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CHICAGO – The National Hellenic Museum (NHM), 333 S. Halsted Street in Chicago, presents ‘Hellenic Heads: George Petrides’ through December 10. This touring sculpture exhibition features six larger-than-life busts inspired by key periods in Greek history spanning 2,500 years, from ancient times to the present. In Hellenic Heads – which premiered last year at the Embassy of Greece in Washington, DC – Petrides presents a personal exploration into his Greek background, seeking to understand the cultural influences that have shaped him and the people closest to him. Starting with a rigorous research process including archaeological artifacts, academic sources, family stories and historical photographs, Petrides studied six important periods in Greek history spanning 2,500 years: Classical Greek Period (510 BC to 323 BC); Byzantine Period (330 AD to 1453 AD); Greek War of Independence (1821 to 1829); Destruction of Smyrna (1922); Nazi Occupation and Greek Civil War (1941 to 1949); and the Present. Regular museum hours are Thursday-Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM. Tickets are $10 and include admission to all exhibits, with special discounts available for seniors, students and children. Admission to the museum is always free for NHM Members. More information is available by phone 312-655-1234 and online: https://nationalhellenicmuseum.org/.


ONLINE – International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) hosts a nationwide virtual Christmas Gift Auction December 3-9. Items include hand-painted icons, unique handicrafts and toys, jewelry, and more – all from countries where IOCC has served. Bidding begins Sunday, December 3, 9AM ET, and ends promptly Saturday, December 9, 8 PM ET. Item previews available online: https://iocc.betterworld.org/auctions/auction23.


ASTORIA – The Hellenic Book Club of New York hosts a screening of the movie ‘America America’ by Elia Kazan at the Archdiocesan Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street in Astoria, Tuesday, December 5, 7 PM. For more information, contact Hellenic Book Club of New York President Jeannie Kouros by phone: 917-642-5633 or email: [email protected].

ONLINE – Hellenic Professional Women hosts their 2nd Virtual Book Club on Tuesday, December 5, 8-9:30 PM EST, via Zoom, with a discussion on ‘Becoming Bulletproof: Life Lessons from a Secret Service Agent’. Former Secret Service agent and star of Bravo’s Spy Games Evy Poumpouras shares lessons learned from protecting presidents, as well insights and skills from the oldest and most elite security force in the world to help you prepare for stressful situations, instantly read people, influence how you are perceived, and live a more fearless life. The book in its entirety will be discussed. Reading the book in full is recommended to be prepared to join in the conversation. The book is available for purchase online. This will be a Zoom event and the link will be provided upon registration: https://tinyurl.com/3zd8rtvh. For additional information, please contact Paraskevi Noulas: [email protected] or Stephanie Zembis: [email protected].


LOS ANGELES ‘(Re)envisioning Ancient Worlds: A Forum for Exchanges on Ancient Studies at UCLA’, hosted by the UCLA Institute for the Study of Global Antiquity, December 5-6, at 306 Royce Hall, UCLA. This event will include invited speakers from the University of California and the greater Los Angeles area whose research focuses on the ancient world. The featured speakers and topics will cover a diverse array of ancient cultures, from West Asia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean to East Asia and the Americas. Themes explored over these two days include the interconnectivity of ancient civilizations and communities, diversity within established areas of inquiry, reception, pedagogy, and working across disciplines. Attendance is free but pre-registration is requested online: https://globalantiquity.ucla.edu/workshop/.


ONLINE – The Gefyra Book Club meeting is part of Gefyra (Bridge), a collaborative program established by the UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and the Simon Fraser University SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The Gefyra Conversation with the Author: Kallia Papadaki on her book ‘Dendrites’ takes place on Saturday, December 9, 10 AM PST, via Zoom. The discussion will be in Greek. Register for the event online: https://tinyurl.com/ms927s3t.

NEW YORK – The Hellenic Medical Society of New York 87th Annual Scholarship Gala takes place Saturday, December 9, 7 PM, at Guastavino’s, 409 East 59th Street in Manhattan. The black tie event honors Lifetime Colleague Dr. Marinos Petratos, Physician of the Year Dr. Ourania Preventza, and Hellene of the Year George Tsougarakis, Esq., as well as this year’s deserving scholarship recipients. Deadline to purchase Gala tickets is December 6. No tickets will be sold at the door. Sponsorships available. Further details available online: https://shorturl.at/hstwB.


ONLINE – EMBCA presents ‘The Legacy and Heritage of the Eastern Dance/Belly Dance’ Webinar Panel Discussion on Sunday, December 10, 2 PM EST/ 9 PM Athens/Cairo EEST. The panel discussion will be Introduced and moderated by Lou Katsos, EMBCA’s President. The distinguished panel, currently in formation, will include author and dancer Tamalyn Dallal; author Prof. Stavros Stavrou Karayianni Dean, School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences of the European University Cyprus; and cultural historian, sensory scholar, and author Ainsley Hawthorn, PhD. More information is available online: https://embca.com.


NEW YORK – The Hellenic American Association for Professionals in Finance (HABA) Young Professionals Group hosts their Members-Only Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 13, 6:30-8:30 PM, at Souvlaki GR, 231 East 53rd Street, between First and Second Avenues, in Manhattan. Wrap up the year with a cup of cheer. Come celebrate the season with HABA. The event includes a buffet dinner and is free for all HABA members in good standing (2023 or 2024).Pre-registration is required online: https://tinyurl.com/2shp9tkb.


ASTORIA – The President and the Board of Directors of the Cyprus U.S. Chamber of Commerce and The Cyprus Young Professionals (CYP) host their annual Christmas Party on Thursday, December 14, 6:30-10:30 PM, featuring live music by Pelagos Entertainment, dinner, and dancing, at Anemos Restaurant, 4115 34th Avenue in Astoria. RSVP required by December 10 by phone: Despina: 201-981-5764 or email: [email protected]. More information is available online: www.cyprususchamber.com.


NEW YORK – The Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir and Youth Choir, accompanied by the Archdiocesan Cathedral Orchestra and under the direction of Maestro Costas Tsourakis, with Associate Conductor Hilary Baboukis and organist Dawn Helene, present their 47th Annual Christmas Concert, The Sounds of Christmas, at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 337 East 74th Street in Manhattan on Saturday, December 16. The evening will feature famous hymns and carols of the season as well as the annual sing-along of Christmas classics. Following the concert, The Flavors of Christmas reception, a festive gathering to celebrate the season’s delights, will take place in the Chiotes Family Cathedral Hall. For those unable to attend in person, a virtual concert version will premiere on December 22 and be available through December 26. More information and tickets available online: https://tinyurl.com/4m8srr8x.


ASTORIA – The Pancyprian Association Cultural Division presents the Pancyprian Choir of NY with Artistic and Music Director Phyto Stratis in the Annual Christmas Concert ‘Kalanta’ on Sunday, December 17, 6 PM, at St. Catherine and St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 22-30 33rd Street in Astoria. Featuring the traditional Christmas and New Year’s carols and hymns, as well as the festive favorites, the concert is not to be missed. Admission to the concert is free. Sponsorships available. For more information, email: [email protected].

MOONACHIE, NJ – The AHEPA Christmas Benefit for AHEPA Journey to Greece takes place Sunday, December 17, 5 PM, at The Graycliff, 122 Moonachie Avenue in Moonachie. The event includes dinner, open bar, music, Santa and surprises. All proceeds go to AHEPA Journey to Greece defraying tuition and program costs. The minimum suggested donation is $125. Sponsorships are requested. Reservations: 856-986-8972 and 732-299-1532.


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