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  Sep 25-26   17th Polish Festival in Portland
  Sep 24   Polish Story Time Poczytajki at the Bellevue Library

  Sep 21-26

  Polish team at 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships

        in Richmond (Vancouver), BC

  Sep 18   Polish Scouts meeting at the Polish Home
  Sep 17-19   Seattle Intern. Piano Festival at Benaroya & Cornish College
  Sep 18   Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
  Sep 17   Pol-Am Chamber of Commerce presentation at the Polish Home
  Sep 15-18   In the Solitude of Cotton Fields at the Behnke Center
  Sep 15   First day of school at the Polish School in Bellevue
  Strike at the Polish Film Club meeting at the Polish Home
  Sep 11 & 13   Back to school at the Polish School in Seattle
  Sep 12   SGSCA picnic at the Woodland Park
  Sep 11-12   Polish Harvest Festival (Dozynki) in Vancouver, BC
  Sep 11   30th Anniversary of Solidarity at the Polish Home
  Meet the author with Inga Iwasiow at the Polish Home
  Sep 10 & 11   Chopiniade - concert & ballet in Portland
  Sep 10   Polish Home opens after the summer break
  Sep 8   Registration & open house at the Polish School in Bellevue

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Sep 25-26: 17th Polish Festival in Portland

If you haven't seen it - go for it! It's the biggest and the best Polish Festival in the western United States. Each year the Festival features exhibitions, jazz or piano concerts plus the two full days of performances by the best Polish folk groups from the west coast US and Canada , variety of merchandize and tons of pierogi & other Polish food as well as Polish beer. There are also polka contests on both days and dancing on the Saturday evening.

   

Where: St. Stanislaus Church & Polish Hall & Library, at an equivalent of a city block at 3900 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, OR; admission & entertainment free

More: Festival program, article about Festival, Marek Stepien 503-810-6926

Sep 24, 4 pm: Polish Story Time Poczytajki at the Bellevue Library

Joanna Wroblewska

This is a meeting of the Polish Story Time Poczytajki for kids - Polish children books and stories are read to kids from kindergarten and early elementary grades. In this meeting: children poems, rhymes, songs and finger plays. Organized by Joanna Wroblewska with the help of the King County Public Libraries.

 

Where: at the Bellevue Regional Library in Bellevue; admission free, in Polish

More: Joanna Wroblewska

Sep 19, 12:30 pm: Polish Scouts meeting at the Polish Home

The local Polish Scout / ZHP Troop Kaszuby in Seattle invites everybody interested in scouting to the first meeting of the new season. Children from 4 to 18 can sign up; the meetings are every two weeks. Please contact the scout masters below for more information.

 

Where: at the Polish Home, admission free

More: Scout troop website; for more info contact Scout Master Anna Borodenko, tel. (425) 280-4858, Wojtek Las (206) 229-0164 or Iwona Bernacki (4250 736-5185.

Sep 17-19: Seattle International Piano Festival at Benaroya & Cornish College

The 2nd Seattle International Piano Festival is a 3-day event featuring participants from all over the world; master classes, competition and guest concerts, including Chopin played by Caio Pagano on Sep 17 and Rzewski played by Corey Hamm on Sep 18,  and the winners' recital on Sep 19 at Benaroya. Organized by Seattle International Piano Festival with Dr. Ivona Kaminska as the President.
 

Where: at different locations; please see the SIPF site for venues and ticket info
More: about SIPF, Ivona Kaminska, Chopin Academy of Music

Sep 18, 11 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Kara by Maja Wolny published by Proszynski & Ska in 2009. Wolny, 34, is a writer and journalist living in Belgium. Her books are dealing with the problem of migration and the challenges of intercultural relations between people. Club meetings are in Polish.

 

Where: at the Green Lake Public Library in Seattle; admission free

More: about book, Wolny, Polish Book Club

Sep 17, 7 pm: Pol-Am Chamber of Commerce presentation at the Polish Home

Eva Orlowska

A newly organized Polish-American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest invites to a presentation by Ms. Eva Orlowska, Executive Director and President, Prof. K. Poznanski, Advisor and several PACC Directors about PACC vision, mission and goals followed by Networking for Success Happy Hour at the Polish Home restaurant at 8 pm. Everybody is invited to come and join the Chamber.

 

Where:  Presentation at 7 pm, PACC happy hour at 8 pm, both at the Polish Home in Seattle

More: PACC PNW site, PACC event details

Sep 15-18, 8:30 pm: In the Solitude of Cotton Fields in Portland

Portland Institute for Performing Arts invites to a play of In the Solitude of Cotton Fields directed by Radoslaw Rychcik with cast from the Stefan Zeromski Theatre in Kielce, Poland. This innovative play is staged in part like a punk concert and follows an illicit deal of unknown nature. Mr. Rychcik is a young director quite famous for his contemporary staging of musical plays both in Europe and in the USA.

 

Where: Portland Center for the Performing Arts in Portland, OR; tickets $28

More: About the play in Seattle, Radoslaw Rychcik, PCPA

Sep 15, 6 pm: First day of school at the Polish School in Bellevue

The Fr. Jan Twardowski Polish School in Bellevue invites children from the Eastside and Seattle areas. The School is separate from the Polish School in Seattle. Subjects include Polish language, geography, history and culture classes offered to children from grades 1 to 8, based on proficiency in Polish. The School also has a program of Polish as a second language for children. All classes are on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the East Shore Unitarian Church.

