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 Apr 26 & 27: Consular Visit to Seattle at the Polish Cultural Center

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Seattle to process passport applications is scheduled for April 26 & 27, 2019. The Consul will be available at the Polish Cultural Center, by reservation only, 9 am to 5 pm on Friday and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday. To make a reservation send an email to losangeles.kg.paszporty@msz.gov.pl with subject line "Dyżur w Seattle" stating your name, the PESEL number or the passport 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

posted March 21, 2019

Learn How & Help Making Pierogi for the Spring Bazaar

Make pierogi!

Would you like to learn how to make pierogi? THis is your chance to learn from the best! The Polish Women's Club invites everybody to pierogi making sessions before the Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center on April 13, 2019. Come to help, or come to learn how to make pierogi first and then help at one of these days:

       March 5, 12, 19 & 26

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 February 26, 2019

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 28 (Fay Thursday), and I'm sure they will have it on Fat Tuesday as well; also try George's Deli. You can also pre-order a batch from Viola Szymanski at 206-435-4103. See her ad here

posted February 26, 2019

Michal Pietrzyk's Documentary at Berlinale Shorts

The documentary All On a Mardi Gras Day, directed, edited and co-produced by Michal Pietrzyk was invited to the famous Berlin International Film Festival' short's competition. Mr. Pietrzyk is a local filmmaker who recently co-directed documentary Passing The Torch; he also serves as the Artistic Director of the Seattle Polish FF. The movie presents a secret 200-year culture of New Orleans African-Americans culminating in the Mardi Gras Day costume competition. Way to go Michal! Come back with the Golden Bear!


More: About the movie at the Berlin FF, electronic press kit

posted February 8, 2019

2019 Elections at the Polish Home Association

Pawel Krupa

 John Golubiec


At the Polish Home Association annual meeting on January 27, 2019, the following people have been re-elected to their positions: Mr. Pawel Krupa as the PHA President, Mr. Zbigniew Pietrzyk the Senior Vice-President and Mr. Roman Rogalski the Treasurer. Their terms run one year. John Golubiec is again 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 Jan 30, 2019

 A New Microsoft Flagship School in Gdynia

The Flagship School in Gdynia /

The Redmond company is building a new Microsoft Flagship High School in Gdynia to be open before September 1, 2019. The Flagship Schools are high tech equipped high schools supporting innovative education; there are only 18 of those around the world. The local Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association and its president Zbigniew Konofalski facilitated the meeting between the City and Microsoft in July 2018 that lead to the contract signing for the new school recently. Congratulations to SGSCA and Mr. Konofalski for nurturing the connections between Seattle area and Gdynia!


More: City of Gdynia info on the school (w/ Google translate), the same info in Polish

posted January 24, 2019

Nominations to the Outstanding Pole Award due Feb 4

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 2019 West Coast edition of the award can be submitted till February 4. 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), January 2019 Zycie Kolorado article with description of the awards and past winners (p.4-5), the award jury includes Honorary Consul Teresa Davis of Seattle.

posted January 24, 2019

The Great Orchestra Fundraiser a Big Success

The Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity at the Polish Cultural Center on January 12, 2019 was a big success and a great family event. Supporters turned out in droves including many families with small kids and were enthusiastic about non-stop performances from 4 pm to 10 pm and other attractions. Good vibes were contagious! The event was also a big financial success, raising over $10,000. Kudos to Anna Cholewinska for starting the event and congratulations to the organizing committee and all volunteers! It's a great start for a new tradition in Seattle.

More: facebook WOSP Seattle page or contact Anna Cholewinska

updated January 24, 2019

 Music Video Released by Magdalucca

Alternative-pop singer-songwriter Magdalucca has released a music video Stand By Your Side for her 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. The new video is an effect of her collaboration with Katrina Wolfe, a Butoh dancer. Visit her site to watch & listen to her music.


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

posted January 16, 2019

How To Make Polish Food at PCC Community Markets

Make bigos!

Among different ethnic food classes in the Global Gourmet series, the PCC Community Markets offers classes on Polish Comfort Cooking. Instructor Marianna Stepniewski shows hands on how to make bigos (hunter's stew), żurek (sour and creamy bread soup) and more. There are several classes scheduled at different Puget Sound locations in January and February and reservations are filling in fast, so if you want to attend, hurry up!


More: To make a reservation visit the PCC classes site. Classes are $55 or $60 per person.

posted January 3, 2019

Volunteer for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Seattle!

