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Updated 3/20/2018. Event flyers with more details can be found under the "Newsletter" tab.
"A Moment in the Reeds", Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018 March 22, 2018
"This sensitive romance has been billed as the first gay love story to be made in Finland." At Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago 60601. Showing Saturday, March 17th at 8:15pm and Thursday, March 22, at 8:30pm. Go to website for ticket information.
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.
"Pasty Dinner" by Milwaukee Finnish American Society Sunday, March 25, 2018
2pm Membership Meeting. 3pm Bakery Fresh Northern Pasty Dinner. At Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee 63215. Easy access, NO stairs. Menu: Finn Dark Breads, coleslaw, lingonberries, Finn desserts, coffee, milk/juice. Adults $10.00, Children (6-12) $8.00, and take home par-baked fresh frozen pasty $4.00. Reserve pasties by MARCH 20 to Linda Mayo at 262-789-0380 or Vegetarian pasties also available. See flyer under "Newsletter" tab.
Comedian Ismo Leikola on Tour March 29-31, 2018
Performing March 29 at 8pm, March 30 at 7:30pm and 9pm, and March 31 at 7:30pm and 9:45pm at the Jukebox Comedy Club, 3527 W Farmington Road, Peoria, IL 61604. Tickets available online $15 and $20.
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
38th Annual Festival of Song Friday, April 6, 2018
The Normennenes Singing Society along with other local men's ethnic choruses will sing. The Students of Conant High School will also make an appearance. Social hour at 6pm, with program at 7:30pm. Parking is in the main lot by door #5 by the northeast corner of the school. The concert will be in the first floor auditorium. No charge. Conant High School is located in Hoffman Estates. If any questions, contact Frank Potempa at 847-296-2568 or
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"!
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.
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!
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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