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20th January 8:00 pm
An Claidheamh

The Celtic Arts Center Monday Happenings Irish Dance Free Workshop Every Monday 8:00-9:00 p.m. (Donated Food & ’Nibbles’ welcomed by all!) No-Host Bar, "Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid" (We all exist in each other's shadow) Tuilleadh eolais/Further information: www.celticartscenter.com
The office at (818) 769-9805 The Mayflower Club. http://www.mayflowerclub.com
11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606

20th January 6:30 pm

Trivia Night


At O'Brien's Irish Pub every Monday night The Sports Pub with the Irish Heart 2226 Wilshire Blvd. (At 23rd/Across from Whole Foods) Santa Monica, CA  310 829-5303 www.obriensla.com

20th January 7:30 pm

Trivia Night @ Robin Hood Pub
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Come visit this watering hole for a fun night with Brit beers on tap, dining area serving pub food, games & British shop next door. 13640 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California Phone: 818 994-6045

20th January 7:00 pm
MG Club @ The Olde Ship
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The MG Club is dedicated to the enjoyment of these classic British sports cars
Membership is open to anyone, whether or not an MG owner
So please join us at The Olde Ship. 1120 W. 17th Street. Santa Ana, Ca 92706
tel: 714 550-6700 Website: www.theoldeship.com 

21st January
Weekly Breakfast Club

Weekly Breakfast Club
Every Tuesday They host a Breakfast Club at Cecconi’s Restaurant in West Hollywood.  This is a great place to meet  the group, make new friends and build on that sense of community.No need to make a reservation just stop in, pay the hostess and join a table. Breakfast is only  $15* (full English) including the tax and tip – (please bring cash) This includes Free bottomless tea and coffee and free valet. Last orders 11am. There is HP Sauce and Marmite knocking around on the tables. If Craig and Eileen aren't in attendance ask for Bernard (The mayor of breakfast club and the friendliest man in the world) For more details contact Eileen Lee: britsinla@gmail.com Cecconi’s Restaurant. 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood,CA 90048  Tel: 310 432 2000 http://www.britsin.la Tuesday.

21st January 6:30am
Mayflower Day Time Club

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Every Tuesday the members of the Mayflower club meet to play Bingo, Canasta. If you would like to play Bridge please call the office so. That they can set the right numbers for a table. Lunch is served at noon and the menu is always a delight.
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All are Welcome For more details and directions please call The office at (818) 769-9805 The Mayflower Club. http://www.mayflowerclub.com 
11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606

21st January 6:30am
Cat and Fiddle

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Brits In LA Quiz

Pub Quiz Night & The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant & Pub
“Every Tuesday at The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant & Pub at their location on Highland Ave. just introduce yourself to Sandro Monetti your quizmaster! Arrive before 8pm to get settled. If you need a team to join we will find you one, just get there around 7.50pm - no need to be clever and not all questions are British so it pays to have a diverse team. Free to play but we do ask that you make a purchase from the bar of menu. First prize is $75 and there are lots of other prizes to be had including a round of drinks and a gift voucher to spend at The Cat & Fiddle  Visit https://www.thecatandfiddle.com/ to peruse their menu - lots of British dishes including Sausage Rolls, Scotch Eggs, Pies and Crumble & Custard!  The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant & Pub. 742 N Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 9003 www.TheCatandFiddle.com Street parking after 7pm $7 Valet 
Email us at BritsinLA@gmail.com if you have any questions”

21st January 7:00pm
Tacos and Triva


At the Red Leprechaun the classic Irish-American pub with eats and craft pints, California wines & occasional live music.
So why not come on down for an evening of Factual and Fictional Fun and Tracy's Taco Bar.
Trivia Hostes by Ed Bell and Royce
The Red Leprechaun.  4000 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804

 

22nd January 6:30pm
Caledonion Club Business meeting

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Business meeting fourth Wednesday of the month
6:30 refreshments and program 7:00 Business meeting More information at 916 539 8931 Sharon Young  rsharonyoung@gmail.com Location:
  Odd Fellows Lodge,1831 Howe Avenue, Sacramento Ca.


