23rd Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Irena Kliman

With a great sorrow we would like to inform that Mrs. Irena Kliman passed away peacefully at her home in Ann Arbor, MI., on September 20th 2016.
The Memorial Mass will take place on Friday, Sept. 30th. 2016 at 10 am at the St. Thomas Catholic Church, 530 Elizabeth St, Ann Arbor. Followed by interment of her ashes into the family grave at the St. Thomas Cemetery, 300 Sunset Rd., Ann Arbor, MI.
Mrs. Irena Kliman was a longtime dedicated member of Polish American Congress, Ann Arbor Chapter, International Neighbors, Kiwanis, and other organizations. She was beloved by Polish community and all her friends in Ann Arbor and around the world.  In recent years she was under the loving care of Mr. Richard Kass in her own home.
In lieu of flowers, donations for the Polish Orphanage in Lithuania, which Mrs. Kliman supported for years, would be appreciated. Checks, named for Irena Kliman, may be sent c/o Mrs. Krystyna Bobowski, 3376 Tacoma Cir., Ann Arbor, MI104.
For the Polish American Congress, Ann Arbor Chapter
Wanda Walasek, President

PAC-sponsored lecture on Oct. 21

Ann Arbor Chapter of Polish American Congress (AAPAC) invites its members, friends and all interested to the lecture:

“A Well-Worn Path: Migration from Two Villages in Galicia, 1898-1924” presented by Particia Yocum

October 21, 2016 at 7 pm
Ann Arbor District Library Downtown
AADL Freespace, 3rd floor
343 S. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

At the height of the transatlantic migration Dobrzechów and Kożuchów, two villages in in modern-day Podkarpackie Province, Poland, sent many of their people to America. Nearly 300 of these people, entering at New York City from 1898 to 1924, have been identified in Ellis Island records. Using ship manifests, filled out as the travelers boarded their ships, two studies examined who these migrants were, where they were going and whom they were joining. The patterns which emerged suggest a great deal about the nature of immigration during the period of study as well as the forces which propelled it.

Patricia Yocum is librarian emerita at the University of Michigan and a long-time member of AAPAC. A native of Utica, N.Y., she earned a B.A. in English literature from Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton, and M.A. in English literature and A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan.  In retirement she has pursued research into Polish immigration history especially that from Galicia. Her papers dealing with migration from Dobrzechów and Kożuchów have been published in Polish American Studies.  She is currently researching the life these villagers led post-arrival in the United States, focusing on those who went to Thorndike, Massachusetts. It is also important to mention that Pat is a long time member of AA PAC.

All are welcome!

Wanda Walasek
Polish American Congress, Ann Arbor Chapter

Polish Mass in Ann Arbor (September)

Next Polish Mass will take place on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at 7:00 PM in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2270 E. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Polish School starts soon!

Dear All,
It’s time to start preparing for the new school year. The Polish Language Center of Ann Arbor a.k.a. Polska Szkoła w Ann Arbor invites you to register for the upcoming semester. We offer classes for children 3+ and adults, at various levels of language competency, on Saturday mornings at Eastern Michigan University.
Our classes start on Saturday, September 10. Please let us know asap if you are planning to register by sending us an email to poledu@yahoo.com. New students/parents should also fill out the attached questionnaire and forward it together with their registration.
Up-to-date information can be found on our school’s website, http://polskaszkola.weebly.com/. We are also on Facebook – Polska Szkoła w Ann Arbor – be sure to like us!
Children’s class calendar:
September: 10, 17, 24
October: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November: 5, 12, (19 children’s film festival; 26 Thanksgiving)
December: 3, 10
Class schedule:
9:00 – 12:00
Our address:
Eastern Michigan University
Alexander Music Building, room 215
Ypsilanti, MI, 48197
As in previous years, we continue to offer Polish as a Foreign Language classes to adults. We would like to invite parents and beginner students 16 years and older to participate.
$240 for one student $20/session
$360 for two students $30/ session
$480 for three students $40/session
Please make checks out to the Polish Language Center of Ann Arbor and bring them on the first day of classes.
We look forward to seeing you in September!
Basia Alvarez

Bonfire / Ognisko

Time: Saturday, September 24th @ 4pm
Place: MIGIZI Frontier Cabin, Brighton Recreation Area, 6360 Chilson Rd, Howell, MI 48843

The cabin sleeps 20 and is rented for an overnight stay rom Saturday till Sunday. If you would like to spend the night there, please contact us at pac.ann.arbor@gmail.com. On Saturday, before the bonfire, everyone is welcome to join around 12 noon for a walk around the lake. The bonfire will start at 4pm. Participants please bring food, sausages and various drinks to share. Our thanks to Adam Filipiak for generous yearly donation of firewood.

Annual Picnic

Time: Sunday, August 14/2016 @ 2pm
Place: Central Shelter, Dexter Huron Metropark, 6535 Huron River Drive, Dexter, MI 48130

As usually our picnic is a potluck event, so please bring a dish and a beverage to share. Sausages, soft drinks and tableware will be provided by AA PAC We are excited to introduce the silent auction during this year picnic. You can win the “mystery basket” by purchasing 1$ ruffle ticket (or 6 for 5$). Please join this fundraising, because its proceeds will help finance various activities of our organization. Also, be prepared for a Metropark 10$ entrance fee (1 car, cash only).

Polish Mass in Ann Arbor (February)

Next Polish Mass will take place on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 at 7:00 PM in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2270 E. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Wolverine Ball

We encourage all our members and friends to support the University of Michigan Polish Student Association by participating in their annual Wolverine Charity Ball on January 30th, 2016 at 7 pm in the Palmer Commons Building. More details on the Polish Student Association Facebook page.

Children’s Carnival Ball

Polska Szkoła w Ann Arbor invites all Polish speaking families with children to a Children’s Carnival Ball, Bal Karnawałowy dla Dzieci. February 6, 2016 at 4-6 pm Geddess Lake Condominiums Club House, 3000 Lakehaven Ann Arbor 48105.

Tickets: $3 per person or $10 per family.

This is a potluck event. Please bring a festive snack suitable for small children. Drinks will be provided.
Costumes are encouraged.
For more information, contact poledu@yahoo.com.