By gaabi, 2019-06-23
By gaabi, 2019-06-19
By gaabi, 2019-05-16
Bryn Seion Welsh Church SUNDAY, 23 JUNE 2019
84th Annual Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh Singing Festival)
Come and join your fellow Cymru in an American-Welsh tradition, singing together in Welsh at the oldest Welsh church west of the Rockies for the 84th year of this event. Bilingual song books are available with phonetic pronunctions of Welsh language lyrics. This is a lovely family event in the country, limited seating is available inside the church building itself and more outside on the lawn. The Gymanfa is conducted in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a wonderful Welsh high tea served in between.
Located at 22132 S. Kamrath Road, Beavercreek, Oregon 97004
Celebrating 135 years in Beavercreek, Oregon
Whether you have Welsh heritage or not, you will be very welcome at this cultural event.
11:00 AM: A TRADITIONAL CHURCH SERVICE
Enjoy lunch at one of several restaurants nearby.
2:00 PM: THE FIRST SESSION OF THE GYMANFA GANU
Eryl Aynsley, director; Geneva Cook, organist;
with musical guests, The Phoenix Choir.
4:00 PM: The ladies of the church will serve a bountiful Welsh Tea
($12.00 adults, $5.00 for children under 18)
6:00 PM: THE SECOND SESSION OF THE GYMANFA GANU
Jamie Webster, director; Geneva Cook, organist.
For more information, e mail: brynseionwelshchurch@gmail.
Mail: Bryn Seion Welsh Church, PO Box 484, Beavercreek, OR 97004
By gaabi, 2018-10-02
By gaabi, 2018-04-29
Team Unlimbited are two men in Swansea, Wales who are doing something lovely and amazing, which you can see below. You can find out more and be part of contributing to this incredible effort on their website herehttp://www.teamunlimbited.org/
By gaabi, 2018-02-06
A few years ago, our family started making St David’s Day about doing “the little things” by doing some volunteering, in addition to having a special dinner and/or pub night.
We did things like spend a couple hours on a walk picking up litter, get something needed by a homeless person (coat, sleeping bag, a meal or lift to a medical clinic), help an elderly person in our neighborhood run errands or do things like change lightbulbs or rake, walk a neighbor’s dog, etc.
There are probably lots of things we can all find to improve our communities or our immediate environments in small and simple ways to make things better, like even just picking up litter. We can do something alone or organize an activity with friends and family.
If you like animals, see if a rescue or shelter or even a zoo near you could use some help. A school or library may have a program to help refugees or other people in the community learn the language or customs or a group to provide company and conversation to the elderly. A local school may need help with a project.
If you’d like to find organized volunteer opportunities, Volunteer Match lists all kinds of organizations that need help around the world, including in Wales and the rest of the UK, in Canada, in the US, in Argentina and other countries. Check whether your city or country has a site like this with local volunteer opportunities.
If you’re in Canada, Volunteer Canada may list opportunities with organizations looking for help.
In the US, try Volunteers of America
This year, for us, St David’s Day is on a school day and we’ve got two students in our house, so we’re looking for things to do after school, before going out to get some sausage rolls for all and beer for the adults!
In our city, Portland, Oregon USA, Hands On Greater Portland is looking for volunteers to help the elderly and disabled do grocery shopping in the morning.
Also in Portland, Kindred Hospice is looking for volunteers who can play an instrument or sing to share music with hospice residents at the end of their lives.
Of course, we can also all just look out our windows or walk out our doors and think about what we might want to do.
Whatever you do, Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!
Rimrock opera company in America will perform Joseph Parry’s Blodwen (the first Welsh opera) – yn Gymraeg! [in Welsh!]
By gaabi, 2018-01-16
By gaabi, 2017-11-29