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September 2013

 Sep 29 & 30   Rafal Blechacz in Concert in Portland
Sep 28   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library
  Farewell-To-Summer Party at the Polish Cultural Center
 Sep 26   Meet the Author: Mizielinska & Mizielinski at the Sammamish Library
 Sep 22   Open House at the Scout Troop Kaszuby at the Polish Cultural Center
 Sep 21-22   Polish Festival in Portland
Sep 10   Polish Consul visits Portland
Sep 8   Harvest Festival Dozynki at the Polish Parish in Tacoma
Sep 6   Polish Cultural Center re-opens after the summer
Sep 4   Registration & Open House at the Polish School in Bellevue

Rafal Blechacz

Festival in Portland

Sep 30, 7:30 pm: Rafal Blechacz in Concert in Portland, OR

Rafal Blechacz

The Portland State University presents a piano concert by Rafal Blechacz. Mr. Blechacz is the winner of the 2005 International Chopin Competition  in Warsaw, where he dominated the competitors completely by winning the main award as well as all the special prizes for best concerto, best sonata, best polonaise & best mazurka.


Where: at the Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, Portland, OR; tickets for Monday still available

More: about concert at PSU, Rafal Blechacz's site,

Sep 28, 7 pm: Farewell-To-Summer Party at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Cultural Center invites everybody to the Farewell-To-Summer Party. Music by DJ Filip from Portland. Dance party form 7 pm to midnight. The restaurant will be open from 6 pm to 10 pm; the bar will be open from 7 pm.


Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; tickets $10 PHA members, $15 non-members

More: for reservations contact Lucyna Blonska 206-764-7057 or Maria Switalska 425-226-7660

Sep 28, 11 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Nielegalni by Vincent Severski, published by Wyd. Czarna Owca in 2011. Nielegalni is a gripping spy novel set in current Poland, Sweden, Russia & Ukraine with some historical events and characters included in the plot. Severski is apparently a nom-de-plume of a very successful and now retired Polish counter-intelligence officer and spy. According to Wikipedia, among his military decorations is Legion of Merit awarded by President Obama.


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

More: about book (PL), Polish Book Club

Sep 26, 4 pm: Meet the Author: Mizielinska & Mizielinski at the Sammamish Library

Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski are Polish authors & illustrators, who have won numerous international awards for their funny and intelligent books for children. Amazon has about 20 of their amazing books available in English, Polish, French etc. including H.O.U.S.E, Maps, and Welcome to Momoko. They are both graduates of the Book Design Studio at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.


Where: at the Sammamish Library in Sammamish, WA; admission free

More: about the authors and the meeting in Sammamish, Mizielinski book images

Sep 22, 12:30 - 2 pm: Open House at the Scout Troop Kaszuby at the Polish Cultural Center

The local Polish Scout / ZHP Troop Kaszuby invites everybody interested in scouting to the first meeting of the new season. Children from 4 to 18 can sign up; the meetings are at the Polish Cultural Center. The scouts organize camps and trips and provide another excellent way for children to learn Polish culture and traditions.  


Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free, new members invited

More: Scout troop website; for more info contact Scout Master Anna Borodenko, tel. (425) 280-4858

Sep 21-22: 20th Polish Festival in Portland

At two full days of attractions, it's the biggest and the most colorful 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.


This year again, the Festival and the Polish community have been honored by the Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber, with a Proclamation of Oregon Polish Culture Weekend over Sep 21-22, 2013. Congratulations!


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: article about Festival, contact PLBA president Roman Sobolewski

 Sep 10: Polish Consul visits Portland

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that a consular outreach visit to Portland to process passport applications for Polish citizens is scheduled for Sep 10, 2013. The visit is coordinated by Ms. Monica Sobolewski and Mr. Roman Sobolewski who also provide detailed info to people who sign up. The Consul is available from 9 am to 5 pm;  reservations are required to see the Consul.

A consular outreach visit to Seattle is not expected before March of 2014.


Where: At the Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR; reservations required - please contact Ms. Monica Sobolewski 360-771-5308 or Mr. Roman Sobolewski 360-281-9023

More: Visit info PL, Visit info EN

Sep 8, from 10 am: Harvest Festival at the Polish Parish in Tacoma

Fr. Eugeniusz Bolda and SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Tacoma invite everybody to a Polish harvest festival. The program follows the mass of Thanksgiving at 10 am and includes traditional Polish food, beer, music, souvenirs, games for children and more.


Where: at the Parish Hall of SS Peter a& Paul in Tacoma; admission free, in Polish

More: Contact Fr. Bolda & to the Parish is (206) 282 1804.

Sep 6: The Polish Cultural Center Re-Opens After Summer

The Polish Home opens after the summer break in the week after the Labor Day. In particular the restaurant and the bar will be open on Friday nights starting from Sep 6, 2013.


More: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home in Seattle

Sep 4, 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 K (zerowka) 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 Sep 11, 2013.

Where: open house & registration at the East Shore Unitarian Church
Education Building, Bellevue.
More: Polish School in Bellevue,
School email contact or Anna Cholewinska at 425 736 1209.


2013  Ryszard Kott

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