Our Annual Meeting took place on March 24th with 19 people in attendance.
IMANTA’s Executive members for the coming year are Ena, Edgars, Linda, Liesma, Nelda, Inga, Zane, Inta, Ann & Uldis. Our auditors are Anita and Jon. Some of the discussion centered on finding and encouraging younger members to take over executive positions, which must happen if IMANTA is to continue. The current Board members would help with the transition.
A mobile passport office was here in early spring. Consular agents from Ottawa renewed passports and helped with citizenship application papers.
The Mother’s Day concert organized by the Children’s group in early May saw a turnout of over 40 people to watch the children’s program of song and dance, and then enjoy a potluck lunch at long tables set with white tablecloths in celebration of spring and Latvia’s re-declaration of independence on May 4th. This occasion has come to be known as Baltā Galdauta Diena/White Tablecloth Day.
IMANTA members were deeply saddened at the passing of Marshall Mithrush in early May. He was a strong supporter of every IMANTA activity and many of you will remember him at our various pig roasts and other events. Our deepest condolences to his wife, Liesma, and her entire family on their great loss.
Marshall was also instrumental in helping us choose a tree and planting site for the Latvian centennial tree last year. The tree, which will be maintained by the City of Edmonton, was planted in Msgr W. Irwin Park at 9814-110 Str NW last fall, close to Grandin School and LRT station. The plaque at the base of the tree reads ‘This Linden tree was planted by the Edmonton Latvian Society IMANTA to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Latvian independence’. We will be meeting at the tree on Saturday, June 15th, at 1pm to celebrate and take a group photo.
Summer solstice and LĪGO are a few weeks away! We will celebrate on June 22nd starting at 2pm at the Edmonton Oilfield Technical Society Park at 2104 – 156 Street SW.
Edmonton Oilfield Technical Society Park
For the Best Access to the Park, use Anthony Henday to the Rabbit Hill Road Overpass
Then Proceed South to Ellerslie Road and continue South on Rabbit Hill Road until the first left exit. Follow the exit to 156 Streeet – 156 Street deadends at the Park.
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TENTATIVE LĪGO PROGRAM (times of activities are tentative may change depending on attendance & weather conditions). We have full use of the grounds and large hall. In case of rain, everything will be held indoors.
3pm Wreath-making demonstration & participation. Some flowers will be
provided. Bring oak leaves and grasses if you can. Mandala (Latvian
sun sign)activity for children.
3:30pm Cheese-making demonstration & participation.
Raffle tickets available to purchase for the items on display.
Snacks and juice/water available
4:00pm Decorating of Līgo wheel for all ages
Pīragi contest judging starts
5:00p Log-pulling for all ages
5:45pm Pīragi contest winners announced
6:00pm Buffet dinner: roast pig, potatoes, sauerkraut, salads, rye bread &
butter will be provided. Dessert will be potluck. We ask that
you bring something home-made and include a
list of ingredients for our guests with dietary concerns. While we
appreciate all past contributions of store-bought desserts, we would
like to encourage more Latvian and traditional baking. Coffee and tea
will be provided.
7:00pm Raffle draw
7:30pm Volleyball and blanket-volleyball games for all
8:30pm Dancing: instruction of simple steps, line dance, music
9:30pm Bonfire, weather permitting. Bring your old wreaths to burn!
Singing, music, dancing as long as you last
12:30pm Fire pit to be extinguished, as per the rules of OTS.
02:30pm Hall closes.
Admission by donation. We can only accept cash or cheque.
-There is seating in the hall and on the deck. Bring lawn chairs to sit on the lawn and around the fire; bring bug spray; bring your own adult beverages. There is a horseshoe pit on site.
-There is a large grassy area & playground for children. Parents, please be aware that climbing on oilfield exhibits is not allowed. These exhibits surround the Park and are tempting but Imanta appreciates your co-operation in ensuring that they are not to be disturbed or used as a playground.
-Camping available for trailers/motorhomes at $25/night. Tent camping not available. You must make your own camping reservation at www.edmonton-ots.com
-Taxi vouchers will be available for seniors
Edmontonas Latviešu Biedrības IMANTAs Jāņu programma
- gada 22. jūnijā
2:30 Viesu sagaidīšana
3:00 Vainagu pīšanas apmācība un gatavošana sāksies
Maziem bērniem: Materiālu meklēšana un saules zīmes veidošanas nodarbība
3:30 Jāņu siera gatavošana un apmācība sāksies
Loterijas biļešu pārdošana sāksies
4:00 Jāņu rata izpušķošana un apmācība sāksies, lieliem un maziem
5:00 Bluķu vilkšana bērniem ar vecākiem
5:45 Pīrāgu konkursa apbalvojumi
7:00 Loterijas rezultātu ziņojums
7:30 Volejbumba/segu bumbas spēles lieliem un maziem
8:30 Deju soļu apgūšana. Uzvedums. Dejošana
9:30 Ugunskurs, dziedāšana, veco vainagu dedzināšana
Muzika, dziedāšana, dejošana, ciemošanās turpināsies līdz vakara beigām