2011

New Year’s Eve Party, December 31st, 2011
 

 RED CARPET EXTRAVAGANZA !


Dinner and Dance
Dress Code: Black Tie optional

Doors and bar open at 7:30 pm; Sit down dinner at 8:00 pm

The organizers kindly ask to refrain from bringing and consuming private alcohol.  Thank you

Dance from 9 pm to 2 am

Tickets: $65.00 per person (for members)
$90.00 per person (for non-members)

Make checks payable to PHA

Live music by Filip & Ola mixed with music from CDs

Reservations: Lucyna Blonska tel. 206-764-7057

Babysitting is available from 7pm to midnight. ($10/child)

Please make your reservations as early as possible.

No tickets will be sold at the door 

 

Polish Cultural Center and the Restaurant are open on Friday, December 23rd .  Both will be closed following Friday, December 30th.

 

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Andrzejki 2011 - The celebration of St. Andrew’s Night

Tickets: $20.00 PHA members, $25.00 Non members

Includes: snack & glass of wine

Music by: “The Dogtones” - Dancing from 9 pm to 1 am
Bar open from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am
Dinner available at the PB Kitchen from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Babysitting is available from 7PM to midnight under the supervision of Maria Grabowska.

For reservations call:
Maria Switalska tell: (425) 241-0523 marswit@comcast.net
Lucyna Blonska tel. (206) 764-7057 lucy.blonska@gmail.com

On Friday, November 4th 2011 Polish Cultural Center and the PB Kitchen restaurant will be closed because the  Bazaar preparations.  Please visit us next Friday.

51st Annual Fall Bazaar at PHA, Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th, noon – 7 pm

Yes, this is 51st Annual Fall Polish Bazaar! It is a yearly event organized by the Ladies Auxiliary.

The booths upstairs will offer Polish crystal bowl and vases, Boleslawiec pottery, amber and silver jewelry, pottery, crafts, books and much more.

Downstairs you can enjoy traditional Polish dishes of pierogi, sausage, cabbage rolls etc. served by the young generation of waiters clad in Polish folk costumes. You can also buy home made desserts and pastries. Most of the Puget Sound area Polish organizations would have their booths or info posted. This is usually a quite crowded event, so come early!

Polish choir "Vivat Musica!" will perform during the bazaar.

Admission and parking free

Friday, October 21st 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Frozen meat, potato and cheese, sauerkraut, plum and blueberry pierogis sale.  Price $6/package

Polish Language classes for adults!

Classes will start in Polish Home on Monday September 19th at 6:00 PM.
In person, you can register at the Polish Home on September 12th at 6:00 PM, or on the day when school will start. Registration could be done any time over the phone:

Paul Griffin tel. 206-937-0614
Marysia Grabowska: 425-271-3669
Marian Strutynski: 425-746-3037

 Read comments about the Polish Cultural Center!

The Polish Cultural Center and the PB Kitchen restaurant will be closed between August 1st 2011 and September 2th 2011. 

We will reopen on Friday, September 9th 2011

The restaurant is also closed on Sundays; will start again serving Sunday dinners in October

 

Saturday Aug 27, 10 am - 1 pm: Fall cleanup at the Polish Cultural Center - please help

Polish Cultural Center invites members and friends of the Polish Home to a fall cleanup in and around the building before the new season. It is a tradition that PHA officers and trustees lead by example in this effort, but the more people, the easier it is, so please come to help! Both the old and new part of the building need attention, inside and outside. Free lunch will be served for all the volunteers!

Every pair of hands helps! Free lunch served!

 

Sunday, 21st of August 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
 
Please visit the Polish Cultural Center and purchase frozen polish pierogies filled with meat, cabbage, cheese and potatoes and fruit.

Sunday, 21st of August 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
 

Annual picnic of the Polish Home Association.


WhereLincoln Park 8011 Fauntleroy SW/SW Webster, Seattle; North of Ferry, shelter #2

 

 

33rd Annual International Dance
Saturday, June 25th, 2011 6pm to 11pm


John F. Kennedy High School
140 South 140th Street, Burien, WA 98168


Live Music- Entertainment
Semi - Formal Attire
Tickets: $15.00
Maria Switalska tel. 425 226 7660
Lucyna Blonska tel. 206 764 7057
B.Y.O.B.


Sponsored by:
Russian Community Center of Seattle, Austria Club, Polish Home Association and Ukrainian American Club.

Mr. Jerzy Friedrich died on June 14, 2011

Mr. Jerzy Friedrich, Polish patriot and longtime active member of the Polish community in Seattle, has died. He was 91.


