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 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: https://bit.ly/3AZgQpL. The Radio Station of the Church of Greece and The National Herald are communication sponsors of the courses.

JUNE 2-4

LOWELL, MA – Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way in Lowell, hosts its Greek Festival Thursday, June 2, 5-9 PM, Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, 12-9 PM. Enjoy Greek food and desserts, Greek beer and wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, guided church tours, raffle, and more. Rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Entertainment includes live Greek music and dancing and children’s activities. More information is available by phone: 978-458-4321 and online: https://bit.ly/3LwWaJl.

JUNE 3-4

BOISE, ID – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2618 Bannock Street in Boise, hosts its Greek Festival on Friday, June 3, 5-9 PM, and Saturday, June 4, 11 AM-9 PM. Enjoy Greek foods and desserts, church tours, live Greek music and dancing as well as dance lessons. More information is available by phone: 208-345-6147.


NEW YORK – The Greek-American Writers Association, the Greek Writers of America Guild, and the Hellenic American Project of Queens College, CUNY, present a program of poetry and music in the Revelation Gallery and a wine reception in the garden at St. John’s in the Village, 224 Waverly Place in New York’s Greenwich Village, on Saturday, June 4, 6-9 PM. Celebrate Greek Independence Day in June!

JUNE 4-5

NEW YORK – Teatro Grattacielo in collaboration with Battery Park City Authority presents Giulietta e Romeo, composed by Riccardo Zandonai, and directed by Stefanos Koroneos, General and Artistic Director of Teatro Grattacielo, on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 9 PM. The role of Juliet will be sung by well-known Greek soprano Eleni Calenos. Greek set and costumes designer Tasos Protopsaltou curates the sets and costumes. Greek-American mezzosoprano Melina Jaharis will sing the role of Isabella. The performances are part of the Festival of New York. More information and tickets available online: https://bit.ly/3LDRjpL.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church hosts its Greek Festival June 4-5, 11 AM-7 PM, at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Featuring an array of homemade and traditional dishes, prepared using fresh ingredients from cherished family recipes. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available. The classic Greek sandwich, the Gyro, will be served, as will specialties from the oak BBQ: souvlaki, loukaniko (locally made Greek pork sausage), and lamb chops. Two new menu items offered this year are fried calamari and Greek fries. Menu items from the ovens will include: Moussaka, dolmades, spanakopita, and tiropites. Also available will be fresh salads, and delectable spreads. Wine, beer, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase. Enjoy traditional loukoumades, baklava, and other wonderful homemade items. Entertainment includes Greek music and traditional dancing. More information is available by phone 805-546-8337 and online: https://www.greekfestivalslo.com/.


NEW YORK – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York Greek Independence Parade takes place on 5th Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, June 5, 1:30 PM. More information is available online: https://www.hellenicsocieties.org/.


OCEANSIDE, NY – The AHEPA Chapters of Long Island 2nd Annual Golf Outing takes place Monday, June 6 at The Golf Club at Middle Bay, 3600 Skillman Avenue in Oceanside. Tee-off at 10 AM, lunch 12 noon. Join us for a day of camaraderie and fun! You may purchase a ticket online as an individual golfer, $160 per golfer includes breakfast, lunch, beers and refreshments or as a sponsor for this event. Auction, raffle, and prizes also available as well as the chance to be the $25,000 hole-in-one winner. Register as a golfer or (multiple golfers) and/or to be a sponsor online: http://www.ahepa170.org/dues_donations/. Send an email with the names of the golfer/golfers and/or sponsorship name and level: [email protected]. More information available by phone AHEPA Babylon Chapter 416: 917-705-0056 or Constantine Cassis Chapter 170: 516-468-5472.


NEW YORK – Greek, New York-based composer and performer Pericles Kanaris returns to live performance for the first time after the pandemic with a powerful message in a concert on Wednesday, June 8, 7 PM, at the Peter Norton Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway in Manhattan. The title of the concert, Up for Air, signifies the vital need to reconnect with the community through music, after a long period of isolation. Kanaris is dedicating this concert to the outgoing Consul General of Greece in New York Dr. Konstantinos Koutras and his tenure. Kanaris will donate part of his ticket proceeds to Doctors Without Borders and their humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine. The concert is presented under the aegis of the Consulate General of Greece in New York. Tickets: https://bit.ly/3xIySgu. More information about Pericles Kanaris is available on his website: http://www.pericleskanaris.com/.

JUNE 9-12

WHITESTONE, NY – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 11-05 150th Street in Whitestone, hosts its annual Greek Festival Jun 9-12. Enjoy Greek hospitality and delicacies, souvlaki, pastitsio, cheese and spinach pies, Cypriot delights, Greek pastries and our famous loukoumades. Greek music, vendors, raffles, games and rides also available. Hours: Thursday, June 9, 6-10 PM; Friday, June 10, 6-11 PM; Saturday, June 11, 3-11 PM; and Sunday, June 12, 3-9 PM. More information is available by phone: 718-767-2955.

JUNE 10-12

DANBURY, CT – Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road in Danbury, hosts their 41st annual Greek Festival June 10-12 featuring traditional Greek food, raffles, and activities. Enjoy Greek food and pastries, souvlaki, gyros, pastitsio, lamb, baklava, and many other traditional Greek favorites. Entertainment includes Greek music and dancing and games for the kids. Hours: Friday, June 10, 5-11 PM; Saturday, June 11, Noon-11 PM; and Sunday, June 12, Noon-9 PM. More information is available by phone: 203-748-2992 and online: https://www.agoc.us/news/festival.


MOONACHIE, NJ – The Hellenic Federation of New Jersey hosts its Ninth Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, June 12, cocktails 5 PM, dinner 6 PM, at The Graycliff, 290 Moonachie Avenue in Moonachie, NJ. The event honors educator Demosthenes Triantafillou with the Aristotle Award, Consul General of Greece in New York Dr. Konstantinos Koutras with Alexander the Great Community Service Award, United States Congressman Frank Pallone with the Alexander the Great Public Service Award, and Dr. Panos Stavrianidis, Nikitas Moustakas, Esq., and Anna Zalokostas with the Meritorious Service Award. The event also includes the presentation of the Scholarship Awards. Kindly RSVP prior to June 9. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information, contact Federation President Elias Iliadis, MD, by phone: 856-722-9351 or email: [email protected]. More information, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities available online: www.hellenicfederationnj.com.


SCHENECTADY, NY – The Schenectady AHEPA Chapter #125 proudly hosted the 88th Annual Empire AHEPA Family District 6 Convention at Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor Resort on June 14-15.

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