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5/17 Keelering
5/17 Lastekool (San Mateo)
5/17 Church service (San Mateo)
5/17 Lastekool concert
5/30 Volunteer day (San Francisco)


6/7 Baltic picnic (El Sobrante)


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Sel kevadel ja suvel on oodata palju huvitavaid üritusi!
Pühapäeval, 17. mail tuleb SF Lastekool San Mateos lavale muusikaõpetaja Riina Orav-Sepa kokkupandud kevadkontserdiga. Tulge kaasa elama  meie kogukonna kõige väiksematele, kes on hoolega harjutanud. Kontsert toimub kell  14.00 Hope Lutheran kiriku saalis (600 W. 42nd Ave., San Mateo). Kui plaanite tulla, on kena, kui saate ka midagi kohvilauale kaasa tuua.

** Teadmiseks, et see on ühtlasi viimane jumalateenistus enne suvepuhkust (juuni, juuli, august), teenistused algavad uuesti septembris.



There are several activities coming up quickly this spring and summer!
On Sunday, May 17, the SF Lastekool will present its spring concert, directed by Riina Orav-Sepp.  Come and applaud these youngest members of the Estonian community, who have been practicing this spring.  The concert will begin at 2 PM in the social hall of Hope Lutheran Church (600 W. 42nd Ave., San Mateo).  If you plan to come, an item for the "kohvilaud" would be also be welcome.
 
**Please note that the church is taking a summer break and will not meet in June, July, or August.  Church services will begin again in September.

 


 

Talgupäev Presidios laupäeval, 30. mail.
Viimastel aastatel on Bay Area eestlased osalenud talgutel San Francisco loomaaias ja Alcatrazil. Sel aastal istutatakse Presidio Mountain Lake’i ääres siinse piirkonna taimi. Tulge üksi või kogu perega – kohtute uute inimestega ja veedate päeva kasulikult. Tööd tehakse kella 9st keskpäevani. Soovitav on endal lõunasöök kaasa võtta, et ühiselt piknikku pidada ja hiljem võib ümbruskonnas matkata. Palun teatage oma tulekust Mai-Liis Bartlingule (mailiisbartling@yahoo.com).

Volunteer day at the Presidio on Saturday, May 30
In recent years, Bay Area Estonians have participated together at volunteer days at places like the San Francisco Zoo and Alcatraz.  On May 30, we will be at the Presidio's Mountain Lake planting native plants.  Families are welcome; it's a great way to meet people and spend the day!  The volunteer work runs from 9 AM to noon.  Participants are invited to bring a lunch, and afterward have the option to hike nearby.  Please contact Mai-Liis if you plan to come (mailiisbartling@yahoo.com). RSVPs appreciated.



Balti piknik 7. juunil
Suvine Balti piknik toimub traditsiooniliselt Kennedy Grove’is El Sobrantes (6531 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante)  laupäeval, 7. juunil  kell 10.00-17.00. Sel aastal juba kümnendat korda toob see perepiknik kokku eestlased, lätlased ja leedulased. Nagu alati grillitud siga, võrkpalli ja köieveo võistlused, tegevused lastele ja palju õlut. Sel aastal jätkub ka möödunud aastal alustatud uus traditsioon – võistlus parima  hapukapsa ja kartulisalati tiitlile! Abikäsi on alati vaja, kui soovite korraldamisel kaasa lüüa, andke teada Mai-Liisile (mailiisbartling@yahoo.com). Vabatahtlikud saavad üritusele tasuta, teistelt palutakse sissepääsu eest $10. Parkimine maksab $5. Lisainfot saate meie kodulehelt või Facebook’ist.

 


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Baltic Picnic on June 7
The annual Baltic Picnic will be held again this year at Kennedy Grove Recreation Area (6531 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante) on Saturday, June 7, from 10 AM until 5 PM.  This great family event is one of the main yearly events that connects the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian communities in the Bay Area.  The new tradition of a competition for best sauerkraut and best potato salad will continue this year, as well as the volleyball and tug-of-war contests.  A few volunteers are always needed, so if you can help, please contact Mai-Liis Bartling (mailiisbartling@yahoo.com).  Volunteers will be receive free admission, otherwise the donation for admission is $10 per adult.  There is an additional parking charge of $5 per car.  To stay up to date on additional details, please check the website and Facebook.




