March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017

IMANTA IS 70 YEARS OLD! Our society was founded on March 8, 1947, and is still the oldest active Latvian society in Canada. Viola Baker, one of the original founders, recently celebrated her 95th birthday. Both milestones are remarkable achievements. We will recognize this anniversary at our March 26th event below.

In preparation for Latvia’s centenary celebrations next year, a special Latvian flag is travelling to Latvians around the world. It’s making its way to Alberta via the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan, and then to to Vancouver, Kelowna, across to Europe, USA and South America, returning to Latvia next year. This project is a youth initiative created in 2015 in anticipation of Latvia’s 100 birthday in 2018.

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Latvia 100 Flag Event Edmonton & Calgary

latvian flag event

In preparation for Latvia’s centenary celebrations next year, a special Latvian flag is travelling to Latvians around the world. It’s making its way to Alberta via the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan, and will continue on to Vancouver, Kelowna and possibly Victoria. This project is a youth initiative created in 2015 in anticipation of Latvia’s 100 birthday in 2018.

The flag will be in Edmonton on Sunday, March 26th. There will be a short official ceremony and everyone will be invited to sign the accompanying book of messages, to write a wish for Latvia as a symbolic gift for future generations. Children’s group activities, a social afternoon and our annual meeting are also planned. 

Details: Laurier Heights Community Hall at 14405 – 85 Ave NW Edmonton,  program starts at 1pm. Refreshments will be served. 

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November 19th RSVP

The deadline for rsvp for the November celebration dinner in support of the anniversary of the independence of Latvia is Monday, November 14th.

Please show your support for Imanta and for Latvia.  Order your tickets!

November 2016 Newsletter

 

NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2016 – EDMONTON LATVIAN SOCIETY IMANTA

The Edmonton Latvian Society IMANTA will be celebrating the 98th anniversary of           Latvian independence on Saturday,  November 19th,  2016 at St. John’s Cultural Centre,       10611 – 110 Ave NW in Edmonton.

The men’s choir “Sing for Life ‘will perform. We  will  have the same delicious food and same great dance music as last year!

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October 2016 News

Hello everyone,

Below please find  announcements for two events:

-an art show in Edmonton on Sunday, October 16th, which will include
works by two members of our Latvian community

-information about art prizes offered by the Canadian Latvian Artists’
Society LATVIS. Deadline for application is November 30th.

The Edmonton Latvian Society IMANTA will be celebrating Latvian
Independence day on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at the same great location
as last year.  Mark your calendars.  Details to follow.

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Interested in Learning Latvian?

Labdien!  Kas jauns? Kā Tev iet? 

In the last few years, several of you have expressed interest in learning Latvian or improving what you know. We now have arranged for an instructor. He would like to meet first with interested students and also discuss organizational details. There will no doubt be different levels of experience among you. If there is a wide range of skills, we would need an additional instructor in a hurry – I’m mentioning this in case anyone else would like to help teach.

The meeting will take place on Sunday, October 2, at 3pm at the Lithuanian Hall at 11629 – 83 Street NW, in the general vicinity of Northlands & Rexall Place. Coffee/tea will be served.

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Scholarship Information 2016

IMANTA is once again pleased to announce our self-administered scholarship program for 2016/2017, funded by our ongoing casino program and governed by the regulations of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. The total funding available is $25,000.

Scholarship Eligibility

The scholarship is open to:

  1. Alberta residents who are Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, or foreign students on visa
  2. Applicants who are registered as full or part-time students as defined by the accredited or licensed educational institution.

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Ligo – June 25, 2016

The Edmonton Latvian Society IMANTA will host a Līgo celebration on Saturday, June 25 at OTS park (www.edmonton-ots.com). The address is 2104 – 156 Street SW and best access is via Anthony Henday Drive to Rabbit Hill Road overpass, then south on 156 Street. The last part of the drive is on a gravel road. Parking will be in front and to the left of the caretaker’s house as you enter the property – watch for signage. There is another larger parking lot to the right of the large hall which is being used by another group until early evening.  A parking attendant will be will be at that lot to direct entry.  Do not enter this way.

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Ligo 2016

Please mark your calendar for our annual Jāņi/Līgo Celebration which will be on June 25! This year we will celebrate on Edmonton Oilfield Technical Society grounds http://www.edmonton-ots.com/ please check out this location. Do not miss the opportunity to celebrate most Latvian holidays of all – Jani or “Liigo!” when people participate in joyous festivities, just as their ancestors did centuries ago. On the longest day and shortest night of the year, Latvians make garlands, drink beer, eat caraway cheese, sing, dance. Invite your family and friends, everyone is welcome. More details to come.