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News and Events Archive: 2015
Karen New Year 2754
Please join us for the celebration of the 2754 Karen New Year! This celebration is a time for the Karen to reflect on the success and failures of the past year and to look forward to the year ahead. Events such as these are both an important reminder of Karen traditional culture and history as well as an opportunity to develop lasting friendships between Karen and other community members. This year, the event will be held at Washington Technology Magnet School (1495 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55117) on Saturday, December 27th from 9-6pm. A full schedule of events is as follows:
9am-6pm: Volleyball Tournament in the Gymnasium (ongoing)
10am-12pm: Main Program
12-1pm: Free Karen Meal for All Attendees
1-3pm: Resource Fair
1-5pm: Singing Competition
Event:Free Tax Clinic When: Friday, February 13th and Friday, February 27th, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue's volunteer program will be hosting 4 free tax clinics at the KOM office to assist our community members with filing their taxes. The clinics will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on four Fridays in February and March (2/13, 2/27, 3/6, and 3/20) to ensure timely and accurate filing. Interpreters will be available to assist community members with limited English abilities. Interested persons can come to KOM or call our main line at (651)788-7593 to sign up for one of the clinics. Appointments are required.
Please join us for an open house to celebrate our recent move! The event will take place on Tuesday, March 31st from 3:30 to 6:00PM. We will begin the celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and short program followed by a tour of our new office and a casual reception. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Maureen Rafferty at (651) 202-3112 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Watch the video of the event above and view photos of the event on our Facebook page.
On Tuesday, March 31, we celebrated our move to our new office building in Roseville with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. Many community members and supporters of KOM attended, including Roseville Mayor Dan Roe and St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Kramer. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a brief reception was held where attendees were able to tour the office and meet the staff members.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Open House! We appreciate your continuing support as we start to build strong relationships in the community of Roseville.
Jungle to Jungle Performance
When: Thursday, May 28th, 7:00pm Location: Harding High School, 1540 6th Street E, St. Paul
Jungle to Jungle is back! On Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m., Karen students in KOM's youth program at Harding High School (1540 6th Street E, St. Paul), will give an original performance of their journey from Burma to the United States fusing acting and parkour together. Once again, Dangerous Productions is facilitating the event. The performance will be held in the gym and is open to the public.
Art in the Hollow
When: Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Swede Hollow Park, 615 Seventh Street E, St. Paul 55106
Some of the women in KOM's weaving group will be selling their weaving art at the Swede Hollow Park Art Fest on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Swede Hollow Park (615 Seventh Street E, St. Paul 55106). The women will be among more than 50 visual and performing artists displaying their work! Learn more about the event here.
Twin Cities World Refugee Day
When: Saturday, June 20 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Avenue, St. Paul
KOM will have a table at the Twin Cities World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 20 from 12 to 5 p.m. at Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Avenue, St. Paul). Come by to show your support of Karen people in Minnesota and all other refugees who have resettled in our state! The day will be full of cultural performances, education and food from all ethnic groups who have made Minnesota their new home. Learn more about the event here.
Karen Soccer Tournament
When: Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day Where: 1554 Timberlake Road, St. Paul, MN 55117
The Karen Culture Organization of Minnesota (KCOM) will be hosting a soccer tournament on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day to fundraise for the Karen Wrist-Tying Ceremony (learn more about the ceremony below). The tournament will be held at the soccer field near 1554 Timberlake Road, St. Paul, MN 55117.
Come cheer on the teams, or register your soccer team to participate by July 14! Only 24 teams will be accepted and the registration fee is $300. The 1st place team will receive $2,500 and the 2nd place team will receive $1,000. For more information, contact Chit Htoo at 651-621-0635 or email@example.com or Dah Salween at 651-600-6024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANCE TOGETHER Performance
When: Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. Where: Rosetown Playhouse Show Tent, 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 55113
Mark your calendars for a free performance of Karen traditional dance by local youth at the Rosetown Playhouse Show Tent (2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 55113)! The DANCE TOGETHER performance will be held on Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m.
The performance will be the end of a month-long dance production hosted by the Rosetown Playhouse for youth ages 13 to 19. Four days a week, students will meet to learn hip hop, modern and Karen traditional dance. Members from the Karen Culture Organization of Minnesota (KCOM) will teach youth Karen traditional dance during this time.
When: Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day Where: Como Park Senior High School, 740 Rose Ave. W St. Paul, MN 55117
On Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, the Summer Karen American Youth Education Conference will be held at Como Park Senior High School (740 Rose Ave. W St. Paul, MN 55117). At the conference, youth will learn about Karen history and culture, gain helpful tools to prepare for college, and build leadership skills. The conference will be hosted by Saint Paul Public Schools, the Karen Parents Advisory Council and the Karen American Organization.
The conference is open to Karen youth of all ages. To register, please email email@example.com or download a registration form here. For more information or questions, please contact one of the following individuals: Saw Nay Htoo (651-354-9768), Saw Htoo Aye (210-857-0435), Saw Kaw Moo (252-288-9830) or Mysa Dah Gay Paw (718-207-2556).
Karen Wrist-Tying Ceremony
When: Sunday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Washington Technology Magnet School, 1495 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55117
Join the Karen Culture Organization of Minnesota (KCOM) for a traditional Karen Wrist-Tying Ceremony on Sunday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Washington Technology Magnet School (1495 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55117). There will also be a Karen Don Dance competition at the ceremony.
The purpose of the ceremony is to attend to the well-being of the people by keeping their spirits and bodies connected. This is done by using various ritual items that the elders give to the younger ones. The ceremony is a special cultural and spiritual event within the Karen community that is celebrated all over the world. Learn more about the history and details of the ceremony here.
Karen Martyr's Day Celebration
When: Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 Where: To Be Determined
Save the date! On Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, the Karen Community of Minnesota (KCM) will host a Karen Martyr's Day celebration. The location and time is to be determined.
On Saturday, a ceremony will be given to honor and remember people who gave their lives to protect the Karen from the Burmese army. There will be speakers and a traditional Karen Don dance. Following the ceremony, there will be volleyball and soccer competitions both days. Learn more about the history of the celebration here.
Karen Language Class
When: Thursdays starting September 10, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: KOM Office, 2353 Rice Street, Suite 240 Roseville, MN 55113
Are you interested in learning how to speak Karen language? KOM is excited to announce that we will begin teaching our first-ever Karen language class on Thursday, September 10! The 12-week class will be held every Thursday from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the KOM office (2353 Rice Street, Suite 240 Roseville, MN 55113).
This class is open to service providers, volunteers, and anyone else who is interested in learning the Karen language. There is a one-time cost of $25 to register for the class. Please contact Lisa Gibson at 651-202-3113 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or learn more.
5th Annual KOM Gala
When: Wednesday, October 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Hamline University's Anderson Center
On two days in November, KOM and Fairview Health Services will host FREE flu shot clinics for Karen people and other refugees from Burma. Below are the dates and locations of the clinics:
When: Sunday, November 1, 11:00am - 12:30pm and 2:00 - 4:00pm Where: Trinity Karen Baptist Church (2220 Edgerton Street, St. Paul, MN 55117)
When: Sunday, November 15, 10:00am - 2:00pm Where: Ebenezer Karen Baptist Church (499 Wacouta Street, St. Paul, MN 55101)
The flu shot clinics will be conducted by nurses from Fairview Health Services and between 300-500 people are expected to receive flu shots at each clinic. Please bring an ID and insurance card for registration (no fees will be charged). Karen interpreters will be available.