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Updated 3/18/2019. Event flyers with more details can be found under the "Newsletter" tab.
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 Justice:www.vaalit.fi. The below website is to the Embassy of Finland in DC which has additional information regarding postal voting.
Chicago European Union Film Festival-Finnish Film Friday, March 22, 2019, 4pm
Suomen Hauskin Mies,"Laugh or Die", is the only Finnish movie to be screened this year. Fact-based tale is set in the aftermath of the 1918 Finnish Civil War, when the Soviet-backed Reds were defeated by German-backed Whites. In Finnish and German with English subtitles. 99 minutes. Tickets $8.
Scandinavian Dance Classes Friday, March 22, 2019
Learn to dance or take dancing to the next level. Attendance at each class is not required but highly recommended. Classes begin March 1 through March 31. No partner needed and any experience level welcome. 7:30pm to 10pm. Cost per class $10 members, $15 non-members; save 20% by paying for all 5 classes ($40 members, $60 non-members.) Reservations can be made at the Museum or on the Museum website. Emphasis is on basic dance techniques one step at the time. Go to the Swedish American Museum's facebook or website for more information.
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!
Memorial Service for Enno Toomsalu, former President of Chicago Estonian House Sunday, March 24, 2019
A memorial service for Enno Toomsalu, long-time president of the Chicago Estonian House, who recently passed away. The service will be between the Annual Meeting and lunch on Sunday, March 24, starting around 12:15pm. Enno was the president for 30 years, spanning the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s, the time from the deep Cold War to Re-Independence. If you would like to say a few words during the service, please email Eero Pikat ahead of time at president@eestimaja.com
Chicago European Union Film Festival-Finnish Film Monday, March 25, 2019, 8pm
Suomen Hauskin Mies, (Finland's Most Fun Man) "Laugh or Die", is the only Finnish movie to be screened this year. Fact-based tale is set in the aftermath of the 1918 Finnish Civil War, when the Soviet-backed Reds were defeated by German-backed Whites. In Finnish and German with English subtitles. 99 minutes. Tickets $11
Salonen Conducts Strauss & Bartok March 28-30, April 2, 2019
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the CSO on Thursday, March 28 at 8pm, Friday, March 29 at 8pm, Saturday, March 30 at 8pm and Tuesday, April 2 at 8pm.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves Presents at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Thursday, March 28, 2019
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs hosts "Russia's Return? Moscow's Foreign Policy in an Unpredictable World". Guest speaker Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Former President of Estonia. At 5:30pm at Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Conference Center, 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago. 312-726-3860. Members $10, Nonmembers $20.
Scandinavian Dance Classes Friday, March 29, 2019
Learn to dance or take dancing to the next level. Attendance at each class is not required but highly recommended. Last class. No partner needed and any experience level welcome. 7:30pm to 10pm. Cost per class $10 members, $15 non-members; save 20% by paying for all 5 classes ($40 members, $60 non-members.) Reservations can be made at the Museum or on the Museum website. Emphasis is on basic dance techniques one step at the time. Go to the Swedish American Museum's facebook or website for more information.
39th Festival of Song with Normennenes Singing Society Friday, March 29, 2019
Local ethnic men's choruses will each sing two selections followed by the combined choruses singing six selections en masse. Social hour @6pm; program @8pm. At Chicago Estonian House, Riverwoods, IL
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 art@rexxell.com.
Einojuhani Rautavaara Vigilia in Finnish March 30 & 31, 2019
Two performances in Chicago: Saturday, March 30 at 8pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 W. Dickens Avenue, Chicago, and Sunday, March 31 at 3pm at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago. Chicago Chorale's winter concert features the Vespers portion of Einojuhani Rautavaara's monumental "Vigilia" in FINNISH. Featured bass soloist Daniel Fridley. Tickets: $25-$35 adults, $15 students. Tickets can be purchased online.
Chicago Chorale performing Einojuhani Rautavaara's Vigilia in FINNISH Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8pm
Saturday, March 30 at 8pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 W. Dickens Avenue, Chicago. Chicago Chorale's winter concert features the Vespers portion of Einojuhani Rautavaara's monumental "Vigilia" in FINNISH. Featured bass soloist Daniel Fridley. Tickets: $25-$35 adults, $15 students. Tickets can be purchased online.
