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A Journey Into Painting II – Art Exhibit
majka-nowak-img_7854NEW JERSEY – The Skulski Art Gallery of the Polish Cultural Foundation is pleased to present its’ annual art show titled “A Journey into Painting II” from December 9 through 31, 2016.  The exhibit features more than 50 paintings by students of Aleksandra K. Nowak Art School, located at the Polish Cultural Foundation. Presented works are by: Malgorzata Chrominski, Izabella DeSilva, Lucyna Filipiak, Malgorzata Gasienica-Malek, Agnieszka Grochowska, Jola Krzanowska, Maria Ambroziewicz-Natoli, Majka Nowak, Norbert Nowak, Marcin Pisarczyk, Margaret Smolarski and Aleksandra K. Nowak, instructor.The Polish Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organization is located at 177 Broadway, Clark, New Jersey 07066.  For more information contact PCF office at 732-382-7197, or visit our website  (picture – Dunes by Majka Nowak)


Christmas Polish Food Sale
MARYLAND – Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish invite all to a Pre-Christmas Polish Food Sale on Sunday, December 18th from 10 am to 2 pm at the parish hall, 9700 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (near the Forest Glen Metro Station on the Red Line). Traditional Polish Christmas and Christmas Eve/Wigilia Food will be available (oplatki, Polish beet soup, uszki, pierogi (4 varities), kielbasa, pickles, sledzie, Polish baked goods and much more! Polish T-shirts for sale in sizes for men, women and children.


Wigilia Christmas Social
PENNSYLVANIA – Saturday, December 17 – St. Mary’s Polish American Society Wigilia Christmas Social, St. Mary’s Church, West Elm & Maple Streets, Conshohocken, PA. Mass at 11 A.M. followed by the Polish Wigilia Dinner. Info/reservations call Dorothy Swedkowski 610-630-0861.


PENNSYLVANIA – Sunday, December 18 – Polish American Heritage Association of Berks County 12th Annual Polish Christmas Eve “Wigilia”, Stirling Guest Hotel, 1120 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA. Doors open at 4:15 P.M., with cocktails followed by sharing of the oplatek, dinner and koledy. Info call Henry Pruski 610-372-1279 after 7 P.M.


Ceremony of Carols
PENNSYLVANIA – Sunday, December 18 – Ceremony of Carols, S t. John Cantius Church, Thompson & Orthodox Streets, Bridesburg section of Philadelphia,7 P.M. Info call Terry Dombkoski 215-535-6667.


Polka Dance
PENNSYLVANIA – Friday, December 23 – Polka Dance, Evergreen Country Club, 415 Hartz Road, Fleetwood, PA, 6 to 11 P.M. Music by Happy Polkateers Band. Info call 610-944-7501.


Red Cross Urges Blood Donation
As A Gift To Give This Holiday Season

NEW JERSEY – It can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. Barbara Coger will never forget the donors that gave the blood that her husband received during the holidays. “I have been donating blood for some time, but really started encouraging others to do so after my husband received a donation on Christmas Eve,” she said. “He had not been doing well and would not survive much longer, but with that extra boost, he was able to share a big smile with me on Christmas morning, something I will always cherish.” Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 22, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:
Northern New Jersey Donor Center
209 Fairfield Rd., Fairfield
Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: (1st & 3rd of each month) 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
North Arlington
12/28/2016: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., North Arlington Elks Lodge 1992, 129 Ridge Road
River Edge
12/30/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., River Edge Public Library, 685 Elm Avenue
12/20/2016: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 175 Chestnut Street
Jersey City
12/17/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Beacon, 20 Beacon Way
12/30/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Library of the Chathams, 214 Main Street
Long Valley
12/23/2016: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., St. Luke Parish Roman Catholic Church, 265 West Mill Road
12/20/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Madison Volunteer Ambulance Squad, 29 Prospect Street
Mount Arlington
12/22/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Courtyard by Marriott-Rockaway, 15 Howard Boulevard
How to donate blood : Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.