Finnish American Cultural Activities, Inc. (FACA)

P.O. Box 580708

Minneapolis, MN 55458-0708

The next FACA program will be Friday, January 15, 2016, at the International Institute of Minnesota, 7:00 p.m. More information will be available shortly after January 1.

Here is the November-December Uutiset

Below the Joulu item, see new December items or additional information about other December events.

Joulu is coming! See information on page 4 of the Uutiset, above. Everyone is invited to the Finnish Community's fourth annual Joulu--Magical Finnish Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Ave., S., Minneapolis. Tickets are needed for the Christmas Buffet--reserve by Dec. 4; all other events free. For information, go to or call 651-270-9784.Joulu--Magical Finnish Christmas is co-sponsored by Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities, Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Minnesota, Finnish American Cultural Activities, AlwaysMod, Minnesotan Suomi-koulu/Finnish Language School of Minnesota, and the Honorary Consulate of Finland, all in partnership with Christ Church Lutheran.

Celebrate Independence Day on Dec. 6. Join the Finnish community for a program and reception to celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m., at Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Ave., S., Minneapolis. The program includes:

A Finnish coffee table and reception follow. Suggested donation: $10 general; $5 Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities members, and students. For information, call 651-270-9784

Finnish film Mielensäpahoittaja (The Grump) showing on Dec. 6. To celebrate the Finnish Independence Day, Minnesota Suomi-koulu will screen the film Mielensäpahoittaja (The Grump) at Christ Church Lutheran at 6 p.m. (following the Independence Day celebration). Starring in the film is Antti Litja, who won the 2015 Jussi Award for Best Actor for his role as "the grump." This movie is in Finnish with subtitles. The showing is free and everyone is welcome.

Happy 150th Birthday, Jean Sibelius--December 8. Jean Sibelius' 150th birthday will be marked on Tuesday, Dec. 8, with formalities, music, and celebrations. Check to see what's happening around the world. 

You are invited....Honorary Consul Marianne Wargelin invites you on Dec. 8, a Finnish flag day, to an afternoon coffee reception, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Honorary Consulate of Finland, 2429 Girard Ave., S., Minneapolis. To mark the occasion, she will announce the launch of Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities' Sibelius Music Fund, and invite tax-deductible contributions to the fund, which will support music and the arts in the Twin Cities. 

Go to Facebook...."Finlandia," "Swan of Tuonela," "Kullervo"--what's your favorite Sibelius music? On Dec. 8, post something on the Minneapolis-Suomi Finland Facebook page about Sibelius--your favorites, interesting facts, personal experience, etc.--to honor the great composer's legacy.

Finlandia Foundation National reports that so far in the Sibelius 150 Jubilee Year more than 230 events across the U.S. were tracked and posted on its website, including concerts, lectures, and other programs. FFN awarded $98,264 in grants to 52 musical and/or cultural organizations to assist them in bringing awareness of the music and life of the Finnish composer to American audiences.

Visit the Nordic Christmas Rooms at ASI. "Myths, Legends, and Fairytales" is this year's theme as the Nordic countries and Russia exhibit their mysterious and enchanting stories of the holiday season. Finland's room, led by Elina Koivusaari, features Korvatunturi, Finland's Santa World on Christmas Eve morning. The rooms are on view through January 10, at American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., S., Minneapolis.

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