Going on in Our Community

The Hellenic Initiative's 6th Annual Gala at the New York Hilton was sold out. (Photo by TNH/Costas Bej)

ASTORIA – Greek Nights at Athens Square Park, 30th Avenue and 30th Street in Astoria, presents live music every Tuesday at 7:15 PM, July 10-October 2. Thirteen musical events are scheduled, including performances by Nikos Nikolaides and the Cosmopolitans with Olga Pantelis, Giorgos Fotakis and the Laiki Compania, and the Noora Belly Dancers. Free admission. More information is available at athenssquarepark.org.

TUCSON, AZ – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 East Fort Lowell Road in Tucson, holds its annual Greek Festival September 27-30. Come join us for Tucson’s premier Greek festival! Delicious Greek food, delectable Greek desserts, and more! Entertainment: Live band, Greek dancers, and kids activities with games and jumpies. Admission: $3.00 entry fee, 12 and under, over 65, military, police and first responders free with ID. Free shuttle service to and from the festival grounds. Hours: Thursday, Seot. 27, 5-10 PM; Friday, Sept. 28, 5-11 PM; Saturday, Sept. 29, 4-11 PM; and Sunday, Sept. 30, noon-5 PM. More information is available by phone: 520-888-0505 and online: tucsongreekfestival.com.

MANHATTAN – Capital Link, Inc. invites you to its 2nd Invest in Cyprus Forum at the Metropolitan Club,1 East 60th Street in Manhattan, on Friday, Sept. 28, 8:15 AM-2:30 PM. Luncheon keynote address by Republic of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. The Forum is organized with the active support and involvement of the Cyprus Union of Shipowners. More information at: forums.capitallink.com/cyprus/2018.

SAN JUAN CAPOSTRANO, CA – Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church holds its annual Greek Festival at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center 25925 Camino Del Avion in San Juan Capistrano, September 29-30. Enjoy the delicious Greek foods and pastries, Olive Oil Class and Sampling, live Greek music, dancing and dance lessons, and youth activities. Free Admission and free parking. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 AM-11 PM and Sunday, Sept. 30, noon-10 PM. More information is available by phone: 949-542-3445 and online: sjcgreekfest.org.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Holy Trinity – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 307 19th Street, South, in Birmingham, holds its 46th Annual Greek Festival October 4-6, 11 AM-10 PM all three days. Enjoy Greek foods, pastries, drive-thru, and church tours. Entertainment includes Greek dancing, live Greek bands, and dance groups. Free admission and free parking at parking deck one block away.More information is available by phone: 205-716-3080 and online: birminghamgreekfestival.net.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High Street, S.E. in Albuquerque, holds its Greek Festival October 5-7. Enjoy a variety of Greek foods, beverages, desserts, Greek music and dancing, gifts, and imported jewelry. Free cooking classes and Greek language classes will be provided at the Albuquerque Grecian Festival. Free Park and Ride in the University Parking Lot on the south side of Lomas Blvd at University Blvd. Admission is $5, and $2 for Seniors 62 yrs +. Free Admission for Police, Fire, Emergency, and Military Personnel, and for kids under 12 yrs. Hours: Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 AM-10 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 AM- 5 PM. More information is available by phone: 505-247-9411 and online: abqgreekfest.com.

CHANDLER, AZ – St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 2716 N. Dobson Road in Chandler, holds its annual Greek Festival, A Taste of Greece, October 5-7. Classic Celebration of Greek food, pastries, and fun for all! Enjoy Greek music and dancing, raffle, church tours, outdoor sports bar, and big screen TVs. Free parking and shuttle bus from and to Seton High School. Hours: Friday, Oct. 5, 5 -10 PM; Saturday, Oct 6, 11 AM-10 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 AM-7 PM. More information is available by phone: 480-899-3330 and online: st-katherine.org.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles, holds the 20th annual L.A. Greek Fest, October 5-7. Enjoy Greek food, beer and wine, music and dance at the most celebrated Greek Festival in Southern California. Daily Admission: $5. Free parking available in Loyola High School lots. Sign up online and receive a $2 discount coupon. Hours: Friday, Oct. 5, 5-11 PM; Saturday, Oct 6, 1-11 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 7, Noon-10 PM. More information is available by phone: 323-737-2424 and online: lagreekfest.com.

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 Saturday, Oct. 6. Enjoy a Greek panygiri 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 Ellada in front of the Sponge Exchange. 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.

ASTORIA – In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the founding of the village, a book launch for the new English translation of The Village – Agios Georgios Sikousis by Pantelis A. Mavrogeorgis will be held at The Chian Federation, 44-01 Broadway in Astoria, 2-3 PM with a Syllogos meeting 3-5 PM. Speakers include: international bestselling author Kalliope Barlis and the book’s translators Hope Delane Demertzis and Efstratios Demertzis. Copies of the book will be available for sale and are available on Amazon. Information about the Agios Georgios Sikousis 500th Anniversary Gala on November 24 is also available online: sikousis.org.

MANHATTAN – EMBCA invites all to attend The American College of Greece, “Growing Greece,“ an engaging presentation and conversation with Dr. David G. Horner, President of The American College of Greece, and Trustees of the College John Chachas and John Pyrovolakis. EMBCA President Louis Katsos and Antony Contomichalos, among others, will be hosting and sponsoring this important event on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30-8 PM at the 3 West Club’s Grand Ballroom, 3 West 51st Street in Midtown Manhattan. For questions and RSVP, contact Elizabeth Camelo via email: ecamelo@acg.edu or phone: 978-210-0942.

MANHATTAN – Women of the Church: Faith, Service, and Leadership: A Panel Discussion hosted by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6-8 PM at 12th-Floor Lounge, E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center, Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60th Street in Manhattan. Panelists:Dr. Donna Rizk Asdourian, Fellow, Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University;Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Director of the Office of Vocation and Ministry,Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology;Dr. Tamara Grdzelidze, Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia to the Holy See; and Dr. Sister Vassa Larin, Host, Coffee with Sister Vassa Podcast,Member, Commission of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church (Commissions on Canon Law and on Liturgy and Church Art), and moderated by Dr. Patricia Fann Bouteneff, Director, Pan-Orthodox Women’s Network. More information on the Orthodox Christian Studies Center is available online: fordham.edu/orthodoxy.

MANHATTAN – The Greek-American Writers Association will celebrate the life of Lili Bita, renowned Greek actress, author of twenty-one books, well-remembered for her one-woman show “The Greek Woman Through the Ages,” her amazing poetry, her dynamic performances, and her great warmth and generosity of spirit on Saturday, Oct. 20, 6-8 PM, at the Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village. Special video recordings will recall Lili’s dramatic renderings of her original poetry and stories. Participants in the program will include musician Nektarios Antoniou; poet and professor Robert Zaller; Dean Papademetriou, publisher of Somerset Press; poets Dean Kostos and Penelope Karageorge, as well as other performers, writers and friends of Lili. $10 includes admission and a drink.