Archive for the year 2014

 

JANUARY 2014: Happy New Year!

Ziemassvetku Eglite

Saturday, Jan. 4, at 11:00 - The New Jersey Latvian school's "Eglīte" (Christmas celebration), at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 638 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081. About the New Jersey Latvian school: www.NJSkola.org. For directions visit: www.holycrossnj.org/directions_and_parking.html.
NOTE: The celebration was rescheduled from Dec. 14 because of snow.

Yonkers school and Northern district Ziemassvetku Eglite

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 12
Sunday, Jan. 5,
at 10:00 - Church services followed by The Bronx Latvian school's and the congregation's Northern district (Ziemeļu novada) "Eglīte" (Christmas celebration) at the Yonkers Church. The services will be accompanied by guest organist (and former New Yorker) Guntars Gedulis, who will also enhance the service by playing some musical works. Following the service there will be a program presented by Latvian school pupils, a visit by Santa Claus, and holiday lunch with refreshments.
Follow the event "Jonkeru Latviešu Skolas & Ziemeļu Novada Ziemassvētku Eglīte" on Facebook: Facebook.
Visit the page "Jonkeru Latviešu Pamatskola" on Facebook Facebook.
NOTE: The celebration was rescheduled from Dec. 15 because of snow.

Ziemassvetku Eglite

Sunday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 - Epiphany church service followed by the congregation's Long Island district (Salas novads) "Eglīte" (Christmas celebration), at the Long Island Church. Participating will be Madelēna Miniāte who will tell (in Latvian) about her experiences at the Garezers Latvian Summer High-School in Michigan, and Nikolais Star, who will talk about his “Sveika, Latvija!” trip this past summer. Participants are asked to bring a pot-luck lunch. In Latvian Epiphany (Jan. 6) is called "Zvaigznes diena" - "The Day of the Star".

Latvian riflemen's badge

Monday Jan. 6 - Epiphany and Latvian Riflemen's Remembrance Day. The Latvian Riflemen (in Latvian: "Latviešu strēlnieki", Russian: "Латышские стрелки") were originally a military formation of the Imperial Russian Army assembled starting 1915 in Latvia in order to defend Baltic territories against Germans in World War I. Initially the battalions were formed by volunteers, and from 1916 by conscription among the Latvian population. A total of about 40,000 troops were drafted into the Latvian Riflemen Division. From 1915 to 1917, the Latvian Riflemen fought in the Russian army against the Germans in positions along the Daugava river. In 1916 Latvian battalions were transformed to regiments as conscription started among the local population. In December 1916 and January 1917, the Latvian riflemen suffered heavy casualties in the month-long Christmas Battles, which began with a surprise attack on German positions during Christmas. Suffering heavy casualties, Latvian riflemen managed to break the German line of defence but the effort was wasted as the attack was not followed through. Since 1924 (except during the time of Latvia's occupation from 1940 to 1991) Latvians have commemorated the December-January battles on Epiphany. (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvian_Riflemen and www.barikadopedija.lv/raksti/793588.)

Triju D vakars - Dejo, Dziedi, Deklamē! Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Jan. 11, at 15:00 - Social "Three D" evening: Dejo, Dziedi, Deklamē! (Dance, Sing, Recite!) at the DV House. Program: Recital (in Latvian) of poetry and prose by Līga Balodis; Dancing by the New York Latvian folklore ensemble; The singing Lasmanis family will sing; and a Latvian sing along will be led by Jānis Students on accordion; plus socializing, lunch and refreshments. Admission $10. Latvian style lunch from the Vanadzes will be available for an additional $10 and refreshments will be available from the bar. All are invited by the New York Daugavas Vanagi: DV members; potential members; and everyone who enjoys Latvian company.

Triju D vakars - Dejo, Dziedi, Deklamē! Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Jan. 11, at 15:00 - Social "Three D" evening: Dejo, Dziedi, Deklamē! (Dance, Sing, Recite!) at the DV House. Program: Recital (in Latvian) of poetry and prose by Līga Balodis; Come and read your own poem; Dancing by the New York Latvian folklore group led by Dace Mažeika; The singing Lasmanis family will sing; and a Latvian folk song sing-along will be led by Jānis Students on accordion; plus socializing, lunch and refreshments. Admission $10. Latvian style lunch from the Vanadzes will be available for an additional $10 and refreshments will be available from the bar. All are invited by the New York Daugavas Vanagi: DV members; potential members; and everyone who enjoys Latvian company.

Yonkers school and Northern district Ziemassvetku Eglite

Sunday, Jan. 12, at 10:00 - Church services followed by The Bronx Latvian school's and the congregation's Northern district (Ziemeļu novada) "Eglīte" (Christmas celebration) at the Yonkers Church. The services will be accompanied by guest organist (and former New Yorker) Guntars Gedulis, who will also enhance the service by playing some musical works. Following the service there will be a program presented by Latvian school pupils, a visit by Santa Claus, and holiday lunch with refreshments.
Follow the event "Jonkeru Latviešu Skolas & Ziemeļu Novada Ziemassvētku Eglīte" on Facebook: Facebook.
Visit the page "Jonkeru Latviešu Pamatskola" on Facebook Facebook.
NOTE: The celebration was rescheduled from Dec. 15 because of snow and again rescheduled from Jan. 5.

Yonkers church

THIS EVENT HS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 19
Sunday, Jan. 12,
at 10:00 - Church service followed by the (annual) Informative Meeting of the congregation's Northern district (Ziemeļu novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Yonkers Church. The services will be accompanied by guest organist (and former New Yorker) Guntars Gedulis, who will also enhance the service by playing some musical works. 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. Visit: www.NYDraudze.org.
Visit the Yonkers Latvian church page "Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church of New York Yonkers" on Facebook: Facebook.

St Andrew Lutheran Church, Parsippany NJ

Sunday, Jan. 12, at 14:30 - Church service followed by the (annual) Informative Meeting of the congregation's New Jersey district (Ņudžersijas novads) of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at St Andrew Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parisippany, NJ 07054. 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. For directions visit the St Andrew site: www.ELCAAndy.org.

Yonkers church

Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10:00 - Church service followed by the (annual) Informative Meeting of the congregation's 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. Visit: www.NYDraudze.org.
Visit the Yonkers Latvian church page "Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church of New York Yonkers" on Facebook: Facebook.
NOTE: The meeting was rescheduled from Jan. 12.

Long Island church

Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the (annual) Informative Meeting of the congregation's 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

Monday 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.)

Live Arts: Gaitjukevic & Vismane

Wednesday Jan. 22, at 19:30 - Latvian dance artists Kristīne Vismane and Dmitrijs Gaitjukevičs Studio Showing, at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues), New York, NY 10011 Admission free but seating is limited. Immediately following the showing, the artists will engage in a short discussion about their work with the audience, moderated by Levi Gonzalez of Movement Research. Latvian artists Dmitrijs Gaitjukevics and Kristīne Vismane will be in residence in NYC through Movement Research MRX/Latvia from January 9-26, 2014. They attended APAP performances their first weekend, performed at Movement Research at Judson Church on Monday Jan 13 at 8pm and will attend MR MELT workshops for the weeks of Jan 13-17 and 20-24. About this show: www.NewYorkLiveArts.org/event/Gaitjukevics_Vismane. Directions: www.NewYorkLiveArts.org.

Ola Vasiljeva Exhibit - Jargot

From Friday Jan. 24 until Saturday Mar. 15 - Exhibit by artist from Latvia, Oļa Vasiļjeva Jargot, at the Art in General gallery, 79 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00. Admission free. Oļa Vasiļjeva is from Ventspils, Latvia and she lives and works in Amsterdam. The exhibit is organized by "kim?" contemporary art center in Rīga in cooperation with Art in General in New York. This project is supported by the Cultural Ministry of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Fund of Latvia and the City Council of Rīga.
Artist's website www.olavasiljeva.com.
Gallery website: www.artingeneral.org.
Exhibit page: www.artingeneral.org/exhibitions/561.
Gallery "Art in General" page on Facebook: Facebook
Opening reception Friday Jan. 24 from 18:00 to 20:00. Follow the event "Exhibition Opening" on Facebook: Facebook

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Jan. 25 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan followed by the (annual) Informative Meeting of the congregation's Inner City district (Iekšpilsētas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Inner City district committee and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Amber Flute Quartet Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Jan. 25, at 13:30 - Draudzīgais aicinājums (see Jan. 28) Remembrance at Priedaine, NJ. Poetess Rita Gāle will talk (in Latvian) about Kārlis Ulmanis and the Draudzīgais aicinājums. Concert by The Amber Flute Quartet +1: Ilona Kudiņa (flute, alto flute, piccolo; Latvia, USA), Ona Jonaitytea (flute, alto flute; Lithuania), Agita Arista (flute; Latvia), Elzbieta Brandys (flute, piccolo; Poland), Lalita Salins (flute; USA, Latvia). Concert will feature works by: P. Aldiņš, D. Aperāne, J. Ķeniņš, A. Kupriss, N. Gothams, S. Mence, A. Part, P. Plakidis, P. Vasks, A. Vecumnieks. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Admission $25. Organized by the New Jersey Latvian Society. Supported by the Latvian Cultural Assoc. "Tilts" and the American Latvian Association. For more information visit Priedaine's web site www.Priedaine.com.

Latvia flag

Sunday, 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. After the forces of the Soviet Union occupied Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in June of 1940 and annexed them to the USSR in August of the same year, most countries, including the USA, continued, at least symbolically, to recognize the Baltic States as independent nations, thus denying legitimacy to these forcible and illegal acts.

Mācītājs Richards Zariņš Amber Flute Quartet

Sunday, Jan. 26 at 10:00 - Church services, followed, at 11:30 by the annual NY Latvian Culture Days program, at the Yonkers Church. Program will be in honor and remembrance of pastor Richards Zariņš (1913-2006) and will be presented by his son Dr. Bertrams Zariņš. Concert by The Amber Flute Quartet +1: Ilona Kudiņa (flute, alto flute, piccolo; Latvia, USA), Ona Jonaitytea (flute, alto flute; Lithuania), Agita Arista (flute; Latvia), Elzbieta Brandys (flute, piccolo; Poland), Lalita Salins (flute; USA, Latvia). Concert will feature works by: P. Aldiņš, D. Aperāne, J. Ķeniņš, A. Kupriss, N. Gothams, S. Mence, P. Plakidis, P. Vasks, A. Vecumnieks. A part of the program will honor local Latvians who have received the American Latvian Association's Certificate of Recognition (ALA Atzinības raksts) and other awards. There will be a reception following the program with hors d'oeuvres and wine. Admission $20, children under 14 free. Event organized by the Council of American Latvian Organizations of NY. Supported by the Latvian Cultural Assoc. "Tilts" and the American Latvian Association. For information write Baibai Pinnis or call (917) 270-4786.

LNOG

Sunday, Jan. 26, at 15:00 - Annual Meeting of the Latvian National Opera Guild (LNOG), at the Yonkers Church. (Immediately following the NY Latvian Cultural Days - see above event.) For information about the Guild visit: www.lnogasv.org.

Draudzīgais Aicinajums

Tuesday, 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.

