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Norwegian Speaking Skills.To find out, in a casual social setting, how  to apply, maintain, or hone yours, click here. 

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Finnish Midsummer Celebration
Finlands Centenial 1917 - 2017

June 17, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Finland obtained its Independance from Russia on December 6, 1917. Join the celebration at the German-America Friendship Garden, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC, halfway between the Washington Monument and the White House. The Garden borders Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets. The celebration is hosted by the Embassy of Finland and is aimed at families and kids with Finnish games and activities as well as a Finnish dance group performance and a raffle. Come and meet Finnish and Finnish-American athletes. Team Ajattomat, the talented Finnish dance group, combines  physical challenge with artistic expression. It performs every hour on the halfhour.  Also, Finlandia Foundation National Capital Chapter, in light of Suomi 100, will be holding their summer gathering as part of the celebration. Open and free for everyone.


Norwegian Society Annual Sankthans Picnic
Join us for the annual Sankthans Picnic/Midsummer
Celebration at the Staalesen Farm in Frederick, MD

          Saturday, June 17, 2017  -   5 pm to dusk

Long-time NoSo members Bjorn and Barbara Staalesen invite us to enjoy their beautiful grounds while relaxing and socializing. They have goats, a large garden, and plenty of space for our picnic and children's games. When dusk approaches the traditional bonfire will be lit.

What to bring: A generous contribution to  our potluck meal - Any special drinks such as beer, wine, or soda - Chairs and/or blankets (for outdoors), games for your children (there is plenty of room).

What is furnished: Chairs for indoors seating - Plates, utensils, coffee, iced tea, water - Bathroom facilities - Plenty of parking - A beautiful view - A great garden.

RSVP by June 13 to drengi@verizon.net with the number of adults and children in your party and you will receive the address and directions.

Midsummer, also known as St. John's Day, is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically  the Northern European celebrations that accompany  the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening.



 Robot Olympics 

From: Matt Stafford, FIRST Global 
FIRST Global is the inaugural International Robot Olympics for high school-age students that will be hosted in Washington D.C. at Constitution Hall July 16-18. Former US Navy Admiral and Congressman Joe Sestak heads FIRST Global. Its mission is to stimulate STEM education through the sport of robotics. 

160 nations are participating this year in FIRST Global, each with one student team, and a number of Scandinavian teams will be participating. First Global and the students of these countries would very much like to see a strong Scandinavian-American presence at this event, cheering on the team as they take the stage, and play their games July 17-18, and at the Opening Ceremony on the evening of July 16.

There are teams from Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden that are participating. Many of these students are coming to America for the first time and a warm reception from the Scandinavian community here would mean the world to them.

As an ASA member, you are also being asked if you might be interested to serve as a Team Ambassador for one of the Scandinavia countries within Constitution Hall where the games will be played. The Team Ambassador is asked to make sure  the students get where they need to be on time within Constitution Hall and to ensure they feel comfortable during their first visit to America. 

For a flyer with information about the event, click here. Joe and I would like very much to hear from you. Joe's email is joe@first.global. My number is 484-574-2660 and my email is matt@first.global. More information can be found at our website: www.first.global.

If anyone would like to attend they can RSVP on our Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/426907000980500/) or call/email me at matt@first.global. RSVPing isn't strictly necessary, so people can feel free to arrive day of, but it helps us make sure we have adequate seating, security, etc.


For Tickets, Click here.

 July 18 & 19 at 8:00 pm, MAMMA MIA! Wolftrap, Filene Center Stage, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna VA. It's  the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. It's your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical now on its farewell North American tour! MAMMA MIA! combines ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me," and "The Winner Takes It All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. Whether it's your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.


To view flyer, click here.
To view 'Press Release in both Norwegian and English', click


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Send comments, questions, corrections by e-mail to:  gerry@schueman.com

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