in NYC, at the restaurant Butterfield 8, 5 East 38th Street, New York, NY. Admission $30. This year's ALJA Kongress will take place in New York City over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. For the price of admission you can enjoy drinks for two hours. Some of the proceeds will benefit the organization of the ALJA kongress. For information write Aleksandra Maļinovskis. Restaurant website: www.butterfield8nyc.com.

Latvian Song Festival Milwaukee

From Wednesday July 4 to Sunday July 8 - XIII U.S. Latvian Song Festival, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information visit: www.latviansongfest2012.com. Follow the festival "XIII LATVIAN SONG & DANCE FESTIVAL MILWAUKEE" on Facebook: view the "Non-Profit Organization" page - Facebook; and join the "group" - Facebook.

Latvian Church camp "Nometne" gateway

New York Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills summer program for July through August

Registration for the church camp Nometne, in the Catskills, Summer program will open in March. For information and registration visit www.NYDraudze.org and click on "Nometne".

“ĪKŠĶĪŠU” (" Little thumbs" For children ages 2-6 ) periods:
For children speaking Latvian:
A-week: from Sunday July 8 to Saturday July 14;
B-week: from Sunday July 15 to Saturday July 21;
C-week: from Sunday July 22 to Saturday July 28;
D-week: from Sunday July 29 to Saturday August 4;
For children who speak little or no Latvian and need to learn it:
Language week: from Sunday August 5 to Saturday August 11.

Regular children's camp "NOMETNE" periods:
For children speaking Latvian:
1st period: from Sunday July 8 to Saturday July 21;
2nd period: from Sunday July 22 to Saturday August 4;
For children who speak little or no Latvian and need to learn it:
Language period: from Sunday August 5 to Saturday August 18.

Seniors period: from Sunday August 12 to Saturday August 18.

Kursa, Zelta Bumba, Volejturnirs, Rota, Katskilos

Saturday July 14 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 without a team, as 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 a DJ. For those who have not paid the all-day tournament admission the evening admission will be $5. 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, tel. (518) 589-9878.

"Melnais Lacis" Katskilu Nometne

Saturday, Jul. 21 at 18:00 - "Melnais Lācis" ("The Black Bear ") Social afternoon, in Nometne in the Catskills. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served starting at 18:00 following the camp procession to the campers' dinner ball, The campers and counselors ensemble will entertain participants with their presentations, Dinner will be served at 19:30. More information to follow. Admission $?? which includes hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Beer (Aldaris) and wine are extra. Proceeds benefit the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne". All are welcome! For directions visit www.NYDraudze.org where you should click on "Nometne" and then on "Ceļa Norādījumi".

Olympic Games London 2012

IN LONDON, ENGLAND - From Friday July 27 through Sunday Aug. 12 - XXX Summer Olympic Games in London, England. For further information about Latvia's Olympic efforts visit: www.olimpiade.lv/londona and www.lov.lv. For more information about the Olympic Games in London visit: www.London2012.com.

AUGUST 2012:

Film - How Are You Doing Rudolf Ming?

Sunday, August 5 at 12:00 pm - Film Screening "How Are You Doing, Rudolf Ming?" - director Roberts Rubīns, at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria (Queens), NY 11106. Admission included in museum admission - adults $12, seniors & college students (with id) $9, children 3-17 $6. Latvian thirteen-year-old Rūdolf Ming’s near-obsessive passion for film and violence is captured in this complex, intimate documentary. Troubled and gifted, Rūdolf has hobbies that include constructing booby traps and making explosives. However, his true calling appears to be filmmaking; he draws bloody scenes frame by frame on long, thin strips of parchment paper. Rūdolf adds live narration to the voice of every character in his scripts while simultaneously moving the homemade filmstrips in front of an old slide projector. Director. Roberts Rubins. 2010, 60 mins, in Latvian with English subtitles, US premier. A few short films will preceed this screening.
For more information visit: www.movingimage.us/visit/calendar/2012/08/05/detail/how-are-you-doing-rdolf-ming-k-tev-kljas-rdolf-ming. There are trailers available on www.YouTube.com - search on the film title.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"

Saturday, Aug. 18 at 15:00 - Soccer game between the Nometne "Valodas periods" and NJ Kursa teams, at Latvian Church camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Following the game, there will be a social evening in the "Zelta Auns" bar at Rota. For more information write Jānis Ģiga, home tel. (908) 272-4580 or Aivars Bārs, tel. (862) 812-1067 or info@njkursa.com. For directions visit www.NYDraudze.org where you should click on "Nometne" and then on "Ceļa Norādījumi". For "Rota" directions and lodging visit: www.rotalodge.org, tel. (518) 589-9878. Follow the event "5th Annual Futenis Nometnē" on Facebook Facebook.

3 x 3 (Tris Reiz Tris) Katskilos

From Sunday August 19 to Sunday August 26 - "3 x 3" Seminar camp, at the Latvian Church camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Lead organizer and contact: Helēna Vīksniņa, tel.(202) 829-6868. For information visit: https://sites.google.com/site/3x3katskili/file-cabinet. Follow updates about the group "3x3 Katskills" on Facebook: Facebook. And on the event "3x3 Katskiļos 2012" page Facebook.

SEPTEMBER 2012:

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa" Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Sep. 8 at 10:30 - Kursa 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 after 9:00 am. Party in the evening. Games will begin no later than 10:30 am. Next day have fun on the beach on the Jersey Shore. For more information write Jānis Ģiga, home tel. (908) 272-4580, mobile tel. (908) 931-1228 or Aivars Bārs, tel. (862) 812-1067 or info@njkursa.com.

Seafarers - International House

Saturday, Sep. 8 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org.

Sunday, Sep. 9, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the Long Island district's (Salas novada) Picnic, at the Long Island Church. All are invited.

Play - Gūsteknis pilī Play - Gūsteknis pilī

Saturday Sept. 15 at 16:00 - Theater performance Gūsteknis pilī (The Prisoner in the Castle) by Raimonds Staprāns, at the Yonkers church. The play (in Latvian) is about the first days of the Soviet Union's occupation of Latvia, when Kārlis Ulmanis, nominally still President, was confined within his official residence in Rīga Castle. It will be performed by a troop from the Dailes te;atris in Latvia. Admission $25. Organized by the Council of American Latvians Orgs. of NY (CALNY / ŅLOP) in cooperation with the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS, www.tilts.org. For more information write Baiba Pinnis or call tel. (917) 270-4786.

Fundraising ALJA Kongress 2012

Saturday, Sep. 15 time: To Be Determined - Fundraising Event for ALJA Kongress in NYC, at the restaurant Butterfield 8, 5 East 38th Street, New York, NY. Admission $30. This year's ALJA Kongress will take place in New York City over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. For the price of admission you can enjoy drinks for two hours. Some of the proceeds will benefit the organization of the ALJA kongress. Follow updates about the event "Happy Hour at Butterfield 8!" page Facebook. For information write Aleksandra Maļinovskis. Restaurant website: www.butterfield8nyc.com.

