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Tuesday, September 02 2014 @ 02:14 PM MST
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ICC ON FACEBOOK

The Irish Cultural Center  Facebook page now has 400 members.  We use the Facebook page to report or repost the newsletters, events and things of Celtic interest, this includes Scottish and Welsh happenings, that I find out about  to the members. For those interested you can find the Facebook page by going to Facebook.com and doing a search for “Irish Cultural Center Phoenix AZ” or https://www.facebook.com/groups/365254884335/ if you're so inclined.
There is a separate Facebook page with 160 members for the musical side of our culture at “AZ Irish Music”  or https://www.facebook.com/groups/247019138674060/ that is used to announce where they will be playing or new CDs they may be coming out, this was originally started by our good friend the late George O'Brien.  The ICC would sincerely like to thank Ed Cunningham and Jim Daugherty for updating our Facebook page.
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1ST ANNUAL CALEDONIAN SOCIETY OF AZ BONSPIEL JUNE 9TH

The Caledonian Society of Arizona is proud to present another fun Scottish themed event on June 9th, Monday 6pm-9pm.
This time we're holding a "Learn to Curl" evening and hosting a friendly Curling competition, the "1st Annual Caledonian Society of AZ Bonspiel".
This event takes the place of our regularly scheduled June 12 meeting at the ICC.  There will be no meeting on June 12 at the ICC.
Players are invited to enter the competition. There will be five teams of four players. All those interested in joining a team or presenting a full team - please contact John Clinkenbeard at  johnclinkenbeard@gmail.com.  
For those of you just wishing to participate as spectators there is plenty of room (and a bar) where you can root for your team and learn about a fascinating Scottish sport.  Join us!
Monday, June 9
6pm-9pm
The Coyotes Curling Club
2202 W Medtronic Way
Tempe, Arizona, 85281
Cost
CSA Members - $10
Non-CSA Members $15
Spectating Only?  FREE!
Plus!
There will be a brief Curling 101 Workshop by our own Caledonian Society experts Don & Pearl Finch
The winning team will receive the very first Caledonian Society of Arizona Curling Award.
Come have some fun with us and we'll see you soon!
Sincerely,
Mark Clark, CSA President
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2014 ARIZONA COLLEEN/ROSE LEAVES FOR IRELAND

Sarah Hines, a 27 year old young professional working at the Arizona State Senate. She is an active member of CROFT, a reenactment group that exhibits the way of life during the Renaissance. She has been a representative in Ireland for the Friends of St. Patrick Center in Down Patrick, Ireland. She is an avid volunteer with her church and friends. She loves dancing. She is very excited to represent Arizona this year as the 2014 Arizona Colleen & Arizona Rose!
Sarah will be heading to Portlaoise, Ireland on May 26th to compete in the Regionals for 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival.
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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