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Keeping the Dream Alive, Euripides’ Helen, Stem Cells

Euripides’ Helen at the Getty Villa. . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Dear Readers: When the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) began to plan the celebration of its Frosene 30th anniversary they embraced a theme that embodies Phillips its spirit with “Keeping the Dream Alive.” Editor It is fitting then that they chose two noble men to honor this occasion: The Very Reverend Dr. Leonides C. Contos of Blessed Memory (page 5), founder of the PAOI, and George M. Marcus (page 4), philanthropist, advocate and supporter of the Hellenic spirit. Once again, the Getty Villa presented another beloved Greek treasure at its seventh annual outdoor theater last month with the production of Euripides’ Helen. “Beginning with the first woman,” writes Mavis Manus, “the ancient Greeks believed that female beauty was intrinsically linked to bad character.” Enter Helen of Troy. This HJ spotlight is featured on page 6. Dr. Effie Liakopoulou is a specialist in Hematology with interests in Hematological Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation. Her distinguished career is chronicled this month in Theo Dracopoulos Argue’s column, which you’ll find on page 9. Finally, on behalf of the HJ Board of Directors and Staff, I congratulate our Board member George M. Marcus on his upcoming honor and “keeping the dream alive.” AXIOS!

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Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute presents

Keeping the Dream Alive

PAOI to honor George M. Marcus


By Virginia Lagiss

he Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) will honor Dr. George M. Marcus, Ph.D. for his many humanitarian contributions when it celebrates its 30th anniversary on October 27, 2012. Keeping the Dream Alive will be held at the San Francisco Ritz Carlton Hotel. George Marcus is well known in the world of higher education, leadership and governance. At the age of four, George Moutsanas immigrated with his family from Limni on the island of Evia in Greece to San Francisco, California, where he completed elementary and high school. From San Francisco State University he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Enjoying education, George Marcus also earned degrees from the Harvard School of Owners/Presidents Management Program as well as the Georgetown University Leadership Program. Having founded the Marcus and Millichap Company in 1971, he became a success story. George Marcus is a well-known Hellene who has made many contributions to humanity. He is also a leader

in education; a former 12-year member of The Board of Regents of the University of California, and he has also served on the California State University Board of Trustees. Currently, Marcus is a member of the California State Universities Foundation Board of Governors. George Marcus has supported many educational programs. He promoted to a high degree the International Center for Creative Arts at San Francisco State University, as well as a variety of exhibits at the San Francisco Museums. In 1989, he was a generous patron of “Holy Image, Holy Space,” Icons and Frescoes from Greece at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco.

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This exhibit became a very popular one at which the PAOI Women’s Board hosted a special opening night reception. George Marcus is Chairman of the Board for Modern Greek Studies at San Francisco State University. For several years he served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer of the IOCC, International Orthodox Christian Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Orthodox Church in North America. He is a member of Leadership 100. He is also a founder and board member of the Elios Society, a charitable organization for the promotion of Hellenic culture. For his numerous good deeds to give back to the greater community, Marcus has received highest honors. In 1991, he was awarded the prestigious AXION Award from the Hellenic American Professional Society of California for his education, for reaching high goals in his endeavors and for giving back to humanity. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was bestowed on him and he also earned the Elios Cultural Achievement Award and the Patriarch Athenagoras I Humanities Award. In 2006, Marcus chaired the successful Fifth Annual Conference on “The Future of Hellenism in America.” In his opening address he honored his Hellenic roots. In 2008, Marcus was instrumental in organizing the National Hellenic Society to support worthy causes and to provide resources to promote Hellenic ideals. In 2009, Marcus was honored with the AHEPA Archbishop Iakovos Humanitarian Award. He is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Order of Saint Andrew of the Greek Orthodox Church. In 2012, he received the Compassion at Work Award from the IOCC as one of five visionary men selected to receive the inaugural award for their extraordinary philanthropic contributions to the Mission of IOCC and its continued success in the past 20 years. On May 21, 2011, George


George M. Marcus and The Very Reverend Dr. Leonidas C. Contos of Blessed Memory Saturday, October 27, 2012 The Ritz Carlton Hotel, San Francisco Reservations and information: 408.867.9286 or 408.973.1079 .