Kremerate Baltica

Thursday, Jan. 30 at 19:30 - Concert by Kremerata Baltica at the 92nd Street YM&YWHA, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue @ East 92nd Street, New York, NY. Gidon Kremer, music director & soloist; Alexei Mochalov, bass. Program: PÄRT: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten for Strings and Bell; WEINBERG: Concertino for Violin and Strings, Op. 42; BRITTEN: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for Strings, Op. 10; WEINBERG: Symphony No. 10 for Strings, Op. 98; SHOSTAKOVICH: Antiformal Rayok, satiric comic opera for Bass and Chamber Orchestra. Price: from $35.00. Details and tickets: www.92y.org/Uptown/Event/Kremerata-Baltica.aspx.

FEBRUARY 2014:

NYLFCU

Sunday, Feb. 2, 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 credit union members and potential members are invited.

SuperBowl XLVIII Super Bowl Party - Yonkers Church

Sunday, Feb. 2, 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 you should read: www.nfl.com/rulebook/BeginnersGuideToFootball. More detailed articles about various aspects of the game may be found at: www.nfl.com/rulebook. Whichever two teams that make it to the Super Bowl will play at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ and kick-off time is approximately 18:30 EST. The singer - song writer Bruno Mars will perform at half-time. The party is organized by the NY Latvian Church - Northern Committee.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

From Friday Feb. 7 through Sunday Feb. 23 - XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russian Federation. Follow Latvia's Olympic efforts at: www.olimpiade.lv For general information about the Olympic Games at Sochi visit: www.sochi2014.com/en/. The NBC Sports Olympic Games site: www.nbcolympics.com.
The No Sochi 2014 campaign The No Sochi 2014 campaign Many individuals and groups have raised concerns and objections about holding the Olympic games in Russia. Some specifically oppose the choice of Sochi as the venue. Until the mid 19th century, the Circassian people dominated Sochi and its environs but they suffered great losses and were driven away as a consequence of the 47 year long and bloody Caucasian war. On May 21, 2014 Circassians will mark 150 years since the last of their fighters surrendered in the face of the overwhelming Russian imperial forces. The Circassians who remained had to choose between death and forced exile. The Circassians demand that Russia apologizes for its genocide against their nation. Other groups oppose the games in protest of the overall disrespect for human rights under the Putin regime, including oppression of homosexual persons. More information about these issues may be found at:
www.nosochi2014.com/;
www.facebook.com/NoSochi2014
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concerns_and_controversies_at_the_2014_Winter_Olympics;
www.hrw.org/russias-olympian-abuses.

Long Island church

Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:00 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at the Long Island Church. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.NYDraudze.org.

Vija Vetra Valentines Day Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Feb. 15, at 15:00 - Valentine's Day Event "90+1 - Love for Dance", at the DV House. Program (in Latvian) will be about the distinguished dancer and choreographer Vija Vētra, who is celebrating her 90+1 birthday. The clubroom bar will offer other refreshments. All are invited. Organized by the New York "Vanadzes". For information contact: Marīja Maher, tel. (908) 277-1251.
Visit the page "Daugavas Vanagi Latvian Assn New York" on Facebook: Facebook.

Vija Vētra Valentines Day Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Feb. 15, at 15:00 - Valentine's Day Event "90+1 - Love for Dance", at the DV House. We will honor and share memories with the distinguished dancer and choreographer Vija Vētra. Program will feature: Aleksandr Kosic "The World of Vija Vētra"; (the rest of the program will be in Latvian) Dzintra Geke's film "Vija Vētra"; presentations by Līga Balode, Valdis Čirksts and the Lasmanis family. Admission $5, which includes coffee and desserts. You are asked to bring your own snacks. The bar will be open. All are invited by the New York Daugavas Vanadzes. For information contact: Marīja Maher, tel. (908) 277-1251.
Visit the page "Daugavas Vanagi Latvian Assn New York" on Facebook: Facebook.

Valentines Day Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

The Feb. 15 event at the DV House with Vija Vētra has been postponed for a week due to snow. See Feb. 22.

Lithuania's national flag

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

Ukraine's national flag Ukraine Maidan protest

Sunday, February 16 from 14:00 to 15:00 - Nations Unite to Support Ukrainian Maidan Protest, at Columbus Circle in front of the entrance to Central Park, West 59th Street & Eighth Avenue / Central Park West, (southwest corner of Central Park), New York City. Invitation from the organizers: We are inviting all people who cherish the values of democracy and civil rights to come out and support Ukrainians, who have been standing strong on the bitterly cold streets of Kiev for the past 3 months fighting for their freedoms. Ukrainian protesters have won respect and admiration from millions of people around the world for their courage and devotion to their cause. You will find Russian, Belorussian, Georgian, Polish, Lithuanian, Armenian, Canadian, American and many other national flags raised in the heart of Kiev and abroad as a sign of solidarity. Ukrainian cause resonates with other nations that have struggled or are still struggling with dictatorships, corruption and terrifying human rights violations. Let’s all unite to show them that they are not all alone out there in the cold and that we can all stand for one another! Please bring your national flags and/or posters to the event.
The highlight of the event - a live piano music! Piano symbolizes a peaceful revolution in Ukraine! Please join All-Ukrainian event "The Instrument of Freedom". A famous Ukrainian pianist, a poet of the keyboard Pavel Gintov will be performing under the open sky!!! For more about the artist visit: www.gintov.com.
Follow the event "Nations Unite to Support Ukrainian Maidan Protest. Live piano performance under the open sky" on Facebook: Facebook

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Feb. 22 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Vija Vētra Valentines Day Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Feb. 22, at 15:00 - Valentine's Day Event "90+1 - Love for Dance", at the DV House. We will honor and share memories with the distinguished dancer and choreographer Vija Vētra. Program will feature: Aleksandr Kosic "The World of Vija Vētra"; (the rest of the program will be in Latvian) Dzintra Geke's film "Vija Vētra"; presentations by Līga Balode, Valdis Čirksts and the Lasmanis family. Admission $5, which includes coffee and desserts. You are asked to bring your own snacks. The bar will be open. All are invited by the New York Daugavas Vanadzes. For information contact: Marīja Maher, tel. (908) 277-1251. This event was rescheduled from Feb. 15 due to the snow.
Visit the page "Daugavas Vanagi Latvian Assn New York" on Facebook: Facebook.

NY Latvian Scouts & Gaudes 65th anniversary SkautiGaidas Sunday, Feb. 23, at 11:00 - Church services followed by the 65th 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 Vizma Belševics' play: "Patiess stāsts par Čingo Babu, Lielo gliemezi un Jūras karaļa bēdām", directed by Māra Ast 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. $15 admission and donations are in support of Latvian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. For further information write Diāna Rudzīte or Reinis Sīpols.

Ukraine NYC protest Ukraine's national flag

Sunday, February 23 at 14:00 - Protest "For a Free Ukraine!", at the Ukrainian Consulate, 240 East 49th Street (between Second and Third Avenues), New York City. After the protest at the consulate the group will march to either the Consulate or the UN Mission of the Russian Federation. All are invited and asked to bring posters banners and national symbols. Organized by
the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) - www.ucca.org,
the Organization for Defense of Four Freedoms for Ukraine (ODFFU) - www.odffu.org,
and the Federation of Ukrainian Student Organizations of America (SUSTA) - www.sustaportal.org.
Follow the event "За Вільну Україну! / For a Free Ukraine!" on Facebook: Facebook

Estonia's national flag

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

MARCH 2014:

SkautiGaidas Saturday, Mar. 1, at 19:30 - 65th Anniversary Ball of the Rīgas 90th scout unit and Zilais kalns 4th guide unit, at the Ukranian American Cultural Center, 60C North Jefferson Rd, Whippany, NJ. Directions: www.UACCNJ.org. Participation $35 per person, which includes dinner, open bar and dancing with live music. Come yourself and take your friends along! Reservations with full payment by February 16 - checks payable “Parents Committee Troop 748” - to Nora un Pēteris Aivars, 69 Lakeshore Drive, Oakland, NJ 07436. For information write vad. Aivariem or call tel. (201) 337-3120.

Latvian Cultural Association TILTS Saturday, Mar. 8, 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.

Latvian Cultural Association TILTS The Mar. 8, - Annual meeting of the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS, at the DV House
has been rescheduled for April 12. See below.

Sākās Vasaras laiks

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 am Mar. 9
- set your clocks one hour ahead!

In Latvia Daylight Savings (or "Summer") Time begins the last Sunday in March.

col. Oskars Kalpaks

Sunday, Mar. 9, 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 service will be complemented with a musical performance by Michelle Tippets - soprano, Kārlis Vilciņš - bassoon, and Inese Cederbaums - piano.. After the services there will be a program featuring an address by Jānis Mažeiks, Latvia's ambassador to the United Nations in New York. 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.

European Union

On May 24, 2014 in Latvia elections for the European Parliament will take place. Citizens of Latvia who are living abroad may participate in these election by voting by mail. To vote by mail you must register by April 12. A sample registration form to vote by mail and other information about these elections may be found at: www.cvk.lv. The application must be sent before April 12 and all questions directed to:
Embassy of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Consular Section Telephone: (202) 328-2881
e-mail: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv.

Ukraine NYC protest Ukraine's national flag

Thursday, Mar. 13 at 13:30 - Rally in Support of Ukraine, at the United Nations, 43rd Street and First Avenue, New York City. All are invited and asked to bring posters banners and national symbols.
For information about activities in support of a democratic and independent Ukraine visit:
Razom for Ukraine - www.razomforukraine.org and www.Facebook.com/RazomForUkraine;
the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) - www.ucca.org and www.Facebook.com/UCCA.org;
the Organization for Defense of Four Freedoms for Ukraine (ODFFU) - www.odffu.org and www.Facebook.com/ODFFU;
and the Federation of Ukrainian Student Organizations of America (SUSTA) - www.sustaportal.org and www.Facebook.com/SUSTAportal.
On Facebook follow the event "Arseniy Yatsenyuk at UN Security Council Meeting in New York".

AABS

From Thursday Mar. 13 to Saturday Mar. 15 - Yale Conference on Baltic and Scandinavian Studies at Yale University in New Haven, CT. For information visit: www.yale.edu/macmillan/balticstudies/ybss/index.html. Conference program available here: www.yale.app.box.com/s/lb8wec5y4vqy88uissvf. Note that the descriptions of the panel sessions follows the conference events schedule.

AABS BATUN

Friday Mar. 14, at 10:15 am - Baltic Appeal to the United Nations – BATUN - Roundtable at Yale Conference C12—105 Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC,)at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Roundtable: Activists Revisit Baltic (BATUN)-Scandinavian Cooperation to Restore Baltic Independence, 1983-1991.
Speakers
: Heino Ainso (Ainso & Associates, Inc.) and Uldis Bluķis (Brooklyn College, CUNY) Framing the BATUN Experience in Theory and History: Olavi Arens (Armstrong Atlantic State University), Mara I. Lazda (Bronx Community College, CUNY), Jonathan H. L'Hommedieu (Armstrong Atlantic State University).
Abstract
: United Baltic Appeal, Inc. (popularly known as BATUN – Baltic Appeal to the United Nations) was a Baltic exile organization that 1966-1991 lobbied the UN and its member states in New York, Geneva and Europ­ean capitals in order to put the Baltic question on a UN agenda. Among the Europeans that BATUN lobbied most intensely were the Scandinavian states. In the 1980s the lobbying contributed to a growing flood of information about changes in the Baltic States and to a similarly grow­ing Scandinavian – especially by Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden – responsiveness to Baltic independence strivings. A little known Swedish response occurred in 1991 at the session of the Com­mis­sion of Human Rights held in Geneva. Sweden played a key role in unpreceden­tedly getting the USSR, a permanent Security Council member, to agree to be placed under the Commis­sion’s scrutiny for human rights violations in Vilnius and Riga and thereby open­ing the door for follow-up queries elsewhere in the UN’s human rights system. Other than the UN, sites for Baltic-Scandinavian cooperation were: Baltic and Scandinavian capitals and, after 1975, the venues of the Conference (it became an Organization in 1990) for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The contributions to the restoration of independence of the diverse cooperative activities will be compared.
There are other interesting presentations and events on Friday, March 14th
, that might help you justify the $90 one-day registration fee. See links to full Conference description, above.

