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New York Latvian Community Calendar

Updated September 23, 2010.

Latvian stamp honoring 10 years since US President's visit This calendar and information about the Latvian community in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are maintained by the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York, Inc. (CALONY). This information may be freely printed out, quoted and distributed, provided www.nylatvian.org is cited as the source. To receive occasional e-mail reminders about new events, send an e-mail to the webmaster, Marģers ( pinnis@banet.net ). Please include your full name in the message. E-mail addresses will not be given to anyone else. Feel free to comment, tell us about new events, or point out errors via e-mail or calling: (914) 631-5725.
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Announcements and appeals

Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) Joint Baltic-American National Committee (JBANC)
Action alert

Urge Your U.S. Representative to Co-Sponsor H.Con.Res.267 - Recognizing and supporting the Baltic Countries. Click to RĒAD MORE.

 

Please help build a new Dining hall (in Latvian "Edam zāle")
for the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills

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

Are you ready for Latvia's parliamentary (10. Saeimas) elections?

The Parliament Building (Saeimas nams) in Riga, Latvia We are not asking which election list you are thinking of supporting nor about which candidates you will mark with a plus and which you will strike out.  The Latvian parliamentary (10. Saeimas) elections will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010. This date may now seem to be very far into the future but now is the time to make sure you have a valid and current Republic of Latvia citizen's passport which is required for voting. An expired passport or other documents will not be acceptable. Please visit the Latvian Embassy web site: www.latvia-usa.org for information about obtaining or renewing your Latvian passport. Click on "10. Saeimas vēlēšanas" or this link: www.latvia-usa.org/vepapar10ve.html . When the October 2nd date comes nearer, this page will have information about how these elections will be conducted in the USA. Any questions should be directed to the Latvian Embassy in Washington DC at: embassy.usa@mfa.gov.lv or calling (202) 328-2840. General information about the elections, relevant laws, candidate lists and other information will be accessible at the Latvian government Central Election Commission site: www.cvk.lv. Many citizens of Latvia say they care deeply about Latvia's future but if they don't vote in the parliamentary elections then this is just empty talk.

For 3 days in July you will be able to apply for or renew your Latvian passport right here in the New York area, 
so you can vote in the parliamentary elections in October!

Arvalstu latvieti: Balso!Latvijas Republikas pilsoņa pase The Latvian parliamentary (10. Saeimas) elections will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010. This date may now seem to be very far into the future but now is the time to make sure you have a valid and current Republic of Latvia citizen's passport which is required for voting. An expired passport or other documents will not be acceptable. The new Latvian passports now being issued contain biometric information, which requires passport applicants to appear before consular personnel. To facilitate the process for Latvian citizens living abroad Latvian government representatives will visit cities in the USA and Canada including New York during which time mobile passport workstations will be used to accept passport applications outside of the usual consular location.

In New York the mobile passport workstations will operate at the following times and locations:

Tuesday July 27 from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00 - at the Long Island Church Parsonage (next to the church at 35 Beaumont Drive);
Wednesday July 28 from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 -
at the Yonkers Church;
Thursday July 29 from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to19:00 - at the Brooklyn parsonage
 
It would be very desirable if everyone who wishes to take advantage of the mobile passport workstation when it visits your city to register in advance with the Latvian consulate. To find out what information is required and get the registration form please visit: www.latvia-usa.org and click on "10. Saeimas vēlēšanas". On this page you will find several documents. Among them:  Informacija par pasu noformesanu izmantojot mobilas pasu darbstacijas ("Information about passport issuance using mobile passport workstations") . other documents describe what Latvian passports are acceptable for voting in the upcoming parliamentary elections ( "10. Saeimas vēlēšanas"), about polling stations that will be set up in the USA, and about voting by mail. There will be a polling station in New York at the Latvian mission to the UN in Manhattan! So, if you are a citizen of Latvia you have no reason not to vote.
Please direct any and all questions  to the consular section of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv tel. (202) 328-2840. General information about the elections, relevant laws, candidate lists and other information (mostly in Latvian) may be found on the web site of the Central Election Commission: www.cvk.lv.

Notice - on Wednesday July 28 and Thursday July 29 the local coordinator Baiba Pinnis will be reachable only via her mobile cell phone: (917) 270-4786. She can confirm only the above information about where and when the mobile passport workstations will be operating in the New York area. She cannot answer questions about consular matters. Those questions should be directed to  the consular section of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC, whose contact information may be found in the previous paragraph.

Ejam Balsot - Tava balss ir svariga LatvijaiWhy bother voting?

Some arguments (in Latvian) for why you should make an effort to participate in the Latvian parliamentary elections in October may be found at: www.EjamBalsot.lv . "Ejam balsot" means "Let's go vote" and "Tava balss ir svariga Latvijai" means "Your vote is important to Latvia".

In the Long Island parsonage - Dace Kupče and Evija Klauze
In the Long Island parsonage Dace Kupče (at the table) and Evija Klauze setting up the workstation. Photo: Sigita Puriņa. 
Salas Pastorātā Evija Klauze Un Vilmārs Beiniķis
In the Long Island parsonage Evija Klauze (behind the table) and Vilmārs Beiniķis setting up the workstation. Photo: Dace Kupče.
After the end of the workday in Yonkers
At the Yonkers church after a successful day. From the left: Sigita Puriņa, Evija Klauze, Baiba Pinnis Vija Valdmane, Marģers Pinnis and Dace Kupče. Photo: Anita Valdmane.
In Brooklyn before opening
In Brooklyn before starting work Marģers trying to resolve @#?*%!!! internet connection issues. Photo: Dace Kupče.

In New York a record number of Latvian citizens made use of the Mobile Latvian Passport Workstation!   Thanks to all participants!

At the end of July the Mobile Latvian passport workstation visited the New York area for three days. During that time Latvian citizens submitted the documents and biometric data that is now required for the issuance of new passports. The workstation operated: on July 27 - at the Long Island Church where 35 applicants were processed; on July 28 - at the Yonkers Church, where 76 applicants were processed; and on July 29 - at the Brooklyn parsonage, where 64 applicants were processed. These numbers established a few records. First, New York was the only Latvian center in the USA where the mobile passport workstation operated in a new location each day for three days in a row. This initiative, which made the workstation more accessible to the maximum number of Latvian citizens in the New York area, was highly regarded by Embassy of Latvia personnel. Second, the number of applications processed in Yonkers - 76, was the largest number received by the workstation in a single day anywhere in the USA. And third, the total number of applications received from all three locations in the New York area - 175, was the highest of any Latvian center where the workstation operated in the USA! Chicago took second place with 173 applications. New York achieved these records in spite of some technical difficulties in Long Island and Brooklyn, which delayed and at times disrupted the workstation's internet connection with the data base in Riga. These difficulties meant that a number of applicants had to wait for several hours until the problems were resolved. But as far as we know no passport applicant gave up on the process and all who came to make use of the workstation were eventually able to submit the documents and biometric data to process their passport applications. The workstation personnel and the local organizers sincerely thank all applicants for their extraordinary patience and understanding. In the seven cities in the USA where the workstation operated, a total of 709 applicants were served 

Thee seven city Mobile Passport Workstation tour in the USA was made possible through the close cooperation of the American Latvian Association (ALA - www.alausa.org), The Embassy of Latvia in the USA ( www.latvia-usa.org ), the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Latvian Interior Ministry's Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, the Latvian Parliament's (Saeima) Foreign Affairs Committee and the local Latvian community organizations in each city.

In New York this project was coordinated by the Council of American Latvian Organizations of New York (CALONY or in Latvian the "ŅLOP"). CALONY president Baiba Pinnis sincerely thanks the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York for allowing the workstation to set up and operate in three of its properties. The CALONY also thanks all in the New York area who helped make this project a great success. First of all thanks go to three ladies who operated the mobile passport workstation and accepted applications: Evija Klauze from the Consular Department of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dace Kupče from the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs of the Latvian Ministry of the Interior; and Sigita Puriņa from the Embassy of Latvia to the USA in Washington, DC. They all worked in an exemplary fashion from early morning to late evening. Thanks also go to all who helped: disseminating information, providing transport for the personnel, lending technical equipment, preparing and serving breakfast and lunch, setting up tables chairs and the screen, surmounting technical difficulties, and helping out in other ways when and where needed. In this regard the CALONY thanks: Ivars Bērziņš, Ilze & Vilmārs Beiniķis, Māris Jurēvics, Anna & Andrejs Lazda, Andris Padegs, Jānis Reikmanis, Jānis M. Riekstiņš, Ineta Roze, Nora & pastor Laris Saliņš, Vera Siliņa, Vija Valdmane, Ilona Vilciņa from www.LatvianUSA.com, Māra Vilciņa, and Māra & Gunārs Ziediņš.

Read more about this project on the Embassy of Latvia site: www.latvia-usa.org article: Noslēdzies mobilo pasu darbstaciju projekts, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs site: www.am.gov.lv article: Ārlietu ministrija atzinīgi vērtē Latvijas pilsoņu atsaucību jaunu pasu saņemšanā , and on www.LatviansOnline.com article In U.S., mobile passport effort sees more than 700 applications.

Author of the above article - Marģers Pinnis.

Remember to apply for or renew your Latvian passport, 
to vote in the Parliamentary (Saeimas) elections in October!

Arvalstu latvieti: Balso!Latvijas Republikas pilsoņa pase The Latvian parliamentary (10. Saeimas) elections will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010. This date may now seem to be very far into the future but now is the time to make sure you have a valid and current Republic of Latvia citizen's passport which is required for voting. An expired passport or other documents will not be acceptable. The new Latvian passports now being issued contain biometric information, which requires passport applicants to appear before consular personnel. The mobile passport worksation project, which visited seven US cities in July, has now concluded. But Latvian citizens who need to apply for their first passport or renew an expired one, can still do this at the Latvian Embassy in Washington, DC or if visiting Latvia before the elections, in Riga. Information may be found at the Embassy's web site: www.latvia-usa.org .
On election day, Saturday October 2 an election precinct will operate at the Latvian Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY!
So, you have no reason not to vote.

Please direct any and all questions  to the consular section of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv tel. (202) 328-2840.
General information about the elections, relevant laws, candidate lists and other information (mostly in Latvian) may be found on the web site of the Central Election Commission: www.cvk.lv.

Ejam Balsot - Tava balss ir svariga LatvijaiWhy bother voting?

Some arguments (in Latvian) for why you should make an effort to participate in the Latvian parliamentary elections in October may be found at: www.EjamBalsot.lv . "Ejam balsot" means "Let's go vote" and "Tava balss ir svariga Latvijai" means "Your vote is important to Latvia".
 

The Parsonage in BrooklynThe Parsonage in Brooklyn is up for sale

In February of 2009 The Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York at its annual meeting voted to authorize the church's governing board to put its Parsonage, located in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, up for sale. It is now being offered by the real estate brokerage firm of Brown Harris Stevens. You can view the advertisement at: www.brownharrisstevens.com/detail.aspx?id=1115752, where you will find several beautiful photos and an enticing description of the building.

Still more photos, a description and travel directions may be found at: www.nylatvian.org/ebrookln.htm .

An invitation to help Mārcis Braunfelds and his family.........................>

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



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Would you like to play Chess with other Latvians?................................>

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Latvian handicrafts now available at the United Nations Gift Centre...> READ MORE
Survey of Latvians, Livs and citizens of Latvia currently living abroad> READ MORE
See pictures of the Ball in honor of Latvia's 90th Anniversary in NY...> READ MORE
Order Latvian Books from the "Saulaine Book Barn"..........................> READ MORE
You can now order The Soviet Story on DVD.Visit  www.sovietstory.com and click on "Buy DVD".

 

The following web sites also have information about Latvian & Baltic events and activities:
Honorary Consulate of Latvia in New York www.latvia-newyork.org
Latvian Ev. Luth. Church in New York www.nydraudze.org
New York Latvian Concert Choir www.nylatvianconcertchoir.org
Latvian School in Brooklyn www CentreLV Com
Latvian School in New Jersey www.njskola.org
Latvian folk dance group Jumis www.jumis.org
New Jersey Latvian Society & Priedaine www.priedaine.org
New York Estonian House www.estonianhousenewyork.com
New York Lithuanian Community www.nylithuanian.org
Other useful sites may be found on our page: Latvian & Baltic Orgs. and Links

Apvienotā baltiešu komiteja - Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) Joint Baltic-American National Committee (JBANC) - Action alert

 

Urge Your U.S. Representative to Co-Sponsor H.Con.Res.267 - Recognizing the Baltic Countries

Sep 17, 2010

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- More co-sponsors are needed over the coming days to pass a United States House of Representatives resolution recognizing and supporting the Baltic countries. The U.S. Congress is scheduled to soon adjourn for coming fall elections, so calls to urge its passage are essential.

On April 26, 2010 Representative John Shimkus introduced H.Con.Res.267. This legislation congratulates Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 20th anniversary of the end of their illegal incorporation by the Soviet Union and on the regaining of their independence.

In addition, H.Con.Res.267 calls on the President to continue to build the close and mutually beneficial relations the U.S. has enjoyed with the Baltic nations since the restoration of their independence.

Reasons to support the legislation:
* It commemorates the bravery and spirit of those who fought tirelessly to secure Baltic independence from Soviet occupation;
* It celebrates the remarkable political and economic advances made by the Baltic nations throughout the past two decades;
* It ensures the continued existence of strong transatlantic ties between the United States and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

As of today, the legislation has twelve co-sponsors (listed below). Please urge your Representative to become a co-sponsor of this resolution and to demonstrate their support for Baltic freedom and independence. Also, if they have not joined, ask them to consider joining the House Baltic Caucus.

• Congressional contact information: http://congress.org
• House Baltic Caucus member information: http://housebalticcaucus.webs.com
• Capitol switchboard, for the telephone number of your Member of Congress at: (202) 224-3121 (202) 224-3121
• JBANC: http://jbanc.org ; Twitter@JBANCchatter.com and on Facebook.