The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute exists to Educate, Communicate, Promote and Sustain the Traditions, Values, Teachings and Culture of Orthodox Christianity. The Institute advances a strong, effective, highly visible witness of Orthodoxy in the western United States through the Master of Arts in Orthodox Christian studies; offering academic lectures and symposia; housing a Rare Book Room and museum; publishing; sponsoring the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union; offering educational programs to the faithful of the Bay Area, and other activities. The Institute is a member of the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of nine independent seminaries and ten affiliated centers based in Berkeley, California. It is the only independent and permanently endowed Orthodox educational center with a physical presence at a North American university. The Institute is an inter-Orthodox endeavor, representing the diversity of Orthodoxy in America: Albanian, Antiochian, Bulgarian, Carpatho-Russian, Greek, OCA, Romanian, Serbian and Ukranian.

… that excellence is what you must have … Excellence is a habit. It’s what you repeatedly do that sets you apart. So for your success in whatever endeavor you pursue, you must take to heart and be the best you can … and don’t forget to give back.” George Marcus has honored his Hellenic ancestry. With the support of his loving wife, Judy, he became a successful man, a giver to mankind. AXIOS! Worthy of honor. George and George M. Marcus addresses the students Judy Marcus live at San Francisco State University where in Los Altos Hills, he received an honorary degree. California. They PHOTO BY GINO DEGRANDIS have four children and two sons-inMarcus received the Honorary law: Mary Jane (Derek), Demetra Doctorate, the academic world’s highest award, from San Francisco (Blaine), John and Alexandria. State University. In his closing For event information, contact remarks to the graduates at SFSU, Dr. Marcus closed with, “There is Stephanie Scordelis at 408-8679286 or Elaine Frangadakis at 408one ingredient which is necessary for success. It’s interesting because 973-1079. For more details visit both Confucius and Aristotle in different parts of the world said it

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Remembering The Very Reverend Dr. Leonidas C. Contos By Virginia Lagiss


he Very Reverend Dr. Leonidas C. Contos of Blessed Memory will be remembered for establishing the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) in 1981, and for creating an Orthodox presence at the Graduate Theological Union when the PAOI celebrates its 13th anniversary on October 27, 2012. The grand event will be held at the San Francisco Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Very Reverend Dr. Leonidas C. Contos of Blessed Memory was respectfully and fondly called Father Leon by many who knew him. Father Leon is also remembered as the “Prince of Priests” and the “Mighty Oak.” In 1981, Father Leon began to develop the Orthodox Institute in Berkeley, California. At the same time the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley encouraged the Greek Orthodox Diocese of San Francisco to become part of the GTU. Bishop Anthony of Blessed Memory asked Father Leon to organize the Orthodox Institute at GTU. Father Leon, with great vision, developed a vibrant and respected Orthodox Institute at the GTU that exists today as a permanent memorial to his efforts. In 1987, Father Leon was elected to the GTU Faculty. At the same time, the Greek Orthodox Institute on Hearst Avenue, Berkeley announced its new name, The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, which commemorated the centennial birth of the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was a distinguished ecumenist. From ORTHODOXIA, September 1995: “For the PAOI, he was the inspiration that led us to develop the Institute to its recognition as a Patriarchal Institute, a serious center for the study of Orthodoxy and an a ctive/visible witness of Orthodoxy at this vital and ecumenical locale of national and international significance.” Father Leon encouraged women to be active in the PAOI. Paul Manolis, a former director, organized a group of women into what became the Women’s Board in 1988. Helen Lambros, a dynamic individual, organized the Southern California Auxiliary. Both women’s groups are active

and work to raise awareness and funds to support the mission of the PAOI. Father Leon was born in 1920 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He completed his undergraduate studies in Theology at Holy Cross Theological School in Ponfret, Connecticut in 1943. He married Athena Evergates and was ordained to the priesthood in 1944. He has a daughter, Tanya, and a grandson, Alexander. His first parish was in Stamford, Connecticut. Then, he served as Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles, from 1951 to 1965. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Oxford, England Honorary Doctorates were bestowed upon him from the University of Southern California, University of Lowell, University of Bridgeport, and Hellenic College. Father Leon became Director of Communications and Ecumenical Relations for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in 1965, and from 1966 to 1972 he served as President of Hellenic College / Holy Cross Theological School. In 1972 he became senior editor of the “Saturday Review.” In 1979, Bishop Anthony introduced Father Leon to the Parish Council of The Church of The Holy Cross, Belmont, CA, where he served as their new Pastor. During his tenure at Holy Cross, the Church community was very pleased with their beloved Father Leon. They discovered his charismatic personality, as well as his special style and spirit which created a pervasive atmosphere of calmness and dignity that well befitted the perfection that surrounded everything he did: parish ministry, scholarship, teaching, writing and even artistic talents. Before he left Holy Cross in 1989 to serve as Vicar General of the Diocese of San Francisco until 1992, the Belmont congregation honored him at two grand banquets. Among his many honors, Father Leon received the AXION Award in 1983 from the Hellenic American Professional Society of California for his education, his reaching of high goals in his endeavors and giving back to the community at large. In 1993, George Marcus chaired a dinner show at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco to honor Father Leon. For this successful event, Helen Lambros wrote, produced