Akmens un Šķembas Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Mar. 15, at 14:00 - Latvian Legion Commemoration - Film screening "Akmens un šķembas" (Rock and Splinters), at the DV House. Film director Rolands Kalniņš’ film “Akmens un šķembas” (Rocks and Splinters), or “Es visu atceros, Ričard!” (I Remember Everything, Richard!), was released in 1966. It is the only film produced in Soviet occupied Latvia that deals with the topic of the Latvian Legion, which were military units into which Latvians were drafted illegally by Nazi Germany while it occupied Latvia. Eduards Pāvuls, Antra Liedskalniņa, Harijs Liepiņš and Pauls Butkēvičs portray the main roles in the film. Though the producers would never have been able to make this film without incorporating many aspects of the skewed Soviet version of history, they succeeded in portraying the Legionnaires generally in a truthful and sympathetic manner. It is shown that they were not volunteers but had been conscripted. Countering the prevailing Soviet ideological assertions that the Legionnaires were ardent nazis or “fascists”, they are shown as desiring the restoration of a free and independent Latvia. Because this and others of his films dealt with topics considered sensitive or even dangerous by the Soviet authorities, starting in the early 1970-s screenings of Rolands Kalniņš’ works were forbidden, and only at the end of the 1980-s, shortly before the restoration of Latvia’s independence, could he again work freely. The film is about one and a half hours, or 83 minutes, long and is in Latvian – sorry but no subtitles are available. Admission $10. Latvian style lunch from the Vanadzes will be available for an additional $10 and refreshments will be available from the bar. All are invited by the New York Daugavas Vanagi. For information write Marģers Pinnis or call (917) 747-2322.

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Mar. 15 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Pankūku brokastis Jonkeros

Sunday, Mar. 16, at 10:00 - Church services followed by the annual Pancake Breakfast at the Yonkers Church. Program information will be forthcoming. Taste Latvian 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 $15. Proceeds will benefit the work of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY. All are invited. Organized by the NY Latvian Church's Northern region Ladies Aid.

Rihards Mačanoskis & DjordjeStevan Nesic

Friday Mar. 21 at 19:30 - Benefit Concert for the Latvia National Opera with LNO baritone Rihards Mačanovskis accompanied by Djordje Stevan Nesic on piano, at the Estonian House. Tickets ordered in advance: $25, at the door $30, students $15, children and school pupils under age of 16 admitted free. Benefactor tickets $50. Please reserve tickets and send payment prior to March 15. Kindly remit payment to: LNOG c/o Andris Padegs, 2 Merry Hill Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-3214. Make checks payable "Latvian National Opera Guild, Inc." Indicate whether your order is for the March 21st concert at the Estonian House or March 22nd "Spring Thaw" ball at Priedaine. Organized by the Latvian National Opera Guild (LNOG), www.LNOGasv.org.
The Estonian House bar and the restaurant will open at 17:00 (5 P.M.)

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Mar. 22, - 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.
Visit the page "Daugavas Vanagi Latvian Assn New York" on Facebook: Facebook.

Staigājot Jēzus pēdās

Saturday, March 22 at 10:00 - Baiba Liepiņa's lecture "Staigājot Jēzus Pēdās" ("Walking in Jesus' footsteps"), Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 639 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ. Baiba Liepiņa is LELBA lay vice-president and member of the LELBĀL board. The lecture will include a slide presentation of photos from a trip to Israēl, including of the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Bethany (the place where Jesus was baptized), Qumran, Capernaum (the town where Jesus lived), Jerusalem and of other places. Coffee and desserts will be served.

Film: Mother I Love You

Saturday, March 22 at 11:00 - 1st of two New York premier film screenings of Jānis Nords' - Mother, I Love You / Mammu, Es Tevi Mīlu, at IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Ave) (between West 3rd and West 4th Streets, New York, NY. Winner of top prizes at the Berlin and Los Angeles Film Festivals and Latvia’s 2014 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Janis Nord’s instantly engaging second feature combines coming-of-age drama with slow-burn thriller to tell the story of a boy who is unable to extricate himself from a growing web of lies.
SYNOPSIS - Raimonds lives with his single mother, Sylvia, an overextended doctor who struggles to split her time between patients and son. Left more or less on his own, the 12-year-old spends his time riding through town on his scooter and getting into mild mischief with his friend Peteris, whose mother works cleaning the houses of wealthy neighbors. The boys occasionally hang out in these luxurious digs while the owners are away, and though they know it is wrong, the thrill of trespassing has its attractions. Meanwhile, when an incident at school lands Raimonds in trouble, fear of his mother’s reaction leads him to hide the truth – setting in motion a cycle of increasingly bad choices, each one digging him deeper into a hole. The film’s portrait of preteen rebelliousness has been compared to Truffaut’s iconic The 400 Blows and the Dardennes’ The Kid With a Bike. But no degree in cinema studies is required to enjoy this captivating and emotionally profound film.
Film is in Latvian with English subtitles, and is 83 minutes long. Recommended Ages: 9 to Adult, film contains some mature subject matter.
The film is being shown under the auspices of the New York International Children's Film Festival. The Festival is offering an exclusive discount to the Latvian community. Enter the code LATVIANY14 to receive $2 off of every ticket purchase! Ticket details are on the film, festival’s website: www.gkids.tv/intheaters.cfm - the links lead you to ticketweb where you can place the code.
To see the trailer visit here: www.vimeo.com/64564987.
To read more about the NY International Children's Film Festival visit here: www.gkids.com/.
Follow the page "Mammu, es Tevi mīlu" on Facebook: Facebook
There will be a second screening on March 29 at the Village East Cinema (see below).

Rihards Mačanoskis & DjordjeStevan Nesic Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Mar. 22, at 16:00 - Benefit Concert for the Latvia National Opera with LNO baritone Rihards Mačanovskis accompanied by Djordje Stevan Nesic on piano, at Priedainē NJ. The concert at Priedaine will have a different program from the one at the Estonian House. Cocktail hour at 4:00 pm, followed by the concert, dinner, raffle, evebning dress fashion show “Gowns by Valda”, and a social evening with dancing. Black tie optional, ladies are encouraged to wear festive spring hats. Tickets ordered in advance $50, at the door $60. Kindly remit payment to: LNOG c/o Andris Padegs, 2 Merry Hill Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-3214. Make checks payable "Latvian National Opera Guild, Inc." Indicate whether your order is for the March 21st concert at the Estonian House or March 22nd "Spring Thaw" ball at Priedaine. Please reserve your place at a table for the Priedaine "Spring Thaw" evening by calling or writing Aija Pelše: tel. (516)  319-9491, e-mail: aijap@yahoo.com. Organized by the Latvian National Opera Guild (LNOG), www.LNOGasv.org. For directions visit www.Priedaine.com.

Bērnības Zeme Sibīrija

Sunday, Mar. 23, at 10:00 - Church services followed at 11:30 by the New York premier of Dzintra Gekas documentary movie "Land of Childhood - Siberia" at the Yonkers Church. A discussion over coffee will take place after the viewing. Admission by donation to "Fonds Sibirijas berni". Members of the audience are invited to bring along a poem concerning the theme of deportation to be read before, and after, the film. The film is in Latvian. To view a write-up about the film (in Latvian) visit: www.sibirijasberni.lv/category/filmas. Organized by the Ladies Aid Committee of the Northern district of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY.

Staigājot Jēzus pēdās

Sunday, Mar. 23, at 14:30 - Church services followed by Baiba Liepiņa's lecture "Staigājot Jēzus Pēdās" ("Walking in Jesus' footsteps"), at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parsippany, NJ. Baiba Liepiņa is LELBA lay vice-president and member of the LELBĀL board. The lecture will include a slide presentation of photos from a trip to Israēl, including of the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Bethany (the place where Jesus was baptized), Qumran, Capernaum (the town where Jesus lived), Jerusalem and of other places. Possibly other trip participants will be there as well.

Latvian flag within barbed wire

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

Ukraine's national flag

Thursday March 27 from 12:00 to 13:00 - Demonstration at the United Nations, First Avenue & 42nd Street.

Information about activities in Support of a democratic, independent and undivided Ukraine
in New York will be posted here as information is received, but as events unfold you may wish to visit:
Razom for Ukraine - www.razomforukraine.org and www.Facebook.com/RazomForUkraine;
the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) - www.ucca.org and www.Facebook.com/UCCA.org;
the Organization for Defense of Four Freedoms for Ukraine (ODFFU) - www.odffu.org and www.Facebook.com/ODFFU;
and the Federation of Ukrainian Student Organizations of America (SUSTA) - www.sustaportal.org and www.Facebook.com/SUSTAportal.
Film: Mother I Love You

Saturday, March 29 at 13:30 - 2nd of two New York premier film screenings of Jānis Nords' - Mother, I Love You / Mammu, Es Tevi Mīlu, at Village East Cinema, 189 Second Avenue (between East 11th and East 12th Streets, New York, NY. Winner of top prizes at the Berlin and Los Angeles Film Festivals and Latvia’s 2014 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Janis Nord’s instantly engaging second feature combines coming-of-age drama with slow-burn thriller to tell the story of a boy who is unable to extricate himself from a growing web of lies.
SYNOPSIS - Raimonds lives with his single mother, Sylvia, an overextended doctor who struggles to split her time between patients and son. Left more or less on his own, the 12-year-old spends his time riding through town on his scooter and getting into mild mischief with his friend Peteris, whose mother works cleaning the houses of wealthy neighbors. The boys occasionally hang out in these luxurious digs while the owners are away, and though they know it is wrong, the thrill of trespassing has its attractions. Meanwhile, when an incident at school lands Raimonds in trouble, fear of his mother’s reaction leads him to hide the truth – setting in motion a cycle of increasingly bad choices, each one digging him deeper into a hole. The film’s portrait of preteen rebelliousness has been compared to Truffaut’s iconic The 400 Blows and the Dardennes’ The Kid With a Bike. But no degree in cinema studies is required to enjoy this captivating and emotionally profound film.
Film is in Latvian with English subtitles, and is 83 minutes long. Recommended Ages: 9 to Adult, film contains some mature subject matter.
The film is being shown under the auspices of the New York International Children's Film Festival. The Festival is offering an exclusive discount to the Latvian community. Enter the code LATVIANY14 to receive $2 off of every ticket purchase! Ticket details are on the film, festival’s website: www.gkids.tv/intheaters.cfm - the links lead you to ticketweb where you can place the code.
To see the trailer visit here: www.vimeo.com/64564987.
To read more about the NY International Children's Film Festival visit here: www.gkids.com/.
Follow the page "Mammu, es Tevi mīlu" on Facebook: Facebook
The first screening will take place on March 22 at the IFC Center (see above).

