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Updated 2/15/2018. Event flyers with more details can be found under the "Newsletter" tab.
"The Singing Revolution" Saturday, February 17, 2018
North Shore Choral is presenting this film at the Evanston Public Library, Community Room at 3:30pm. Free. Film makers Jim and Maureen Tusty will introduce the film via Skype and then do a question and answer session after the film. "Most people don't think about singing when they think about revolution, but song was the weapon of choice when Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. "The Singing Revolution" is an inspiring account of one nation's dramatic rebirth. It is the story of humankind's irrepressible drive for freedom and self-determination."
Concordia Language Village Passport Fund Scholarship Deadline Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Salolampi Finnish Language Village scholarship. Visit either Concordia Language Villages Facebook page or website for additional information.
Festive Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence Saturday, February 24, 2018
Program at 3pm with Kristjan Kuurme and music by Leo & George Radosavljevic, Marina Veiler and the Chicago Estonian School students. 7pm Concert Ball featuring music of Sopruse Puiestee. Tickets $60 in advance, $75 at the door, $30 for high school and college students. Call Tiina Maiste 844-337-2563 or Mailis Ausmees 847-668-5706 for reservations and more information. Check Facebook and Chicago Estonian House website for additional information
Finnish American Society of Milwaukee "Annual Suomalainen Pea Soup Dinner" and Special Presentation by Dr Richard Hansen. Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2pm
At the Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee 53225, 2pm. Lunch $10 for Adults, $5 Children 6-18, under 6 free. Special presentation by Dr. Richard Hansen "Rajalta Rajalle" A Ski Odyssey Across Finland. Presentation is free. Check Milwaukee's facebook page for additional information.
"Vienna to Hollywood" with Juho Pohjonen playing piano Wednesday, February 28, 2018
At 7:30pm. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists playing works by Schubert and Korngold. Juho Pohjonen plays piano. Other musicians: Wu Qian, piano; Sean Lee and Danbi Um, violin; and Mihai Marica, cello. See website for tickets. Harris Theatre at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago 60601. Phone: 312-334-7777.
Chicago Suomi Koulu Saturday, March 3, 2018
Meets at 9:30am to 12 noon at Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. Theme for March is "Finnish Art". Check their website or Facebook page for additional information.
Kalevala Day Sunday, March 4, 2018
Thomas A. DuBois, PhD, Professor of Scandinavian Studies and Folklore at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will be speaking on "The Kalevala and its meaning in Finnish culture over the past 100 years". Also on the program will be Anne Illi, Soprano and The Sibelius Male Chorus. A separate program for the children will also be presented. 2pm at the Estonian House. Admission $10 Adults. Students and Children Free. The merchandise table will be available.
Liisa Malkamaki, Finnish Organ Music Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 4pm
Liissa Malkamaki is the Cantor of Tapiola Congregation. Tea & Pipes, a weekly recital on Rockefeller Chapel's lovely Skinner organ, occurs every Tuesday during the academic year. Tea served from 4pm, music begins 4:15pm. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue (GPS address enter 1010 E. 59th Street)(Bond is located in the classics quadrangle of the University of Chicago), Chicago 60637. 773-702-2100. Free.
FASM Board Meeting Sunday, March 11, 2018
At 2pm at the Estonian House. All members welcome.
FAS Milwaukee Finn Kids Club Saturday, March 17, 2018
First Annual FAS Milwaukee Finn Kids Club, 10am to noon. Registration form is on FAS Milwaukee's facebook page
Scandinavian Park Annual Dinner Dance Saturday, March 24, 2018
Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of Vasa Park. At Avalon Banquets, 1905 E Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village, 60007. Cocktails at 6:30pm, Dinner 7:30pm. Dance music by Mark Nilsson, DJ. Donation $50 per person. Send reservations by March 21 to Carol Hoidahl, 25 Duxbury, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. For information call: Carol Hoidahl at 847-358-1527.