and directed her delightful “Contosbury Tales” which was performed on stage. Father Leon was a distinguished teacher, author and translator of numerous works relating to Orthodoxy. In 1990, newspapers praised highly the Very Reverend Dr. Leonidas C. Contos for his dignified and erudite service as a translator for Patriarch Demetrios of Blessed Memory during the Patriarch’s visit throughout the United States. Father Leon was President of PAOI, and concurrently served as the first Alexander G. Spanos Professor of Orthodox Studies at the GTU. He stated that to him it was a privilege to teach the riches of Orthodox history to graduate students. In 1995 he became Professor Emeritus. He was member of Leadership 100. When asked how he could accomplish so much in his life, he responded, “I never really thought of trying to achieve anything. I just set out to do the best I could at whatever came my way.” Extolled for his work, the Very Reverend Dr. Leonidas C. Contos, Father Leon as many still call him with love and respect, fell asleep in the Lord in 1995. AXIOS! May his memory be eternal. In 2004 the GTU and the PAOI began offering a Masters Degree in Orthodox Christianity. Today, we are all honored with the presence of His Eminence, Metropolitan Nikitas as Director of PAOI. For event information, call Stephanie Scordelis (408-8679286) or Elaine Frangadakis (408973-1079).


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Getty Villa presents Euripides’ Helen at Outdoor Theater

New adaptation of playwright Nick Salamone and score by composer David O


by Mavis Manus experience of the ancient world. Live performances of classical drama offer insight into the social, cultural and political realities of life in ancient Greece and Rome.

eginning with the first woman, the ancient Greeks believed that female beauty was intrinsically linked to bad character. Therefore Helen of Troy – the most beautiful woman of her day – was accordingly also viewed as the most destructive. The playwright Euripides, however, defied the cultural preconceptions of his time to show Helen as a paradigm not only of beauty but also of virtue.

Euripides’ Helen was the seventh annual outdoor theatrical production at the Getty Villa in September. Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, artistic director of Los Angeles-based Playwrights’ Arena, this production featured a new adaptation by playwright Nick Salamone and a score by composer and musical director David O.

Getty Villa is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. (Left) Euripides’ Helen at the Getty Villa. Left to right: Maxwell Caulfield (Menelaos) and Rachel Sorsa (Helen).

“We are thrilled to have a great cast of talented actors in place and to begin working together on this production of Helen,” said Lawrence Rivera last month. “We are especially blessed to have two featured actors – Rachel Sorsa and Maxwell Caulfield, our Helen and Menelaos – who are as witty and complex as the characters Euripides presents in this remarkable play. I expect

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(Below) The cast of Euripides’ Helen at the Getty Villa. Top left to right: Chil Kong (Theoclymenus), Carlease Burke (Hattie), Melody Butiu (Lady), Natsuko Ohama (Theonoe), Robert Almodovar (Old Soldier), Arséne DeLay (Cleo). Bottom left to right: Jayme Lake (Cherry), Rachel Sorsa (Helen), Maxwell Caulfield (Menelaos), Christopher Rivas (Teucer). that Nick Salamone’s wonderful adaptation will prove a revelation to theater-goers who thought they “knew” Euripides – he never ceases to surprise us!” With his previous play, The Trojan Women, Euripides dealt with the savage results of a war fought for the most venal of reasons. In Helen he asserts that the rationale for the war was faked from the start: an illusion. (By modern extension, the illusion concerning weapons of mass destruction.) A particularly fine performance was given by badly wounded soldier Robert Almodovar, who had the strongest and most effective speech about the pointlessness of war. Charles McNulty of the L.A. Times wrote, “The production, enriched with Adam Flemming’s video design and Mylette Nora’s flamboyant costumes, is a jaunty visual stew.” The Getty Villa’s annual outdoor theater performance is part of an innovative theater program that enhances the visitor’s


