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Volume 2 Issue Two

Oktoberfest Special

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Westcoast German News ŠWestcoast German News Elke Porter

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Table of Contents

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, Liebe Leser/Leserinnen,

This edition will be the start of a series of “specials”: Letter from the Editor Introducing the S-Bahn Band General Consul Josef Beck San Diego’s Oktoberfest El Cajon Recipe for Oktoberfest Vancouver Oktoberfest Events Big Bear Lake Expands! Oktoberfest Posters German Schools 2015/2015 2015 Calgary Oktoberfest Why Oktoberfest?

2 September - Oktoberfest Oktober - Laternenfest 3 November - Nikolausfest December - Weihnachten & Sylvester (New Year) 4

For those of you who do not know me, I am Elke. I was born in Toronto, ON and came to BC at age 2. At age 5, I started attending the Surrey 5 German Language School, where I finished nine years later. In 1995, my husband and I moved to Sydney, Australia, where I managed to get 6 a job as an “Authorised Supervisor” of the Preschool of the Johannes Gutenberg German School. 7 In the year 2000, we came back to Vancouver. In 2005, I opened 8 up a nanny agency for Germans, Swiss & Austrians, but that didn’t pan out, although was a great experience. Finally, in 2007, I began 9 my first issue of “German Voices Vancouver Newsletter”, which 10 morphed into Westcoast German News as you see it today. Putting a magazine together is a lot of hard work. I create content, sell ads, find 11 subscribers and am always actively seeking sponsors who like the idea of a German-Canadian publication, which is a unique, one-of-a-kind 15 product that exists no where else on earth! 5

Living the Dream!

15 Just recently an article appeared on how German Churches are dying and someone wrote underneath “Good riddance.” But those German Important Contact Information 16 churches were once replacement families for the lonely, a kind of combination community centre and extended family. They were a place Letters to the Editor Welcome! you could get a job, find a place to live, celebrate German holidays and admin@westcoastgermannews.com meet other people that spoke German. I think it is just too bad they didn’t stay relevant and are offering a “museum approach to German Culture” as someone so colourfully expressed. That is why I am hoping to have at least this magazine as a small replacement, where people can learn about events, people, places and things Austrian, German & Swiss. Realizing that you are not alone as a German Speaker, although you are living in a city of millions, like Vancouver or Portland, or Los Angeles. Finding out where you can find that local German culture that will make you feel at home. Welcome! Sei herzlich Willkommen! Your publisher/editor, Elke Porter

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Introducing the S-Bahn Band I would like to start this edition of Westcoast German News by mentioning my favourite German band: S-Bahn. Singer & accordionist Richard Tyce founded the S-Bahn Band in Vancouver in the early 90’s. With a diverse and eclectic repertoire, the S-Bahn specializes in Oktoberfests both in Canada and the US. Highlights include the “Fall Crawls” during which the S-Bahn tours the Oktoberfest circuit. The S-Bahn plays Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at the Mount Angel Oktoberfest at 9:30 pm in the beer garden/Biergarten. This venue is Directions the newest “Festhalle” and it includes a hardwood dance floor. Since this year is the 50th Anniversary of the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, they Mount Angel lies approx 40 miles south will feature a special brew made for the occasion by one of Oregon’s of Portland & 17 miles north of Salem. craft beer brewers, Ninkasi. On Saturday they will be playing during the Kirkland is located on the eastern annual “Keg Tapping Ceremony” that you won’t want to miss. Their last shores of Lake Washington, just 12 performance will be Sunday at 4:30 pm. http://www.oktoberfest.org/

miles east of Seattle via the I-90 or the I-520 Evergreen Point floating bridge, Kirkland is a three day authentic München-style Oktoberfest. It requires and 20 miles from SeaTac International a ticket and you must be 21+ with valid ID. Live German music Starting Airport. To get to downtown Kirkland on Friday, September 25th, the S-Bahn will play in the Festhalle at take 405-N and exit 85th Street. Leavenworth is approx 4 hours from Vancouver, BC: Continue to Fraser Delta Thruway/Oak St N/BC-99 S. Take I-5 S to US-2 E/Hewitt Ave Trestle in Everett, USA. Take exit 194 from I-5 S Continue on US-2. Drive to Evans St. To get to the Victoria Edelweiss Club from Vancouver, simply take the Swartz Bay, BC - Tsawwassen, BC ferry (you may want to book ahead) and continue onto Patricia Bay Hwy/BC-17, which becomes Belleville St/BC-17 after a sharp right. Turn left onto Oswego St and turn right onto Niagara St.

