Finnish Language Classes Continue at Saima Park

Interested in learning more about the Finnish language?
Fall classes are about to begin in the Function Hall at Saima Park and are scheduled as follows:
10 Mondays, September 16 through November 18   (Classes will be held on Columbus Day and Veterans Day)
New Beginners, with instructor Saija Laurla:            4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Advanced Beginners, with instructor Saija Laurla:   6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Intermediates, with instructor Liisa Liedes                6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Tuition: FCSP members $75; Others $80. Children under 18 years of age may attend for half tuition.
Tuition may be paid by check made out to FCSP and mailed to FCSP, P.O. Box 30, Fitchburg, MA 01420.; or may be paid by cash or check at the first class.
Hoping to see you!

    
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SAIMA SUMMER EVENTS

Pannukakku breakfasts will be held on Saturday August 24 and Sept.28, from 8:00-10:00.
Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, fruit, juice, Finnish coffee bread, coffee/tea/cocoa. $8.
Loaves of coffee bread will be available at $8.
Raivaaja Foundation will have an information table.

Save the date: SUNDAY, September 15 TORI/NORDIC MARKETPLACE, CLASSIC CAR CRUISE, & BASKET RAFFLE

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‘Finland’s Munch’: the unnerving art of Helene Schjerfbeck | Art and design

One of her country’s most celebrated artists, Schjerfbeck 
is little known in the UK, 
but now her singular paintings
 will be seen in a major exhibition..
More at:
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/06/helene-schjerfbeck-finnish-painter-royal-academy
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Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland.

With stage names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9″ Needles, the participants shared a simple goal: to showcase their knitting skills while dancing to heavy metal music in the most outlandish way possible.

“It’s ridiculous but it’s so much fun,” said Heather McLaren,

More at https://www.apnews.com/fe852ee8bb5f4fbe90142146eb4cdf17

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Girl Scouts around the World

Natalie Robb, great granddaughter of Sirkka and Olavi Tastula
of Fitchburg, represented Finland at a Westminster Girl Scout
Juniors, Troop 64651, event held at the Westminster Senior
Center on June 8, 2019.
The Scouts were working for their “Bronze Award project
to promote cultural diversity and knowledge”.
In addition to Finland, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland,
Puerto Rico and Scotland were represented.
Natalie wore the costume of Etela-Pohjanma, the region
of Finland from where many in this area emigrated.
She created a display accompanied by Finnish music playing.
She talked about and answered questions concerning all the
wonderful things she discovered about the land
of her great grandparents.
Natalie also baked and served pannukakku (oven pancake)
for visitors to her display:
http://raivaaja.org/imageNrobb1.jpeg


Contributed by Joyce Hannula
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‘A miracle’: Helsinki’s radical solution to homelessness

Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/03/its-a-miracle-helsinkis-radical-solution-to-homelessness

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Suomi on jääkiekon maailmanmestari (Finland Wins Hockey Championship)

Finland wins the World Championship besting Canada 3-1

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/selkouutiset/maanantai_2752019_radio/10804725

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TWA Hotel Opens at JFK, Giving New Life to Saarinen’s Flight Center

“We need those to pay for this,” says developer Tyler Morse, standing in the middle of Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport. “Those” are the two seven-story, black-glass buildings containing 512 hotel rooms, built at a cost of about $200 million, and opening to the public today. “This” is the Flight Center, which Morse has spent about $65 million restoring to its former glory, and which now serves as a spectacular lobby for his TWA Hotel.

More at:https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/14059-twa-hotel-opens-at-jfk-giving-new-life-to-saarinens-flight-center

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U.S. Cancels Journalist Jessikka Aro’s International Women of Courage Award

Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro, who was set to be honored with an International Women of Courage Award, has reportedly had her award rescinded after the State Department discovered she had frequently criticized President Trump on social media…More at.. https.www.thedailybeast.com/us-cancels-journalist-jessikka-aros-award-over-her-criticism-of-trump-report

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Finland’s new library speaks volumes about the world’s most literate nation

While Brits watch their libraries disappear, Helsinki’s radical new library combines reading, skills and recreation.

” In Helsinki – home to almost 650,000 people – there are 36 public libraries. “Libraries are the second-highest rated public service in Helsinki; the number one is drinking water,” explains Helsinki’s executive director of culture Tommi Laitio. It is enshrined in law that every Finnish municipality must have a public library, and as a result there are 853 across the country…” more at

https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/skills/2019/03/finland-s-new-library-speaks-volumes-about-world-s-most-literate-nation

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Is Helsinki the world’s coolest city?

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/helsinki-coolest-city-finland/index.html

(CNN) — When it snows, the flakes come at you like shards of ice. There’s a biting wind that freezes your ears off. Daylight lasts only a few hours.And no one talks much. Helsinki in the middle of winter sounds like a place to avoid at all costs. A dark, brooding city that shivers under piles of snow.Maybe it was once, but not any more…

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