Current co-sponsors of H. Con. Res. 267: (House Baltic Caucus members marked by an “*”):
Shelley Berkley* (NV), Gerry Connolly* (VA), Lincoln Diaz-Balart* (FL), Alcee Hastings (FL), Tim Holden* (PA), Dennis Kucinich* (OH), Daniel Lipinski* (IL), Thaddeus McCotter* (MI), Erik Paulsen (MN), Aaron Schock (IL), John Tanner (TN), C.W. “Bill” Young (FL). Rep. John Shimkus* (IL) is the primary sponsor.

If your Member of Congress has signed on, consider writing a thank-you note to them. Feel free to contact JBANC to let us know how your Member of Congress responded. Thank you!


JBANC represents the Estonian American National Council, Inc., the American Latvian Association, Inc. and the Lithuanian American Council, Inc.

New York and New Jersey Latvian Calendar

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

JANUARY 2010:

Happy New Year!

Sunday, Jan. 3, at 10:00 - Epiphany Church service followed by  the Northern district's (Ziemeļu novada) "Eglīte" ("Christmas tree" celebration), at the Yonkers Church. In Latvian Epiphany (Jan. 6) is called "Zvaigznes diena" - "The Day of the Star".

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Jan. 9, at 14:00 - New York Latvian Society and the New York Daugavas Vanagi "Eglīte" ("Christmas tree" celebration) and Daugavas Vanagi members' evening, at the DV House. Program will feature the Long Island Latvian Theater Group performing "Dzimšanas diena" ("Birthday"). Inta Krafta, Dagnija Spuntele-Lapiņa, Māra Vilciņa, Jānis Riekstiņš, Kārlis Budkēvics, and Uldis Stepe will be acting in the play. Following this during and after the dinner Jānis Students on accordion will lead a sing-along of popular Latvian songs. Admission $25 which includes a buffet dinner. All are invited whether you are a member or not.

Sunday, Jan. 10, at 10:30 - Epiphany Concert followed by  the Long Island district's (Salas novada) "Eglīte" ("Christmas tree" celebration), at the Long Island Church. The concert will feature Olga Gurevich on piano, Robert Osman on cello and Indra Ozola on flute. After the concert Dagmāra Lapiņš will talk about her experiences visiting Latvia with the "Sveika Latvija" program. Refreshments will be provided. Admission by donation starting at $20. Latvian school pupils admitted free.

Rudolfa mantojums (Rudolph's Inheritance)
Filma "Rudolfa MantojumsSaturday, Jan. 16, at 16:00 - Presentation of the film "Rūdolfa mantojums" ("Rudolph's Inheritance") at the Scandinavian House, 58 Park Avenue (between) 37th & 38th Streets), New York, NY. This will be the premier screening of this film in the USA and is the latest work by the producer Andrejs Ēķis of "Rīgas sargi" ("Defenders of Riga") fame. Admission for adults $10, children under age 16 $6.50. Please make reservations by Jan. 14 via e-mail: info@latvia-newyork.org or by calling on weekdays between the hours of 14:00 through 17:00 telephone (646) 230-0590. Presented by the Consulate of Latvia in New York Mr. Daris G. Dēliņš - Honorary Consul. Tel: (646) 230-0590 , Fax: (646) 230-0591 , E-mail: info@latvia-newyork.org , Home page: www.latvia-newyork.org

Saturday, Jan. 16, at 18:00 - "Spēļu vakars" ("Games' Night"), at the Brooklyn parsonage.  

Sunday, Jan. 17, at 10:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Northern district (Ziemeļu novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Yonkers Church. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Northern district committee is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

Friday, Jan. 22, at 17:00 - Edvīns Šnore (pronounced SHNO-reh), the writer and director of “The Soviet Story”, is scheduled to be interviewed on a special edition of the Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck Show

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietyFriday, Jan. 22, at 18:00 - Latvian Sing-along, at Priedainē NJ. Sing-along will be held in the bar downstairs.  Latvian music videos will be shown. Please bring items for a pot-luck dinner. Admission free. Organized by the New Jersey Latvian Society. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

Saturday, Jan. 23, at 19:00 - "Spēļu vakars" ("Games' Night"), at the Brooklyn parsonage. Billiards, novuss, "zolīte" (a Latvian card game). Admission free, food and drink will be offered. For information write Andrejs Lazda, or call (646) 228-1184. Organized by the Inner City region of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY. (This event was originally scheduled for Jan. 16.)

Sunday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Long Island district (Salas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Long Island Church. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Long Island district committee is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

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

Saturday, Jan. 30, at 09:45 - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey district (Ņudžersijas novads) of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, at Christ Church, 66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, NJ. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's New Jersey district committee is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org. This will be followed by The New Jersey Latvian School's Draudzīgais Aicinājums (The Friendly Invitation - an annual charitable appeal, started in Latvia in 1935, in support of schools and learning) event at Christ Church, 66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, NJ. All are invited.

Saturday, Jan. 30, at 15:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Inner City (Brooklyn) district (Iekšpilsētas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the Brooklyn parsonage. All people interested in the work of the church's Inner city district committee are cordially invited to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

Marion Bridge playFrom Saturday Jan. 30 until Wednesday Feb. 10 (excluding Sundays) at 19:30 - Latvian-American actress Laila Robins makes her debut as a director for the play "Marion Bridge", at the Directors Studio, 311 West 43rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), 4th floor, New York, NY 10036. Three estranged sisters converge at their childhood home to care for their mother. In their struggle to reconnect, past longings are revealed, choices are examined, and hope surfaces as they consider building a new life from the fragments of the old. Admission $10. Reservations strongly recommended. For information, reservations and to purchase tickets visit: www.directorscompany.org or call (212) 246-5877, or e-mail: directorscompany@gmail.com .

Sunday Jan. 31 at 10:00 - Church service followed by Latvian Cultural Days Program and Concert at the Yonkers Church. Program will begin with a concert which will include "Rekviems" by Viktors Baštiks and Latvian folk songs arranged for a choir. Performing will be Laila Liepiņa soprano, Ilze Akerberga pipe organ,  the New York Latvian Concert Choir, instrument ensemble and Andrejs Jansons conductor. This concert is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The concert will be followed by testimonials to people recently honored for their achievements. This year's honorees will be Ingrīda Jansone, Imants Kalniņš, Jānis Riekstiņš and Dr. Vilnis Vīksne. Testimonials will be presented about each of them respectively by Ilze Buls, Dr. Vilnis Vīksne, Raimonds Kerno and Jānis Riekstiņš. The New York Latvian Cultural Days are organized by the Council of American Latvian Organizations of New York.

Trio CavatinaSunday Jan. 31 at 15:00 - Concert by Trio Cavatina at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford Street at Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, four short blocks from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute is a member of the Trio. Program will feature works by Schumann, Meltzer and Brahms. For more information about the artists, program and for directions visit: www.BrooklynFriendsOfChamberMusic.org  

FEBRUARY 2010:

Monday Feb. 1, at about 18:50 - The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (in New York, NY on WCBS-TV channel 2) will feature Riga, Latvia. Each Monday the CBS Evening News presents a segment about a different place in the world. On Monday Feb. 1 it will be about Latvia. The Evening News program starts at 18:00 (6 pm) and this segment will air towards the end of the program at about 18:50.
IF YOU MISSED WATCHING THIS SEGMENT, ABOUT THE LATVIAN BODYBUILDER IN LIEPĀJA YOU CAN WATCH IT HERE: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/01/eveningnews/main6162980.shtml

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietyTHIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE FORECASTED SNOWSTORM
Saturday, Feb. 6,
at 13:00 - Draudzīgais Aicinājums (The Friendly Invitation - an annual charitable appeal, started in Latvia in 1935, in support of schools and learning) commemoration, at Priedainē NJ. Program will feature a film produced by Maruta Jurjāne about the Latvian-American poet, painter and architect Voldemārs Avens. After the film Voldemārs Avens himself will talk about his 2009 exhibit in Riga, Latvia and read selections from his works together with members of the New Jersey Latvian Literary Group. This will be followed by a performance by the pianist Ramona Kļaviņa. After the program coffee and deserts will be served. admission $20, proceeds will benefit the New Jersey Latvian School. Organized by the New Jersey Latvian Society. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

Saturday, Feb. 6, at 14:00 - Valentine's Day Concert: International Love & Folk Songs by mezzo-soprano Biruta Grunwald and pianist Charlotte Ross Zand at the Flushing Branch of the Queens Library, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing NY 11355. Latvian-American mezzo-soprano Biruta Grunwald will sing Latvian, French, Spanish and Neapolitan songs as well as songs from Broadway shows. Charlotte Ross Zand will play romantic works by F. Liszt and J. Brahms. For information visit: http://www.queenslibrary.org/index.aspx?page_id=126&section_id=12&sub_section_id=44&branch_id=F or call (718) 661-1200.

Sunday, Feb. 7, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the New York Latvian Federal Credit Union, at the Long Island Church.  The meeting will take place in the church's social hall, downstairs. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. All members and potential credit union members are invited.

SuperBowl XLIV Miami, FLSunday, Feb. 7, starting after 16:00 - Super Bowl XLIV Party, at the Yonkers Church. Admission $20 (children under 16: free), which includes watching the Super Bowl on a big screen TV, food, soda, wine and beer. Proceeds will benefit the renovation of the Yonkers church kitchen. All are welcome to join us. You don't have to be a football fanatic or even understand American football to enjoy yourself at the party. But if you never learned what a "first down" is, and would like to know, then check out the "Beginner's Guide to Football" and other items on the NFL page: www.nfl.com/rulebook Whichever two teams that make it to the Super Bowl will play at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, FL and kick-off time is approximately 18:28 EST. The legendary British band "The Who" will perform at half-time.
Update - Too bad the NY Jets lost against the Indy Colts in the AFC championship. So now the Indianapolis Colts will play the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl.

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic GamesFrom Friday Feb. 12 through Sunday Feb. 28 - XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. For further information about Latvia's Olympic efforts visit: www.olimpiade.lv especially the "Esiet sveicināti Vankūverā" ("Welcome to Vancouver") page: www.olimpiade.lv/vankuvera/sakumlapa/ . For more information about the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver visit: www.vancouver2010.com/ .

Friday, Feb. 12, at 19:00 - Baltic Valentine's Day Party, at the Estonian House. Music by "The Windsor Terrors". Singles and couples all welcome. Singles wear name tags for obvious reasons! Admission $15. Tell your friends too! For information write to Pia, or call (917) 770-7825. Please also visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com

NOTICE - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE SNOW!
IN WASHINGTON, DC: Saturday Feb. 13
at 19:00 - ALYA Valentine's Day Party, at the Latvian Center, 400 Hurley Avenue, Rockville, MD. All are invited to spend the evening with us, dancing, reveling, and conversing with good friends! Music will be provided by DJ N.O.E. Visners, and snacks & drinks will be offered in return for donations. Admission $25 but for American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) member $20. Parents can become supporting members of ALYA for $35.

Sunday, Feb. 14, at 13:00  - Church service followed by the Annual Meeting of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York, in Summit, at the St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

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

Tuesday, February 16 at 19:30 - Concert by Ensemble RARO & SoNoRo Festival at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY. Latvian pianist Diana Ketler is a member of the ensemble and the program will include "Quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello" by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks. Program will also feature works by Robert Schumann and George Enescu. For more information about the ensemble, other artists and program details, click to view the full color POSTER (a PDF file that requires Adobe Reader).snd visit www.EnsembleRARO.Com and www.SoNoRo.ro . To order tickets and for directions visit: www.CarnegieHall.Org .

Mariss JansonsMariss Jansons returns to Carnegie Hall

World renowned conductor Mariss Jansons returns to New York's Carnegie Hall on February 16 and 17, 2010 to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Tuesday, February 16 at 20:00 - SIBELIUS, Violin Concerto; RACHMANINOFF, Symphony No. 2 in E Minor (with Janine Jansen, Violin).
Wednesday, February 17 at 20:00 - MAHLER, Symphony No. 3 (with Jill Grove, Mezzo-Soprano, New York Choral Artists, The American Boychoir).
For tickets and other information visit: www.CarnegieHall.org .

Latvijas olimpiskā ledus hokeja komandaTHIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Two opportunities to watch Latvia's Olympic Ice Hockey games at the L.K.I.A. "Rotā" Lodge in the Catskill mountains:
Friday Feb. 19
at 19:30 - Latvia vs. Czech Republic;
Saturday Feb. 20
at 19:30 - Latvia vs. Slovakia.
Viewing will be set up in Rota's "Zelta Auns" ("The Golden Ram") bar, which will open at 17:00. For directions, to make reservations for overnight accommodations and other info visit: www.rotalodge.org .it is requested (but not obligatory) to let them know you are coming by e-mailing Aivars Bārs, tel. (862) 812-1067, so the organizers can know if the enough people will come to make the event a success or whether it should be cancelled.
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Estonia's national flagWednesday, February 24 - Estonia's Independence Day (1918), "Elagu Eesti!"
For information on events please visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com.

