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Monday, November 24 2014 @ 12:51 AM MST
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FRIENDS OF ST. PATRICK NAME YOUNG AMBASSADOR

Audrey Sullivan has been named the 2014 Young Ambassador by the Friends of Saint Patrick- Arizona
Chapter.  The 23 year old will graduate from the University of Northern Colorado in May with a major in Theater Education and a minor in Dance. She will spend the first 2 weeks in June doing an internship at the St. Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.
Audrey said she would love to intern at a theater or dance company where she can learn about their educational outreach. She wants to be a high school dance or theater teacher to advocate for the Arts because she thinks they teach children many important lessons like how to listen and empathize with others.
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ORDER YOUR CERTIFICATE OF IRISH HERITAGE AND HELP BENEFIT THE COLLEEN PROGRAMS

The Certificate of Irish Heritage makes a wonderful personalized gift for your family.  Anyone of Irish descent and born outside of Ireland is eligible.
Buy one Certificate for €40.
New E-Gift Card

The Certificate of Irish Heritage e-gift card is a unique gift that can be e-mailed instantly to your loved ones. It costs €45 and entitles you to one unframed Certificate and includes shipping worldwide. All you need is:
•    Name of the Recipient
•    Gift message eg:’Happy Birthday Jane, Love from the O Reillys in New York'.
•    Your e-mail address
E-gift cards can be e-mailed immediately making it an easy but thoughtful gift.  The recipient can redeem the e-gift card on-line, once they have their ancestor’s details.   A unique gift for those proud of their Irish Heritage that will be passed onto future generations
Background to Certificate of Irish Heritage
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IRISH FOUNDATION OF ARIZONA NEWS

JUNE MEETING
The Irish Foundation of Arizona will meet on Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014, at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ.  We have moved our Board meeting to 6:30 p.m.  An episode of "New Tricks.” will begin at 7:00 p.m.  We hope to see you there
 

REMINDER
It is time to renew our IFA memberships, they expire on 31 Dec 13.  

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FLAGSTAFF NEWS

Come join the Party!
Living Traditions Presentations is excited to announce our first annual fundraising event. Come down to Uptown Pubhouse  between 3-6pm on June 7 for music, dancing, silent auction, a pub quiz and more! No host drinks will be available with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Living Traditions Presentations. Food will be provided.
Come enjoy performances from NAU Community Music and Dance Academy fiddle classes, McTeggart Irish Dancers, and the Flagstaff Session group. There will be a Silent Auction and a Pub Quiz.  We will have many wonderful items available in the silent auction and for prizes.  Items from Starbucks, Aveda Red 115, Bookman’s, Campus Coffee Bean, NiMarco’s, Busters, Olives Wild, and Taverna have been donated, just to name a few. Thank you to these businesses for their support!
Living Traditions Presentations is a 501c-3 organization that presents world-class Celtic music in Flagstaff, Arizona. For the past 10 years, we have brought Flagstaff audiences artists like Old Blind Dogs, Dervish, Solas, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Celtic Fiddle Festival and many more. We’ve offered dozens of Celtic music workshops for our local musicians and have hosted the Flagstaff Irish music session for the past 10 years. Come join the party and support Living Traditions Presentations, which will help us continue to bring in artists from around the world.  Please RSVP by emailing Kari@LivingTraditionsPresentations.com
 
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TUCSON CELTIC NEWS

Peter Foley, Director of The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, is teaching Celtic Spirituality at the University of Arizona Religious Studies Department.
http://religious.arizona.edu/files/RELI361.pdf enrollment is closed, but nice to know these offerings are right here in our Tucson community.

Flanagan's Celtic Corner
2719 E. Broadway
regular business hours at 10-6, Tuesday through Saturday 623-9922
Please be sure to stop by and see all the new inventory of Irish, Scottish and Welsh items, as well as their new venue.
Best of luck Flano, with Arizona's only Celtic store

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SAVE THE DATES FOR PHOENIX SISTER CITIES UPCOMING EVENTS

Sister Cities NewsInternational Competition for Writers with Disabilities

Applications are now open for Phoenix Sister Cities 2014 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities. This year's theme is "Celebrating Differences".

Phoenix Sister Cites Official Delegation Visit To Catania & Rome September 14 - 22, 2014 Catania, Italy  Rome, Italy

For more information on these and other Phoenix Sister Cities events please go to www.phoenixsistercities.org

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CASCADIA IRISH MUSIC WEEK - AUGUST 10 - 16 2014

Cascadia Irish Music Week
Aug. 10-16, 2014
Camp Casey Conference Center
Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington
www.cascadiairish.org
Contact: Diane Murphy 206-851-4658 diane@cascadiairish.org
Cascadia Irish Music Week offers classes, concerts and sessions with some of the world's finest Irish
traditional musicians, August 10-16, 2014 at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island,
Washington. Students receive beginning through advanced instruction in fiddle, flute, tinwhistle,
concertina, button accordion, guitar, song and dance, in one of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful
seaside locations. The week closes with a grand farewell concert and dance (open to the public)
featuring all the teachers, Friday, Aug. 15 at 8pm. More information online at www.cascadiairish.org
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JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN NEWS

