This weekend would have been the Los Banos Basque Club picnic. Although the in-person activities will not be held, Aita Antton will celebrate Mass and remember the dearly departed of their community. Mass will be celebrated in Merced, California and will be live on Artzai Ona's Facebook Page at 8am Pacific Time. You can find the missal here.
Basque Museum and Cultural Center Youth Art Contest
The Basque Museum and Cultural Center is now accepting submissions for its Youth Art Contest 2021. The theme of the contest is “What is Culture?” and the hope is that participants will show what culture means to them through art. The contest includes five different categories divided by age, and prizes include a free family Museum Admission, ribbons, as well as for cash prizes for the older set for 1st-3rd. Submissions can be made in person at the Museum (611 W. Grove Street) or by email to email@example.com. Deadline to participate is May 1-may 28th. Artwork will also be displayed in the Museum gallery June 8-25th. For complete information, including pertinent submission forms for parents to fill out, please click here.
Gorka Aulestia (1932-2021)
We have learned of the sad news of the passing of Gorka Aulestia. Gorka was best known in the United States for his work at the Basque Studies Program (Center for Basque Studies) teaching Basque as well as creating the first Basque-English dictionary with the collaboration of Dr. Linda White. After completing a Ph.D. at UNR, Gorka returned to the Basque Country where he taught at Deusto University until his retirement. Among his many accomplishments is being named as a “Euskaltzain urgazle” in 1996, and later as an Honorary (Ohorezko) member of Euskaltzaindia in 2010. His publications include the Basque-English Dictionary (1989), The Basque Poetic Tradition (2000), and Escritores euskéricos contemporáneos (2011). Gorka was born in Ondarroa, Bizkaia and was 88 years old. His funeral took place at the Pilareko Andre Maria Church in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Goian bego.
Do You Know Any Basques in Athens or Istanbul?
Kinku Zinkunegi, coordinator of the Euskara Munduan Program at the Etxepare Basque institute has reached out looking for help finding Basques in different corners of the world. Doxa Productions is producing the program “World Square/Plaza” for ETB1, and is travelling to Athens and Istanbul at the end of this month hoping to interview Basque speakers. If you know of Basques in these cities who may be willing to participate, please contact Kinku with their contact information. Aurrez aurretik, eskerrik asko!