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  Sep 27-28   15th Polish Festival in Portland
  Sep 27   Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
  Miss Polonia 2008 in White Rock, BC
  Sep 23   Frank Wilczek talks  at the Town Hall in Seattle
  Till Sep 21   Anna Skibska exhibition at the Bellevue Art Gallery
  Sep 21   Katyn Memorial ribbon cutting at the Polish Parish in Seattle
  Sep 20   Cabaret To i Owo at the Polish Home
  Sep 18-22   Seattle International Piano Festival at Benaroya & Sherman Clay
  Sep 18   SIPC lecture on Polonaises and Mazurkas at Sherman Clay
  Gen. Hermaszewski talks at UW Simpson Center
  Sep 17   Meeting with St. Michalkiewicz at the Polish Parish
  Sep 13 & 15   First day of school at the Polish School in Seattle
  Sep 13   Latin Party with Mariachi at the Polish Home
  Sep 12-14   Polish Harvest Festival (Dozynki) in Vancouver, BC
  Sep 10   First day of school at the Polish School in Bellevue
  Sep 6-7   Polish consul processes passport applications in Seattle
  Sep 5   Polish consul processes passport applications in Portland
  Polish Home opens for business after summer
  Sep 3   Back to school at the Polish School in Bellevue
  September   Polish Home Expansion construction in progress

Polish Festival in OR

 

Gen. Hermaszewski

 

Polonaises and Mazurkas

Sep 27-28: 15th Polish Festival in Portland

If you haven't seen it - go for it! It's the biggest and the best Polish Festival in the western United States. This year the Festival features three exhibitions, a live demonstration of a Polish Winged Hussar plus two full days of performances by the best Polish folk groups from the west coast US and Canada as well as an Estonian and Croatian group, variety of merchandize and tons of pierogi, other Polish food as well as Polish beer. There are also polka contests on both days and dancing on the Saturday evening.

Where: St. Stanislaus Church & Polish Hall & Library, at an equivalent of a city block at 3900 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, OR; admission & entertainment free

More: Festival Program, Marek Stepien 503-810-6926,

Sep 27, from 6 pm: Miss Polonia 2008 in Vancouver

Miss Polonia election in Vancouver is a popular local event that includes cocktails from 6 pm, an elegant dinner at 7 pm, Miss Polonia 2008 elections from 8:30 till 10:30 pm and then a disco dance till 4 am. Organized by Bozena Lukomska-Khan and the Polonez Tri-City Polish Association from Port Coquitlam, BC.

 

Where: at Hotel Pacific Inn, 1160 King George Highway, White Rock, BC (right behind the border); reservations (604) 805-9888 Iwona Maliszewska

Sep 27, 10 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Obywatelka by Manuela Gretkowska published by Wyd. Swiat Ksiazki (Bartelsman) in 2008. The book is a diary of the writer going politician and establishing a feminist party before the 2007 election in Poland. The book can be bought on the Internet or borrowed from Club members. Club meetings are in Polish.

 

Where: at the Green Lake Public Library in Seattle; admission free

More: about the book and the party (in Polish), Manuala Gretkowska Polish Book Club

Sep 23, 7:30 pm: Prof. Frank Wilczek talks at the Seattle Town Hall

Frank Wilczek

Dr. Frank Wilczek is a Professor of Physics at MIT Center of Theoretical Physics and the Nobel Prize winner in physics in 2004. At his lecture at the Town Hall he will discuss his last book The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether and the Unification of Forces.
 

Where: at the Town Hall in Seattle; tickets $5
More: Lecture at the Town Hall, Frank Wilczek site,

Till Sep 21: Anna Skibska exhibition at the Bellevue Art Museum

Anna Skibska is an internationally acclaimed artist working primarily in glass. Ms. Skibska is a graduate of the Arts Academy in Wroclaw, Poland and a Seattle resident. Her exhibition Follow the Line: The Path to Form runs till September 21, 2008. Also: see a note about an artist studio tour.

 

Where: at the Bellevue Art Gallery;

More: Skibska at BAG, Skibska and her art, Anna Skibska site

Sep 21, 1:15 pm: Katyn Memorial ribbon cutting at the Polish Parish in Seattle

Katyn Memorial has been erected at the Polish Parish in Seattle through efforts of local Polish community to commemorate over 20,000 Polish POW officers murdered by the Soviet authorities in 1940. The Grand Opening program at the Polish Church includes:

  12 noon - Mass at the Church,   1:15 pm - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 2 pm - Dinner.

