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Welcome to The Irish Cultural Center
Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 08:30 PM MST
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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.
Hats Off To Audrey
Grab your prettiest or funniest hat and come to the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central, Phoenix, to wish Audrey Bon Voyage.  The Desert/Tea will be held on Sunday, May 18th from 1 to 5 PM.  Admission is $15. There will be musical entertainment,  a silent raffle for baskets full of goodies as well as a 50/50 raffle.
Gentlemen, you need not wear a fancy hat but you are most welcome.  Please RSVP to Glenda Walker at auntguck@gmail or Sarah Hines at 480 313 8734.
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The Irish Cultural Center needs enthusiastic volunteers willing to share their knowledge of all things Irish with our visitors.  No previous Docent experience is required.  We will provide all the training that is necessary. 
Requirements:  Docents are needed for one 5-hour shift per week from 10 3:00 p.m. The Center is open Tuesday thru Saturday.
Duties:  Leading tours, providing information regarding the Irish Cultural Center, transacting sales in the Irish Gift Shop, and answering phones.
If you are interested in becoming a Docent, please call either Maureen at 480-671-0207 or Anna at 602-524-0207.
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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 and doing a search for “Irish Cultural Center Phoenix AZ” or 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 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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The purpose of PIFD is to promote folk dancing within the community and to welcome new folks who would like to learn folk dancing.
All ages and dance levels are welcome. No partners are needed. Circle, line, couple and solo dances include dances from Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Macedonia, Armenia, Israel, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Russia, United States and more.
Tuesday Night Folk Dancing at Irish Cultural Center at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Instruction is provided by local and visiting teachers. Dances are open to the public. A $3 or  $5  donation per person is requested to help cover expenses. Come dance with us at 7:30 PM when easy and intermediate dances will be taught. At 8:15 enjoy and join in a program of international folk dances. From 9:00 to 10:30 PM, request your favorite dances! 
For additional information,  see our website for schedule, map, special events, and more: or email:  or call
(480) 968-0573.

"PIFD (Phoenix International Folk Dancers) presents
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:30 - 10:00 PM
Irish Cultural Center
1106 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona
Suggested workshop donation: $10
Lee Otterholt is
• A Master Teacher of International Folk Dance, teaching at workshops, festivals and seminars all over the USA and Canada.
• A leader of Folk Dance Tours all over the world.
• A leader of and performer with the International Folk Dance Ensemble "SYRTAKI."
• The lead singer in the BalkanBeat band "ZIMZALA."
You won't want to miss this workshop! Our all-time favorite Lee Otterholt returns for the fifth time on Tuesday, April 22. Lee presented his first workshop for us in 2007. We liked him so much that some of us went to Russia with him in 2008. We have hosted his workshops again in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Lee always brings a variety of dances of different origins and levels, and his teaching style is outstanding. "

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Cristina Pato
Thursday, May 1 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $27.50-$37.50
This Galician bagpiper pushes her gaita to the limit to achieve a vibrant style.
Internationally acclaimed as a Gaita master and classical pianist, Cristina Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to both Galician popular and classical music.  In 1998 Cristina Pato became the first female Gaita player releasing a solo album and since then she has collaborated with world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists (including the Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Arturo O’Farril, World Symphony Orchestra and Paquito D'Rivera). Her unique and powerful style, full of passion and energy, has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “a virtuosic burst of energy” and by the BBC as “the Galician bagpipe diva.” Pato fuses the influences of Latin music, jazz, pop and contemporary music, and uses her artistry and unprecedented virtuosic skill to bring her musical vision to life. Pato is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101).
Tickets/Info (unless otherwise specified): or 480.478.6000

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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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The Irish Foundation of Arizona will meet on Wednesday, 7 May 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
It is time to renew our IFA memberships, they expire on 31 Dec 13.  

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Save the Dates!

April 16 - Celtic Fiddle Festival in Concert - Coconino Center for the Arts
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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. 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

Celtic Fiddle Festival
April 17, 2014
Berger Performing Arts Center

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