NPCC introduces Zumba Fitness

The NPCC will be offering Zumba Fitness classes starting the first week of May led by certified instructor Carolina Batica. Classes will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm and cost will be $10 per class or you can buy a $65 card which will give you 10 classes. If you are interested in joining please contact the NPCC.

60th Anniversary Celebration

May 13th the Portuguese community of Oshawa will be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Portuguese Immigration to Canada and we’d like you to participate.

A few months back I invited Mr. Antonio Galvão to shed some light on a conversation we were having – who were the first portuguese immigrants to arrive in Oshawa. We had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Galvão tell us stories about those first few years which we all found very interesting. I asked Mr. Galvão if he would re-tell these stories for me in front of a video camera, so we could capture them for future generation and he responded, “Yes, but you have to call the other guys too.” Since then, I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a short video with a few of the stories of our founding fathers. Last Saturday, we gathered at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and filmed seven of their stories. The project has been so well received that I’ve decided to take it a few steps further, and that’s why I’m asking for everyone’s involvement.

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Title: Miss NPCC
Description: The NPCC is once again looking for two young ladies to represent our centre at this year’s Fiesta Week celebrations!

The Northern Portugal Cultural Centre (NPCC) Board of Directors would like to ask any candidates that are interested in representing our club as Miss NPCC 2013 to please submit your name and contact information along with a written application of why you would best represent our club as Miss NPCC.

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2013 NPCC/ACAPO Scholarship

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Description: May 1st is the deadline for our 2013 ACAPO NCPP Scholarship. The Scholarship is open to NPCC members and their children who are entering or currently enrolled in a post-secondary program. Please read the application for all the details.

Last year’s recipient Andrew Pereira, took home $2000 to help him with his educational expenses. We are hoping to match this in 2013.

We ask anyone who would like to sponsor this project to please contact us.

Festa da Familia

Title: Festa da Familia

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Description: Since Family Day and Valentine’s Day both land in February, we thought it would be fun to hold a “Family Festa” with a Red White & Black theme.

The Festa will be held on Saturday, February 23rd with doors opening for cocktails at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30. A delicious meal consisting of Caldo Verde, fish filets, rice and salad will prepared by our kitchen crew and music will be provided by Mark Ganhão from New Age Entertainment. We will also have door prizes and raffles. To keep with the theme, we’re asking that everyone dress in red, white and/or black.

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New Year’s Eve Bash

Title: New Year’s Eve Bash
Description: Ticket prices are as follows:
Before Dec 15th:
Members $75 & non-Members $80

After Dec 15:
Members $80, non-Members $85
Teens 12-17 $45
Children 7-11 $20
Children under 6 free

Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2012-12-31

An evening with Charles Sousa

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Description: Charles Sousa will be our guest, speaking about his plans for Ontario if he is elected leader of the Provincial Liberal Party. Admittance is free and everyone is invited.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-11-21
End Time: 20:30

Movember Moustache Party

Title: Movember Moustache Party
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Description: Our 21 member team is hosting a Moustache Party to end a month of furry upper lips!Your donation is the price of admission. You can donate online (click the link), in person to one of the team members or at the party…..and remember , for every $10 you donate, we will enter your name into a draw for some fabulous prizes donated by friends of our community – Sandra Dantas from Sutton Realty, José Manuel and Sharlene DeSousa from Desousa Homes, the team at Ritson Tile and hopefully some more to come.

Our youth group LYTE will be serving appetizers and music will be supplied by Mark Ganhão.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-12-01

Festa do Socio

Our next event is the NPCC annual homage to its members. Historically held around St. Martin’s Day (November 11), this event is based around the magusto festival where groups of friends and family gather around camp fires throughout Portugal to roast chestnuts, drink the new wine, sing and dance.

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Mesnal for October 2012 is online!

O Mensal for October 2012 is here!
I’d like to welcome our new subscribers and let everyone know that our newsletter and most of our publications are bilingual. As a general rule we usually place the portuguese text first followed by the english, but occasionally english and portuguese appear together – Miguel’s golf article is an example.
A small team of people have helped me bring this month’s Mensal to life – Miguel Araujo, Mark Ganhao, Maya Ganhao, Sergio Matos, Dianne Rainho, Rafael Roberto, Portugal Groceries and Nova Era in Ajax. Thank you all for your help with the words, photos, printing and distribution.