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ONLINE – Health and Religion, a series of online courses organized by the Prolepsis Institute in collaboration with the Hellenic Society of Medical Students of Greece and under the auspices of the Athens Medical School, began on November 4 and will continue until June 30. are supervised and coordinated by Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Lecturer in Surgery at Harvard Medical School Dimitrios Linos. Professors of medicine and other schools and universities, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Duke, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as well-known Greek physicians, theologians and writers attend. Lectures include Perspectives from a Jewish Physician with Marta Herschkopf on June 2, “The Spiritual Story” of the Patient and Its Importance in Daily Clinical Practice and Therapeutic Management of Chronic Disease with Archbishop John Kokkakis on June 16, and Medicine as Eucharist with Metropolitan John Zizioulas on June 30. More information, including the detailed schedule of presentations and speakers, is available online: www.healthandreligion.gr. All courses are also available on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3AZgQpL. The Church of Greece Radio Station and the National Herald are the course communication sponsors.

MAY 27-29

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, 43816 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, is hosting its Greek Festival May 27-29. Enjoy Greek cuisine, pastries, cooking demonstrations and church visits. Entertainment includes Greek music and dancing. Opening hours: Friday, May 27, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday May 28, 11am-11pm; and Sunday May 29, 12-11 p.m. More information is available by phone: 248-335-8869 and online: http://www.yassoogreekfestival.com/.

NOVATO, CA – The Greek Orthodox Church of the Nativity of Christ, 1110 Highland Drive in Novato, hosts the Marin County Greek Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29. Enjoy Greek cuisine and specialties, YiaYia and Me cooking demonstrations, Greek music and dance, Byzantine Chants lectures and church visits. Opening hours: Friday, May 27, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. More information is available by phone: 415-883-1998 and online: https://bit.ly/39nezLy.

MAY 27-30

CLEVELAND, OH – The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 2187 West 14th Street in Cleveland, is hosting its 50th annual Greek Festival May 27-30 Hours: Friday, May 27, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, noon-midnight and Monday May 30, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation located in Cleveland, Ohio in Tremont. Enjoy homemade Greek specialties and authentic Greek cuisine like stuffed grape leaves (dolmades), moussaka, pastitsio, lamb shanks, and the ever-popular gyro and souvlaki. Grab some imported beer and wine, too, then head to the bakery for delicious homemade baklava, loukoumades, and kourambiedes. Entertainment includes live Greek music and dancing. More information is available by phone: 216-861-0116 and online: https://www.tremontgreekfest.com/.

JUNE 2-4

LOWELL, MA – The Greek Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, 25 Father John Sarantos Way in Lowell, is hosting its Greek Festival Thursday, June 2, 5-9 p.m., Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 12-9 p.m. Enjoy Greek cuisine and desserts, Greek beer and wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, guided church tours, raffles, and more. Rain or shine. Free entry and parking. Entertainment includes live Greek music and dancing and children’s activities. More information is available by phone: 978-458-4321 and online: https://bit.ly/3LwWaJl.

JUNE 3-4

BOISE, ID – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2618 Bannock Street in Boise, is hosting its Greek Festival on Friday, June 3, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Enjoy Greek dishes and desserts, church tours, live Greek music and dancing, and dance lessons. More information is available by phone: 208-345-6147.


NEW YORK – The Greek-American Writers Association, the Greek Writers of America Guild and the Hellenic American Project of Queens College, CUNY, present a program of poetry and music at the Revelation Gallery and a wine tasting in the garden of St. John’s in the Village, 224 Waverly Place in New York’s Greenwich Village, on Saturday, June 4, 6-9 p.m. Celebrate Greek Independence Day in June!

JUNE 4-5

NEW YORK – Teatro Grattacielo in collaboration with Battery Park City Authority presents Giulietta e Romeo, composed by Riccardo Zandonai, and directed by Stefanos Koroneos, general and artistic director of Teatro Grattacielo, on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5 at 9 p.m. The role of Juliet will be interpreted by the famous Greek soprano Eleni Calenos. The Greek decorator and costume designer Tasos Protopsaltou takes care of the sets and costumes. Greek-American mezzo-soprano Melina Jaharis will sing the role of Isabella. The performances are part of the New York Festival. More information and tickets available online: https://bit.ly/3LDRjpL.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church is hosting its Greek Festival June 4-5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Alex Madonna Exposition Center, 100 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Offering a range of homemade and traditional dishes, prepared using fresh ingredients from popular family recipes. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. The classic Greek sandwich, the Gyro, will be served, as well as oak BBQ specialties: souvlaki, loukaniko (locally made Greek pork sausage) and lamb chops. Two new menu items offered this year are Fried Calamari and Greek Fries. Oven menu items will include: Moussaka, dolmades, spanakopita and tiropites. Fresh salads and delicious spreads will also be available. Wine, beer, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase. Sample traditional loukoumades, baklava, and other wonderful homemade items. Entertainment includes Greek music and traditional dances. More information is available by phone at 805-546-8337 and online: https://www.greekfestivalslo.com/.

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