Mr. Friedrich was a native of Lwow (Lviv), then part of Poland, where he was born on Jan 18, 1920. In 1940, his whole family was deported by the Soviet authorities; they were lucky to survive the hardships of the exile. After the Germans invaded the Soviet Union, Mr. Friedrich enlisted with Gen. Anders Army and went with it from Kazakhstan to Persia and the Palestine, eventually becoming an artillery officer. With the 2nd Corps, he fought in North Africa and in Italy all the way from Bari, through the famous battle of Monte Cassino, to Bologna, where he ended the war. Since Lwow had been annexed to Soviet Ukraine, he had no home to go back to. At Torino University he met his beloved wife Pia. In 1948 they emigrated to Argentina and in 1959 came to Seattle, where Mr. Friedrich worked as an associate architect for Univ. of Washington until his retirement.
Mr. Friedrich was a co-founder of the Polish WWII Veterans Lodge (SPK) #50 in Seattle and was its President for 15 years. He was an active member of the Polish Home Assn. where he involved his family as well. He supported the Polish Home for many years. More recently, with other survivors of the Soviet deportations he was featured in the documentary The Trip To Nowhere (2009).

Mr. Friedrich is survived by his son Alex with daughter-in-law Susie, grandchildren Paul, Mark and Laura, daughter Vivien Savojni, son-in-law Adriano and grandson Alexander Savojni.

Memorials: The memorial and the funeral information is not available yet.
Please leave messages and remembrances on Legacy.com. Donations in Mr.Friedrich's name may be directed to Evergreen Hospital Hospice Center in Kirkland who, along with his wife Pia, took loving care of him in his last days.

More: Mr. Friedrich extensive bio on HistoryLink, PHA profile of Lt. Friedrich (in Polish), YouTube videos with Mr. Friedrich, The Trip To Nowhere website, Siberian Exiles Project
Saturday, May 14th, 2011 8 pm to 1 am Spring Party

Music by: DJ Filip

Tickets: $15.00 for members
$20.00 for non - members

PB Kitchen open from 6 to 10pm
Bar open from 7pm to midnight

For reservation call:
Maria Świtalska tel: 425 226 7660
Lucyna Błońska: tel: 206 764 7057
Apr 20, 7:30 pm: Polish Film Club meeting at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Film Club presents another screening of documentaries by a master of the genre, and a recipient of many international awards, dir. Marcel Lozinski. The detailed program is TBD.

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

On Fridays April 15th and 22nd the Polish Cultural Center and the PB Kitchen restaurant are closed.

Please visit us at the Spring Bazaar on Saturday, April 16th!

Apr 20, 6:30 pm: Pisanki: Polish Easter Egg workshop at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Cultural Center invites to a Pisanki workshop, devoted to the classical art of Polish Easter egg painting, where designs are drawn with melted wax on an egg and then dyed in brilliant colors. Learn about tips and techniques to complete your own pisanki right in time for Easter. Eggs, supplies and dyes are included and will be available during the class. This will be an informal gathering and any level of experience is welcome.

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm; $10 fee covers all the materials and tools for the workshop. This class replaces the monthly Wycinanki workshop.

More: about workshops, for reservations please contact Alisa Lahti or call 206-499-5367.
Apr 17, 6 pm: Public Memorial Reception to Honor Mr. Tom Podl at the Polish Cultural Center

Mr. Tom Podl, a great friend of Poland, renowned Polish art collector and longtime active member of the Polish community in Seattle, died on March 23, 2011. Polish Home Association invites everybody to a public memorial reception at the Polish Cultural Center to honor his memory and accomplishments. There will be a memorial book available to sign.

Admission free
Apr 17, 12:30 pm: Polish Story Time Poczytajki at the Polish Cultural Center

Joanna WroblewskaThe Library at the Polish Cultural Center invites to the Polish Story Time Poczytajki for for the youngest members of the Polish community. In this meeting: playing, dancing and drawing along with reading and all of it in Polish. You can also borrow Polish children books & movies for using at home. Organized by Joanna Wroblewska and the Polish Library.

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home in Seattle; admission free, in Polish
More: Poczytajki at the Polish Library, Joanna Wroblewska, Poczytajki blog,
Note: Please see a note about Poczytajki at the Bellevue Library on April 8 & 15.

49th Spring Bazaar at PHA, Saturday April 16th, noon – 7 pm

Yes, this is 49th Annual Spring Polish Bazaar! It is a yearly event organized by the Ladies Auxiliary.

The booths upstairs will offer Polish crystal bowl and vases, Boleslawiec pottery, amber and silver jewelry, pottery, crafts, books, Easter eggs and much more.

