Hello Imanta friends! Check out a few of these photos from last week’s Ligo celebration.
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The latest news…
One month pre-election in Latvia: a political discussion program on Latvian TV this Saturday, September 11, streamed live at www.vissnotiek.lv. It will start at 10am Alberta time and involve 7 North American cities via Skype, including Edmonton. Anyone with internet access can watch it at home.
If you know any seniors who don’t have internet access and who would like to watch this, please let them know and maybe help them arrange something…?
Hansamedia TV in Latvia is organizing a political forum for this Saturday, September 11th, allowing 7 North American communities to participate in discussions with election candidates from 5 political parties in Latvia. This will be done using Skype and will be streamed live on the internet. A similar forum with Europeans, ie: Latvians not living in Latvia, took place on September 4th.
LNAK (Latvian Nat’l Assoc in Canada) chose Toronto and Edmonton as the two Canadian participants. I think they wanted to show and recognize that not all Latvians in Canada live in the east. The other participanting cities are San Francisco, Detroit, Boston, Minneapolis and New York.
There are 3 pre-determined topics which all political candidates will answer and discuss:
1. How many persons of Latvian heritage and how many Latvian citizens live outside Latvia? How important are these Latvians to Latvia? In the interest of future strategic planning, can we agree on a realistic number for this population?
2. What, if anything, is being done now to allow Latvians abroad to return to Latvia? What are future plans/strategies to encourage this return? Does Latvia want these Latvians to return? Maybe it’s more convenient for Latvia to have this diaspora?
3. What is Latvia doing and how is it taking care of the Latvians and Latvian citizens who have chosen to stay abroad, at least for the next few years? How do we help them maintain contact and exercise their rights as citizens? Comments on dual citizenship? Changes in the voting law to allow voting via internet?
The program starts at 7pm Latvian time or 10am Alberta time. It will be 90 minutes long. Because of time constraints, each of the 7 above-mentioned cities will only be allowed to ask one question.
I’ve spoken to 8 people and so far noone wants to be involved. It looks like I’ll be asking the question from Edmonton. However, if one of you would absolutely love to do this in my place, please let me know by Wednesday at the latest and it’s all yours! We are also collecting questions to ask the politicians. One question will be chosen but we’ll need backups in case of duplication so please send me ideas.
Finally – anyone who wants to vote in the October Latvian election has until September 10 to register for an absentee ballot by submitting their application and passport to the Latvian embassy in Ottawa.
- Our Līgo celebration is planned for Saturday, June 26th, at Lake Isle. Details to follow in the next newsletter.
- Martin Osis is organizing a vēžu balle (crayfish party) weekend at Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park on Carson Lake (near Whitecourt) for July 31-August 2. A group campsite has been reserved for IMANTA members and friends. Who knew we had crayfish in Alberta? Martin has the knowledge and talent to make any outdoor experience memorable. Please mark this on your calendar and plan to come out, even if for one day. More information in next newsletter.
- Plans are underway to organize a joint Edmonton-Calgary Latvian choir. Practices would be workshop-style and time commitment would be minimal. This will be open to everyone – you do not have to speak Latvian to sing Latvian! More information to follow.
- The IMANTA ‘Lāčplēsis’ Scholarship: Full Time Post‐Secondary Scholarship $2,500
- The IMANTA ‘Staburags’ Scholarship: Part‐Time Post‐Secondary Scholarship $1,000
- The IMANTA ‘Draugi’ Scholarship: Part‐Time Continuing Education Scholarship $500
The Edmonton Latvian Society “Imanta”
Here’s a page that has all the information you could ever want on the history of Latvian athletes in the Olympic Winter Games—it’s all in a handy .pdf guide that you can download and print! Note that page 3 has a handy viewing schedule to all the events that feature Latvian competitors during the Vancouver Games.
Of course, you could always view it in Latvian…
Laimīgu Jauno Gadu • Happy New Year!!
This first newsletter of the year is to announce our Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Sunday, February 28th at 1:00 pm at the Laurier Heights Community Hall at 14405—85 Avenue (on 144th Street, access north from 80th Avenue). Refreshments will be served.