25th January
Robert Burns Birthday”



1759-1796
On January 25th 1759 Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns,was born in Alloway Scotland.
For a century or more the Scots and their far-flung descendants have celebrated the anniversary with feasting and enthusiastic recitations from the poet's works, which custom decrees should include verses of his renowned poem."Address to a Haggis"

 

25th January
St. Dwynwen's Day

Welsh equivalent to Valentine's Day
The story goes that Dwynwen fell in love with Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else. In her grief Dwynwen fled to the woods, where she begged God to make her forget Maelon. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice. God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. First she wished that Maelon be thawed, second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers and third that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life. Dwynwen became a nun, fulfilling her wish to never marry, and left for the island of Anglesey to build a Church. This is referred to as Llanddwyn, literally meaning "Church of Dwynwen". Remains of Dwynwen's church can be seen today on the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey.

 

26th January

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia.
Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.

 

26th January 1:00 to 5:00pm
British Isles Family History Society USA


Family History Society – U.S.A. meetings are free, open to the public, and typically held on the fourth Sunday of the each month (except December).at the Los Angeles Family History, Library, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90025.  More information atwww.bifhsusa.org  or contact president@bifhsusa.org

 

26th January
LA Traditional Music Society


Dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Folk Music, dance and the related folk arts. Group meets fourth Sunday of every month at 16953 Ventura Blvd, Encino, 91316 (San Fernando Valley)
www.ctmsfolkmusic.org

 

28th January 4:30 pm
Austin Healeys gathering

Brits at Fuddrucker's

For the past several months AHA Austin Healeys have been meeting with other classics and muscles cars on the last Tuesday of the month.They meet at 4:30 PM at the entrance to Fuddrucker's on El Toro in Lake Forest in order to park together.Other Healey's and Brits are encouraged to join us. Check our website calendar for other events. Note that not all events on our calendar feature Brit cars. Membership in our club ( Austin Healey Association) does not require car ownership. for more details please contact George McHarris. gmcharris@hotmail.com www.austin-healey.org

30th January 11:30-2:00 pm
The Britannia Connection

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Hold monthly meetings on the last Thursday of each month, they are a nonprofit local service club, founded in 2013. Who engage in charitable fundraising, while also promoting fellowship among ladies of British and Commonwealth heritage, and anyone with an an interest in British culture living in Southern California. For further information, contact President: Vanessa A. Caldwell, Telephone: 760-598-2602 or 208-871-9644. E-Mail: pinkbeemk@yahoo.com Treasurer: Susannah Levicki. Telephone: 951-691-2048. E-Mail: susannahsellsrealestate@gmail.com Where: Golf Club of California.  3742 Flowerwood Lane. Fallbrook, CA 92028

2nd February 1:00 pm
Irish Centers monthly get-to-gether


On the first Sunday of each month  the Irish Center holds an informal “get together luncheon”At Hill Street Café, 3301 N. Glenoaks Blvd, Easy to find, between Hollywood Way and Buena Vista on Glenoaks. (Right next to St Leon’s Cathedral).A separate dining room for 40-50 people. Park beside the building. Order what you want—a cup of coffee to full lunch—and pay yourself. Please do make reservations by calling Bridget Hana at 818 249 7911. Bring your musical instrument or song book. Always fun, good food, good company+ singing etc. Remember, the brunch starts at 1 pm at Hill street Café, 3301 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank. CA.  telephone is 818 845 0046

4th February 9:00 to 11:00am

The Friends of Ireland of Southern California

This great bunch of people  who meet for breakfast on the first Tuesday of every month.
If you would like to join them from 9.00am to 11.00am at the Katella Deli, 4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
RSVP  Pete
pbeireanua@att.net  714-200-7365 or Allene  allene7@verizon.net
See you there

 