Downstairs you can enjoy traditional Polish dishes of pierogi, sausage, cabbage rolls etc. served by the young generation of waiters clad in Polish folk costumes. You can also buy home made desserts and pastries. Most of the Puget Sound area Polish organizations would have their booths or info posted. This is usually a quite crowded event, so come early!

Where: at the Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave. Seattle, admission and parking free

Apr 15, 11 am: Tea & Coffee Social Meeting at the Polish Home Library

The Polish Home Library invites everybody to a social meeting with tea & coffee at the new Library upstairs. Come join others for a lively discussion over tea and coffee. We will chat on books as well as other topics. Open to everyone, especially to older Polish community members. Organized and moderated by Monika Oczkowska-McNeal a volunteer at Polish Home Library. Admission, tea and snacks free.

Admission free, tea & snack provided

Apr 10, 12 noon

Memorial Mass at St. Margaret's on the Anniversary of the Smolensk crash
A Memorial Mass for the President of Poland, Mr. Lech Kaczynski, First Lady Maria Kaczynska and the members of the Polish elite who perished in the tragic plane crash in Smolensk on April 10, 2010, will be held at the Polish Church in Seattle. After the mass, flowers will be laid at the Katyn monument next to the Church.

Where: St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Seattle; admission free
More: A Smolensk catastrophe commemorating concert in Vancouver, BC

Tom Podl died on March 23, 2011

Mr. Tom Podl, a great friend of Poland, renowned Polish art collector and longtime active member of the Polish community in Seattle, has died.

Born in Chicago in 1938 as Podlasinski, Mr. Podl graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1963. He settled in Seattle in 1974 and established Intralife, a very successful medical device company, which gave him means to pursue his passion as a Polish art collector.

Over a span of two decades he amassed one of the most important collections of Polish art in America (paintings and sculptures) focusing on artists from the Paris School of painting but including paintings from the early 18th c to modern times. His collection was exhibited in Chicago and Seattle and in 2001-2003 his Colors of Identity collection of over 150 paintings toured the most important museums of Poland, including the National Museum in Cracow and the Zacheta Museum in Warsaw.

Mr. Podl served as the President of the Polish Museum of America in Chicago from 1991 to 1993, and was very active as a member of the Polish community in Seattle for more than 30 years. He served as the Treasurer of the Polish Home Assn. in Seattle and was a member of Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assn.

Among his initiatives were the quarterly PHA publication Nasz Dom and the Seattle Polish Film Festival; he was also a co-founder of the UW Polish Studies Endowment Fund. Mr. Podl was a very generous supporter of Polish causes and events, including the Solidarity movement and the Polish Home in Seattle.

Mr. Podl's unwavering support for Poland and Polish culture was honored with the Gloria Artis Gold Medal, the highest Polish medal awarded for accomplishments in Polish arts and culture, the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (awarded by the President of Poland) and other awards.

Mr. Podl is survived by his wife Cathy of Port Orchard, WA, brother Bill and his family in Illinois, daughter Carrie Habernern and her family in Colorado, son Tod Podl and family in Ohio, stepchildren Mark Rex, Brandy Hogan-Hohmann and Lisa Hoak and their families in Washington, and eight grandchildren.

Memorials: Private memorial and funeral for the family and friends only on Tue, March 29, 2011.

The family asks for privacy in their mourning of Mr. Podl.

A public memorial reception is planned at the Polish Cultural Center in Seattle at a later date.

More: Tom Podl Biography in Nowy Dziennik, the obituary will be printed in the Seattle Times Sunday edition

Saturday, February 12th, 8:00 PM

Carnival Costume Ball

Tickets $15 for PHA members, $20 for non-members

Reservations:

Maria Switalska 425-226-7660
Lucyna Blonska 206-764-7057

Music by: DJ Filip
Restaurant open from 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Bar open from 7:00 PM

PHA Elections Announcement

The annual meeting will be held at the Polish Home at 3:00pm on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 for the purpose of electing office holders for the following positions:

- President
- Senior Vice President
- VP Financial Planning
- Treasurer
- VP Culture
- VP Entertainment
- Correspondence Secretary
- Recording Secretary
- Board of Trustees, Members

All eligible members interested in holding any of the above positions are asked to communicate that in writing to the undersigned by January 5th.

Any members who may wish to vote by proxy and whose signature is not yet on file will need to visit the Polish Home between 8pm and 10pm on Friday, January 7th or the 14th to sign the list.

The Election Committee Chairman,

Mateusz Karczewski
matt@meritconsultants.com

Sunday, January 2, 2011 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 Cultural Center / Polish Home in Seattle
More: Asia Jeziorska 425-417-9548