From Friday Feb. 26 to Sunday Feb. 28 - FLJRK "Jauniešu dienas" ("Youth Days"), at the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. "F.L.J.R.K." is the Filadelfijas latviešu jauniešu rīcības komiteja (Philadelphia Latvian Youth Organizing Committee). Registration starts at 8pm Friday, February 26th, followed by a meet and greet night.  Saturday there will be a "Šķēršļu gājiens" (in Latvian "Obstacle trek" which is sort of like a Latvian version of a scavenger hunt) and other outside activities, as well as a "Jersey Shore Latvian Style" themed party.  The registration fee for the weekend is $60, payable upon arrival (cash only). For room reservations, registration and/or questions please email: JauniesuDienas2010@gmail.com. For complete information (to be posted soon) visit www fljrk org

The New York Times Travel Show From Saturday Feb. 27 to Sunday Feb. 28 - The New York Times Travel show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, entrance on 11th Avenue at 39th Street. On Saturday: at about 11:00 The Estonian Consulate/EACCI presents singer Sofia Rubina with pianist Yevgeny Lebedev in a program of Estonian jazz, folk and pop songs; and at about 16:00 there will be a Lithuanian cultural presentation in a salute to Baltic Song and Dance Celebrations worldwide including "Dainu Svente" and the IX Lithuanian Song Festival in Toronto. Presented by GoBalticEurope/BTC/Lithuania. On Sunday at about 14:00 the Latvian Folk Dance Group Jumis will perform presented by the Embassy of Latvia. Complete information about all performances and exhibitors may be found at www.nytimes.com/travelshow. Among the exhibitors will be Estonia/EACCI #480, GoBalticEurope/BTC/Lithuania # 381, and Latvia #478, for all of whom contact information may be found on the web site under "Exhibitor List". Please also visit the Folk Dance Group Jumis web site, where there are videos of their performances: www.jumis.org 

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, Feb. 27, at 13:00 - Draudzīgais Aicinājums (The Friendly Invitation - an annual charitable appeal, started in Latvia in 1935, in support of schools and learning) commemoration, at Priedainē NJ. Program will feature a film produced by Maruta Jurjāne about the Latvian-American poet, painter and architect Voldemārs Avens. After the film Voldemārs Avens himself will talk about his 2009 exhibit in Riga, Latvia and read selections from his works together with members of the New Jersey Latvian Literary Group. This will be followed by a performance by the pianist Ramona Kļaviņa. After the program coffee and deserts will be served. admission $20, proceeds will benefit the New Jersey Latvian School. Organized by the New Jersey Latvian Society. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org . (This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 6th but had to be cancelled due to a snowstorm.)

Latvian Boy ScoutsLatvian Girl Guides Sunday, Feb. 28, at 11:00 - Church services followed by the 61st annual Scout-O-Rama of the Zilais Kalns 4th Girl Scout unit and the Rīga 90th Boy Scout unit at the Yonkers Church. Program will feature a performance of the play "Mulķītis un Princese" (in Latvian) followed by a hot lunch, a raffle drawing, exhibit of photos and a social afternoon. All past and present members of the Scouts and Guides, as well as well-wishers are cordially invited. For further information write Inta Škinķis.

MARCH 2010:

Thursday Mar. 4, at 18:00 - Former president of Latvia, Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, will be one of the honorees at the Lutheran Social Services of New York President's Award Reception & Dinner, at Terrace on the Park, 52-11, 111th Street, Flushing Meadow Park, NY 11368 (in the borough of Queens in NYC). For information and reservations visit www.lssny.org or write Ausma Ozols Mursch or call (941) 441-6904. Please also visit www.NYDraudze.Org . For directions and information about the restaurant visit: www.terraceonthepark.com 

From Friday Mar. 5 to Sunday Mar. 7 - Conference for Latvian school teachers and administrators, at the Rest House ("Atpūtas nams") at the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Organized by the Educational branch of the American Latvian Association (ALA www.alausa.org ) All Latvian school instructors as well as those interested in the formation of Latvian schools and their future are invited to attend. For information and registration write Anita Batarags.

Sunday, Mar. 7, at 10:00 - Church services in honor the Col. Oskars Kalpaks Battalion and Students Company who fought in the war for Latvian Independence (1918-1921). Procession by Latvian student fraternities and sororities at the Yonkers Church. The service and the program will feature a musical salute by flutist Indra Ozola  and organist Olga Gurēviča. There will be a program following the church service highlighted by an address (in Latvian) by Normans Penke, who is the Ambassador of Latvia to the United Nations in New York. A lunch provided by the Latvian Sororities Group of New York will follow. All are invited.

Daylight Savings Time begins 1 am Mar. 14 - set your clocks one hour ahead!

Sunday, Mar. 14, at 10:00 - Church services followed by the annual Pancake Breakfast at the Yonkers Church. There will also be a program featuring a play "Dzimšanas diena" ("Birthday") performed by the Long Island Latvian Theater Group. Inta Krafta, Dagnija Spuntele-Lapiņa, Māra Vilciņa, Jānis Riekstiņš, Kārlis Budkēvics, and Uldis Stepe will be acting in the play. Proceeds will benefit the renovation of the Yonkers church kitchen. All are invited.

Margarita Kreine violinistFive concerts by violinist Margarita Kreine

Sunday Mar. 14, at 19:30 at Weil Recital hall at Carnegie Hall, West 57th Street & Seventh Avenue, New York, NY. Margarita will perform as a 1st Prize winner of American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition in New York 2010. Admission $40. For tickets and other information visit: www.CarnegieHall.org .
Thursday Mar. 18, at 12:00 noon at Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY. Entrance located on the north side of 54th Street, between Madison & Fifth Avenues. Admission free. Margarita will be performing 2nd Sonata by Brahms with Dror Semmel.
Saturday Mar. 20, at 14:00, at the DV House. (See below)
Sunday Mar. 21, at 19:30 at Weil Recital hall at Carnegie Hall, West 57th Street & Seventh Avenue, New York, NY. Margarita will perform as a winner of Concert Festival Auditions in New York. Admission $40. For tickets and other information visit: www.CarnegieHall.org .
Monday Mar. 22, at 20:00 at the Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY. Margarita will perform Brahms violin sonatas.

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday Mar. 20, at 14:00 - Latvian Legion Commemoration, at the DV House. Program will feature violinist Margarita Kreine and pianist Dror Semmel playing "Sonatas for Violin and Piano" by Johannes Brahms. This will be followed by a Latvian lunch prepared by Ilze Buls. Admission $20. All are invited. Proceeds benefit the care of sick and disabled former legionnaires in Latvia.

Sunday, Mar. 21, at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Spring event at the Long Island Church.  The program will feature a film "Trejādes saules" ("Of Three Suns") about the life of former State President of Latvia, Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. This will be followed by a lunch, coffee, and a raffle drawing.

Puppet theaterPriedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySunday, Mar. 21, at 13:00 - Puppet theater performance "Kas zaķīti pasargās" (in Latvian "Who will save the little rabbit"), at Priedainē NJ. The performers are: Laila Kirmuška, Edgars Lipors, and Jānis Kirmuška. Admission for children $10, for adults $25. A performance for the whole family. A full write-up (in Latvian) may be viewed at: http://priedaine.com/paskumi/tuvkie-paskumi/78-lellu-teatris . For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

From Wednesday Mar. 24 to Sunday Mar. 28 - New York Estonian Cultural Days. Events take place at the Estonian House. For information about the Cultural Days program, tickets and directions visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com/eri.html .

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

IN WASHINGTON, DC: From Friday, Mar. 26 to Saturday Mar. 27 - "Master classes" for Latvian-American community organization youth activists. For more information (in Latvian only) visit:: http://www.alausa.org/new.php?lang=lv&news=2&id=1041 .

Friday, Mar. 26, at 19:00 - Annual meeting of the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York, (ŅLOP) at the DV House. ŅLOP member organizations are asked to select delegates for this meeting who are ready, willing and able to serve on the ŅLOP board and actively participate in its work. For further information write Baiba Pinnis or tel. (914) 631-5725.

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, Mar. 27, - Annual meetings of the New York Daugavas Vanagi, at 11:00 - meeting of the Daugavas Vanadzes (Womens' Auxiliary), at 13:00 - 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.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, Mar. 27, - NJ annual meetings: at 13:00 New Jersey Latvian Federal Credit Union, followed at 15:00 - New Jersey Latvian Society, at Priedainē NJ. For more information, please visit  www.priedaine.org.

Saturday, Mar. 27 at 12:30 - Church services in the Palm Sunday spirit at the Brooklyn parsonage.

Sunday, Mar. 28 - Palm Sunday - Church services with communion: at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church and at 10:30 at the Long Island Church.  (In Latvian Palm Sunday is called "Pūpolu svētdiena" - "Pussy Willow (or Willow Catkins) Sunday".)

APRIL 2010:

Thursday, Apr. 1 - Holy Thursday - Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 13:00 at the Long Island Church and at 13:00 at the East Orange Church. (In Latvian Holy Thursday is called "Zaļā ceturtdiena" - "Green Thursday".)

Friday, Apr. 2 - Good Friday - Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 19:00 at the Long Island Church . (In Latvian Good Friday is called "Lielā piektdiena" - "Great Friday".)

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

Holy week church services with the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New YorkSunday, Apr. 4 - Easter Sunday - Church services: at 08:00 at the Yonkers Church and at 08:00 at the Long Island Church, At Yonkers an Easter breakfast and at Long Island an Easter Egg hunt will follow the church services . (In Latvian Easter is called "Lieldienas" - "The Great Days".)

Friday Apr. 9 and Saturday, Apr. 10, from 12:00 to 16:00 - Flea market , at the DV House. If you have items to donate for the flea market such as household goods and clean, gently used clothing (no computers please), these can be dropped off before the 7th. IRS receipt available. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (973) 783-9273.

Latvian Cultural Association TILTSSaturday, Apr. 10, at 13:00 - Annual meeting of the Latvian Cultural Association TILTSat the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford, New York. A TILTS board meeting will precede the annual meeting at 11:00. Please visit www.tilts.org or e-mail gzeidenbergs@tilts.org.

Portrait of dean - pastor Alberts OzlosSunday, Apr. 11, at 11:00 - Memorial church services in honor of Dean Alberts Ozols at the Yonkers Church. Alberts Ozols served for many decades as pastor at the Yonkers church. After the service his newly painted portrait will be unveiled and hung in the church alongside other distinguished Latvian clergy members. A reception will follow. More information will be forthcoming. PLEASE NOTE the services will start at 11:00 which is one hour later than usual at Yonkers. This is to allow our New Jersey and Long Island congregants more time to travel to Yonkers.

Laila Salīņa mezzosopranoJuris Žvikovs pianist Friday Apr. 16, at 19:00 - Latvian National Opera Guild's (LNOĢ) sponsored Spring Benefit Concert "We believed in life, as wondrous poetry…" at the Long Island Church.  The mezzo-soprano Laila Saliņš and pianist Juris Žvikovs will perform in a concert program of opera arias, cabaret and operetta songs by Latvian and other composers. A reception with the artists will follow; hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. All proceeds will support the performance of Bruno Skulte's opera The Heiress of Vilkači at the Latvian National Opera House in Riga, Latvia in 2011. Admission is by donation, beginning with $35.00; after April 9th - $45.00. Benefactors' donations beginning with $100.00 (donors' names will be printed in the LNO premiere performance of The Heiress of Vilkači program) . All are invited to place reservations by April 9th, by sending a check to: Latvian National Opera Guild, Inc., c/o Andris Padegs, 2 Merry Hill Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-3214. Further information: Aija  Pelše tel. (516) 433-4137.

Daugavas Vanagi EmblemIN WASHINGTON, DC: From Friday Apr. 16 to Sunday Apr. 18 - Daugavas Vanagi USA annual Delegates Meeting, Vanadzes meeting, DV Youth meeting, . For more information, please visit: www.daugavasvanagi.org .

Saturday Apr. 17 at 09:00 (am) - Conference of East Coast (Latvian Lutheran church congregation) Women's Committees at the Long Island Church, Dean Lauma Zušēvica and dean Oļģerts Sniedze will be among the lecturers. Church services will be held Saturday evening at 17:00 at the close of the conference. The public is invited to participate in the church services, conference and the dinner following the close. Participation in the conference and dinner is $35, dinner only $10. For information and registration write Ingrīda  Lediņa, or call tel. (516) 921-2243. Please register by April 9.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday Apr. 17 at 13:00 - Theater performance of the play "Šampinjonu derība", starring Inta Tirole at Priedaine NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org.

IN WASHINGTON, DC: Saturday Apr. 17 - Embassy Cup Basketball tournament. Text of invitation follows: "The Embassies of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in association with the U.S.- Baltic Foundation Invites members of Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian communities in the U.S. to participate in the annual basketball tournament “Embassy Cup 2010” on April 17, 2010. We encourage all the Baltic communities to form the teams and come to D.C. to celebrate this wonderful occasion and show once again the unbreakable unity of the Baltics. Teams can register by sending an email to Andrius Kaseta andrius.kaseta@ltembassyus.org or by calling 202-234-5860 ext.115. More information and the detailed program of the basketball tournament will be available closer to the date of the event."

Association for the Advancement of Baltic StudiesIN SEATTLE, WA: From Thursday, Apr. 22 to Saturday, Apr. 24 - The 22nd Conference on Baltic Studies, at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. This will be the first time the Baltic Studies conference will take place jointly with the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. For further information, please visit the web page of the AABS.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, Apr. 24, at 14:00 - Ēriks Raisters memorial fund award presentation, at Priedainē NJ. This year's honoree is Juris Žagariņš - journalist and vice-editor of the magazine "Jaunā Gaita". Program will feature an address by Ligita Kovtuna - editor of the newspaper "Laiks", a lecture about the honoree by Dr. Juris Šlesers and a concert by Laila Saliņa. Admission by donation starting at $20. All are invited. For more information, please visit  www.priedaine.org .

Sunday Apr. 25 at 19:30 - Metro Chamber Orchestra Concert, at Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York, NY 10023, (between Broadway & Columbus Avenue). Latvian concertmaster Una Tone will be playing. Admission $30. For more information and to order tickets visit: http://themetrochamberorchestra.org/concert.html tel. (212) 787-2755.

Monday Apr. 26 at 12:30 pm - Concert by Margarita Kreine, violin and Jen-Ru sun, piano at W.M.P. Concert Hall, 31 East 28th Street, New York, NY. Program will feature: J.S. Bach - Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003, Grave & Fuga; J. Corigliano - Red Violin Caprices; and J. Brahms - Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor op. 108. Suggested donation $10. For information visit www.wmpconcerthall.com

Theater performance "That Face" with Laila RobinsFrom Thursday Apr. 29 to Sunday Jun. 27 - Theater performance of That Face with Latvian-American actress Laila Robins, presented by The Manhattan Theatre Club, at Stage I of the  New York City Center, West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, New York, NY. For information about the play and to order tickets visit: www.manhattantheatreclub.com. For directions to the theater visit: www.nycitycenter.org

ALA logoIN SAN FRANCISCO, CA: From Friday, Apr. 30 to Sunday, May 1 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Association (ALA), in San Francisco, CA. For further information visit www.alausa.org .

