Monthly Archives: November 2011

The 62nd Annual Christmas in Finland Bazaar in the Washington area held on Saturday

Marianne P?ssinenMarianne P?ssinen

THE WASHINGTON area’s 62nd Annual Christmas in Finland Bazaar drew a big crowd on Saturday, Nov. 19. Held at the Unitarian Church on River Road in Bethesda, Maryland, the bazaar featured delicious traditional Finnish sandwiches and baked goods at the cafe, as well as music, a design and art gift shop, a gourmet food and candy shop, a book and DVD shop, a baker’s shop of Christmas pastries made with original Finnish recipes, and raffles and a silent auction.

Musicians at the Annual Christmas in Finland Bazaar in Bethesda, MarylandMusicians at the Annual Christmas in Finland Bazaar in Bethesda, Maryland

Renato and Teija ReyesRenato and Teija Reyes

Margret Agustsdottir and Sigrid Johannesdottir of Dedua (www.dedua.com) Margret Agustsdottir and Sigrid Johannesdottir of Dedua (www.dedua.com)

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Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa attends opening of exhibit with Peruvian photographer Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri in Washington, D.C.

Nobel Laureate in literature 2010 Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa and his wife Patricia at the Peruvian Embassy opening reception for an exhibition of photos by Peruvian Daphne Dougall Hogg de ZileriNobel Laureate in literature 2010 Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa and his wife Patricia at the Peruvian Embassy opening reception for an exhibition of photos by Peruvian Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri.

THE PERUVIAN winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature Mario Vargas Llosa and his wife Patricia were the guests of honor at the opening reception for the exhibition “Daphne – The Subtle Power of a Woman’s Eye,” featuring dramatic photos by Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri on Friday evening, November 18, at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.

Drusila Zileri and Diana Zileri, daughters of the photographer Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri, and friend Claudia GhersiDrusila Zileri and Diana Zileri, daughters of the photographer Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri, and friend Claudia Ghersi

IN THIS FABULOUS exhibition, the photographs of Peruvian Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri (1936-2011) capture the quiet magic and sparkle in everyday Peru and elsewhere.

THE EXHIBITION runs through November 30, 2011, and is open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Embassy of Peru is located at 1700 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Tel. 202-833-9860, www.peruvianembassy.us.

Leonda Levchuk of the National Museum of the American Indian and Blanca OchoaLeonda Levchuk of the National Museum of the American Indian and Blanca Ochoa

Photography by Daphne Dougall Hogg de ZileriPhotography by Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri

The exhibition

National Press Club’s 34th Annual Book Fair & Author’s Night held November 15

Sisters Sophie Kallinis and Katherine Kallinis LaMontagne presented their book Sisters Sophie Kallinis and Katherine Kallinis LaMontagne presented their book “The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake” at the National Press Club Book Fair.

THE NATONAL PRESS CLUB in Washington, D.C. held its 34th Annual Book Fair & Author’s Night on Tuesday evening, November 15. Among the authors were such well-known politicians as U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, who promoted his book “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of Sabbath,” and former U.S. Senator Bob Graham of Florida, who has written a thriller named “Keys to the Kingdom.” Other political writers represented at the Book Fair were Georgie Anne Geyer, Ron Suskind, Jim Lehrer, Ann Coulter and Marvin Kalb.

Ellen Sweets, writer of Ellen Sweets, writer of “Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes,” her brother Fred Sweets, and former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, with his book “A Sweet World of White House Desserts: From Brown Sugar Baskets to Gingerbread Houses, a Pastry Chef Remembers.”

ADDITIONALLY, there were plenty of food books offered, like former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier’s “A Sweet World of White House Desserts: From Blown Sugar Baskets to Gingerbread Houses, a Pastry Chef Remembers.” Mr. Mesnier was hired by First Lady Rosalyn Carter in 1979, and served as White House Pastry Chef under Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Veteran newsman Jim Lehrer, who has presided over 11 presidential debates and vice presidential debates, provides an insight from some of the epic battles of American political history in his book Veteran newsman Jim Lehrer, who has presided over 11 presidential debates and vice presidential debates, provides an insight from some of the epic battles of American political history in his book “Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to McCain-Obama.”

