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BOCA RATON, FL – The Saint Mark Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 NW 51st Street in Boca Raton, hosts the 40th Annual Greek Festival January 27-30. Since 1982, the largest event in Boca Raton continues to offer delicious Greek food and culture with some of the finest authentic Greek cuisine, including lamb chops, gyros, souvlaki, saganaki, loukaniko, spanakopita and Greek desserts, baklava, koulourakia, kourambiedes, and homemade loukoumades. Multiple tavernas will be serving Mythos beer, Greek wine and ouzo. The entertainment includes performances by the award-winning Saint Mark Greek Dancers. Festival Chairman Joe Pores, on behalf of the Committee, invites everyone to attend and take a tour of the church which features some of the most impressive iconography in the western hemisphere. Premium Parking onsite as well as remote parking at Patch Reef Park via Shuttles. Drive-thru available with online ordering. Hours: Thursday, January 27, 4-9 PM; Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, 11 AM-11 PM; and Sunday, January 30, 12-9 PM. More information is available by phone: 561-994-4822 and online: https://saintmarkboca.net/greekfestival/.


ONLINE – The UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and the Theocharakis Foundation present Takis Mavrotas discussing Theophilos: The Evzone of Painting on Saturday, January 29, 10 AM-12 PM, via Zoom. This lecture, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Greece, will be introduced by Ambassador of Greece to the United States Alexandra Papadopoulou. This year, the B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation in Athens has organized a large retrospective of the folk artist’s work, including loans from the Municipality of Mytilene and the Theophilos Museum. The online event begins with greetings from the Foundation’s General Manager, Dr. Fotis Papathanasiou, and its Board Advisor and Contemporary Curator Marina Miliou Theocharakis, who will both make a short presentation about the Foundation. Exhibition curator Takis Mavrotas will lecture about the painter and his work. Finally, Evangelia Efthimiadou (Exhibitions Project Manager) and Irene Alexandrakis (Education Manager) will take us on a virtual tour of this important exhibition. Register online: https://bit.ly/3JQP5UE.


CAMBRIDGE, MA – Greek Music Night on Saturday, January 29, 9:30 PM at the Greek American Political Club, 288 Green Street in Cambridge, featuring music by Athenian Entertainment with vocalists Georgios Karatzas and Giorgos Sofianidis, Ioannis Sanidis on lyra and Michael Pesiridis on daouli. Mezedakia offered for purchase, nearby public parking available. For reservations, call Maria: 617-407-8664 or George: 781-354-8471.


ONLINE – Hellenic Professional Women presents a new initiative – The Greek Girl Wellness Series, a wellness campaign offered by professional women for professional women. This series will provide a curated monthly focus on integrated wellness and the modern women. The kickoff event – Hope, Healing, & Restoration: Harnessing Your Best Self in 2022 – takes place Thursday, February 3, 7:30- 8:30 PM, via Zoom, and is presented by Evelyn Bilias Lolis, PhD, Mental Health Activist, Educational Psychologist, Interventionist, Research Scientist, Associate Professor, Psychological & Educational Consultation, School of Education & Human Development at Fairfield University. Dr. Evelyn will focus on the science of well-being and research based strategies for manifesting your best personal and professional self through intentions, visualization, and savoring the good in your circumstance. Learn how to create a powerful vision board for inviting success, restoration and wellness into your life along with mindful gratitude practices that foster physical, emotional and organizational health. The event is free for members. Non-Members: $10. Become a member today: https://bit.ly/3qOUpQU. Register for the event on Eventbrite, search: Hellenic Professional Women, to receive the email with the link to the Zoom meeting just before the event starts.


ASTORIA, NY – Greek singer Christos Dantis with Malu, musical director Yiannis Lionakis, at Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd Street in Astoria, on Saturday, February 5, 10 PM, one night only, 21 to drink, under 21 allowed with parent or legal guardian. Vaccination required (copies or pictures allowed). Tickets available by phone: 718-255-6921 and online: www.melroseballroom.com.

ONLINE – The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles present Evangelia Balta discussing Karamanlides: Orthodox Turkish-Speaking Anatolians before and after the Population Exchange (1923) on Saturday, February 5, 10 AM-12 PM PST, via Zoom. Evangelia Balta is Research Director at the Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation. Her interests focus on topics related to the Economic and Social History during the Ottoman period and the culture of the Greek Orthodox population of Anatolia. In addition to her commitment to various programs in Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey, she has been invited to teach seminars for graduate students by universities in Greece and abroad. More information is available online: https://bit.ly/3zXuclO.


STORRS, CT – Greece’s Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni visited the Center for Hellenic Studies ‘Paideia’ on November 29 escorted by its founder Ilias Tomazos.

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