MAY 2010:

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, May 1, at ??:00- Talka: Lend a hand to help get Priedaine in shape for the spring and summer season, at Priedainē NJ. All are invited. For more information, please visit  www.priedaine.org .

Saturday, May 1, from 09:00 to 15:00 - Flea market, at the Yonkers Church. Please donate (right now - don't wait till the day of the flea market) lightly worn clothes, kitchen utensils, serving pieces, place settings, toys, electronics and other household appliances. Clear out your closets, attic and garage! Please contact Vija Valdmane, tel. (914) 478-4787, to say when you will be dropping by with your unneeded stuff.  Please also come to the flea market for fantastic bargains! Proceeds will benefit Latvian grade school. If you have any questions please contact Laura Zamurs., tel. (516) 628-1465 for more information and to volunteer if you can help set up before and also man the tables during the flea market.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, May 1, at 11:00 - Latvian American USA East Coast Volleyball Tournament at the Volleyball House, 5635 Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, MD 21075, www.vbhouse.com . Men's and women's volleyball players from New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and elsewhere will be participating. For more information, please write NJ Latvian Sports Group "Kursa" rep. Jānis Ģiga or call - home tel. (908) 272-4580, work tel. (609) 588-6314. To register your team for the tournament please write Washington, DV, Daugavas Vanagi Sports Group "Sigulda" rep. Viesturs Timrots , tel. (301) 294-0046 .

Spring Ball in Brooklyn
Saturday, May 1
at 18:00 - New York Latvian Aldaris Meet & Greet Evening followed at 20:00 by a Spring Ball at the Brooklyn parsonage. For more information write LatvianUSA@gmail.com or call (917) 668-7501. Admission $10, proceeds benefit the the Latvian congregation and school. Beer and food will be provided. Organized by the Inner City committee of the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of NY in cooperation with www.LatvianUSA.com

Friday May 7 and Saturday May 8, from 12:00 to 16:00 - Flea market , at the DV House. If you have items to donate for the flea market please bring them to the DV house a few days before. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (908) 277-1251.

Saturday, May 8 - Mothers' Day church services, at 10:00 am at Christ Church, 66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, NJ and at 11:00 am at the Yonkers Church. Services will be followed by an event with lunch. The Bronx Latvian School pupils will present songs, poems and plays. All are invited.

US Baltic FoundationIN WASHINGTON, DC: Saturday, May 8 - 2010 US Baltic Gala, Washington, DC. Guest of honor and keynote speaker: Prime Minister Andrius Kubulius of Lithuania, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC. Sponsored by The U.S.- Baltic Foundation (USBF), the 2010 Annual U.S.-Baltic Gala will feature a Baltic business program, VIP reception, silent auction and black-tie gala dinner. The USBF will honor public and private sector leaders who have contributed to the development of the Baltic region and the strengthening of US-Baltic relations. All proceeds from the event will benefit USBF programs that foster cultural, educational and business cooperation between the US and the Baltics. For more information about all events and tickets please visit: www.usbaltic.org or call (202) 785-5056.

Sunday, May 9 - Mothers' Day church services: at 10:30 am at the Long Island Church, where services will be followed by a program to mark the close of the academic year of the Latvian school; and at 15:00 at the Jamaica, Queens Church, First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY..

latvian folk ensemble "Teiksma" from MinneapolisFriday May 14 at 19:30 - Latvian folk song ensemble Teiksma from Minneapolis will perform at the Estonian House. Since 1970, Teiksma has performed its repertoire of folk music accompanied by kokles, accordions, violins, and bagpipes in Latvian centers in the USA, Trinidad & Tobago, and Latvia. Participants: Elga Pone (leader), Kira Birmane, Ingrīda Erdmane (who once lived in NY), Gunta Pone-Herona, Ilze Kļaviņa, Nora Lunda, Sarma Pone-Ozmena, Zinta Pone, Jānis Skujiņš, Jānis Paulis Skujiņš, Laila Švalbe, Jānis Zeltiņš. Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for those under 18 years of age. Organized by Ņ.L.O.P. (the Council of American Latvian Orgs. of N.Y.) For information write Baiba Pinnis or call (914) 631-5725.
Car parking:
After 7 pm you can park on East 34th Street. Also, it is possible to park on 2nd Avenue and on 33rd Street if you put money in a parking meter or Muni-Meter. You can also find a garage by visiting: http://nyc.centralparking.com/Hotels/Manhattan-The-Estonian-House-Parking.html. Other possibilities may be found at: http://www.iconparkingsystems.com/Murray_Hill.asp?sSrc=ExpressParking_addfind.asp 
 and at 488 3rd Ave | Between: 33rd & 34th St and  200 E 32nd St | Between: 3rd & 2nd Aves. http://www.iconparkingsystems.com/Search_Garage_Info.asp and on Lexington Ave.
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Daugavas Vanagi EmblemSaturday, May 15, at 14:00 - Annual commemoration of the battles in the Kurzeme salient at the close of World War II, at the DV House. Program will feature Māris Druva, from Auce in Latvia, describing (in Latvian) his various projects which promote the works of Latvian poet Andrejs Eglītis (1912-2006). Admission $20 which includes lunch. All are invited.

Thursday May 20, at 18:30 - The Art of Giving Exhibition and reception, at World Bar Trump World, 845 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY (by First Avenue near UN headquarters). Paintings and drawings by Latvian orphans will be exhibited and during the reception will be offered for sale through a silent auction. proceeds will benefit the improvement of living condition for orphans in Latvia. For information about this organization visit: www.theartofgivingproject.com . The honorary consul of Latvia in New York Mr. Daris Dēliņš will officially open the exhibit at 8 pm. Admission free but please reserve your place at the reception by May 10 by writing: anja711@hotmail.com .

Saturday, May 22 - Possible date of the Second New York Latvian Dinner Cruise and Ball. Please fill out the survey at http://www.latvianusa.com/content/view/478/1/ .

Saturday May 22 at 14:00 - Church services in Manhattan, Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY. Directions: Take any of the following Subway lines: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R to the Union Square station and then walk east a few blocks. Click here for a: Map. Pastor Laris Saliņš will lead the service. For information call Andrejs Lazda (646) 228-21184. All are cordially invited to attend.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"American Latvian Association logo From Friday May 29 to Sunday May 30 - 57th Annual ALA Sports Tournament in Volleyball, Basketball and Ice Hockey, will take place at the CUNY College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY. The hotel is the Staten Island Hotel (soon to be Crowne Plaza).  tel. 1-800-532-3532 or 1-718-698-5000.Room rates if reserved by May 1 are $99 (plus tax).  If you reserve after May 1 you will have to pay. the normal rate which is about $135.  When making reservations ask for the American Latvian Association group rate   “Group code” 4627. For more information write: Jānis Ģiga gbgiga@verizon.net, mob. tel. (908) 931-1228, or Aivars Bars Aivars@njkursa.com.
Hockey Night of the 57th ALA Sports Tournament. The time has come to dig into your closets, dust off your skates and lace them up for some ice hockey! We all know that you watched that exciting Gold Medal match in the Vancouver Games and it got you wanting to play hockey!!! This year's ice hockey game will be a part of the 57th American Latvian Association's Sports Championships in Volleyball and Basketball held on Memorial Day Weekend in Staten Island, NY (May 29th-30th).  No official game time or participation fee has been set as of now, although it will probably be around $20 to cover the ice rental and officials. Further information will become available soon - at this point I am looking to gather as many concrete "Yesses" as possible.  As more information becomes available to me, I will forward that on to you - the more people who reply yes to this game, the sooner I can set up the game and get concrete information out to you. You can always contact me regarding the ice hockey game by writing to me directly at mlazdins@hotmail.com or by phone (201) 317-6448.  If you are interested in playing in this hockey game, please register with me via email or by phone.  Also, if you know of anyone else who may be interested in playing, please forward them this info and have them get in contact with me in order to register themselves. Cheers! - Māris "MJ" Lazdiņš.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"American Latvian Association logo From Friday May 29 to Sunday May 30 - 57th Annual ALA Sports Tournament in Volleyball, Basketball and Ice Hockey, will take place on Staten Island, NY. IMPORTANT CHANGE - The hotel originally chosen for this event has closed. Please read "Change of Hotel" at www finalspeles com. Sports Games schedule for Saturday - Basketball 08:45; Volleyball 10:00; Parade 11:00; Sunday - Basketball 08:45; Volleyball 10:00 - all these will be played at CUNY College of Staten Island, 400 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10314. Ice Hockey will be on Saturday from 18:00-19:30 at the Staten Island Skating Pavilion, 3080 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY 10309. Social events schedule: Friday - meet at Chili's restaurant, 1497 Richmond Avenue, SI NY 10314; Saturday - after the hockey games at about 20:00 meet at Killmeyers Old Bavaria Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Road, Si NY 10309; Sunday - Ball at the Grand Plaza Hotel, 23 Nelson Avenue, SI NY 10308. Cocktail hour at 20:00, dinner from 20:30 to 22:00, Premium open bar from 20:00 - 24:00. Bernie's orchestra will play dance music and after that "N.O.E." (aka Aleksis Visners). Cost: Dinner with premium open bar $90, dinner with no alcoholic beverages $60. Premium open bar with no dinner $45; Admission to the ball with no dinner or beverages is $20. Please make your reservations for the Sunday May 30 ball or "open bar" by May 21. Make checks payable to "Aivars Bars" and send these to Aivars Bārs, 55 Ely lane, Sparta, NJ 07871. For more information write: Jānis Ģiga gbgiga@verizon.net, mob. tel. (908) 931-1228, or Aivars Bars Aivars@njkursa.com.  
Hockey Night of the 57th ALA Sports Tournament. Come and join in the fun!!  As part of the American Latvian Association's Sports Championships weekend to be held on Staten Island, NY on Memorial Day weekend (May 29th-30th), there will be an ice hockey game held.  Latvian-Canadians will face off against Latvian-Americans for the second straight year for the Nagobads Cup on Saturday, May 29th at 6pm. The game will cost $20 to cover the costs of the rink rental as well as a referee. There will also be basketball and volleyball tournaments, as well as other planned activities organized throughout the weekend for your enjoyment. If you or anyone you know would be interested in playing, please call or write and let me know of your interest as soon as possible so that you can get on the roster and get updated on news regarding both the hockey game and overall weekend. If you have already expressed interest in playing, please confirm that you will in fact be playing in the tournament. You can always contact me regarding the ice hockey game by writing to me directly at mlazdins@hotmail.com or by phone (201) 317-6448.  Cheers! - Māris "MJ" Lazdiņš.

Sunday, May 30 - Annual Spring Concert by the New York Latvian Concert Choir with the Riga Dom Boys Choir from Latvia and others at the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Program will feature: Coronation Mass - W.A. Mozart; Diatonic Cantata, Līgo Songs - Jānis Lūsēns; When the Ferns Blossom - Jānis Ķepītis; Latvian Folk songs - Viktors Baštiks. Performers include: the New York Latvian Concert Choir; Montreal Latvian Choir "Atbalss"; Choristers from Toronto; Latvian Chamber Orchestra; the Rīga Dome Cathedral Boys Choir; Laila Liepiņa, Laima Veide - sopranos; Lauma Cenne, Sarma Dindzāne Van Sant - altos; Mārtiņš Aldiņš - tenor; Ints Teterovskis - baritone; Brigita Alka - piano; Mārtiņš Klišāns - guest conductor. Admission $25, children free. Hors-d'oeuvres before the concert. After concert dinner $15 for which please make reservations by May 20 with Gunta tel. (516) 466-9453. For concert and other information write Sandra tel. (773) 551-5265 and visit: www.NYLatvianConcertChoir.org . To see the poster (a PDF file requiring Adobe Reader) click here. This concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

JUNE 2010:

Wednesday, June 2 at 19:30 - Concert by the Riga Dom Boys Choir from Latvia at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, 2 East 90th Street (@ Fifth Avenue), New York, NY.  Admission by donation. For information call (212) 289-3400. At the end of the week the Riga Dom Boys Choir will sing for the President and Mrs. Barack Obama in Washington DC.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, Jun. 5, at 10:00 - Church services, followed by commencement  program of the Latvian school, at Priedainē NJ. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

From Saturday, June 12 to Sunday, June 13 - Volunteer labor "Diž-Talka" to prepare the Church's Children's Camp for the summer season. Everyone, 10 years of age and older, is invited to help prepare the Children's Camp of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York in the Catskill Mountains of New York for this summer's season. For all volunteers, three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, will be provided. Please reserve rooms by calling Janīna Briģis (518) 589-9932. A map and directions to the camp may be viewed at www.nydraudze.org and clicking on "Nometne".

Monday, Jun. 14 - National Day of Mourning in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported on this day from their homeland to prison camps in Siberia by occupying Soviet forces in 1941. (See also March 25 and July 4.)

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

Viktors Lapčenoks Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, June 19, at 16:00 - St. John's Day/Midsummer night Celebration Priedainē, NJ. Celebrants will be welcomed starting at 4pm. After 17:00 the Latvian folk dance group "Dzirkstele" from Philadelphia will be performing and there will be a concert by singer Viktors Lapčenoks from Latvia. After the performances dance music will be provided by "Pēdējais Vilciens" ("The Last Train") led by Richards Skulte till the wee hours. At 22:30 the bonfire will be lit to the accompaniment of traditional St. John's Day songs.. Admission $30.  A full write-up (in Latvian) may be viewed at: http://priedaine.com/paskumi/tuvkie-paskumi/77-jani-priedainee . For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org .

