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The following posting was sent on August 5, 2005


Calendar of Polish events in Northern California
Venture for Polish Bay Area seniors
Warsaw Village Band to visit San Francisco Bay Area
School Of Polish Language in Walnut Creek
Adam is looking for a job
Solidarity activists of 1980's please share your experiences Joseph Jedd, Polish Veteran of WW II

We will be happy to announce any event connected in any way to Polish community. Please make sure the organizers will inform us about event directly at . Some events are not listed due to personal preferences of the organizers. We are open to list any event. In order to avoid mistakes the information must be submitted directly by the organizers.

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Venture for Polish Bay Area seniors

Mr. Lewandowski,

My name is Barbara (-- or Lala, as my parents called me--) and I am writing to ask for you assistance. Seven months ago my husband and I moved my mother here to Oakland from Philadelphia. She is 80 and Polish-- a Veteran of WWII and survivor of a Russian labor camp. While she suffers from some memory loss and has great trouble walking, she is very vital in other ways. The change, as you can imagine, has been quite difficult on her. My husband and I have taken her to local Polish churches and attempted to engage her other ways, but it is a challenge given her condition. But I have an idea and am sincerely asking anyone out there reading this in the Polish Community for help! The idea: to form a small seniors social group for frail and elderly Poles living here in the Bay Area. There must be others out there, like me, who are taking care of elderly parent or grandparent. Dementia, physical weakness, and other illnesses are a fact of life. Those who suffer often do not have opportunities for socializing among their own age or cultural group--and they often don't feel comfortable in mixed groups. Those who provide the caretaking often find it hard to take a break. My thought was that we could form a group of a few families and have a one day a month meeting in someone's home -- just for tea, cake and conversation--for not more than 3 hours. The location could be rotated, and caretakers could be rotated as well. That way, some folks could leave their parent/grandparents at the "tea party" and get away for a few hours to do something that would rejuvenate them as well.

What do you think? Should I attempt to put this request in your Newsletter-- or could it be sent out on a ListServ? I would appreciate any feedback and/assistance you could give in helping me organize this "seniors" venture.

Thank you in advance for your help!


Barbara "Lala" Loza-Muriera 1-510-919-5960 (cell)

Warsaw Village Band to visit San Francisco Bay Area

The world famous Polish band will visit San Francisco this coming August 2005. The band is so popular and famous that on their web site people from their home country, Poland, are asking when they can enjoy their life performances. We are very lucky to have them in San Francisco. They won the prestigious BBC World Music Award in the last round in 2004. Please join the world and see this ecstatic Polish band. Please refer to our Calendar section 1 for details.

Here is a little more info about the band:

Tickets available on line:

2004 BBC3 World Music Award Winners

Warsaw Village Band was founded in 1997 by six young musicians. Playing violin, suka (unique polish fiddle coming from XVIth century), cello and various traditional polish drums.

Their repertoire consists of folk dance melodies , ballads and rural songs, which are performed in a special way - using a special, old technique of singing, that consists in using so called white voices. However it's not only a simple imitation of Polish folk music, but rather adduction to the concept of folk music, giving the style of folk performance which is closer to modern aesthetic conventions.


"Warsaw Village Band's traditional songbook doesn't contain the hooks of contemporary pop, but the glorious timbres, the galloping percussion, the driving pings of the dulcimer and the dissonant staccato stroking of the cello delivered with plenty of drama."
Washington Post

"There is nothing like big drums, wild strings, a shameless brass section, vibrant vocals and youthful energy! The Warsaw Village Band has it all....with not only great talent but with absolute gusto."
Gypsy Flores - KUSP

"Due to their hard work and creativity, world music enthusiasts long infatuated by the rhythms of the Balkans are finally gazing northward, toward the prima grooves of the Polish plains."
Global Rhythm

School Of Polish Language in Walnut Creek

An invitation to all children to learn Polish language and Polish folk dances. We prepare also children for their first communion and confirmation. This year will offer music, art and photography classes. Classes will begin on September 10, 2005, at 9 a.m. at the school of the Walnut Creek united Methodist church 1543 Sunnyvale avenue in Walnut Creek.
For more information please contact the principal Danusia Pokalski 1-925-825-9609

School is looking for new teachers:
Szkola Jezyka Polskiego im Jana Pawla II w Walnut Creek poszukuje 3 nauczycieli do pracy spolecznej od wrzesnia.
Osoby chetne proszone sa o zglaszanie sie do Danuty Pokalskiej 1-925-286-8498 lub

......... and in Union City:
Rodzice zainteresowani poslaniem swoich dzieci do Szkoly Polskiej w Union City moga zasiegnac informacji u p. Grazyny Koralewskiej 1-408-866-6864.

Adam is looking for a job

Urgently looking for an office job or as a computer programmer or temporarily as a driver. I know Databases, Spreadsheets and Java/C++/C. I've got Ph.D. in mathematics from Warsaw University.
Adam, tell: 1-510-540-7103, email:

Solidarity activists of 1980's please share your experiences

If you were forced to leave Poland because of Martial Law, you are the person I am looking for!
I am working on a book about Poles who were arrested and brought to the internment camps or/and imprisoned due to the Martial Law in 1981 and then were given offer to leave Poland, so they currently live in the foreign countries.
If you share such an experience contact me, please.

Bogumila Dabrowiecka

Joseph Jedd, Polish Veteran of WW II

Joseph Jedd
Born: August 21, 1919 in Tarnow, Poland
At Rest: July 31, 2005 in Los Altos, California
In 1939, when the war broke out, he volunteered into the Polish Army. After Poland's defeat he escaped to France when Joseph served in the French Army's Second Polish Division.
After the defeat of France, he went to Switzerland where he joined the French Underground (F.F.I.) in the Spring of 1944. When the Annecy Region of France became liberated Joseph went to Italy where he volunteered with the Polish Second Corps of the Eight British Army. From Italy he was sent to the Middle East where he obtained training in tanks and in the Intelligence Service.

After the war, Joseph Jedd came to the United States in 1948 with his wife and raised a family in Los Altos, CA. He joined Stanford University where he became the Bursar and since 1984 is the Bursar Emeritus of Stanford University after 25 years of meritorial service. Joseph Jedd had 14 medals from four different countries. He was the President of Stanford Faculty Club, President of the Palo Alto Rotary Club, and also served as the President of the Polish American Congress for two consecutive terms.

In Loving Memory of Joseph Jedd:
His family and colleagues will fondly remember Joe for his intellect, being proud of his Polish heritage, and quick wit. Joe had a passion for helping those less fortunate. He assisted many new Polish immigrants build a better life in the United States. Joe was a "Gift" to us through his humor and warmth. He will be truly missed by all.
Survived by his wife, Maria Alina of Los Altos; his daughter, Maya Veronica of Los Gatos; his son, Gregory of Singapore, and Sister Sofia Jedrzykiewicz of Krakow, Poland.

A memorial service will be held at the Stanford University Faculty Club Gold Lounge on Saturday, August 6th at noon.
In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Amnesty International.
The above announcement was requested by Zbigniew Stanczyk, text by Maya Jedd.



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