Lodge #21


Finnish 99th Independence Day
Sunday Dec 4, 2016


- Traditional Flag ceremony

- National Anthems

- Welcome address: Lodge # 21 President Fred Mork

- Two Finnish pieces for violin, Maestro Jari Suomalainen 

- Two tales from America: Ups and downs of Finnish-American labor musicians: an audio-visual and live music presentation of Hiski Salomaa and T-Bone Slim
Presented by Ville-Juhani Sutinen and Silja Pitkänen.

Ville-Juhani Sutinen is a Finnish author and translator.  He has translated several classics into Finnish and published more than ten books, including poetry, essays, and two novels.  Together with Silja Pitkänen, he has written a biography of Finnish-American singer Hiski Salomaa and a general history on Finns in United States.  He is currently working on a non-fiction book about hobo radical T-Bone Slim.
Silja Pitkänen is a Finnish Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is writing a doctoral dissertation on Soviet and German propaganda photography.  She is also interested in the history of Finns in America, and together with her husband and colleague, Ville-Juhani Sutinen, has published two books on this subject in Finland.

- Anita Häkkilä Smiley, Finlandia Foundation National: Finlandia Foundation National and its Member Chapters

- Finlandia

- Coffee, Sandwiches, and Pulla will be served afterwards.


Parking directions: There is limited parking at the hall.  We are trying to reserve spaces for our elderly and disabled members.  Please call Kaj Rekola @ 650.799.7945 on December 4th after 10 am to reserve a parking space at the hall.

Parking in the vicinity is available on University Avenue.  There are parking meters, but they are free on Sundays.  You can also park in the school parking lot at Addison/Browning St.  At the traffic light on University Avenue/Bonar, turn onto Bonar, then turn immediately right onto Addison.  The parking lot entrance is on the right at Addison/Browning. See the FAQ page for a map.

Join UFKB&S! The Lodge meets officially on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in The Helsinki Cafe. Prospective members are encouraged to attend an event or a meeting, where they can ask questions and pick up an application. Future members must be voted in by members of the organization. 

Contact donamtaylor@gmail.com for more information.

The Finnish Hall and Lodge has served both immigrants and those seeking connection with their Finnish heritage and cultural practices. Lodge 21 is the second largest lodge in the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers & Sisters. Activities at the Finnish Hall have included stage plays, dances, orchestra, choruses, folk dancing, lending library, public dances, concerts, voting for Finnish national elections, movies, arts shows, poetry readings, and benefits.

Sub-groups include:

Yearly events include:

  • Finnish Independence Day - First Sunday in December
  • Children’s Christmas Party - Second Sunday in December
  • Vappu Celebration - First Sunday in May

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Lodge members at the annual Vappu dance.

Lodge members at the annual Vappu dance.