Saturday Mar. 29 at 17:00 - Conference of LELBA (Latvian Lutheran church congregations) East Coast Ladies Aid Committees at the Long Island Church. Description follows in Latvian. Konferences lektore ir Elga Zālīte, vēsturniece no Latvijas, kas strādā Stanfordas universitātē Austrumu Eiropas bibliotēkas nodaļā veicot pētījumu par latviešu emigrāciju ASV. Pēcpusdienas lekciju sniegs prāv. Anita Vārsberga-Pāža. Konferences noslēgumā kopīgs draudzes dievkalpojums.  Sekos siltas vakariņas, ar iepriekšēju pieteikšanos un tuvāka informācija pie Ilzes Beiniķes: tel. (516) 293-8432; e-pasts:  ilzebb@optonline.net. Konferences dalības maksa $35. no personas, bet tiem, kas piedalās tikai vakariņās, dalības maksa ir $15. Visi laipni lūgti.

APRIL 2014:

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Apr. 5, - 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. For more information, please visit: www.Priedaine.com.
Visit the page "New Jersey Latvian Society Priedaine" on Facebook: Facebook.

Dream Team 1935

Sunday, Apr. 6 at 12:00 (noon) - Presentation of the Film Dream Team 1935 at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria (Queens), NY. Subway: M, R to Steinway Street or N, Q to 36th Avenue. Museum of the Moving Image and The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) will present Panorama Europe, from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 13, a showcase of 17 contemporary European feature films and one program of short films. Included in the program is "Dream Team 1935", a film directed by Aigars Grauba and produced by Andrejs Ekis. “Dream Team 1935” is a sports drama based upon true events. It tells the story of the first European Basketball Championship in Geneva in 1935 – and how an unknown team, from a largely unknown country (Latvia), defied the odds and much skepticism to get to the winner’s podium. An amazing true story of impossible odds, improbable heroes and an incredible moment in history. Tickets for Panorama Europe films are $12 each (free for Museum members). Advance purchase available online at www.MovingImage.us or by phone at (718) 777-6800 (during regular Museum hours).

European Union

On May 24, 2014 in Latvia elections for the European Parliament will take place. Citizens of Latvia who are living abroad may participate in these election by voting by mail. To vote by mail you must register by April 12. A sample registration form to vote by mail and other information about these elections may be found at: www.cvk.lv. The application must be sent before April 12 and all questions directed to:
Embassy of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Consular Section Telephone: (202) 328-2881
e-mail: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv.
All you need to do is:
1) Print out “Pieteikumu balsošanai pa pastu” (the Application to vote by mail) –
MS Word: http://cvk.lv/pub/upload_file/2014/Iesniegums_pasts_EPV2014.doc
or PDF: http://cvk.lv/pub/upload_file/2014/Iesniegums_pasts_EPV2014.pdf
2) Fill it out. The only information required is:
Vārds (first name), Uzvārds (last name), Adrese, kur dzīvojiet (Address where you live), Personas kods (Personal ID code), Adrese kur sūtīt balsošanas materiālus (Address where to send voting materials - ussually the same as where you live), Datums (Date) un Paraksts (Signature).
YOU DO NOT NEED TO SEND IN YOUR PASSPORT.
3) Send the completed application to the address above.

Latvijas pase

Latvia's Mobile Passport Workstation Will Be Returning to New York, but if you want to make use of it to apply for, or renew, your Latvian passport you must, by May 15, send all required documents to the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC. For information (in Latvian) visit: www.mfa.gov.lv/lv/usa/consular/parvietojama-pasu-stacija. The documents must be sent before May 15 and all questions directed to:
Embassy of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Consular Section Telephone: (202) 328-2881
e-mail: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv.
If you have not yet taken advantage of the renewed opportunity to claim your Latvian citizenship, while retaining your US citizenship, this may be a good time to do so.

Latvian Cultural Association TILTS Saturday, Apr. 12, 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.
Note: This meeting was orginally scheduled for March 8.

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Apr. 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Pūpolsvētdiena

Sunday, Apr. 13 - Palm Sunday Church services with communion:
at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church,
at 10:30 at the Long Island Church and
at 14:30 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parsippany, NJ.
(In Latvian Palm Sunday is called "Pūpolu svētdiena" - "Pussy Willow (or Willow Catkins) Sunday".)

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Sunday, Apr. 13, at 14:00 - Ēriks Raisters memorial fund award presentation, at Priedainē NJ. This year's laureate will be Dr. Phil. Lalita Muižniece. Program (in Latvian) will be presented by poetess Baiba Bičola and by Lalita's relatives: her sister Māra Celle and daughter Sarma Muižniece-Liepiņa. Koncert will be performed by the sisters Laila and Lalita Saliņš. Lunch will be served. Admission by donation - $20 suggested. All are invited. For more information, please visit: www.priedaine.com.

Thursday, Apr. 17 - Holy Thursday Church services with communion: at 11:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 13:00 at the East Orange Church. (In Latvian Holy Thursday is called "Zaļā ceturtdiena" - "Green Thursday".)

Friday, Apr. 18 - Good Friday Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 19:00 at the Long Island Church. (In Latvian Good Friday is called "Lielā piektdiena" - "Great Friday".)

DV Nama uzpošanas talka Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Apr. 19, starting at 11:00 - Daugavas Vanagi House Volunteer Spring Cleaning, at the DV House. Remember when friends and relatives got together to tend and clean up their yards, gardens and homes? We too will come together for a Spring Cleaning of our Latvian Island in New York - the House of the NY chapter of the Daugavas Vanagi. Afterwards we will have a friendly meal by the fireplace, singing and an "open mike", where everyone is invited to give a performance or presentation for our mutual merriment. Come yourself and invite your friends and relatives to come along. The more, the merrier!

Easter Lilly

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

Sunday, Apr. 20 - Easter Sunday Church services: at 08:00 at the Yonkers Church and at 08:00 at the Long Island Church. Following the church services there will be an Easter breakfast  at Yonkers. (In Latvian Easter is called "Lieldienas" - "The Great Days".)

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN: From Friday Apr. 25 to Sunday Apr. 27 - Daugavas Vanagi USA annual Delegates Meeting & Vanadzes meeting,. For more information, please visit: www.daugavasvanagi.org.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa" Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

NEAR BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: Saturday, April 26, at 11:00 - East Coast Latvian American USA Volleyball Finals at the Volleyball House, 5635 Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, MD 21075, www.vbhouse.com. We are expecting participants from Washington DC, Latvia, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and elsewhere. Player and team registration and specific information is available from Washington DC Daugavas Vanagu sport club "Sigulda" representative Viesturs Timrots - tel. (301) 294-0046, or the NJ Latvian Sport Club "Kursa" representative Jānis Ģiga - home tel. (908) 272-4580, work tel. (609) 588-6314.

Sunday, Apr. 27, at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Spring Event at the Long Island Church. The program will feature the showing of a film excerpt of the "Ligo" closing concert of the 2013 Song festival in Latvia. Lunch, coffee and a raffle drawing will follow. Organized by the NY Latvian Church Long Island region Ladies Aid. All are invited. For information write Ilze Beinikis.

MAY 2014:

ALA  logo

IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: From Friday, May 2 until Sunday, May 4 - The American Latvian Association's (ALA) annual congress, Philadelphia, PA. For information visit www.alausa.org.
Follow the event "63. ALA Kongress Filadelfija" on Facebook: Facebook

Flea Market / Utenis

Saturday, May 3, from 10:00 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 paving of the church parking lot. 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.

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, May 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

DV House 40 year anniversary Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, May 10, at 15:00 - Commemoration of the battles in the Kurzeme salient and celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the DV House, at the DV House. Program will feature: Greetings from Daris Dēliņš, the Honorary Consul of Latvia in New York, and from Jānis Mažeiks, Latvia's Ambassador to the United Nations in New York; and a Concert by Ilona Kudiņa and her Trio. This will be followed by hors d'oeuvres, desserts, coffee and refreshments in the downstairs club room. Admission by donation starting at $25 for those 18 years of age and older. All are invited by the events honorary chairperson Mrs. Dace Mažeika and the New York DV chapter. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (908) 277-1251.

United Nations International Bazaar

Tuesday May 20, from 10:30 to 16:00 - United Nations International Bazaar at the United Nations Rose Garden, 760 United Nations Plaza (First Avenue), New York, New York 10017. There will be exotic food and beverages as well as hand-crafted items from UN member countries, and a raffle drawing. All proceeds go to benefit the Central Emergency Relief Fund and children's projects throughout the world. Latvia will participate in the European booth with "Stenders" cosmetics and beauty products. To gain entrance to the UN building you must be issued your own individual pass. If you wish to attend this event then please, by May 13, send a request with your precise first and last name to Mrs. Dace Mažeika dace.mazeika@gmail.com. On the day of the event you must have with you a government issued id such as a driver's license or passport.

Temple University Concert Choir

Tuesday May 20 at 19:30 - Temple University Concert Choir, music by Ēriks Ešenvalds Unitarian Church of All Souls, 1157 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY.

European Union

Saturday May 24, - Elections for the European Parliament will take place. Citizens of Latvia who are living abroad may participate in these election by voting by mail. To vote by mail you must register by April 12. A sample registration form to vote by mail and other information about these elections may be found at: www.cvk.lv. The application must be sent before April 12 and all questions directed to:
Embassy of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Consular Section Telephone: (202) 328-2881
e-mail: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv.

Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25, from 10:00 to 15:00 - Latvian Art and Handicrafts Tag Sale at "Nometne" in the Catskills at the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne". The Aid committee of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is having a tag sale to benefit paying off the mortgage on the Camp's new Zariņa Mess Hall ("'Edamzāle"). Wide selection of Latvian and other artists' paintings, wood and ceramic handicrafts, woven covers, blankets, serving pieces, crystal wares, amber and other jewelry and much more. For information contact Māra Ziediņa te. (914) 962-7023. Donations of the above and similar items are greatly appreciated. Follow the event "Tirdzins Katskilu Nometne" on Facebook: Facebook.

Latvian Memorial Park in the CatskillsN

Sunday May 25 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 24). For information visit: www.LatvianMemorialPark.org.

Spring Concert

Sunday May 25, at 15:30 - New York Latvian Choir Spring Concert, at the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Program will feature W.A. Mozart – Coronation Mass & Selections from the 2014 Latvian Song Festival, Hamilton, Canada Repertoire. Conductors: Andrejs Jansons, Laura Padega Zamura. Guest Conductor: Ints Teterovskis. Performing: “Balsis” Choir from Rīga, “Atbalss” Choir from Montreal, Choristers from Toronto, and the New York Latvian Concert Choir. Admission $25., children free. Hors d'oeuvres before the concert. Please make dinner reservations ($15.) by May 20th with Gunta Aldzere at (516) 466-9453. Evening Social with Song and Dance. For concert and other information write NYLatvianConcertChoir@yahoo.com, visit: www.NYLatvianConcertChoir.org, and follow the "New York Latvian Concert Choir" page on Facebook: Facebook. 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.

Wenesday May 28 at 20:00 - Concert by Latvian Youth Choir "Balsis" Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 2 East 90th Street (at Fifth Avenue), New York, NY.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, May 31 - 50th Anniversary of the New Jersey Latvian Society's purchase and building of "Priedaine" at Priedainē NJ. Program information will follow. For more information, please visit: www.Priedaine.com.
Visit the page "New Jersey Latvian Society Priedaine" on Facebook: Facebook.