5:30 pm to 7 pm, as well as at 9:15 pm to 11 pm. There will be live German music, traditional foods, games, contests and more included with your admission ticket. And apparently, Drinking, dancing and swaying arm in arm under the Big Top Tent. And they mean BIG. 140 feet of long tables, sizzling Oom Pah Pah and imported German beers. http://www.oktoberfestkirkland.com/ The next Oktoberfest is in Leavenworth, Washington. The Leavenworth Oktoberfest is always the first three Friday & Saturday’s in October. Free transportation in Leavenworth, live music, German food, arts and crafts, and activities for the whole family (oh yeah and did we say “beer”?). The S-Bahn start at 6 pm at the “Spass Platz” until 7:45 pm on Friday, October 2nd. For more info, visit: http://www.leavenworthoktoberfest.com/index.html A Victoria tradition, S-Bahn will be hosting 2 days of Oktoberfest with shows by the Victoria Edelweiss dancers. You’ll experience traditional Oktoberfest and musical styles while dancing and drinking to the music of S-Bahn. S-Bahn shows on both Friday Oct 23 and Saturday Oct 24. For more info and tickets call Mona Jane at 250.380.9158. www.victoriaedelweiss.ca Other events include the Wurstfest (Texas) November 6 to 8th, 2015 in New Braunfels & the Bradner BC Beerfest on November 28th, 2015. Prosit! ©Westcoast German News Elke Porter

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General Consul Josef Beck Consul General Josef Beck is happy to be in Vancouver. I arranged to meet him to ask a few questions about him and his work here in Vancouver, to share with my readers. 1. What were some of his postings? After graduating from the University of Göttingen in economics, Josef Beck started working for the Department of Foreign affairs in Bonn. In 1982, he worked at the German Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. Between 1984 and 1987, he worked at the German Embassy in Kinshasa, the capital of The Republic of Zaire, a central African state, now known as the “Democratic Republic of the Congo. After working at the NATO Dapartment in the Foreign Office, Consul Beck worked in Quito, Ecuador as Deputy Ambassador. He then joined the political department of the German Embassy in Washington, DC. After this posting he became Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles for five years. He moved to Prague to head the Economic Section ot the German Embassy. From 2008 to 2011, Consul Beck was Director for the Andean Countries in the Foreign Office. Recently, from 2011 to 2014, he served as Ambassador of Germany in Jamica, with responsibility also for the Bahamas, the Turcs and Cacos and the Cayman Islands. He worked one year in the World Bank on climate change, before coming to Vancouver. Consul Beck has a great interest in climate change and feels that this is today one of the biggest challenges for all countries. Germany’s Energiewende or energy turnaround initiative aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increments starting at 40 per cent by 2020 or up to 80-95 per cent by 2050. Consul Beck hints to the great importance of the 2015 United Nations Cimate Change Conference, whose objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on fighting climate change (Nov 30th to Dec 11th, 2015). He feels that the outcome of this Conference will greatly impact on the future of all countries including Canada & Germany. 2. Where will he reside and what made him choose this location? Consul Josef Beck lives in West Vancouver as it is close to downtown and allows him to fulfil his social obligations in a lovely setting. 3. Where is he from in Germany and where does he consider home? Consul Beck was born between Lake Constance and Black Forest in Bärenthal, a small village in southern BadenWürttemberg, Deutschland. He still likes to visit his home state and travel around the area to visit friends and family at least once a year. 4. How is he planning to celebrate the 3. of October this year? Consul Josef Beck plans to keep the venue of the Shaughnessy Country Club the same and hopes to offer a worthy reception to honor the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany. 5. Will he be attending the “Deutscher Platz” celebration? Yes, I have gladly accepted the invitation to take part in the celebrations.

