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  Jan 31   Carnival party for children at the Polish Home
  Jan 30    Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
  PHA annual meeting at the Polish Home
  Jan 16-30   Malgorzata Walewska in Il Trovatore at the Seattle Opera
  Jan 16-17   UWPSEC opera & reception w/ M. Walewska in Seattle
  Jan 13   Garrick Ohlsson plays Chopin at at the UW Meany Hall
  Jan 9   A Polish-American Ski Day at Alpental
  Jan 3   Christmas wafer sharing and carols at the Polish Home
  till Jan 23   A Polish poster exhibition at the UW


Malgorzata Walewska

at the Opera

Jan 31, 12 - 4 pm: Carnival party for kids at the Polish Home

The Polish School in Seattle invites every kid around to a traditional carnival party for children from noon till 4 pm at the Polish Home. It will feature games and competitions with awards, dancing & signing and a raffle. There will also be a dinner and desserts available at very reasonable prices! All the proceeds go to the benefit of the Polish School in Seattle.

Where: at the Polish Home, admission free; dinner $12 / $6 regular / half portion

More: party info (206) 362-3077, School Principal Anna Babcock (425) 836-9322

Jan 30, 10 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Lod by Jacek Dukaj, published by WL in 2007. Dukaj is considered the best living Polish science fiction writer and many of his books received awards. Lod is set in Poland and Siberia in 1920s in an alternative reality with Russia still ruled by a tzar and science challenged by new ice-bred life forms.


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

More: about Lod, author, more about author, Polish Book Club

Jan 30, 3 pm: PHA annual meeting at the Polish Home

This is the annual meeting for the members of the Polish Home Association. It is also an election meeting for the Board of Trustees and the PHA Officer positions. PHA members can vote by proxy, see the Polish Home website for candidate lists, proxy forms and other election info. Deadline for candidates is January 5, 2010.


Where: at the Polish Home

More: 2010 election announcement, 2010 election info 

Jan 16-17: UW PSEC opera & reception with Malgorzata Walewska

Malgorzata Walewska

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites to a night at the opera to see Malgorzata Walewska in Il Trovatore and then to a private reception with the Polish mezzo-soprano. Please see another note on this page for info about Ms. Walewska The reception is a fundraiser organized by the UW PSEC to support Polish Studies at the University of Washington. Update: photo & article in Nowy Dziennik (in Polish).


Where: at a private residence in Seattle, by reservation only; donation $100 per person covers a ticket to the Opera on Jan 16, at 7:30 pm and a reception reservation for Jan 17 at 4 pm; reservations Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska (206) 362-3829 by Dec 30, 2009

More: Malgorzata Walewska's site, Il Trovatore in Seattle, UW PSEC

Jan 16-30: M. Walewska in Il Trovatore at the Opera

Malgorzata Walewska

Ms. Malgorzata Walewska, a stunning mezzo-soprano, returns to the Seattle Opera after very well received performance in Bartok's Bluebeard Castle. In Il Trovatore she portrays the gypsy Azucena, one of Verdi's most vivid and human characters, and the focal point of the opera. Ms. Walewska performed major roles in Europe and debuted in the Metropolitan Opera in 2005.


Where: Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall; Ms. Walewska is scheduled to sing on January 16, 20, 23, 27 & 30, 2010.

More: Malgorzata Walewska's site, Il Trovatore in Seattle

Jan 13, 8 pm: Garrick Ohlsson plays Chopin at the UW Meany Hall

Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson is an excellent pianist and the only American to win the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (in 1970). He comes to Seattle for two concerts in the UW World Series at Meany Hall. The program includes Impromptu in F sharp, Ballade in A flat, Fantasie, Two nocturnes, Scherzo, Preludes (24).


Where: Meany Hall at the University of Washington campus; tickets are on sale now!

More: Ohlsson Seattle concert

Jan 9, all day: A Polish-American Ski Day at Alpental

A group of young Polish snow fanatics is inviting everybody to the First Annual Polish-American Ski Day at Alpental. Skiers & snowboarders, kids on sleds and everybody young or old is invited to participate and socialize at a fresh air. Second generation Polish-Americans are quite active recently. Check out this Polish-American Young Man Calendar for 2009! Update: YouTube video from the event.


Where: meeting at a fire pit in front of the lodge at the Alpental Ski resort at Snoqualmie Pass, WA.

More: an appeal by Kasia Pawluskiewicz, contact to Kasia

Jan 3, 2:30 pm: Christmas wafer sharing and carols at the Polish Home

This event is the traditional wafer sharing (oplatek) for members and friends of the Polish Home with Fr. Stanislaw Michalek. The Polish Choir Vivat Musica will help with caroling and everybody is invited to come and sing Polish and American carols along.


Where: at the Polish Home

More: Ela Filipczuk

Nov 30 - Jan 23: A Polish poster exhibition at the UW

by Mieczyslaw Górowski

The Polish Poster: a Visual Metaphor is a poster exhibition featuring some of the most interesting examples of the Polish poster art. The 50 posters at the exhibit come from the local NW collections. Organized by Krzysztof & Ewa Poraj-Kuczewski, sponsored by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee and the Polish Home Foundation.

This excellent exhibition has been extended till January 23, 2010.


Where: at the Allen Library North on the University of Washington campus in Seattle; admission free, open during library hours.



© 2010  Ryszard Kott

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