4th February
House of England
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Members of House of England gather the first Tuesday of each month, for a light English meal followed by a lively business meeting. You don't have to be a member of the House of England to attend our meetings (membership is only $15 a year). Check out what we do and learn about the many events you too can take part in to celebrate being English or being associated with and interested in things and people who are English. Note that the meetings are held at the Hall of Nations, not at the cottage. • What to bring We ask for a small donation--$4–to cover the cost of the meal. Tea, water, and lemonade will be served. Sorry, no coffee. We're British, after all. • Important to know
Members of the House of England take turns serving as hosts in the HOE cottage of the International
cottages every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. In addition to being open every weekend, the House holds
a lawn program each spring and takes part in the annual December Nights.
Balboa Park. 2301 Pan American Rd West
San Diego CA. Phone: +1 619-234-0739

5th February 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Belmont Shore British Car Night

Pre-1980 British car meet first Wednesday of every month. Come out for the evening, bring a friend and a British car. Cars meet near the pier in the parking lot adjacent to the Belmont shore Brewing Company.  Taste real Microbrews, dinners and great burgers for those who are hungry. Turn on Termino off Livingston to Allin St at the parking lot Details: Tim Clark: babula@peoplepc.com www.austin-healey.
For other event details please go to the Healey website calendar
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6th February

Waitangi Day

Commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand.
It is a public holiday held each year on 6 February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, on that date in 1840.

9th February 10:00am
Calling All British Bull Dog Owners

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The annual Bulldog  Beauty Contest presented by Haute dogs Costumes are optional
This is a free to the public event.Marine Stadium, Long Beach - 5225 E. Paoli Way - Long Beach, CA 90803
For more Details visit www.bulldogbeauty.com

9th February
House of Scotland

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The House of Scotland is a cultural organization whose purpose is to keep before the general public the music, traditions, history, and culture of Scotland. While most people join because either they, their spouse or their ancestors were born in Scotland, membership application is open to any person who wishes to learn about Scotland or Scottish culture. The House of Scotland is one of the International Cottages organized within the House of Pacific Relations to further the pursuit of "pacific" or peaceful relations among nations.House of Scotland.Meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 11.30 am at the House of Scotland, International Cottages,
Balboa Park, San Diego. Information: Dianne Schultz (dschultz@cox.net) Club President. www.houseofscotland.org
 

11th February 11:30am -1:00pm
Caledonian Club

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2nd Tuesday Lunch 11:30 - 1:00 pm, Streets of London Pub 18th and J, Sacramento. CA
Parking in restaurant lot. No host. No program. Wonderful people breaking  break haggis (or something else this restaurant actually serves) together and enjoying great company. Sponsored by the Caledonian Club and the Shamrock Club of Sacramento and invite interested people to join them for a no-host Informal lunch. There is no formal program, and the purpose is simply to get people together who have an interest in things Celtic, Many work, and this is one of the few events they attend. There is no charge for attending. Also, let's wear our kilts and test the rumor that that entitles us to a dollar off a beer. Over the years the Shamrocks and Caledonians have shared hosting this party, enjoying this season of fellowship and good will. Guests welcome. Events posted as they become available. Please wear your name badge.
More information at 916 539 8931 Sharon Young  rsharonyoung@gmail.com
There is parking on the street or in back of the pub. Please join Callie and Shamrock clubs and guests for a jabberfest.
And maybe even some Scottish eggs.

11th February 7:00am

Western Sierra Celtic Society
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The Western Sierra Celtic Society meets monthly at 7 p.m., on the second Tuesday of each month, at Murphys Irish Pub, 415 Main Street, downtown Murphy,CA. about  60 miles east of Stockton. A free program on Irish or Scottish history will be presented at the end of each club membership meeting. For details, please visit www.SierraCelts.org or e-mail kiltguy@aol.com

14th February.
Saint Valentine day

Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and associated since the Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love. Legion has it that he was a kind hearted Roman imprisoned for his beliefs, and while in custody converted members of a guard's families to Christianity, writing small notes to their children.(Valentine cards?) Emperor Claudius found out about it and had him put to death on Via Flaminia in the north of Rome.(nothing about roses, chocolates and expensive jewelry!)