Finnish Symphonic Metal Icons "NIGHTWISH" Saturday, March 31, 2018
NIGHTWISH will be appearing at the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W Lawrence, Chicago 60640. The tour will compromise a 22 song set list of songs never played live before with several of their "hits". The set list has been made and will be released in the Spring via a double CD released by Nuclear Blast. Every person who buys a ticket will get the cd for free. Tickets on sale at beginning June 9, 2017. VIP tickets: $195.50 (includes ticket, early entry, cd, tour poster, meet n greet}; General: $55; Day of: $60. Meet n Greet: 5pm; Doors open: 6:30pm; Show: 8pm. Presenting station: Rebel Radio
Chicago Suomi Koulu Saturday, April 7, 2018
Meets 9:30am to 12 noon at the Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. Theme for April is "Finnish Children's Music, Puppet Show". Check their website or Facebook page for additional information.
Nordic Genealogy Double Feature at Naperville Public Library Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:30am - Noon, Community Room at Naperville Public Library, Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL. Free event. Two Nordic courses, first Kathy Meade of Arkiv Digital will present "Discover How and Where to Research Your Swedish, Danish and Finnish Heritage". Second, Laura Kovarik, Illinois State Genealogical Society President, will present "It's Hard to Be Humble: The Joys of Norwegian Research". Check the Library's 2018 Spring Program Guide, page 14, for additional information.
FACC Board Meeting Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Next Board meeting with be at offices of Jon Jurva at Willis Tower. 2018 Officers and Board Members elected at the February 8, 2018, Annual Meeting are: President Tony Johansson, Vice President Jonna Tuukkanen, Treasurer Steve Holli, Recording Secretary Johanna Hauki, and additional Board Members: Matthew Heywood-Cunliffe, John Johnson, Jon Jurva, Henna Koivisto, Charles Peterson, Ben Wheeler, Sandra Berkhia, Paula Henttu, Lauri Hakala, Simo Lahtinen, Robert Misey. Congratulations to all! FASM looks forward to "working together"!
Chicago Suomi Koulu Saturday, May 5, 2018
Meets 9:30am to 12 noon at Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. Theme for May is "Mother's Day, Finnish Sports, Typical games that Finnish Children Play at Recess". Check out website or Facebook page for additional information.
FASM Lunch and Board Meeting Sunday, May 6, 2018
1pm Lunch at the Estonian House with Board Meeting to follow lunch. Menu will be forthcoming. $10
Skokie Festival of Cultures May 19-20, 2018
27th Annual Festival, 11am to 7pm, at Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL. Finland and Estonian plan on sharing a booth. Anyone interested in helping should contact a Board Member.
Chicago Suomi Koulu Saturday, June 2, 2018
End of School Year Celebration! Meets 9:30am to 12 noon at the Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. End of the School Year Spring Party. Check out their website or Facebook page for additional information.
Soiva Music Camp June 15-24, 2018
Registration is open. In Moorhead, Minnesota, Soiva International Music Camp is a music camp open for students ages 11-19, of piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, and saxophone as well as composition and improvisation. Email: for scholarship and/or travel grant information.
FinnFest 2018 June 24 - July 1, 2018
Celebrate FinnFest in Tampere, Finland! Final plans are underway of current and historical context, local tours and day trips, singing, dancing, pulla, sauna, and comfortable lodging. Visit FinnFest USA Facebook page or website for additional information.
FASM Board Meeting Sunday, August 26, 2018
2pm at the Estonian House. All members welcome.
FASM ANNUAL MEETING AND PICNIC Sunday, September 16, 2018
At the Estonian House. More details later
FASM Lunch and Board Meeting Sunday, November 4, 2018
Lunch at 1pm at the Estonian House. $10. Board meeting to follow lunch.
FASM Joulu Sunday, December 2, 20a8
At the Estonian House. More details to follow.
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