Candlelight Vigil for Ukraine (08/27/2022)

When: Saturday, August 27th at 6PM
Where: House of Ukraine in Balboa Park, 667 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA 92101
Bring: Signs, flags, Ukrainian shirts, etc.

Please join us for a candlelight vigil for all the human lives lost by Ukraine in the war with Russia.

Ukrainian Festival 2022 (09/03-04/22)


When: Saturday, September 3rd, 6pm – 10pm
Where: Feast and Fareway, 2000 Visalia Rd, Coronado, CA 92118

Featuring an evening of music, a silent auction, and dinner with spectacular views of San Diego.

Tickets are $200 each. $120 of the ticket price is tax deductible.

Buy your tickets here:

Last day of tickets sale is August 25.
No tickets at the door.


When: Sunday, September 4th, 11 am – 3 pm
Where: House of Ukraine in Balboa Park, 667 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA 92101

Treat yourself to potato and cheese varenyky with sour cream and fried onions, kovbasa, salads, watermelon and drinks (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.).

Enjoy our lawn program (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) featuring the Chervona Kalyna Dance Group (Los Angeles), Performing Folk Dancers of Balboa Park, Ridna Shkola students, House of Norway and more.

Please help us with preparing some salads and serving food. You can see the full description of the roles and duties and signup for any station by clicking this link: SignUp

When: Sunday, September 4th, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Crown Point, Crown Point Dr, San Diego, CA 92109.

Be prepared for games, fun, bonfire, real Tatar plov, salads, fruits, Ukrainian folk and modern music and much more. Just bring your blankets and beach chairs.

Tickets: Adults – $20 per person, Kids (3 – 12 years old) – $5.

Buy your tickets here:

Please help us with set up and serving food. You can see the full description of the roles and duties and signup by clicking this link: SignUp



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#RussiaIsATerroristState (08/06/22)

When: Saturday, August 6th at 4pm
Where: Balboa Park, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Bring: Signs, flags, Ukrainian shirts, etc.

On February 24th, Russian invaded Ukraine. For five months Ukraine has been fighting for its freedom and sovereignty with tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and millions forced out of their homes. In the world of information, it is hard to keep focus on one topic for a long time. However, the largest war in Europe since the time of the World War II deserves our full attention because the entire world is affected by the war in Ukraine. On the global scale Ukraine plays an important role. Our rally is to raise awareness and remind society that the war in Ukraine is not over!

Armed forces of the Russian Federation have committed numerous summary executions against innocent civilians and have attempted to cover their atrocities with mass graves across Ukraine. Thousands of men, women and children are killed and wounded.

Only terrorists behave like that. We need to call Russia as a terrorist state!!!

#RussiaIsATerroristState
#WarIsNotOver
#ArmUkraineNow
#SaveUkrainianChildren

The Launch of “Drive for Ukraine” Freedom Tour (08/04/22)

When: August 4, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

The 3-week tour starts in San Diego and will drive across America traveling through 16 states on its way to Washington D.C., with ceremonies at State Capitals and stops in cities with major Ukrainian populations.

The goal of “Drive for Ukraine” Freedom Tour is to create awareness and support for Ukraine with a goal of raising $5 million dollars for humanitarian aid.

Billboards with a portrait of Zelensky painted by a Native American artist will be in over 15 cities supporting this effort. The billboard in San Diego at 3640 Midway Dr. was unveiled last Thursday.

Support this national effort! Bring American and Ukrainian flags. Please arrive by 12:30.

This tour is sponsored by the Spirit of Liberty Foundation. San Diego partner is the House of Ukraine.

#RussiaIsATerroristState (07/30/22)

When: Saturday, July 30th at 4pm
Where: Balboa Park, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Bring: Signs, flags, Ukrainian shirts, etc.