Where: classes at the East Shore Unitarian Church
Education Building in Bellevue.
More: Polish School in Bellevue,
annacholewinska@verizon.net or call Anna Cholewinska at 425 736 1209  after September 6, 2010.

Sep 15, 7:30  pm: Polish Film Club meeting at the Polish Home

The film for the meeting is Strike directed by Volker Schlondorff in 2006. The movie is a docudrama covering creation of Solidarity and the free trade unions - the topic so famously treated by Andrzej Wajda in his Man of Iron (1981). Strike shows it from a perspective of a woman hero based on real life activists Anna Walentynowicz and Alina Pienkowska.

 

Where: at the Polish Home; in Polish w/ English subtitles; admission free

More: About the moviePFC OKO site

Sep 11 & 13: Back to school at the Polish School in Seattle

The Juliusz Slowacki Polish School in Seattle offers classes to individuals of all ages. Children from grades 1-8 learn Polish language & literature, as well history and geography of Poland; assignment is based on proficiency level in Polish. Adults can learn Polish as beginners or at intermediate level. All classes at the Polish Home in Seattle, on Mondays or on Saturdays. The registration is September 11 for the Saturday classes and September 13 for the Monday classes.

 

Where: classes at the Polish Home; on Mondays at 6 pm, Saturdays at 9 am

More: For children signup contact Paul Griffin at plg77@drizzle.com, for adult signup contact Barbara Strutynski (425) 746-3037, Polish School in Seattle

Sep 12, noon-5 pm: SGSCA picnic at the Woodland Park

Everyone is invited - individuals, families and guests - to celebrate the summer at the yearly picnic of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association. Come to enjoy the City park on the Green Lake while munching on roasted kielbasa and other delights.

 

Where:  Woodland Park in Seattle, shelter # 7, watch for the SGSCA banner; admission free, food and drinks provided, please bring a salad or dessert to share

More: Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assn., or contact Tom Clark

Sep 11-12: Polish Harvest Festival / Dozynki in Vancouver, BC

The Zgoda Polish Friendship Society from Vancouver, BC invites to the traditional Polish Harvest Festival (Dozynki). The 2010 program includes performances by several folks group from Polish & Gypsy to Flamingo & Polynesian; a puppet show for children, dancing, Polish food & beer and more.

  

Where: Polish Community Center Zgoda, Vancouver, BC

More: Full program here, for reservations & info please contact Zgoda

 Sep 11, 3:30 pm: 30th Anniversary of Solidarity at the Polish Home

Polish Home Assn invites to a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Solidarity movement. On August 31, 1980, a general strike led by Lech Walesa won the right to independent trade unions. The program recognizes importance of Solidarity for democracy in Europe and honors Solidarity leaders living in the Seattle area.

 

Where: at the Polish Home, admission free; refreshments will be served

More: Asia Jeziorska 425-417-9548

Sep 11, 6:30 pm: Meet the author with Inga Iwasiów at the Polish Home

Inga Iwasiów

The Polish Book Club in Seattle invites to a meeting with the author Inga Iwasiów. Ms. Iwasiów is a writer, a poet, a literary critic and the editor of a literary journal Pogranicze as well as a professor of literature at Univ. of Szczecin, Poland. Her interests include gender studies and she is a known feminist. Her book Bambino was nominated to the Nike award in 2009. This event is supported by the Polish Home Foundation and is in Polish.

 

Where: at the Polish Home in Seattle; admission free, in Polish

More: about Inga Iwasiow, her website & blog, Polish Book Club, Bambino

Sep 10-11: Chopiniade - concert & ballet in Portland

The Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Portland Festival Ballet invite to a celebration of Chopin music. The first half of the concert features solo piano works performed by Mei-Ting Sun with choreography by John Magnus, followed by an orchestral ballet suite, Homage to Chopin, by a local composer Katerina Kramarchuk.

 

Where: Friday, Sep 10, 7:30 pm at the Venetian Theatre in Hillsboro, OR; Saturday, Sep 11, 7:30 pm at Kaul Auditorium, at Reed College, Portland, OR

More: info and tickets at: http://www.portlandchamberorchestra.org/chopiniade

Sep 10: Polish Home opens after a summer break

The Polish Home in Seattle opens for business as usual, including the restaurant and the bar, on September 10, 2010.

 

More: Polish Home in Seattle

Sep 8, 6:30 pm: Registration & open house at the Polish School in Bellevue

Fr. Jan Twardowski Polish School in Bellevue invites children from the Eastside as well as Seattle. The School is separate from the Polish School in Seattle. Subjects include Polish language, geography, history and culture classes offered to children from grades 1 to 8, based on proficiency in Polish. The School also has a program of Polish as a second language for children. All classes are on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. The first day of school is September 15, 2010.

Where: open house at the East Shore Unitarian Church
Education Building, Bellevue.
More: Polish School in Bellevue,
annacholewinska@verizon.net or call Anna Cholewinska at 425 736 1209  after September 6, 2010.

 
 

© 2010  Ryszard Kott

Photo "Fountain" courtesy Hanna Gil, Photo "Seattle" courtesy Ryszard Kwieciński