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May 9, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
For more than two decades, Orange County's Pope John Paul II Polish Center has been a cultural and religious hub for thousands of Polish Americans. In a county that has no Polish enclaves, the Yorba Linda center has become a headquarters of sorts where expatriates and others can worship as well as gab about Poland's entry into the European Union over coffee, golabki and pirogi. "We want to keep our culture," said Frances Chlebowicz Ports, who came to the United States in 1949.
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May 9, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
For more than two decades, Orange County's Pope John Paul II Polish Center has been a cultural and religious hub for thousands of Polish Americans. In a county that has no Polish enclaves, the Yorba Linda center has become a headquarters of sorts where expatriates and others can worship as well as gab about Poland's entry into the European Union over coffee, golabki and pirogi. "We want to keep our culture," said Frances Chlebowicz Ports, who came to the United States in 1949.
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August 29, 1987
Polish-American delegates from around the state will hold a convention this weekend to establish Solidarity (Solidarnosc) California. The group will elect officers, approve a constitution and create a program of activities. Michael Dutkowski, vice president of the group, said the convention would take place today at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center at 3999 Rose Drive. The group will hold a celebration at 11:30 a.m.
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May 3, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Michael Dutkowski says he organized the Polish Spring Festival to "keep our traditions alive while trying to live in the American mainstream." For the second year, the extensive Polish community in Southern California is gathering this weekend to celebrate its heritage. The two-day festival begins today at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center in Yorba Linda. The date of the festival commemorates the signing of the original Polish constitution in 1791, Dutkowski said.
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September 22, 1994
Members of the Pope John Paul II Polish Center in Yorba Linda dressed in colorful native dress to celebrate Dozynki, the traditional Polish harvest festival, Saturday and Sunday. In Sunday's harvest processional, participants wore sequined vests, flowered skirts and silk hair wreaths and carried farm tools and baskets filled with fruits and vegetables to symbolize the bounty reaped in the fields.
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September 19, 1991 | JANET EASTMAN, Janet Eastman is assistant editor of The Times Orange County View section.
It's easy to check into Lech Walesa Inn. No need to board a plane, pack a passport or stuff your wallet full of zlotys. You just have to drive to Yorba Linda this weekend. The Inn, where patrons are served such cafe fare as czarnina (duck's blood soup) and kiszka (pork and barley sausage), is temporarily on-site at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center. It's one of the many offerings of Dozynki '91, the center's 13th annual harvest festival.
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September 17, 1992 | JANET EASTMAN, Janet Eastman is assistant editor of the View section of The Times Orange County Edition
Even if the only things growing in your garden are dandelions and anthills, you can still participate in an old-fashioned Dozynki harvest festival Saturday and Sunday at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center in Yorba Linda. In the European tradition, people wearing colorful costumes and silk-flower wreaths will carry farm tools and baskets of the earth's bounty in a harvest processional beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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August 30, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
Less than three weeks before Pope John Paul II arrives in Southern California, representatives of Solidarity from across California gathered Saturday to form a statewide chapter of the outlawed Polish workers' movement at a Yorba Linda center that bears the pontiff's name.
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September 22, 1990 | HERBERT J. VIDA
Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge 2444 was named an All-American Lodge by the Elks Grand Lodge at its recent convention in Las Vegas. Only six lodges out of 2,400 nationally received the honor. Former Tustin residents Vera and Andrew Billings entered the Lake Forest Nursing Center in El Toro by wheelchair to attend a party celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary.
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July 12, 1986 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
The Rev. Michael Wenning will be the guest preacher at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Sunday at Geneva Presbyterian Church, 24301 El Toro Road in Laguna Hills. The topic of his sermon will be "A Second Chance." Child care is available. "Exaltation," a 40-minute presentation of Scripture set to an original score, will be performed by the South Coast Community Church Choir and Chorale accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. The presentation will be at the 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
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March 13, 1997 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though she was 102 years old, Mary Mandile rarely missed her weekly bingo game. Tonight's game will be marked by an empty seat and a moment of silence as friends and relatives remember the fun-loving woman who was killed in a car accident. "I'm putting flowers on her chair and I'm not going to let anyone sit in it," said Jim Hanson, who runs the weekly bingo sessions at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center where Mandile was a frequent visitor. "This is a big, big loss for us."
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