14th February.
Valentines Day

Say it with Flowers!
Valentine’s Day provides a chance to remind your significant others how much you care about them.
Infornation on sending flowers in Los Angels and Orange County areas.call 562 925-6910
or go to    http://www.theflowerco.biz    check it out on Yelp

14th February
British Ex-Pats of Garden Grove Pub Quiz


Home of the British Ex-Pats of Garden Grove Pub Quiz
Their will be an assortment of questions on sports, science, math, music, current affairs, TV soap and general knowledge. Also national history both British and American will be quite tricky, adding to the fun and excitement. Cash prizes are available to those with brilliant minds or smart friends! It is suggested, that you have at least one southern English person on your team, to assist in the sometimes difficult English translations. (North of the Watford Gap does not count as Southern England). Bring your own team and beat the odds, or just be flabbergasted at your friend's Knowledge. The evening will be hosted by Tim Bentley at My Place Sport s Bar & Grill
5452 Commercial Dr, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
So please if you intend to come this month call cestrian49@yahoo.com Thank You and looking forward to seeing you here.


19th February
Prince Andrew Duke of York, Birthday
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Born: February 19, 1960 (age 59), in Buckingham Palace, London
Full name: Andrew Albert Christian Edward He is the namesake of his paternal grandfather,
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and is the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He holds the actual rank of commander and the honorary rank of rear admiral in the Royal Navy, in which he served as an active duty helicopter pilot and later instructor in helicopter flight. He saw active service during the Falklands War, flying on multiple missions. missile decoy and casualty evacuation.Spouse: Sarah Ferguson; Duchess of York (m. 1986–1996)The Duke is a capable and keen golfer and supporter of Norwich City Football Club.

19th February 7:00pm
Dixon Scottish Cultural Ass in Dixon CA.


Dixon Scottish is a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting the culture, education and entertainment of Scotland. Meetings are 7 p.m, on the third Wednesday of each month, at the American Legion Hall, 1305 North First Street, Dixon, CA Its annual Scottish Highland games are on the last Saturday in September at the Dixon Fairgrounds, 655 South First Street, Dixon, CA. All are welcome to attend! Next DSCA meetings are: The DixoScottish club's Robert Burns Supper in on the first Saturday inFebruary at the Davis Masonic Lodge Hall, 1655 Da Vinci Court, Davis, CA.For details,
 visit www.scotsindixon.org. or E-mail kiltguy@aol.comm
 

 

21st-23rd February
The Riverside Dickens Festival

The 2020 Riverside Dickens Festival of Wit & Wisdom
Main Street Pedestrian Mall near City Hall in Historic Downtown Riverside. CA
Please visit our website at www.dickensfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets Phone  (951) 781-3168

21st February 6:00pm

British United Service Club of Los Angeles

A club of British, former Commonwealth and Allied forces observing formal British Officers Mess protocol. The BUSC meets at the Altadena Town & Country Club normally on the third Friday of each month, except for August - dark. For attendance and membership questions, please go towww.BUSCLA.org



21st February
Pickwick's Pub Night Fundraiser 6:00pm
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Mr Pickwick once again invites everyone to join him to kick off the Riverside Dickens Festival for February 21st & 23rd February. with “Mr. Pickwick’s Predicament”
Please visit our website at www.dickensfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets
Tickets for all events sold separately and available online at www.dickensfest.com
More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone: (951) 781-3168


22nd February 8:00pm
Mr Fezziwig’s Ball

Return to the romantic times of Mr. Dickens and Queen Victoria.
The ball is managed as it would have been in Victorian times complete with dance cards and beautifully dressed ladies and gentlemen twirling about the dance floor. Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig will be on hand to welcome you to their beautiful, Victorian ball.Once again this very popular event will be held at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium with its fantastic hardwood floor made for dancing. Be among the 250 guests who will don their finest Victorian attire to swirl around the room to the live music of Whirled Peas. Our Dance Master, Tom Willson, will guide the dancers through Quadrilles, waltzes and polkas for this evening of elegant enjoyment. Purchase your tickets early and why not pick-up a couple extra as a holiday gift for friends or family. Please visit our website at www.dickensfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
In Riverside Municipal Auditorium 3485 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA Historic Downtown Riverside on the Pedestrian Mall near City Hall.
More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone:  (951) 781-3168

