BEO to Screen Jai Alai Blues
This Friday the Basque Educational Organization's Film Series continues with a special screening of Jai Alai Blues, a documentary about the story of Jai Alai "through its most iconic characters." Aitor Inarra will host the series and will introduce the film. The event will take place this Friday, May 5th at 7:300m at the Basque Cultural Center and admission is free. For more information about the film visit the BEO's website, or to watch the trailer, click here.
Fresno Basque Festival
The Fresno Basque Club will start off this year's Basque Festival season with its annual picnic this Saturday, May 6th at the Campos Brothers Farms (venue change) beginning at 11am with mass. After mass there will be a BBQ lamb lunch. Cost of the tickets is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. After lunch attendees will be delighted by performances by the club dancers, klika and a parade. The evening will include a public dance to the music of the Jean Flesher band. On Sunday, Basque Breakfast will also be served at the Santa Fe. For complete information please see their festival poster here. Or visit them on Facebook.
Etxauzia: Euskaldun Bat, Euro Bat Campaign
We have been contacted by the folks at Etxauzia in Baigorri, Behe Nafarroa. Etxauzia, or the "Navarran's home," is a castle located in Baigorri that has a thousand-year-old history, which is currently owned by a couple in Florida. The couple is now interested in selling the property and so this organization was created with the intention of buying it, and preserving it for generations to come. To this end, they have launched the campaign "Euskaldun Bat, Euro Bat," meaning if every Basque donates 1 Euro, then enough funds will have been raised. The hope is to purchase the castle and open it to the public through promoting the local economy and supporting Basque culture and heritage, as well as strengthening ties with Basque people around the world, and welcoming those from the Diaspora to Etxauzia. A representative from Etxauzia will be in the states from May 26th till June 4th attending both Bakersfield and San Francisco picnics, in order to present the project and be on hand to answer any questions. For more information on the project itself, visit their website, or if you'd like to make a contribution to the effort, click here. To see views of the property, watch this film on YouTube.