Calendar (week of December 8)
NEW YORK – The Rich Bobinski Orchestra (RBO) with Eddie Biegaj and Polka Paul will play on Saturday, December 10 for Polish Night at The Middletown Lodge of Elks #1097, 48 Prospect Street, Middletown, NY. The evening will include vocals by Eddie Biegaj with RBO and on concertina, vocals with RBO by Polka Paul, and RBO’s Tribute to The Armed Forces with Polka Paul’s Flag Parade. A special guest appearance will be made by The Pokolenia Dancers, who will also take part in The Flag Parade. Dinner by Ceil is at 6:00 PM and Dancing is from 7:00-11:00 PM. Music will include polkas, waltzes, obereks, American, Latin, Christmas, and figure dances. Jackets are required for dinner. For tickets and information, please call Kathy and Sam Rogers at 845-649-6328, 845-386-5199.
PRCUA Michigan Women’s Division Annual Oplatek Dinner
MICHIGAN – The PRCUA Michigan Women’s Division Annual Oplatek Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 10 at O’Kelly Banquet Hall, 23663 Park Street, Dearborn, MI. Doors open at 1:00pm, dinner begins at 2:00pm. For more information contact Pam Bentley: 773-812-4781; email@example.com No tickets sold at the door, so make sure to reserve your place today!
Society #162 Senior Christmas Party
MICHIGAN – Soc. #162 Senior Christmas Party on Sunday, December 11 from 1pm to 4pm at PRCUA #162 Hall, 1430 Oak St., Wyandotte, MI. Rogalin Dancer Performance at 2:00pm. Dinner and Koledy to follow. Advanced tickets only – tickets available in the Lounge. For more information, call 313-815-5230.
Caroling and Christmas Dinner At KF
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Come and share the joy of the season with the Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington, D.C. We invite you to carol with us (our special guest will be Laura Kafka Price) and enjoy the traditional Polish holiday meal on Saturday, December 10th at 4 p.m. For more information contact Barbara Bernhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-785-2320. The Kosciuszko Foundation is located at 2025 O Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.
Advent Concert To Celebrate 125th Anniversary of St. Stanislaus Basilica
Organist Marek Kudlicki will be guest performer for this free event
Chicopee, MA—In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of St. Stanislaus Basilica, there will be a special Advent Concert to recognize this remarkable milestone. Free and open to the public, the Advent Concert will take place on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. St. Stanislaus Basilica is located on 566 Front Street, Chicopee, MA. Free will offerings will be accepted at the event. Organist Marek Kudlicki will be the featured guest performer, and he will be joined by the Basilica’s choirs including the Polish Choir, Children’s Choir, Adult Choir, and San Damiano Choir. A musician of international renown, Kudlicki has been performing for over four decades, including concerts, among many, in all the major European countries, United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Japan and Taiwan. Born in Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland, he studied organ performance and conducting at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland, and continued his studies at the Vienna Academy of Music. An interpreter of major organ works from the classical world, Kudlicki also regularly promotes Polish organ music in his programs. His annual coast to coast North American tours are greeted with enthusiasm. On the 200th anniversary of the Polish Constitution in 1991, he gave a special celebratory recital at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. As part of the Advent Concert, Kudlicki will perform compositions from Frederick Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Feliks Nowowiejski, and Mieczyslaw Surzynski, and other selections. A reception will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to meet and greet the artist who will speak about his career and travels. For more information about this event, contact St. Stanislaus office 413 594-6669. The Advent Concert is sponsored and arranged in cooperation with The Kosciuszko Foundation New England Chapter.
St. John Paul “II Polish School & Polish Club Mass & Oplatek
ILLINOIS – St. John Paul II Polish School & Polish Club of Lemont Mass and Oplatek on Sunday December 18 at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish, 608 Sobieski St, Lemont, IL. Mass at 8:30am followed by a Christmas presentation and refreshments. Free, reservations not required.
Healthy Eating For The Holidays Seminar
NEW JERSEY – The Clifton Health Department and the Shop Rite of Little Falls will be holding a Healthy Eating for the Holidays Seminar on December 14th from 1pm-2pm at the Clifton Public Library, located on 292 Piaget Ave. in Clifton. Heather Shasa, Registered Dietician at the Shoprite of Little Falls, will be joining us to discuss tips on how to stay on track through holiday parties, and to offer recipe ideas and suggestions, baking substitutions, smart swaps, and more! Registration is required as space is limited. Please call 973-470-5760 to register. The holidays are right around the corner! It can be difficult to eat healthy during the year, but especially during the holidays. People gain, on average, 10 pounds between October through January. You can avoid gaining the extra pounds and maintain your health by making a plan and sticking to it throughout the season.
