What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2011-09-15 10:23:31
Issue #: 116

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It’s not often that the news in Poland takes top spot with us but the recent scuffles with Lithuania caught my eye and I wanted to share them with you… Former president Lech Walesa has declined one of Lithuania's most distinguished honors, citing the Baltic country's treatment of its Polish minority as his motive. Learn more this interesting story here and other news in Poland at our Polish Media Watch. Ohio, on the other hand, is not having trouble recognizing its Polish citizens and their history. This week, inspired by the recently published biography, the City Council of Dublin, near Columbus, voted this week to create a 40 acre wildlife area and name it Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park. Learn more about how it came about here.
Closer to home, the spirit of the harvest was felt last week at as we celebrated Dożynki at Polish Happy Hour on Thursday at Barry Dyngles on Raccoon Road.  Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley was our non-profit partner for the evening full of music, food, contests and ceremony. Learn more about it and see all the pics from that night here.
In October PolishYoungstown marks our 3rd Birthday! So join us as we celebrate by with a very special Polish Happy Hour at the McDonough Museum of Art, YSU’s Center for Contemporary Art. Our event is part of the Town Hall Project where they are showing the projection project - changing projections on the walls will tell the story of local projects here in Youngstown. PYTown plans to submit our story in pictures so you can enjoy trivia games & prizes as well as some of your favorite drinks, food and even a live band! Learn more here.

Last chance to sign up for our Tuesday evening Polish Language and Culture Classes. We have enough new people to have two completely different classes: 6-7:30 for beginners and 7-8:30 for intermediates. For more info call 330-354-2190 or check out the website here.

Krakowiaki is adopting its new format of a Polish School for Kids (ages 3-16) with a parent meeting and Open House TONIGHT at St. Joseph the Provider at 6:30 PM. Children will learn Polish language, customs, and traditions, create Polish crafts, sing some Polish songs. They even learned how to pinch pierogi! If you would like your child to learn more about your heritage, call 330-318-7963.
If you want to give folk dance a try, we have been invited to participate in Zatańczmy, a gala celebration of Polish Folk Dance on Nov. 19th in Cleveland and are learning a new, 10-minute suite from the region of Kurpie in Eastern Poland. The tempos vary and are considered easy and fun for all ages and levels of experience. This is the perfect way to try it out, meet some new people and be done in only a handful of workshops. If interested, call 330-646-4082.

Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America's history and culture. Next month is Polish American Heritage Month. PolishYoungstown always puts together a full slate of activities for the month to encourage you to celebrate the joys of being Polish. Look for the plans next week.  One of those activities includes learning about our family heritage. PolishYoungstown is taking a weekend excursion to the Polonica Americana Research Institute on the bucolic campus of St. Mary’s of Orchard Lake to allow you conduct your research and visit their Galeria, Museums and the Polish shops in historic Hamtramck. Join us Oct. 7-9 to do a little family research of your own! Let us know if you are interested here.

If you enjoy the efforts of our band of dedicated, creative, reliable, altruistic “Cultural Evangelists”-this is your chance to join the PolishYoungstown Team.  We being our new year Oct. 1st so this is the perfect time to jump in! Our activities help us learn more about our Polish heritage and we have fun doing it! Call 330-646-4082 or write to any of us to learn more details.

COMING UP: The fun continues in September ...St. Stanislaus is hosting Bishop Murry on Sat Sept 17th at 4 ...Oktoberfest  takes place at Conneaut Lake Park on September 17-18 ...the Carpatho Rusyn Society is hosting its annual Vatra on Sept 18th ...Lawrence County Polish Day at nostalgic Cascade Park will feature Ethnic Jazz and Polka Family Band on Sept. 26th  It is sure to be a great time! Looking ahead, the famous Duquesne Tamburitzans are coming to town on Saturday, Oct. 15th to benefit the Youngstown Diocese St. Vincent de Paul Society. Reserve your tickets by calling 330-755-3968.

Do Zobaczenia!  (Until we meet again...)
Your PolishYoungstown Team


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