Everyone is invited to the Dec. 18 Christmas service

posted 5th December, 2011
and “coffee table” at Hope Lutheran Church in San Mateo (600 W. 42nd Ave.), with Pastor Hendrik Laur. The church service begins at 1 PM. Please bring traditional Estonian Christmas food for the social afterward. Parents are requested to bring a small gift for each of their children for Santa to give them. Encourage your children to learn a little music piece, song or poem. Kadi Montler (kadimontler@gmail.com) and Liis Trader are organizing the food. Please look at our website and sign up for the kind of food you are bringing: http://www.doodle.com/2b9dbcmnerrkwaps. Helpers are needed before and after, especially around noon to set up tables and chairs (heavy lifting!). Questions to Liis Trääder (liis88@hotmail.com).

We’re sending a group Christmas greeting – join in by December 14

posted 5th December, 2011
This year, you have the opportunity to support the new Estonian school that we are starting in 2012. For a small donation, we will add your name to a SF Selts group Christmas greeting, at an individual or family minimum level of $7.00. Additional donations are welcome and all will support school supplies and activities. Checks can be made out to the San Francisco Estonian Society and sent to Tõnu Viitas, 2236 Holbrook Drive, Concord, CA 94519 (tviitas@gmail.com). Let us know how you’d like your family greeting to read. To have your name included, please respond by Dec. 14. Please read on about our plans for the school.

SF Estonian School – inviting all interested parents

posted 5th December, 2011
There is a growing interest here in starting an Estonian school, to carry on our language, traditions and culture, and so our children can get to know each other. Parents – if you are interested in joining this effort, please send an email to Tõnu Viitas (tviitas@gmail.com). We’d like to get together in January and figure out the details.

Hope to see you all at our Independence Day Celebration – Feb. 25. 2012

posted 5th December, 2011
As you already know, this year the Theater Group MTÜ R.A.A.A.M. is coming from Estonia and will perform “Orav and Meri.” (www.raaam.ee) This event will start at 7 PM on Feb. 25 in the beautiful Latvian house (425 Hoffman Ave., between 24th and 25th streets in San Francisco), where we can enjoy snacks and drinks before the performance. We are hoping to see all of you to celebrate this important day. We will need many helpers for this event. If you can help, please let us know (mailiisbartling@yahoo.com).

Society Elections and other news

posted 5th December, 2011
On November 20, the SF Estonian Society held its annual meeting. During the last year we had many activities: a volunteer day at Alcatraz, blood sausage making, Christmas party, the language group, this newsletter, LEP plan development, and etc. In a word, an active year! We elected for the coming year: Ingrid Echter as president, Marit Davey as secretary/vice president, Tõnu Viitas, as treasurer and Mai-Liis Bartling also as vice president. To review the books: Mati Otsmaa and Saima Kint. English language notes from this meeting can be requested from Marit Davey (email2marit@yahoo.com).

Author in our midst

posted 5th December, 2011
Attending our San Francisco language group is Hal Wanaselja, whose parents came fom Hiiumaa during the First World War. He has lived in the US his whole life, but has gone back to Estonia many times. Together with Taavi Kaups, his mother’s brother’s son, he has put together a fascinating book entitled Trams of Tallinn. The book is in both English and Estonian. The book is filled with pictures and maps and costs $20. If you’d like to order one, contact Hal Wanaselja at halwana@comcast.net.

Here – Tallinn!

posted 5th December, 2011
The Theater Bel-Etage MTÜ (www.bel-etage.ee) has, with foundation support, put a 2012 art calendar with Mart Sander’s paintings of Tallinn’s old town. The description of each town view also has English text. See the illustrations on www.maaligalerii.ee, where you can also order calendars.

Global Estonian

posted 5th December, 2011
The Estonian Foundation of Canada has put together a new social networking site. Connect with Estonians worldwide (www.globalestonian.com). Also take a look at the new English language website from Estonian Public Broadcasting (http://news.err.ee/; http://bit.ly/a5h1PO).


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