Here are some tips that can help you during the busy season:
- Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before and during meals. Drinking water can help you feel full and stay in control.
- Have a healthy snack before parties, such as a salad, carrot sticks or an apple, to curb your appetite.
- Don’t eat too fast. Take 20 minutes to finish a meal, put your fork down in between bites. Once you feel full, stop. Put a napkin over or clear your plate and pop a piece of sugar free gum into your mouth to prevent mindless nibbling.
- Eat healthy fats, such as avocado, raw nuts and seeds such as pistachios, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, chia seeds and flax seeds and fatty fish. Also try cooking with coconut oil, rather than butter, which is also rich in these “good fats.”
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. Even though coffee and sugar may give you that burst of energy to start, they end up depleting your levels of serotonin. If you are a coffee drinker, try switching to tea. Black tea, green tea and other herbal teas have less caffeine than coffee, and have several positive side effects on your overall health.
- Make sure you exercise. Regular exercise has been proven to decrease stress, increase self-esteem, improve sleep, keep you energized, strengthen your heart and improve muscle tone and strength. So get up and go! You may want to take stroll to enjoy the holiday lights in your neighborhood.
It is also important to remember and follow the food safety steps: cook, separate, clean, and chill during this time of year. Foodborne illnesses are unpleasant, but can also be dangerous. During this time of year, it is common to spend more time with family, friends, and co-workers to celebrate the holidays. Alcohol is often involved and drinking and driving may occur. Be safe on the roads, don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Have a taxi cab company’s phone number set in your phone or establish a designated driver to keep you and your loved ones safe. Have a healthy and happy holiday season! The Clifton Health Department is a contractual health agency serving the Township of Little Falls.
Walk-In Flu Clinics In Clifton
CLIFTON, NJ – To observe National Immunization Awareness Week (December 4-10), the Clifton Health Department will be continuing walk-in flu clinics every Wednesday through December 21, 2016 from 2pm-4pm. In addition, there will be a flu clinic held on December 9th from 10:30am-11:30am before the start of Bingo at the Boys and Girls Club. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED. If you have not received the flu shot yet this season, it’s not too late! National Influenza Vaccination Week, held every December by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reminds people of the importance of receiving the flu vaccine, even during the holiday season and beyond. It is important that vaccination continues through the remainder of the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible. The flu vaccine is highly recommended to everyone six months of age and older regardless of whether or not they are healthy. It is the single best way to protect against what can potentially be a very serious disease. The flu vaccine has been shown to not only reduce flu cases, but also the risk of doctor’s visits, missed school or work as a result of flu, and prevent the risk of serious flu-like complications like pneumonia. These flu-like complications can be devastating, especially for high risk groups including children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like diabetes or heart disease, and people aged 65 years and older. Individuals with Medicare Part B as their primary insurance can receive the flu vaccine for FREE. These individuals MUST bring their Medicare card for presentation at the clinic. Individuals with an HMO, no insurance, or a primary insurance other than Medicare Part B will be asked to pay $20 in cash or check for the flu vaccine. The Clifton Health Department does not accept credit or debit cards. Medicaid or Food Assistance Programs will also not be accepted. As a reminder to parents, the final children’s flu immunization clinic will be held on Tuesday, December 13th by appointment only. By law in New Jersey, children enrolled in daycare or preschool who are between the ages of 6 months to 59 months, who do not have documentation of a current flu shot by December 31st, 2016, will be excluded by their facility after December 31st, 2016 either until 3/31/17 (the official “end” of the flu season) or until documentation is provided. Please call 973-470-5770 for more information on this clinic, or to make an appointment. If you have any questions regarding upcoming flu clinics, please call the Clifton Health Department at 973-470-5760. If you have not already, the Clifton Health Department urges you to protect yourself and your loved ones; get your flu shot!
New Year’s Eve Party – December 31
NEW JERSEY – The Polish American Citizens Club will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party at 29 Kline Blvd., in Whitehouse Station, on Saturday, December 31, beginning at 8 p.m. Ticket price includes elegant hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner and champagne toast. First hour, all drinks are discounted 50%. For reservations call (908) 534-6230 or squareup.com/store/PACCWHS.