Chicago Chorale performing Einojuhani Rautavaara's Vigilia in FINNISH Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3pm
Sunday, March 31 at 3pm at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago. Chicago Chorale's winter concert features the Vespers portion of Einojuhani Rautavaara's monumental "Vigilia" in FINNISH. Featured bass soloist Daniel Fridley. Tickets: $25-$35 adults, $15 students. Tickets can be purchased online.
FAS Milwaukee Annual Pasty Dinner Sunday, March 31, 2019, 2pm
2pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. Easy access, no stairs. Also FAS Milwaukee Election. Bring a friend!
Chicago Early Voting in the Finnish Parliament Election April 4 & 5, 2019
The voting place is: Spaces, Chicago, Near North Side. Address: 1500 N. Halsted Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60642. If any questions, call Honorary Consul Olavi Goos at 773-946-8525.
Finnish Weekend Retreat at Salolampi April 5-7, 2019
Finnish Culture, Communication & Networking Weekend. Friday, April 5, at 5pm to Sunday, April 7 at 12pm. Adults $210 and Children 4-18 $159. The weekend is designed to attend together with friends, or make new connections through common interests. Programming options include baking/cooking demonstrations, handicrafts/weaving, or small wooden projects. Significant time will be dedicated to connections around music, art or handicrafts, games, books and other cultural resources, and enjoyment of food, coffee and sauna together. Check out Salolampi website or facebook page for additional information
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
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!
FAS Milwaukee presents Swedish Fulbright Scholar Tobias Berglund presents "The Finnish Civil War" Sunday, April 28, 2pm
This program is sponsored by UWM and Professor Thomas Dubois. The program will be at the Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee. All are welcome! Bring a friend!
Deadline for FFN Financial Support Applications for Students at Salolampi Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Go to Finlandia Foundation website for application information. FASM had offered scholarships for children and/or grandchildren of FASM members.
Deadline for FFN Financial Support Applications for Students at Salolampi Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Go to Finlandia Foundation website for application information.
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.
ISMO-Finnish Comedian May 17-19, 2019
ISMO performs at Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Road, Store K120B, Schaumburg 60173. Tickets $22. Age 18 and older. Friday, May 17 @7:30pm and 9:45pm; Saturday, May 18 @7pm and 9:15pm; and Sunday, May 19 @7pm.
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 performing in Milwaukee Saturday, May 25, 2019
"Plays Metallica by Four Cellos". Performing at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI.
Physical Theater Festival Chicago--two Finnish shows May 31, June 1 & 2, 2019
Two shows coming to Physical Theater: Kallo Collective, Finnish theatre company, and their show "Helga--the life of a diva extraordinaire" and the Danish/Finnish show "Next Door" by Out of Balanz. Both shows are performing Friday, May 31; Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. "Helga"--Tragedy and comedy meet as Helga invites us into her world, from the mundane details of her day to the fabulous memories of her life, skillfully performed by circus artist Henni Kervinen and directed by Jenni Kallo. Performed using mime, clowning and circus skills to describe Helga's life. "Next Door"--When Ivan Hansen's neighbor passes away suddenly, Ivan realizes he doesn't know anything about him. Intimate storytelling and high-octane physical theatre explore what it is that really connects us. Check Physical Festival Chicago on Facebook closer to the event.
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.
FAS Milwaukee "Finn Movie Event" Saturday, August 24, 2019
At the Marcus Theater, New Berlin, WI, at 10am. A world famous Finn movie "Cuckoo". Save the date.
FASM Board Meeting Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2pm
Linda Mayo presents "Finnish Coats of Arms" Sunday, August 25, 2019
FAS Milwaukee program will be presented at the Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee.
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
FAS Milwaukee hosts UWM Professor Thomas Dubois presenting Sami Sunday, September 29, 2019
At 2pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee. Easy access, no stairs.
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!
FAS Milwaukee hosts Hyvaa Joulua Saturday, December 7, 2019
More details to come. Save the date.
Sibelius & Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration February 27-29, 2020
Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu with violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Thursday, February 27, at 8pm; Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm at Wheaton; and Saturday, February 29 at 8pm.
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