What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2009-12-31 07:44:52
Issue #: 34

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In Krakow, New Year's Eve is a big deal, with its epicentre being the Market Square. On the evening of December 31st, thousands of Cracovians and visitors brave the cold (or put on a thick alcohol blanket to keep warm) and venture to the Market Square, where the evening begins with a series of free rock concerts by some of the biggest Polish stars. Right before midnight, the countdown begins, and at the sound of the bells from St. Mary's Cathedral a procession of fireworks lights up the night sky. Check out it HERE.

As you are listing your New Year’s resolution this year make learning to speak Polish one of them! Our fun, conversation-based language and culture classes will begin on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 PM at starting Jan. 12th at Pig Iron Press and will run through the spring. Register NOW for $50 per student. We need a minimum of 10 students. If we have enough interest, we might be able to break the class into different skill level groups since another teacher is interested. Martyna Matusiak, our instructor, will be available for private lessons between 3-6 PM on Tuesdays too! A class syllabus outline and registration are available HERE. Come join us for this great cultural learning experience! These classes would be in addition to the FREE Basic Polish classes currently being offered on Tuesday mornings 11:30-1 PM at Sts. Peter & Paul. For more information call 330-793-5925. To get started, check out our newest vocabulary words for January on our home page HERE.

The new year is a big one for the U.S. census, conducted every 10 years as mandated in the Constitution. But the 2010 census form -- in a departure from 2000 and previous decades -- will not contain a question asking people about their ancestry, prompting concern among many ethnic communities who say marking say 'white' isn't enough.
Government officials say they eliminated the ancestry question along with several others because they wanted a shorter form that will make it easier for people to complete. But ethnic groups are worried that they might lose their fair share of federal and private dollars since institutions often rely on census data to allocate funds.
To address this the Piast Institute, a Hamtramck, MI-based national institute for Polish and Polish-American Affairs, has initiated a new online survey to find out more about the attitudes of Polish Americans of all generations in regard to key public issues, their ideas for the future of our community and their feelings about the values that should motivate Polonia.
"The survey is one of a series the Piast Institute is doing to help our community understand itself and provide direction for those who lead Polish organizations," says Virginia Skrzyniarz of Piast. "It will also help them to speak with confidence that they are acting in accord with our views."
The questionnaire is 49 questions and is completely anonymous. To make your voice heard click HERE. The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown will host Skrzyniarz and other members of Piast Institute to talk about this and their other research on Sunday January 10th at 2 PM at the Poland Library. This event is free and the public is welcome.

Mark your calendar

We had so much fun, we’ve decided to bring back Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration
on Saturday, February 6th at 7 PM at The Youngstown Club. Enjoy the popular imported vodka and unusual beer tasting, heavy appetizers, games, door prizes, music, dancing, and, of course, paczki! Tickets are $30 advance/$40 at the door. Call 330-719-0415 for reservations.

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