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Consul General Josef Beck (con’t)

San Diego’s Oktoberfest El Cajon

Oktoberfest in El Cajon is a family-friendly festival promoting traditional German culture, including entertainment provided by our popular band 6. What do you like best about GuggenbachVancouver? Buam, who join us from BadenVancouver has always been in the top Württemberg, five places to live in the world, and ever Germany. Enjoy since a visit here a couple of years ago, I folk dances, have understood why. games, and contests, check out vendor and craft stands, let your youngsters go crazy in the Kids’ Fun Zone! On Saturday nights, the clubhouse is also 7. What message would you pass on open for dancing (8 pm to midnight), also with live German music. to the German Community in your geographic area of responsibility? On Saturday, October 3, at 4:00, join us for our opening parade and ceremonial “Tapping the Wooden Keg.” On Sunday, October 4, we hold The mission of a diplomat is generally our wacky Chicken Hat Day, with a chicken hat contest in the afternoon, for defined by his government. It is basically laughs and prizes! twofold that is keeping his government informed on important developments and Taste authentic German food such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato salad, the realities in his host country and explain potato pancakes, sauerkraut and red cabbage, plus a tasty variety of German the realities, developments and policies pastries and pretzels. Soft drinks and adult beverages are sold, featuring a of his home country to his host country. fantastic selection of German beers on draft, plus wines and a full bar. Take More specifically this means to show that a chance on our raffle giveaway, with frequent door prize drawings, plus a Germany is an open and modern country grand prize of a round-trip flight for two to Germany! striving to be a responsible member of the international community. Bring your family and invite your friends to join you at the real German Oktoberfest in El Cajon! For more information please phone (619) 442-6637 Where: German American Societies of or visit www.OktoberfestElCajon.com. Follow us on Facebook for updated information and crowd San Diego conditions (Friday and 1017 S. Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA Saturday nights). When: October 2-4 and 9-11, 2015 The Annual Deutscher Platz Event will take place Sunday, Sept 27th 2015 at 2 pm on 29th Avenue & Atlin Street, adjacent to Slocan Park, in the area of Vancouver known as “Renfrew Heighs”. www.deutscherplatz.org (also known as the German Canadian Heritage Plaza).

Fri 4-10 PM; Sat noon - 10 PM; Sun noon Until then… Prost! - 9 PM Cost: Adults: donation of $5+; under 21 & all active military: free. Parking is also free. Or use our FREE shuttle service at the El Cajon Transit Center! Contact: (619) 442-6637 or www.OktoberfestElCajon.

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Recipe for Oktoberfest 1.

2. 1. Take as many pretty girls as you can get. 2. Add a mountain of beer ( preferably imported from Germany). 3. Encourage visitors to bring appropriate costumes. 4. Teach the audience all the right dance moves. 5. Ensure at least some activities for the next generation. Don’t forget the Bratwurst! Eat. Drink. Repeat.

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Vancouver Oktoberfest Events

2015 EVENT DETAILS

JUST IN CASE! Rent or buy traditional German Outfits in Vancouver! Over 100 different dirndl dresses & Lederhosen available. Give 1-2 weeks notice and make an appointment to find your favourite! EMAIL: TheRealBavarian@gmail.com PHONE: 778 688 7648 http://germanyinvancouver.com/