Please remember that seniors can phone any of the following for transportation to the meeting or any other event:
Yellow Cab 780-462-3456
Barrel Taxi 780-489-7777
Checker Cabs 780-484-8888
Vouchers will be available when you arrive and will also be provided for return travel. Seniors who make regular use of our taxi vouchers are asked to phone Inta at 780-963-3593 or Ena at 780-468-2728 if you need more vouchers sent to you.
Together with the Latvian congregation in Edmonton, IMANTA hosted a Christmas celebration (eglītes vakars) in December. Those who attended enjoyed piparkūkas and other treats, as well as a visit by a jolly ziemassvētku vecītis who brought gifts for the children. Ten children attended with their parents. It was a new experience for many of them and we hope to make this an annual event.
Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča is performing Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York this season. A January performance was recorded live and shown in Cineplex theatres across the country. It will be re-run on Saturday, March 13, at 1:00pm at the South Edmonton Common Cineplex and possibly other theatres (check the
listings). This is a spectacular performance! The very talented Garanča is rapidly becoming an audience favorite world-wide. It’s also not every day you can hear Latvian spoken on such a famous stage.
IMANTA supported the St. Albert Prowlers Novice hockey team last year. This team will be playing an exhibition game against the Jasper Bears at the WEM Ice Palace on Saturday, February 27, at 11:30 am. If you’re able to watch them play, you’ll see an enthusiastic group of players that was very appreciative of our support.
Our Latvian community has lost three members with the passing of Ilga Green, Erik Kalnins and Marge Gully. We offer our condolences to their family and friends.
Athabasca University is working on a project titled “Connecting Canadians: Canada’s Multicultural Newspaper” and is looking for up to 20 members to assist with content evaluation. This would involve spending approximately 2 hours with their staff, reading some Latvian newspapers from 1945-49 and providing feedback. They will help
anyone who is not comfortable using a computer.
This project is funded by the federal government. It is part of a larger archival record and they want to be sure their efforts will be useful in the future. We hope many of you will respond for this survey.
If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 780-468-2728 in the next few weeks. We are planning to meet with Athabasca University on the first weekend in March, to accommodate those who work during the week. The time and location will be confirmed shortly.
The University’s contact person was impressed that IMANTA has a blog, through which she was able to contact us. If you have not seen it yet, the link to the blog is https://imantaedmonton.wordpress.com/ and we’re also on Facebook.
Recently this article found its way on to http://www.tvnet.lv. It’s a detailed account of Imanta’s Senoshana event held back in August. It talks about Edmonton and Alberta, too, and is accompanied by some great photos of our members who participated in the event. Check it out:
Rudens vēji grib mūs sveikt…
Mūsu latviešu sabiedrībā ir daudz jaunumu kopš pēdējā apkārtraksta izsūtīšanas. Līgo svinēšana notika skaistā pēpusdienā ar 73 apmeklētājiem, starp tiem ari viesi no Latvijas, Oregonas, Britu Kolumbijas un Kalgārijas. Augustā viesojās Inita Daniele no Rīgas un mums bija divas aizņemtas un vērtīgas sēņošanu dienas un pārrunas ar šo sēņu eksperti. Kopš maija mēneša Edmontonā ir ieradušies divpadsmit jauni latvieši un nākamās dienās ir vēl trīs gaidāmi. Vēlam viņiem visu to labāko jaunu dzīvi uzsākot.
As we enjoy this belated summer and plan for fall, it’s also time to look back on all that has happened in our community since our last newsletter.
The Līgo celebration was another successful event with 73 participants, including guests from Latvia, Oregon, British Columbia and Calgary. It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends and meet new people. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it a great afternoon, and a special thank you to Martin Osis for providing the delicious roast pig. Congratulations to Inta London for winning the highly-contested pirāg-baking prize!
Several members attended the Hamilton Song Festival, a busy and entertaining weekend which proved to everyone that smaller can be better. All concerts were easily accessible and the venues made it easier to feel involved. The next festival will be in Milwaukee in 2012.
