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FILE - The Cyprus- U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Nicole Petallides Tsiolas with the Distinguished Merit Award at the annual gala in New York. (Photo by TNH/Costas Bej)

THRU OCTOBER 6

TARPON SPRINGS, FL – The City of Tarpon Springs will present Night in the Islands–a free event on the world famous Sponge Docks (Dodecanese Blvd. between Athens and Roosevelt Streets) on May 19, July 7, August 4, and October 6 this year. Enjoy a Greek panigiri with music, dancing, and dining! And we will offer an hour of free Greek dance lessons by the Levendia Dance Troupe from 6-7 PM. Night in the Islands will feature the engaging music of Odyssey in April and May, and in July, August, and September we will feature Ellada in front of the Sponge Exchange. In April and May, we will also feature Neos Ihos playing Greek music on the block between Hope and Roosevelt Streets. To reserve a table for dinner, please contact participating restaurants Costa’s, Hellas, Mama’s, or Mykonos. This popular event is free, thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association. For more information, contact Tina Bucuvalas at 727-916-0235 or tbucuvalas@ctsfl.us.

THRU JULY 8

NEW YORK – The Onassis Cultural Center New Yorkpresents Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes,comprising a rich array of events that consider the enduring—and, currently, pressing—central themes of Aristophanes’ ancient satire, The Birds, April 22- July 8. The festival is produced by Onassis Cultural Center New York for the American premiere of Nikos Karathanos’ uproarious and poetic adaptation of the original Aristophanes play, presented by St. Ann’s Warehouseand Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens. More information is available online at: onassisusa.org.

MAY 2-13

BROOKLYN – Following its sold-out World Premiere at the open air Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and a subsequent popular engagement at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, the play- Aristophanes’ Birds, directed by Nikos Karathanos, will run for 12 performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 45 Water Street in Brooklyn, Wednesday, May 2- Sunday, March 13. More information is available online at: http://stannswarehouse.org/show/the-birds/.

MAY 3- JUNE 1

WASHINGTON, DC – The Embassy of Greece and the Hellenic Ephorate of Antiquities of Kavala-Thasos invite you to the Opening of the photography exhibition Archaeological Site of Philippi: A Landmark of European Heritage on Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 PM at the Embassy of Greece, 2217 Massachusetts Ave NW in Washington, DC. The Archaeological Site of Philippi is included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Monuments since 2016. The photo exhibition is free and will be on display at the Embassy of Greece until June 1. Visiting Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM-3 PM. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Raycap and is part of the European Union Month of Culture in DC. RSVP for the opening on Eventbrite.

MAY 8-11

WILKES-BARRE, PA – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 East Ross Street in Wilkes-Barre, holds its Spring Greek Food Festival on Tuesday, May 8- Friday, May 11, 11 AM- 8PM. Features: Eat-ins and take-outs of delicious Greek food and pastries, Free local delivery (within 2 miles) offered to orders over $30, Church is handicap accessible on the inside (after passing 5 steps leading to entrance of church), All major credit cards accepted. Pre-orders are welcome in advance by phone: 570-823-4805 and email: greekfoodfestival@yahoo.com.

MAY 10-13

WATERBURY, CT – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 937 Chase Parkway in Waterbury, holds its annual Greek Festival May 10-13. Enjoy authentic Greek food, music and dancing. Raffle tickets and more information are available by phone: 203-754-5189 or email: office@holytrinitywaterbury.org. Festival Hours: Thursday, May 10, Thursday 10 AM-9 PM; Friday, May 11, 10 AM- 11 PM; Saturday, May 12, 10 AM- 12 Midnight; Sunday, May 13, 11 AM- 3 PM.

MAY 11-13

WEBSTER, TX – St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church of Webster holds the 25th Annual Clear Lake Greek Festival at the Landolt Pavillion, Clear Lake Park, 5001 Nasa Parkway, in Seabrook, on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 11 AM-10 PM, and Sunday, May 13, 11 AM-6 PM. Enjoy Greek food, dancing, gift shops, and children’s activities. More information is available online at: clearlakegreekfestival.com.

MAY 12

MANHATTAN – The Ronald McDonald House New York Greek Division invites you to its 23rd Annual Niki Sideris Annual Memorial Walk-a-thon in Manhattan on Saturday, May 12. Registration: 9 AM, Walk: 11 AM. $20/participant. Please visit www.rmh-newyork.org/events/greek-walk-a-thon for details.

MAY 14

MANHATTAN – Hellenic Professional Women Inc. (HPW) is hosting a “Cocktails & Connecting” event at Thalassa,179 Franklin Street in Manhattan on Monday, May 14, 6-8 PM. Please stop by to network, meet someone new or catch up with a friend. “Small Bites” will be provided by Thalassa and there will be a cash bar. Please visit www.hellenicprofessionalwomen.org for details.

MANHATTAN – The American Hellenic Institute Business Network requests the pleasure of your company at its Monthly Informal Networking Reception at Avra Restaurant,141 East 48th Street in Manhattan, on Monday, May 14, 5:30-7:30 PM. Please RSVP to csirigos100@aol.com.

BELMONT, MA – Belmont World Film 2018 presents the North American premiere of

DJAM (France, 2017, 97 min.)on Monday, May 14, 7:30 PM, at Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road in Belmont. The film is directed by Tony Gatlifand is in French and Greek with English subtitles. The subculture of “rebetiko,” an emotionally charged storytelling and singing style that spread from poor urban communities in Greece and Turkey to the islands of the Aegean, is at the heart of this spin on Southern Europe’s current financial woes and migrant worries. The film’s eponymous heroine, a young and spirited Greek woman living on the island of Lesbos, is sent on an errand in Turkey where she meets up with a 19 year-old French girl whose plans to help migrants at the Syrian border backfire. Together they journey back to Lesbos using the same overland route taken by many Syrians today.Speaker: Sandra Theodorou, a musician who specializes in traditional Greek regional music and Greek urban rebetika, as well as chairperson of the Traditional Greek Music Department at Boston Lykeion Ellinidon. Tickets: $11 general admission, $9 seniors & students in advance. $12 and $10, respectively, at the door.More information is available online at:www.belmontworldfilm.org.

MANHATTAN – Cathedral Connect invites you to Wing Night at Blondies, 212 W 79th Streetin Manhattan on Monday, May 14, 7:30 PM. All you can eat wings for $20.95! Please contact connect@thecathedralnyc.org for details.

MAY 16

MANHATTAN – Philo4Thought invites you to its General Meeting at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Manhattan to discuss plans for collaborative educational activities in the 2018-2019 academic year on Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 PM. Those interested in attending can email p4tinfo@gmail.com.

MAY 18-JUNE 30

DETROIT, MI –Angeliki’s Dowry Chest, An Exhibition and Estate Sale, opening Friday, May 18, 6-9 PM and running through June 30, presented by Trinosophes, 1464 Gratiot Avenue in Detroit, MI.Visit Instagram @angelikisdowrychest.