Start with the Whistler Village Beer Festival held September 16th to 20th - http://www.gibbonsevents.com/. During the last few days of that event, make your way to the Steam Whistle Oktoberfest held in the Alpenclub on September 19th - http://www.steamwhistle.ca/oktoberfest/. Wait another week to experience the start of the Vancouver Alpenclub’s own Oktoberfest September 26th - http://www.ticketweb.ca/snl/VenueListings. action?venueId=31535&pl=/. Finally, spend time at the Harvest Haus from October 1st to 11th - http://www.harvesthaus.com/. After all the adults have finished their parties, you can take your children to the “Oktoberfeier Family Day” also held at the Vancouver Alpenclub. In between all of these events, you could also visit the annual “Deutscher Platz” celebration Sunday, September 27th at 2 pm and celebrate the Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit). “Ernte Dank” is Oktober 4th in Germany & October 12th in Canada while Halloween is another occasion to dress up in your German garb and drink beer! Fall has something for all ages in the German Community!

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Big Bear Lake Expands! The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest begins Saturday, September 12 and runs for eight consecutive weekends through Saturday, October 31. The weekend festivities takes place at The Convention Center located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Oktoberfest kicks off with American’s Hero weekend on Saturday, September 12 offering free admission for all past and present military, fire fighters and law enforcement officials. The first three weekends admission on Saturdays is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), and $8 for children 12 and under; Sunday admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and children 12 and under FREE. The next five weekends general admission on Saturdays is $18 for adults, $14 for seniors (62+), and $9 for children 12 and under; Sunday admission prices $9 for adults, $7 for seniors with children 12 and under FREE. The Oktoberfest Unplugged event on Friday, October 16 is $124 per person, which includes a five-course pairing meal, entertainment, a commemorative one-liter stein, and free admission for Saturday and Sunday’s (October 17 & 18) Oktoberfest celebrations. For more info: www.BigBearEvents. com or call 909-585-3000. For a Free Visitors Guide, log on to http:// w w w. b i g b e a r. com or call 1-800-424-4232.

Photo: Dan McKernan

Photo: Dan McKernan

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif./ August 18, 2015 – New at this year’s Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is an additional outdoor biergarten (beer garden), an extra weekend and enhanced promotions. The new beer garden, called the Warsteiner Buden Strasse Biergarten, was constructed to offer patrons a more comfortable social area with additional beer service and outdoor seating. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, now in its 45th year, is Southern California’s number-one ranked Oktoberfest. This year an extra weekend has been added for a total of eight consecutive weekends starting Saturday, September 12 and ending October 31. “The additions and improvements continue to keep Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest rated Southern California’s number one Oktoberfest, and at the forefront of top-ranked Oktoberfests in the nation,” said Monica Marini, director of The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake. “We continue to change with the times, but more importantly we always stand true to deliver a genuine Bavarian-style celebration.” Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest prides itself as the closest thing to the original celebration in Munich, Germany. Big Bear Lake is situated in an Alpine environment with evergreen trees, mountain vistas, and a town-square village that reflects the scenery and heritage of the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest serves the very same beer poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest! To top it off, dance troupes perform customary dances, the bratwurst and knockwurst is from a German butcher in Los Angeles, and fresh apple strudel is delivered weekly from a German bakery in Downey! -Con’t on Page 9©Westcoast German News Elke Porter

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Oktoberfest Posters Call +1 604 277-4300 today!

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Adds Biergarten, Extra Weekend and Promotions One of the major attractions that set Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest apart from other Southern California Oktoberfests is its engaging non-stop entertainment, wacky German antics and special contests. A new stage was added in 2013 to give festival goers more entertainment and keep a lively atmosphere throughout the festival grounds. This means the main indoors stage and recently expanded outdoors stage simultaneously provide live entertainment throughout the day and into the evening. Back by popular demand is the Franken Power Express Band direct from Hammelburg, Germany. The band combines a unique blend of traditional German polkas and American pop music. The Franken Power Express Band performs September 19, 20, 26, 27 and Oct 2 – 4. The Express Band, performs the opening weekend (Sep 12 & 13) and the remaining weekends through October 31. Fun competitions and contests at Oktoberfest include log sawing, stein carrying, shoot & yodel, a version of beer pong, and stein holding. Children’s fun and games include pretzel eating contests, kiddy mug holding matches and Midway carnival-style games. The Chicken Dance is the definitive favorite dance at Oktoberfest and always amusing. Every weekend expect to see a huge dance floor filled with hundreds of revelers clucking away to the Chicken Dance. Oktoberfest Unplugged returns for a special engagement on Friday, October 16. This special event treats patrons to an inside look at the early days of Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest and its 45-year old history through storytelling, song and dance. The intimate Friday evening event presents a fine dining experience with a five-course German dinner paired with a variety of German beers and spirits.