Play - Gūsteknis pilī Play - Gūsteknis pilī Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Sunday Sept. 16 at 14:00 - Theater performance Gūsteknis pilī (The Prisoner in the Castle) by Raimonds Staprāns, at Priedainē NJ. The play (in Latvian) is about the first days of the Soviet Union's occupation of Latvia, when Kārlis Ulmanis, nominally still President, was confined within his official residence in Rīga Castle. It will be performed by a troop from the Dailes te;atris in Latvia. Admission $25. Organized by the New Jersey Latvian Society in cooperation with the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS, www.tilts.org. For more information visit www.Priedaine.com.

Kurt Wallender - The Dogs of Riga

Sunday, Sept. 16, at 21:00 - PBS Masterpiece Mystery television broadcast Wallander: The Dogs of Riga channel 13 WNET. Swedish author Henning Mankell's fictional detective Kurt Wallander is portrayed by famous Irish actor Kenneth Branagh on the PBS series Masterpiece Mystery. This time the story will be The Dogs of Riga, where the action involves not only Swedes but Latvians and Russians as well. The story is set shortly before Latvia regains independence and our hero travels to Rīga to solve the murders. Filmed on location in Latvia. To see a description visit: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/episode/wallander-s3-dogs-riga/
Here are some videoclips:
http://video.pbs.org/video/2262349007
http://video.pbs.org/video/2262359483
(Webmaster's note: I read this mystery novel a few years ago and could not put the book down unitl I had finished it. I can't wait to see how they adapted this complicated story into a 90 minute television episode. I am hoping for the best and urge everyone to see it.)

Daugavas Vanagi Emblēma

Saturday Sep. 22, at 14:00 - Daugavas Vanagi season's opening event at the DV House. Program will feature a showing of the video "Par mani draudziņ nebēdā!", which is about the famous Latvian-American musical ensemble Čikāgas piecīši. 60 minutes. Admission $15, for those under 18 by donation. After the program food and refrshments will be available in the club room downstairs. All are invited.

92 Y street Fest

Sunday, Sep. 23, from 12:00 to 17:00 - Visit Latvia at the 92Y Street Fest on the "International Way" section of the fair on Lexinsgton Avenue betwenn 91st & 92nd Streets. Come and visit Latvia at the 92Y „Street Fest”. Learn about Latvia, about famous Latvians, and how you can research your Latvian ancestry. The Chief Archivist, Rita Bogdanova, from the National Archives of Latvia will be present and assist New Yorkers with questions about how they can research and discover their family’s Latvian roots. Admission free. For information visit www.latvia-newyork.org/english/news.php#146. For information about the 92Y Street Fest visit: http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=86654&utm_source=92Y_HP&utm_medium=cal_learn&utm_campaign=Institutional

Tautas deju kopa Jumis Tautas deju kopa Jumis

Thursday Sept. 27 at 19:00 - The New York Latvian Folk Dance Group Jumis resumes rehearsals for the fall season, at the Estonian House. Warm-ups start at 7 PM, rehearsal at 7:30 PM. After the rehearsals participants usually linger for a while in the Estonian House bar/cafe. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend!. For more information visit: www.Jumis.org and follow the page "Jumis" on Facebook: Facebook. If you still have questions write to Vija Garvey vija.garvey@gmail.com .

Yale University Sterling Memorial Library.

Friday Sept. 28 at 10:30 - Latvia's President Andris Bērziņš will visit an exhibit on Latvian books at the Yale University - Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, CT. This exhibit will be on view until Jan. 24, 2013. For information about the exhibit visit: www.library.yale.edu/librarynews/2012/09/latvian_publishing_between_the.html.
For information about the Yale University and travel directions visit: www.Yale.edu.
Exhibit description follows.
Latvian Publishing between the Wars – New Exhibit in the Sterling Memorial Library (SML)
The establishment of the Republic of Latvia (1918-1940) sparked an expansion in the Latvian publishing industry. Multi-lingual publications that flourished in the newly independent nation reflect Latvia’s history and include works printed in German, Russian, and Yiddish as well as Latvian. Aspiring publishers, here as everywhere in post-World War I Europe, operated within fiscal constraints while attempting to improve the literary environment.
This exhibition presents a sampling of works from this important period. The cover designs reflect a developing aesthetic distinctiveness among this country’s 2.5 million people at a cultural crossroads. The forms of print were as diverse as those competing for the public’s attention in any European center. Newspapers, periodicals, posters and broadsides, books and pamphlets suggest diversity while showing this new nation’s effort to establish its identity.
Exhibition materials are drawn from the Yale University Library and the Baltica collection formed by James Howard Fraser, an independent scholar whose work on Latvian book design of the Interwar era is currently in production. Fraser has worked with research and national libraries for forty years locating fugitive and political materials.
The exhibition was developed by James Howard Fraser in collaboration with Jae Jennifer Rossman, Assistant Director for Special Collections, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. It features items from Fraser’s collection that enable the curators to tell a specific story. It also draws on five different collections in the Yale University Library, showing that collecting the cultural artifacts of Latvia is important across the disciplines. The collections included are: Baltic Collection and Judaica Collection of Sterling Memorial Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, and Manuscripts and Archives. The exhibit will be on view until January 24 in the Memorabilia Room in SML. .

Yale University Sterling Memorial Library.

From now until Jan. 24, 2013 - An exhibit Latvian Publishing between the Wars will be on view at the Yale University - Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, CT. For information about the exhibit visit: www.library.yale.edu/librarynews/2012/09/latvian_publishing_between_the.html.
For information about the Yale University and travel directions visit: www.Yale.edu.
Exhibit description follows.
Latvian Publishing between the Wars – New Exhibit in the Sterling Memorial Library (SML)
The establishment of the Republic of Latvia (1918-1940) sparked an expansion in the Latvian publishing industry. Multi-lingual publications that flourished in the newly independent nation reflect Latvia’s history and include works printed in German, Russian, and Yiddish as well as Latvian. Aspiring publishers, here as everywhere in post-World War I Europe, operated within fiscal constraints while attempting to improve the literary environment.
This exhibition presents a sampling of works from this important period. The cover designs reflect a developing aesthetic distinctiveness among this country’s 2.5 million people at a cultural crossroads. The forms of print were as diverse as those competing for the public’s attention in any European center. Newspapers, periodicals, posters and broadsides, books and pamphlets suggest diversity while showing this new nation’s effort to establish its identity.
Exhibition materials are drawn from the Yale University Library and the Baltica collection formed by James Howard Fraser, an independent scholar whose work on Latvian book design of the Interwar era is currently in production. Fraser has worked with research and national libraries for forty years locating fugitive and political materials.
The exhibition was developed by James Howard Fraser in collaboration with Jae Jennifer Rossman, Assistant Director for Special Collections, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. It features items from Fraser’s collection that enable the curators to tell a specific story. It also draws on five different collections in the Yale University Library, showing that collecting the cultural artifacts of Latvia is important across the disciplines. The collections included are: Baltic Collection and Judaica Collection of Sterling Memorial Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, and Manuscripts and Archives. The exhibit will be on view until January 24 in the Memorabilia Room in SML. .