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Arts, Events, Lectures & Entertainment 2012 Greek Orthodox Volleyball Myrrh Bearers of St. John Church October 7, 2012 Tournament in San Jose National Church Music Sunday is a day set aside particularly to honor the contributions of local choir members, psalti, and music educators who serve their churches through the hymnology of the Orthodox Church. Each year, on the first Sunday in October (on or after the Feast of St. Romanos the Melodist, the patron saint of church musicians), parishes across the Archdiocese of America celebrate National Church Music Sunday. Additionally the work of the diocesan choir federations is recognized and the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians, who through their music ministry, strive to enhance the development of church choirs, church musicians, and liturgical music at diocesan and archdiocesan levels. Visit events/churchmusicsunday

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Holy Trinity Cathedral Festival Portland October 5, 6 & 7 503-234-0468


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Giorgos Mazonakis presented by Power Muse Productions with special guests Polina Christodoulou and Stelios Maximos. The Westin Bonaventure, 404 South Figeroa Street, Los Angeles, CA. Doors open at 8 p.m. Ticket info: 1-877-6799715 or www.powermuseproductions. com


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St. John the Forerunner Monastery Annual Benefit Dinner at the Civic Auditorium Ballroom, The Dalles, Oregon. Fine dining prepared by the Sisters of St. John’s. 5:30 p.m. For reservations: Spirit of Stewardship – Faith Forward Dinner. Metropolitan Gerasimos honors two individuals from the Oregon and Washington parishes. Assumption Church, Seattle, WA. 5 p.m. Social Hour, 6 p.m. Dinner 425-772-1605 or

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Annual Fall Pan-Orthodox Women’s Retreat hosted by

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Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute: Keeping the Dream Alive. An elegant evening honoring George M. Marcus and The Very Rev. Dr. Leonidas C. Contos of Blessed Memory at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, San Francisco. All proceeds to benefit the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI). For more information on sponsorship opportunities or reservations, contact Stephanie Scordelis 408-867-9286 or Elaine Frangadakis 408-973-1079 Annual Zakynthino Glendi featuring Mythos Band. The event begins at 6 pm with No Host Cocktails and 7 p.m. for Filet Mignon Dinner. Crowne Plaza Hotel 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA. Proceeds will benefit the Annunciation Cathedral Building Fund. Adults – $75 (includes two bottles of wine per table) Children under 12 – $35 Takis Kalogerias 650219-2790 or St. Demetrios Name Day Celebration and Special Program honoring past Parish Council and Philoptochos Presidents will be held at the Church Community Center, 2100 Boyer Avenue East, Seattle, WA. 5:30 Dinner, music and dancing. $25 per Adult, $10 for Children 5 to 12, Free for Youth under 5; for more information.

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he Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco invites your participation and support of the 8th Annual Saint Nicholas Volleyball Tournament in San Jose, California from October 12 – 14, 2012. Teams include the ages of Jr. GOYA (11 – 13 years old); GOYA (14 – 18 years old); Young Adults (18 – 35); and Adults (35 and older). Registrations are still being accepted for teams from Greek Orthodox parishes. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to attend the tournament and admission is free. The addresses for the locations are: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 986 Chapman Street, San Jose; and San Jose City College,

2100 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose. Meals will be available for purchase. It is anticipated that there will be over 300 participants in the tournament. This event offers fellowship amongst Greek Orthodox youth, young adults, and adults. It encourages Christian fellowship, athletics and sportsmanship. All Greek Orthodox parishes are invited to participate in the tournament. Registration forms are available at www.facebook. com/SanJoseVolleyball. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the tournament chairman, George Spilios at 408806-1699 or georgespilios@gmail. com.


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southern california notes By Mavis Manus

“Superstars of Dance.” Preceding the show, the stars gave a complimentary tango lesson.


he American Hellenic Council and the Hellenic University Club organized an Award Ceremony and cultural night honoring our Consul General of Greece in Los Angeles, Hon. Elisavet Fotiadou, for her commitment to the Arts and for her efforts in promoting Hellenic culture. Emceed by Patricia Kara

the community that will bring out all the dance lovers. While we do love Hellenic Culture, we also wanted to add some international flare from a similar culture and present the best they have to offer. The dancers that we picked are famous and extraordinary.

St. Sophia’s new gym was transformed into a dining hall. Mark Yordon of Papa Cristos demonstrated the fine art of Greek cooking. Also present was film director Anna Giotas, who found time to tell the HJ about the official launch of the Greek Heritage Society Fundraising Campaign for Part III of OPA! Our Promise Ascends, which will complete its documentary series – a trilogy highlighting Greek Americans from 1900 to the Present.