22nd February 8:00pm

Scottish American Military Society Post 1921


Annual Formal Dinner
All of you are invited, kilts not required but it’s an opportunity to dress up.
The No host bar opens at 6:00pm folowed by Opening ceremony and dinner at 6:30pm
Ticket price for dinner is $50 per person Guest speaker TBA.
Make check out to Chuck Jamison and send to:
9382 Blue Oak Drive Orangevale, CA 95662
Please include your choice of entree
Grilled, sliced Tri Tip with Mushroom Demi    Or   Seared Salmon with Lemon Cream sauce.
Entrees include fresh vegetables, potatoes, and salad, rolls, coffee, and tea, Vegetarian plate available (order off the menu)
Lions Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St, Sacramento, CA
The old McClellan AFB Officers Club. www.lionsgatehotel.com
They are planning to meet at the Club on Friday night to celebrate Saturday there is the opportunity to tour many of the local sights including the Aerospace Museum of California at McClellan and Old Town Sacramento and the California Rail Museum and other historical sites. If you would like to spend the night at Lions Gate, individual reservations can be made by calling 916-643-6222.
Individuals to pay their own room, tax and incidental charges incurred while at the hotel facility

22nd February

The Tavern at Riverside Dickens Festival:

While strolling down Main Street, taking in the sights of the Riverside 26h Dickens Festival, you may hear the raucous sounds of music, laughter and general merriment. These sounds mean you are near The Tavern and Bad Baby Babs, the Madame of the Tavern is waiting for you with a pint of ale and a song in her heart!. Come in, sit down and prepare yourself for an afternoon of entertainment, live music and dancing Can-Can girls. But be warned, once you enter through the Tavern doors, you may never want to leave! Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and remain open for the duration of the Festival. This is a 21 and older venue – valid state issued identification is required. NO EXCEPTIONS. $5 cover charge. Historic Downtown Riverside on the Pedestrian Mall near City Hall

More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone:  (951) 781-3168 info@dickensfest.com

 

22nd-23rd February
The Royal Victorian Tea Room & Music Hall
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The Tea Room is located downstairs at the historic First Congregational Church, Mission Inn Avenue and Lemon Street.
2 blocks from the main festival location.First Congregational Church – $25
Saturday, February 22nd
– 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday, February 23rd
– 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for all events sold separately and available online at www.dickensfest.com
More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone:  (951) 781-3168

The Tea Room is located downstairs at the historic First Congregational Church, Mission Inn Avenue and Lemon Street.
2 blocks from the main festival location.First Congregational Church – $25
Saturday, February 22nd
– 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday, February 23
th – 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for all events sold separately and available online at www.dickensfest.com
More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone:  (951) 781-3168

25th February
Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or as our American cousins call it Fat Tuesday

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Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, (Fat Tuesday) which heralds the beginning of fasting in Lent.
On this day (so the historians say) there were feasts of pancakes to use up the supplies of fat, butter and eggs - foods that were forbidden during austere Lent.In England there are several celebrations on this day but perhaps the best known one is the Pancake Day Race at Olney in Buckinghamshire which has been held since 1445. The race came about when a woman cooking pancakes heard the shriving bell summoning her to confession. She ran to church wearing her apron and still holding her frying pan, and thus without knowing it, started a tradition that has lasted for over five hundred years . According to the current rules, only women wearing a dress, no slacks or jeans, an apron and a hat or scarf, may take part in the race. Each contestant has a frying pan containing a hot, cooking pancake. She must toss it three times during the race that starts at the market square at 11.55 am. The winner is the first woman to complete the winding 375 meter course (the record is 63 seconds set in 1967) and arrive at the church, serve her pancake to the bellringer and be kissed by him. She also receives a prayer book from the vicar.
Shrove Tuesday sees the start in Ashbourne, Derbyshire of the world’s oldest, largest, longest and maddest football game.The game is played over two days and involves thousands of players,The goals are three miles apart & there are only a few rules.The ball is a hand-painted, cork-filed ball.