Eesti koorid tulevad San Franciscosse koorifestivalile
Kaks koori osalevad sel suvel festivalil “Golden Gate International Choral Festival”, kus laulavad ja võistlevad koorid üle maailma. Sel aastal tulevad teistega rinda pistma ka meile juba tuntud Eesti Televisiooni tütarlastekoor ja Järvamaa tütarlastekoor. Kohalik Piedmont Children’s Choir, kes on osalenud mitmetel Eesti laulupidudel, esineb ka siin ning nende esinemise järel näidatakse filmi “Üheshingamine”. Festival toimub 12.-18. juulil 2015 ja pileteid saab osta Golden Gate Festival lingil (http://www.goldengatefestival.org/EVENT-TICKETS).

Täiskasvanutele, kes neidusid saadavad,  oleks festivali ajaks kodumajutust vaja, kui teil on võimalik kellelegi nädalaks öömaja pakkuda, võtke palun ühendust Mai-Liisiga (mailiisbartling@yahoo.com).


 


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Estonian choirs visiting the Golden Gate International Choral Festival
The Golden Gate International Choral Festival is a local event that welcomes choirs from all over the world to perform and compete. This year, two choirs from Estonia will participate in the festival, the renowned Estonian TV Choir and the Girls Choir of Järva County.  The local Piedmont Children’s Choir, which has a large Estonian-language repertoire, will also perform. The festival runs from July 12 through July 18, 2015.  Tickets can be purchased Golden Gate Festival (http://www.goldengatefestival.org/EVENT-TICKETS).
 
Several adults traveling from Estonia are hoping to find homestays with local Estonians during the festival.  If you can help provide a place to stay, please contact Mai-Liis (mailiisbartling@yahoo.com).




Vox Populi koor Bay Areas septembris
Septembris on külla oodata noorte segakoori Vox Populi Eestist. Vox Populi (voxpopuli.ee) on tuntud Veljo Tormise loomingu ettekandjana ning nad on pärjatud ka mitmete rahvusvaheliste auhindadega. SF Eesti Selts esitas taotluse ja sai Eesti Kultuuriministeeriumilt toetust projekti raames, mis edendab kultuurivahetust kodu- ja väliseestlaste vahel.  Vox Populi koori vastuvõtmine on meie jaoks esimene nende ürituste sarjas. Kontserdi kuupäev pole veel lõplikult paigas, kuid me teame , et koor viibib Bay Areas 23.-29. septembril. Kui saate lauljatele kodumajutust pakkuda, teatage palun sellest Mai-Liis Bartlingule (mailiisbartling@yahoo.com).


Vox Populi choir visiting the Bay Area in September
In September, we welcome the mixed youth choir Vox Populi (voxpopuli.ee) from Estonia to the Bay Area.  Vox Populi is best known for its performances of  the music of Veljo Tormis, and has received many international awards.  The SF Eesti Selts was successful in getting a small grant this year from the Culture Ministry in Estonia to encourage cultural exchange between performers from Estonia and the Estonian community here, and hosting the Vox Populi performance will be the first event in this project.  While the date of the performance is still to be determined, the choir will be in the area September 23-29.  If you can help provide a homestay for choir members during that time, please contact Mai-Liis Bartling (mailiisbartling@yahoo.com).



SF Eesti Seltsi koosolek ja uus juhatus
SF Eesti Selts  pidas oma iga-aastase koosoleku 3. mail. Revideeriti rahalist seisu, valiti juhatus ja arutati läbi kavasolevad sündmused ja üritused. Otsustati moodustada uus kultuurikomitee, kes aitaks tuua värsket energiat ja uusi ideid  meie üritustesse. Andre Nakkurt ja Kertu-Lilli Meerbach on lubanud olla selle komitee liikumapanevaks jõuks ja juhatus toetab neid igati.

SF Estonian Society meeting and new committee
The SF Eesti Selts (SF Estonian Society) held its annual meeting on May 3 to review finances, elect officers, and talk about upcoming events and activities.  Agreed was to form a new "kultuuri komitee" (cultural committee) to bring fresh energy and ideas to our events in the Bay Area. Over the past few years, our events have grown in aspiration and in attendance, and our organizing needs to keep pace. We welcome Andre Nakkurt and Kertu-Lilli Meerbach as core members of the new committee, and look forward to working with and supporting them!



