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Welcome to The Irish Cultural Center
Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 02:21 AM MST
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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

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

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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
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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

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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

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Cascadia Irish Music Week
Aug. 10-16, 2014
Camp Casey Conference Center
Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington
Contact: Diane Murphy 206-851-4658
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
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presented by Woodcarving Master, Yo Takimoto
Saturday, May 31, 2014
10:00am - 12:30pm
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
$40 Per Person
($35 for JFG members)
All Material Provided
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!
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.
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 

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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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Join us for a FREE Documentary Film Screening
Operation Thunderbolt:
The Israeli Rescue at Entebbe
June 10th
at 7PM
RSVP to: 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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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, 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
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We are pleased to announce the release of our "Desert Fare Cookbook" - a wonderful gift suggestion for family and friends - and one for yourself  Students from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler and Sacred Heart School in Tullamore, Ireland have created a cross-cultural cookbook as part of a Sister Cities relationship between Chandler, AZ and Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland.  Make popular Irish dishes from recipes straight from the Emerald Isle along with Southwestern flavored family favorites from Chandler!  Chandler's rich history is reflected in the culinary contributions and stories from our residents, both present and past.  Tullamore students photographed their authentic dishes and supplied a history of Tullamore.  Over 100 recipes have been published - definitely a cookbook of diverse culinary delights!
The Cookbooks are priced at $20, with a discounted price for 6 or more.  Orders are accepted on our website,, either paid with a credit card or by downloading a form and mail the payment.  The form is also attached.  The book(s) will be promptly shipped directly to you.  Our cookbook will also be available at designated locations in Chandler and at any of our events.
The mission of the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities group is to cultivate and maintain a strong reciprocal relationship between the cities of Chandler, AZ and Tullamore, Ireland; to encourage cultural understanding, community involvement, and economic development.  Our collaborative cookbook represents the first of our student-based activities.
For further information, please contact Chairperson and Board Member, Jill Johnson, at, or President, Ellen Harrington, at (480) 600-8509, or
So, on behalf of the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, thank you for considering purchasing this Cookbook, and we hope you will enjoy the history and tastes of Chandler and Tullamore!
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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.