IN RIGA, LATVIA: Sunday, June 27, from 11:00 until 14:00 - (Informal) Meeting of the World's Latvians, at the Čarlstona" restaurant, Blaumaņa iela 38/40, Riga, Latvia. More info to follow. For information contact (in the USA) Ģirts Zeidenbergs tel. (302) 529-7442, girtszeidenbergs@comcast.net or gzeidenbergs@tilts.org and visit www.tilts.org. Organized by the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS.

JULY 2010:

Saturday July 3 at 14:00 - Funeral services for the Latvian writer Gunārs Saliņš at the Long Island Church.

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

Viridian Artists GalleryFrom Thursday July 8 to Saturday July 24 - Art exhibit where Latvian-American photo artist Krista Svalbonas, among others will show her work, at the Viridian Artists Gallery, 530 West 25th Street #407, New York, NY 10001. Information about the gallery and exhibit may be viewed at:  www.viridianartists.com . For more information about Krista Svalbonas visit: www.kristasvalbonas.com .

On Thursday July 8 from 17:00 - 20:00 the opening reception will take place.

Kursa, Zelta Bumba, Volejturnirs, Rota, Katskilos Saturday July 10 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 $10. For more information, please write NJ Latvian Sports Group "Kursa" reps. Jānis Ģiga home tel. (908) 272-4580 or Aivars Bārs, tel. (862) 812-1067. For directions and lodging visit: www.rotalodge.org, tel. (518) 589-9878.  To see the flyer (a PDF file requiring Adobe Reader) click ->  HERE.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietyFriday, July 16, at 18:30 - Viewing of the film and discussion: "1000 jūdzes Urālu kalnos" ("1000 miles in the Ural mountains", at Priedainē NJ. In "Priedaines" bar there will be a unique opportunity to see the 2008 film about experiences in the expedition "1000 jūdzes Urālu kalnos" ("1000 miles in the Ural mountains"). On this expedition several Latvian celebrities tested their strengths - singer Intars Busulis, actor Gints Gravelis, Latvia TV personality Kaspars Zlidnis and Liepāja theater actor Egons Dombrovskis. Egons Dombrovskis is now visiting the USA and will be present at this event to provide commentary and answer your questions. To read more about the film visit: http://www.iauto.lv/art/14618/0. Admission by donation. Please come with food courses for a potluck dinner. For more information, please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

"Melnais Lacis" Katskilu Nometne Saturday, Jul. 17 at 18:00 - "Melnais Lācis" ("The Black Bear") Social afternoon. Please see below under the heading "New York Latvian Church Camp in the Catskill mountains summer program". All are welcome.

"Melnais Lacis" Katskilu Nometne Saturday, Jul. 17 at 18:00 - "Melnais Lācis" ("The Black Bear") Social afternoon, at the New York Latvian Church Camp in the Catskill mountains. THE EVENT IS OVER. If you came - great! If you missed it - too bad! But please tell us how you liked it or if you have any comments and suggestions then PLEASE CONTINUE COMMENTING on this event on Facebook: Facebook.

Seal of the US Department of StateFriday, July 23 - 70th Anniversary of the Welles declaration, issued July 23, 1940, in which the United States refused to recognize the incorporation of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania into the Soviet Union.
Statement of the US Secretary of State follows:
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State
Washington, DC, July 20, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I join the governments and people of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in marking the seventieth anniversary of the Welles Declaration this July 23, and reaffirm the strong bonds between our countries. Following the Soviet annexation of the three Baltic States in 1940, acting Secretary of State Sumner Welles declared that the United States would not recognize the incorporation of these states into the Soviet Union. More than 50 countries followed the United States in adopting this position. This milestone document supported the Baltic States as independent republics at a critical moment to ensure their international recognition and facilitate the continued operation of their diplomatic missions during 50 years of occupation.

The Welles Declaration is a testament to our longstanding support of the Baltic States and a tribute to each of our countries’ commitment to the ideals of freedom and democracy. As Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania celebrate nearly 20 years of fully restored independence, we honor our Baltic friends as valued NATO allies, strong partners in Europe and on the international stage, and living proof of all that democracy and good governance can achieve.

See the press release issued by the US Department of State: <http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/07/144870.htm>

Citizen's passport of the Republic of LatviaTake advantage of  the opportunity to apply for or renew your Latvian passport right here in the New York area!

See above "For 3 days in July you will be able to apply for or renew your Latvian passport right here in the New York area,  so you can vote in the parliamentary elections in October!" In New York the mobile passport workstations will operate at the following times and locations:
Tuesday July 27 from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00 -
at the Long Island Church Parsonage (next to the church at 35 Beaumont Drive);
Wednesday July 28 from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 -
at the Yonkers Church;
Thursday July 29 from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to19:00 - at the Brooklyn parsonage.

Notice - on Wednesday July 28 and Thursday July 29 the local coordinator Baiba Pinnis will be reachable only via her mobile cell phone: (917) 270-4786. She can confirm only the above information about where and when the mobile passport workstations will be operating in the New York area. She cannot answer questions about consular matters. Those questions should be directed to  the consular section of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC, whose contact information may be found in the section near the top of this page: "For 3 days in July you will be able to apply for or renew your Latvian passport right here in the New York area, 
so you can vote in the parliamentary elections in October!
".

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

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


“ĪKŠĶĪŠU” (" Little thumbs" For children ages 2-6 ) periods:
For children speaking Latvian:
A-week:
from Sunday July 4 to Saturday July10 - Program coordinator: ikskisia@gmail.com
B-week: from Sunday July 11 to Saturday July 17 - Program coordinator: ikskisib@gmail.com
C-week: from Sunday July 18 to Saturday July 24 - Program coordinator: ikskisic@gmail.com
D-week: from Sunday July 25 to Saturday July 31
For children who speak little or no Latvian and need to learn it:
Language week: from Sunday August 1 to Saturday August 7 - Program coordinator: ikskisiv@gmail.com

Regular children's camp "NOMETNE" periods:
I period
: from Sunday July 4 to Saturday July 17 - Lead counselor: nometne@gmail.com
II period: from Sunday July 18 to Saturday July 3 1 - Lead counselor: nometne@gmail.com
Language period: from Sunday August 1 to Saturday August 14 - Lead counselor: valodasperiods@yahoo.com
Seniors period: from Sunday August 8 to Saturday August 14.

"Melnais Lacis" Katskilu Nometne Saturday, Jul. 17 at 18:00 - "Melnais Lācis" ("The Black Bear") Social afternoon, in the tent by the "Atpūtas nams" (Rest house) in Nometnē in the Catskills. This year the program will be a little different: 1) Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served starting at 18:00 following the camp procession to the campers' dinner ball, 2) The campers and counselors ensemble will entertain participants with their presentations, 3) Dinner will be served at 19:30, which will include smoked salmon, Puerto Rican pulled pork, and London broil, all with plentiful garnishes. We will have  Admission $25 which includes hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Beer (Aldaris) and wine are extra. Please support the Latvian church camp "Nometne"! Proceeds benefit the upkeep of the  Latvian church camp "Nometne" property. All are welcome! See this event on Facebook: Facebook.

AUGUST 2010:

Dievs, Tava zeme deg videoSunday Aug. 1 at 10:30 - Church services followed by viewing of a video of the concert by Ave Sol "Dievs, Tava zeme deg" ("God, Your land is burning") at the Long Island Church. All are invited to linger over a cup of coffee and hors d'oeuvres while watching and listening to the Riga chamber choir Ave Sol performing the cantata Dievs, Tava zeme deg (God, Your land is burning). Subtitles in English.

10th Scout & Guide jamboreeIN JONES, MICHIGAN: Saturday, Aug. 14 through Saturday, Aug. 21. - Latvian Girl Guide and Boy Scout 10th big Jamboree Camp Zvaigzņu sega, at Wood Lake Scout Reservation in Jones, MI (located near the Latvian Center Gaŗezers, in Three Rivers, Michigan.) For more information visit: www.10LN.org

3 x 3 (Tris Reiz Tris) KatskilosFrom Sunday August 15 to Saturday August 22 - "3 x 3" Seminar camp, at the Latvian Church camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Lead organizer and contact: Taina Laiviņa tel.(908) 322-2205. For information visit: http://www.3x3katskilos.info. Also, follow this event on Facebook: Facebook.

Aleksandrs AntonenkoMaija KovalevskaElina GarancaAndris Nelsons
Latvia' s opera superstars performing at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2010-2011 season

Sunday August 15 at 12:00 noon - Tickets go on sale for the Met Opera' s 2010-2011 season. Visit: www.metoperafamily.org/metopera and click on "Season & Tickets". The Met Opera' s 2010-2011 season will feature several Latvian performers.
Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko will perform the role of Dmitry in Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. He is scheduled to appear on the following dates: October 11, 15, 18, 23, 25, 30 and in March 9, 12, 17 of 2011.
Latvian soprano Maija Kovaļevska will perform the role of Mimi in Giacomo Puccini' s La Bohème. She is scheduled to appear in the following dates: October 16, 20, 23, 28, November 1, 5.
NOTE: Unfortunately soprano Kristīne Opolais, who was expected to perform the role of Musetta, has cancelled her debut on the Metropolitan stage.
Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča will perform the title role in Georges Bizet's Carmen. She is scheduled to appear in the following dates: November 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 27, 30, December 4.
Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons will be conducting Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. He is scheduled to appear on the following dates: March 11, 15, 18, 21, 26 of 2011.

Aleksandrs Antonenko

Aleksandrs Antonenko

Maija Kovalevska

Maija Kovaļevska

Elina Garanca

Elīna Garanča

Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons

Latvia' s opera superstars performing at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2010-2011 season

Sunday August 15 at 12:00 noon - Tickets go on sale for the Met Opera' s 2010-2011 season. Visit: www.metoperafamily.org/metopera and click on "Season & Tickets". The Met Opera' s 2010-2011 season will feature several Latvian performers.

Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko will perform the role of Dmitry in Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. He is scheduled to appear on the following dates: October 11, 15, 18, 23, 25, 30 and in March 9, 12, 17 of 2011.

Latvian soprano Maija Kovaļevska will perform the role of Mimi in Giacomo Puccini' s La Bohème. She is scheduled to appear in the following dates: October 16, 20, 23, 28, November 1, 5; and January 31; February 3, 7, 10, 17, 22 of 2011.
NOTE: Unfortunately soprano Kristīne Opolais, who was expected to perform the role of Musetta, has cancelled her debut on the Metropolitan stage.

Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča will perform the title role in Georges Bizet's Carmen. She is scheduled to appear in the following dates: November 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 27, 30, December 4.

Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons will be conducting Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. He is scheduled to appear on the following dates: March 11, 15, 18, 21, 26 of 2011.

Baltic Bash - Lakewood NJ Estonian HouseFrom Friday August 27 (after 18:00) until Sunday August 29 - Baltic Bash, at the Lakewood, NJ Estonian House, 4 Cross Street & Veteran's Highway, Jackson, NJ. Come and experience a great time with your fellow Baltics! Activities for the weekend include a volleyball tournament, beer pong tournament, sauna, live musical performances, a Biergarten, and much, much more! Any and all Baltics are welcome! There will be plenty of food, drinks, and spaces for tenting available! For information write: Pia Polikarpus Levensteins. See this event on Facebook: Facebook.

SEPTEMBER 2010:

Friday Sep. 10 - The last day that the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC can accept applications to vote by mail in the Oct. 2 Latvian Parliament (Saeima) elections. This applies only to Latvian citizens who will be unable to appear in person to vote at an election precinct in New York or in any other place to vote. For information visit: www.latvia-usa.org/inpar10ve.html .

Until Wednesday September 15 the Long Island Church Women's committee requests donations of lightly used, tidy and clean children's and adult clothing and footwear to be sent to Latvia as humanitarian assistance. Please bring your donated items to Long Island Church.

Saturday September 11 - Latvian schools resume classes: in Brooklyn - at 10:00 at the Brooklyn parsonage; in Yonkers (the Bronx grade school) - at 09:15 at the Yonkers Church; and in New Jersey - at 09:45 at Christ Church in Short Hills, 66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, NJ. For information visit www.NYDraudze.org under "Skolas".

Viss Notiek lvSaturday September 11, at 12:00 noon (New York time) - Pre-Election political discussion on the internet (in Latvian) "LV politika un ārzemju latvieši" ("Latvia's politics and Latvians abroad"). This live broadcast will take place Saturday Sep. 11 at 12:00 noon (EST or at 19:00 Latvia time) on the web site: www.VissNotiek.lv. The purposes of this discussion is: to motivate Latvians abroad to vote; clarify the positions of the various Latvian political parties on questions of interest to Latvians abroad; including those that directly affect latvians living abroad - dual citizenship, changes in the election system, how the maintain governmental ties with exile Latvians and those who have more recently left Latvia, and on planned support to facilitate the return of Latvians to their country. The discussion is planned to be about 90 minutes long. For detailed information please visit the web site cited above.

Viss Notiek lv

Watch videos of the pre-election political discussions on the internet (in Latvian) "LV politika un ārzemju latvieši" ("Latvia's politics and Latvians abroad") on the web site: www.VissNotiek.lv. There were two discussions, the first on Sep. 4 with Latvians in western Europe and the second on Sep. 11 with Latvians in North America. Leaders of all the parties that have a real chance of getting elected to the parliament in the upcoming elections participated in these discussions. The purpose of these discussion is: to motivate Latvians abroad to vote; clarify the positions of the various Latvian political parties on questions of interest to Latvians abroad; including those that directly affect Latvians living abroad - dual citizenship, changes in the election system, how the maintain governmental ties with exile Latvians and those who have more recently left Latvia, and on planned support to facilitate the return of Latvians to their country. Each of the two discussions was about 90 minutes long and is split into 30 minute segments.
Here are direct links to the first parts of each of the discussions. The pages for the first parts have links to the 2nd and 3rd parts.
Sept. 11. discussion with Latvians living in the USA and Canada -
www.vissnotiek.lv/11-septembra-diskusija-lv-politika-un-arzemju-latviesi-1-dala/.
Sept. 4. discussion with Latvians living in Western Europe -
www.vissnotiek.lv/diskusija-lv-politika-un-arzemju-latviesi/.

