Finnish American Cultural Activities, Inc.
P.O. Box 580708
Minneapolis, MN 55458-4708

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Tervetuloa! Welcome to FACA!

The Finnish American Cultural Activities (FACA) group of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) invites you to join our active schedule of programs and activities. FACA programs are free and open to the public. They take place on the third Friday of each month from September to May. An exception is December, when for the last several years we have joined with other local Finnish groups to hold a pre-Christmas event, Joulu--Magical Finnish Christmas.

FACA is a nonprofit educational organization that offers programs with a rich ethnic flavor: literature, music, travel, food, the immigrant culture and contemporary Finland. It is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Americans of Finnish ancestry.

Sad News

Beth Jarvis, the long time graphic designer of the FACA newsletter, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 16. Beth has been doing the graphic design for the newsletter since 2003. Following is obituary information about Beth from the Duluth News Tribune.

Beth R. Jarvis, 64, of Crystal, Minn., passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Beth was born on April 22, 1952, to Art and Rose Jarvis of Kettle River. A 1970 graduate of Barnum High School, Beth earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. Beth combined her writing talents with her love of gardening and earned a master's degree in horticulture in 1992. Beth was employed by the University of Minnesota Extension Service as a Project Coordinator where she also trained Master Gardeners.

Beth was very proud of her Finnish heritage and was serving as a graphic designer for the Finnish American Cultural Activities newsletter at the time of her death. Beth was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking, traveling, and genealogy. Beth will be deeply missed by her brother, Sid (Deb) of Duluth; nephew, Ben (Kirstin) of Stillwater; niece, Rebecca (Greg Lohman) of Minneapolis; nephew, Daniel of Duluth; and numerous family and friends. CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 1, in the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7835 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park. (763) 560-3100. A private burial will take place at the West Branch Cemetery, Kettle River, later this summer.

New Calendar Items

In this area, we will post new calendar items that we hear about during the summer. The next Uutiset will be mailed in September.

Our next program will be Friday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.


International Institute of Minnesota
1694 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN. Check here early in September for more information.

FACA Event Cancellation Policy

If St. Paul public schools are cancelled due to bad weather, then a FACA event scheduled for that day will also be cancelled. FACA members may contact any Board member if they have a question about whether an event is cancelled.

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