On February 24th, Russian invaded Ukraine. For five months Ukraine has been fighting for its freedom and sovereignty with tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and millions forced out of their homes. In the world of information, it is hard to keep focus on one topic for a long time. However, the largest war in Europe since the time of the World War II deserves our full attention because the entire world is affected by the war in Ukraine. On the global scale Ukraine plays an important role. Our rally is to raise awareness and remind society that the war in Ukraine is not over!

Armed forces of the Russian Federation have committed numerous summary executions against innocent civilians and have attempted to cover their atrocities with mass graves across Ukraine. Thousands of men, women and children are killed and wounded.

Only terrorists behave like that. We need to call Russia as a terrorist state!!!

#RussiaIsATerroristState
#WarIsNotOver
#ArmUkraineNow
#SaveUkrainianChildren

Vatra at the Beach (09/04/22)

When: Sunday, September 4th, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Crown Point, Crown Point Dr, San Diego, CA 92109.

Be prepared for games, fun, bonfire, real Tatar plov, salads, fruits, Ukrainian folk and modern music and much more. Just bring your blankets and beach chairs.

Tickets: Adults – $20 per person, Kids (3 – 12 years old) – $5.

Buy your tickets here:



Please help us with set up and serving food. You can see the full description of the roles and duties and signup by clicking this link: SignUp

More details on Facebook

An Evening Under The Stars (09/03/22)


When: Saturday, September 3rd, 6pm – 10pm
Where: Feast and Fareway, 2000 Visalia Rd, Coronado, CA 92118

Featuring an evening of music, a silent auction, and dinner with spectacular views of San Diego.

Tickets are $200 each. $120 of the ticket price is tax deductible.

Buy your tickets here:

Last day of tickets sale is August 25.
No tickets at the door.

OLGA film screening

OLGA, an award winning film about a Ukrainian gymnast during the 2014 Maidan Revolution, will be screened at the new UCSD Digital Gym Cinema, 1100 Market St. 2nd Floor, San Diego 92101 (Market St & Park Ave.) Proceeds of sales of HOU merchandise and art work before and after the movie screenings are slated for the House of Ukraine.

Screenings:
Opening Night Friday July 22: 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm
Saturday July 23 : 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm
Sunday July 24 : 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Monday July 25: 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm
Tuesday July 26: 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Wednesday July 27: 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Thursday July 28: 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm

Info & Ticket Link
Membership rate for screening $9.00 with Promo Code olga2022 at checkout

Film Synopsis: A talented young gymnast from Kiev, played by real-life former Ukrainian national team member Anastasiia Budiashkina, moves to Switzerland to pursue her Olympic dreams in Elie Grappe’s award-winning drama. Set in 2014, the film follows 15-year-old Olga as she tries to make friends on her new team and adjust to life in her new home. As she relentlessly trains in preparation for the European Championships, her friends and family back in the Ukraine are taking to the streets in what would become known as the Maidan Revolution. Olga is left a powerless, distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, faces danger and violence in her work challenging the brutal Yanukovich regime. The historic events depicted in the film are intricately linked with the subsequent Russian invasion, providing rich insight into the current situation in the Ukraine, yet Grappe’s camera never strays from the point of view of a remarkable young woman struggling to find her way in the world. Can Olga reconcile her personal goals as a gymnast with the living history unfolding in her homeland? This tense yet delicate portrait of exile, ambition, and identity won the SACD Prize at Cannes Critics Week and features a star-making turn from its fearless lead.

Trailer

“Ukrainian Force Awakens” Rally (07/24/22)

When: Sunday, July 24th at 1:00pm-2:30pm
Where: Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Ln, San Diego, CA 92101

How to dress up: any Star Wars character if you can, if not, just ware jeans or jean shorts and dark colored t-shirt ideally with pro-Ukrainian logo or wording. Bring light-sabers if you have one. And of course posters, signs, Ukrainian flags.

On July 24th will be 5 months since Russian brutally started full scale invasion of Ukraine. For five months Ukraine has been fighting for its freedom and sovereignty with tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and millions forced out of their homes. In the world of information, it is hard to keep focus on one topic for a long time. However, the largest war in Europe since the time of the World War II deserves our full attention because the entire world is affected by the war in Ukraine. We will take advantage of ComiCon crowds and visitors in San Diego this week to raise awareness and remind society that the war in Ukraine is not over!

