Goings On

December 11, 2016

RANDOLPH, NJ – St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church will again receive new, unwrapped toys in support of the Toys for Tots drive beginning on Sunday, Nov. 20. Toys may be dropped off at 1447 Sussex Turnpike in Randolph. Drop-off hours are from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday, and on Sundays while the church is open for services. All donations must be made before Dec 17. Started in 1947 by the U.S. Marines, the Toys for Tots campaign is an annual endeavor that seeks to deliver toys to children throughout 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Millions of toys have been distributed through the years. For more information on this year’s Toys for Tots (http://www.toysfortots.org) campaign, or about making donations, call the office at 973-584-0388 or email [email protected].


ANDOVER, MA – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 71 Chandler Road, in Andover hosts a Christmas Food Bag Making Event from 10AM to 1PM on Saturday, Dec. 17. Bring the family for this wonderful event assembling Christmas food bags for families in need. Phone: (978) 470-0919.


WORCESTER, MA – St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral & Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches Food Pantry Present: Feed the Needy Hot Lunch Saturday, Dec. 17 12:30 PM to 2 PM Free Inaugural Luncheon at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral 102 Russell Street, Worcester, MA. To volunteer for this event, please contact Maria Kassos 508-410-9486 or Savvas Fotiadis 508-873-9836


HARTFORD, CT – St George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 433 Fairfield Ave Hartford, CT, hosts the Archdiocesan Youth Choir of The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Concert Christmas Magic at the Cathedral from 6 PM – 9 PM. A beautiful event of holiday music for the whole family. Reception to follow performance in the Matthews Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $15, $5 for students, and free for children under age 10. For more information, call 860-956-7586 or visit www.stgeorgecathedral.org



CHICAGO, IL – The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., is expanding its efforts to preserve and share the stories of the Greek-American community through a partnership with StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization committed to providing people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews from nearly 90,000 participants. It is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and millions listen to the weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on storycorps.org. “The voices of our aunts and uncles, parents and grandparents are precious,” said Laura Calamos Nasir, PhD, Interim President. “And their stories, their struggles, their hopes and their dreams are a priceless legacy that we must preserve. Everyone has a story to tell and we want to hear them all.” In addition to the National Hellenic Museum’s Oral History Center appointments, interview time slots will be available on a monthly schedule throughout 2017 to record your own audio oral history at the Museum. “Through our Oral History Center we’ve preserved hundreds of stories that could have been lost to the ages, but there is so much more wisdom and experience that we are at risk of losing forever; what it means to be Greek, what it means to be American, the importance of family, the pain of struggle and the joy of life’s success,” said Dr. Calamos. The heart of the StoryCorps project is simple; it’s a conversation between two people who are meaningful to each other, whether it’s a friend or a family member. For approximately 40 minutes, participants ask each other questions. When the interview is over, a trained facilitator will provide participants an audio copy of the interview. The interview will also be archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. On Dec. 13, the National Hellenic Museum and StoryCorps will hold an interactive workshop about the tools and resources needed to highlight and celebrate the voices of the community through interviewing, recording and preserving conversations. Attendance is very limited. Please call 312-655-1234, ext. 11 for more information.



SOMERVILLE, MA – Christmas Performance at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church, 29 Central St in Somerville, MA at 11:30 AM – 1 PM. The students of Omiros Greek School will be performing Christmas songs, the play “The Birth of Jesus” (2nd & 3rd level), the action song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1st level) and Greek traditional dances as well. Phone: 617-625-2222


ANDOVER, MA – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 71 Chandler Road, in Andover hosts a Christmas Food Bag Making Event from 10AM to 1PM on Saturday, Dec. 17. Bring the family for this wonderful event assembling Christmas food bags for families in need. Phone: (978) 470-0919.



CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Greek Institute invites you to the Annual Byzantine Christmas, a concert of virtuosic Byzantine Chant and the traditional Greek Kalanda for the Christmas season at the First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden Street Cambridge, MA. To purchase tickets, contact The Greek Institute at [email protected] By phone: 617-547-4770 By fax: 617-661-9150 By mail: The Greek Institute 1038 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138.


DECEMBER 27 and 29

CHICAGO, IL – Winter Family Days at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 29, join us from 1 – 5 PM for winter family fun, including crafts, Greek dance lessons, exhibit tours, a hands-on cookie (Koulourakia) demonstration and refreshments. Free with museum admission for ages 4-15. Pre-registration is required, online atnationalhellenicmuseum.org.



ROSLINDALE, MA – Eat, Drink, Laugh! An event for the whole family- New Year’s Eve Dinner-Dance at St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church 39 Belgrade Ave. in Roslindale, MA from 8 PM – 2 AM. Tickets are $100 for adults $35 for children. Includes appetizers, surf & turf dinner, dessert, champagne toast, kids’ entertainment, a live Greek band and bouzouki. RSVP by Dec. 20 Phone: 617-327-1983


ANAHEIM, CA – Ring in the New Year 2017 at the New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church 405 N. Dale Street in Anaheim, CA at 7 PM – 12 AM. Phone: 714-827-0181


SAN DIEGO, CA – St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church 3655 Park Blvd. in San Diego, will hold its Philoptochos New Year’s Eve Party at the Cypress Room 8 PM – 1 AM. Church office phone: 619-297-4165



NEW YORK – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church New York City held its 19th Annual Stewardship and Mistletoe Galas on December 2 at the Harvard Club in Midtown Manhattan with the highest recorded attendance numbers in Annunciation Gala history.

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