Polish Film Series offers an artful finish to your Valentine celebration
It’s gonna be short but so very sweet at this month’s Historia Polish History Class film sele
ction. Krótki film o Miłości (A Short Film About Love), written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski, is an outstanding Polish romantic drama. This 1988 film is an expansion of one of the chapters from Kieslowski's own made-for-TV series, The Decalogue. Love tells the story of virginal Tomek and his fascination with his attractive neighbor. Where filmmakers before him explored the seedy and perverse side of the voyeur, Kieslowski finds the beauty in the act of spying and fits it into the overarching theme of all of his work: a longing for human connection. With compelling cinematography, understated storytelling and a brilliant score, Kieslowski created a Polish masterpiece and one of the greatest explorations of love ever committed to film. Zapraszamy! Friday, February 20, 2015, 6 PM at First Presbyterian Church on Wick Avenue, Youngstown. For more info, call 330-333-9724.

Week in Review
Karnawal celebrations create memorable experiences
Chair Agata Lyda Khoury and her committee know how to put together a party! Guests at our 7th Annual Ostatki: A Polish Carnival {and Valentine’s Day} Celebration were charmed by lovely decorations, great music, a photo area, games, raffles, contests, “Pączki Parada and crowning of this year’s royalty combined with Polish vodkas, liquors and beer to make this event a memorable night…despite the freezing temperatures and otherwise scary weather! Some of my favorite highlights include the autentyczny appetizer platters put together by PYTown Trustee Bernadette Zubel…a mouth-watering buffet thanks to Brian Palumbo & Selah…the infused spirytus and vodka variety tastings…and the abundance of creativity in the 6th Annual Vodka Cocktail Contest sponsored by Y-Town Vodka and Bill Candella! Let’s give a shout out to the winners…Amateur cocktail contest WINNER - John Messenger with his spiked coffee, the Tatra Surprise. The drink featured coffee, vodka, Frangelica, cardamom and orange rind-yummy! … PACZKI QUEEN  - Melissa Sekman of Canfield.

An Afternoon at the Museum
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown annual scholarship tea at the Butler Institute of American Art last weekend was a welcome time of elegance in the middle of overindulgence. This special afternoon included a display of the museum’s collection from Polish and Polish-American artists, a reading of Polish folktales and a performance by an amazing harpist.  Another talented group of students were lucky scholarship recipients, bringing the total to an estimated $100,000 or more over the 80 years of the club. Sto Lat!

Our 3rd Annual Pączki, Polkas and Piwo (translated as Donuts, Dancing and Draught) on Fat Tuesday at both Kravitz
Delicatessen locations were parties worth coming out to enjoy. We took extra care to protect Kiedrowski’s delicious pączki from the damaging cold and, as a result, each was a delicious delight. They were the perfect toppers for Jack’s great beer selection and food specials. Larry & Diana Walk started early and stayed late to make sure feet were tapping all day long. The newly renovated Poland Library location hosted Roger Juntenen on the concertina, LTFE’s Cathy Katrenich with a multigenerational dance workshop and a talk by Genealogist Tim Seman. The Pączki Polka All-Stars capped off the evening with a rockin’ party! Special thanks to the outstanding Cultural Evangelists on this committee who skipped work or school,  and gave up paychecks, sleep and good health to make this event launch with the level of quality that you’ve come to expect from PYTown. Thanks.

Exploring the Immigrant Story on Stage
Exploring your family tree and improving your records has to be done in pieces to assure accuracy of information. The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is here to help! Participate in their next free workshop to explore the records of our armed forces. Learn how to pursue personnel files and unit histories in order to understand your ancestor's role in defending our nation's heritage. Zapraszamy!Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Poland Library Meeting Room. Registration is required by phoning 330-744-8636 or online.

Leave No Soldier Behind: Finding Our Family Members in Uniform
After several years of effort on the part of the American Slovak Cultural Association of the
Mahoning Valley, an important cultural play is coming to Youngstown. Out of the Furnace is Thomas Bell's tale about three generations of immigrant familes struggling to build a life in the shadow of Carnegie's first steel mill and the rise of unions in Braddock, Pennsylvania. This production is partially underwritten by the American Slovak Cultural Association of the Mahoning Valley, the Warren chapter of the Carptho Rusyn Society and the St. Elizabeth Society. Zapraszamy! February 26, 27, 28 7:30 p.m.  March 1 2:00 p.m. Ford Theatre in Bliss Hall at YSU. For tickets, call the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105.

Spend your summer in Poland with us
Registration has started, and we have a variety of people signing up for this year’s adventure—y
oung/old, rookie/veteran traveler—all are welcome and excited. Why don’t YOU join us too? This year PolishYoungstown has customized a tour to appeal to anyone considering a trip to Poland, from first-time visitors to the “Old Country” to seasoned veterans. Our tour hits the highlights of Poland with a unique journey through central and southern Poland and special emphasis on the rich customs, colorful history, and diverse cultures of eastern Poland. Learn more here.

News from Poland
by Ted Mirercki
Historic Gdansk and Attractive Kraków
As long as we are talking about travel, two cities were featured this we
ek in our regional round up…. The Chicago Tribune ran a story on Gdansk, the port city on the Baltic Coast of Poland, describing it as “truly amazing -- and amazingly historic.” Gdansk is the place where World War II began, and as any proud resident of the city will explain, it is the home of Solidarity, the workers' movement that brought about the beginning of the end of the Cold War. In other news, Sotheby's International Realty, an offshoot of the auctioneers, has ranked Kraków first in a list of Poland's ten most attactive towns and cities.  Second place went to the Tri-City combo of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia, and third was taken by Wrocław in Lower Silesia. Learn more about these stories in the most recent edition of Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
February 20 Polish Film Series: February Krótki
film o milosci (A Short Film About Love)... Sunday, February 22 MASLENITSA Russian-style Pancake Cook-Off, Russian Cultural Garden, Cleveland... Wednesday, February 25 4 PM  YSU Slavic Student Association meeting, Kilcawley Center, Bresnahan 3... February 26-28 7:30 PM & March 1 2 PM OUT OF THIS FURNACE, Bliss Hall at Ford Theatre YSU... March 8 Polska Kuchnia - Paska/Babka Bread for Easter... March 17 Polish Happy Hour at Magic Tree with Chardon Polka Band... July 2015 Trip to Poland... Sunday, August 30 Polish Day 2015.

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Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team
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