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THRU JANUARY 5

BRONX, NY – The special exhibition Athenian Topographies by talented artists Mary Cox and Panagiotis Voulgaris opened on December 10 at AAA3A, 309 Alexander Avenue Apt. 3A, in the Bronx. The exhibition runs through January 5, 2023. Cox and Voulgaris operate FokiaNou Art Space, an artist-run project inside a small apartment in the center of Athens, Greece. The apartment has been transformed into an open space that encourages collaborative creative efforts between Greek and foreign artists, and promotes and supports the local art community. FokiaNou Art Space was initiated in the spring of 2014. Hours: By appointment only. This exhibition is made possible by the Bronx Council on the Arts, Material for the Arts, and AAA3A. More information is available online www.blankaamezkua.com/aaa3a.

DECEMBER 31

EDISON, NJ – The Cephalonian Association presents New Year’s Eve Greek Night featuring DJ Serafim at The Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Highway in Edison, on Saturday, December 31, doors open at 8:30 PM, Cocktail hour 8:30-9:30 PM. Admission includes open bar, martini bar, buffet dinner and dancing all night. Adults: $110, Teens (13-18): $50, Kids (5-12): $35, Kids 4 and under: Free. More information and tickets available online: https://bit.ly/3Vy2XIH.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Cretans Association Minos-Crete, 35 Carew Street in Springfield, hosts its New Year’s Eve Potluck Dinner on Saturday, December 31, with live music by Hellenic Express, champagne toast, wine and party favors included. Tickets $25, and free for kids 12 and under. Reserve your tickets by December 25 by phone: Besi Mavredakis – 413-348-7207, call or text Kosta Pitaridis – 413-433-4444. Please let us know what dish you’ll bring.

MANCHESTER, NH – New Year’s Eve Dance at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover Street in Manchester, on Saturday, December 31, doors open 8 PM. Enjoy champagne, dinner and dancing, cash bar – wine and beer. Music by the Kosta Taslis Band. Tickets are $60 per person, free for kids 12 and under, available through Tuesday, December 27. More information is available by phone: 603-622-9113 or via email: [email protected]

JANUARY 6

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Northern NJ Young Adult League (YAL) New Year’s Bash takes place Friday, January 6, 7:30 PM, at Liberty House Restaurant. 76 Audrey Zapp Drive in Jersey City. Join fellow Greek Orthodox young adults ages 18-35 for food, dancing, and fellowship. Each ticket includes a dinner buffet, cash bar, and music by DJ Alex Kouros from Bravo Sounds. Tickets available online: https://bit.ly/3uEyInJ.

JANUARY 6-8

CONTOOCOOK, NH – Young Adult Retreat at the Metropolis of Boston Camp, Saint Methodios Faith & Heritage Center, 329 Camp Merrimac Road in Contoocook, NH, takes place January 6-8. The first ever 21+ weekend offers community and connection for today’s young adults with cocktails and conversation, activities, bonfires, service and worship. More information is available online: https://bit.ly/3Fy22RV.

JANUARY 7

LONG BEACH, CA – The 2023 Southern California Theophany Dive for the Cross and Blessing of the Waters takes place on Saturday, January 7, 2 PM, at Mother’s Beach, 5839 Appian Way in Long Beach. More information and registration available online: https://bit.ly/3PgIUMG.

JANUARY 13-16

ATLANTA, GA – The Metropolis of Atlanta Hellenic Dance Festival (HDF) Ascend takes place January 13-16. Held on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and based on the vision and dream of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, the HDF began in 2000 and has grown into a true family event. More information and registration available online: https://www.hellenicdancefestival.com.

MIAMI, FL – St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 7901 N. Kendall Drive in Miami, hosts the Miami Greek Festival January 13-16. Enjoy delicious Greek food and pastries, music and dancing as well as performances by the community’s dancers in traditional costume. Tickets are $5, available on Eventbrite, search: Miami Greek Festival 2023. More information is available by phone: 305-595-1343 and online: https://standrewfl.com.

JANUARY 15

ASTORIA – The Kalymnos Society of New York hosts its Vasilopita on Sunday, January 15, 3 PM, at the Andriotis Hall at St. Catherine and St. George Church, 22-30 33rd Street in Astoria.

ONLINE – The East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) presents the Hellenic Republic Voting and the Diaspora Webinar Panel Discussion on Sunday, January 15, 2 PM EST. More information to be announced: https://embca.com.

JANUARY 18

ONLINE – The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University titled Nature and Nurture: How Our Experiences Shape the Brain Across Generations takes place virtually on Wednesday, January 18, 6:30-7:45 PM. Register online by Monday, January 16: https://bit.ly/3YMa0PT.

JANUARY 20-22

HOLLYWOOD, FL – The Hollywood Greek Festival presented by St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 425 N. 58th Avenue in Hollywood, takes place January 20-22. Enjoy authentic Greek food and desserts, and entertainment including music and dancing as well as performances by the community’s award-winning dance group. This once a year event is the place to learn to dance, win a grand prize in a raffle, make memories with the kids in our Fun Zone and purchase items from the vendors in the shops. The ouzo daiquiris are a unique creation you can’t find anywhere else. Hours: Friday, January 20, 4-10 PM; Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 11 AM-10 PM. More information is available by phone: 954-966-1898 and online: https://www.stgeorgehollywood.org.

JANUARY 22

ASTORIA – The Pan-Rhodian Society of America Apollon of New York hosts its annual cutting of the Vasilopita following the Divine Liturgy and Artoklasia at the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Orthodox Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou, 36-07 23rd Avenue in Astoria on January 22. The church services are 8-11:30 AM. More information is available via email: [email protected]

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hellenic Society of Constantinopolitans of the Greater Washington Area host the annual cutting of the Vasilopita on Sunday, January 22. The suggested donation for attending is $20 per person. A slideshow will be shown with highlights of the Society’s activities over the years and there will be carol singing and traditional holiday treats. More information will be available early in January. To learn more about the Hellenic Society of Constantinopolitans of the Greater Washington Area, email: [email protected]

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