JUNE 2014:

Ukraine's national flag

Information about activities in Support of a democratic, independent and undivided Ukraine
in New York will be posted here as information is received, but as events unfold you may wish to visit:
Razom for Ukraine - www.razomforukraine.org and www.Facebook.com/RazomForUkraine;
the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) - www.ucca.org and www.Facebook.com/UCCA.org;
the Organization for Defense of Four Freedoms for Ukraine (ODFFU) - www.odffu.org and www.Facebook.com/ODFFU;
and the Federation of Ukrainian Student Organizations of America (SUSTA) - www.sustaportal.org and www.Facebook.com/SUSTAportal.

Estonian House New York

Thursday Jun. 5 after 19:30 - Latvian Happy Hour get-together, at the Estonian House. Organized by the Inner City district of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church. Contact Andris Trautmanis andris.o.trautmanis@gmail.com.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Jun. 7, 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.com. For information about the New Jersey Latvian school visit www.njskola.org.

Pastor Laris Saliņš

Sunday, Jun. 8 at 10:30 - Church services followed by 30th anniversary celebration of Laris Saliņš as pastor of the Latvian Ev. Luth Church of NY at the Long Island Church. Flute solo by Lalita Saliņa. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. all are invited!

Latvian camp Nometne

Saturday June 14 and Sunday June 15 - Latvian church camp "Nometne" Fixup Bee, at the Latvian Church camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Calling all Latvians in the Northeastern United States (and Southeastern Canada)! It's once again time to prep Latvian Camp for the ensuing Summer. Come join us in a day of work, camaraderie and culture, and an evening singing songs by the bonfire to get warmed up for the Summer Solstice!
Follow the event "SuperTalka 2014 (un ugunskurs!) " on Facebook: Facebook.
Follow the group "Nometne" on Facebook: Facebook.

DV June 14 event Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, June 14, at 14:00 - Daugavas Vanadzes Project "A path for Schoolchildren to the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia", at the DV House. Program (in Latvian): Rita Gāle will read selections of her own poetry; Premier showing of the film "Writer Melānija Vanaga"; Līga Balodis will read excerpts from Melānija Vanaga's book "On the banks of the River Veļupe; 1941-1957; Valdis Čirksts will read from the memoirs of Egīls Ramiņš and an address by Prof. Pauls Lazda on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. Latvian handricrafts, books and video will be offered for sale. Admission by donation starting at $20. Proceeds will benefit visits by schoolchildren in Latvia to the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. All are invited. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (908) 277-1251.

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, June 14 at 14:00 - Day of Mourning 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Latvian flag within barbed wire

Saturday, 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, July 4 and the first Sunday in December.)
Bērnības Zeme Sibīrija At the Long Island Church:
at 17:30 - Viewing of Dzintra Gekas documentary movie "Land of Childhood - Siberia". Admission by donation, starting at $10 for the benefit of the Latvian Siberian Childrens' Fund. This will be followed by a half hour of coffee;
at 19:00 - Day of Mourning Church services.

2 x 2 Seminar, Baltimore, MD

IN BALTIMORE, MD: From Friday Jun. 20 to Friday Jun. 27 - Latvian Youth Seminar "2 x 2" (in Latvian "DivReizDivi"). For information visit: www.2x2Ligosim.org.

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

St. John's Day at Priedaine NJ Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, June 21, at 16:00 - St. John's Day/Midsummer night Celebration at Priedaine, NJ. Celebrants will be welcomed starting at 4pm. Program information to follow. For more information and directions visit www.Priedaine.com.
Follow the page "New Jersey Latvian Society Priedaine" on Facebook: Facebook.
Follow the event "Līgo, Jāņi Priedainē" on Facebook: Facebook.

ALJA NYC

Saturday, June 21, starting at 12:00, or 15:00 or 18:00 - ALJA NYC Summer Opening Party at North River Lobster Company, Pier 81 West 41st Street & the Hudson River, New York, NY. ALJA would like to organize an outing at the North River Lobster Company www.NorthRiverLobsterCo.com, which leaves from Pier 81 (41st & 12th Ave). The boat ride is 45 minutes around the Hudson, and we can stay and hang out on the boat for as long as we want after that. The boat leaves at 12:00, 3:00, and 6:00 p.m. After the boat ride, we can then head to The Frying Pan - NYC, West 26th St & the West Side Highway, NYC, to keep the party going on the water. The boat ride is free, you just need to order food on board. To help raise money for ALJA, we ask that everyone who participates donates $5 to the cause.
Follow the event "ALJA NYC Vasaras Atklāšana Partija" on Facebook: Facebook.

JULY 2014:

XIV Latvian Song Festival in Canada

IN HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA: From Thursday July 3 to Sunday July 6 - The XIV Latvian Song Festival in Canada. For information visit: www.latviansongfest.com/2014/.
Follow the "XIV Latviešu Dziesmu Svētki Kanadā /XIV Latvian Song Festival in Canada"on Facebook: Facebook.

Latvian flag within barbed wire

Friday 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, June 14 and the first Sunday in December.)
USA flag In the U.S.A. this day is celebrated as Independence Day (declared in 1776).

Raimonds Vejonis Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Sunday, July 6, at 14:00 - Discussion with Latvia's Minister of Defense Raimonds Vējonis, at the DV House. Latvia's Defense Minister will talk about current issues affecting Latviaš defense (in Latvian) and will also take questions. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served afterwards. All are invited. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (908) 277-1251.

Latvian Church camp "Nometne" gateway

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

For information and registration visit www.KatskiluNometne.org or www.NYDraudze.org and click on "Nometne". Registration will open in March.

Regular children's camp "NOMETNE" periods:
For children speaking Latvian:
1st period: from Sunday July 6 to Saturday July 19;
2nd period: from Sunday July 20 to Saturday August 2;
For children who speak little or no Latvian and need to learn it:
Language period: from Sunday August 3 to Saturday August 16.

"ĪKŠĶĪŠU" (" Little thumbs" For children ages 2-6 ) periods:
For children speaking Latvian:
A-week: will not take place;
B-week: from Sunday July 13 to Saturday July 19;
C-week: from Sunday July 20 to Saturday July 26;
D-week: from Sunday July 27 to Saturday August 2;
For children who speak little or no Latvian and need to learn it:
Language week: from Sunday August 3 to Saturday August 9.

Seniors week: from Sunday August 10 to Saturday August 16.

Estonian House New York

Thursday Jul. 10 after 19:30 - Latvian Happy Hour get-together, at the Estonian House. Organized by the Inner City district of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church. Contact Andris Trautmanis andris.o.trautmanis@gmail.com.

Kursa, Zelta Bumba, Volejturnirs, Rota, Katskilos
Kursa, Zelta Bumba, Volejturnirs, Rota, Katskilos

Saturday July 12 at 11:00 am - "Zelta Bumba ("Golden Ball) Volleyball Tournament Benefit in the Catskills at the Latvian Veterans' Center Rota in Elka Park, NY. Come 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, or Andy Millers tel. (732) 266-7092. For directions and lodging visit: www.rotalodge.org, tel. (518) 589-9878. Follow the event "ZELTA BUMBA 2014" on Facebook: Facebook.

"Melnais Lacis" Katskilu Nometne

Saturday, Jul. 19 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 and wine are extra. There will be an artists' exhibit with a 50-50% silent auction (half goes to the artist, half to Nometnei). Artists are invited to register their works - paintings, jewelry, ceramics, scultptures, wood carvings, photos - with Anita Batarags abatarags@optonline.net or tel. (201) 788-5315. 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".
Follow the event "Melnais Lacis 2014" on Facebook: Facebook.

AUGUST 2014:

Estonian House New York

Thursday Aug. 7 after 19:30 - Latvian Happy Hour get-together, at the Estonian House. Organized by the Inner City district of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church. Contact Andris Trautmanis andris.o.trautmanis@gmail.com.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"

Saturday August 16 at 15:30 - "Latvia Cup" Soccer Tournament between the "Valodas periods" and the NJ Latvian sports club "Kursa", at the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills at Elka Park, NY. After the game there will be a social evening in Rota's club "Zelta Auns" ("The Golden ram"). For more information, please write NJ Latvian Sports Group "Kursa" reps. Jānis Ģiga home tel. (908) 272-4580 or Aivars Bārs. For directions visit www.NYDraudze.org where you should click on "Nometne" and then on "Ceļa Norādījumi". For directions to "Rota" and lodging visit: www.rotalodge.org, tel. (518) 589-9878.

3 x 3 (Tris Reiz Tris) Katskilos

From Sunday August 17 to Sunday August 24 - "3 x 3" Seminar camp, at the Latvian Church camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Lead organizer and contact: Helēna Vīksniņa, tel.(202) 829-6868. Follow the group "3x3 Katskills" on Facebook: Facebook.

Skautu Gaidu Lielā Nometne Mantojums

From Saturday August 17 to Saturday August 23 - Latvian Girl Guide and Boy Scout 11th big Jamboree Camp "Mantojums" ("Heritage"), at Winnebago Scout Reservation, 102 Timberbrook Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866. All supporters of the Latvian Boy Scouts & Girl Guides, guests and scout & guide alumnae are invited to visit at the following times:
Saturday August 17: Opening ceremony at 17:00 until about 18:30 and opening campfire at 20:00.
Friday August 22: Closing campfire at 20:00.
Saturday August 23: Closing ceremony at 9:30 am.
Directions: www.camps.ppbsa.org/camps/wsr/directions.htm.

SEPTEMBER 2014:

Film - Rocks In My Pockets

From Wednesday September 3 to Thursday September 11 - Screening of Signe Baumane's animated film Rocks In My Pockets, at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, New York, NY 10014. For viewing times visit: www.ifccenter.com. To read more about the film visit: www.rocksinmypocketsmovie.com. and the page "Rocks In My Pockets" on Facebook: Facebook.

Teātris - Parīze - Rīga - Parīze Priedaine - NJ latviešu biedrība

Friday September 5 at 18:00 - Performance of Māra Ķimele's play Parīze - Rīga - Parīze (Paris - Riga - Paris and Karīna Tatarinova's musical presentation, at Priedaine, NJ. The theme of the play (in Latvian) is the exchange of romantic letters between the artrists Elvīra and Rūdolfs Pinnis. Through the letters we see the French romance of the 1930's, the biting reality of post-war Soviet Latvia, and the artists reunion in Paris in 1972 – life situations, when the two artists were separated by distance but were united in mutual thoughts and a desire to share expoeriences with each other. Dramatization and production: Māra Ķimele. Roles: Karīna Tatarinova and Varis Piņķis. Musical presentation: Ilze Grunte. Musical program: songs by R. Pauļs, I.Kalniņš, and J. Lūsēns.
Admission $25. Organized by the New Jersey Latvian Society in cooperation with the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS - www.tilts.org and the American Latvian Association - www.alausa.org. For information about this performance, a writeup about the play and travel directions visit www.Priedaine.com. For another writeup of the play visit: www.kulturmarka.lv/index.php/teatris/parize-riga-parize.

