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About the calendar, CALONY and the NY Latvian community
New York City and the "tri-state" region - New York, New Jersey and Connecticut - surrounding it are home to a vibrant and energetic Latvian community. it is open to all who are interested in Latvia and in Latvian culture, education, sports and other social activities. Whether or not you grew up in the New York area or whether you have come here for longer or shorter stay, you are cordially invited to attend our community events and even become more deeply involved in the work of our community organizations.
The calendar and other information on this website are maintained by the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York - CALNY (in Latvian: Ņujorkas latviešu organizāciju padome - ŅLOP). You are free to print this information out, quote from and distribute it to others, the only condition being that www.NYLatvian.org be cited as the source.
Notes about the calendar's content: To save space and avoid extraneous repetition the names of the most popular venues are links. These appear in maroon color and bold type. As you roll your mouse pointer over each link it will become underlined. When clicked on, a new page will open with the venue's full address, travel directions, and photos. For example the following are links: Yonkers Church and DV House. If you have recently visited the page referenced by a link its color will be dark olive green instead. E-mail addresses of contact people are also provided in this way. If you click on the contact person's name, your computer's e-mail program should open a new message window, with the correct recipient e-mail address field already filled in. If you want only to view the e-mail address without invoking your e-mail program right click on the name and choose "properties".
The Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York - CALNY
The Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York - CALNY, founded 1950 is the umbrella organization for local Latvian community organizations. Its mission is to provide a forum for these organizations to coordinate the scheduling of their events and activities, as well as to promote the further development of the local Latvian community. Every year the CALNY organizes: the celebration of Latvia's independence day (November 18) with a ceremony and concert, Latvian Cultural days (at the end of January); theater performances; and other events. CALNY member organizatitions elect delegates to the CALNY annual meeting, which takes place at the end of March, and which elects the CALNY governing board and audit committee. The current president of the CALNY is: Baiba Pinnis tel. (914) 631-5725.
CALNY member organizations
- Daugavas Vanagi chapter of New York
- Latvian Fraternities group of New York (Korporāciju Kopa Ņujorkā - K!K!Ņ!)
- New York Latvian Federal Credit Union
- Latvian Cultural Association Tilts (TILTS)
- Latvian National Opera Guild (LNOĢ)
- New York Daugavas Vanadzes
- New York Latvian Society
- Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York
- New York Latvian Convert Choir
- Rīga 90th Latvian Scout Unit
- Latvian Sororities group of New York (S!K!K!Ņ!)
- Zilais Kalns 4th Latvian Girl Guides Unit
The History of the CALNY calendar and this website
In ancient times, before there was the internet and e-mail, the CALNY board held meetings quite regularly, almost every month. An important point on the agenda was the compilation of a calendar of community events. After each meeting the CALNY board secretary would compile the information about upcoming events into a flyer, which was then distributed or sent by mail to CALNY board members and all organization representatives. In august of 2001 the events calendar began to be distributed by e-mail. It soon became clear that it would be worthwhile to send the calendar not only to organizations but to offer it to anyone interested in receiving and reading it. With this step, the CALNY events calendar not only continued to serve its original purpose of helping organizations avert scheduling conflicts, but took on a new mission of serving as an electronic bulletin board for the New York Latvian community at large. In January of 2003 the calendar became bilingual, written no longer only in Latvian but now in English as well. The calendar was also then sent to www.LatviansOnline.com so the information would be available on the internet. At the same time it became clear that it would be desirable to create a website devoted specifically to the needs of the greater New York Latvian community. After several months of development NYLatvian.org was launched on April 15 2003. On March 5, 2011 the NYLatvian page was created on Facebook.com. On November 27, 2012 the NYLatvian page was created on Draugiem.lv.
Latvian organizations, institutions and news sources outside the New York area
Information about Latvian, Baltic and other organization, institutions and
news sources outside the New York area - be they in North America, Australia,
Latvia, elsewhere in the Baltic and Europe, - may be found in a separate page on
Latvian & Baltic - Organizations & Links.
Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Latvia in New York
Please visit the website: www.latvia-newyork.org.
Mission of Latvia to the United Nations
Please visit the website: www.mfa.gov.lv/en/mission/?lv=1&org=UNN.
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York is the largest Latvian community organization in New York and is also the largest local Latvian organization in the USA. It emplys two full time pastors and a volunteer deacon. Church services and other events take place in the congregation's five regions - Long Island, Yonkers, NY, New Jersey, Brooklyn, NY, and Jamaica, Queens, NY. The Congregation also owns a rural property in the Catskill Mountains of New York which during the summer hosts a children's camp and other activities. Much more comprehensive information about the congregation may be found at its website: www.nydraudze.org. There you will also find a calendar of times and locations for church services, all of which may not appear in this (the NYLatvian.org) calendar.