Sister Cities NewsJAPANESE WOOD CARVING WORKSHOP
presented by Woodcarving Master, Yo Takimoto
Saturday, May 31, 2014
10:00am - 12:30pm
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
Fee:
$40 Per Person
($35 for JFG members)
All Material Provided
BY RESERVATION ONLY
Reserve at Giftshop or call 602.256.3204
Master woodcarver Yo Takimoto will guide you in the traditional process of Japanese woodcarving, or kikezuri. In this meditative process, you will utilize the natural characteristics of the wood to carve and sand a unique sculptural form. Yo will provide a variety of woods to choose from and all tools. Beginners are welcome!
WHO IS YO TAKIMOTO:
Born in Kumano, Wakayama (JAPAN) in 1949. Graduated from USC with a degree in architecture, and has worked in city planning in Tokyo for 22 years. Since 1998, his woodcarving (kikezuri) workshops have been held in Japan, as well as shops and schools in Los Angeles, The Craft & Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles), Arcosanti in Arizona, New York , and also in Hawaii.
A NOTE FROM YO:
I have been into the art of woodcarving (kikezuri) for over 15 years now. One day, a friend of mine who is a furniture maker gave me a Japanese hand carving knife called "Kiridashi", as a way to deal with my stress from the office work. Carving wood allowed me to reconnect with my childhood in Kumano, where I played in the forest and swam in the river. When carving wood, I am often reminded of the Mother Nature that tends to be forgotten in the urban environment. I can be in tune with nature while spending hours and hours with the wood, and paying attention to what the wood itself is doing. I call this "kikezuri" which is an act of whittling rather than just carving.
Many woods that I bring to the workshops are from Japan, and from the US where I have traveled and collected along the way. Each has different history, touch, scent, and character. At my woodcarving class, I encourage everyone to pick the material as you see it, and to find the character of the wood as you carve into it.
You can see his articles at
http://arcosanti.org/node/5142
http://ermieblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/woodcarving-with-yo-takimoto.html
http://www.womeninwoodworking.com/wiw/Story/Yo-Takimoto-Japanese-Woodcarving-7723.aspx
http://mondette.com/2010/05/24/events-sharp-knives-and-japanese-wood-at-yo-takimotos-wood-carving-class/
http://followingbreadcrumbs.com/thursdays-tribute-yo-takimoto/ 

For more information, www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org or info@jfgphx.org/
602.256.3204

A CULTURAL RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBIT
presented by Through Each Others Eyes
MAY 1 - JUNE 19, 2014
Shemer Art Center & Museum
5005 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
As Shemer Celebrates its 30th Anniversary, we are thrilled to announce Through Each Others Eyes, a Cultural Retrospective Exhibit also commemorating the organization's 25th Anniversary.
Through Each Others Eyes held its first exhibit February 22, 1988, as an art exchange with the Phoenix Sister City of Himeji, Japan. Since that time the photographers have sponsored 38 photographic exchanges with photographers, not only in Japan, but in Mexico, Cuba, Canada, China, the Philippines, Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and Italy.
In celebration of their 25th year, they will be displaying their photographs at the Shemer Art Center from May 1 - June 19, 2014.
Through Each Others Eyes encourages people around the world to understand and appreciate diverse cultures through photography.
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ARIZONA JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY FREE FILM SCREENING

Join us for a FREE Documentary Film Screening
Operation Thunderbolt:
The Israeli Rescue at Entebbe
Tuesday,
June 10th
at 7PM
FREE
RSVP to:
lbell@azjhs.org or call 602-241-7870
People of all faiths welcome
Originally produced in 2000 as a television documentary, Operation Thunderbolt tells the gripping story of the hijacking of Air France Flight AF139 on June 27, 1976 from Athens and the subsequent Israeli mission to rescue the hostages from the airport terminal at Entebbe, Uganda.
The movie contains original
footage and photographs, along with interviews with former hostages as well those who planned and executed the rescue mission.
This film is shown free thanks to a generous donation by Jewish War Veterans Post 210.
Do you enjoy our film series and other programs?
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RUGBY IN THE WEST VALLEY, ALL AGES

Coldwater Athletic Club is seeking players and coaches for its two high school teams, West Valley Rugby and Dysart Rugby. If you are new to rugby, we will teach you the game. If you think you know rugby, come dazzle us. West Valley Rugby is open to anyone outside of Dysart USD. West Valley practices 4-6pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Friendship Park in Avondale (12325 W McDowell). Dysart Rugby is open to anyone in Dysart USD. Dysart practices 4-6pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Dysart HS.
Coldwater Athletic Club is also expanding and is developing U14, U11, and U8 co-ed non-contact rugby and is seeking players and coaches.
For more information, please contact Coach Huntington at 623-826-2784, coach.william.huntington@gmail.com and find us on Facebook: West Valley Rugby Football Club
Coldwater Athletic Club is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth athletics in the west valley of metropolitan Phoenix.
William Stacy Huntington
Glendale, Arizona