1st March
Saint David's Day (Welsh: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant)


Today is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales,  and was chosen in remembrance of his death in 589  and has been celebrated by followers since then.The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.Saint David's Day is not a national holiday in Britain or Northern Ireland. Similarly in the United States of America, it has regularly been celebrated, although it is not an official holiday. It is invariably celebrated by Welsh societies throughout the world with dinners, parties, and eisteddfodau.


7th March 6:00am

St Patricks Pub Night


Mayflower Club

 It has the feel of a British pub/dancehall, complete with a full bar and kitchen
All are Welcome For more details and directions please call The office at (818) 769-9805 The Mayflower Club. http://www.mayflowerclub.com  

11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606


17th March


17th March.
Saint Patrick 493 AD

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Pádraig is Irish for Patrick and the nickname "Paddy's" is derived from this name. Patrick (Patricius in Latin) was English Roman Subject.
From  possibly somewhere in Wales, roundabout 387 AD. He was a Christian Missionary to Ireland and died in Ireland on March 17 493 AD.!


17th March 11:00am-2:00pm
13th Annual St. Paddy's Pub Crawl

Irish Pub Crawl on the Big RED Bus! You do the drinking we'll do the driving! There is no better way to enjoy St Patrick's Day than on the Big RED Bus! (Loading at10:45am) Breakfast Time: 10-10:45am (Beer or Irish Coffee included with breakfast!)
Pick up:  best $30 you'll spend on St Paddy's!

Ticket Includes:
Irish Pubs w/ no lines or cover charge + drink specials
Cruising the coastline on a topless Double-Decker Bus St Paddy's day SWAG for all passengers
MORE surprises on-board so Take the afternoon off to celebrate the luck of the Irish
Seating is limited. A credit card is needed to hold the reservation, but only for authorization.
Cash only is accepted the day of the event. Cancellations: No refunds
Reservations Needed: Please call 562-888-2870 or
email events@bigredbus.com to reserve your spot.
Reserve your seats for our most popular event of the year!


17th March 10:30am-1:00am
St Patricks Day at The Cat

Corned Beef & Cabbage served all day. Brunch 10:30am - 3pm $6 Bloody Marys & Mimosas
$5 Guinness Pints 4pm - 6pm followed by Burlesque & DJ at 9pm
Parking Lot Party  724 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, 90038

 

22nd March
Mothering Sunday in Great Britain

Don't forget your mother just because your not there
Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother's Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or the beginning of April.Traditionally, people visited the church where they were baptized. Mothering Sunday is now a celebration of motherhood. People visit and take gifts to their mothers and grandmothers Traditionally, people observed a fast during Lent. Lent is the period from Ash Wednesday until Good Friday. During the Lent fast, people did not eat from sweet, rich foods or meat. However, the fast was lifted slightly on Mothering Sunday and many people prepared a Simnel cake to eat with their family on this day. A Simnel cake is a light fruit cake covered with a layer of marzipan and with a layer of marzipan baked into the middle of the cake.Traditionally, Simnel cakes are decorated with 11 or 12 balls of marzipan, representing the 11 disciples and, sometimes, Jesus Christ. One legend says that the cake was named after Lambert Simnel who worked in the kitchens of Henry VII of England sometime around the year 1500

1st April
April Fool Day


1857 Washing the Lions" at the Tower of London
Or All Fools' Day is one of the most light-hearted days of the year, it has been celebrated since the 19th century, but Its origins are uncertain. The day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is well known in Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and the United States, where it is celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. The jokes and their victims are known as "April fools". Hoax stories may be reported by the press and other media on this day and explained on subsequent days.


2nd April (1982)
The Start of Falklands War


The Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas), also known as the Falklands Conflict, Falklands Crisis, and the Guerra del Atlántico Sur (Spanish for "South Atlantic War"), was a ten-week war between Argentina and the United Kingdom over two British overseas territories in the South Atlantic: the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

4th April
Grand National.