Sunday September 12, at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Children's festival, at the Long Island Church. Fun for children: activities, bazaar, lunch, cafe. School children will hold a carwash benefit to support their "Sveika Latvija!" ("Hello Latvia!") trip. All are invited by the New York Latvian congregation Long Island region.

Sunday September 12 at 11:15 - The New York Latvian Concert Choir resumes practices, at the Yonkers Church. Please tell all your friends, relatives, even non-Latvians who may be interested in being part of our New York Latvian choir, that all singers are welcome! Please tell the conductor Andrejs who will come or not: jansonsa@gmail.com, or call tel.: (201) 944-1273.

Welcome to the Baltics: Estonia, Latvia, LithuaniaThursday September 16 at 16:00 - Welcome to the Baltics - Tourism presentations, consultations, reception, at the Estonian House. For more information visit: www estonianamericanchamberofcommerce com.

Spido - ansamblis no IgaunijasFriday September 17 at 19:00 - New York Estonian House season opening event, at the Estonian House. The ensemble "Spido" from Estonia will perform. For more information visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com .

Estonian House season opening eventFriday September 17 at 19:00 - New York Estonian House season opening event, at the Estonian House. The ensemble "Spido" from Estonia will perform. For more information visit: www.estonianhousenewyork.com .

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa"Priedaine - NJ Latvian SocietySaturday, Sep. 18 at 10:00 - Kursa's Cup Games in Volleyball, at Priedainē NJ. Volleyball games with mixed teams. If you are alone (not with a team) don't worry or hesitate to come because the teams will be formed after 9:00 am. Party in the evening. Games will begin no later than 11 am. Next day have fun on the beach on the Jersey Shore at "Jenkinsons". Admission: $25 to play volleyball with lunch and evening party; $15 to play volleyball with lunch (no party); $15 to watch volleyball with lunch and evening party; $10 for the evening party only. Kids admitted free. For more information write Jānis Ģiga, home tel. (908) 272-4580, mobile tel. (908) 931-1228 or Aivars Bārs, tel. (862) 812-1067 or info@njkursa.com. To see the flyer (a PDF file requiring Adobe Reader) click ->  HERE. See this event on Facebook: Facebook.

Monday Sep. 20, at 16:30 - Latvian-American Professor Guntis Šmidchens will lecture at Yale University, Room A001, ISPS, 77 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT. Prof. Šmidchens will present a talk titled "Nonviolent Baltic Cultures and the Almost Nonviolent End of the Soviet Union." Guntis Šmidchens is Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies and Head of Baltic Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. From 2008 to 2010 he served as President of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Friday Sep. 24, at 14:00 - Par ko balsot? (in Latvian "Who to vote for?") Discussions about the Oct. 2 Parliament elections in Latvia, at Priedainē NJ. A  video will be shown of a lecture by political scientist Ivars Ijābs which he presented at the "3x3" Latvian heritage camp in the Catskills this summer. after that program will continue will discussions and sing-along. Admission free. Please bring food for a pot luck dinner. For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org.

Daugavas Vanagi Emblēma

Saturday Sep. 25, at 14:00 - Daugavas Vanagi seasons opening event "Improvizācijas sezona / Politikas mūzika" (in Latvian "The Season of Improvisation / The music of Politics") directed by Ilona Kudiņa, at the DV House. Raffle drawing of paintings. Admission $15, for those under 18 by donation. After the program political discussions may continue at tables set with Latvian style foods by the Vanadzes in the club room downstairs. All are invited.

From Saturday Sep. 25 to Sunday Oct. 31 - Latvian artists will participate in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition Fall Group Art Show "Lineage" at 499 Van Brunt Street in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Zane Treimanis - co-chair and Anna Annus Hagen curator. Participating Latvian artists are: Laila Bibelnieks, Anna Annus Hagen, Gita Treimanis, and Zane Treimanis; - 300 artists in all. Exhibit is open weekends 13:00-18:00. Artist’s reception Sept. 25 from 13:00 -18:00. Free admission with donations  accepted. For more information and directions visit:  www.BWAC.org.

President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia

Sunday, Sep. 26, at 10:00 - Latvia's State President, Dr. Valdis Zatlers, will attend church services and participate in the following St. Michael's Day bazaar at the Yonkers Church. After the church services the President will address attendees of this event. In his remarks he will also touch upon the upcoming parliamentary elections of Oct. 2. To read more about events at the Yonkers church on that Sunday see below.

Sunday, Sep. 26, at 10:00 - Church service followed by St. Michael's Day bazaar at the Yonkers Church. Among the delicious food offerings will be: pork loin, sausages, sauerkraut , fried potatoes, vegetables, pickles, Latvian style bread with butter. Served with coffee will be apple pastries and Alexander cake. There will be a raffle drawing where the prizes will be baskets of various themes: one will be of kitchen items, another will be filled with wines, another with toiletries conveniently sized for your travel bag, another with photo accessories such as frames, another with gardening accessories, and others will consist of multi-functional items. There will also be potted plants - mums. Admission $25, children up to 13 years of age half price $12.50. Children under 5 admitted free. All are invited by the New York Latvian congregation Northern region's Women's committee. For information write: Ilze Buls.

LNOG logo

Sunday, Sep. 26, at 15:00 Latvian National Opera Guild meeting at the Yonkers Church. For information write Aija Pelše or call tel. (516) 319-9491 and visit: www.lnog.org .

OCTOBER 2010:

American Latvian Artists Association

From Friday Oct. 1 until Sunday Oct. 3 - American Latvian Artists' Association (ALMA) annual Gathering, in the Catskills N.Y. Latvian Church Camp Rest Home (Atpūtas Nams). The program of ALMA's annual meeting, or "Saiets", October 1,2 and 3rd in the Catskills promises to be rich in programming and activities. Featured speakers include: Māris Brancis, art critic journalist from Latvia, Andris Vītoliņš, painter and professor form Latvian Art Academy, Riga and Liga Ejups, art historian and director of Garezers gallery. There will be presentations by ALMA members, ART EXHIBITION of participants and gallery walk, new films by Laila Pakalniņš, the traditional HAT party, surprises and merriment.  Reservations and additional information: Dace Marga at  dace.marga@verizon.net  or call tel. (215) 368-2061. Art exhibition (Saturday afternoon and evening) open to public without registration. For more information about ALMA please visit: www.americanlatvianartists.org .

Arvalstu latvieti: Balso!The Parliament Building (Saeimas nams) in Riga, LatviaSaturday, Oct. 2 from 07:00 (am) until 20:00 - Latvian Parliamentary (10. Saeimas) Elections. Please see the paragraph at the beginning of this page "Are you ready for the Latvian parliamentary (10. Saeimas) elections?"

Many citizens of Latvia say they care deeply about Latvia's future but if they don't vote in the parliamentary elections then this is just empty talk.

Arvalstu latvieti: Balso! The Parliament Building (Saeimas nams) in Riga, Latvia

Saturday, Oct. 2, - Latvian Parliamentary (10. Saeimas) Elections.

In New York an election precinct will operate at the Latvian Mission to the United Nations
, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY. All election precincts in Latvia and abroad will operate during the above cited hours (at local times). In the USA 15 precincts will operate. Voters may vote in any precinct upon showing a valid Latvian citizens passport. You do not have to register in advance. For information visit: www.latvia-usa.org/inpar10ve.html.

Do you need a ride to the Latvian UN mission to vote? If the only thing preventing you from voting on Saturday is the need for a ride to the election precinct at the Latvian UN mission we might be able to help you. Some people have offered to take other voters in their cars to the Mission and back. If you need a ride or you can offer a ride please send an e-mail immediately to the web master. We can't guarantee a ride but if we can connect you with someone offering a ride we will try to do so. But please understand that we offer this only to people who can't get to the election precinct any other way.

After voting let's get together at the Estonian House.! On Latvia's parliamentary election day Oct. 2. the Estonian House will open at 16:00 (4 pm). At least some Latvians plan to go there after voting at the Latvian UN mission. This get together is informal - Whoever shows up shows up.

Sunday, Oct. 3 - Harvest Festival church services: at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church; and at 10:30 at the Long Island Church. At Long Island a Harvest Festival celebration will follow in the church social hall. There will be hot Latvian style lunch, coffee, and a raffle drawing. All are welcome. Hosted by the Women's Committee. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 18:30 - Distinguished Latvian soprano Maija Kovaļevska, will sing at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer , 899 Lexington Avenue (at East 66th Street on the Southeast corner), New York, NY . Other opera singers will also perform. Admission free or by donation. Sponsored by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

Saturday Oct. 9, at 16:00 - Baltic Unity Day, at the Lakewood, NJ Estonian House 4 Cross Street, Jackson, NJ. New Jersey's Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian societies will participate. Program: Speeches and greetings; Kristi Roosma - soprano; New Brunswick-Lakewood Latvian Congregation mens ensemble. Hot buffet dinner. Admission $25. Please purchase tickets by Oct. 1. Call Jānis Students tel. (732) 836-9750. For information visit: www.priedaine.com/component/content/article/42/89-sadraudzibas-diena.

Sunday, Oct. 10, at 12:00 - Memorial Service at the Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills, next to the cemetery in Tannersville, NY. For travel directions visit: www.nydraudze.org, click on "Nometne" and page down to near the bottom of the page. Also please visit: www.latvianmemorialpark.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 12:00 - Rasma Kārkliņš, political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and newly elected member of the Latvian parliament, will speak at Princeton University, at 219 Aaron Burr Hall, Princeton, NJ. The title of her lecture is "Legacies of Communist Times and Corruption Containment". Aaron Burr hall is on Nassau Street (Route 27) at the intersection with Washington Road (Route 571) in downtown Princeton. It is across the street on Washington Road from the Firestone Library. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets. Nearby are other parking options. Please visit: http://www.princeton.edu/~piirs/programs/RES/

Rudolfa Mantojums by Janis Streics Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Friday Oct. 15 at 14:00 and at 19:00- Viewing of the film Rudolfa Mantojums at Priedainē NJ. If you have not seen this film by Jānis Streics, or want to see it again then do so at Priedaine. There will be two showings: one at 2 pm and again at 7 pm. Bring snacks if you like. Admission by donation starting at $5, which will be sent to the film's authors. For information visit: www.priedaine.com/component/content/article/42/92-rudolfa-mantojums.

Rudens Svetki 2010

From Friday Oct. 15 till Saturday Oct. 16 - Fall Festival at Rota in the Catskills. Sports, beer tasting, party in the evening in the Zelta Auns bar. Music by the ensemble The Lugers. Info about Rota available at www.rotalodge.org . To reserve rooms at Rota call (518) 589-9878. For more information write Juris Bļodnieks. See this event on Facebook: Facebook.

Daugavas Vanagi Emblēma

CANCELLED: Saturday, Oct. 16, from 12:00 to 16:00 - Flea market, at the DV House. If you have items to donate for the flea market please bring them to the DV house a few days before. For more information write: Marija Maher. NOTICE: THE FLEA MARKET WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2011.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Sunday, Oct. 17, at 13:00 - Daugavas Vanagi chapter of New Jersey event, at Priedainē NJ. Program will honor former soldiers and include a concert. A hot lunch will be served. Admission by donation. For more information, please visit www.priedaine.org.

Sunday, Oct. 17 at 15:00 - Harvest Festival church service in Jamaica, Queens, at First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY.

Sunday, Oct. 24 at 14:30 - Harvest Festival church service in New Jersey, at St. Mark's Church, 100 Harter Road, Morristown, NJ.

A concert by Laila Saliņš and a lunch prepared by the Women's committee will follow.
Baltoween 2010 ensemble Meie Mees

Friday Oct. 29 at 20:00 - Baltoween Baltic Halloween at the Estonian House. Put on your Halloween outfit and come to out Baltoween party. The ensemble "Meie Mees" from Estonia will be performing. ("Meie Mees" means "Our Man" in Estonian.) DJ Kristi will select and play music. For information visit: www.EstonianHouseNewYork.com.

Maija Kovalevska

Sunday, Oct. 31, at 10:00 - Church services (in Latvian) during which distinguished Latvian soprano Maija Kovaļevska will sing: at the Yonkers Church. Metropolitan opera star Maija Kovaļevska is performing the role of Mimi in La Boheme 13 times this season (see above). This will not be a separate concert, she will sing several solos as part of the services.

NOVEMBER 2010:

Saturday, Nov. 6, from 09:00 to 15:00 - Flea market, at the Yonkers Church. Please donate your used (but usable) items. Come help with the set up and to man the tables. Proceeds will benefit the Bronx Latvian school (which meets in Yonkers) and the New York Latvian Concert Choir. 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.

Latvian folk dance group "Jumis" - presents A Celebration of Latvian Dance and Culture

Saturday Nov. 6 at 15:00 - The Latvian folk dance group Jumis presents "A Celebration of Latvian Dance and Culture", at the Estonian House. The NY-based group Jumis unites Latvian folk dance enthusiasts from the metropolitan area to preserve Latvian culture through dance by performing for the local Latvian community, representing Latvia to a greater American public, and dancing for our own individual enjoyment. Founded in the Fall of 2003 in New York City, we are comprised of Latvians, Latvian-Americans and their spouses. Jumis has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, including the New York Times Travel Show in New York City, as well as Latvian song and folk festivals in Indianapolis IN, Ventura CA, Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, with plans to go to Milwaukee WI. www.jumis.org. Tickets: $25 day of/ $20 advance reservation: E-mail tickets@jumis.org.