Our casino was held in mid-August. Jim McDonald did an outstanding job of organising volunteers, arranging shifts, and keeping everyone well-fed and happy with their duties. His job is the most difficult and we are very grateful for his help.Inita Daniele, a mushroom expert from Riga, was in Edmonton for two weeks in August. She was a dynamic, energetic guest. In addition to her work with the Alberta Mycological Society, she spent a weekend guiding our members through the Devonian Gardens and the wilds of Wildwood. It was a unique opportunity to gain knowledge about mushrooms found in our area. Martin provided additional colourful information and, once again, a delicious feast to celebrate the forays. We enjoyed our collaboration with the A.M.S. and look forward to other such opportunities in the future.
Since mid-May, thirteen new Latvians have arrived in Edmonton for work or study. Three more are scheduled to arrive by the end of this month. They all face challenges in starting anew in a different country. We thank all those who contributed furniture or household goods to make
their transition easier.
Congratulations to Laura and Egon Jonsson on the safe arrival of Thomas Edward in July, and congratulations to the Kononovs family on receiving permanent residency!
IMANTA is starting a seniors’ transportation programme through Yellow Cab, using our casino funds. Taxi vouchers which have been sent to seniors on our mailing list may be used for transportation to doctors’ appointments, church services or social gatherings in the city area. If you did not receive your vouchers, please call Ena at 780-468-2728 or Inta at 780-963-3593.
One of the guests at our Līgo celebration was a gentleman from Oregon who was researching his family tree. He had very little information and was interested in anything that could be related. His grandparents came to the Edmonton area almost 100 years ago and his father, George Lapin, was born here. He contacted IMANTA for information and, as we communicated with him, we realised our community has its own rich and colourful history which is in danger of being lost. Many of our members are seniors and have information and stories that should be shared. To this end, we are starting a long-term project to gather and centralise such information. Please start thinking about what facts and details you would like to share about your family, your origins, and how you came to Edmonton. More information will follow in future newsletters.
Our November celebration will be held on Sunday, November 15th, at the Royal Glenora Club. It will feature the Swiss Men’s Choir and a delicious brunch. Details to follow.
The DVD The Soviet Story is available to anyone who wishes to borrow it. Please call Ena.
IMANTA has a blog! Here’s the link: https://imantaedmonton.wordpress.com
Huge thanks to Fawnda Mithrush for bringing us into the 21st century!
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IMANTA is very happy to annouce a visit by mycology expert Inita Daniele for this summer’s Senoshana Weekend, August 15 & 16. As the head of the Botany department at the Latvian Museum of Natural History, Daniele has written several mushroom field guides in Latvia, and will be giving talks translated by IMANTA’s own mycology expert and member of the Alberta Mycological Society, Martin Osis. Daniele will also be taking part in the Alberta Foray at Northern Lights College in Grouard, AB, from August 20-23 (info and registration available at http://www.wildmushrooms.ws).
A stroll through the Gardens’ interesting natural areas. Diverse areas will have many different examples of mushrooms. The walking here will generally be slow and fairly easy. Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and a jacket in case it rains. Also bring a snack and some water.
When: Saturday, August 15, 2009 – 12:00 – 4:00 pm.
Where: Devonian Botanic Gardens – Hwy 60, west of Edmonton. Meeting in the southwest corner of the parking lot between 11:30 & noon. Leaving the parking lot at 12:00 noon sharp.
And later that evening (7-9pm)…
A Mushroom Talk:
Latvian mushroom traditions ~ mushrooms found in the woods and in the kitchen. Refreshments and dessert will be served.
Where: Lithuanian Hall, 11629-83 Street.
This will be out in the woods so there will not be trails to walk on and may mean some climbing over fallen logs and running away from bears. God willing, we will return to Rudovics’ property on Lake Isle for a Potluck / Barbeque supper at 4:00 pm (please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a map). With any luck we will have some mushrooms to cook and taste. For those of you who cannot make it for the full day, join us at 4:00 for the supper. After supper we will go for a short mushroom walk on the property. Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and a jacket in case it rains. Also bring a lunch, some water and a MUSHROOM BASKET!
When: Sunday, August 16, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: Meet in Gainford, parking lot of Gainford Hotel (Hwy 16 near Lake Isle), leaving to foray at 10:00 am sharp.