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Updated 2/17/2019. Event flyers with more details can be found under the "Newsletter" tab.
Mika Kares, Finnish classical bass with CSO February 21-23, 2019
Mika Karas will be performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as one of its soloists in Mozart's Requiem. Riccardo Muti conducts the Mozart Requiem. Thursday, February 21. at 8pm, Friday, February 22, at 1:30pm, and Saturday, February 23 at 8:00pm.
Swedish Pancake Lunch Saturday, February 23, 2019, 12pm
At Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640, from 12pm to 3pm. As part of Andersonville Restaurant week, the Museum will serve Swedish pancakes and sausages for $10 at a pop-up café.
Suomalainen Pea Soup Time Sunday, February 24, 2019
Finnish American Society of Milwaukee is hosting a traditional pea soup meal with cole slaw, dark bread, lingonberries, dessert and drinks. 2pm at the Grace Lutheran Church, Main Floor, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. $10 adult, $5 children 6-12, and Free for under 6. Meal tickets sold at Entry Door. Bring a friend/guest! All are welcome!
FASM Salolampi Scholarship Deadline Friday, March 1, 2019
FASM family members are eligible for Salolampi scholarships for themselves (Adult week), children or grandchildren that FASM awards. FASM scholarships may be matched by Finlandia Foundation National. Contact President Liisa McMahon for more information or questions.
Chicagon Suomi Koulu Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:30 to Noon at the Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is PEACE. March topic will be Minna Canth Day, Spring, Giving Compliments, Strengths. Chicagon Suomi-koulu Facebook page has more information.
Kalevala Program-Movie "The Day the Earth Froze" Sunday, March 3, 2019, 4pm
At the Chicago Estonian House at 4pm. Enjoy an afternoon at the movies and celebrating Kalevala Day. Based on Finnish mythology, the movie traces exploits of Lemminkainen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. In English, family friendly. Bring a favorite Finnish dish to contribute to the potluck dinner. A cash bar will be available. All are welcome! Bring a friend!
Finnish Portable Passport Unit to Chicago March 12-14, 2019
Prior appointment is compulsory! Appointment can be requested by contacting the Honorary Consulate of Finland in Chicago: Honorary Consul Olavi Goos, telephone 773-946-8525 or email: Consulate General of Finland in New York will bring the portable passport unit to Chicago.
Postal Voting 2019: Order Voting Documents March 14 - April 12, 2019
Possibility to vote by post will be introduced in the parliamentary elections of spring 2019. Advance voting will be arranged at Finnish diplomatic and consular missions abroad in the same manner as before. Order postal voting materials from the Ministry of Justice. The online service will be opened on January 14, 2019. You may vote on March 14 at the earliest. Postal vote must arrive at the central municipal election board no later than on April 12, 2019. Elections website of the Ministry of The below website is to the Embassy of Finland in DC which has additional information regarding postal voting.
Vasa Park Annual Dinner Dance and Fund Raiser Saturday, March 23, 2019
At Avalon Banquets, 1905 Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village, IL. 6:30pm Social Hour/Cash Bar with music by "Swede Folk", 7:30pm Dinner. Dance Music by Tim Gannon, DJ. Donation: $50. Reservations due by March 20, 2019, to Carol Hoidahl, 25 Duxbury, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. Cash drawing and raffle table. If questions, contact Carol Hoidahl at 847-358-1527. All are welcome! Bring a friend!
Learn to Make Finnish Sourdough Rye Bread Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1pm
Arto Saarinen will demonstrate how to make Finnish Sourdough Rye Bread. Arrive at 1pm sharp. Bring a small empty clean glass jar for the starter. Reservations limited to 12 people. Watch, taste, and leave with a starter. Contact Arto at
Chicagon Suomi Koulu Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:30 to Noon at the Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is PEACE. April topic will be Easter, Resolving Conflicts. Chicagon Suomi-koulu Facebook page has more information.
FASM Pasty Lunch and Board Meeting Sunday, April 7, 2019
1pm Lunch at the Estonian House with Board Meeting to follow lunch. Menu: Pasty, coleslaw, desserts. Donation of $10 per person. Frozen pasties will be on sale also. A merchandise table with Finnish food items will be available. Credit card, cash and checks accepted.
FASM Pasty Lunch and Board Meeting Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1pm
FASM will serve pasty lunch at the Chicago Estonian House at 1pm. Donation $10. Menu: Choice of meat with or without rutabaga, or vegetarian pasty, coleslaw, and desserts. The FASM merchandise table will be restocked, Cash, check or credit card accepted. All are invited! Bring a friend!
Chicagon Suomi Koulu Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:30 to Noon at the Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is PEACE. May topic will be May Day Vappu Day. Chicagon Suomi-koulu Facebook page has more information.
29th Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures May 18-19, 2019
Free "Tour the World" enjoying two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food and beer, unique arts and crafts, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays. 11am to 7pm at Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL
Apocalyptica Saturday, May 25, 2019
"Plays Metallica by Four Cellos". Performing at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI.
Chicagon Suomi Koulu Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:30 to Noon at the Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is PEACE. June will be Outdoors End of the School Year Party. Chicagon Suomi-koulu Facebook page has more information.
Soiva Music Camp in Finland June 8-24, 2019
Soiva Camp is a music camp for students ages 11-19 of piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet and saxophone, as well as composition and improvisation. Details are being confirmed; check the website for application information for 2019.
FASM Board Meeting Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2pm
FASM ANNUAL MEETING AND MEMBER PICNIC Sunday, September 15, 2019, Noon
In addition to the Annual Meeting and Member picnic, we will be celebrating 25 years since the 1994 DeKalb FinnFest with pictures and other memories. Plan to join us. More information to come.
FinnFest USA 2019 - Detroit September 20-22, 2019
FinnFest USA 20a9 returns to Detroit, the second largest metro region of Finns in the US. Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, the FinnFest USA Tori will be open at the Sheraton Detroit Novi. Thursday before and Monday after will have workshops too. If you need sleeping rooms, the hotel will have a block of rooms specifically held for reservations from FinnFest USA attendees. An email about registration procedures will be coming early 2019
FASM Lunch and Board Meeting Sunday, November 3, 2019
Lunch at 1pm at the Estonian House. $10. Board meeting to follow lunch. Menu: Karelian stew, vegetables, homemade bread, coffee, desserts. A Finnish merchandise table will be available. Bring a friend!
6th Annual International Christmas Market Saturday, November 16, 2019
SAVE THE DATE! At the Chicago Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. FASM plans to have a merchandise table there again in 2019.
FASM Joulu Saturday, December 7, 2019
Mark your calendar! More information to come!
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