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German Schools 2015/2015 Vancouver Westside German School http://www.vwgs.org/ Christine Spreter Location: Junior (Tuesdays) Lord Kitchener Elementary 3455 W. King Edward Ave. Vancouver, BC V6S 0C7 Location: Senior (Wednesdays) Prince of Wales Secondary 2250 Eddington Dr, Vancouver, BC V6L 2E7 Surrey German Language School http://www.surreygermanschool.com/ Location: Kwantlen Park Secondary 10441 – 132 St, Surrey, BC Axel Rechlin Phone (604) 564-0486 German School North Shore http://www.germanschoolns.ca/ Location: Lynnmour Elementary School 800 Forsman St, North Vancouver Christine Colbow North Star German Academy http://www.northstargermanacademy.com/ Location: Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, BC Claudia Estlin Ph – 604.988.2425 International House Vancouver http://languages-vancouver.com/german_classes.php Tel: (604) 739-9836 / Fax: (604) 739-9839 Email: languages@ihvancouver.com Address: 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3

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Berlitz Learning Centre http://www.berlitz.ca/vancouver-learning-centre/ 1010-789 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6C 1H2 Phone: 604-685-9331

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2015 Calgary Oktoberfest

Alberta Beer Festivals presents the 3rd annual Calgary Oktoberfest September 25th & 26th at the Upper Big Four Building on Stampede Park. “Prost! Calgary Oktoberfest is a celebration of food, community and craft beer! This one-of-a-kind sampling event combines the over 200 year-old German tradition with amazing Alberta craft beer and some of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries,” says Bill Robinson, President of Alberta Beer Festivals. “This is a new take on a very old tradition, and Calgarians have embraced the idea by dressing up in their lederhosen or dirndl, coming out, singing, dancing, and having a great time in support of our charities of choice.”

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Friday, Sept 25th: 4pm to 10pm Saturday, Sep 26th: 2pm to 9pm Upper Big Four Building on Stampede Park

Similar to the original Munich festival which celebrates local beer, Calgary Oktoberfest will feature local & authentic Bavarian breweries. Sample beers like no other with special casks, each holding one of 8 different locally brewed beers just for this event! In addition, some of Calgary’s best restaurants and pubs will showcase their delicious food at Oktoberfest! You can also listen to live authentic Bavarian music by the German Knights Band and dance the night away with Schuhplattler dancers showing you all the right moves.

Tickets available at www.albertabeerfestivals.com, all Calgary and area Brewsters locations and Willow Park Wine and Spirits. Calgary Brewing Beer Culture At Alberta Beer Festivals, we strive to educate our fellow Albertans on all things beer related! Part of what we do is promote craft beer created in our own back yard, in addition to creating a brew culture with positive experiences for everyone.

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Classifieds

Are you an excellent cook who enjoys making Schnitzel and Vanilla Kipferl? Are you working around a schedule, such as postsecondary education or do you have young children at home? This might be the job for you! Germanspeaking is an asset. Must like dogs. This 70-year old Gentleman is seeking a well-groomed, kind, happy homemaker to keep the house beautiful and dust-free, to keep the cookie-jar full and some lovely European dishes – Rolladen, Kartoffelsalat, Bratwurst, Spaetzle, Cabbage – and soups in the fridge. The position is live-out, 3-4 hours a day at least 2 days a week. Flexibility is important, and we are also willing to be flexible with your schedule. We are basically seeking someone who is willing, and helpful and fun and enjoys a good conversation, while working. Please call Gerry at 604 537-5402 to arrange for an interview. $18 an hour. ADVERTISE in Westcoast German News! 1. Full page: $600 9.5 inches high X 7.1/4 inches wide 2. Vertical half-page: $300 9.5 inches high X 3.3/8 inches wide 3. Horizontal half page: $300 4.5/8 inches high X 7.2/4 inches wide 4. Quarter page: $225 4.5/8 inches high, 3.3/8 inches wide 5. 1/8 Page: $200 2.1/4 inches high, 3.3/8 inches wide 6. 5 Lines of Text: $55