ALMA Saiets 2012 American Latvian Artists Association

From Friday Sep. 28 to Sunday Sep. 30 - American Latvian Artists' Association (ALMA) annual Gathering, in the Catskills N.Y. Latvian Church Camp Rest Home (Atpūtas Nams). Current ALMA (American Latvian Artists’Association) members, their guests and Latvian American artists who wish to meet other Latvian American artists, participate in lively discussions about creative processes, and learn more about the current Latvian art scene in the USA and Latvia are encouraged to attend our annual conference week-end in the Catskill mountains. We are delighted to have as our main lecturers this year two renowned authors and art historians : Dr. Dace Lamberga, curator at the National Museum of Art in Latvia and Eleonora Šturma, one of ALMA’s cornerstones from NYC. Information can be requested from Linda Treija lindatreija6@gmail.com or Sarma Muiznieks Liepins sarmaliepins@verizon.net or www.americanlatvianartists.org .

Latvian Foundation Latviešu Fonds

IN PHILADELPHIA, PA: From Friday, Sep. 28 to Sunday Sep. 30 - Annual meeting of the Latvian Foundation, at the Phildelphia Society of Free Letts, 531 North 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA. For 40 years now, the Latvian Foundation has supported Latvian education and culture. At this meeting we will plan the Foundation's strategy for the future. For more information about this gathering and the Latvian Foundation visit: www.latviesufonds.info.

Exhibit: Global Projects

From Friday Sep. 28 to Saturday Oct. 20 - Latvian Artist Kristians Brekte will participate in an art exhibit "Global Projects: Artists at Home and Abroad" at the Broadway Gallery, 473 Broadway (between Broome St. & Grand St.), 7th Floor, New York, NY. Opening Reception Thursday Oct. 4th at 6 pm. The exhibit will include one of Brekte's works "Time Waits for No One". Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 am - 6 pm. For information about the gallery and the exhibit visit: or www.broadwaygallerynyc.com. For information about the artist Kristians Brekte visit: www.carousell.lv/?lang=lv&cat=8&tabid=257&rowid=77&act=viewtabentry&offset=&udefs=.

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday Sep. 29, from 12:00 to 17:00 - Flea market, at the DV House. If you have items to donate for the flea market please bring them to the DV house the week before. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (908) 277-1251. The flea market has been rescheduled for Friday Nov. 2.

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

NOTE: the Saturday Sep. 29, Flea market, at the DV House. has been rescheduled for Friday Nov. 2.

Saturday Sep. 29 - "Talka" at Rota in the Catskills. For Latvians a "talka" means volunteering to help out your neighbors in building and / or renovating. Americans might call it a "barn raising". Come and help get Rota ready for the fall and winder seasons. Info about Rota is available at www.rotalodge.org. To reserve rooms at Rota call (518) 589-9878. For more information write Juris Bļodnieks.
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Sunday, Sep. 30, at 10:00 - Church service followed by St. Michael's Day bazaar at the Yonkers Church. There will be a hot lunch, ethnic delicacies (pīrāgi, St. John's day cheese, black bread), Latvian handicrafts, and books. Admission for adults $25, children admitted free. All are invited by the New York Latvian congregation Northern region's Women's committee. For information write: Ilze Buls This event has been rescheduled for Oct. 21..

Latvia State president Andris Bērziņš

Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 - Harvest Festival church services at the Long Island Church. Latvia's State President, Andris Bērziņš will attend the service and afterwards will address the congregation and then take questions from the audience. A Harvest Festival celebration will follow in the church social hall. Performance by basoonist Kārlis Vilciņš. Mr. Vilciņš graduated Ohio State with honors in music. He earned his "Performance Masters" at the Manhattan School of Music. For eight years he was principal basoonist at the Houstan Grand Opera and for the past two years he has been principal basoonist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. There will be hot Latvian style lunch, coffee, and a raffle drawing. All are welcome. Hosted by the Women's Committee. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis. This event was rescheduled from Oct. 21.

Latvia State president Andris Bērziņš

Visit our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/NYLatvian for links to videos, photos and texts of speeches from the President of Latvia's, Andris Bērziņš' September visit to New York. If you are not on Facebook visit www.President.lv and click EN for English. Some highlights: Present Bērziņš at the New York Latvian Luth. Church in Long Island: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS_ZRxf5Hu0, and him adressing the UN General Assembly: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-Wu7MNpHm4&feature=relmfu.

Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC)

US Congress Co-sponsors needed for Black Ribbon Day Resolution (H. Res. 790). Please ask your Congressional representative for their support. For detailed information visit: www.JBANC.org.
Remember that on Nov. 6 all seats in the House of Representatives are up for election. Now is the time to ask for support on issues of concern to the Baltic peoples.

OCTOBER 2012:

Baltic nations

Saturday Oct. 6, at 14:00 - Baltic Unity Day, at the Lakewood, NJ Estonian House, 4 Cross Street, Jackson, NJ. New Jersey's Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian societies will participate. Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian diplomats will participate, inclusing Normans Penke, Latvia's ambassador to the United Nations. Program features cultural performances by Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians. Hot buffet dinner. Admission $25. Please make reservations in advance by calling Jānis Students tel. (732) 836-9750. For information visit: www.priedaine.com.

Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10:00 - Harvest Festival church services at the Yonkers Church.

Sunday, Oct. 7, at 12:00 - Memorial Service at the Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills, next to the cemetery in Tannersville, NY. The previous evening (on Saturday) there is a candlelight service evening at dusk. 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.

Clavier Trio

Sunday, Oct. 7, at 14:00 - Latvian violinist Arkady Fomin leads the Clavier Trio concert , at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at Seventh avenue, New York, NY. The Clavier Trio consists of Arkady Fomin, violin; Jesús Castro-Balbi, cello, and David Korevaar, piano. For information about this concert and to order tickets visit: www.CarnegieHall.org/Calendar/2012/10/7/0200/PM/Clavier-Trio/. For information about the Clavier Trio visit: www.NewConservatory.org/ClavierTrio/index.asp.

RudensSvētki Rotā 2012

From Friday Oct. 12 evening till Sunday Oct. 14 - Fall Festival at Rota in the Catskills. Sports, beer tasting, pig roast, party in the evening in the Zelta Auns bar. Music by the ensemble The Lugers. Info about the event and Rota available at www.rotalodge.org. To reserve rooms at Rota call (518) 589-9878. For more information write Juris Bļodnieks.
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Seafarers - International House

Saturday, Oct. 13 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org.

Sunday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 - Church services followed by a meeting of the New York Latvian Lutheran Church Congregation Board at the Long Island Church. All congregation members and other interested persons are invited to observe this board meeting (which will be held in Latvian). There will be opportunities to pose questions, comment and make suggestions. Please take advantage of this opportunity to see your congregation board in action and follow how it tries to fulfill its mission.

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday Oct. 20, from 12:00 to 17:00 - Flea market, at the DV House. If you have items to donate for the flea market please bring them to the DV house the week before. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (908) 277-1251. (The flea market was rescheduled from Sept. 29. and then again from Nov. 2.)

Novuss table Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Sunday, Oct. 21, 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 the organizer Jānis Lauberts, tel. (718) 832-6172. For more information about the game of novuss, please visit: www.novussusa.com.

Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 - Harvest Festival church services at the Long Island Church. A Harvest Festival celebration will follow in the church social hall. Performance by basoonist Kārlis Vilciņš. There will be hot Latvian style lunch, coffee, and a raffle drawing. All are welcome. Hosted by the Women's Committee. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis This event has been rescheduled for Sept. 30..