ANOTHER FOOD book “Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes” is an account of the friendship between Austin reporter Ellen Sweets and noted columnist Molly Ivins, complete with recipes they cooked together.

AND SISTERS Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, who opened Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C., presented their book “The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake.” These stars of the TLC series DC Cupcakes, present recipes in their book and tell the secrets of their business success – where they sell as many as 10,000 cupcakes a day!

The National Press Club's 34th Annual Book Fair & Author's Night.The National Press Club’s 34th Annual Book Fair & Author’s Night.

The National Press Club's 34th Annual Book Fair & Author's Night.

Traditional Swedish Christmas Bazaar to be held at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. Dec. 3

The Santa Lucia procession. Photo: Peggy OrchowskiPhoto of the Santa Lucia Procession at last year’s Christmas Bazaar at the House of Sweden. Photo: Peggy Orchowski

THE ANNUAL SWEDISH Christmas Bazaar is popular in Washington, D.C. Last year’s bazaar drew a record number of people – around 3,200 – to the House of Sweden on the Potomac River in Georgetown

ON SATURDAY, Dec. 3, between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., it is time for this year’s bazaar, where visitors can come and learn more about Sweden and Swedish Christmas traditions, and enjoy delicious traditional Swedish holiday food.

Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador to the United States Jonas Hafstr?m, will oversee the opening ceremony, and later in the afternoon there will be a traditional Santa Lucia Procession, with youth singing Swedish Christmas carols. Additionally, the bazaar offers a caf?with home-baked goods and Swedish sandwiches. Additionally, Swedish arts & crafts, crystal, textiles, artwork, books, decorations and much more will be offered for sale. There will also be a raffle with prizes.

THE BAZAAR, which is organized by SWEA Washington, D.C., and supported by the Embassy of Sweden, is free to the public. The House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street, N.W., on the Georgetown waterfront in Washington, D.C. The closest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom.

SWEA Washington, D.C. is a local chapter of SWEA – Swedish Women’s Educational Association International, which has 78 chapters in 35 countries with a total of over 7,000 members. SWEA is a nonprofit organization, which promotes Swedish culture and traditions. For further information about SWEA: www.swea.org/washingtondc or contact washingtondc@gmail.org.

FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.PHOTOGRAPHERS from Ibero-America were featured at a FotoWeekDC “Larger than Life” Projection – SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR — at The George Washington University South fa?de of Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, November 9. Among the participants were Jesi Kelley, who showed artwork from Peru.

FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.FotoWeekDC Projection SOUTHERN CITIES/CIUDADES DEL SUR shown at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

KTH Alumni starts chapters in North America

ON OCTOBER 20 a group of alumni from KTH (The Stockholm Institute of Technology or Kungliga Tekniska H?gskolan in Stockholm, Sweden) met at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to discuss establishing a Washington, D.C. Chapter, and plans for future activities. Many ideas and priorities were presented, including the creation of a social and professional network for KTH alumni to assist new KTH arrivals to the Washington area, and the implementation of a platform for information and knowledge exchange. Future activities will include seminars, lectures and networking events. The chapter also hopes to welcome representatives from KTH faculty to meet with local alumni.

THE GROUP IS also hoping to develop activities in collaboration with other KTH Chapters in North America. The local chapter plans to hold meetings about every six weeks, and the next meeting is scheduled to the first week of December (date to be announced). Key contact person is Thomas Unander-Scharin. He can be reached at Thomas.unanderscharin@gmail.com.

ON SEPTEMBER 14 an Alumni “meet & greet” event was held in New York, when five alumni got together to discuss the establishment of a KTH Alumni NYC Chapter. The planned activities include networking, arranging cultural and academic events, supporting new graduates from KTH and promoting their alma mater in general. Initial contact person is Sebastian Nordgr?. The group hopes to hold a more formal inaugural event with representatives from KTH also in attendance.

