Going On in Greek-American Community


ONLINE – Health and Religion, a series of online courses organized by the Prolepsis Institute in collaboration with the Hellenic Society of Medical Students of Greece and under the auspices of the Medical School of Athens, began on November 4 and runs until June 30. The courses are supervised and coordinated by the Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Lecturer in Surgery at Harvard Medical School Dimitrios Linos. Professors of Medicine and other schools and universities including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Duke, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and well-known Greek doctors, theologians, and writers are participating. The lectures include Buddhist Spirituality and Medicine with Robert Wall on May 19, Perspectives from a Jewish Physician with Marta Herschkopf on June 2, The “Spiritual History” of the Patient and Its Significance in the Everyday Clinical Practice and Therapeutic Management of Chronic Diseases with Archbishop John Kokkakis on June 16, and Medicine as Eucharist with Metropolitan John Zizioulas on June 30. More information, including the detailed program of presentations and speakers, is available online: www.healthandreligion.gr. All the courses are also available on YouTube. The Radio Station of the Church of Greece and The National Herald are communication sponsors of the courses.



BROOKLYN – The Anahita Scrolls solo art exhibition by Aphrodite Navab is on view through May 22 at the A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. More information about the exhibition is available online: https://www.airgallery.org/.


MAY 9-29

LOS ANGELES – The 16th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) takes place May 9-15 with in-person screenings and virtual screenings, webinars, workshops, and panels May 10-29. The Olympia Dukakis Tribute event presented by Apollo Dukakis takes place May 14. More information is available online: https://www.lagff.org/.


MAY 12-15

PISCATAWAY, NJ – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1101 River Road in Piscataway holds its 49th Annual Greek Festival May 12-15 in person and with online take-out available. Enjoy souvlakia, gyros, Greek pastries, the outdoor Taverna, take-out booth, bakery, and gift shops. Entertainment includes live music and community Greek folk dance groups. Hours: Thursday, May 12, 12-9 PM; Friday, May 13, 11 AM-11 PM; Saturday, May 14, 11 AM-12 AM; and Sunday, May 15, 12-8 PM. More information available by phone: 732-463-1642 and online: https://bit.ly/3EG4hBu.



MAY 13-15

ANAHEIM, CA – St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 405 N. Dale Street in Anaheim, hosts Orange County’s premiere Greek Festival May 13-15. Enjoy the very best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture at the OC Greek Fest with authentic food and pastries, great shopping at the outdoor marketplace, dozens of unique vendors, Carnival rides and games for all ages. Complimentary guided tours of the church scheduled each day. Entertainment includes live music and traditional Greek dance performances scheduled each day. Admission is $3. Free for seniors (65+), children 12 and under and all Military, Police, and Fire Personnel with ID. Free parking behind Wal-Mart at the Buena Park Mall with free shuttle service. Hours: Friday, May 13, 5-10 PM; Saturday, May 14, 12 noon-10 PM; and Sunday, May 15, 12 noon-9 PM. More information available by phone: 714-827-0181 and online: https://ocgreekfest.com.


MAY 14

ONLINE – Philo4Thought hosts the virtual 2022 Spring Symposium: Sustainable Business Strategies on Saturday, May 14, 11 AM-2 PM, a multi-panel event on topics pertaining to business innovation, sustainable team building, and the changing landscape of business today. Zoom link will be emailed only to those who register online: https://bit.ly/3ksnb5D.


DOUGLASTON, NY – The Rhodian Society of New York Spring Mixer takes place on Saturday, May 14, 6 PM, at the Parkway Diner, 44-25 Douglaston Parkway in Douglaston. Entrance is $40 and includes food and beverages. Music by DJ NMK Sounds. The book The Status of the Aegean Sea According to the International Law by Angelos M. Syrigos, sponsored by the University of Connecticut’s Center for Hellenic Studies Paideia, will be available for purchase, proceeds will go towards the Kolymbia Camp Project. RSVP recommended by May 11 via email: [email protected].


MAY 14-15

DURHAM, NC – St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 NC Highway 751 in Durham, hosts A Taste of Greece on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 11 AM-7 PM both days. Enjoy Greek food, pastries, baklava sundaes, loukoumades, Greek wines and beer. Shop from vendors galore: a Greek grocery, artwork, ceramics, jewelry, crafts, novelties. Silent Auction, raffle, and church tours also available. Entertainment includes traditional and popular Greek music and community folk dancing. Free admission and free parking. More information available by phone: 919-484-1600 and online: https://tasteofgreecenc.org.


MAY 19-22

HAMILTON, NJ – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1200 Klockner Road in Hamilton, hosts its Greek Festival May 19-22. Enjoy authentic Greek food and wine, homemade pastries and gourmet foods, and Outdoor Grills with gyros and souvlaki. Flea market, gift shops, and dance lessons also available. Entertainment includes Greek music and dancing. Hours: Thursday, May 19, 5-10 PM; Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, Noon-11 PM; and Sunday, May 22, Noon-7 PM. More information available by phone: 609-586-4448 and online: https://www.stgeorgehamilton.com/.


PARAMUS, NJ – St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 51 Paramus Road in Paramus, hosts its Greek Festival May 19-22. The community invites you to share their world famous cuisine, culture, music, and hospitality. There will be fun for the entire family including cooked and grilled food, desserts and pastries, ouzo, beer, live Greek music and dancing, and rides and carnival games for the kids. Hours: Thursday, May 19, 5-9 PM; Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, 11 AM-Midnight; and Sunday, May 22, Noon-8 PM. More information available by phone: 201-368-8881 and online: https://stathanasiosnj.org/blog/.


MAY 20-22

OAKLAND, CA – The Oakland Greek Festival, one of the largest cultural celebrations in Northern California, is back May 20-22 for its 50th year on the picturesque grounds of Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Avenue in Oakland. Everyone is invited to enjoy the rich cuisine and culture of Greece along with live music and dancing, plus shopping from a wide variety of vendors offering unique items. Hours: Friday, May 20, 4-10 PM; Saturday, May 21, 11 AM-10 PM; and Sunday, May 22, 11 AM-9 PM. Admission: Adults $5, Free for children 12 and under. More information is available online: https://oaklandgreekfestival.com/.


NEW BRITAIN, CT – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 301 West Main Street in New Britain hosts its Dionysos Greek Festival May 20-22. Enjoy authentic Greek food including pastitsio, spanakopita, tyropita, gyro, souvlaki, loukoumades, baklava, kataifi, and much, much more. Hours: Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, 11 AM-1AM; and Sunday, May 22, 12-8 PM. More information available by phone: 860-229-0055 and online: https://stgeorgenb.com/festival/.


MAY 22

ASTORIA – The Mikis Theodorakis Tribute Chrysoprasino Fyllo, a Pancyprian Choir concert, takes place Sunday, May 22, 7:30 PM at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street in Astoria. The concert features well-known works by the late legendary composer performed by the talented soloists and members of the Pancyprian Choir.


THRU JUNE 4 NEW YORK – The third iteration of the Carte Blanche project featuring Maria Antelman with the work ‘The Seer (Deep)’ opened on April 19 and runs through June 4, Monday-Friday 9 AM-2:30 PM, at the Consulate General of Greece in New York, 69 East 79th Street in Manhattan.

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