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KF Lecture Invitation
NEW YORK CITY – The Kosciuszko Foundation invites you to a lecture ‘Everyday life in the Polish People’s Republic seen from Today’s Perspective’ by Professor Malgorzata Mazurek, Chair of Polish Studies, Department of History, Columbia University on Monday, May 2nd – 6:00 pm at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th St., New York, NY 10065. Free and open to the public. Reservation required. Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. For more information contact Katarzyna Koziol, Communications & Cultural Events Officer, The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 734-2130 Ext. 212


Parish Feast and Picnic
MARYLAND – The SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY QUEEN OF POLAND PARISH FEAST and PARISH PICNIC will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Holy Mass at 12:00 noon. During a Holy Mass at 12:00 noon, we will welcome the first-class relic of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s, a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar and a martyr in the German death Camp of Auschwitz during World War II in 1941. Picnic at 1:00 pm … Polish Kielbasa on the Grill, Music, Fun and Fellowship and more. Our Lady Queen of Poland and St. Maksymilian Kolbe Parish is located at 9700 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. (Forest Glen metro station – Red Line). For more information and directions visit:


NJ Botanical Garden Plant Sale
NEW JERSEY – It’s NJBG Plant Sale time again at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden, a delightful must-do on every gardener’s list this spring. This year’s sale will be held on Saturday, April 30; Sunday, May 1; and Sunday, May 8, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature a generous array of lush perennials, colorful annuals, robust hanging baskets, tasty vegetables and herbs, as well as trees, shrubs and collector’s items. Admission and parking are both free. The Plant Sale is held in and around the historic Carriage House Visitor Center on the grounds of the New Jersey State Botanical Garden in Ringwood State Park. Visitors flock to this sale not only for the great NJBG-DSC06355-shop yellowplants, but also to see the Garden’s lovely formal plantings, extensive historical statuary and world-class collection of mature tree specimens. On Friday night, April 29, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., NJBG members will be treated to the Plant-Sale Preview Party, an exclusive members-only reception during which many of the choicest plants are traditionally sold. Non-member visitors to the Friday night preview may participate by becoming members at the gate. Master Gardeners and volunteers from the NJBG/Skylands Association — a member-supported non-profit organization that works with the State to preserve and protect the Garden and its historic structures — will be on hand to answer questions and help shoppers make selections. NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For a calendar of events, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Admission to the Garden is always free; parking is also free in the winter, spring and fall. A $5 per car State Park parking fee ($7 for out-of-state visitors) is in effect on summer weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Summer weekday parking is free. PHOTO: With so many great plants to choose from, NJBG’s Plant Sale has just what you need to make your garden sparkle this season. Photo by Maja Britton


A Combination Celebration: Polish Constitution Day and Cinco De Mayo
ILLINOIS – Bel-Aire Enterprises presents a Combination Celebration – Polish Constitution Day and Cinco De Mayo. One party to celebrate two cultures on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at the Glendora Banquet House, 10225 South Harlem Avenue, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415. Doors Open at 1:00. Music from 1:30 – 7:00 by The Polka Family Band from Pennsylvania & Aurora’s Latin Band. Delicious Polish & Mexican Food & Drinks will be available for purchase. For admission price or more information, please call Bel-Aire at 708-594-5182 or email:


Senior Citizens’ Free Law Day Conference:
Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones
NEW JERSEY – The public is invited to a free program, “Strategies for Senior Citizens,” on Tuesday, May 3, 2016; registration and complimentary continental breakfast 10-10:30 a.m., program 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center. Three dynamic experts will address a variety of issues affecting older Americans including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives and estate planning in general; long-term care and Medicaid and Medicare eligibility and coverage, including hospice and other services. The program is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Elder and Disability Law Section. Admission is free but registration is required. The Law Center is located off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick near the East Brunswick border. The speakers are attorneys with extensive experience in elder law: Lawrence A. Friedman, Esq., of Friedman Law, Bridgewater; Pamela A. Quattrone, Esq., of Rice Elder Law, Cherry Hill; and Gary B. Garland, Esq., of Garland Law Offices, Manalapan, and New York City (Manhattan and Staten Island). A question-and-answer period follows each presentation. To register, visit the New Jersey State Bar Foundation online at, For the Public, Events; or call 1-800-FREE LAW.


