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Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:22


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CELEBRATION of BOOKS. . . FATHER MAXIMOS of SIMONOPETRA will speak on March 16, 17 and 18 at Holy Apostles Church.  His subjects will be “The Distracted Life”… “The Buried Seed” … and…”The Prayer of the Heart.”  For further info, call 708-562-2744.

Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:56


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ELIAS VENEZIS (1904-1973) is the pseudonym of ELIAS MELLOS who was a novelist and short story writer born in Asia Minor where he lived for the early part of his life.  He was the son of Michael D. Mellos and Vassiliki Giannakou Bimpela.   The family fled to Lesbos, Greece during the First World War to escape persecution but returned to Ayvali in 1919 after the Greek army landed in Asia Minor in the aftermath of the great war.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:06

Circus Day at Solon

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St. Demetrios Solon Morning Program's Pre-Kindergarten students concluded a month of fun events with a day of circus fun. All students participated by dressing-up, games, face-painting, circus was an eventful day! Director/Pre-K teacher Peggy Kontos enjoyed the day with her very own circus performers. Solon Morning Program is located at St. Demetrios Church in Chicago. 773.561.5992.

On February 15 the "Aristotle" Greek Saturday School  visited the National Hellenic Museum. The school is a part of the Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos church in Niles, IL and offers an excellent program to Greek and Greek American students. The school has classes from Prek - 8th Grade. We promote the  greek language, culture and history. Ελάτε να μάθουμε Ελληνικά μαζί!

Monday, 03 March 2014 13:24

Greek film to open Chicago's EU film festival

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CHICAGO—Imaginative Greek satire The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, a look at the dark side of celebrity, headlines this year’s 17th Annual European Union Film Festival (EUFF) at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Film concerns an iconic TV anchorman who fakes his own kidnapping while planning to reemerge to glorious acclaim. From his hideout in a shuttered luxury hotel, Paraskevas resorts to increasingly desperate measures to boost his waning fame.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Anthony C. "Tony" Kyriakopoulos, who faces a primary challenge on March 18, is grounded and guided by his ethnic and neighborhood origins. It's with him every day at work. In fact, his old church basketball court sits literally within his court-room chambers and serves as an ever-present symbol providing strength and perspective. More on that in a bit. At various times during his life, this first generation Greek American has worn many hats. There's young Anthony, Tony, husband, dad, and Judge Tony. The latter currently sits in the Chancery Division, hearing cases mostly involving mortgage foreclosures and mechanic liens, with a docket ranging from 6400 to 8400 cases. Judge Tony also presides over marriages and civil unions, including more than a few Greeks over the years. Appointed in 2010 by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the vacancy of a retired judge from the 10th Judicial Subcircuit, Judge Tony was initially assigned by the Chief Judge to Traffic Court. While there, he also presided over preliminary hearings and misdemeanor matters beyond traffic.

Friday, 28 February 2014 09:29

New Exhibit Opens This Weekend at NHM

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On Sunday, March 2, the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago's Greektown will open its newwest exhibit, "Threads of Tradition."

Greece has one of the most varied selections of traditional costumes in Europe. This exhibit highlights why these costumes remain an important element of official Greek celebrations, festivals and national holidays, as well as inspire contemporary fashion designers from around the world.

The National Hellenic Museum is America’s only national institution that interprets the American experience through the history of Greek immigrants, and the contributions of Greek Americans to the American mosaic, while celebrating their rich Greek history and culture and the profound impact of their Hellenic heritage upon the world.

The museum is located at 333 S. Halsted Streer in Chicago's historic Greektown. For more information, call 312.655.1234.

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation (PHSF) is pleased to announce that Pete Zervakis, a Multimedia Journalist for the ABC affiliate, WKOW -TV in Madison, Wisconsin will be the Emcee at the June 14, 2014 Awards Ceremony and Gala. Pete, originally from Darien, Illinois, is a past PanHellenic Scholarship recipient who graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with highest honors. Prior to making the move to Madison, Pete was a Multimedia Journalist/Weekend Anchor at WXOW- TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

"We are delighted that Pete will be this year's Emcee.  Since his graduation, he has distinguished himself as an outstanding journalist with great potential. Pete personifies how our scholarship recipients excel to not only have successful careers, but also to be meaningful contributors to society and remain faithful to their Hellenic heritage. As our own product, we are proud to have Pete be a part of this year's event " says Chris P. Tomaras, Chairman and Founder of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation.

Pete began his broadcasting career at the U of I as a student reporter and anchor for the university's cable television station. He also reported for both the sports and features desks at The Daily Illini, an independent student-run newspaper.  Pete covered the Fighting Illini varsity baseball and football teams before serving as the paper's first ever health and wellness columnist.     

Since moving north, Pete has covered the campaign stops of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Governor Scott Walker's historic recall election and subsequent victory.  His reporting has been honored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin, which awarded Pete a Golden Gavel Certificate of Commendation for his television coverage of the Eric Koula double murder trial.  

"To have the opportunity to Emcee this year's PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala is a tremendous honor and privilege," Zervakis said. "The work the Foundation does is incredible. I look forward to playing a part in honoring some of America's brightest Greek American students," he added. 

When not covering a breaking news story, Pete enjoys working out and cheering on his favorite sports teams, especially English Premier League soccer squad Chelsea FC. His co-workers and friends also consider him to be the most fanatic supporter of the Greek National Soccer Team in the entire state of Wisconsin.  Pete also likes reading political news and history books, and is fascinated by Alexander the Great. Pete Zervakis has maintained strong ties to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Homer Glen, his home parish as well as the Greek communities of Wisconsin and the Chicago area. 

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation expresses its appreciation to Pete Zervakis in accepting the invitation to be the Gala's Emcee.  Please plan on joining Pete and the members of the PHSF for the Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala, "Challenging Times to Meaningful Lives ", Saturday, June 14, 2014, Hilton Chicago.  More information about the event will be forthcoming, so please stay tuned.            

COURTESY: PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

Friday, 21 February 2014 16:26

Mark your calendars for 1821—A Celebration

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CHICAGO—Greeks in the Windy City will descend upon the National Hellenic Museum on March 22 for one simple reason—to party like its 1821. The Greek Star is proud to be one of the sponsors of the upcoming event: 1821—A Celebration. This social event, is a chance to mix, mingle and celebrate Greek Independence Day. 1821—A Celebration begins at 8pm with a DJ performance by Global Sound. There is a $20 charge at the door with appetizers and a cash bar. So mark your calendars to attend one of Chicago's most anticipated Greek social events. more info at Zito Hellas

Seattle, WA—Seattle-native Athan Dumont is taking on the world, one song at a time. The local finance student-turned-musician started his singing career with humble beginnings at an early age by singing within his church. His latest achievement: covering the recent ballad “Say Something” by Brave New World featuring Christina Aguilera. “I didn’t anticipate much from the song but I am excited with the feedback that I’ve gotten and would love to continue to pursue music as a full-time career. “ said Dumont.

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