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Other News 2018


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 EP Album Release by Magdalucca

Alternative-pop singer-songwriter Magdalucca has just issued her debut music album The Air Between. Seattleite Magdalena Hill is a performer and a multi-media artist; among others she produced and directed the short movie Lavender Braid in 2016. Her debut EP, The Air Between, offers enlightening and emboldening social commentary, personal revelation, and wisdom gleaned from tenets of Buddhism. Visit her site to listen and download her music.

  

More: Magdalucca and album release site, artist's site.

posted June 21, 2018

 Polish Festival Calls for Volunteers for July 7, 2018

Polish Festival at the Seattle Center is fast approaching Ė if you'd like to help, now is the time to sign up! You can sign up for 2 hr or 3 hr shifts. Please see the festival volunteer info & registration page to sign up - it has a complete list of available positions and shifts and plenty of positions to choose from. For more info contact the PF volunteer coordinator Dominika at PFSVolunteer2018@outlook.com.

  

More:  How to get involved with Polish Festival Seattle.

posted June 14, 2018

 Seattle Polish Film Festival Poster Contest

2017 SPFF Poster

Win $100! The 26th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival  (SPFF) has announced its yearly competition for the festival poster design for this year's Festival to be held in October. The submission deadline is July 31, 2017. To learn more, please read the 2017 SPFF poster competition guidelines and entry form.

 

Also: Volunteers needed to run the Festival. Send email to volunteer@polishfilms.org if interested.

 

More: SPFF site

posted June 22, 2016

 PHA Art and Photo Competition for the Anniversary

The Polish Home Association has announced two competitions related to the 100th anniversary of PHA and the centennial of Poland regaining its independence in 1918: an art competition and a photo competition. The deadline for both competitions is October 15, 2018. Prize winners will receive awards ranging from $300 to $75.

An exhibition of competition entries will be presented at the PHA anniversary gala in November 2018.

 

If you are interested, please read the following documents for the detailed information about the competitions: PHA Art Competition 2018, PHA Photo Competition 2018, PHA Contestant Declaration 2018.

posted May 24, 2018

May 9: Support Polish Community through GiveBIG Campaign

This year, the Seattle Polish Foundation participates again in the annual online GiveBIG event for local nonprofits. It's an opportunity to support your favorite Polish causes! Donations channeled through the GiveBIG do not receive any matching this year; however each donation can win a $1,000 Golden Ticket in a lottery with 250 such tickets. You can donate on or before May 9.

 

To donate to the SPF, visit the SPF Donation Page at the SF Give Big site - please specify the cause you want supported in the Comments field. The Polish News suggests the Polish Home 100th Anniversary Projects for this year's donations. To donate to the SPF directly without paying any fees, please send a check to Seattle Polish Foundation, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

 

More: supporting Polish community through GiveBIG Campaign

May 2, 2018

May 8 & 9: Consular Visit to Seattle, reservations required

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Seattle, only to process passport applications, is scheduled for May 8 & 9, 2018. The Consul will be available at the Polish Cultural Center, by reservation only, 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday and 9 am to 3:30 pm on Wednesday. To make a reservation send an email to losangeles.kg.paszporty@msz.gov.pl stating your name, DOB, the PESEL number and a preferred time.

   

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, WA; reservations required.

More: info about the visit in Seattle (PL), the Consulate passport info

Apr 10, 2018

 Volunteers Needed for the PHA Aniversary Projects

The PHA centennial committee is calling for volunteers to help with the projects related to the 100th anniversary of the PHA. Among the projects that need volunteer support are

 

     1. Exhibition of 100 years of PHA history in Seattle

     2. Time line of Polish Home Associationís history

     3. Oral history and a documentary movie about PHA and Polish community

     4. Photographic contest in memory of Polish Home Association

     5. Painting contest titled:"100 years of our Polish Identity" (in Polish: "Sto lat naszej Polskości")

 

Please read more about the projects and how to volunteer in this leaflet or visit the PHA website.

posted March 22, 2018

2018 Elections at the PHA Polish Women's Club

Barbara Augustyniak

 

At a recent meeting of the Polish Women's Club (formerly Ladies Auxiliary of the Polish Home, Koło Pań Domu Polskiego), Ms. Barabara Augustyniak has been re-elected as the President of the Club.  Congratulations!

 

More:  Polish Women's Club on facebook

posted Mar 8, 2018

New Polish STAMP Test  for High School Students

There is a new Polish language proficiency test for high school students who want to obtain a college credit based on WA state Seal of Biliteracy. Polish tests have been available for a long time, but the new test is one of the STAMP tests that are widely used and available in local school districts for language testing. The test costs only 17.50 to take.