 

Where: St. Margaretís Catholic Church, admission free; dinner by invitation only

More: tel. to the Parish (206) 282 1804

Sep 20, 7:30 pm: Polish Cabaret To i Owo at the Polish Home

The Polish Home cabaret troupe To i Owo invites to the program in Polish called I to jest zycie - c'est la vie! This program was premiered at the Polish Home a year ago and shown successfully from Portland to Vancouver. Everybody is invited to a great evening! The restaurant and the bar will be open for the occasion from 5:30 pm. All profits from this event go to the John Paul II monument fund; the statue will be erected  at the Polish Church in Seattle.

 

Where: at the Polish Home; tickets $12 advanced, $15 at the door; donations to the monument are welcomed.

More: Asia Jeziorska, (425) 417-9548

Sep 18- 22: Seattle International Piano Festival at Benaroya & Sherman Clay

The first Seattle International Piano Festival is a 6-day event featuring lectures by Ivona Kaminska and Christopher Bowlby, competition rounds at Benaroya & Sherman Clay, master classes at Cornish as well as winners' recitals on Septemeber 21 at Benaroya for Professional, Collegiate and Amateur categories and on September 22 at Sherman Clay for the Youth categories. Organized by Seattle International Piano Festival with Dr. Ivona Kaminska as the President.
 

Where: at different locations; please see the SIPF site for venues and ticket info
More: about SIPF, Ivona Kaminska, Chopin Academy of Music

Sep 18, 7:30 pm: Gen. Hermaszewski talks at the UW Simpson Center

Miroslaw Hermaszewski

Gen. Miroslaw Hermaszewski is the first and only Polish astronaut, having flown aboard Soyuz 30 in 1978. A fighter pilot by profession, he is retired from the Polish Air Force as a Brigadier General. Gen. Hermaszewski comes to Seattle to attend the 21st Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers. At the University of Washington he will talk about his experience. Organized by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee.
 

Where: at the Simpson Center at the UW campus in Seattle; admission free, small reception to follow the meeting

More: about Hermaszewski, his site (in Polish), about UW PSEC

 

Sep 18, 7 pm: SIPC lecture on Polonaises and Mazurkas at Sherman Clay

Ivona Kaminska

Dr. Ivona Kaminska, local pianist and the President of the Seattle International Piano Festival will open the event with her lecture on Historical, Sociological and Emotional Aspects of Polonaises and Mazurkas especially in music of Frederic Chopin. Dr. Kaminska is a Director and co-Founder of the Chopin Academy of Music in Issaquah.
 

Where: at Sherman Clay in Seattle; tickets $10 at the door
More: about SIPC, Ivona Kaminska, Chopin Academy of Music

Sep 17, 7:30 pm: Meeting with St. Michalkiewicz at the Polish Parish

Stanislaw Michalkiewicz

Stanislaw Michalkiewicz is a popular conservative author, publicist and columnist closely affiliated with the Catholic Radio Maryja of Torun, Poland, as well as weeklies Najwyzszy Czas and Nasza Polska. Mr. Michalkiewicz published several books on different topics related to Polish politics and conservative agenda.

 

Where: St. Margaretís Catholic Church, admission free

More: Michalkiewicz site (inPolish), tel. to the Parish (206) 282 1804

Sep 13 & 15: Back to school at the Polish School in Seattle

The Juliusz Slowacki Polish School in Seattle offers classes to individuals of all ages and varying degrees of language skills. Children from grades 1-8 learn Polish language and literature, as well history and geography of Poland (assignment is based on the proficiency level in Polish). Adults can learn Polish as a second language at beginners and intermediate levels. All classes at the Polish Home in Seattle, with some groups, including adults meeting on Mondays and others on Saturdays. The first day of school is September 13 for the Saturday classes and September 15 for the Monday classes.

Where: classes at the Polish Home; on Mondays at 6 pm, Saturdays at 9 am

More: For children signup contact Zbigniew Konofalski (425) 828-6003 or Grzegorz Grabowski (206) 729-8437, for adult signup contact Barbara Strutynski (425) 746-3037, an old website at www.PolishHome.org click on the Polish School link

Sep 13, 6:30 pm: Latin Party with Mariachi at the Polish Home

Attractions of the evening include the best live Mexican band in Greater Seattle area, The Mariachi, playing from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, followed by music to Latin rhythms (salsa, rumba, cha-cha, tango ..).  by DJ from 9 pm till 1 am. In between nice surprises and also a raffle. The doors open at 6:30, the restaurant is open till 10 pm, the bar menu includes tequila and Corona for the evening! All profits from this even go to the Polish Home Expansion Project.