Mentor Foundation USA holds conference focusing on the growing trend of prescription drug abuse among youth

Councilmember for Ward 7 in Washington, D.C. Alexander informs the audience about the prescription medicine abuse in her area. On the right the chair of Mentor Foundation Yvonne Thunell and Robert DuPont of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.Councilmember for Ward 7 in Washington, D.C. Yvette Alexander informs the audience about the prescription medicine abuse in her area. On the right the chair of Mentor Foundation Yvonne Thunell and Robert DuPont of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.

MENTOR FOUNDATION USA, the international organization that is focused on preventing drug abuse among youth, joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Embassy of Sweden observed National Drug Abuse Facts Day on Nov. 2, bringing together top scientists, parents, educators, counselors, community members and students to find ways to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by youth.

SPEAKERS at the conference, which was held at the House of Sweden in Washington, included Dr. Robert L. DuPont, former head of NIDA and former Drug Czar; Dr. Wilson Compton of NIDA; David Mineta, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Cecilia Fant, Detective Inspector from the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation (who talked by telephone from Stockholm); Ken Winters, from the University of Minnesota; Jamila Sams, program director for Mentor Foundation USA; and Sharon Brigner, deputy vice president for PhARMA.

YVONNE THUNELL, chairman of Mentor Foundation and Mentor Foundation USA, welcomed the audience at the start of the conference and stated, “It is extremely important to raise the awareness regarding the magnitude of the misuse of prescription medicine among youth, and that is what we hope this conference will achieve. We have gathered parents, educators, and other experts in the field to talk about this growing problem and learn best practices on how it can best be prevented. We need to work together in preventing the newest threats of substance abuse among today’s youth.”

The facts about prescription drug abuse by youth are striking:

An estimated 56 percent of youth aged 12 or older report that they got and most recently used prescription drugs “from a friend or relative for free.”

In the United States, there are more unintentional overdose drug deaths due to prescription drugs than for heroin or cocaine.

According to a 2010 report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 71 percent of drug-induced overdose deaths were due to prescription drugs.

Some 20 percent of all high school seniors in the U.S. admit to using an illicit drug within the past year.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, Mentor Foundation USA invited 100 D.C. high school students to the House of Sweden to interact with top U.S. scientific experts and guest speakers to shatter the myths about drugs and to pledge to stay drug free. The guest speakers included NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow and R&B recording artist Mario (Barrett), of The Mario Do Right Foundation. The George Washington University Center for Alcohol/Peer Drug Educators presented workshops in a game show format, and the fashion clothing retailer H&M announced the winner of the drug free T-shirt slogan contest, which they sponsored.

To access and copy photos from the day’s events, visit: www.mentorfoundation.org/usa/drug-facts-day-2011.

Arts for the Aging 23rd Annual Benefit Gala celebrated at the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Jean-Paul Senninger of Luxembourg and his wife, Mrs. Louise ?erblomAmbassador Jean-Paul Senninger of Luxembourg and his wife, Mrs. Louise ?erblom

ARTS FOR THE AGING (AFTA) – the Washington DC area arts service organization founded by Lolo Sarnoff – held its 23rd Annual Benefit Gala at the elegant Embassy of the grand Duchy of Luxembourg on Embassy Row on Tuesday evening, November 1, 2011.

AMBASSADOR Jean-Paul Senninger of Luxembourg gave the opening remarks to the guests. Master of Ceremonies was Patrick Haggerty. Additionally the event featured the 4th Annual Lolo Sarnoff Award Presentation to Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Director at The Phillips Collection. Violinist Anthony Hyatt performed during the event. After the program, a delicious buffet was served at the chancery’s second floor.

Anthony C. Morella, Monique Summers-Mally, former Maryland Congresswoman and former U.S. Permanent Representative to the OECD Connie Morella, and Gerhard Mally.Anthony C. Morella, Monique Summers-Mally, former Maryland Congresswoman and former U.S. Permanent Representative to the OECD Connie Morella, and Gerhard Mally.