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German Canadian Business Association! • • • •

We offer:

One of Many Reasons to Join:

PUB NIGHTS BUSINESS NETWORKING CONNECT WITH GERMANS TRADITIONAL & NEW EVENTS

September is here and we would like to welcome everyone back with the opportunity to re connect at our upcoming Pub Night on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:00 pm. We will gather in a private room at Mahony & Sons: Burrard Landing - #36-1055 Canada Place (Vancouver Convention Centre)

German-Canadian Business Assoc. Box 91462 West Vancouver, BC V7V 3P2 604 836-7477 rebeccalees@shaw.ca Fees are prorated, if you join in the middle of their financial year.

This will be a “ Business Meeting / Social Gathering” style event. Our featured theme on the 15th will be: Please bring your of business cards and as well, you will have the opportunity to talk about yourself and your business for 2 Minutes! This event provides you with the chance to meet new members and bring along a friend or colleague. Attendance fee for non-members is $10.00. There will be door prizes! September 26th is a trip to the Squamish Gondola if sunny!

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Oktoberfest Events 2015 Alberta Calgary Oktoberfest: http://www.albertabeerfestivals. com/events-services/calgary-oktoberfest/ Sept 25th /26th Edmonton Oktoberfest: http://www.albertabeerfestivals. com/events-services/edmonton-oktoberfest/

British Columbia

Oktoberfest By the Bay http://www.oktoberfestbythebay.com/ Oktoberfest Lakeport http://www.oktoberfest-lakeport.com/ Oktoberfest Redwood City http://www.redwoodcity.org/events/Oktoberfest.html Old World Huntington Beach Oktoberfest http://www.oldworld.ws/

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California

Vegan’s Oktoberfest http://www.veganoktoberfest.com/

Alpine Village Oktoberfest - Los Angeles September 11th to October 31st, 2015 http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/oktoberfest/

Oregon

Annual King Ludwig’s Oktoberfest http://www.bcvparks.com/special-events/oktoberfest/ Auborn California Oktoberfest http://www.seecalifornia.com/festivals/oktoberfest-auburn. html Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest http://www.rotaryoktoberfest.org/

Jacksonville’s Oktoberfest http://jvilleoktoberfest.com/ Mount Angel Oktoberfest http://www.oktoberfest.org/ Newberg Oktoberfest http://newbergoktoberfest.com/ Oaks Park Oktoberfest http://www.oaksoktoberfest.com/

Cotati Oktoberfest http://www.cotati.org/events/ Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup http://pacificnorthwestbrewcup.com/

Washington

German American Club of Santa Monica Oktoberfest Sunday, September 8th, 2013 http://www. derdeutschamerikanischevereinvonsantamonica. com/?page_id=124

Fremont Oktoberfest http://www.fremontoktoberfest.com/

Jeanette’s Edelweiss Oktoberfest http://jeanettesedelweiss.com/entertainment/

Oktoberfest Northwest http://www.oktoberfestnw.com/

Monterey Bay Oktoberfest http://www.oktoberfestmontereybay.com/

Oktoberfest at Safeco Field! http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/ticketing/special_ event.jsp?group=oct - Seattle Mariners & Oktoberfest!

Montrose-Verdugo City http://montrosechamber.org/event/oktoberfest/

Leavenworth Oktoberfest http://www.leavenworthoktoberfest.com/

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Why Oktoberfest?