 

Where: at the Polish Home; tickets $20 for PHA members, $25 others; 20% discount for parties of 8+

More: reservations: Maria Switalska (425) 226-7660 or Lucy Blonska at (206) 764-7057

Sep 12-14: Polish Harvest Festival / Dozynki in Vancouver, BC

The Zgoda Polish Friendship Society from Vancouver, BC invites to the traditional Polish Harvest Festival (Dozynki). Teh 2008 program includes:

  

   Sep 12, from 6:30 pm: exhibitions, bridge & poker tournaments, barbecue, folk music

   Sep 13, HS soccer tournament, food court, ethnic folk music, cabaret, disco-polo

                 Cabaret To i Owo from Polish Home in Seattle performs at 6:30 pm

   Sep 14, HS soccer cont., Harvest Mass at St. Casimir, from 2 pm ethnic folk music

   

Where: Polish Community Center Zgoda, Vancouver, BC

More: I couldn't find program on the web, for reservations & info pls contact Zgoda

Sep 10, 6 pm: First day of school at the Polish School in Bellevue

The Fr. Jan Twardowski Polish School in Bellevue invites children from the Eastside and Seattle areas. The School is separate from the Polish School in Seattle. Subjects include Polish language, geography, history and culture classes offered to children from grades 1 to 8, based on proficiency in Polish. Additionally, the School teaches Polish as a second language for children. All classes are held on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the St. Louise Parish School in Bellevue.

Where: open house at the Lavelle Center, St. Louise Parish School,
classes on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
More: Polish School in Bellevue, or call Anna Cholewinska at (425) 765 4935

Sep 6 & 7: Polish Consul accepts passport applications in Seattle

                        Polish Consul also in Portland on Sep 5, 2008

Passport regulations in Poland do not allow for submitting applications by mail; one needs to apply in person before a Polish consul. Consul Marzena Gronostajska comes to Seattle on September 6 & 7, 2008, to handle applications from local Polish citizens. Mr. Marian Strutynski handles the sign up list for the Consul's visit to Seattle.  

 

Passport application forms cannot be printed from the internet, but the Consulate in Los Angeles sends forms upon request. In Seattle, the forms can be picked up ahead of time from Mr. Strutynski. To signup, please contact Marian Strutynski at mstrutynski@msn.com or (425) 746-3037. There are a few last reservations left.

 

To signup for the Consul's visit in Portland on September 5, 2008, please contact Dorota Zukowska, 503-690-5463, dorotazukowska@comcast.net

 

Where: at the Polish Home in Seattle, according to the scheduled reservations.

More: Polish passport regulations (in Polish).

Sep 5, 6 pm: Polish Home opens after summer

The Polish Home in Seattle opens for business as usual, including the restaurant, on September 5, 2008.

 

More: Polish Home in Seattle

Sep 3, 6 pm: Back to school at the Polish School in Bellevue

Fr. Jan Twardowski Polish School in Bellevue invites to an open house all who want to meet the teachers or enroll their children. The School is separate from the Polish School in Seattle. Subjects include Polish language, geography, history and culture classes offered to children from grades 1 to 8, based on proficiency in Polish. Additionally, the School teaches Polish as a second language for children. All classes are held on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the St. Louise Parish School in Bellevue. The first day of school is September 10, 2008.

Where: open house at the Lavelle Center, St. Louise Parish School,
classes on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
More: Polish School in Bellevue, or call Anna Cholewinska at (425) 765 4935

September: Polish Home construction continues in September

 

The Polish Home construction continues in September. PH is accessible during construction. See pictures here.

 

The Polish Home Board of Trustees  has signed a contract with Shinstine Assoc as the general contractor for the construction of the building extension starting in August, 2008, for $433,000. The current plan is to build the "shell" of the extension towards 18th Ave with the functioning elevator.

 

The Polish Home appeals to all members and friends to support the project financially! For more details about current developments please see here.

 

More about the Polish Home Expansion Project

 
 

© 2008  Ryszard Kott

Photo "Fountain" courtesy Hanna Gil, Photo "Seattle" courtesy Ryszard Kwieciński