Teātris - Parīze - Rīga - Parīze

Saturday September 6 at 16:00 - Performance of Māra Ķimele's play Parīze - Rīga - Parīze (Paris - Riga - Paris and Karīna Tatarinova's musical presentation, Jonkeru baznīcā. The theme of the play (in Latvian) is the exchange of romantic letters between the artrists Elvīra and Rūdolfs Pinnis. Through the letters we see the French romance of the 1930's, the biting reality of post-war Soviet Latvia, and the artists reunion in Paris in 1972 – life situations, when the two artists were separated by distance but were united in mutual thoughts and a desire to share expoeriences with each other. Dramatization and production: Māra Ķimele. Roles: Karīna Tatarinova and Varis Piņķis. Musical presentation: Ilze Grunte. Musical program: songs by R. Pauļs, I.Kalniņš, and J. Lūsēns.
Admission $25. Organized by the Council of Latvian organizations of New York in cooperation with the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS - www.tilts.org and the American Latvian Association - www.alausa.org. For information about this performance write Baiba Pinnis, or call tel. (917) 270-4786. For another writeup of the play visit: www.kulturmarka.lv/index.php/teatris/parize-riga-parize.

Long Island church

Sunday, Sep. 7, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the congregation's Long Island district (Salas novads) Picnic, at the Long Island Church. All are invited.

Saeima (Parliament) Building

Friday Sep. 12, - Deadline for registering to vote by mail in Latvia's 12th Saeimas (Parliament) elections. Elections for Latvia's 12th Saeima (Parliament) will take place on Saturday October 4th (see below) and on that day there will be a polling station set up at the Latvian Mission to the UN, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022, as well as in other locations in the USA and elsewhere. All polling stations will be open from 07:00 (am) to 20:00 (8 pm) local time. For a list of polling places outside of Latvia see: www.cvk.lv/pub/upload_file/2014_SV/Velesanu%20iecirkni%20arvalstis.pdf.
Only if you are unable to appear in person at a polling station on October 4th, and you have a valid Latvian citizen's passport, should you register to vote by mail in these elections.
To do so print out an application -
MS Word format: www.mfa.gov.lv/data/ASV/Iesniegums%20Word%20forma.doc;
or PDF format: www.mfa.gov.lv/data/ASV/Iesniegums%20PDF%20forma.pdf;
fill in the required information, sign it, and send it, together with your Latvian passport, to the
Embassy of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington DC 20008,
so that it is received by September 12.
If you register to vote by mail, you will not be able to vote in person at any polling station.
If you have any questions contact the Latvian Consulate in Washington, DC: e-mail - consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv, tel. (202) 328-2881 or (202) 328-2882.
For additional information (in Latvian) visit:
Latvia's Central Election Commission - www.cvk.lv;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs about these elections - www.mfa.gov.lv/lv/usa/consular/saeimas-velesanas/.

Survey

You are invited to Participate in a Latvian Emigrant and Diaspora Research Project. Researchers at the Philosophy and Sociology Institute and other researchers at the University of Latvia are implementing a wide ranging survey questionnaire among Latvians and Latvian citizens living abroad. The goal is to obtain multifaceted information, about those who emigrated during the past decades, as well as the wider diaspora Latvian community. The methodology and resulting information will serve to build a baseline for systematic gathering of information about the Latvian diaspora in the future. All Latvians, whether working, studying, or merely residing outside the Republic of Latvia are invited to fill out a survey questionnaire. To access the survey and additional information visit: www.migracija.lv. THE SURVEY WILL BE OPEN ONLY UNTIL OCTOBER 15!

Film - Rocks In My Pockets

Until Thursday September 18 - Screenings of Signe Baumane's animated film Rocks In My Pockets, at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, New York, NY 10014. For viewing times visit: www.ifccenter.com. To read more about the film visit: www.rocksinmypocketsmovie.com. and the page "Rocks In My Pockets" on Facebook: Facebook.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa" Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Sep. 13 at 10:30 - Kursa Cup Games in Volleyball, at Priedainç 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 9:30 am. Party in the evening (with recorded music). Games will begin no later than 10:30 am. Next day have fun on the beach on the Jersey Shore. (As they say in the TV ads: "We're stronger than the storm!") For more information write Jânis Ìiga, home tel. (908) 272-4580, mobile tel. (908) 931-1228 or Aivars Bârs, tel. (862) 812-1067 or info@njkursa.com.
Follow the event "“KURSAS KAUSS - Volleyball" on Facebook: Facebook.

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Sep. 13 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. After the services there will be a social hour at the Shades of Green Pub & Restaurant, 125 East 15th Street (right next to Seafarer's - visit: www.ShadesOfGreenPub.com). 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Nacionālā Apvienība Raivis Dzintars

Sunday Sep. 14, at 14:00 - Raivis Dzintars will speak (in Latvian) about Nacionālā apvienība (the National Union political party of Latvia, at the DV House. R. Dzintars is co-chairman of Nacionālā apvienība, member of the 11th Saeima (Parliament) and candidate in the elections for the 12th Saeima. Organized by the Nacionālā apv. support group of NY. For information contact Vilnis Vīksne, tel. (718) 220-8191. (NOTE: It was announced earlier that this event was to have taken place on Sat. Sep. 13.)

Daugavas Vanagi Emblēma

Saturday Sep. 20, at 15:00 - Season's opening, at the DV House. Program information to follow - Possibly a showing of Latvian movies. After the program food and refreshments will be available in the club room downstairs. All are invited.

Klasiskā pēcpusdiena Daugavas Vanagi Emblçma

Saturday Sep. 20, at 15:00 - Clasical Music Afternoon in Honor ot the 40th Anniversary of the Opening of the DV House, at the DV House. Program: Cello concert by Elizabeth Kovalchuk and video screening of performances at the Latvian Folk Dance Festival. Lunch with pancakes, fruit preserves and other goodies. Admission by donation (suggested $20+) to benefit the upkeep of the DV House. Come yourself and bring your friends! After the program food and refreshments will be available in the club room downstairs. All are invited. Elizabeth Kovalchuk has performed recitals in Moscow, Riga, Helsinki, Cremona (Italy), Toronto, Chicago and New York City. As an orchestral player, she has toured Canada and China. Elizabeth will depart in late September for a Broadway world tour performing Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Elizabeth received her musical training from Etobicoke School for the Arts, Chicago College of Performing Arts (B.M), the Sibelius Academy as well as Ball State University (M.M) where she was employed as a graduate assistant teaching undergraduate students. Elizabeth Kovalchuk was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to Canada with her family during the collapse of the USSR. Liz began playing cello at age nine and began taking private lessons at age twelve.

St Andrew Lutheran Church, Parsippany NJ

Sunday, Sep. 21, at 13:30 - Church service and concert, at St Andrew Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parisippany, NJ 07054. The service will be complemented by a multigenerational orchestra. A concert will follow the service. All are invited. For directions visit the St Andrew site: www.ELCAAndy.org.

ALMA Saiets 2014 American Latvian Artists Association

From Friday Sep. 26 to Sunday Sep. 28 - American Latvian Artists' Association (ALMA) annual Gathering, in the Catskills N.Y. Latvian Church Camp Rest Home (Atpûtas Nams). Linda Treija, the current ALMA president, sincerely invites 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 to attend our annual conference week-end in the Catskill Mountains. PLMC executive board members Guna Mundheim and Juris Ubans will show us “clips” from the much anticipated and well-attended Grand Opening of the Global Center for Latvian Art on June 28, 2014 in Cesis, Latvia and artist Inga Strause-Godejord will give a talk: “Current and Ancient Silk Painting and Wax Batik techniques”. We look forward to hearing about ALMA artists recent exhibitions and artworks (especially related to this year’s Artist and Ego theme). For further information or questions contact: Linda Treija lindatreija6@gmail.com or snukis1@yahoo.com ; Kika Nigals kika.nigals@gmail.com ; or Sarma Muižnieks Liepiņš sarmaliepins@verizon.net . Please also visit: www.americanlatvianartists.org.

Novuss table Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Sunday, Sep. 28, at 10:00 - Novuss tournament, the New York Cup at the DV House. Registration will be open only until 10:00 am, no later. For more information write or call the organizer Jānis Lauberts, janisberts@gmail.com, tel. (718) 832-6172. For more information about the game of novuss, please visit: www.novussusa.com.

OCTOBER 2014:

Saeima (Parliament) Building

Saturday Oct. 4, from 07:00 (am) until 20:00 (8 pm) - Polling Station opens for voting in Latvia's 12th Saeimas (Parliament) elections. at the Latvian Mission to the UN, 333 East 50th Street (between First & Second avenues), New York, NY 10022. All polling stations will be open from 07:00 (am) to 20:00 (8 pm) local time. For a list of polling places outside of Latvia see: www.cvk.lv/pub/upload_file/2014_SV/Velesanu%20iecirkni%20arvalstis.pdf.
To vote you must bring your valid Latvian citizen's passport.
If you are unable to come in person to vote at any of the polling stations, you must have registered by September 12 to vote by mail - See above.
If you have any questions contact the Latvian Consulate in Washington, DC: e-mail - consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv, tel. (202) 328-2881 or (202) 328-2882.
For additional information (in Latvian) visit:
Latvia's Central Election Commission - www.cvk.lv;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs about these elections - www.mfa.gov.lv/lv/usa/consular/saeimas-velesanas/.

Baltic flags

Saturday Oct. 4, at ??:00 - Baltic Unity Day, at Priedaine, NJ. New Jersey's Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian societies will participate. Program features cultural performances by Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians. For information visit: www.priedaine.com.

Laila Saliņš

Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 - Harvest Festival church services at the Long Island Church. A Harvest Festival celebration will follow in the church social hall. Program "Pa Dzintara ceļu" ("Along the Amber Road"): Laila Saliņa will sing and show excerpts from her concert tour in Latvia this August with the TālaMana ensemble. This tour was supported by R2014 in celebration of Rīga as European Cultural capital in 2014. There will be hot Latvian style lunch, coffee, and a raffle drawing. All are welcome. Hosted by the Congregation's Long Island District Ladies Aid. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills

Sunday, Oct. 12, 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.

Vēlēšanu iecirknis nr. 1009 Ņujorkā

The Council of American-Latvian Organization of New York expresses its deep appreciation to the personnel of the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the UN in New York, for their work operating Polling Station nr. 1009, which allowed Latvia’s citizens living in the New York area to vote in the 12th Parliamentary elections this October 4th.
In a letter, ambassador Jānis Mažeiks, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the UN:
Reported that – there was greater voter turnout than the 10th Parliamentary election (when 334 ballots were cast) and the 11th Parliamentary elections (when 246 ballots were cast). In the 12th .Parliamentary elections in the polling station in New York 343 voters participated – almost 40% more, than the previous Parliamentary elections! Complete results for the New York polling station may be viewed at: www.sv2014.cvk.lv/Result-1089.html?lang=1.
Read the Latvian Foreign Ministry's October 7 press release "Latvians Abroad actively take part in Voting during Latvia’s Parliamentary Elections" - www.mfa.gov.lv/en/news/press-releases/2014/October/07-04/.
More about Latvia’s 12th Parliamentary elections from the “NYLatvian news service”: Voter turnout in New York, with 343 voters, was the highest of any polling station in the USA, and in North America as a whole was exceeded only in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which had 522 ballots cast. Outside of Latvia, the highest voter turnout was in London, England with 1976 voters. Results for all polling stations, within Latvia and abroad, may be found at www.cvk.lv. The results from abroad are listed under the Riga election area.

Tautas deju kopa

Thursday October 16, at 19:00 - Latvian folk dance group "Jumis" Get-Together at the Estonian House. Fall is here and it's time to get together! This is a social gathering for all past, present and hopefully, future members of JUMIS. We will be meeting in the bar area of the Esto House. The kitchen will be open! Good Estonian food and drink (beer!) will be available for purchase. We welcome anyone interested in joining us for a new season! No experience necessary! For inforation write: Vijai Garvey or call tel. (646) 334-8263. Visit the page: www.jumis.org and www.latviansongfest2015.org.
Visit the page: "Jumis" on Facebook: Facebook.