FREE Memory Screening
|NEW JERSEY – The Clifton Health Department and Act Now Foundation will be offering a FREE Memory Screening on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the Clifton Health Department, 900 Clifton Avenue, 2nd floor. Registration is required. Please call the Clifton Health Department at 973-470-5760 to register.   Registration will be on a first come – first served basis. Call as soon as possible, as space is limited. This screening is open to Clifton and Little Falls residents aged 60 years and older only. Memory screenings do not replace a consultation with a physician. It is an important step toward finding out if an individual may have a memory problem. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease enables individuals to obtain treatment, participate in clinical trials, and make legal and financial decisions that can improve quality of life. The Clifton Health Department is a contractual health agency serving the Township of Little Falls.


Mother’s Day At Polish National Home
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – To members of the Polish National Home, Mothers and their guests… we cordially invite all Mothers and their families to a brunch buffet from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 8th in the main dining room. 3 SEATINGS: 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm. There will be a variety of brunch favorites and desserts to choose from. Ticket price (adult) includes 1 complimentary mimosa for Mom. Book your reservations early! Call 860-247-1724 or email:


Celebrate Poland’s 1050 Baptism Anniversary
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in partnership with the Saint John Paul II National Shrine and the Polish Cultural Institute of New York invite you to celebrate the 1050th Anniversary of Poland’s Baptism (966-2016) on Saturday, May 7th from 3.00 pm – 5:15 pm  at Saint John Paul II National Shrine , 3900 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC  20017. (complimentary parking on site)
3.00 pm -3.40 pm
Meet the History 1050 years of the Christianization of Poland
Lecture by Professor Rafał Witkowski (Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland) followed by Q&A
4.30 pm -5.15 pm
A special tour through the Saint John Paul II Exhibit: A Gift of Love, by Shrine staff
Coffee and delicious Polish pastries will be served. Families with children 10 years or older are also welcome to attend the event and tour the interactive exhibit.
Baptism of Poland : In 2016 Poland celebrates the 1050th anniversary of its baptism. On 14 April, 966, the day the first, historic ruler of Poland, Mieszko I, was baptised, marks the beginning of Polish statehood. By embracing Christianity, Mieszko I became equal with other European rulers. As a result of the process of Christianisation, the clergy began arriving in Poland to build a cradle of Christian culture. Mieszko I was baptised through the mediation of Bohemia, which was Christian at the time and from where his wife Princess Dobrava came.
About the Shrine : A Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II is a major permanent exhibit dedicated to preserving and promoting the memory and legacy of St. John Paul II. Covering some 16,000 square feet, this permanent exhibit offers a unique experience of learning and inspiration that invites visitors to imitate the virtues and holiness of St. John Paul II. The exhibit leads visitors through a world-class display that traces the life and papacy of John Paul II through two videos, one-of-a-kind personal artifacts, inspiring quotes, and engaging interactive displays.


Thrift Shop
NEW JERSEY – St. John Lutheran Church in Passaic will hold a Thrift Shop on Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 am to 1 pm featuring gently used spring and summer clothing, household items, and toys and games at very low prices. The church is located at 140 Lexington Avenue in Passaic. For information call the church office at 973-779-1166 or Margaret at 973-777-0322. Our fundraisers help us contribute to 7 local charities as well as to our church.