Autumn bazaar

Sunday, Oct. 21, at 10:00 - Church service followed by Autumn bazaar at the Yonkers Church. There will be a hot lunch, ethnic delicacies (pīrāgi, St. John's day cheese, black bread), Latvian handicrafts, and books. Admission for adults $20, children admitted free. All are invited by the New York Latvian congregation Northern region's Women's committee. For information write: Ilze Buls. (This was originally the St. Michael's bazaar scheduled for Sept. 30.)
FACEBOOK: Tell others if you are coming to the event "Rudens tirgus / Autumn bazaar" on Facebook: Facebook. Invite your friends and acqauaintences!

Hurricane Warning flags

Monday Oct. 29 & Tuesday Oct. 30 - While the hurricane rages, "surf" Latvian & Baltic websites on the internet! We hope your power is not cut off. Also - write Your Congress representative, as requested below.

A play Sorry with Laila Robins

From Tuesday Oct. 30 until Sunday Nov. 18 - Latvian-American actress Laila Robiņš will perform in the premier of Richard Nelson's play Sorry, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (just south of Astor Place), New York, NY 10003. This is the third of Nelson's Apple family plays. It is set in Rhinebeck, NY the day after Election Day - Nov. 6, 2012. For information and tickets visit: www.publictheater.org or call (212) 967-7555.

NOVEMBER 2012:

An Appeal to help Latvians victimized by Hurricane "Sandy"

Hurricane Sandy

The NY Latvian Ev. Luth. Congregation is collecting tax-deductable donations for the Latvian families affected by hurricane Sandy. We know of four families so far whose homes are uninhabitable. In addition to your donations, we are also looking for short- or long-term housing for two of these families in the NYC area. Donate by going to www.NYDraudze.org and clicking on the donate button on the page's right-hand side. Visit the “Help Latvians Affected by Sandy” Facebook page www.Facebook.com/HelpLatviansAffectedBySandy for more information regarding upcoming clean-up and donation events. Write to Andrejs (andrejslazda@gmail.com) if you can provide short- or long-term housing arrangements for those in need, or if you know of other families affected by Sandy.
Donations can also be sent to:
Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY
4 Rīga Lane
Melville, NY 11747
We thank you for your help.

Rota Lodge (in the Catskills) offers rooms for Hurricane victims

The Rota Lodge did not suffer damage from Hurricane Sandy. If you need a place to stay, consider staying at Rota in Elka Park, NY. For information about Rota visit: www.RotaLodge.org. If you have questions contact Reinis Sīpols - e-mail: rsipols@earthlink.net, tel. (914) 228-1450.

FACEBOOK: Visit the page "Help Latvians Affected by Sandy" on Facebook: Facebook.

Who Are the Baltic People? Francis Tapon

Friday Nov. 2 at 19:00 - Francis Tapon's presentation "Who Are the Baltic People?", at the Estonian House. Why wasn't there a Soviet republic called Balticstan? It's because Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are different in many ways. Come learn the 10 ways there are different. And also learn the 10 things they have in common. Pick up an autographed copy of "The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us". Come meet Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians and others from Eastern Europe! RSVP by visiting: www.pingg.com/ny3gazay37a7nx6x4. Guests are welcomed! To learn more about Francis, visit www.FrancisTapon.com. To learn more about his book, visit www.TheHiddenEurope.com. To learn more about the Estonian House, visit www.estonianhousenewyork.com. The Lithuanian Consulate (www.ny.mfa.lt) is co-sponsoring this event.

Saturday, Nov. 3, from 09:00 to 15:00 - Flea market, at the Yonkers Church. Please donate your used (but usable) items. Come help with the set up and to man the tables. Proceeds will benefit the Bronx Latvian school (which meets in Yonkers) and the Congregation's Northern District. Items to be donated for the flea market may be brought to the church while the Latvian school is in session on Saturdays from 9:30 until 13:30, or at other times by prior arrangement witht e church caretaker Vija Valdmane, e-mail: ancitis@optonline.net, tel. (914) 476-4787. Volunteers are needed, contact Laura Zamurs, e-mail: klzamurs@aol.com, tel. (516) 628-1465, to help with set up in the days prior, and to man the tables on the day of the flea market.

Daylight Savings Time ends at 1 am Nov. 4 - set your clocks one hour back!

New York Times 1918 Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Nov. 10, at 14:00 - Lāčplēsis Day commemoration, at the DV House. Program will feature a talk and slide show "What Did The New York Times Report about Latvia's War of Independence in 1918-1920?" by Marģers Pinnis. Admission $15 which includes "Lāčplēsis soup" and other hors d'oeuvres, which will be offered after the program in the club room downstairs. There you may also purchase refreshments from the bar. All are invited.

Seafarers - International House

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org.

Yale University Sterling Memorial Library.

Monday Nov. 12 at 15:00 - Talk by Prof. Timothy Snyder "Latvia Between the Two World Wars", at the Yale University - Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, CT. You are cordially invited to a talk to be given by Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University: "Latvia Between the Two World Wars." The talk will take place on November 12, 2012, at 3:00 pm in the Lecture Hall of Sterling Library. The event is hosted by Tatjana Lorkovic, Curator of the Slavic and East European Collection at Sterling Library. A reception will follow Professor Snyder's talk. For information about this lecture visit: www.Enews.Library.Yale.edu/Latvia.html. For information about Yale University and travel directions visit: www.Yale.edu. If you have questions write Bradley Woodworth, Baltic Studies Coordinator bradley.woodworth@yale.edu.

White Light Festival Latvian Radio Choir

Friday Nov. 16, at 19:30 - Concert by the Latvian Radio Choir "Baltic Voices", at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street, New York, NY. This concert is part of the Lincoln Center's White Light Festival. For information about this concert visit: www.WhiteLightFestival.org/Latvian-Radio-Choir. For information about all of the festival's concerts visit: www.WhiteLightFestival.org. For information about the Latvian Radio Choir visit: www.RadioKoris.lv.

Latvia Independence Day New York Armands Birkens

Saturday, Nov. 17, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the Yonkers Church.
Program will feature an address by Armands Birkens, member of the famous Latvian-American musical ensemble Čikāgas piecīši, (in Latvian) and a concert also by Armands Birkens singing and accompanying himself on guitar. A social afternoon will follow the program in the church's social hall, downstairs, with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
ORDER TICKETS: Admission is $30 at the door but until November 11 tickets may be ordered for $25 (or Labvēļu ( benefactor) tickets at $75 - see below). Free admission for children up to 14 years of age and for Latvian school pupils. To order tickets send a self-addressed and stamped envelope, with payment - make checks payable to "Council of American Latvian Orgs. of N.Y., Inc." to
Imants Kalninš
42 Hackensack Street
Wood Ridge, NJ 07075.
Please indicate clearly how many tickets, and what kind (regular or benefactor), you are ordering. For benefactor tickets indicate what name, or names, to print in the program.
BE A BENEFACTOR! We cordially invite you to support Latvian cultural events and educational programs by purchasing Labvēļu (Benefactor) tickets for the Latvian Independence Day celebration in New York! You will have preferred seating and your name (or that of your business) printed in the program. More importantly, your donation will allow the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York (CALNY) to continue sponsoring Latvian theater performances, concerts and other cultural events for the Greater New York Latvian community. These events benefit not only audiences locally but they provide opportunities for artists from Latvia to perform abroad and broaden their perspectives. Travel expenses and other costs cannot always be covered from admission fees alone. The CALNY also donates to cultural, educational and youth projects both within the New York area and elsewhere - even in Latvia. Therefore please consider becoming a Benefactor. Your $75 donation to the Latvian Independence Day event will support Latvian culture, education and youth all year!
FACEBOOK: Tell others if you are coming to the event "Latvijas Valsts Svētki NY Latvia Independence Day" on Facebook: Facebook. Invite your friends and acqauaintences!