“At the same time, we thought it was appropriate to Miriam Larici and Leonardo honor our Barrionuevo of “Superstars of Consul General, Dance” Hon. Elisabeth courtesy photo “Although our Fotiadou as she first documentary, has been a pillar to Alex Mizan, Executive The Pioneers (1900the community and Director of The American 1942), began with a proponent of the Hellenic Council, reports Consul General of Greece Elisavet the oral histories Arts and Hellenic that the event was the idea of of Greek immiHeritage. During her Fotiadou one of our Board Members, courtesy photo grants who tenure here in Los Michael Sarris, and the settled and President of the HUC, Zafiris Angeles, she has been Emcees Patricia Kara and Ariana Gourgouliatos, who are both very supportive of the LA Greek assimilated in southern Savalas Film Festival, has succeeded in California, our story Tango aficionados. “We all courtesy photos had a life of its own and embraced it,” Mizan said. “We cultivating a very good relationship with the Getty Museum and expanded to include chose Tango as a follow up and Ariana Savalas, the evening event to our “Opera” evening that has taken every chance available to the history of all Greek featured a tango performance tirelessly promote the best Greece we hosted last year in the spring. Americans. We have been by “Forever Tango” and showhas to offer.” Our goal is to attract a high calivery pleased that this cased an exclusive tango perforber of people who appreciate art approach has appealed to mance by Miriam Larici and The ceremony took place at and offer something different to immigrants of all cultures. Leonardo Barrioneuvo of NBC’s the home of long time community members Dr. John Romm and “The trend continued Mrs. Helen Romm in Beverly with Part II The Promise Hills of Tomorrow 1940-1960, which begins with the ■■■ Greek American contribution to the war effort Jan and Ted Pastras took up during War II and ends the reins of the 2012 St. Sophia Cathedral LA Greek Fest without with the second wave of Greeks emigrating to the missing a beat. “About 20,000 people flocked to the fest,” reports U.S in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Using privately Jan, “and we had a great success.” uggan’s Funeral Service With dancing to two bands, singer owned video as well as archival war footage we Thanos Petrelis, and an array The Duggan Welch Family enhanced our story and of fine food and wines, she felt right back on track after the year’s were able to reach wider audiences at international hiatus. “Greek Consul General William “Bill” and Steve Welch, the fourth and fifth Elisavet Fotiadou visited on generation Funeral Directors serving San Francisco and Sunday. Other visitors included the bay area Greek Community. Rita Wilson, Nia Vardalis, NFL legend Jim Brown, Patricia Kara Our friendly, family oriented staff are here to assist from ‘Deal or No Deal,’ and Aunt you in your time of need. We are minutes away from Chippy from the Jimmy Kimmel The Annunciation Cathedral and offer many Pre Show.” Arrangement Plans.


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film festivals and national screenings. “In the final film we will explore the influences of successful Greek Americans in business, education, sports, social media and the arts; and look at how dating and intermarriage affected new generations, and at the military experience from Vietnam to Afghanistan. We will also address the question: will our heritage survive, embedded in the framework that we know and love so well as Americans?” GHS hopes that the Greek community will continue to help it tell the story of Greek American history in Southern California. E-mail: info@greekheritagesociety. org or PH: 310-528-8214.

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northwest and pacific notes Pathologists, UK, in recognition of her contributions to the field of Hematology. Dr. Liakopoulou has consulted for government and corporate institutions on Strategy and Health Care Management. She has co-authored several peerreviewed publications and articles. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Washington,” established in 2006. More than 130 faculty members of the Institute dedicate themselves to basic stem and progenitor cell research.

