Accidental Hero Performance

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Accidental Hero Performance

The Czech & Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota and Czech & Slovak Sokol Minnesota present The Accidental Hero by Patrick DeWane

A MIRACULOUS TRUE STORY ABOUT FREEDOM, WWII, AND THE INESCAPABLE QUESTION, “WHO AM I?”

Where: CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan St, St Paul, MN 55102

When: Friday, February 24th, 2016, at 7pm

The Accidental Hero is a multi-media one-man show about a WWII American officer who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents. It’s a true story, written and performed by his grandson. For more information, check out this website: http://www.accidentalhero.net/

RSVP to: education@sokolmn.org. This is not required, but very helpful so we know how many chairs to set up. So if you know now that you’re coming, let us know, but you are welcome to come at the last minute! Open to public with a freewill donation.

Film Showing: Limonádový Joe aneb Koňská opera

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Film Showing: Limonádový Joe aneb Koňská opera

Czech & Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota and Czech & Slovak Sokol Minnesota present a Czech film Limonádový Joe (pronounced “yoae”) or the Horse Opera. Come and join us for a viewing and discussion of this unforgettable classic Czech musical comedy from 1964, directed by Oldřich Lipský. The film is set in Stetson City, Arizona, in 1885, and is a charming parody of the American western. The screening will take place at C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 West Michigan Street, St. Paul, MN 55102, on Sunday, February 19 at 7:00pm. The event is free.

Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting

The 2016 CSCC Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, at 11AM at the University Club in St. Paul.

Malina Brothers Concert

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Malina Brothers Concert

Come and hear this wonderful Czech folk/bluegrass band on Saturday, September 17th , at a house concert in Inver Grove Heights, MN. The concert will be in a very relaxed environment where you can listen to a wonderful guitar, banjo, base and violin music and meet like-minded people from Czech, Slovak and other cultural backgrounds.

 

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CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

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CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

The Seal of Biliteracy

The purpose of the third event in the Multilingual Education and Culture series is to invite participants into a conversation about a potential way to formalize student language attainment skills different from some of the more traditional accreditation processes, such as Advance Placement classes. The alternative presented here is called the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or county office of education in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.  The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills the students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.

Presenters: Kimberly Caster, Edina Public Schools Language Representative; Ursula Lentz, Minnesota Department of Education Representative

CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

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CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

Part 2: Keeping our Language Alive: Perspectives from Ethnic Language Schools in MN

Organized by Czech & Slovak Cultural Center (CSCC) in collaboration with Czech & Slovak School Twin Cities and Czech Slovak Sokol MN

When? Sunday, April 17th at 2:30 PM

Where? Sokol Hall: 383 W Michigan St, St Paul, MN 55102

The purpose of this panel is to provide a platform for teachers and program directors of ethnic schools in MN to share their successes and challenges teaching their native language to children.  American society is inter-woven from many different nationalities, cultures and languages. There are many ethnic organizations in MN trying to preserve the language of their culture. This platform will provide an opportunity for the ethnic language initiatives to share their motivation and perseverance in their language teaching and preservation efforts.

Speakers: Jitka Sebek (Czech & Slovak School Twin Cities), Agnieszka Kemerley (POLESOM (Polish Educational Solutions of Minnesota – Polish Language Program)), Danna Voller (The Heritage Organization of Romanian-Americans in MN) and Eva Kish (MISI Hungarian School)

Part 3: Seal of Biliteracy, May 22, 2016, 2:30 PM

CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

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CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

Part 1: Benefits of Multilingualism: How to Become Smarter and More Employable

Organized by Czech & Slovak Cultural Center (CSCC) in collaboration with Czech & Slovak School Twin Cities and Czech Slovak Sokol MN

When? Friday, March 25th at 7:00 PM

Where? Sokol Hall: 383 W Michigan St, St Paul, MN 55102

Come and join us for this long-overdue lecture and discussion to uncover some of the important aspects of being bilingual or multilingual in the US. Multilingualism can have many forms.  It may be a product of being brought up by parents who come from different countries or cultures, studying in a language in an immersion school, or having moved here from another country.  We will explore the benefits and also some of the challenges of being multilingual in the US and what we can do to maximize this opportunity.

Speakers: Elaine Tarone, PhD, Kendall King, PhD, and Ann Jurewicz, MA

Part 2: Panel Discussion, April 17, 2016, 2:30 PM

Part 3: Seal of Biliteracy, May 22, 2016, 2:30 PM

Please see CSCC Calendar for event details.