White Light Festival Latvian Radio Choir

Saturday Nov. 17, at 19:30 - Concert by the Latvian Radio Choir "Adam's Lament", at Alice Tulley Hall, Starr Theater, Broadway at West 65th Street, New York, NY. This concert is part of the Lincoln Center's White Light Festival. For information about this concert visit: www.WhiteLightFestival.org/Latvian-Radio-Choir. For information about all of the festival's concerts visit: www.WhiteLightFestival.org. For information about the Latvian Radio Choir visit: www.RadioKoris.lv.

Latvia's national flag

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

Latvia's President Andris Bērziņš

VIDEO: President Andris Bērziņš of Latvia on the 18th of November addresses Latvians living abroad on the 94th anniversary of Latvia's independence (in Latvian with English subtitles): www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7rSWEDD16c&feature=plcp.
Read the text of the President's greeting (in Latvian): www.president.lv/pk/content/?art_id=20121.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Sunday Nov. 18, at 13:00 - Latvia's 94th Independence Day Commemoration, at Priedainē NJ. Program will feature an address (in Latvian) by Katrīna Kaktiņa, second secretary at the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations in New York and a concert by the Philadelphia Latvian Concert Choir: Gunta Plostniece - conductor; Andrejs Marten - soloist. A social evening with a hot buffet will follow the concert. Admission $25. For information visit Priedaine's web page www.priedaine.com.

ALYA logo

From Thursday, Nov. 22 until Sunday, Nov. 25 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in New York, NY. After a many years absence ALJA returns to the city of it's birth for its 60th anniversary Kongress! For more information visit: www.alja.org.

ALJA Kongress Ņujorkā ALYA logo ALJA Kongress Ņujorkā ALJA Kongress Ņujorkā

From Wednesday, Nov. 21 until Sunday, Nov. 25 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in New York, NY. After a many years absence ALJA returns to the city of it's birth for its 60th anniversary Kongress! For more information visit: www.nyckongress12.virb.com and www.alja.org. Follow the event "60. ALJA Kongress-NYC" on Facebook Facebook.
NOTICE: To get favorable ALJA Kongress hotel room rates, you must reserve by Nov. 2 (extended from Oct. 22).
Saturday, Nov. 24, at 20:00 - Gala ball of the ALYA Congress, at the Westin New York Grand Central ballroom. Tickets $50 per person. All are invited. For details visit: www.nyckongress12.virb.com/balle.

DECEMBER 2012:

Christmas Market Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Dec. 1, from 12:00 to 17:00 - (Daugavas) Vanadzes 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 New York DV clubroom awaits you!! Downstairs is a cozy clubroom, with old-style wood paneling, a fireplace - which we will stoke up - a bar and little tables for you to sit and enjoy lunch. The bar will be serving Latvian beer - Aldaris in several varieties. Lunch will be available with 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 the NY Vanadzes chapter president: Marīja Maher.
The DV House has a parking lot and is accessible from Manhattan, Brooklyn and elsewhere by Subway lines 4 Subway 4, and D Subway 4, and via Metro North Railroad from Grand Central Terminal. Details are on the DV House page.
Visit the page "Daugavas Vanagi Latvian Assn New York" on Facebook: Facebook.

Latvian flag within barbed wire

Sunday, Dec. 2 -Remembrance Day for Victims of the 1937-1938 Genocide against Latvians living in Russia. In 1998 the Parliament of Latvia designated the first Sunday in December as a day to honor Latvians living in Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) who suffered under Stalin's terror of 1937-1938. These Latvians had settled in Russia in the time of Czarist rule prior to 1914 or during World War I, when the front lines straddled Latvia's territory and many Latvians came to Russia as refugees, but did not return to Latvia after it bacame independent. (See also March 25, June 14 and July 4.)

Advent Concert

Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10:00 - New York Latvian Concert Choir's Advent concert at the Yonkers Church. An invocation will precede the concert. Program - Valdis Zilveris: "ZVAIGŽŅU GAISMĀ" (premier performance), Ingmārs Zemzaris: "EMMANUEL, THOU GOD ON HIGH!", Urmas Sisask: "JOULU ORATORIUM (Christmas Oratorio)". Solo - Laila Liepiņa Southard, Sarma Dindzāne-Van Sant, Irīna Kats, Laura padega-Zamura, Andris Saulītis, Kārlis Kancāns. Conductor - Andrejs Jansons. Concert supported by the New York state Council on the Arts. At the Christmas market following the concert you may buy beautiful gifts – choir CD-s, items at the congregation womens committee book table and other items from other vendors. After the concert all are invited to the downstairs hall for a Sunday brunch. Admission: $25 (children up to 12 years of age – free), includes the brunch.
Tell others if you are coming to the event "NY Latvian Concert Choir Advent Concert" on Facebook: Facebook. Invite your friends and acquaintances!
Visit the page "New York Latvian Concert Choir" on Facebook: Facebook.

Christmas market Long Island

Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Christmas market, at the Long Island Church. Enjoy a Latvian style lunch. Latvian food will be offered for sale including piparkūkas, rudzu maize, dzeltenmaize, pīrādziņi, putraimu desas, pelēkie zirņus, gotiņas, Laima chocolates, Jāņu cheese, and other delicacies. There will also be books and handicrafts for sale and a raffle drawing. All are invited. For more information write Ilze Beinikis.

No zobena saule leca

Thursday Dec. 6, at 20:30 - Video: No zobeņa saule leca, at the Estonian House. All who are interested in Latvian folk dance and music are cordially invited to see on a big screen choreographer Agris Daņiļēvičs' dance show “NO ZOBENA SAULE LECA” ("From the Sword the Sun Sprung" (1.20 h). Write up in Latvian follows: “No zobena saule leca” ir mītisks stāsts par seno baltu dzīvi, kuru gandrīz 1000 dalībnieki atspoguļo dejā, mūzikā, rituālos un scenogrāfijas simbolos. Stāsts radīts ka kultūras vērtība, kura parādīta baltu tautas unikāla, vieda dzīvesziņa. Izrādes sižetiska līnija ļauj iepazīt seno baltu dzīves gājumu, ikdienu, būtiskākos rītus – dzimšanu, kristības, kāzas. Tas ir par laiku, kad cīņa par izdzīvošanu bija neatņemama dzīves sastāvdaļa. Izrāde ir par cilvēka likteni – spēju to pieņemt. Tā mēģina izprast un atspoguļot cilvēka iekšējas sajūtas un izpausmes kara priekšnojautas un realitāte. Stāsts ir ne par tiem, kas karo, bet par tiem, kas gaida pārnākam no kara, un par tiem, kas nesagaida. Izrāde ir kā himna ikvienam latvietim un baltu kultūras pārstāvim. Izrādes choreogrāfs – Agris Daņiļēvičs. Izrādes režisors – Uģis Brikmanis.
Home style food and drink will be available from the Estonian house kitchen and bar. Admission free. Only one condition - come in a good mood. For more information write Jānis Semerikovs j.semerikovs@gmail.com.