Kas oled toimuvaga kursis?
Kas tunnete, et suudate kõigega, mis eestlased siinmail korraldavad, kursis olla? Info saamiseks on mitmeid erinevaid viise!

Uudiskiri – SF Eesti Seltsi uudiskiri “Seda ja Teist”, mida praegu loete, ilmub üle ühe kuu, kuid meil on plaanis tuevikus välja anda nö lühiväljaandeid, et reklaamida üksikuid üritusi. Kui te ei ole uudiskirja saajate hulgas, registreeruge järgmisel aadressil (http://eepurl.com/RtCJX).

Facebook – Kiireim viis kõigest toimuvast teada saada on Eesti by the Bay Facebook page (
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eesti-By-The-Bay/61157290758).

Kodulehekülg –Webpage  - Ärge unustage külastamast Eesti by the Bay kodulehekülge (www.eestibythebay.org), sealtki leiate uusimat infot, aga ka artikleid kohalike eestlaste kohta ja muudki huvitavat.


Keeping in touch
Are you staying current with San Francisco Estonian community events?  There are several ways to keep in touch!

-- Newsletter -- The SF Eesti Selts newsletter currently comes out about every other month, but soon we will experiment with sending out more frequent e-mails about individual events to better keep everyone in the loop.  Sign up for the newsletter at the link (http://eepurl.com/RtCJX).

-- Facebook -- Like the Eesti by the Bay facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eesti-By-The-Bay/61157290758) for fastest updates about events and other local interest.

-- Website -- Don’t forget to visit the Eesti By the Bay webpage (www.eestibythebay.org) for updates, as well as more in depth looks at local Estonians and other stories of interest.



 
Lääneranniku Eesti Päevad  - piletid müügil!
Vancouveri eestlased korraldavad sel aastal LEP Mt. Whistleris British Columbias. Täpsem info ja piletid siin
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West Coast Estonian Days -- get your tickets now!
The Vancouver, B.C. Estonian community is hosting this year's West Coast Estonian Days at Mt. Whistler.  For tickets or more information, go to LEP 2015 - Lääneranniku Eesti Päevad – West Coast Estonian Days - 2
015.



Sooviksite näha filmi “Keepers of the Loom”?
Eelmisel aastal Kanadas EstDocs filmifestivalil näidatud film “Keepers of the Loom” räägib eesti käsitöö tähtsusest sõjajärgsete põgenike idenditeedi säilitamisel. Produtsendid Reet ja Tom Mae otsivad ikka veel toetust, et filmitegemiskulusid katta. Kui te sooviksite seda filmi North Bays näha, võtke ühendust Mai-Liis Bartlinguga, et saaksime kuupäevas kokku leppida. Info filmi kohta (keepersoftheloom.com).

Would you like to see the film "Keepers of the Loom"
“Keepers of the Loom," a film that was shown at the EstDocs film festival last year in Canada, is about the role of Estonian crafts in maintaining identity among post-war refugees.  Producers Reet and Tom Mae are still seeking donations to cover film costs, and are interested in ideas for how to continue this project.  If you are interested in seeing this film in the North Bay, contact Mai-Liis Bartling so we can schedule a date to show it.  (For more about the film, see keepersoftheloom.com.)



Soome-Eesti Sõpruse nädalalõpp
(From the LA Estonian newsletter.)
 
Aeg on plaanida suve parimat nädalalõppu!
Soome - Eesti Sõpruspäevad
31. juuli - 2. august 2015

California soomlased kutsuvad California eestlasi nende jöeäärsesse suvituskohta, mis asub Fresno lähedal.  Hauli Huvila on nende privaatlaager Kings Riveri ääres ning nad avavad uksed  Los Angelese ja San Francisco Eesti Seltsi liikmetele.

Ãœlevaade Hauli Huvilast on veebil (haulihuvila.com).  Telkimine on $10 inimeselt/ööpäev. Saunad on köetud ööpäev läbi.  Söögid (umbes $5-$12) on valmistatud ühisköögis. Reedene õhtusöök, 3  einet laupäeval ja pühapäevane hiline hommikueine. Köögiabilisi palutakse appi iga eine ajal.
 
