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January 2007

January 5 Holiday Potluck on Friday, January 5th, 6:30 to 9:30pm
Celebrate New Year with Food and Stories at Raccoon Space Please bring a dish to share, and join together for a relaxing evening. You are encouraged to bring foods from or influenced by Balkan cuisine and/or foods celebrating the Holiday season.


Igman Group January 15 Beginning of Raccoon/Wings of Hope snowboard camp on Igman.

Sljeme Group January 27 Beginning of Raccoon/Jeti snowboard camp on Sljeme.

February 2007

February 3, 4, 10, 11 Raccoon/Jeti snowboard camp on Sljeme, with the visit of U.S. snowboard pro Mike Basich.

February 19 Please join us for the movie: Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams at Film Forum Houston St. (West of 6 Avenue) 212-727-8110 www.filmforum.org Monday, February 19th 4:30 show, rsvp Nada Khodlova 646-265-9962.

February 27 An Evening of Sleep Hygiene with Dr.Jospeh Goss, Clinical Director of the Seton Health Systems Sleep Laboratory. Dr.Goss will present and in-depth discussion of sleep hygiene: An area of concern receiving more and more attention from health care practitioners. Sleep disturbance has been a predominant pattern seen in post 9/11 PTSD, panic, anxiety and depressive disorders. Dr.Goss will discuss etiologies of sleep disturbance, medication interventions and cognitive interventions to improve sleep patterns. Open discussions and clinical questions are welcome. Dinner will be served.
When: 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
Where: The St. Mark's Place Institute, 57 St. Mark's Pl (b/w 1st and 2nd Avenues)
RSVP to Peter Turco at 212-982-3470

March 2007

March 12 The next Women's group will be in honor of International Women's Day. For those of you who missed the limited engagement of "Grbavica" or who would like to see it again we will be viewing "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" Monday, March 12th at 6:30 pm

April 2007

April 17 Join Raccoon in celebrating The New York City Mayor's Office IMMIGRANT HISTORY WEEK

Cultural Celebration of the Western Balkans, Tuesday April 17, 2007 6:00-9:00 p.m. at RACCOON - Come enjoy an evening of poetry readings, song and dance in celebration of the cultural heritage of the Western Balkans. All are welcome to participate. Please contact Krista Minteer, if interested in performing.
After the Celebration there will be The Food Memories Potluck Feast. So, bring something to eat or drink (homemade is preferred, though not required) and enjoy a wonderful, warm, spring and Balkans celebration. Please contact Ivana Begic regarding the Potluck.


April 19 Western Balkans Immigrants Forum, Thursday April 19, 2007, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at The Bronx Public Library - Join us for a discussion with community and business leaders on the opportunities for and experiences of immigrants in New York City . To participate, please contact Indira Kajosevic by March 23rd.

May 2007

No special events in May

June 2007

June 9 Make Your Voice Heard, Communicate with Other Young People, Create Ideas for Youth Curriculum
This is an invitation to 13-21 year olds to participate in a research workshop on from 1 - 5 pm:
Purpose:

Benefits to you:

How do I sign up or find out more?
Send an email to Elma Prapaniku, Luka Lucic or Professor Daiute.


June 17 Sunday at noon celebrate RACCOON's 10th birthday and mothers, fathers, children and raccoons' family at the Aquarium - Conney Island, Brooklyn; RSVP 646 275 2142
New York Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue & West 8th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11224.


June 20 Women's group goes to see the play by FURY Theater "The Devil on all Sides" (Le Diable en Partage) by Fabrice Melquiot translated and directed by Ben Yalom at PS 122, 150 First Ave. at E. 9th St. on Wednesday, June 20th at 8:30 pm. Let's meet at 8:15. RSVP at 718-784-9121 (646-265-9962 on the night of the performance) or to Nada Khodlova Afterwards tea and discussion is an option. Get tickets here.
The Devil on All Sides (Le Diable en Partage) is the first American production of work by Fabrice Melquiot, one of the most celebrated contemporary French playwrights. A haunting tragedy set during the war in ex-Yugoslavia, the play begins with Lorko, a Christian, who falls in love with and marries Elma, a Muslim. As the war breaks out, Melquiot shows us the pressures on their love, their families, and the crumbling world around them in a style that seamlessly blends expressionism, poetry, fantasy, and harsh, raw reality.


June 21 Immigrant Access to Health Care workshop in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language at Queens Library, Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City, on Thursday, 6 -7:30pm: attendees will learn about hospital financial assistance regardless of immigration status and ability to pay; the NYS hospital language assistance law; limitations of sponsoring family members, confidentiality of immigration status information and much more. The event is free and open to public. RSVP to Marija Sajkas at 718.784.9121

July 2007

July 18 RACCOON Women's Group commemorating the 12th Anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre at Djerdan Restaurant, 221 West 38th street between 7-8th Avenues on July 18th, Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00pm. Please RSVP by emailing Nada. Presently, the town of Srebrenica, bringing Dayton Accords in question, wishes to secede from Republika Srpska, refusing to live in the entity accused of comitting genocide against them, and, failing to win war damages from Serbia, in the judgement of International Court of Justice, earlier this year, and, with war crimes suspects Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic still at large, disgruntled 6000 Srebrenica massacre victims are suing Dutch for failing to protect their UN safe haven, in a civil lawsuit. ... more... .

August 2007

no special events

September 2007

September 29 Raccoon's Birthday Party at Istria Sport Club on Saturday, September 29th from 6pm to 9pm RSVP at 646 275 2142

October 2007

October 1 A free workshop and video presentation for Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Speakers: Immigrant Access to Health Care, at Stari Most cevapi place in Astoria (28-51 42st Street on 30th Avenue), on Monday, October 1, 6 - 7:30 pm.

October 2 October is The City of New York Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a part of this project, October 2007 is the Women Writing Against Violence Workshop Month at Raccoon Space with Kristin Vukovic teaching a Creative Writing Class starting on Tuesday, October 2; classes will run every Tuesday in October 6-8 pm; classes are free of charge - hurry to sign up, since our space is limited; Kristin Vukovic is editor-in-chief of Columbia University literary magazine - Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Class days marked brown on the calendar.

October 17 Women's Group; Kristin Vukovic will present a new book by Kathy Tepesh Escape From Despair, at Djerdan, 7-9 pm, followed by discussion with the author, and presentation by Raccoon staff of the state of domestic violence in ex-Yugoslav communities in NYC borroughs. RSVP to Nada Khodlova.

November 2007

November 14 Women's Group goes to The Player's Theatre at 115 McDougal Street to see "CORN BREAD & FETA CHEESE: GROWING UP FAT & ALBANIAN" by Elza Zagreda. Play starts at 8:00, let's meet at 7:45, Tickets: $22.00, call theatremania at 212 352-3101. Please RSVP Nada at mokosh@nyc.rr.com so we know who to look for at the theater.

December 2007

Due to lack of funds there were no special events in December 2007.


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