New York Times 1918

Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10:00 a.m. - At the New Jersey Latvian School, a talk and slide show: "What did The New York Times report about Latvia's War of Independence in 1918-1920?" by Marģers Pinnis. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 638 Mountain Ave., Springfield, NJ 07081. All are invited. For travel directions visit: www.NJSkola.org. This talk and slide show was first presented at the DV House on Nov. 10.

First United Methodist Church

Sunday, Dec. 9, at 15:00 - Church service followed by the (annual) Informative Meeting of the congregation's Jamaica, Queens district (Džamaikas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Jamaica, Queens district committee and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

Ziemassvetku Eglite Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11:00 - The New Jersey Latvian school's "Eglīte" ("Christmas Tree" celebration), at Priedaine NJ.

Seafarers - International House

Saturday, Dec. 15 at 14:00 - Christmas church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org.

Ziemassvetku Eglite

Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10:00 - Church services followed by The Bronx Latvian school's and the congregation's Northern district (Ziemeļu novada) "Eglīte" ("Christmas Tree" celebration) at the Yonkers Church. Following the service there will be a program presented by Latvian school pupils, a visit by Santa Claus, and holiday lunch with refreshments.
Visit the page "Jonkeru Latviešu Pamatskola" on Facebook Facebook.
See the event "Jonkeru latviešu skolas & Ziemeļu novada Ziemassvētku Eglite" on Facebook: Facebook.

Christmas church services of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Congregation of New York

Merry Christmas!

Monday, Dec. 24, at 18:00 - Christmas Eve Church services, at the Yonkers Church, and at the Long Island Church. These services will be augmented by the New York Latvian Concert Choir at the Yonkers church and by soloists Laila & Lalita Saliņš at the Long Island church.

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

2 x 2 Seminar, Malibu, CA 2 x 2 Seminar, Malibu, CA

IN MALIBU, CA: From Wednesday Dec. 26 to Wednesday Jan. 2 - Latvian Youth Seminar "2 x 2" (in Latvian "DivReizDivi"). For information visit: www.2x2malibu.org. Follow the group "2x2"on Facebook: Facebook.
ATTENTION: The 2012 2x2 seminar in Malibu, CA has been postponed for lack of interest - see www.2x2malibu.org.

New Year's at Rota Lodge 2013 Rota Lodge in the Catskill Mountains

Monday, Dec 31 - New Year's Eve Celebration at the Rota Lodge in the Catskills, 82 Rota Road, Elka Park, NY 12427. Description from facebook event: Let's celebrate the long weekend, surviving the end of the world, and the upcoming new year together in Elka Park! This isn't going to be an overly organized event. Book your room with Aina at (518) 589-9878 for $50 / night. We'll probably organize a pot luck instead of making everyone pay huge fees. BYOB (since you will anyways!) most nights, we'll have the bar open one or two nights. No bands or DJs set to play as of now, so bring your own music too. Just friends, fun, chilling, and maybe some snow! People will be there 12/28 through 1/1. Possible ski trip to Hunter Mountain? Possible day time sports? Post on the (Facebook event) wall if you're interested! Monday night party theme: NEON GLOW IN THE DARK NEW YEARS! Wear white or bright colors and bring something that glows -- glow sticks, necklaces, black lights, glow in the dark body paint.. get creative! Visit the Rota Lodge web site www.RotaLodge.com. Follow the group "ROTA Lodge"on Facebook: Facebook. See the event "Rota Day and Night Spa Presents: Jaungads Party 2013!" on Facebook: Facebook.

New Years Ball in Philadelphia
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IN PHILADELPHIA, PA: Monday, Dec 31, at 20:30 - New Year's Eve Ball at the Philadelphia Society of Free Letts, 530 North 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA. Entertainment and dance music by Bill Aust and DJ Larry. Light snacks will be provided until 11 pm. Champagne toast, torte and desserts at midnight. Tickets $40 per person, $20 for children below 12-18 years of age. Space is limited, for reservations and information write Laila Gansert: lgansert@gmail.com, tel. (856) 905-7543. Mail checks to: Philadelphia Society of Free Letts, attn. Laila Gansert, 530 North 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Visit the Philadelphia Society of Free Letts web site www.LatvianSociety.com. See the event "Sagaidīsim! Sveiksim 2013. gadu Filadelfijā!" on Facebook: Facebook.

End of the Latvian & Baltic events calendar

Appeals, notices and news

Hurricane Sandy

An Appeal to help Latvians victimized by Hurricane "Sandy"

The NY Latvian Ev. Luth. Congregation is collecting tax-deductable donations for the Latvian families affected by hurricane Sandy. We know of four families so far whose homes are uninhabitable. In addition to your donations, we are also looking for short- or long-term housing for two of these families in the NYC area. Donate by going to www.NYDraudze.org and clicking on the donate button on the page's right-hand side. Visit the “Help Latvians Affected by Sandy” Facebook page www.Facebook.com/HelpLatviansAffectedBySandy for more information regarding upcoming clean-up and donation events. Write to Andrejs (andrejslazda@gmail.com) if you can provide short- or long-term housing arrangements for those in need, or if you know of other families affected by Sandy.
Donations can also be sent to:
Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY
4 Rīga Lane
Melville, NY 11747
We thank you for your help.

Rota Lodge (in the Catskills) offers rooms for Hurricane victims

The Rota Lodge did not suffer damage from Hurricane Sandy. If you need a place to stay, consider staying at Rota in Elka Park, NY. For information about Rota visit: www.RotaLodge.org. If you have questions contact Reinis Sīpols - e-mail: rsipols@earthlink.net, tel. (914) 228-1450.

FACEBOOK: Visit the page "Help Latvians Affected by Sandy" on Facebook: Facebook.

Yale University Sterling Memorial Library

From now until Jan. 24, 2013 - An exhibit Latvian Publishing between the Wars will be on view at the Yale University - Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, CT. For information about the exhibit visit: www.library.yale.edu/librarynews/2012/09/latvian_publishing_between_the.html.
For information about the Yale University and travel directions visit: www.Yale.edu.
Exhibit description follows.
Latvian Publishing between the Wars – New Exhibit in the Sterling Memorial Library (SML)
The establishment of the Republic of Latvia (1918-1940) sparked an expansion in the Latvian publishing industry. Multi-lingual publications that flourished in the newly independent nation reflect Latvia’s history and include works printed in German, Russian, and Yiddish as well as Latvian. Aspiring publishers, here as everywhere in post-World War I Europe, operated within fiscal constraints while attempting to improve the literary environment.
This exhibition presents a sampling of works from this important period. The cover designs reflect a developing aesthetic distinctiveness among this country’s 2.5 million people at a cultural crossroads. The forms of print were as diverse as those competing for the public’s attention in any European center. Newspapers, periodicals, posters and broadsides, books and pamphlets suggest diversity while showing this new nation’s effort to establish its identity.
Exhibition materials are drawn from the Yale University Library and the Baltica collection formed by James Howard Fraser, an independent scholar whose work on Latvian book design of the Interwar era is currently in production. Fraser has worked with research and national libraries for forty years locating fugitive and political materials.
The exhibition was developed by James Howard Fraser in collaboration with Jae Jennifer Rossman, Assistant Director for Special Collections, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. It features items from Fraser’s collection that enable the curators to tell a specific story. It also draws on five different collections in the Yale University Library, showing that collecting the cultural artifacts of Latvia is important across the disciplines. The collections included are: Baltic Collection and Judaica Collection of Sterling Memorial Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, and Manuscripts and Archives. The exhibit will be on view until January 24 in the Memorabilia Room in SML.