 

More: WA Seal of Biliteracy, an Avant STAMP 4S sample tests

posted Mar 1, 2018

2018 UW PSEC Fundraising Dinner - RSVP deadline Feb 28

University of Washington Polish Studies Committee cordially invites to the 2018 fundraising dinner and lecture Paderewski and the World of Politics by Prof. Marek Żebrowski. Silent auction, music and cocktails from 5:30 pm, dinner & lecture at 7 pm. Please make a reservation here - the deadline is February 28, 2018.

 

More: See the Polish News calendar entry about this event

posted Feb 15, 2018

Local Drive to Stop Act HR 1226 at the Polish Parish

Local Polish-Americans are joining a drive to stop a controversial act of Congress related to property and assets orphaned after WWII, many of them belonging to Jewish victims of Holocaust. A group of parishioners will be handing out leaflets w/ letters to Congress members and gathering signatures at the Parish Hall of St. Margaret Church in Seattle after 9:45 and 12:00 mass on Feb 18 and 25, 2018. Stop by if you would like to support the protest.

More: please visit http://stopacthr1226.org/ for more info

posted Feb 15, 2018

Fat Tuesday / Fat Thursday Ponchki!

Fat Tuesday is coming fast and Fat Thursday in the Polish tradition is even sooner - so get your supply of ponchki / pączki!

At Polish places: Sebi's Bistro has a special on Feb 8 (Fay Thursday), and I'm sure they will have it on Fat Tuesday as well, also try George's Deli (call first). You can also order a batch from Viola Szymanski and at 206-435-4103.

Bakery Nouveau (stores in West Seattle & on Capitol Hill), great pączki, they can spell it, too

posted Feb 8, 2018

2018 Elections at the Polish Home

Pawel Krupa

John Golubiec

 

At the Polish Home Association annual meeting on January 28, 2018, Mr. Pawel Krupa was re-elected the PHA President. Mr. John Golubiec was re-elected as the Chairman of the PHA Board of Trustees. Congratulations!

  

More: The PHA owns and runs the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle.

Detailed results of the PHA elections.

posted Feb 8, 2018

Nominations to the Outstanding Pole Award due Feb 25

Wybitny Polak is an award given by the Foundation Teraz Polska to outstanding Poles living abroad to promote their success and positive impact of Poland. The nominations to the 2018 West Coast edition of the award can be submitted till February 25. The nomination process is open to the public and participation of different Polish communities is encouraged.

 

The awards are in five categories: business, culture, science, personality and Young Pole (less than 35 years old); the West Coast covers 15 states in the LA consular region. The past winners included Mr. Alex Herbst in 2015 and Mr. Michal Pietrzyk in 2016, both from Seattle. Please nominate outstanding people you know!

 

More: about the award, how to nominate (PDF), about 2015 awards in Życie Kolorado June 2015 (PL), about 2016 awards in Życie Kolorado Jan 2017 (p.18-19), the award jury includes Honorary Consul Teresa Davis of Seattle.

posted Feb 1, 2018

Help Making Pierogi for the Spring Bazaar

Make pierogi!

The Polish Women's Club invites everybody to pierogi making sessions before the Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center on March 24, 2018. Come to help, or come to learn how to make pierogi first and then help at one of these days:

       February 6, 13, 20 & 27 and March 6

   All pierogi making sessions are at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm.

 

More: Contact the Club President Barbara Augustyniak for more info

posted Jan 18, 2018

More Profiles of Local Polish Women

Dagna Barrera

Ms. Anna Sycz at her I love pierogies blog runs a very interesting Project SiS, which is an interview cycle presenting profiles of inspiring Polish women in the Seattle area. In the last three months the following additional ladies have been featured: Dagna Barrera of Silesia Guitars, Marta Bras of marta bras PHOTOGRAPHY and Sylwia Gulik. All profiles are illustrated with excellent photoportraits by Marta Bras. Congratulations to all participants of the project!

 

Photo by marta bras PHOTOGRAPHY

More: Project SiS

posted December 7, 2017

 Volunteers Needed for the Anniversary Video Project

Among different projects related to the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Polish Home Association, there is a history video project. First filming session is on December 9, 2017. If you would like to help with this or other sessions or otherwise get involved in the project, please see the project brochure and or task list for 12/9, or contact: Ryszard Kott.

posted December 6, 2017

 Polish Social Security (ZUS) for Poles in the USA

Poland and the United States have an agreement about Social Security systems for their citizens; Poles living in the USA can receive Polish social security benefits. On Nov 29, 2017, specialists from the Polish Social Security Administration (ZUS) had a presentation at the Polish Home on how to apply for the benefits. Update: the presentation file is available here (in Polish).

