Hanford, California Catholic Church Suffers Vandalism
We would like to extend our sincere sympathies and support to Aita Lastiri and all the members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church community in Hanford, California. Their church was horribly vandalized and suffered fire damage on Sunday night, May 30, 2016, while Aita Lastiri was in Bakersfield serving the Basque community there. There will be a special mass offered by the Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of Fresno on Friday night, June 3rd, at 7pm when the Bishop will also bless the church. Everyone is invited to join them. To read more about the tragedy click here. On behalf of everyone at NABO, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ontario, Oregon Basque Club Recent and Upcoming Events
Memorial Day weekend was busy for Ontario, Oregon Basque Club. On Friday, members headed to local cemeteries in Ontario and Vale to place ikurrinak on the graves of all deceased Basques. This tradition began a few years ago when Josephine Echanis Keim, owner of the former Basque boarding house in Ontario asked the club for help in decorating the graves of the sheepherders who had lived at the boarding house who had no one left to remember them. The club extended the remembrance to all Basques, many of whom were also US military veterans. View photos here.
On Saturday, the club held its eleventh annual mus tournament. Winners were Antonio Larrocea and John Lejardi. Second place went to Ray Maxwell and Simon Landa. Photos of the mus tournament can be viewed here.
On Saturday, June 4, the club will participate in America's Global Village Festival in Lions Park in Ontario. The Basque village will sell chorizo sandwiches, paella, and chees and chorizo pintxos, and cream puffs. The Beti Alai dancers will also perform. The festival will open with a parade of nations at 11:00 am. Other culturesthat will participate include Japanese, Mexican, German, Scottish, African, Hawaiian,and American Pioneers. View photos of the 2015 Basque Village here.
San Francisco Basque Club Picnic
The San Francisco Basque Club will be hosting its 56th Annual Basque Picnic on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Petaluma Fair Grounds. Doors open at 9am with mass beginning at 9:45am celebrated by Aita Lastiri accompanied by the Elgarrekin Basque choir, Klika and dance groups. At noon there will be a BBQ lamb lunch, followed by performances by the Zazpiak Bat Klika, Zazpiak Bat Dancers and Los Banos Dance Group. There will be txorizos for sale in the afternoon. For complete information including prices and directions to the venue click here.
Encyclopedia of Monuments Dedicated to Basque War Dead
We were contacted by the Bayonne Society of Science, Arts and Letters who has conducted research on monuments dedicated to the war dead from the First World War in 158 municipalities in the Basque Country. The result of this research is an illustrated book, a kind of dictionary, where the war dead in each village are referenced. This work was conducted to commemorate the centennial of World War I and serves to pay tribute to each individual whose name is carved on the monument. The book is expected to be published by September of 2016, and cost of the book is 45 Euros. As a limited number will be published, you are encouraged to contact them and let them know of your interest. An order form is available here, or you can email them at the Editions Koegui.