On ka saadaval üürimiseks üks suur ($90/ööpäev) ja neli väikest ($60/ööpäev) kämpingumaja, milles voodid/kraanikauss/käimla.  Kuna neid on vähe, loositakse nad välja.  Esita oma maja (cabin) soov (andres.ruetman@ca.rr.com).   Motell Edgewater Inn on jalutuskäigu kaugusel, kui telkida ei soovi.
 
Ujumine, kalastamine või jalad vees päevitamine (kokteil käes) on kõik võimalik sõltuvalt jõevee taseme kõrgusest (meil on ju põud).  Võrkpalli ja teisi mänge organiseeritakse kohapeal. Palun anna teada, kui oled tulemas! (andres.ruetman@ca.rr.com).


Hauli Huvila


Finnish-Estonian Friendship Weekend
(From the LA Estonian newsletter.)

It's time to plan your best weekend of the summer!
Finnish-Estonian Friendship Weekend
July 31-August 2, 2015

The California Finnish community has invited the California Estonians to join them for a weekend at their riverside retreat near Fresno.  Hauli Huvila is their private campground along the Kings River and they are welcoming members of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Estonian Societies.
 
An overview of Hauli Huvila can be found at their website (http://haulihuvila.com/).  Camping is $10 per person per night. Saunas are heated all day and night.  Meals (approx. $5 to $12) will be prepared in the group kitchen:  Friday dinner, 3 meals Saturday, and Sunday brunch.  Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen.
 
There are 1 large ($90/night) & 4 small cabins ($60/night) with beds/sink/toilet that may be rented.  A raffle will be held to allocate these cabins. Submit your request to andres.ruetman@ca.rr.com   The Edgewater Inn is walking distance if you do not wish to camp.
 
Floating, swimming, fishing, or lounging with your feet in the water and a cocktail in your hand will be options based on the river water level.  Volleyball and other games will be organized.  Please let us know how many are coming (andres.ruetman@ca.rr.com).




“Hingemaa” kontsert eesti kiriku toetuseks Gleasonis, WI
Ameerika Ühendriikide kõige vanema eesti kiriku koduks on Gleason Wisconsini osariigis. Kirik on ehitatud 1914. a ja nüüd, 101 aastat hiljem, on algatatud liikumine kiriku taastamiseks, et ka tulevased põlved seda näha saaksid. 18. juulil toimub kiriku juures kontsert “Hingemaa” tuntud eesti muusikute Tõnis Mägi ja Kärt Johansoni osavõtul. Kontserdist saadud tulud lähevad kiriku taastamisfondi. Lähemat infot nii kontserdi kui ka taastamisprojekti kohta leiate (hingemaa.eventzilla.net, www.firstestonianchurch.com).


Land of the Soul “Hingemaa” Estonian church benefit concert in Gleason, WI
Gleason, Wisconsin is home to the oldest Estonian church in the United States.  Built in 1914, there are now efforts to restore the church to its past condition and preserve its heritage for the future.  On July 18th, there will be a benefit concert “Land of the Soul (Hingemaa)” at the church site, featuring renowned Estonian musicians Tõnis Mägi and Kärt Johanson.  Proceeds from the event will go towards the restoration efforts.  More details about the concert and the restoration project are available at the website (hingemaa.eventzilla.net and www.firstestonianchurch.com), including how to support the project from afar.



Emakeel on oma keel: kuidas hoida emakeelt võõrsil
Edastame teate lühikese, aga väga asjakohase Soomes välja antud teatmiku kohta. Arvatavasti on mitmed teist sellega juba tuttavad, kuid kindlasti on lisandunud ka neid inimesi, kes seda veel näinud ei ole. Arvestades, et maailmas kasvab väga palju mitmekeelseid eesti taustaga lapsi, on oluline, et see info jõuaks võimalikult paljudesse peredesse ning vanemad näeksid mitmekeelsust rikkusena, mitte ohuna.

Kogumikku saab lugeda elektrooniliselt Tuglase Seltsi kodulehel.

--Andero Adamson
Haridus- ja Teadusministeeriumi keeleosakond




2015 JBANC conference notes
(Conference notes from attendee Mai-Liis Bartling.)

This year’s conference of the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) was held in Washington D.C. on April 16th and 17th.  JBANC has existed 54 years to coordinate the political advocacy efforts of the three Baltic nations, and has a track record of effective action.   Not surprisingly, given events in eastern Europe, this year’s conference took on a special urgency  and was well attended.