First time in Seattle, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC) is a huge annual charity event in Poland; it has been raising funds for children hospital equipment and similar causes since 1991. This is also the goal this year. In Seattle volunteers will be soliciting funds on January 12 & 13 and the Grand Finale will take place at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski on January 12 at 4 pm. The Finale program includes performance by several local groups, auctions, games, great food and more! The GOCC Seattle needs a lot of volunteers, so if you would like to help please contact the organizers right away!


More: detailed info and volunteer contacts for GOCC Seattle, facebook WOSP Seattle page, for more overall info please contact Anna Cholewinska, for Grand Finale Anetka Kalicka

posted December 6, 2018

 Support Polish Festival at GoFundMe to Bring Talent from Poland

Polish Festival Seattle is asking for everyone’s help to raise funds for bringing great entertainment to Seattle. Money raised will go towards travel costs, housing and/or stipends for out of town artists, including a traditional Polish dance group. In 2019, we would like to bring Polish contemporary rhythm and blues singer, Kasia Wilk! For every $10 you give, your name will be added to a drawing for a ticket to Chihuly Garden and Glass. More:  How to get involved with Polish Festival Seattle.

Please visit our gofundme page for more info and spread the word! Polish Festival is on July 13, 2019.


More: Please contact Alisa Lahti at alisalahti@live.com for more info

posted Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Marcin Jauksz is the Polish Fulbright Scholar in 2018 / 2019

Marcin Jauksz

The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee welcomes Dr. Marcin Jauksz as the Fulbright Lecturer of the Polish Studies at the Univ. of Washington in 2018 / 2019 academic year. Dr. Jauksz is an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Polish and Classical Philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, in interest in the 19th c. Polish literature and culture and in film. His UW fall course is on the film adaptations of  the 19th c. European and American novels. Congratulations and welcome!



posted October 11, 2018

How To Make Pierogi at PCC Community Markets

Make pierogi!

Among different ethnic food classes in the Global Gourmet series, the PCC Community Markets offers classes about making Polish pierogis. Instructor Marianna Stepniewski shows hands on how to make different vegetarian pierogis, from cheese- or mushrooms-based to onions & celery combo. There are several classes scheduled at different Puget Sound locations in November and December but reservations are filling in fast, so if you want to attend, hurry up!


More: To make a reservation visit the PCC classes site

posted Sep 27, 2018

 Mr. Sebastian Niziol Has Died - Funeral on August 15

Sebastian Niziol

Mr. Sebastian Niziol, a very active member of the Polish community died on August 5, 2018 from complications following an open heart surgery. He was only 37.


Sebastian Witold Niziol was born and raised in a Polish family in Anchorage, AK, where he earned his degree in business management and worked at the First National Bank. In 2010 he moved to Seattle and became an active member of the local Polish community. Among others, he served as the president of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association, at the Polish Home Association Board of Trustees and as the treasurer at the PHA and the SGSCA. He also settled into a happy family life with Patrycja Nowak and their son Staś. We will all miss his gentle presence and smile.


Funeral Arrangements on August 15, 2018

    12 noon - Funeral Mass at St. James Cathedral in Seattle

                   Burial, following the mass, at the Lake View Cemetery in Seattle

     4 pm     - Celebration of Life at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski


In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to Sebastian's memorial fund at GoFundMe.

Please see Funeral and Memorial announcement prepared by the family.

posted August 13, 2018

 Join a Polish Team at the Seafirst Torchlight Parade on July 28!

Walk in the Seafirst Torchlight Parade with the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association! SGSCA secured a place in the parade and invites all folks from the Polish community to join in the fun! You'll be marching along a vintage T-Bird automobile. Over 100 units march, dance and float in the parade; this is your opportunity to make a Polish accent at the event!


Where: Parade is in downtown Seattle from the Seattle Center around 7:30 pm to just past Yesler along 4th Ave; please RSVP to Zbig Konofalski if you want to come

More: SGSCA, https://www.seafair.com

posted July 24, 2018

 Polish Festival Calls for Volunteers for July 7, 2018

Polish Festival at the Seattle Center is fast approaching – 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.

Free T-shirt and food vouchers for volunteers!


Last minute update: All volunteers will be entered into a lottery drawing with several prizes such as new Polish Home anniversary books, a set of 4 festival T-shirts with different designs etc. See here for details.


 More:  How to get involved with Polish Festival Seattle.

updated June 28, 2018

 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

 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

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

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