Persistent in Greek-American society

through June 30

Online – Health and Religion, a series of online courses organized by the Prolepsis Institute in collaboration with the Hellenic Association of Medical Students in Greece and under the auspices of the Faculty of Medicine of Athens, started on November 4 and will run until June 30. The courses are supervised and coordinated by Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and Lecturer in Surgery at Harvard Medical School Dimitrios Linos. Professors of medicine and other schools and universities including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Duke, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and well-known Greek physicians, theologians, and writers participate. Lectures include a patient’s “spiritual history” and its importance in daily clinical practice and the curative management of chronic diseases with Archbishop John Kokakis on June 16 and Medicine as Eucharist with Bishop John Ziziolas on June 30. More information, including detailed program of presentations and speakers, is available online: All courses are also available on YouTube: The Church of Greece Radio Station and The National Herald are the communicative sponsors of the courses.

2-4 June

Lowell, Massachusetts – The Greek Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, 25 Father John Sarantos Way in Lowell, hosts its Greek Festival Thursday, June 2, 5-9 p.m., Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 12-9 p.m. Enjoy Greek food and desserts, Greek beer and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, guided church tours, raffles and more. Rainy or sunny. Free entry and parking. Entertainment includes live Greek music, dance and children’s activities. More information is available by phone: 978-458-4321 and online:

3-4 June

BOISE, ID – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2618 Bannock Street in Boise, hosts its Greek Festival on Friday, June 3, 5-9 pm, and Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Enjoy Greek food and desserts, church tours, live Greek music and dancing, as well as dance lessons. More information is available by phone: 208-345-6147.

June 4

NEW YORK – The Greek American Writers Union, the Greek Writers Guild of America, and the Greek-American Project of Queens College, CUNY, present a program of poetry and music at the Revelation Gallery and Garden Wine Reception in St. John’s. In The Village, 224 Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, New York, Saturday, June 4, 6-9 p.m. Celebrate Greek Independence Day in June!

4-5 June

NEW YORK – Teatro Gratacello in association with Battery Park City Authority presents Giulietta e Romeo, written by Riccardo Zandonai, and directed by Stefanos Koroneos, General Manager and Artistic Director of Teatro Grattacielo, on Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June, 9 p.m. The famous Greek soprano Eleni Calenos will sing the role of Juliet. Greek fashion and fashion designer Tasos Protopsaltou curates collections and costumes. Greek-American mezzosoprano Melina Jaharis will sing as Isabella. The performances are part of the New York Festival. More information and tickets are available online:

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church is hosting its Greek Festival June 4-5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. It features a range of homemade and traditional dishes, prepared using fresh ingredients from cherished family recipes. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. The classic Greek sandwich, the gyro, will be served, as well as specialties from the oak barbecue: souvlaki, lokanico (homemade Greek pork sausage), and lamb chops. Two new items introduced to the menu this year are fried calamari and french fries. Menu items from the ovens will include: moussaka, dolmades, spankopita, and tirupets. Fresh salads and delicious spreads will also be available. Wine, beer, soft drinks and water are available for purchase. Enjoy lokumades, traditional baklava, and other great homemade treats. Entertainment includes Greek music and traditional dance. More information is available by phone at 805-546-8337 and online:

June 5

NEW YORK – The Federation of Greek Societies in Greater New York for Greek Independence takes place on Fifth Street in Manhattan on Sunday, June 5, at 1:30 p.m. More information is available online:

June 6

Oceanside, NY – The AHEPA classes at Long Island’s second annual Golf Outing take place Monday, June 6 at The Golf Club at Middle Bay, 3600 Skillman Avenue in Oceanside. Round tee-off at 10 am, lunch at 12 noon. Join us for a day of camaraderie and fun! You can buy a ticket online as a single golfer, $160 per golfer that includes breakfast, lunch, beer, and refreshments, or as a sponsor of this event. Auction, raffle, and prizes are also available as well as a chance to win $25,000 in a single hole. Register as a Golfer or (Multiple Golfers) and/or to be an Online Sponsor: Email the golfer(s)(s) and/or name and level of care: More information is available via telephone: AHEPA Babylon Chapter 416: 917-705-0056 or Constantine Cassis Chapter 170: 516-468-5472.

June 8

NEW YORK — New York-based Greek composer and instrumentalist Pericles Canaris is back performing live for the first time after the pandemic with a powerful message in concert Wednesday, June 8, 7 p.m., at Peter Norton Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway in Manhattan. The party’s title, Up for Air, refers to the vital need to reconnect with society through music, after a long period of isolation. Canaris dedicates this ceremony to the outgoing Consul General of Greece in New York, Dr. Konstantinos Kotras and his tenure. Canaris will donate a portion of ticket proceeds to Doctors Without Borders and their humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine. The concert is presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in New York. the tickets: More information about Pericles Kanaris is available on their website:

June 9-12

WHITESTON, NY – The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, 11-05 150th Street in Whitestone, hosts its annual Greek Festival June 9-12. Enjoy Greek hospitality and delicacies, souvlaki, pastitsio, cheese and spinach pancakes, Cypriot delights, Greek pastries and the famous lokumades. Greek music, vendors, raffles, games and rides are also available. Hours of Operation: Thursday, June 9, 6-10 p.m.; Friday, June 10, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, June 11, from 3 to 11 p.m.; And Sunday June 12 from 3 to 9 pm. More information is available by phone: 718-767-2955.

June 10-12

DANBURY, CT – The inaugural Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road in Danbury, is hosting its 41st annual Greek Festival June 10-12 featuring traditional Greek food, sweepstakes, and activities. Enjoy Greek food and pastries, souvlaki, gyros, pastitsio, lamb, baklava, and many more traditional Greek favorites. Entertainment includes Greek music, dance and games for children. Hours of Operation: Friday, June 10, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 11 June at noon – 11 pm; And Sunday, June 12, from noon to nine in the evening. More information is available by phone: 203-748-2992 and online:

June 12

Monachie, NJ – The Hellenic Federation of New Jersey hosts its ninth annual Awards Gala on Sunday, June 12, cocktails 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., at The Graycliff, 290 Moonachie Avenue in Moonachie, NJ. This event honors educator Demosthenes Triantafello with the Aristotle Award, Consul General of Greece in New York Dr. Konstantinos Kotras with the Alexander the Great Award for Community Service, U.S. Congressman Frank Balloni with the Alexander the Great Award for Public Service, Dr. Panos Stavrianides, Nikitas Mostakas, Esq, and Anna Zalokostas With meritorious service award. The event also includes the presentation of scholarship awards. Please respond to invitations to attend before 9 June. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information, contact Federation President Elias Eliades, MD, by phone: 856-722-9351 or email: More information, tickets and online sponsorship opportunities: