For more information:
- Priest Jarmo Tarkki: firstname.lastname@example.org (805)350-1667
- Annina Lukiini-Johnson: email@example.com 619-962-0856
There will be Confirmation Service at May 17th. It will be held in our familiar church Incarnation Lutheran Church in Poway at 4 PM. Address: 16889 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064.
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As the days are getting noticeably longer, most of us long to get out and do something in the fresh air—play a sport, go for a walk, or do something active and positive! There are two upcoming local events where you can do something positive, and you can certainly be active before or after.
On Friday, March 13, 2015, the portable passport machine will be at the offices of the Honorary Consulate. Anyone who needs to apply for or renew a Finnish passport is encouraged to make an appointment. This will probably be the only time this year the machine will be in San Diego; individuals renewing their passports later in the year will need to travel to the Consulate General in Los Angeles or the Embassy in Washington, DC. Interested individuals should call Francisco Soto at (619) 236-9202 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. At present, there are openings in the late morning or afternoon. The Consulate is located in downtown at 1059 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (on 10th Avenue between C Street and Broadway). There are parking meters on the street ($1.25/hour) or a parking lot next door ($10.00 flat rate).
On Saturday April 11, 2015, advance voting for the Parliamentary elections will be held in San Diego. The advance polling station will be at the Hose of Finland (officially, 2212 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101) between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Votes cast in San Diego will be sent to Finland to be included in the official count. Voting in Finland will be on Sunday, April 19th. Voters can also appear at other locations, the closest to us being the Consulate General in Los Angeles. Information on other locations (including dates and times) can be found at the Embassy website: www.finland.org.
There is an exciting opportunity for young aspiring journalists from the West Coast. Applications for the Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2015 are being accepted between now and March 15th. Winning journalists will participate in a three week program starting August 10th. Travel, hotel and most meals are covered. The program is open to aspiring journalists from across the United States, but the sponsors are especially interested in individuals from the West Coast. Applicants must have some media experience (including social media) and be born between 1986 and 1995. Further information and application forms can be found at the Embassy website: www.finland.org.
Kathrin S. Mautino
Hon. Consul, Republic of Finland
It is an honor to lead our House this year, together with a team of dedicated Finns who all want to do their utmost so we can have a fun year. 2015 will be a great year for the House of Finland! We are in the midst of a year-long celebration of the Centennial of our dear Balboa Park. At the same time we honor the House of Pacific Relations, our parent organization, for 80 years of continuous existence in promoting harmony among the nations of the world through the spreading of our individual cultural identity to all the citizens of San Diego; not to forget our many out-of-town visitors. Some of us may also not know that the House of Finland will be 75 years young this year!
In February of 1940, that coldest of winters during the “Talvisota”, the Red Cross and many Finns and other San Diegans came together to put together packages for Finland, and organized the House of Finland to accomplish that. We salute those civic-minded Finns of yesteryear and thank them from the bottom of our heart for our home away from home these many years. We hope and trust they look kindly on our efforts to date. I look forward to a wonderful time together as we celebrate our Vappurieha with the Finnish School, the Ethnic Food Festival which will be a two-day event this year, Juhannus on the lawn, our September weekend program on the stage, and of course the traditional end of year International Christmas Festival. Golf tournaments and cultural outings round out the usual events and plans for the year. Join us also in our new offering of Finnish films directly following the monthly meetings of the HOF, on the first Sunday of the month. These are free to all paid-up members. We have a brand new big-screen TV to show Finnish movies old and new. Popcorn and wine anyone?
Lots going on. There is so much to gain from membership, so do sign up for the simple little obligation of hosting once a year, to showcase our delightful little cottage which gets so much praise; and spread the good word from Finland. Stay tuned to the member announcements appearing in your e-mail inboxes!
The House of Finland (HOF) is a social and non-profit organization. HOF is one of the houses organized under House of Pacific Relations (HPR). HOF promotes and cultivates Finnish culture and traditions. It promotes social activities among its members and provides a meeting possibilities for Finnish people and friends of Finland.
The House of Finland is a Chapter of Finlandia Foundation National.
The House of Finland is part of Finland 100 programme.