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The following posting was sent on January 24, 2008


Calendar of Polish events
Wajda's "Katyn" nominated to the Oscar
Polish passports renewal in the San Francisco Bay Area
Polish Scouts Oplatek gathering 2008

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Sailing vessel Pacific High, a 40-foot Catalina 400 yacht owned by Andre Skarka, has been entered in the 2008 Pacific Cup. The Pacific Cup is one of the most popular and prestigious trans-pacific ocean races distinguished by the participation of famous yachts and sailors, such as Philippe Kahn and Roy Disney. The 2008 Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Honolulu is scheduled to set sail on July 14th, 2008.

The crew of Pacific High is a group of highly skilled and experienced ocean sailors based in the United States, Canada and Poland. Pacific High is the first Polish yacht to sail in the Pacific Cup since its inception fifteen years ago. The objective - apart from winning - is to enhance the reputation of the Polish sailing tradition abroad as well as amplifying Poland’s image as an emerging international partner.

The Pacific High campaign is in logistic stadium of preparations and working toward the goal of equipping the yacht with safety and communication gear required by organizers of the race for transpacific voyage. The crew is organizing two fundraising dance parties â€oeBal KarnawaA*‚owyâ€? for members of Polish South Bay community on January 26th in Campbell and for Sacramento area on February 2 in Polonian Cultural Pastoral Center in Sacramento. The honorary sponsor of the Polish yacht is Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland, Christopher Kerosky, Esq. Media patronage will be provided by Polish Sailing Magazine A*»AGLE and locally by The club sponsor is our own Yacht Klub Polski San Francisco. Yacht Club of Poland was founded in 1924 and over the years became one of the most accomplished yacht clubs in Poland with numerous sport achievements such as winning world championships and Olympic medals, producing famous circumnavigators and ocean sailors. Yacht Club of Poland San Francisco started to operate in the Bay Area in 2000. Along with the Yacht Club of Poland London, it is one of the only two existing Yacht Clubs of Poland outside of Poland.

Wajda's "Katyn" nominated to the Oscar

As announced by the officials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on their web site: 80th Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The nominees are:
"Best foreign language film of the year"

- "Beaufort" A Metro Communications, Movie Plus Production, Israel
- "The Counterfeiters" An Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Magnolia, Filmproduktion Production, Austria
- "Katyn" An Akson Studio Production, Poland
- "Mongol" A Eurasia Film Production, Kazakhstan
- "12" A Three T Production, Russia

Thanks to the Consulate General of The Republic of Poland in Los Angeles for bringing that to our attention.

Polish passports renewal in the San Francisco Bay Area

The new Polish passport rules require a personal visit at the Polish Consulate. For all the West Coast states there is only one Consulate in Los Angeles. The Honorary Consulates do not have the ability to handle the passport matters. Thanks to the Polish American Congress of Northern California and "Polam" there will be a temporary office open two days - the first weekend in February. Organizers are asking to register before hand so each person will get a time slot allocated and there will be no long waiting.
The full information in Polish is here:

Polish Scouts Oplatek gathering 2008

As every year, Polish Scouts met for sharing oplatek.
The details of the event are in a note by Ryszard Urbaniak:

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