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  July 24   Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
  July 21   Movie Everything For Sale at the Polish Film Club
  July 17 & 18   Modern wycinanki art at the Magnuson Park
  Polish soccer club PKS plays in the All Nations Cup in Tukwila
  Fusion Festival in Surrey, BC
  July 16   Lecture & film on Changes in the Arctic Climate in Seattle
  July 3   Polish Presidential Elections at the Polish Home
  July   Polish Home open in July

Polsih Film Club

July 24, 11 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Prowadz swoj plug przez kosci umarlych by Olga Tokarczuk published by Wyd. Literackie in 2009. The is a moral thriller with a female protagonist. This is a new genre for Tokarczuk, who is a very popular, award winning author and essayist. The book is available on the Internet or from Club members. Club meetings are in Polish.


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

More: about book (in Polish) Olga Tokarczuk, Tokarczuk WL site, Polish Book Club

July 21, 7:30 pm: Movie Everything For Sale at the Polish Home

Polish Film Club OKO presents Everything for Sale (Wszystko na sprzedaz) - a 1969 movie directed by A. Wajda and starring E. Czyzewska & A. Lapicki. Inspired by the tragic death of the great actor Zbigniew Cybulski, the film is Wajda's very personal take on movie making. This screening is a tribute to Ms. Elzbieta Czyzewska who died recently in New York. There will be an intro to the movie and a discussion afterwards.


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

More: Czyzewska, her fan site, Wajda, Wajda on the movie & Cybulski, movie on Amazon, PFC OKO site

July 17 & 18: PKS plays in All Nations Cup in Tukwila

All smiles in 2008

The next best thing to the soccer World Cup - the Polish soccer club of Seattle (PKS) plays again in All Nations Cup in Tukwila. In 2008 the team advanced to the semi-finals, in 2009 exited at the group level. Better luck this year! Come to cheer the team Poland in the qualifier round:

    Sat, July 17,    1:30 pm:  Poland vs. Guatemala, field #2, final score 1:2

    Sat, July 17,    7:30 pm:  Poland vs. Korea, field #2, final score 2:0

    Sun, July 18,   2:30 pm:  Poland vs. Romania, field #4, final score 0:1


Where: Starfire Sports Center in Tukwila; All Nations Cup

More: for PKS contact Piotr Warczak 206-769-3840, or Grzegorz Kostyra

July 17 & 18, 10 am - 6 pm: Modern wycinanki art at the Magnuson Park

Meditation in Green

Wycinanki is the Polish art of making fine cutouts. Alisa Lidzbarski Lahti will be showing and selling her paper-cut and wycinanki-influenced artwork at the Best of Magnuson Park art fair. She’ll have original work as well as greeting card prints. The Park combines the art fair, a music festival, a soccer tournament, as well as  food, beer & wine over the weekend for a great family day out.


Where: Hangar 30 at the Magnuson Park in Seattle, admission free
July 17 & 18: Fusion Festival in Surrey, BC

Surrey is a city in Canada between the border and Vancouver. The Fusion Festival is a huge festival showcasing music, culture and culinary traditions of 25 nations. Last year 60,000 visitors attended. This year there are two Polish groups from Canada performing at the Festival, and the Polish Pavilion presents a medieval Poland theme, complete with a puppet show The Legend of the Wawel Dragon.


Where: at Holland Park, Surrey, BC; admission free; puppet show at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm.

More: Festival site, Pavilions

July 16, 7 pm: Lecture & film on Changes in the Arctic Climate in Seattle

Norbert Untersteiner

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites to a lecture Changes in the Arctic Climate by Prof. Norbert Untersteiner. Dr. Untersteiner is an UW Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Sciences. He will discuss effects of rapid warming of the Arctic on the marine ecosystem, resource extraction and commercial shipping and will comment on his documentary movie Drifting Station Alpha in the Arctic.


Where: at a private home in North Seattle; admission free, reception to follow; If you are interested, please contact Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska or call (206) 362-3829.

More: about prof. Untersteiner, his article on Arctic ice cover, UW PSEC

July 3, 6 am - 8 pm: Polish Presidential Elections at the Polish Home

Update: Results for the Seattle polling station #177: Kaczynski 146, Komorowski 139, results page here.


This is the run-off round of the early presidential elections in Poland – a contest between Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Bronislaw Komorowski. A polling station for Polish citizens is at the Polish Home; voting in the United States is set on July 3, 2010 from 6 am to 8 pm. To vote you have to be registered - people who have not registered yet can register till July 1, 2010. Results of the first round. Registration info


Where: at the Polish Home; the restaurant will be open from noon till at least 4 pm; additional registration deadline is July 1, 2010.            .

More: More: Elections FAQ (in English), Detailed election info (in Polish)

July: Polish Home open in July

In July 2010, the Polish Home in Seattle is open on Friday nights as usual, including the restaurant and the bar. It's closed on Sundays though.

The Polish Home will be closed for a summer break in August and will reopen in September.


More: Polish Home in Seattle


© 2010  Ryszard Kott

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