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Updated 4/22/2018. Event flyers with more details can be found under the "Newsletter" tab.
Eesti Maja Spring Clean Up Day Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10am
All help is appreciated. At Estonian House in Riverwoods. Soup, beer and sauna is free for the workers. Bring a friend!
Alma, Finnish singer/songwriter Monday, April 23, 2018, 7pm
At the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Avenue, Chicago 60647. (773) 537-4440. Doors open 7pm; Show 8pm. Tickets $12-$15. Alma is from Kuopio, Finland. In 2013 she placed 5th in the 7th season of Idols, the Finnish installment of the Idol franchise.
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"!
Valborg Day (Spring Clean-Up) Saturday, April 28, 2018
Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin. Spring Clean-Up at the park. Everyone welcome!
"DNA & You" Sunday, April 29, 2018
Milwaukee Finnish American Society announces a program change from "Is It Really Finglish?" to "DNA & You" - Do you know how much Finn you really are? by Jeffrey Bassett, ISOGG. Mr. Bassett will unlock the mystery behind the top three commercial DNA kits:, 23andMe and Family Tree Maker. He will speak on Genetic Genealogy, the latest technique being used as a tool in genealogical research and will explain how he got started in genealogy along with how DNA testing actually works. At 2pm at the Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee 53215. $5 for Desserts, snacks and drinks. Children 12 and under free. Easy Access, NO stairs. See flyer under the "Newsletter" tab. Bring a friend.
Early Bird Discount Deadline for Soiva Camp Monday, April 30, 2018
Soiva Camp is a music camp for students ages 11-19. Instructors from Finland and US for a week of learning, fun, and cultural exchange. Open to students of piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute clarinet and saxophone, as well as composition and improvisation.
Early Registration Deadline for FinnFest 2018 Tampere Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Attendee registration by May 1, $250 Full Festival Registration, $100 One Day Registration. After May 1, people may continue to register but a sliding late fee will begin to be assessed, an additional US $10 every two weeks, beginning May 15. Go to FinnFest US website for program planned.
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: Pasty, salad, desserts. Donation of $10 per person. A merchandise table with Finnish food items will be available. Credit card, cash and checks accepted.
Paint/Rake/Dig Day at Vasa Park Saturday, May 12, 2018
Everyone welcome!
Finnish film "Internalized Theory of Love" Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7pm
International Voice Project is hosting a five-week, May 1-31, celebration of international plays at Instituto Cervantes, 31 West Ohio, Chicago 60654. Vera Kiiskinen, a well-known playwright and actress from Finland, tells the story of Ida and Leo who are expecting their second child, when, in a flash, their idyllic marriage collapses. The frenzied search for the guilty party is on. The crisis forces them to think about the purpose of their marriage. Who are they, and why do they even live together? They turn to couples therapy to find the reasons why they live together. The quest for answers turns to discussions with earlier generations of the family, both living and dead - Ida's mother from the era of free love, Ida's jazz loving father drowned in his own drink, the toothless Aunt Ingeborg a 'spinster' from the fifties. Do they have to separate in order to survive family life? Tickets are free. Other countries with films: Spain, Romania, Serbia, and more.
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.
Scandinavian Park at Geneva Swedish Days Saturday, June 23, 2018
Scandinavian Park will have a booth at Geneva Swedish Days. Come see us!
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.
65th Annual Event at Vasa Park Sunday, July 22, 2018
Herring Breakfast in the morning. In the afternoon bring your own picnic.
FASM Board Meeting Sunday, August 26, 2018
2pm at the Estonian House. All members welcome.
"Elokuva Paiva!" Film "Big Game" and snacks Sunday, August 26, 2018
Movie "Big Game" presented by Milwaukee Finnish American Society at 2pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee 53215
Scandinavian Day Festival Sunday, September 9, 2018
From 10am to 6pm.
FASM ANNUAL MEETING AND PICNIC Sunday, September 16, 2018
At the Estonian House. More details later
"The Making of Milwaukee" by Historian John Gurda Sunday, September 30, 2018
Presented by Milwaukee Finnish American Society at the Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee 53215.2pm.
Scandinavian Fish Boil Saturday, October 6, 2018
Lunch at Vasa Park. Bring a friend!
Vasa Park Annual Membership Meeting Saturday, October 27, 2018
FASM Lunch and Board Meeting Sunday, November 4, 2018
Lunch at 1pm at the Estonian House. $10. Board meeting to follow lunch.
Fall Clean-Up Day at Vasa Park Saturday, November 10, 2018
Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin, IL. Bring a friend!
5th Annual International Christmas Market "Joululaat" Saturday, November 17, 2018
SAVE THE DATE! At the Estonian House from 10am to 5pm. Live cultural entertainment, vendors, food & refreshments. FASM will have a table of Finnish food and other items. Hope to see you there--you can do your Christmas shopping or stocking fillers!
FASM Joulu Sunday, December 2, 2018
At the Estonian House. More details to follow.
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