One couldn’t but be impressed with the conference’s serious, purposeful tone as well as the proportion of younger attendees.  JBANC Managing director Karl Altau gets much of the credit for this, and for assembling the impressive program.   There was unanimous recognition of the current threat to the Baltics and all of Europe, and many common themes and action items emerged. Among the standout speakers was the current foreign minister of Latvia H.E. Dr. Artis Pabriks, who gave the keynote lunch address.  Dr. Pabriks eloquently quoted Churchhill and spoke of the need for resolve, pointing out that resolve on the homefront is a strong deterrent.    Among the more controversial discussions, where debate was real, was on whether offering Russia an “offramp” can produce any good result and whether drawing “red lines” helped or constrained future options.

Underscoring the importance of this year’s conference was the attendance of Estonian President Toomas Ilves.  His basic message:  we must all do more.


The two days were so full that I filled an entire notepad, and it was not easy to come up with a list of take-aways, but here are 10 themes that were reinforced throughout the conference, followed by a list of possible actions.

1)     Russian aggression is to blame for events in Ukraine.   While the Baltics are among the new “frontline states,” it is a European and US problem, too.

2)     While new levels of support from NATO are very appreciated, there was consensus among panelists that permanent bases in the Baltics are needed.

3)     The Minsk II agreement re Ukraine is being violated on a daily basis; there was also consensus that lethal defensive weapons should be provided to Ukraine.

4)     To preserve a strong Europe, it’s important Ukraine be successful, and an offer of EU membership can help keep it on track.

5)     The agenda for a strong Europe should also include: diversifying energy supplies, negotiating trade agreements, stronger regional coordination between the Baltics and their neighbors, continued policies of integration.

6)     We in the west have been behind the curve in the information war, for complex reasons that have much to do with the state of journalism more generally in this age of the internet.  

7)     Russian media has been proactive in obliterating the line between fact and opinion, sowing doubt and confusion, and encouraging a view that the west is crumbling.  

8)     Add to this the very specific “compatriots policy” of targeting Russian speakers and building their loyalty.

9)     While much effort has gone into trying to decipher the intentions of Vladimir Putin, at heart he is an opportunist and gangster concerned with this own survivial.   A government that treats its own people poorly cannot be a good neighbor.

10)    Actions are needed top down and bottom up, including restoring an effective  national security structure.   But don’t think that the actions of others are enough or that others will do it for us, we must also feel individually empowered to act.

So what to do? Panelists suggested many ways to get involved:

1)     Advocate for policies – panelists urged advocacy for lethal aid for Ukraine and permanent bases in the Baltics; to continue/strengthen sanctions against Russia and to remove Russia from SWIFT banking network.  They also urged advocacy for a resolution comparable to Sumner Welles, which proved so helpful to the Baltics, and for direct-to-home satellite broadcasting that can serve a role comparable to that of Radio Free Europe.

2)     Start local – visit local congressional offices.  Share facts and what you are advocating.  Share your heritage or connection and that you care deeply. Encourage your reps to become members of the Baltic Caucus.

3)     Continue to educate yourself – Read the CEEC’s policy paper (www.ceecoalition.us).  Read books on the subject.  Share and amplify facts and information within your own Baltic community.  Also consider writing letters to local papers that reach out to a broader audience.

4)     Show solidarity with Ukraine.  There is strength in numbers.  Work/ walk alongside other Baltics on these issues and in support of Ukraine and a strong Europe.

5)     Take to the streets – find/create opportunities to interest the media and broader public, for example Baltic deportation commemoration events.

6)     Use social media – use Facebook and Twitter for informational or fundraising campaigns in support of Ukraine, and to draw attention to Russia’s actions.

7)     Financially support organizations that are effective on these issues, including JBANC and EANC.


To read more about JBANC’s activities and this year’s conference, go to www.jbanc.org.

NEWS TO SHARE?
Seda ja Teist comes out every other month. Our main purpose is announcements, quick news items, and invitations to Selts and other activities that may be of interest to the Estonian community. Not all announced events are produced, sponsored, or endorsed by the Selts. If you have news or photos to share, please let us know!

Toimetajad/Editors: Mai-Liis Bartling, Leelo Kask, and Linnea Bartling

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