The Parsonage in Brooklyn

Books available from the Brooklyn Parsonage Libarary.

The Brooklyn Parish House of the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Congregation of New York has been sold, and the contents of the LIBRARY has been moved to the Yonkers Church and the DV House. If you are interested in obtaining Latvian books, which may be in the collection, please contact Gunta Semba tel.(914) 762-7379, and / or Vilnis Vīksne tel.(718) 220-8191.

NY Latvian Church Camp Nometne Ēdamzale project Fundraising effort to ensure the future of Nometne in the Catskills

Help build a new Dining hall (in Latvian "Ēdam zāle")
for the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills!

The current Dining Hall at the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills, built in 1956, has served many generations of Latvian-Americans but the time has come to build a new dining facility. The owner of the camp, The Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York has, after much planning and discussion, decided on a plan to build a new hall on the site of the old one. This picture is an artist's rendering of the new dining hall, or "Ēdam zāle" as it is called in Latvian. Please consider donating generously so the beautiful Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" can continue serving Latvian people, young and old, for many more generations to come. Please visit: www.nydraudze.org and click on the fundraising logo pictured above where you will find plans, status and other information about this project.

Ņujorkas draudzes Nometnes māc. Zariņa zāle
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Līdzekļu vākšanas akcija Katskiļu Nometnes nodrošināšanai

Donate for the new Pastor Richards Zariņš Hall at the New York Latvian church camp "Nometne" in the Catskills!

The Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York is asking, from you personally, and from your local community - organizations and individuals – to support the construction of the new dining hall at the congregation's church camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. The new building will be named in honor of the congregation's pastor for many decades - Richards Zariņš (b. 1913 – d. 2006).

Those less familiar with the work of the Church camp "Nometne" may be forgiven for thinking that it serves mainly New York Latvian congregation members. So let us emphasize a few facts, which will testify to how much the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" has given to all of North America's Latvian community.

  1. For the last several decades about 75% of "Nometne"s campers come from families outside the New York Latvian congregation. While it's true that many of them are fromj the northeast USA, butmany also come from the midwest, the west coast, from Canada and even from other countries. In other words, only 25% of the “nometņotāji” (i.e. "the campers") are New York congregation members.
  2. In the 55 years that camp "Nometne"has been in existence, over 10,000 children have spent one or more summers bērnu ir pavadījuši vienu vai vairākas vasaras Kaskiļu Nometnē. Tur tie bauda ne tikai vasaras priekus: svaigo gaisu, sportus, peldēšanās, dziedāšanu pie ugunskura un plašas iespējas iegūt jaunus draugus – kaut tās lietas ir svarīgas, – bet arī latvisku izglītību un audzināšanu - valodā, ticībā, vēsturē, un kultūrā.
  3. Daudzi Nometnes “absolventi”, pieradināti pavadīt savas vasaras kopā ar latviešu draugiem, turpina savu latvisko izglītību vasaras vidusskolās, piemēram, Gaŗezerā, kur apmēram puse audzēkņu pēdējos gados ir bijuši Katskiļu Nometnē. Katskiļu Nometne nav Gaŗezera sāncense, bet palīdz sagatavot tai vidusskolas skolēnus.
  4. Katskiļu Nometnes absolventi dzīvo pa visu Ziemeļameriku, citur pasaulē, un pat Latvijā, kur daudzi no tiem palīdz uzturēt un stiprināt latviešu sabiedrību un organizācijas savās dzīves vietās.
  5. Nometne notiek arī 3x3 nometnes, LELBA Draudžu dienas un citi plašāka mēroga sarīkojumi. Pa vasarām tur arī atpūšas vecāki ļaudis.

Līdz šim Ņujorkas draudze nav griezusies pie plašākas sabiedrības, lai uzturētu savu Nometni. Draudze ir lepna, ka tā ir spējusi līdz šim segt izdevumus no dalību maksām un ar labvēļu ziedojumiem. Tagad tā griežas ārpus ierastā loka, jo jaunā Nometnes Ēdamzāle izmaksās $1,300,000. Dzirdot tādu summu, varētu iedomāties, ka Ņujorkas draudze ir zaudējusi saprātu, un ceļ kādu pārmērīgi lielu, plašu un ārkārtīgi greznu ēku. Tā tas nav. Veca ēka bija labota, remontēta un paplašināta vairākkārt, bet bija pienācis punkts, kad to bija pilnīgi jāatvieto. Talcinieku loma Nometnes uzturēšanā un atjaunošanā vēl joprojām ir ļoti nozīmīga, bet ar talkām vien nevar visu paveikt. Jauno Ēdamzāli sadārdzina vajadzība apmierināt būvju un ugunsdrošības noteikumus, kā arī prasības no Ņujorkas štata veselības un vides konservācijas departamentiem. Šās prasības ar katru gadu ir palikušas stingrākas. Katskiļu kalnos ir bargas ziemas. Kaut Ēdamzāli pa ziemu nelieto, tai ir jābūt pietiekami izturīgai no jumta līdz pamatiem, lai tā kalpotu uz vairākām paaudzēm.

Līdz šim ir savākta puse no vajadzīgās summas. Varētu likties, ka būtu bijis saprātīgāk draudzei gaidīt, kamēr tika savākti visi vajadzīgie līdzekļi pirms būvdarbu sākšanas. Bet pieredze ir rādījusi, ka indivīdi un organizācijas kautrējas ziedot ja pastāv iespēja, ka plāni mainīsies un nauda varētu tikt novirzīta citām lietām. Raizējās arī, ka notecēs saņemtās būvatļaujas un valdība varētu pieņemt stingrākas prasības, kas izmaksas vēl sadārdzinātu. Tādēļ pagājušā rudenī veco ēku nojauca un tās vietā sāka celt jauno. Iztrūkstošās summas Ņujorkas draudze financēja izņemot hipotēku no Klivlandes latviešu kredītsabiedrības un ar aizņēmumiem no draudzes interniem fondiem, kas rezervēti citiem mērķiem. Bet tagad jaunā Ēdamzāle patiešām ceļas un tā būs gatava šīs vasaras Nometnes sezonai. Tagad variet būt droši, ka visi ziedojumu patiešām tiks lietoti jaunās Ēdamzāles būvju izdevumu segšanai. Draudze uzticas latviešu sabiedrībai, ka tā sapratīs Katskiļu Nometnes vajadzības un neturēs pretī Ņujorkas draudzei savu uzņēmību iet drosmīgi uz priekšu un neatlikt darīt to, kas patiešām bija jādara, lai nodrošināt, ka Katskiļu Nometne turpinās kalpot nākotnes latviešu jaunatnes paaudzēm.