FOR 23 YEARS Arts for the Aging has been a pioneer in the concept of providing free community arts resources for older adults, focusing their mission services on those who are vulnerable and living with a broad range of physical and cognitive impairments.

FOUNDED by Lolo Sarnoff, who has worked as a professional artist learning first-hand the health benefits of lifelong creative activity, the organization’s arts engagement workshops are specifically designed to improve older adult’s mental and physical health, longevity and overall quality of life. For more information: www.AFTAarts.org.

AFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum, Gala Co-Chair Joyce S. Hagel-Silverman, Executive Director Janine Tursini, and Gala Co-Chair Susanne E. EisingerAFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum, Gala Co-Chair Joyce S. Hagel-Silverman, Executive Director Janine Tursini, and Gala Co-Chair Susanne E. Eisinger

AFTAFundraiser.20111102 029.JPGEva and Steven Lamb

Ambassador Jean Paul Senninger of Luxembourg gives a speech to the guests. On the left AFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum. Ambassador Jean Paul Senninger of Luxembourg gives a speech to the guests. On the left AFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum.

Photographer Neshan H. Naltchayan and Chris Warnke Photographer Neshan H. Naltchayan and Chris Warnke

Dominic and Gunilla Ramella, and Don BlissDominic and Gunilla Ramella, and Don Bliss

George Chavez, Ambassador Jean-Paul Senninger of Luxembourg and his wife Mrs. Louise ?erblomGeorge Chavez, Ambassador Jean-Paul Senninger of Luxembourg and his wife Mrs. Louise ?erblom

AFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum and Executive Director Janine TursiniAFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum and Executive Director Janine Tursini

Arts for the Aging 23rd Annual Benefit Gala celebrated at the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C.

‘A Song for the Horse Nation’ – exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opens in Washington

Randall L. Willis, chairman of the National Museum of the American Indian Board of Trustees, his wife Teresa, and the curator of the exhibition Emil Her Many Horse. Randall L. Willis, chairman of the National Museum of the American Indian Board of Trustees, his wife Teresa, and the curator of the exhibition Emil Her Many Horse.

“A SONG FOR THE HORSE NATION” - a critically acclaimed exhibition about the enduring relationship between Native people and horses – held its opening reception at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, October 27. Previously the exhibition was showed at the museum’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York. The expanded Washington version shows 15 more objects, including a 16-foot high, 38-foot circumference hand-painted 19th century Sioux tipi depicting battle and horse raiding scenes. Other highlights among the 112 items are a life-size horse-mannequin in spectacular, fully-beaded regalia and Geronimo and Chief Joseph’s rifles.

A 16-foot high, 38-foot circumference hand-painted 19th century Sioux tipi depicting battle and horse raiding scenes.A 16-foot high, 38-foot circumference hand-painted 19th century Sioux tipi depicting battle and horse raiding scenes.

“A SONG for the Horse Nation” presents the story of the horse’s influence on American Indian tribes beginning with the return of horses to the Western Hemisphere by Christopher Columbus to the present day. The exhibition traces how horses changed the lives of Native people from the way they traveled, hunted and defended themselves to how horse trade among tribes was the conduit for the magnificent spread of horses in the Plains and Plateau regions of the United States. It shows beautifully how horses became the inspiration for new artworks and how horse traditions continue today in Indian Country at fairs, rodeos and annual youth rides.

THE EXHIBITION runs through January 7, 2013. National Museum of the American Indian is located at 4th Street and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. For more information: www.nmai.si.edu.

 'A Song for the Horse Nation' - exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opens in Washington 'A Song for the Horse Nation' - exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opens in Washington 'A Song for the Horse Nation' - exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opens in Washington 'A Song for the Horse Nation' - exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opens in Washington 'A Song for the Horse Nation' - exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opens in Washington