Rota Lodge in the Catskill Mountains

From Friday Oct. 17 evening till Sunday Oct. 19 - Fall Festival at Rota in the Catskills. Sports, beer tasting, chili, etc. etc. party in the evening in the Zelta Auns bar. Info about the event and Rota available at www.rotalodge.org. To reserve rooms at Rota call (518) 589-9878.
Follow the event "Rotas Rudens Svētki 2014" on Facebook: Facebook.
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Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Oct. 18 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. The collection and donations will be for the benefit of an Education fund for the children of the late Mārcis Braunfelds. A social gathering and lunch will follow the services. 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Rudenājs

Sunday, Oct. 19, at 10:00 - Church service followed by Autumn festival "Rudenājs" at the Yonkers Church. You will have the opportunity to buy tastefully designed Latvian style handicrafts, jewelry, and paintings (by T. Laiviņa, A. Mangulis, I. Ziemiņa); Latvian style bread, pīrāgi and other delicacies (T. Apsīte). Pork, sausages and beer will be on the menu. For dessert - manna from heaven. Latvian music. All are invited by the New York Latvian congregation Northern region's Ladies Aid committee. For information write: Baibai Klavins, or call tel. (201) 288-4917.

Puccini opera Manon Lescaut

Sunday, Oct. 19, at 13:00 - Film screening of the (London) Royal Opera House production of Giacomo Puccini's opera "Manon Lescaut" with Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais singing the title role, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990. Symphony Space in partnership with WQXR (105.9 FM www.wqxr.org) is proud to present Royal Opera House Cinema, featuring screenings of repertoire favorites in high definition. This early Puccini masterpiece made a welcome return to Covent Garden last season after an absence of over 20 years, in a new production by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her character. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. This was a much anticipated new production, and Kent’s vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city surely resonates with today’s audience. This production was recorded in June of 2014. (Approx. Runtime 3 hours). There will be a live interview with opera expert Fred Plotkin at intermission, moderated by Naomi Lewin. Tickets and information: www.symphonyspace.org/event/8532/Film-Music/manon-lescaut.

St Andrew Lutheran Church, Parsippany NJ

Sunday, Oct. 19, at 13:30 - Church service followed by a hot lunch, at St Andrew Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parisippany, NJ 07054. Please make lunch reservations with Gunta Ģiga tel.: (908) 612-4889. For directions visit the St Andrew site: www.ELCAAndy.org.

Inga Slubovska & Agnese Eglina

Thursday Oct. 23 at 19:30 - Concert: Inga Šlubovska - soprano, Latvian National Opera soloist, and Agnese Egliņa - piano, at the Estonian House. Program with songs by Latvian composers and opera arias. "Inga Šlubovska (...) captivates with her shining soprano and the awe-inspiring technique of a true prima donna." - Inese Lūsiņa (Diena, Oct. 3, 2014) Admission $25, children up to 14 years of age admitted free. Organized by the Council of Latvian organizations of New York in cooperation with the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS - www.tilts.org and sponsored by the American Latvian Association - www.alausa.org. For information about this performance write Baiba Pinnis, or call tel. (917) 270-4786.

Laila Robins - Regular Singing

Thursdays Oct. 16 to Nov. 6 at 22:00 - Latvian American actress Laila Robiņš will appear in broadcasts of Richard Nelson’s series of four plays about the Apple family on PBS' 'Theater Close-up'. These plays were performed at the Public Theater in New York from 2010 to 2013. Laila Robins appears in all the plays, set in the Apple family's home in Rhinebeck, NY, portraying Marian Apple. The plays and their broadcast dates on New York city area PBS stations are:
That Hopey Changey Thing (2010)
 WNET channel 13: Thu. Oct. 16 at 22:00, repeats Sun. Oct. 19 at 22:30 and early Tue Oct. 21 at 03:30;
 WLIW channel 21: Mon. Oct. 20 at 22:30;
Sweet and Sad (2011)
 WNET channel 13: Thu. Oct. 23 at 22:00, repeats Sun. Oct. 26 at 22:30 and early Tue Oct. 28 at 03:30;
 WLIW channel 21: Mon. Oct. 28 at 22:30;
Sorry (2012)
 WNET channel 13: Thu. Oct. 30 at 22:00, repeats Sun. Nov. 2 at 22:30 and early Tue Nov. 4 at 03:30;
 WLIW channel 21: Mon. Nov 3 at 22:30;
Regular Singing
(2013)
 WNET channel 13: Thu. Nov. 6 at 22:00, repeats Sun. Nov. 9 at 23:00 and early Tue Nov. 11 at 04:00;
 WLIW channel 21: Mon. Nov. 10 at 23:00;
If you missed any broadcasts you can watch them online at: www.thirteen.org/topic/programs/theater-close-up.
To watch an interview with Laila Robins about the plays visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9jikFtJqJE.

Edīte Grinberga exhibit

From Thursday Oct. 30. until Friday Nov. 21 - Exhibit of Paintings by German-Latvian artist Edīte Grīnberga, at the Mimi Ferzt Gallery, 81 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012. Tel. (212) 343-9377. A write-up, images, hours, directions and other information may be viewed at: www.MimiFerzt.com, and the page "Mimi Ferzt Gallery" on Facebook: Facebook.

Baltoween 2014

Friday Oct. 31 at 20:00 - Baltoween Baltic Halloween at the Estonian House. DJ Brandon Grizzly starting at 22:00. Photographer Chris Nigul will be taking photos of the costumes. Best costume will receive a prize. Admission non-Estonian House members $20, members $15. For directions visit: www.EstonianHouseNewYork.com.
Follow the event "Baltoween" on Facebook: Facebook.

NOVEMBER 2014:

Flea Market / Utenis

Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10:00 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.

Rota Lodge in the Catskill Mountains

Saturday, Nov. 1 - “A Slice of Home” – an Old World Style Eastern European Dinner Party, at Rota in the Catskills. Rota is pleased to announce that we’ll be teaming up with our good friends and family Tamas Szabev, Krista Doyle and Ieva Doyle to offer you a wonderful night of Old World style Eastern European food and merriment! Come visit Rota’s rustic mountain house, enjoy the scenic late autumn views and break bread with friends new and old! We plan to offer outdoor activities during the day time hours (weather permitting), and for supper we will serve up a three-course meal paired with imported Eastern European wine. Later on, the bar will be open downstairs with refreshments, music, and games. Stay tuned for the final menu as planned and prepared by Tamas, Krista, and Ieva – coming soon!! Tickets for this event will be limited, so please RSVP in advance. Room reservations and dinner RSVPs can be made online using the Reservation Request via www.rotalodge.org (please note the number of people in attendance and number of rooms needed for your party) – or by calling Andra at (518) 589-9878.
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Beidzās Vasaras laiks

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 am Sunday Nov. 2
- set your clocks back one hour!

In Latvia Daylight Savings (or "Summer") Time ended the last Sunday in October.

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Nov. 8 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. After the services there will be a social hour at the Shades of Green Pub & Restaurant, 125 East 15th Street (right next to Seafarer's - visit: www.ShadesOfGreenPub.com). 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Latvija Rising Sun cockade Daugavas Vanagi Emblēma

Saturday Nov. 8, at 15:00 - Music and Poetry afternoon "Latvia in the Autumn Light", in honor of Lāčplēšu day, at the DV House. Program consisting of Latvian poetry and music will be presented by flutist Agite Ariste from Boston, pianist Kristīne Griffin from Florida, and poetess Dace Micāne-Zālīte from Boston.. Program will feature: Dace Micāne-Zālīte's poetry (in Latvian); chamber music by composers Alfrēds Kalniņš, Mārīte Dombrovska, Jānis Mediņš, and Pēteris Vasks. Admission by donation starting at $20, children up to 12 years of age free. After the program food and refreshments will be available in the club room downstairs. All are invited.
Follow the event "“'Latvija rudens gaismā' - Lāčplēša dienai veltīta dzejas un mūzikas pēcpusdiena" on Facebook: Facebook.

Connecticut

Saturday Nov. 8, at 16:00 - Meeting of Connecticut Latvians, Invitation follows: Attention all Connecticut Latvians! Sveiks! Please join us to relax with old friends and to meet new ones! All Latvians and Latvian wannabes who live or work in Connecticut are invited for some delicious Latvian food and drink. Saturday, November 8 at 4pm. Party held at the home of Anne Treimanis, hosted by Anda Cumings, Nadeen Csakany, and Anne Treimanis. This is an intergenerational event so please bring your parents and children. Contact us for directions, tell us if you want to contribute your favorite Latvian dish and RSVP to: attorneytreimanis@gmail.com. Visu labu, Anda, Anne, & Nadeen

Latvija Rising Sun cockade

Tuesday, Nov. 11 - Lāčplēsis Day. Memorial day for soldiers who died in Latvia's war for independence. In 1919 on this date Latvia's army liberated Rīga, the capital city, from forces under the nominal command of Pavel Bermondt, but actually mostly German Freikorps troops commanded by General Rudiger von der Goltz. "Lāčplēsis" is pronounced "LAH-CH-pleh-sis".

Latvia Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, Nov. 15, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Celebration, at the Yonkers Church.
The Council of Latvian-American organizations of New York and the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations in New York cordially invite you to Latvia's Independence Day celebration in New York.
Program will feature an address by Anita Bataraga, president of the American Latvian Association (ALA), (in Latvian); Followed by a Concert: Aija Rēķe - violin, Svens Skrīveris - violin, Sintija Stūre - piano, with a program of chamber music by Latvian and other composers. A reception and 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 10 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 of what type (regular or benefactor), you are ordering. For benefactor tickets indicate what name, or names, to print in the program.
WE INVITE YOU TO 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!
Your name (or that of your organization or 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, US visas 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 - also in Latvia. Therefore please consider becoming a Benefactor. Your donation to the Latvian Independence Day event will support Latvian culture, education and youth all year!

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Sunday, Nov. 16, at 13:00 - Latvian Independence Day Celebration, at Priedaine, NJ. Information to follow. For information visit: www.priedaine.com.

Latvia's national flag

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

Latvia's national flag

Tuesday, November 18 at 11:00 - Latvia's Independence Day Celebration, at St Andrew Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parisippany, NJ 07054. Church services will be followed by a program featuring an address by Jānis Mažeiks, Latvia's ambassador to the United Nations in New York. For directions visit the St Andrew site: www.ELCAAndy.org.
Visit the page "NJ Novads" on Facebook Facebook.

ALJA Kongress Seattle ALYA logo

IN SEATTLE WA: From Wednesday, Nov. 26 (evening) until Sunday, Nov. 30 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in Seattle, WA. For information visit: www.SeattleKongress.org and www.alja.org. Follow the event "ALJAs Kongress Sietlā" on Facebook: Facebook.

DECEMBER 2014:

Christmas Market Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Dec. 6, 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, D Subway D, 1 Subway 1, A Subway A, and via Metro North Railroad from Grand Central Terminal. Details and a map are on the DV House page.
Visit the page "Daugavas Vanagi Latvian Assn New York" on Facebook: Facebook.

Christmas Market

Saturday, Dec. 6, from 12:00 to 17:00 - (Daugavas) Vanadzes Christmas Fair 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.
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, D Subway D, 1 Subway 1, A Subway A, and via Metro North Railroad's Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal. Details and a map 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. 7 -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.)