Often called the world’s greatest steeplechase.
This will be the 172nd annual running of the world famous National Hunt, Grand National steeplechase horse race at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England. It is a handicap chase containing thirty fences which is run over a distance of 4 miles and 856 yards (7,242 m)   Check your local pub or club to see if they are showing this race


6th April
National Tartan Day USA


"There's a wee bit o'Scotland in everyone"
Tartan Day derives from the US Senate Resolution 155, passed in March 1998,to recognize the contribution that Scottish Americans played in the founding and shaping of the United States.It is estimated that there are 6 million people who claim Scottish Descent.Tartan Day is held on April 6, the anniversary of the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was created in 1320, the first known formal Declaration of Independence. National Tartan Day is an opportunit
y to celebrate all Americans who claim Scottish ancestry, and we are especially grateful for the service in our Armed Forces of Scottish Americans who have answered the call to protect our Nation.
Info:info@tartandaysd.com

 

9th April 2020
Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday) is a movable feast in the Christian calendar.
It falls during Holy Week, three days before Easter and commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels.
In Britain today, the Queen follows a very traditional role of giving Maundy Money which is specially made for the occasion to a group of pensioners.
The tradition of the Sovereign giving money to the poor dates from the 13th century, from the reign of Edward I.
At one time recipients were required to be of the same sex as the Sovereign, but since the eighteenth century they have numbered as many men and women. The coins are given in special white and red leather purses. The white purse contains silver Maundy coins matching the Queen's age in pence, while the red purse contains ordinary money. Yeomen of the Guards carry the Maundy Money on golden alms trays on their heads. The service takes place at a different cathedral or abbey each year and people are chosen to receive the money because of good work they have done in their community.

 

11th April 1:00pm
Easter Tea at the Mayflower Club


There will be a choir, and the tuck shop will be open.
Easter tea will be served at 3:00pm sharp reservations are a must, Tickets $15:00

All are Welcome ore details and directions please call The office at (818) 769-9805 The Mayflower Club. 11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606
http://www.mayflowerclub.com


11th April 12:00 to :4:00pm
Village FairHouse-of-England.jpg Beatles tribute band concert combined in one very British day- on the International cottages lawn.  Food, fun, and entertainment. The House of England cottage is also open every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Please drop in for a spot of tea and a chance to learn a bit about the history and traditions of England.  President HPR Delegate Jocelyn Manson jeclectic1@gmail.com
House of England, Balboa Park Hall of Nations, House of Pacific Relations

 

19th April
Primrose Day

Primrose Day is a special day in memory of British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli (Lord Beaconsfield), who died on 19 April 1881. He was Britain's first, and to-date only, Jewish Prime Minister. He was a close friend of Queen Victoria, and shared her love of the English country side.  Queen Victoria sent a wreath of primroses to Disraeli's funeral. Today people pay tribute to the statesman by wearing primroses. There is a bronze statue of Lord Beaconsfield in Parliament Square, which is decorated with primroses every year on the anniversary of his death.

23rd April
Saint George Day


St George is the Patron Saint of England.
His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag.
St George's emblem was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century.
The king's soldiers wore it on their tunics to avoid confusion in battle


23rd April
William Shakespeare’s Official Birthday
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The most famous of all English playwrights was born (officialy) and died on St Georges Day
His birthday is (usually!) celebrated on 23rd April in Stratford-upon-Avon

25th April
Anzac Day
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Remembering Gallipoli, 1916
The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosporus and the Black Sea. At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders.Anzac Day commemorates not only all the Thousands of Australian and New Zealanders who lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8500 Australians and 2721 New Zealanders, but also Honour’s returned servicemen and women.