sponsored by the University of Washington Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). On the Hargraves’ return later By this year to the Holy Archdiocese Theodora of Mwanza, in Western Dracopoulos Tanzania, under the leadership Argue of His Eminence Metropolitan Jeronymos, James will conffie Liakopoulou, tinue his work assisting Church MD, PhD, FRCPath, leadership in communications, is Executive Director at translation, and youth ministry. Partners in Personal Oncology He will develop a in Seattle. According to the Church newsletcompany’s online biography, ter and work with “Dr. Liakopoulou is a specialist English-language in Hematology with particular education. As a interests in Hematological registered nurse, Oncology and Stem Cell THE GREEN SHORE Daphne plans to Transplantation. She holds MD Natalie Bakopoulos, help in developing and PhD a native of Michigan, and implementing degrees and recently was in Seattle to health care minhas studied discuss her first novel, istries throughout and worked Author Natalie The Green Shore, at the Bakopoulos the Archdiocese. in Greece, well-known Elliott Bay Photo COURTESY Go to both James’ the UK and U-M DEPARTMENT OF Book Company. Natalie the US. She ENGLISH blog at http:// is a recipient of the has served in Platsis Prize for Work blog/James-Hargrave.html for many medical, in the Greek Legacy as well as more details and to www.ocmc. scientific and of a Hopwood Award and an org about worldwide activities on managerial O. Henry Award. She earned Dr. Effie behalf of canonical US Orthodox capacities, an MFA in fiction from the Liakopoulou Churches. and recently PHOTO COURTESY University of Michigan where completed PARTNERS IN she is a lecturer. The Green GREEK MUSIC PERSONAL ONCOLOGY nearly Shore” is set in Greece during The Honolulu Museum seven years the difficult and unpredictof Art was the location of the as Director of Stem Cell able military junta years. She is September 13 lecture and concert Transplantation at the Christie a lecturer at the University of of “Ancient Sounds of Greece” NHS Trust in the UK. During Michigan. from 800 BC her tenure, Dr. Liakopoulou to 400 AD. TANZANIA MISSIONARIES oversaw a period of dramatic The lecture, James and Daphne growth, creating one of the according to Hargrave, Missionaries in largest transplant programs in the Museum Tanzania from the Orthodox the country. In addition, Dr. site, included Christian Liakopoulou ... music played Mission Center directed the Stem on “recon(OCMC), Cell Processing structed were in the Laboratory instruSeattle area and Collection ments—the in September. Facilities. Since ancient lyre Dr. Nikos They spoke 2006 she has Xanthoulis and salpinx about their work Photo PHOTO served as inspector (ancient COURTESY in the growfor the Joint ARCHEOLOGICAL trumpet).” ing Orthodox Accreditation INSTITUTE OF AMERICA Dr. Nikos Church in Committee Xanthoulis, East Africa at International the former Principal Trumpet St. Demetrios Society for Player for the Greek National Church in Cellular Therapy Opera and current Associate Seattle as well & European Researcher at the Academy of as at Holy Group for Blood Athens, was the presenter. The Resurrection and Marrow Archaeological Institute of OCA Orthodox Transplantation. America (AIA) and University OCMC Missionaries to Church in She is a member of of Hawaii were sponsors for the Tanzania, Daphne and Tacoma and St. several professional James Hargrave, at free event. Dr. Xanthoulis is a Paul Antiochian their wedding at Saints organizations, 2012-2013 AIA Kress Lecturer Nicholas and Dimitrios Orthodox and in 2009 on a North American tour which Greek Orthodox Church Church in Brier. she was elected in Vancouver, British includes several U.S. cities, The St. Paul Columbia, on May 27, Fellow of the Vancouver, B.C., on Oct. 30 at 2012 presentation was Royal College of 7:30 p.m. at the University of Photo BY CLIFFORD ARGUE


SPOKANE COOKBOOK DEBUT: A TASTE OF THE OLD COUNTRY A taste of the Old Country, the brand new cookbook of Holy Trinity Church in Spokane made its debut at the community’s 77th Annual Greek Dinner Festival at the end of September. Over 100 contributors shared 400 recipes, including recipes from over 20 members who have departed this life as well as recipes for all the menu items served at the festival. Lenten recipes throughout the book are marked with a cross for easy identification. A culinary history of the parish, A Taste of the Old Country has recipes from Greece (of course!), Cyprus, Eritrea, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Sweden, Italy, Lebanon, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Romania, India, Mexico, Palestine, Turkey, and our own “old country”

British Columbia in Buchanan Hall and lastly Edmonton, Alb., on Nov. 1. See The Honolulu Museum also recently presented the Greek-born musician Sotos Kappas’ “From Mediterranean to Hawaii,” a

of America. The community and the book are bound together by the Orthodox Faith, love of good food, and the desire to share traditions with all who are interested. The cookbook was compiled by Presvytera Irene Tomaras Supica, with various forms of assistance from Michelle Zeran, Kristine Matthews, Nicholas Malara, MaryLou Delegans, and Eleni Schumacher. The hardcover, combbound book with its 250 pages costs $20, plus $5 for shipping and handling, and can be ordered from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St., Spokane, WA 98205, or through www. The phone number is 509-328-9310. –Theodora Dracopoulos Argue variety show of flamenco, tango, modern Greek, Hawaiian and Middle Eastern song and dance. Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral’s Nisiotis Dancers were among the performers. NORTHWEST & PACIFIC NOTES continued on page 11

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