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  • 1981 Martial Law – Interview Subjects Needed for an Anniversary Research Project
    This year will be the 40th anniversary of the imposition of the Martial Law in Poland on December 13, 1981. For all who lived through it, including the Polish News editor, it was a terrible shock. Many people died, thousands of Solidarity activist went to jail, and countless lives were broken. The military coup crushed
  • Roy “Wojtek” Koczarski Has Died
    Roy “Wojtek” Koczarski, a long time member of the Polish community, and notably the architect taking care of the Polish Home, died on April 26, 2021 of old age with his family by his side. Wojciech Koczarski was born on February 7, 1929 in Lwów, then a major city in Poland, now Lviv in Ukraine,
  • New Polish Theatre Group in Seattle
    Paulina Phung has launched a new initiative at the Polish Cultural Center with an audacious goal  to start a theatre! She is organizing a theatrical group and calling on all theatre enthusiasts – actors, makeup artists, set designers, script writers and more to get in touch with her.There is a history of a children theatre, a
  • No Consular Visits To Seattle Anytime Soon
    The Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles does not plan a passport visit to Seattle before or during summer 2021; the program to visit different cities has been suspended since spring 2020. A consular visit in the fall is a possibility, but it’s not decided yet – it would come to pass only if
  • Call For Videos: Polish Festival Seattle 2021
    Polish Festival Seattle will have a livestream video on the Festival day, July 10, 2021 showcasing traditional Polish costumes along with dance, music and other activities. We invite members of the Seattle Polish community and also our PNW neighbors to submit short videos that go along with this summer’s costume theme or just show off
  • UW Courses Accessible to the Public in Spring
    The spring quarter at the University of Washington brings again courses that can draw people interested in Polish language and culture. As usual, seniors 60+ can register to listen to these courses for a token fee (in range of $10)  through the UW Access Program. Notable courses include: Second-year Polish with instructor Krystyna Untersteiner; the coursereinforces the
  • Polish Social Security ZUS for Polish Americans
    Poland and the United States have an agreement about Social Security systems for their citizens; Poles living in the USA can receive Polish social security benefits managed by the Polish state insurer ZUS as well as American benefits. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ZUS moved to online its 2021 consultation tour of American cities for the
  • Visit COVIDWA.COM for Vaccine Appointments
    Situation changes quickly indeed! Our last week tips how to find a vaccination appointment are already obsolete. The vaccination site in Wenatchee and Kennewick are still available, but there is a better way to find an appointment provided by local tech volunteers. Their new WA COVID Vaccine Finder site aggregates information from different places offering
  • 2021 Contest “BE A POLE”
    The Wspólnota Polska Association and the Świat na Tak Foundation in Poland invite children and teachers from Polish schools abroad to the 2021 edition of the annual contest “Be a Pole”. The students can prepare a work of visual art, a short poem or essay in Polish or a video clip illustrating one of the
  • Help With a Tribute to Martha Golubiec
    Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association (SGSCA) is preparing a presentation about Martha Golubiec’s contributions to the SGSCA and its programs. She was a co-founder of the organization. Please share your pictures, stories, fun facts, video clips and other memories that can be used in the tribute to Martha.More: Please contact the SGSCA President, Zbigniew Konofalski. Read Martha’s obituary.
  • Mrs. Martha Golubiec Has Died
    Mrs. Martha Golubiec, a longtime member of the Polish community, died on January 22, 2021 in Seattle after a long illness. Bursting with energy and ideas, she was a community pillar since the 1960s till recently. During this time, she initiated, spearheaded or contributed to many of the developments that were crucial to the community
  • AD: Job Offer at Marek’s Bakery
    Marek’s Bakery and Deli is Now Hiring! Needed: an event person to sell Pączki at events and farmer markets.  Must be 21+ because some of our events are in a brewery. Send resume to [email protected]
  • PHA Annual Meeting and Elections
    Due to the pandemic and state wide restrictions on public gatherings, the Polish Home Association election season is different than usual. As election procedures evolve and keep changing, the following is a list of most important aspects of this year’s annual meeting and elections as of January 14, 2021. Usually, the elections for different officer
  • Polish Home Dining Room & Bar Opening Postponed Again
    Taking into account the current pandemic situation, the Trustees and Officers of the Polish Home Association decided to postpone the opening of the dining room and the bar at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski till further notice.
  • UW Courses Accessible to the Public in Winter
    The winter quarter at the University of Washington brings again courses that can draw people interested in Polish language and culture. As usual, seniors 60+ can register to listen to these courses for a token fee (in range of $10)  through the UW Access Program. Notable courses include: Second-year Polish with instructor Krystyna Untersteiner; the course is
  • No Consular Visits To Seattle For Now
    Update in January 2021. There are still no visits planned for the nearby future. You have to fly to LA to file an application in person. You can also fly to Vancouver, BC, but you cannot currently drive there from Seattle. To schedule a visit, use the online reservation system System Zdalnej Rejestracji (e-konsulat.gov.pl) In
  • Flights To Poland and EU Under COVID-19 Restrictions
    While American citizens cannot enter the EU countries, you can fly to Europe on a different passport, such as a Polish one. There are two ways to do it: on regular flights or “rescue” flights. For regular flights, it’s the usual. You can book a flight on a regular airline such as Delta using your
  • PHA Membership Renewal and Elections
    December and January is usually an election season for the Polish Home Association (PHA) in Seattle with the annual meeting on the last weekend of January. The pandemic complicated things this year, but what I hear from PHA is that elections will happen by mail with the virtual meeting of members on Sunday, January 31,
  • Polish Schools and COVID-19
    The local Polish Schools in Bellevue and Seattle are adapting to the difficulties created by the pandemic with their school year starting around mid-September. There is also a recommendation for an online school in Poland. Szkoła Polska im. Ks. J. Twardowskiego w BellevueThe School will have all the classes online, which is the same way the