Majówka-themed Polish Happy Hour

Join us as we celebrate this joyous tradition by hosting a spring-themed event on Thursday, May 16 at 6 – 9 pm on the patio at Casual Pint in Boardman! In addition to the imported beer and wine that you’ve grown to love, our hosts will make it a special event with tasty food specials! Perhaps we will even roll out a grill! Fear not, in case of bad weather, all activities will move indoors. Zapraszamy!

Penguin City Beer selects Simply Slavic for Tribute Label
Penguin City Beer has selected the annual Simply Slavic festival to be the opening community project to be featured on the Downtown brewer's first-ever, limited-edition tribute label. The event-branded batch of the Downtown brewery's signature beer, 20,000 bottles in all, is scheduled to arrive in stores starting May 15. It will be available only for one month leading up to the event on June 14 and 15, 2019. “We chose Simply Slavic to be our first tribute label because we felt the organizers and their event represent everything we love about this community,” says Aspasia Lyras, co-owner of Penguin City Beer. “These folks work hard to pay tribute to the past, but are always optimistically looking forward and wanting to try new things. Like us and our beer, they are solid.”

Volunteer to be part of our Downtown Youngstown festival
As Simply Slavic Heritage Festival approaches in June, it is time for you to show your support. We want our Polish heritage to be represented throughout the festival, but to do so we need YOUR help! Can you spare a little time Friday June 14 6 -11 PM or Saturday, June 15, 2019 Noon- 11 PM Downtown Youngstown?? In addition to or in lieu of volunteering for the festival itself, PolishYoungstown and Polish Arts Club of Youngstown would appreciate your support in the MARKETPLACE booth or HERITAGE Tent. Both spots require no standing – just a friendly face and a willingness to talk about our culture and maybe sell a t-shirt or two! If enough of us step up, shifts will only two hours and we get to spend the rest of the time enjoying the festival without an admission fee! Please consider joining in the fun! Reach out by emailing or calling 330-333-9724. You can help make it great!  ZAPRASZAMY

News from Around Polonia
Toledo Polish Festival invites us to participate
Fun fact: More than 360,000 people in the Northwest Ohio area can claim some relationship to having a Polish heritage!! Members of the Polish-American Community of Toledo are hoping that at least 10 percent of that group will join them this weekend for their annual Polish festival!  The three-day event will be held May 17-19, 2019 at the Club 16 facility located on King Road just south of Hill Avenue in Holland, Ohio, a beautiful 20-acre park-like setting. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for Polish-American students and to help fund the building campaign for a new Polish Community Center. ZAPRASZAMY! Sounds like the kind of attitude that we need to support!

Visitor to Cleveland's Polish Community
The John Paul ll Foundation is pleased to announce that His Eminence Stanisław Cardinal Rylko will be visiting Cleveland's Polish Community on behalf of the Foundation. The Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome and Chair of the Administrative Board of the JPll Foundation, Cardinal Rylko is coming on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6 PM at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, 3649 East 65th, Cleveland, Ohio 44105 a Solemn Mass will be celebrated. Afterwards a Gala Banquet will be held to benefit the the JPll Foundation at the Historic Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Avenue. Donation is $50 pp.

For meal reservations and tickets call 216 -341-9091. Ample parking and security. Seating is limited.

News from Poland by Ted Mirecki
Polish nationalists protest against US over Holocaust claims
Several thousand nationalists rallied in Warsaw last weekend against a US law on the restitution of Jewish properties seized during the Holocaust, fuelling concerns about a nti-Semitism in the country. This issue is increasingly featured in campaigns for upcoming Polish elections. Poland was home to one of the world's biggest Jewish communities before it was almost entirely wiped out by Nazi German occupiers who set up death camps such as Auschwitz on Polish soil. Former owners and their descendants have been campaigning since the fall of communism in 1989 to be compensated for lost property, which was seized by Poland's authoritarian rulers but successive Polish administrations have lacked the money or determination to resolve the issue.  Learn more about this story and more in the most recent edition of Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
May 16 Polish Happy Hour...May 17-19 Toledo Area Polish American Festival ... May 18 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino ....Friday June 14 Simply Slavic Preview Nite w Chardon Polka Band...Saturday June 15 Simply Slavic... July 13-14 YSU Summer Festival of the Arts...Saturday, July 20 Krakusy Society Polish Summer Picnic...Sunday, August 18 Polish Day 2019!  And you know there will be more to come!

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team



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