Latvian folk dance group "Jumis" - presents A Celebration of Latvian Dance and Culture

Saturday Nov. 6 at 15:00 - The Latvian folk dance group Jumis presents "A Celebration of Latvian Dance and Culture", at the Estonian House. The NY-based group Jumis unites Latvian folk dance enthusiasts from the metropolitan area to preserve Latvian culture through dance by performing for the local Latvian community, representing Latvia to a greater American public, and dancing for our own individual enjoyment. Founded in the Fall of 2003 in New York City, we are comprised of Latvians, Latvian-Americans and their spouses. Jumis has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, including the New York Times Travel Show in New York City, as well as Latvian song and folk festivals in Indianapolis IN, Ventura CA, Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, with plans to go to Milwaukee WI. www.jumis.org. Tickets: $15 day of/ $10 advance reservation: E-mail tickets@jumis.org.

EVENT CANCELLED: Regrettably, The Latvian folk dance group Jumis "Celebration of Latvian Dance and Culture" planned for Saturday Nov. 6 at 15:00 at the Estonian House has been cancelled due to lack of response in advance ticket sales. www.jumis.org.

The new camp mess hall (Ēdsamzāle)

Sunday Nov. 7 at 10:30 - Blessing of the foundation of the new mess hall (Ēdamzāle) at the Latvian Church camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. All, especially former campers are invited to come. A time capsule will be placed in the foundation. If you wish to send in a postcard to be placed in the time capsule please do so by Nov. 1. Mail it to "Edamzāle", Latvian Lutheran Church Camp, Elka Park, NY 12427. If you have other suggestions for items to be placed in the time capsule, please write to Roberts Laiviņš, e-mail: robthbruce@aol.com or call: (908) 322-2043. And remeber your donations are still very much needed. Please visit: www.NYDraudze.org and www Nometne org. On these websites you can read up on the the plans, project statuss and information about how to donate electronicly to the new Nometnes Ēdamzāle now being built.

Koris Bruklenite Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Sunday, Nov. 7, at 14:00 - Lāčplēsis Day commemoration, at the DV House. Program will feature Dagmāra Vallens speaking (in Latvian) about the history of Lāčplēsis Day and a concert by the Brooklyn Latvian School choir Brūklenīte. Admission $15. All are invited. After the program a "Vanadzes" provided buffet and refreshments from the bar will be available in the club room downstairs. Please note that this year this event will take place on Sunday, not Saturday as in previous years. Visit the choir Brūklenīte web page: www CentreLV com/bruklenite.aspx.

Saturday, Nov. 13 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. For information about the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. NOTE: This church service was earlier announced with a different date, Nov. 6 and with an incorrect address on Water Street. For a time this incorrect information also appeared on the website www.NYDraudzes.org in the October Baznīcas Ziņās.

Distinguished Latvian artists performing at
the Lincoln Center
White Light festival

Also of interest:
Sunday Nov. 7
at 17:00  The Tallis Scholars (from the United Kingdom) sing works by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt at Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater. The music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt resonates deeply within, touching an often-neglected human need with its mystical minimalism. The Tallis Scholars, among the most celebrated choirs in the world, bring Pärt’s otherwordly hymns to Alice Tully Hall, exploring his setting of the Magnificat, Mary’s joyous prayer, alongside other songs of praise. This evening also includes Allegri’s soaring Miserere and haunting, centuries-old masterworks by Palestrina, Byrd, Tallis, and Praetorius. For full program, tickets and other info visit: http://new.lincolncenter.org/live/index.php/white-light-2010-tallis-scholars. Kremerata Baltica website: www.kremerata-baltica.com.

Thursday Nov. 11 at 19:30 - Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica at Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater. The incomparable Gidon Kremer and his intrepid Baltic ensemble return to Lincoln Center with their own arrangement of Beethoven’s monumentally imaginative String Quartet Op.131, which the great music scholar Joseph de Marliave called “the direct expression of Beethoven’s most intimate spirit, the channel of inspiration flowing from another sphere.” The evening also features the New York premieres of works by young Russian composer Lera Auerbach and Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, the latter who wrote Silent Prayer in celebration of Kremer’s 60th birthday. For full program, tickets and other info visit: http://new.lincolncenter.org/live/index.php/white-light-2010-kremerate-baltica. Website of Kremerata Baltica: www.kremerata-baltica.com.

Friday Nov. 12 at 22:30 - The Latvian National Choir at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Tõnu Kaljuste of Estonia conducts the choir. In its U.S. debut, the Latvian National Choir performs an eclectic a cappella program featuring Swiss composer Frank Martin’s remarkable Mass and the Estonian Veljo Tormis’ shamanistic Curse upon Iron. For full program, tickets and other info visit: http://new.lincolncenter.org/live/index.php/white-light-2010-latvian-national-choir-late-night. Website of the Latvian National Choir: www.koris.lv. The gifted young Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds will be singing in the choir; on his website www.eriksesenvalds.com you can also hear clips of this astounding choir, which the composer R. Schedrin has called the best in the world today.

Saturday Nov. 13 at 19:30 - The Latvian National Choir at Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater. Tõnu Kaljuste of Estonia conducts the choir. The music of Bach transcends time, resonating as deeply now as it did 300 years ago; Arvo Pärt’s music is new, but feels as if it has always existed. These two acclaimed composers are joined in a timeless program featuring the Latvian National Choir, the paragon of the Baltic region’s renowned choral tradition. For full program, tickets and other info visit: http://new.lincolncenter.org/live/index.php/white-light-2010-latvian-national-choir-late-night. Website of the Latvian National Choir: www.koris.lv. The gifted young Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds will be singing in the choir; on his website www.eriksesenvalds.com you can also hear clips of this astounding choir, which the composer R. Schedrin has called the best in the world today.

Monday Nov. 15 at 19:30 - The Latvian National Choir, together with other choirs, will perform "Credo" at the Church of St. John the Apostle, Columbus Avenue at 60th Street. This exclusive event showcases a unique transatlantic collaboration between seemingly disparate artists joined by an impulse towards a captivating, majestic calm. Composer and keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson of the Icelandic post-rock group Sigur Rós joins forces with some of Europe’s most celebrated choristers for three of his new works, one of which features text by Canadian poet Anne Carson. The evening also comprises works from Riceboy Sleeps, the celebrated ambient creation of Jón Þor “Jónsi” Birgisson, the incandescent voice of Sigur Rós, and his partner, Alex Somers, under the baton of Jeffrey Milarsky. For full program, tickets and other info visit: http://new.lincolncenter.org/live/index.php/white-light-2010-credo.

Latvia's national flag

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

Latvia's President Valdis Zatlers VIDEO: President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia sends greetings to Latvians everywhere in the world on the 92nd anniversary of Latvia's independence (in Latvian)- http://www.youtube.com/user/presidentlv?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/rDPFW9Htkoc.
Read the text of the President's greeting (in Latvian) at http://president.lv/pk/content/?cat_id=605&art_id=16365

Seal of the US Department of State Read the remarks by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Latvia's National Day November 18- http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/11/151027.htm.

Ingrīda Mieme

Ingrīda Mieme

Rasma Lielmane

Rasma Lielmane

Arianna Goldiņa

Arianna Goldiņa

Saturday, Nov. 20, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the Yonkers Church.

Program will feature an address by Ingrīda Mieme, educator and summer camp counselor (in Latvian)
and a concert by violinist Rasma Lielmane accompanied by pianist Arianna Goldiņa.
A social afternoon will follow the program in the church's social hall, downstairs, with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

Admission is $30 at the door but until November 11 tickets may be ordered for $25 (or benefactor tickets at $75 - see below). Free admission for children up to 12 years of age and for Latvian school pupils. To order tickets send a stamped, self-addressed envelope, with payment - make checks payable to
"Council of American Latvian Orgs. of N.Y., Inc."
to Imants Kalninš
42 Hackensack Street
Wood Ridge, NJ 07075.

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! Not only will you have preferred seating and not only will your name be printed in the program. Your donation will allow the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York (CALNY) to continue sponsoring Latvian theater performances, concerts and other cultural events for the Greater New York latvian community. These events benefit not only audiences locally but they provide opportunities for artists from Latvia to perform abroad and broaden their perspectives. Travel expenses and other costs cannot always be covered from admission fees. The CALNY also donates to cultural, educational and youth projects outside the New York area and even in Latvia. Therefore please consider becoming a Benefactor. Your $75 donation to the Latvian Independence Day event will support Latvian culture, education and youth - and our local community - all year!

ALYA logo

From Wednesday, Nov. 24 until Sunday, Nov. 24 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, please visit:: www 58aljakongress com and www.alja.org . There is a reduced participation fee if you register by the end of October!

DECEMBER 2010:

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday,December 4, 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 bar will be serving Latvian beer - Aldaris in several varieties. Enjoy some Christmas punch and try your luck in the lottery drawings. The lunch will have many Latvian style goodies on the menu, such as sausages, sauerkraut, blood sausage, cranberry relish and more. All are invited. Stay a while, the bar will stay open for some time after 5PM. For more information contact: Marīja Maher

Sunday, Dec. 5 at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Christmas market, at the Long Island Church. Enjoy a Latvian style lunch. Latvian food will be offered for sale including piparkūkas, rudzu maizi, dzeltenmaizi, pīrādziņus, putraimu desas, pelēkos zirņus, gotiņas and other delicacies. There will also be books and handicrafts for sale and a raffle drawing. All are invited. For more information write Ilze Beinikis.

Sunday, Dec. 5, at 15:00 - Church service followed by the annual meeting of the Jamaica, Queens district (Džamaikas novads) of the Latvian. Ev. Luth Church of NY, at the First United Methodist Church, 162-10 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY. Everyone interested in learning more about the work of the church's Jamaica, Queens district committee and the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of NY is welcome to attend. See www.nydraudze.org.

Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10:00 - Advent concert at the Yonkers Church. Program: "Adagio stīgām" by Vilnis Salaks; "Ziemassvētku kantāte" by Valts Pūce; and "Ziemassvētku mistērija" by Aldonis Kalniņš. Performers: soloists Laila Liepiņa, Sarma Dindzāne Van Sant, Aira Ruda and Laura Padega Zamura; the New York Latvian Concert Choir, the Bronx Chamber orchestra, & conductor Andrejs Jansons. Admission $25 which includes the brunch which will follow the concert, children up to 12 admitted free. You will also be able to purchase gifts at the Womens commitee book stand, the "Sveika Latvija!" table and the NY Latvian Concert Choir CD table, as well as Dzintras Alversonas greeting cards. For information call (973) 831-6987 or (773) 551-5265.

Sunday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 - Church service followed by the Long Island Latvian grade school "Eglīte" ("Christmas Tree" celebration), at the Long Island Church.

Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 19:00 - The Art of Giving Project Holiday Season Celebration & Reception at 30 West 21st Street, New York, NY. The Art Of Giving Project is dedicated to improving the living conditions of orphans and in ensuring the development of children and young people with special needs from the Republic of Latvia. At this Holiday Season event, 100 art works will be featured and available for sale from these talented children! The event will feature a special silent auction where guests will be able to purchase beautiful artwork created by the orphans and young people with special needs from the Republic of Latvia. RSVP to anja711@hotmail.com. Please visit www.TheArtOfGivingProject.com

Saturday, Dec. 18,  at 11:00 - The New Jersey Latvian school's "Eglīte" ("Christmas Tree" celebration), at the St. John's Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ. After Church services school pupils will perform a play "Ķekatas nāk" by Anna Brigadere. All are invited but if you are comming please make reservations by e-mailing parzines@njskola.org.

Saturday, Dec. 18, at 13:00 - The Brooklyn Latvian School's "Eglīte" ("Christmas tree" celebration), at the Brooklyn Parsonage. All are invited. For more information visit www CentreLV Com/Ziemassvetki2009.aspx
This may be the last event to take place at the Parsonage as it is in the process of being sold. A ģood-bye tour of the parsonage will take place as part of this event.

Sunday, Dec. 19, at 10:00 - Church services followed by The Bronx Latvian school's "Eglīte" ("Christmas Tree" celebration) at the Yonkers Church.

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

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

2 x 2 Seminar, Malibu, CA

IN MALIBU, CA: From Sunday Dec. 26 to Friday Dec. 31 - Latvian Youth Seminar "2 x 2" (in Latvian "DivReizDivi"). For information visit: www.2x2malibu.org .

Jānis Paukštello Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Friday, Dec 31, at 20:00 - New Year's Eve Ball at Priedaine NJ. Entertainment by singing actor Jānis Paukštello from Latvia. Accordionist William Aust will play dance music. Admission $50 per person, which includes appetizers, a hot buffet, champagne, dance music, and the decorations. To make reservations please send a $25 per person deposit by Dec. 25th payable The NJ Latvian Society, 1017 State Road 33, Freehold, NJ 07728. Please write "Jauna gada balle" in the memo field. For more information call (732) 610-8227 or please visit Priedaine's web site www.priedaine.org .

End of community events listing

(Year 2010 archived)
Appeals, notices and news

The Parsonage in Brooklyn

Books available from the Brooklyn Parsonage Libarary.

The Brooklyn Parish House of the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Congregation of New York is in the process of being sold, and the contents of the LIBRARY is being dispersed. If you are interested in obtaining Latvian books, which may be in that collection, please contact Gunta Semba (914-762-7379), or Mara Ziedins (marasziedins@yahoo.com) before Dec. 9, 2010 for an opportunity to pick them up in Yonkers on Nov. 20, (at the Latvian Independence Day event), or  on Dec. 12, (at the Advent Concert). It may be possible to arrange alternate dates for Yonkers, Brooklyn, or at the church on Long Island.

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

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

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

Church hymnal: Paceliet balsis! Slavējiet

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

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

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

An invitation to help Mārcis Braunfelds and his family.