The New York Latvian Catholic congregation, at its annual meeting on August 28, 2005.decided to dissolve due to declining membership.
Latvian Schools are in session from September to May or June
All four of the New York area Latvian schools operate under the auspicies of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of New York. Please visit www.NYDraudze.org and click on "Skolas" in the column on the left side of the home page for more information.
The Long Island School meets at the Long Island Church on Sundays from 09:00 to 13:30.For further information write: Zaiga Dūdare-Candela or call (631) 294-7299. (The Long Island school has been superseded by the Latvian Heritage Group. Information will be forthcoming.)
The New Jersey School meets on Saturdays from 09:45 to 14:00 at the Christ Church, 66 Highland Avenue in Short Hills, NJ. For further information please visit www.njskola.org or write: Ilze Kancāne, or Linda Zālīte.
The Brooklyn School meets twice a month on Saturdays at the Brooklyn Parsonage. For further information please visit: www.centrelv.com/skola.aspx (link no longer works) or write Māris Jurēvics or call: (347) 529-4839. NOTICE: Since the Brooklyn Parsonage has been sold, the Brooklyn Latvian school will no longer meet there after May of 2011. Information about the location where the school will meet in the fall semester will follow.
Latvian Boy Scouts & Girl Guides
The New York Rīga 90th Latvian Boy Scouts and Zilais kalns 4th Girl Guides have two active groups. One usually meets about twice a month on Saturdays from 14:00 to 15:30 after Latvian school in Summit NJ (see above). The other meets a little less often on Saturdays after Latvian School at the Long Island Church (see above). For further information about the Latvian Boy Scouts write Reinis Sipols and for information about the Latvian Girl Guides write: Diāna Rudzīte, tel. (732) 549-0445. See the calendar (on the home page of this site) for dates of events, & weekend and summer camps.
The New York Latvian Concert Choir
The New York Latvian Concert Choir invites singers to join the choir in spirit and in person. Most of the rehearsals take place at the Yonkers Church, at 11:15 am, immediately after the Sunday church service. The choir does not practice during the summer, except when preparing for an upcoming concert. For more information, please contact the conductors Andrejs Jansons tel. (201) 944-1273 or Laura Zamurs, tel. (516) 628-1465. Please also visit: www.nylatvianconcertchoir.org. For more detailed information please write the Choir's President Sandra Gendrikovs-Bayer, tel. (773) 551-5265.
Latvian Cultural Association Tilts
Please visit the website: www.Tilts.org.
Latvian National Opera Guild
Please visit the website: www.lnog.org.
Daugavas Vanagi New York Chapter
Please visit the website: DVNY.
New York Latvian Society
Please contact the Society's President: Kārli Salmiņu.
New York Latvian Federal Credit Union
Please call the office - tel. (631) 491-1481, Treasurer: Biruta Klausa.
Latvian Folk Dance Group Jumis
The New York Latvian folk dance group Jumis rehearses regularly from fall through spring. Rehearsals usually take place Thursday evenings. All are invited to participate, whether or not you have previous experience with Latvian folk dancing. To find out where rehearsals take place and for other information write: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kristine Varik (917) 951-4767 or Andris Krumkalns (212) 744-2970 and visit www.jumis.org.
Would you like to play Chess with other Latvians?
The Chess section of the New York chapter of the Daugavas Vanagi has renewed activities. Practice sessions under the direction of experts as well as friendly games will be held at the DV House. Meeting times will be set by mutual consent. Parking is available for your car in the enclosed DV House lot. If you are interested please contact the chess section coordinator Dr. Vilnis Vīksne, tel. (718) 220-8191, or e-mail email@example.com.
Latvian Fraternities group of New York (K!K!Ņ!)
Please contact the Senior: Vilnis Vīksne, gers! tel. (718) 220-8191.
Latvian Sororities group of New York Ņujorkā (S!K!K!Ņ!)
Please contact the Senior: Ilze Bārs, daug!
The collections of the New York Public Library has a wealth of materials about Latvia, Latvians, the Baltic and Balts
Please visit the Library's website: www.nypl.org.
Gleznas pārdošanā DV namā.
Please visit the page: PAINTINGS.
ALA Ethnographic and Cultural collection at Priedainē in New Jersey
Please visit the page: COLLECTION.
The Ball in honor of Latvia's 90th Anniversary was a great success!
Thank you to all participants!
The ball took place Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at 19:00 at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street (at Fifth Avenue just north of Rockefeller Center), New York NY. It was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, the Honorary Consulate of Latvia in New York and the Council of American-Latvian Organizations in New York. Here are few photos.