Red Hat Angels Fundraiser At Bruno’s
NEW JERSEY – The Red Hat Angels, a team walking in the Relay For Life – Clifton will host a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 and Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Bruno’s Restaurant, Route 46, Clifton Plaza in Clifton. Mike and Rich, owners of Bruno’s, are generously donating 20% of all checks (pre-tax amount) all day between 1 AM and 9 PM .This generous offer is on dine in and take out orders. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a celebration of hope and survivorship. Team members take turns on the track walking or running all day and all night to fight cancer. Cancer never sleeps and neither do the teams. The annual Relay for Life of Clifton will be held at Clifton Stadium “our home” on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 2 PM to 6 AM on June 12, 2016. The RFL Clifton is celebrating their 12th birthday and the theme in keeping with the spirit of the Olympics this year is Relay of Champions. For more information about Relay for Life, visit If you need information on the services provided by ACS, please visit Information on the Relay will also be available at the Red Hat Angels fundraiser at Bruno’s. Please come and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner and support the team as we Celebrate a World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays. Please bring this article with you so the team will get your donation or visit RelayforLife Clifton on Facebook for the flier. Thank you to Mike and Rich for their generosity.


New Jersey History Fair
TRENTON, NJ—On Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Department of Environmental Protection will host the 12th annual New Jersey State History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan. The “Spirit of the Jerseys” Fair will give residents and visitors a chance to explore 400 years of life in the Garden State, featuring re-enactors from the French & Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War and Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. A 19th century baseball game will also be simulated. There will also be an exhibit focused on the death of President Abraham Lincoln, among other interactive displays. For advance interviews with key organizers of the New Jersey State History Fair, reporters should contact Rob Geist at (609) 633-7588 or at For more information on the event, please visit: The event will take place at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726. GPS Coordinates DMS 40° 15’ 22.13” N 74° 19′ 14.59″ W


Clifton Cares Needs Donations
CLIFTON, NJ – Clifton Cares has sent over 3000 packages to our troops since they began in August 2010. They have seen the postage rise from $10.75 to the present charge of $16.85. This latest increase in January finds the group of volunteers having to cut down on the number of packages to our soldiers as well as the number of packing nights their treasury can manage. The Clifton residents and businesses have been overwhelmingly generous with supplies and monetary donations to keep the packages mailed to our troops. The thank you notes we receive from these young men and women are why the volunteers continue to come to packing nights. The soldiers tell the stories of sharing boxes with those who don’t get any from home or the ones who say each box “smells like home”. The supplies we send are those that we here take for granted but to them, so far from their grocery stores, they are so delicious. Who would think that a Jolly Rancher or Rammen noodles would bring so many smiles to them. One thank you note told us that the soldiers could not believe that people who didn’t know them cared so much about them. That is why as long as they are on foreign soil, we will be packing for them. Supplies are always welcomed but we turn to you now for monetary donations so we can continue to send packages that bring smiles to those making sacrifices for us. Your donation, no matter how big or small, is appreciated. You may mail your check, made payable to Lizz Gagnon, to her at Clifton City Hall, 900 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, N.J. 07013. We thank our local newspapers for their ongoing support in getting this request to Clifton citizens. Thank you to our Clifton residents for their continued generosity. Our soldiers know that you all care!


12th Annual Relay for Life
A birthday is a special day on the calendar for just about anybody—but it’s a particularly meaningful milestone to cancer survivors and their families. The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clifton offers survivors and their loved ones a chance to celebrate all the additional candles on their cakes since diagnosis at Clifton Stadium from June 11, 2016 – 3 PM through June 12, 2016 – 7 AM. It is also a way for the community to honor and celebrate the lives of local cancer survivors at this overnight event held to recognize that cancer doesn’t sleep and neither will we until we find the cure. Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors of all ages walk, run, or otherwise move around the track for the first lap. This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant’s contribution. A festive atmosphere develops as teams of 10 to15 people join the American Cancer Society’s efforts to help people get well, stay well, fight back and find cures. Highlighting the evening is the luminaria service, a candlelight vigil held at nightfall to honor survivors and to remember those lost to cancer. Luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night as a reminder to participants the importance of their involvement in the Relay For Life event. The theme for this year’s Clifton Relay which supports the Summer Olympics is “Relay of Champions”. Please join the teams as they CONTINUE TO FIGHT. The Relay for Life of Clifton invites all survivors to join us for our Survivor Lap at our Opening Ceremonies at 4 PM on June 12, 2016 at Clifton Stadium. You can register online at or call Ed Ahart at ACS 201.285-8041.