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

Provisional results at the 1009th precinct at the Latvian UN Mission in New York
List Name Votes
#2 Vienotība 238
#3 "Ražots Latvijā" 1
#4 "Saskaņas centrs" 16
#6 Zaļo un Zemnieku savienība 11
#8 "Par Labu Latviju" 16
#11 "Pēdējā partija" 4
#12 "Visu Latvijai!"- "Tēvzemei un Brīvībai / LNNK" 48
Total   334
The election precinct at the Latvian UN Mission in New York Election precinct #1009 at the Mission of Latvia to the UN in New York

Provisional results of the 10. Saeimas (Latvian parliamentary) elections

The 10th Saeimas (Latvian parliamentary) elections took place on Saturday October 2 and again there was an election precinct set up in the Mission of Latvian to the United Nations in Manhattan, 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY.

To find the election results for precincts abroad (i.e. outside of Latvia) first go the Central Elections Commission's (whose initials in Latvian are "CVK") 2010 election results page www.velesanas2010.cvk.lv. Then in the column on the left side click on the down arrow next to "Rīga (222/222)". (The first number is how many precints have results posted / the second is the total number of precincts in the Rīga electoral district). After clicking the down arrow the entry for Rīga will expand. Then click on "Ārzemes" ("Abroad"). A new page will appear with a table listing the totals received from all 64 election precincts abroad. Below the table are green boxes with precinct id numbers. If you hover over each box with your mouse pointer the location of the precinct is displayed. For example New York's precinct number is 1009. If you hover over it the words "Amerikas Savienotās Valstīs (Ņujorka)" ("United States of America (New York)") will appear. If you click on one of the green boxes, a new page will open with the results for that precinct. As of this writing three of the boxes appear in white, those for Seattle, WA, Cleveland, OH and Christchurch, New Zealand, because their results are not yet posted.

As you can see in the table (to the left, on the page you are now looking at), in New York 334 votes were cast, which is 50% more than in the 9th Saeimas elections in 2006. when 222 votes were received in this precinct. The number of votes cast in person in New York was the largest number received by any of the 15 election precincts in the USA, though it should be noted that the total number of votes received at the Latvian Embassy in Washington DC - 495 - is larger because in addition to the 187 from those who voted in person, there were 308 received by mail.

From the CVK's website we can see that 2522 votes were received in the USA, which were cast in the following precincts:
(Precinct #) - (Location) - (Total votes cast in precinct)
1001 - Washington DC - 495 (in person 187 + by mail 308);
1009 - New York NY - 334;
1002 - Chicago IL - 297;
1003 - Los Angeles CA - 191
1007 - Minneapolis MN - 166;
1065 - San Francisco CA - 163;
1008 - Boston MA - 150;
1004 - Seattle WA - 148;
1005 - Cleveland OH - 112;
1066 - Philadelphija PA - 110;
1068 - Grand Rapids MI - 104;
1067 - Milwaukee WI - 82;
1006 - St Petersburg FL - 70;
1054 - Indianapolis IN - 55
1064 - Detroit MI - 54.

Elsewhere in the world the following precincts collected vote totals similar to or greater than in New York:
(Precinct #) - (Location) - (Total votes cast in precinct)
1033 - London, England, UK - 1558
1052 - Dublin, Ireland - 817
1028 - Toronto, Canada - 773
1050 - Stockholm, Sweden - 643
1017 - Brussels, Belgium - 578
1048 - Berlin, Germany - 494
1039 - Oslo, Norway - 433
1035 - Straumēni, England, UK - 346
1034 - Bradford, England, UK - 332
1029 - Moscow, Russia - 312
1038 - The Hague, Netherlands - 307.

In Canada, in addition to Toronto, which is mentioned above, there were two other precincts
(Precinct #) - (Location) - (Total votes cast in precinct)
1027 - Ottawa - 158
1073 - Montreal - 58.

The smallest number of votes collected in any precinct was in 1071 - Santiago, Chile where three (3) votes were cast.

In this election a total of 944,825 valid votes were received of which 12,778 were cast abroad.

At a press conference on Sunday Oct. 3 the CVK affirmed the following distribution of the 100 seats in the 10th Saeima:
33 - Vienotība
29 - "Saskaņas centrs"
22 - Zaļo un Zemnieku savienība
  8 - "Par Labu Latviju"
  8 - "Visu Latvijai!" - "Tēvzemei un Brīvībai / LNNK".
News souces in Latvia have commented that this will be the least fragmented Saeima in Latvia's history.

It is interesting to note that if the distribution of seats would have been decided by counting the votes in the USA alone the makeup of  the Saeima would be quite different - at least 79 seats for Vienotība and at least 14 for Visu Latvijai - TB/LNNK. As none of the other parties would have met the 5% threshhold, the remaining 7 seats would be split between these two parties. The results for Canada and for Australia & New Zealand were very similar to those in the USA. If only the votes in Europe (outside of Latvia) were considered, then the distribution would be at least 49 seats for Vienotība, 19 for Saskaņa, 10 for Zaļo un Zemnieku sav., 6 for Par Labu Latviju, and 12 for Visu Latvijai - TB/LNNK, with the remaining 4 seats divied up between these parties.

You can read a notice about the Latvian elections process in the USA on the Embassy of Latvia in Washington DC website: www.latvia-usa.org .

To see more information about the elections, relevant laws, candidate lists and voting results visit the Latvian government's Central Election Commission websites: www.cvk.lv and www.velesanas2010.cvk.lv.

Read an article about election results outside of Latvia on LatvianOnline.com - www.latviansonline.com/news/article/7040/.

See the election results for outside of Latvia in tabular form

www.NYLatvian.org/Saeimas_2010.htm.
Latvian President Zatlers at the Yonkers Church

President Zatlers meets New York Latvians at the Yonkers Church

On Sunday Sept. 26 President Dr. Valdis Zatlers of Latvia visited the Yonkers Church. While there he attended church services, addressed the participants and enjoyed the buffet at the following St. Michael's Day bazaar.
To see a photo gallery of the event visit: www.president.lv/pk/content/?cat_id=601&type=image&id=1423&lng=en.
To see a video of the President's remarks (in Latvian) see: www.youtube.com/user/presidentlv#p/a/u/0/oUl2M-FDrXA.

Latvian President Zatlers addressing the UN General Assembly

President Zatlers at the United Nations General Assembly in New York

On Friday Sept. 24 President Dr. Valdis Zatlers of Latvia addressed the United Nations General Assembly at the opening of its annual session. To see a photo gallery of the event visit: www.president.lv/pk/content/?cat_id=601&type=image&id=1422&lng=en.
To see a video of the President's remarks (in English) see: www.youtube.com/user/presidentlv?feature=mhum#p/u/0/ka6zIYleFAo.
To read his speech in English see: president.lv/pk/content/?cat_id=605&art_id=16121.
To read his speech in Latvian see: president.lv/pk/content/?art_id=16120.

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

Support common Baltic interests!

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

The Victims of Communism memorial in Washington DC.

Please visit: www.victimsofcommunism.org

Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC)

Joint Baltic-American National Committee (JBANC) - Action alert

Urge Your U.S. Representative to Co-Sponsor H.Con.Res.267 - Recognizing the Baltic Countries

Sep 17, 2010

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- More co-sponsors are needed over the coming days to pass a United States House of Representatives resolution recognizing and supporting the Baltic countries. The U.S. Congress is scheduled to soon adjourn for coming fall elections, so calls to urge its passage are essential.

On April 26, 2010 Representative John Shimkus introduced H.Con.Res.267. This legislation congratulates Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 20th anniversary of the end of their illegal incorporation by the Soviet Union and on the regaining of their independence.

In addition, H.Con.Res.267 calls on the President to continue to build the close and mutually beneficial relations the U.S. has enjoyed with the Baltic nations since the restoration of their independence.

Reasons to support the legislation:
* It commemorates the bravery and spirit of those who fought tirelessly to secure Baltic independence from Soviet occupation;
* It celebrates the remarkable political and economic advances made by the Baltic nations throughout the past two decades;
* It ensures the continued existence of strong transatlantic ties between the United States and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

As of today, the legislation has twelve co-sponsors (listed below). Please urge your Representative to become a co-sponsor of this resolution and to demonstrate their support for Baltic freedom and independence. Also, if they have not joined, ask them to consider joining the House Baltic Caucus.

• Congressional contact information: http://congress.org
• House Baltic Caucus member information: http://housebalticcaucus.webs.com
• Capitol switchboard, for the telephone number of your Member of Congress at: (202) 224-3121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (202) 224-3121      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
• JBANC: http://jbanc.org ; Twitter@JBANCchatter.com and on Facebook.

Current co-sponsors of H. Con. Res. 267: (House Baltic Caucus members marked by an “*”):
Shelley Berkley* (NV), Gerry Connolly* (VA), Lincoln Diaz-Balart* (FL), Alcee Hastings (FL), Tim Holden* (PA), Dennis Kucinich* (OH), Daniel Lipinski* (IL), Thaddeus McCotter* (MI), Erik Paulsen (MN), Aaron Schock (IL), John Tanner (TN), C.W. “Bill” Young (FL). Rep. John Shimkus* (IL) is the primary sponsor.

If your Member of Congress has signed on, consider writing a thank-you note to them. Feel free to contact JBANC to let us know how your Member of Congress responded. Thank you!


JBANC represents the Estonian American National Council, Inc., the American Latvian Association, Inc. and the Lithuanian American Council, Inc.

The Soviet Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Parsonage in Brooklyn

The Parsonage in Brooklyn is up for sale

In February of 2009 The Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of New York at its annual meeting voted to authorize the church's governing board to put its Parsonage, located in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, up for sale. It is now being offered by the real estate brokerage firm of Brown Harris Stevens. You can view the advertisement at: www.brownharrisstevens.com/detail.aspx?id=1115752, where you will find several beautiful photos and an enticing description of the building.

Still more photos, a description and travel directions may be found at: www.nylatvian.org/ebrookln.htm

In the Long Island parsonage - Dace Kupče and Evija Klauze In the Long Island parsonage Dace Kupče (at the table) and Evija Klauze setting up the workstation. Photo: Sigita Puriņa. In the Long Island parsonage - Evija Klauze and Vilmārs Beiniķis In the Long Island parsonage Evija Klauze (behind the table) and Vilmārs Beiniķis setting up the workstation. Photo: Dace Kupče. After the end of the workday in Yonkers At the Yonkers church after a successful day. From the left: Sigita Puriņa, Evija Klauze, Baiba Pinnis Vija Valdmane, Marģers Pinnis and Dace Kupče. Photo: Anita Valdmane. In Brooklyn before opening In Brooklyn before starting work Marģers trying to resolve @#?*%!!! internet connection issues. Photo: Dace Kupče.

In New York a record number of Latvian citizens made use of the Mobile Latvian Passport Workstation!   Thanks to all participants!

At the end of July the Mobile Latvian passport workstation visited the New York area for three days. During that time Latvian citizens submitted the documents and biometric data that is now required for the issuance of new passports. The workstation operated: on July 27 - at the Long Island Church where 35 applicants were processed; on July 28 - at the Yonkers Church, where 76 applicants were processed; and on July 29 - at the Brooklyn parsonage, where 64 applicants were processed. These numbers established a few records. First, New York was the only Latvian center in the USA where the mobile passport workstation operated in a new location each day for three days in a row. This initiative, which made the workstation more accessible to the maximum number of Latvian citizens in the New York area, was highly regarded by Embassy of Latvia personnel. Second, the number of applications processed in Yonkers - 76, was the largest number received by the workstation in a single day anywhere in the USA. And third, the total number of applications received from all three locations in the New York area - 175, was the highest of any Latvian center where the workstation operated in the USA! Chicago took second place with 173 applications. New York achieved these records in spite of some technical difficulties in Long Island and Brooklyn, which delayed and at times disrupted the workstation's internet connection with the data base in Riga. These difficulties meant that a number of applicants had to wait for several hours until the problems were resolved. But as far as we know no passport applicant gave up on the process and all who came to make use of the workstation were eventually able to submit the documents and biometric data to process their passport applications. The workstation personnel and the local organizers sincerely thank all applicants for their extraordinary patience and understanding. In the seven cities in the USA where the workstation operated, a total of 709 applicants were served 

Thee seven city Mobile Passport Workstation tour in the USA was made possible through the close cooperation of the American Latvian Association (ALA - www.alausa.org), The Embassy of Latvia in the USA ( www.latvia-usa.org ), the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Latvian Interior Ministry's Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, the Latvian Parliament's (Saeima) Foreign Affairs Committee and the local Latvian community organizations in each city.

In New York this project was coordinated by the Council of American Latvian Organizations of New York (CALONY or in Latvian the "ŅLOP"). CALONY president Baiba Pinnis sincerely thanks the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York for allowing the workstation to set up and operate in three of its properties. The CALONY also thanks all in the New York area who helped make this project a great success. First of all thanks go to three ladies who operated the mobile passport workstation and accepted applications: Evija Klauze from the Consular Department of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dace Kupče from the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs of the Latvian Ministry of the Interior; and Sigita Puriņa from the Embassy of Latvia to the USA in Washington, DC. They all worked in an exemplary fashion from early morning to late evening. Thanks also go to all who helped: disseminating information, providing transport for the personnel, lending technical equipment, preparing and serving breakfast and lunch, setting up tables chairs and the screen, surmounting technical difficulties, and helping out in other ways when and where needed. In this regard the CALONY thanks: Ivars Bērziņš, Ilze & Vilmārs Beiniķis, Māris Jurēvics, Anna & Andrejs Lazda, Andris Padegs, Jānis Reikmanis, Jānis M. Riekstiņš, Ineta Roze, Nora & pastor Laris Saliņš, Vera Siliņa, Vija Valdmane, Ilona Vilciņa from www.LatvianUSA.com, Māra Vilciņa, and Māra & Gunārs Ziediņš.

Read more about this project on the Embassy of Latvia site: www.latvia-usa.org article: Noslēdzies mobilo pasu darbstaciju projekts, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs site: www.am.gov.lv article: Ārlietu ministrija atzinīgi vērtē Latvijas pilsoņu atsaucību jaunu pasu saņemšanā , and on www.LatviansOnline.com article In U.S., mobile passport effort sees more than 700 applications.

Author of the above article - Marģers Pinnis.

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