Christmas market Long Island

Sunday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Christmas market, at the Long Island Church. There will be a lunch and 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. All are invited. For more information write Ilze Beinikis.

Ziemassvetku Eglite

Saturday, Dec. 13, at 14:00 - The Bronx (Yonkers) and New Jersey Latvian schools' joint "Eglīte" (Christmas celebration) at the Yonkers Church. Program presented by Latvian school pupils, a visit by Santa Claus, and holiday lunch with refreshments.
Visit the page "Jonkeru Latviešu Pamatskola" on Facebook Facebookand www.NJSkola.org.

Advent Concert 2014

Sunday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 - New York Latvian Concert Choir's Advent concert at the Yonkers Church. An invocation will precede the concert. Program: Ilona Rupaine „Dievmātes liliju dārzs” premier performance; Ingmārs Zemzaris „Imanuel, Tu Augstais Dievs”; Valdis Zilveris „Zvaigžņu gaismā”; Kārlis Lācis „Ziemassvētku kantāte”. Performers: Soloists; The New York Latvian Concert Choir and The Bronx Chamber Ensemble; Andrejs Jansons & Laura Padega Zamura conductors. After the concert, everyone is invited to enjoy the Advent brunch. Admission $25.- includes the concert and brunch, children under 13 - Free. You will be able to purchase Christmas gifts including the choir’s CD’s and other selections from vendors, including: Latvian bread, pīragi, baked goods!
Organized by the New York Latvian Concert Choir, Inc. Supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Invite your friends and acquaintances! For information: visit www.nylatvianconcertchoir.org, write Aija Pelše, call tel: (516) 433-4137. On Facebook visit the page "New York Latvian Concert Choir" Facebook and  follow the event "Adventa Koncerts" Facebook.

Seafarers and International House Ziemassvetku Eglite

Saturday, Dec. 20 at 14:00 - Christmas Church service in Manhattan, in the chapel of the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. A Christmas celebration "Eglīte" will follow in the community rooms at Seafarer's. 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. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

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

Merry Christmas!

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

Thursday, Dec. 25, at 11:00 - Christmas Day Church services, at the East Orange Church. Services will be followed by socializing over refreshments and pīrāgi.

Alek Shrader

Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 18:55 - The Met Opera's "Listen Live on the Web" will broadcast Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow in which Latvian-American tenor Alek Shrader performs the role of 'Camille de Rosillon'. To listen visit: www.metopera.org/stream.aspx.

End of the Latvian & Baltic events calendar

Appeals, notices and news

DV House program survey

Free form survey about what you would like to see at the Daugavas Vanagi House.

Thanks to all who came to the Christmas Fair at the Daugavas Vanagi (DV) House in the Bronx on Saturday, December 6th. We were very happy to see not just our “old friends” but also those visiting the DV House for the first time. We would like to see you again in our midst; therefore we are asking for your suggestions as we are creating the 2015 DV House program.

Some questions to start the discussion:
A) What kinds of events would you like to see organized at the DV House?
B) What days of the week and at what times of day is it most convenient for you to come to events there?
C) Do you use Twitter? Draugiem.lv? Latviesi.com? Google+? If there is interest we will try to update the NYLatvian page on these social media more often.
D) Please tell us your thoughts on any question or concern to help create a more exciting, interesting and attractive New York Latvian community!

To participate in the survey (please respond by Friday Dec. 19):
1) Send an e-mail to: DV@NYLatvian.org
2) Or on Facebook – Join the group www.facebook.com/groups/nylatvian.org/, find the post “Free Form Survey”, and add your comments.
Thank you for your thoughts!

The DV House has a parking lot and is accessible from Manhattan, Brooklyn and elsewhere by Subway lines: 4 Subway 4, D Subway D, 1 Subway 1, A Subway A, and via Metro North Railroad's Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal. Details and a map are on the DV House page.
Visit the page "Daugavas Vanagi Latvian Assn New York" on Facebook: Facebook.

Latvia's Radio 1 2a gs latvietis

A half-hour long radio program (in Latvian) about Latvians living abroad is broadcast Sundays at 13:00 (Latvia time).

Starting Nov. 11, 2012, Sundays at 13:00 (Latvia time) Latvijas Radio 1 broadcasts a half-hour long program "21.gs.latvietis" ("The 21st century Latvian") featuring interviews on various topics with Latvians who, for various reasons choose to live outside their homeland.

For a description (in Latvian) and list of past broadcasts visit:
 http://lr1.latvijasradio.lv/lv/lr1/raidijumi/21.-gadsimta-latvietis.

For all archived programs visit: http://LR1.LatvijasRadio.lv then choose "Arhīvs", then in the field "Atslēgvārds" (Keyword) type: "21. gadsimta latvietis" and click on "Meklēt" (Search). A list of archived programs giving date of broadcast and topic will be displayed. Click on "Ķlausīties" to listen.
Latvian Passport

As of Oct. 1, 2013, many Latvians abroad are allowed to hold dual citizenship.

Until now, Latvia's laws did not permit Latvian citizens to simultaneously be citizens of another country. In the years following the restoration of Latvia's independence in 1991, an exception was made to allow Latvian citizens in exile, and their descendents, who had acquired the citizenship of their countries of residence, to reclaim their right to Latvian citizenship without renouncing the citizenship of their home countries. But to take advantage of this exception one had to reclaim the right to Latvian citizenship by mid 1995. In the case of minors, their parents had to apply on their behalf. After 1995 this opportunity was no longer available.

On May 9, 2013 the Latvian Saeima (Parliament) adopted changes, effective October 1, 2013, to the laws to allow dual citizenship and most Latvians living in the USA and other countries may be eligible to apply for and receive Latvian citizenship while retaining other citizenship they may hold.

The following information is posted here as a public service and in order to interest those who may be eligible to take advantage of this opportunity, but please note that only information received directly from government sources may be considered authoritative. Please contact the Consular Department of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington DC to get the latest instructions before proceeding with any application. Visit www.latvia-usa.org.

Information from the EMBASSY OF LATVIA

INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROCESS OF REQUESTING LATVIA CITIZENSHIP AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2013

In order to request Latvian citizenship you first need to select one of the categories which justifies your eligibility for citizenship because different rules apply for each category: 

1. Exiles (those who were forced to leave Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990 due to foreign occupation) and their descendants who were born (and will have been born) by October 1, 2014 Latvia citizenship can be requested by those who were citizens of Latvia on June 17, 1940 and whofled occupation and left Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990, and for this reason did not return to Latvia, as well as their descendants, who will be born by October 1, 2014. Dual citizenship is allowed with any other country! 

2. At the time of your birth at least one of your parents was a citizen of Latvia In this case dual citizenship is allowed for those who are citizens of the member states of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), NATO or if you are a citizen of Australia, Brazil or New Zealand (children are eligible for dual citizenship with any country, but at age 25 will have to make a choice). 

3. You are an ethnic Latvian or Liv In requesting citizenship based on your ethnic origin you will be required to pass a language exam in Latvia. You are allowed to maintain dual citizenship with any other country! 

List of documents which must be submitted: 

1. Application letter with a request to grant you Latvian citizenship (form will be available on the Embassy of Latvia website) 

2. An identifying document (passport or other ID) 

3. Birth certificate (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must be certified with an Apostille authentication from the state in which the document was issued) 

4. Marriage certificate or divorce decree (U.S. issued documents must have an Apostille authentication) 

5. Birth certificates of children (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must have an Apostille) 

6. Documents that support your eligibility for citizenship (see below) 

7. Fee for the processing of documents. 

Documents that prove your eligibility for citizenship as an exile or as a descendent of an exile: 

1. The exile’s passport from Latvia’s first period of independence or other document that affirms citizenship of Latvia on June 17, 1940. 

2. A written statement that theperson fled Latvia to escape occupation (information on what this statement will requirewill be on the Embassy of Latvia website) 

3. Descendants of exiles must provide documents confirming their relationship to the exile. 

Documents which prove your eligibility of acquiring citizenship based on the fact that at the time of your birth, one of your parents was a citizen of Latvia: 

1. A document proving that citizenship of the country which does not allow dual citizenship has been renounced (children under the age of 18 do not have to renounce the citizenship of another country) 

2. A document proving that you are not a citizen of another country. This document must be submitted only by those who are requesting citizenship based on being a Latvian citizen on June 17, 1940 or their descendants. 

Documents that confirm the eligibility of acquiring citizenship based on ethnic origin: 

1. Document that confirms your ancestor’s place of residence in Latvia’s territory between 1881 and June 17, 1940. 

2. Documents proving your relationship to this ancestor 

3. Documents confirming your ethnic background (if you cannot prove yours, then documents confirming that of your parents or grandparents, for example, passports, birth/marriage certificates etc.) 

4. Document confirming that you have passed the language examination in Latvia. 

Documents can be submitted in person to the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C. or can be mailed to the Embassy. Submitted documents must be originals or authenticated copies of documents. Documents issued by the U.S. must have an Apostille authentication. 

The Embassy will make copies of the originals and send the originals back to you. The fee for the return of documents via the U.S. Postal Service registered mail is $10.00; for return by Federal Express: $30.00(money order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia.”). If you submit copies of documents, they must first be notarized; second, they must have an Apostille affixed by the Office of the Secretary of State. Documents should be sent to: Embassy of Latvia, 2306 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008. 

Your citizenship application and supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Latvia, which is the authority responsible for citizenship matters. Your documents will be processed in: one month for children of citizens of Latvia; in 4 months for exiles, in one year for ethnic Latvians and Livs. In case all necessary documents have not been submitted in their entirety, the process of granting citizenship can be extended. 

For additional questions please see the Embassy of Latvia website: www.latvia-usa.org. Taking into account the large number of inquiries regarding the acquisition of Latvian citizenship, we are advising that responses to questions submitted by e-mail may take longer than usual. 

This information was prepared on September 19, 2013 and may change once regulations issued by the Cabinet of Ministershave been approved!!!

Information from the CONSULATE OF LATVIA IN NEW YORK

Since our last email update we have received some updated information from the Embassy in Washington D.C. that could be of interest to you.  There have also been some changes to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs website links that now include information in English for those who need it. Please read on below this quick update from the Embassy in D.C.

Due to large numbers of inquiries regarding dual citizenship received at the Latvian Embassy, at this time we are sending out only general information regarding who is eligible for the dual citizenship and guidelines for the application process.

More information is available at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs website:
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/registration-if-citizenship/

If you submit documents to the Embassy, you have to include a money order for 60 USD (payable to the Embassy of Latvia) - the fee for document forwarding to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

Add to your money order 10 USD for mailing back your original documents with USPS certified mail or 30 USD - for Federal Express.

CITIZENSHIP
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/

ADMISSIBILITY OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/dual-citizenship/admissibility-of-dual-citizenship.html

REGISTRATION OF CITIZENSHIP
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/registration-if-citizenship/

EMBASSY OF LATVIA TO THE UNITED STATES – Consular Section
www.mfa.gov.lv/en/usa/consular/

Please note, the Consulate of Latvia in New York cannot process any applications or approve any official documents for citizenship applications. This is all handled by the Embassy in D.C.

Consulate of Latvia in New York
Mr. Daris G. Delins - Honorary Consul
Tel: 1-646-230-0590
Fax: 1-646-230-0591
E-mail: info@latvia-newyork.org
Home page: www.latvia-newyork.org

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