SFBCC's Euskal Etxeko Jaialdia This Weekend
This weekend join in the festivities at the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center celebrating its annual Euskal Etxeko Jaialdia August 24-26th. This event also coincides with the NABO Pilota Finals so the weekend promises a little something for everyone. The event will begin on Friday night with Women's Paleta Semifinals, Men's Class B Paleta Goma Semifinals, and Women's Paleta Goma Finals. Saturday's tournament activity will begin at 8:30am and will run all day until 6pm when there will be cocktails with entertainment provided by Pantxoa Carrere, formerly half of the renowned duo Pantxoa eta Peio, and the Ibarla Taldea from the Basque Country. Dinner is at 7pm followed by a dance again to the music of Carrere and the Ibarla Taldea. Sunday's event begin will mass celebrated by Aita Lastiri with the Elgarrekin Choir, Klika including 22 members from the Aldude/Urepele Klika, and the Zazpiak Bat Dancers. After mass, lunch will be served at 1pm, with a concert by Pantxoa Carrere and the Ibarla Taldea beginning at 4pm. For complete information including meal prices, and how to RSVP, click here.
Colorado Euskal Etxea Annual Picnic
In hopes of giving everyone plenty of time to plan, we wanted to let you know that the Colorado Euskal Etxea will celebrate its annual picnic on Saturday, September 8th, in conjunction with Diaspora Day, at Clement Park Shelter C, from 12:30-5pm. Join them for an afternoon of food, fun and friendship with a performance by special guests, the Gauden Bat Dancers from Chino, CA. The menu will include lamb, chicken, chorizo, Basque beans, bread, cheese, salad and dessert. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Please RSVP by September 1st by emailing: email@example.com. For complete information including meal prices, click here.
Basque Diaspora Day Approaches
As you all may remember, the Basque Government designated September 8th as Diaspora Day last January. The date was chosen after receiving several suggestions from Basques around the world, and because it coincides with the first circumnavigation of the globe, in 1522, by a crew led by Juan Sebastian Elkano who was from Getaria, Gipuzkoa. The hope is, by designating a day dedicated to the Diaspora, activities organized would make the Basque presence around the world more visible. In this its first year, the Basque Government would like to know how your club or Basque community is going to mark this date. Lehendakari Urkullu will be holding his own event at the Lehendakaritza on September 8th where he'd like to share what's happening around the world. If your Basque club or community is planning an event, please share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven't planned anything yet, you still have time. This video sums it all up "The Basque Country lives in you." Ondo ospatu!