Armed forces of the Russian Federation have committed numerous war crimes against innocent civilians and have attempted to cover their atrocities with mass graves across Ukraine. Thousands of men, women and children are killed and wounded.

Only terrorists behave like that. We need to call Russia what it is, a terrorist state!!!

Ukraine: Songs of Freedom (07/23/22)

When: Saturday, July 23rd at 2:30 pm
Where: Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

An evening of Ukrainian music with
D Duo: Modern pop/rock
Olha Konoval & Paul Filenko: Operatic folk
Luke Lashchuk Miller: Bandura ballads
Dr. Taras Filenko: Classical piano

Donations from the event will be forwarded to the following 4 causes as chosen by the performers:
– House of Ukraine, 501(C)3 non-profit organization that has been serving the Ukrainian community in San Diego for over 60 years as a museum of Ukrainian culture in Balboa Park.
– Nova Ukraine, (501(c)3 registered non-profit organization EIN 465335435) dedicated to raising awareness about Ukraine in the US and throughout the world and providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine
– Grassroots efforts to rebuilding civil infrastructure in a heavily impacted city of Chernihiv, Ukraine
– Acquisition of military equipment for volunteer battalions in Zaporijya, Ukraine region, where active resistance against Russian attacks is taking place.

About the performers:
Oleksandr Dubovenko (rhythm guitar and voice) and Konstantin Dubovenko (lead guitar) have enjoyed playing music together for almost 20 years. They mostly play classic rock covers by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppeling, Eagles and others. They also enjoy blues and jazz improvisations. Recently Oleksandr and Konstantin added a number of Ukrainian songs into their repertoire.
Oleksandr and Konstantin also take a very active part in the San Diego Ukrainian community and provide support for Ukraine during its war with Russia. Both of them traveled to Poland in March 2022 delivering some essential humanitarian aid for Ukrainian Army. Oleksandr teaches singing at Ukrainian Saturday school and provides musical support for the rallies in Balboa park to support Ukraine every Saturday staring from February 2022. Konstantin provided Starlink and high speed Internet services for Ukrainian refugees who were crossing Mexican/US border through April 2022.

Olha Konoval is a theatrical vocalist who has been performing at Taras Shevchenko Chernihiv Regional Academic Music and Drama Theatre until recently, when Russia’s attacks on the city disrupted the operation, destroyed Olga’s home, and forced her to flee to the US. Olga was born in Chernihiv, Ukraine and has completed a degree in Musical Arts at the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kyiv. We are grateful to Olga for sharing her talent with us and connecting with the San Diego community.
Paul Filenko is a multi-instrumentalist with a broad range of experience in ethnic musical projects. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine to a musical family and growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, Paul’s musical studies included classical guitar, piano, bass, and percussion at Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. Paul lives in San Diego, CA, where he enjoys playing music throughout the community, particularly focusing on Ukrainian cultural and fundraising events.

Luke Lashchuk Miller is a bandura player and vocalist. A native of San Diego, he has been active in the local Ukrainian community his whole life. He initially learned bandura from the late Andrij Kytasty. He is a member of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus and is a cantor at the local Ukrainian Catholic parish.

Dr. Taras Filenko, pianist, historian and ethnomusicologist, is a noted scholar of Ukrainian music. A graduate of the National Academy of Music in Kyiv, Dr. Filenko served on the faculty and eventually as Associate Dean of Conducting and Voice. From the Academy, he was awarded a Ph.D. in historic musicology in 1989, and later earned a doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. For over forty years, Dr. Filenko has worked in the fields of History of Music, Ethnomusicology and Music Performance (piano, organ, and choir directing), successfully combining his work as scholar, teacher and performer. He has presented concerts throughout Europe and North America, making numerous media appearances promoting the works of contemporary Ukrainian composers.