3rd May.
Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Parade

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On Hyde Park this Sunday 3rd May, 2020 in London.
Around 1,000 veterans and serving officers of the Household Cavalry will take part in this annual parade, to pay tribute to fallen comrades. Accompanied by the Household Cavalry Lifeguards Regiment and Blues and Royals Regiment military band. The tradition is for Officers to dress in the so-called “City suit”, carrying umbrellas, wearing black bowler hats and dark suits rather than ceremonial uniforms, this is intended to reflect pre-World War I “proper order of dress”. Whenever they are in London on duty. On parade, however, their rolled-up brollies must remain unfurled, regardles of the weather

 

7th May 1945
VE Day


On Monday May 7th at 02.41. German General Jodl signed the unconditional surrender document that formally ended war in Europe.Winston Churchill was informed of this event at 07.00. While no public announcements had been made, large crowds gathered outside of Buckingham Palace and shouted: “We want the King”. The Home Office issued a circular (before any official announcement) instructing the nation on how they could celebrate “Bonfires will be allowed, but the government trusts that only material with no salvage value will be used.”:British Legion has  a short supply of V E Day pins for sale at the Poppy shop online.
http://www.britishlegionusa.com/#!poppy-shop-usa/c11pg

8th May 1945
V-E Day is celebrated


On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and its Allies celebrate Victory in Europe Day.
Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.

10th May
Mothers Day USA.

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The earliest Mother's Day celebrations were the ancient Greek's spring celebrations in honor of Rhea, the mother of the gods. England's "Mothering Sunday," begun in the 1600's, and is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, to honour the mothers of England. In 1907, Anna Jarvis started a drive to establish a national Mother's Day in America, when she passed out 500 white carnations at her mother's church in West Virginia--one for each mother in the congregation. In 1908 on May 10th (the second Sunday in May, her church held the first Mother's Day service. By 1909, churches in 46 states, Canada and Mexico were holding Mother's Day services. In 1912, West Virginia was the first state to designate an official Mother's Day. By 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed the resolution, establishing an official national Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. Many countries of the world now have their own Mother's Day at different times of the year. By any name or any date, it's a special day to honor a special person.  NOTE
Mother's Day 2019 Will Be a $23 Billion Cash Cow. Mother's Day spending this year will top $23 billion, according to the National Retail Federation's annual Mother's Day spending survey. Americans will spend an average of $186.39 on mom this year. Seventy-seven percent plan to send a greeting card, according to the survey, and Hallmark reports that Mother's Day is the third most popular card-sending holiday behind Christmas and Valentine's Day. About 69% of Americans will send mom flowers. And 36% plan to buy mom jewelry. The National Restaurant Association, reports that Mother's Day is the most popular holiday of the entire year to dine out, with nearly half of all Americans hitting a restaurant

19th May 8:00 pm
3rd Royal Wedding Anniversary


The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle took place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and the cost of the whole event was paid for by the Royal family. The country enjoyed a day of national celebration. The service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner, whilst the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiated. The Lord Chamberlain's Office managed the ceremonial parts of the day.  Members of the Household Cavalry line the St George's Chapel staircase, whilst outside, members from the Windsor Castle Guard from 1st Battalion Irish Guards, and Armed Forces personnel from the Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, the Royal Marines, 3 Regiment Air Army Corps, The Royal Gurkha Rifles and RAF Honington line the streets within the precincts of Windsor Castle.

24th May
Daughters of the British Empire


Please visit our booth at the Scottish Games in Costa Mesa over the Memorial Day weekend.
All ladies with British Commonwealth heritage are eligible to join DBE in the USA.
For more information contact: State President   Carole Thomas Tel: 714-486-3246, DBE in California.

31st May 1916

Battle of Jutland Centenary
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A Remembrance service will be held in Plymouth to mark the Battle of Jutland.
The Battle of Jutland was the most significant naval engagement of the First World War, with more than 100,000 sailors involved on 250 ships.More than 6,000 Royal Navy and 2,500 German sailors lost their lives, in what was the biggest and most brutal naval battle of the First World War.

6th June
Operation Neptune or D-Day

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The Normandy landings were the landing operations on 6th June 1944 of the Allied forces in Normandy during World War II. Called Operation Overlord, codenamed operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Landing some 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France to liberate Western Europe from German occupation.The allied soldiers quickly broke through the Atlantic Wall and pushed inland to victory.

 

6th June 11:00am - 2:15pm

The British Home in California