Atbalsts Katskiļu Nometnei pilnīgi sakrīt ar latviešu sabiedrības un organizāciju sūtību veicināt latviešu jaunatnes izglītību un audzināšanu. Ņujorkas draudze cer uz Jūsu atbalstu un tā arī cer, ka Jūs varēsiet pārliecināt Jūsu vietējās organizācijas Nometnei izpalīdzēt. Laipni lūgts katram indivīdam un katrai organizācijai pēc labākās apziņas ziedot savas iespēju robežās. Ja kāda organizācija, grupa, ģimene vai indivīds ziedotu ievērojamāku summu, tad draudze apsvērs nosaukt jaunā Ēdamzālē kādu istabu vai nozīmīgu ēkas sastāvdaļu ziedotāja vārdā.

Visi ir laipni lūgti piedalīties Katskiļu Nometnes jaunās Ēdamzāles iesvētīšanā un formālā atklāšanā šī gada 18. jūnijā. Skat. augstāk kalendārā pie šī datuma, vai noklikšķiet šeit. Informāciju par šo sarīkojumu, kā arī ziņas un foto attēlus par jaunās Ēdamzāles celšanu variet redzēt draudzes tīmekļa vietnē www.NYDraudze.org.

Cerībā, ka Jums un Jūsu vietējā sabiedrībā būs vēlmes ziedot jaunai Katskiļu Nometnes māc. Richarda Zariņa zālei, darām Jums zināmu, ka ziedojumus variet ērti nokārtot elektroniski caur ir draudzes tīmekļa vietni www.NYDraudze.org. Ja tomēr vēlaties nosūtīt ziedojumus "tradicionālā" veidā, tad norādām, ka čeki rakstāmi uz vārda “Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY” un ir nosūtami uz draudzes kanceleju: 4 Riga Lane, Melville, NY 11747, USA. Ja būtu jautājumi, variet sazināties ar kanceleju pa tel. (631) 253-3943, vai pa e-pastu: kanceleja@nydraudze.org.
Church hymnal: Paceliet balsis! Slavējiet

A new edition of Paceliet balsis! Slavējiet! the church hymnal is now available

The Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York has published a new edition of Paceliet balsis! Slavējiet! (the title in Latvian means "Lift up your voices!") its popular Latvian church hymnal whose first edition came out in 1972. It contains 123 spiritual songs meant for use in schools and by young people, with sections on order of church services and explanations. Published by the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York and edited by pastor Juris Saivars. The book has 188 pages and is bound in hard durable dark blue covers.
Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 0.7" (16.5cm x 11.5cm x 1.5cm).
Price $10.
The book may be purchased at the books stalls at the Yonkers Church and the Long Island Church.
You may also order the book from the Congregation's office. Cost: $10 + $4 shipping and handling for each book. Make checks payable
"Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of NY" and send to:
4 Riga Lane
Melville, NY 11747.

The Congegration offers discounts for purchasers of larger quantities. For information please write kanceleja@nydraudze.org or call tel. (631) 253-3943. Office hours may be found at www.NYDraudze.org in the section "Adreses" on the bottom of the page.

An invitation to help Mārcis Braunfelds and his family.

For three generations, and counting, the Braunfelds family has been an important part of the New York Latvian community. As many of you may have heard Mārcis Braunfelds is suffering from a recurrence of a brain tumor. As he was self-employed and the only provider for his family but is now unable to work, those who can afford to, are asked to help his family cover Marcis' medical and other expenses. A fund has been set up for this purpose:
Braunfelds Medical Fund
c/o Taupa Lithuanian Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 95
South Boston, MA 02127
Tel. (617) 269-1450
You may also write to Mārcis and his family to show your support and read the latest news on how he is doing, by visiting www.carepages.com To access Marcis' page you will have to set up profile which takes less than five minutes, so please don't let this deter you.

Amerikāņu zaldāti nes Baltijas karogus Baltā nama NATO paplašināšanas ceremonijā 2004. gadā

Support common Baltic interests!

Pressure from Latvian-Americans is still needed to defend the interests of Latvia and Latvian-Americans before US government bodies. The following organizations are taking the lead in this important work.
The American latvian Association (ALA) - www.alausa.org
The Joint Baltic-American National Committee (JBANC) - www.jbanc.org
and the Baltic-American Freedom League (BAFL) - www.bafl.com

The Victims of Communism memorial in Washington DC.

Please visit: www.victimsofcommunism.org

The Soviet Story

Let's urge our local PBS television stations to broadcast The Soviet Story

On October 11, 2009, PBS (public broadcasting) television stations throughout the United States will have access to The Soviet Story, the award-winning and highly acclaimed documentary film by Edvīns Šnore.

The film's distributor Daris Delins notes: "We have reached another important milestone in the distribution of the film. Via PBS distributor NETA (National Educational Telecomunications Association – www.netaonline.org ) the film will now be accessible to NETA's 172 licensees that comprise 340 public broadcasting television stations across the United States. Each of these PBS stations will now be able to screen the film. Even before NETA approached us we had received very positive feedback from PBS member stations who had viewed the film. Given PBS stations are very selective about what they screen, NETA's acceptance of the film is an important acknowledgement of the film and its potential audience reach. Many Americans will be now be able to learn about this important period of history and how it still resonates today."

The first PBS station in the U.S. scheduled to air the film will be WDSC 15 Daytona Beach, Florida, on October 15 at 9:00 pm. WHYY 12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and WLRN 17 in Miami, Florida, will screen the film on November 20, and KVIE 2 in Sacramento, Callifornia on January 23, 2010. Other PBS member stations that have also already expressed their interest to screen the film include: KAET 8, Phoenix, Arizona;  KPBS 15, San Diego, California;  WEDU 13, Tampa, Florida; WTIU 30  Bloomington, Indiana;  IPTV, Iowa Public TV, Iowa; MPT (Maryland Public TV), Maryland; NHPTV (New Hampshire Public TV), New Hampshire, and WNED, Buffalo, New York. Following the NETA release, more stations are expected to follow, particularly as viewers get news that the film is accessible by their local station.

Overseas, in the coming months the film will be screened on national TV in Greece (ERT), Italy (Fox), Poland (TVP) and Spain (History Channel). In Sweden the national network SVT will screen the film on December 5. The film has already aired on national TV in Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Ukraine.

At the end of 2009 a 2nd edition DVD of the film will be released. This new DVD will include additional subtitled languages including: Belarussian, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Portguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Turkish, and Vietnamese. This will bring the total number of foreign language translations for the film to 28.

To learn more about the film, to see the trailer, or to purchase the DVD, please visit www.sovietstory.com. For screening enquiries and distribution opportunities, please email: films@perrystreetadvisors.com or call +1-917-402-2853.

New York area Latvian-Americans and their friends are urged to write letters or call Channel 13 WNET and Channel 21 WLIW to urge these stations to show The Soviet Story. If you are member supporters of these stations or even if you just a regular viewer please make mention of that fact. The appropriate officers to contact at Channel 13 are Mr. Neal Shapiro, President and Chief Executive Officer and Mr. John Sefakis, Programming Scheduling & Acquisitions. The address for both is WNET Channel 13, 450 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001-2605, tel. (212) 560-1313. More convenient but perhaps less effective is using the "Contact" web page http://www.wnet.org/about/contact/ . The appropriate officers to contact at Channel 21 are Mr. John Servidio, Acting General Manager, and Mr. David Rubinsohn, Director of Programming. The address for both is WLIW Channel 21, 450 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001, tel. (212) 560-8021. More convenient but perhaps less effective is using the "Contact" web page: www.wliw.org .

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