 

More: more details about the event (PL), application form

posted November 30, 2017

 Last Call for Ads in the Anniversary Book

There is a new deadline, November 19, 2017 for submitting a personal congratulatory or in memoriam note, a business or organization advertisement, or a family and friends picture with a caption in the upcoming 100th Anniversary book of the Polish Home Association. If interested, please see the ad order form for details or contact: Ewa Jόźwiak at advertising@polishhome.org.

posted November 9, 2017

Dr. Justyna Budzik is the Polish Fulbright Scholar in 2017 / 2018

Justyna Budzik

The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee (UW PSEC) welcomes Dr. Justyna Budzik as the Fulbright Lecturer of the Polish Studies at the University of Washington in 2017 / 2018 academic year. Dr. Budzik is an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Film and Media Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland in interest in cinema anthropology and archeology. Her UW fall course is on the Polish contemporary photography. Congratulations and welcome!

 

posted September 14, 2017

Project SiS Presents Local Polish Women

Magdalena Bragun

Ms. Anna Sycz at her I love pierogies blog runs a very interesting Project SiS, which is an interview cycle presenting profiles of inspiring Polish women in the Seattle area. So far the following ladies have been featured in the project: Mariola Kulawiec and the Witty Scientists, Anna Cholewińska and the Polish School in Bellevue, Maria Magdalen Ma and the Black Birch Textiles, and Magdalena Bragun and Summac Law PLLC. Each profile is illustrated with excellent photographic portraits by Marta Bras. Congratulations to all participants of the project!

 

Photo by marta bras PHOTOGRAPHY

More: Project SiS

posted September 7, 2017

Polish Consul Honors Solidarity Activists

l-r: J. Stawiarski, M. Brymora, A. Mrůz

At the Polish Festival at the Seattle Center on July 8, 2017, Consul General Mariusz Brymora decorated Solidarity activists Andrzej Mrůz from Seattle and Jůzef Stawiarski from Portland with a Cross of Freedom and Solidarity. Mr. Mrůz was the Solidarity leader at the Ziemowit coal mine in Tychy. Mr. Stawiarski was the Solidarity leader at the Komuna Paryska coal mine in Jaworzno. These honors have been bestowed by the President of Poland. Congratulations!

 

Photo courtesy Gail Ann Photography

More Polish Festival Photos

posted July 25, 2017

 15 Years of the Polish News

Ryszard Kott

The independent Polish News is 15 years old! The first email bulletin with Polish News from Puget Sound went out on May 17, 2002 to 48 people. The Seattle Polish News website launched in April 2004. Ryszard Kott served as the editor and publisher for this independent news service since its inception; the website was designed and run for several years by Hanna Gil, who also served as co-editor for a time. Today the bulletin has over 800 subscribers.

Thank you, all the Readers for your unwavering support and great news tips. We hope to serve you even better in a new website format to be launched soon!

      The Editor.

posted June 22, 2017

Elections at the SGSCA

Zbigniew Konofalski

Sebastian Niziol

At the recent elections at the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association, Mr. Zbigniew Konofalski has been elected the new President of the organization, while Mr. Sebastian Niziol became the new Secretary. Their terms run for two years. Congratulations!

 

More:  SGSCA

posted June 1, 2017

 Hosts Needed for a Polish Festival Dance Group

Polish Festival Seattle is looking for a few people willing to host adult dancers during this yearís festival, around July 8, 2017, including helping with transportation to make sure they get to the Festival to perform. We have a group of 14 coming from Las Vegas who would be very appreciative guests. Gas and food money are available to hosts and drivers. Please contact Alisa Lahti if you can make room.

 

More:  How to get involved with Polish Festival Seattle

posted May 18, 2017

Volunteers / Mentors Needed for the 2017 Summer Business School in Poland

 

Seattle-Gdynia

Sister City Association

 

Volunteer as a Mentor or Company Advisor at the international Washington Business Weeks summer school for high school students in Poland! Two more mentors needed for the week of August 20-25 in Gdynia.

    Washington Business Week provides orientation for tutors who want to support the program. More info

  

More: Washington Business Week Polish Locations info, or contact Gail Wodzin at SGSCA.

posted May 16, 2017

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Fot. 'Fountain" - Hanna Gil

Fot. "Seattle" - Ryszard Kwieciński