Volunteers Needed for the Festival of Nations

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Volunteers Needed for the Festival of Nations

The Festival of Nations is between May 5-8, 2016, where this year’s theme is “Folklore and Fairytales”. Czech & Slovak Sokol MN serves authentic food in the Café and supports several dance performance groups. The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota is preparing the Culture Exhibit Booth.

CSCC is seeking volunteers for festival hours as well as setup and takedown of the Culture Exhibit Booth. If you volunteer with us at the Festival of Nations, you will get a free admission ticket! Please note, during Festival hours volunteers are to be in costume.

To volunteer for a shift at the Culture Exhibit Booth: email both cherylnt@earthlink.net and tich0018@umn.edu.

Festival Hours:

Thursday 9am – 3pm
Friday 9:30am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm

Informal Czech Conversation Group

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Informal Czech Conversation Group

Do you want to practice your Czech?  All ages and levels of Czech language welcome.  Meet others who have traveled to the Czech Republic, studied, lived, or grew up there. Monthly meetings, every third Saturday of the month, 4 PM to 5:30 PM.

Meeting Place: Kramarczuk’s, 215 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Next Scheduled Meetings: February 20, 2016, March 19, 2016, April 16, 2016, May 21, 2016

Happy New Year from the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota (CSCC)!

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Happy New Year from the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota (CSCC)!

Happy New Year from the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota (CSCC)!

On behalf of the Board of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota (CSCC), I would like to wish everyone a peaceful, happy and a successful New Year.

The Czech and Slovak Republics have witnessed many important and interesting events this past year, including taking in a wave of refugees fleeting the unfortunate destinies of their home countries while refusing imposed quotas, having become some of the fastest-growing economies in the EU, or becoming No. 1 and 2 in the World Junior Hockey Championship.  In the CSCC, we strive to bring current events that take place in the Czech and Slovak Republics to our members and friends in Minnesota and in the US via the CSCC website, our lecture series and other events (http://cs-center.org/). The purpose of each event is to provide context for current as well as historical events to relate them to our lives in MN and the US at this time.  For example, this past year one of the events sponsored by the CSCC was a lecture by Dr. Anna Matuska Can We Say That? Campaign Management in Czech Republic and Slovakia Skyped in from Czech Republic.

In 2015, one of the biggest loses to the Czech and Slovak communities not only in MN, but in many parts of the world, was the passing of Dr. Josef Mestenhauser, one of the founders of CSCC, a great scholar, and an invaluable mentor and friend to so many of us.

In 2015, CSCC co-sponsored the inauguration of a new Honorary Council for the Czech Republic, Ms. Marit Lee Kucera, at an event at the C.S.P.S Hall attended by Mr. Zajíček, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Bořek Lizec, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, along with many other dignitaries, supporters, and friends of the Czech and Slovak Republics.

CSCC annual programming includes cultural activities, such as concerts, literary events and participation in Czech/Slovak and European festivals.  The CSCC co-sponsored a concert by Druhá Tráva, a popular and accomplished Czech bluegrass band.  As part of Literary Ventures, a CSCC book discussion group focused on Czech and Slovak literature, read among others War with the Newts by Karel Čapek.  In addition, the CSCC co-sponsored and introduced two films at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival and organized an exciting evening of Central and Easter European wine and history.

The CSCC is a dynamic organization with a mission to provide relevant experiences and resources to everyone interested in the Czech, Slovak and European heritage in the areas of education, culture, history, political awareness, business and social networking, and always welcomes new members.

We have a wonderful program planned for the upcoming year, including a series of lectures and discussion on bilingual and multilingual education and culture in MN co-organized with the Czech & Slovak School of the Twin Cities as well as a lecture on the history of Radio Free Europe.  Literary Ventures will read and discuss, among others, a new book by Michael Žantovský Havel: A Life.

Your presence makes the work of CSCC meaningful.  A special thank you to those who have already become CSCC members.  Your membership contributions provide CSCC with the necessary resources to carry our vision forward.  Please join the CSCC by following this link: http://cs-center.org/membership/.

We look forward to meeting you, seeing you again and working with you in 2016 to keep the Czech and Slovak cultures alive!

Happy Holiday Season and a wonderful New Year!

From the CSCC Board of Directors,

Warm regards,

Dr. Renáta Tichá, President

Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota


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