1. Crown Prince Ludwig, was married to Princess Therese of SaxeHildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. 2. The fields were named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s meadow”) in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since. 3. To end the celebrations from the Royal wedding on 17 October, horse races were held in their honor. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest. 4. Munich assumed responsibility for festival management in 1819, and it was decided that Oktoberfest be made an annual event. 5. Activities can include an agricultural show, horse racing, tree climbing, carnival rides, as well as up to 7.7 million litres of beer & local specialties like Hendl, Schweinshaxe, Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl along with Brezen, Knödel, Käsespätzle, Reiberdatschi, Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/ Blaukraut along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda and Weisswurst (a white sausage).

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Living the Dream! When Cora Schupp started her “Masterpiece Floor Maintenance Ltd.” business in 1986, she never dreamed that it would someday lead to her writing a book. Yet in 2015, Schupp published her first work, entitled “Cleaning Up in a Dirty Business“, which references her experiences with the janitorial company she successfully founded and helped run for over twenty years. In 1995, Schupp also founded the “Janitor Room Supply House Ltd,” to ensure she & her clients had adequate, quality janitorial supplies on hand.. When both businesses were sold in 2005 Schupp began offering her accounting and bookkeeping skills to a variety of new clients, including Curve Communications Group Ltd, a PR and Marketing Company. Curve Communications decided to start publishing “How-to” eBooks through a new arm called “The Learning Curve Series”, and Schupp jumped at the chance to write about what it was like to run a successful company with over 100 employees. Her ultimate goal is to inspire young adults and to give them the message that “If you have a dream, you should follow it and not let insecurities hold you back.” Cora’s parents were both from Germany and they had an enormous influence on her life. Lessons learned were concepts like “Being on time means being five minutes early”, “Let your yes mean yes” and “Work first, then play.” Schupp also likes to meet her deadlines, plan well ahead, be organized, precise and detail-oriented. She values cleanliness and still feels the best way to achieve this for her clients is “plenty of hot water and elbow grease.” “Cleaning up in a Dirty Business” is also available on her website or on Amazon. If your goal is to “make money fast by starting a janitorial company,” you won’t want to miss this. Read more on www.coraschupp.com or find it on Amazon: http:// www.amazon.de/Cleaning-Up-Dirty-Business-Janitorial-ebook/dp/ B00U34VLAG.

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Important Contact Information

German Consulate Vancouver http://www.canada.diplo.de/ Vertretung/kanada/en/Startseite. html

Consulate General of Switzerland http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/ home/reps/nameri/vcan/canvan. html Westside German School http://www.vwgs.org/ Deutsche Sprachschule Surrey http://www.surreygermanschool. com/index.html German School North Shore http://www.germanschoolns.ca/ North Star German Academy http://www. northstargermanacademy.com/ home/ St. Mark’s Evangelical Church http://www.stmarkschurch.ca/

Zion Lutheran Church - http://www. zionlutheran.org/german-ministries

Austria Vancouver Club http://www.austriavancouverclub.ca/

Martin Luther Evagenlical Church martinlutherchurchvancouver.com/

The Greater Vancouver German Language Meetup Group http://www.meetup.com/german-21/

Kings Road Mennonite Brethren Church http://kingroad.ca/ German Canadian Business Association http://www.germanbusinessvancouver. com/

German Business Vancouver Meetup http://www.meetup.com/GermanBusiness-Vancouver/ Germans in Vancouver https://www.facebook.com/ germansinvancouver

Swiss Chamber of Commerce http://www.swisscanadianchamber. com/

Westcoast German News Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ GermanBusinessCulture

German-Canadian Benevolent Society http://www.gcch.ca/

German Business Association https://www.facebook.com/ GermanBusinessVancouver

Victoria Edelweiss Club http://www.victoriaedelweiss.ca/ Vancouver Alpenclub http://vancouveralpenclub.ca/wp/

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Vancouver Christmas Market http://vancouverchristmasmarket.com/

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Westcoast German News  

Westcoast German News is for German-speakers living on the west coast of Canada and the US. This issue is our "Oktoberfest Special". Next...

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