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17th July 3:00 pm

Balmoralghillies Ball

To Celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee
Attire: Military Mess Dress, Highland Dress, Tuxedo, Smart Business, Country Casual
Afternoon High Tea, Scottish Country Dancing, Highland Dancing, Bagpiper, Dance to Live Ceilidh Music
At The Altadena Town & Country Club. Mendocino Room. 2290 Country Club Dr.Altadena, CA  91001"
Registration is required. Payment In Full In Advance Only
Event Contact. David Warburton, OBE., MD 818-359-6050 (c)


18th to 22nd July
Swan Upping ceremony

The Ceremony will commence on Monday 18th July from Sunbury on the Thames, Middlesex, and will finish on Friday 22nd July at Abingdon Bridge, Oxfordshire. This is an annual ceremonial in which mute swans on the River Thames are rounded up, marked, and then released. Traditionally, the British Monarch retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water.
Swan Upping occurs annually during the third week of July. During the ceremony, the Queen's, Vintners', and the Dyers' Swan Uppers row up the river in skiffs.
Today, only swans with cygnets are ringed, this also serves to check the health of swans. (all times given are approximate).

18th July 7:00 to 11:00 pm

 Celtic Arts Center

Lúnasa Music Session & Good Cheer
Táimid Ar Ais! – Tha Sinn Air Ais! – Rydyn ni'n Ôl!
The Celtic Arts Center continues to expand its Monday night cultural arts programming.
7:00–8:00 pm  Online Irish Language Classes
Online language instruction continues via Zoom reaching students both local and long-distance.
The Mayflower Club will be open at 7:00 pm for musicians and guests to come in, grab a spot and tune-up, get a beverage from the club's bar, and relax.
8:00–9:00 pm  Irish Céilí Dance Class
Open to newcomers and regulars, this class starts off with step-by-step instruction of the basics for beginners (a warm-up for returning students) followed by the learning
of one or two traditional Céilí dance patterns. This lively folk-dancing style has been referred to as Cardio Céilí and for good reason. Everybody gets to participate, young
and seasoned dancers, so be sure to wear some comfortable soft shoes/trainers. Join us as we share this traditional dance form that is uniquely Celtic.
The class is FREE for Center members and non-members get their first four sessions free of charge!
9:00–11:00 pm Traditional Celtic Music Seisiún
For over 35 years the Celtic Arts Center has hosted a traditional Celtic music seisiún (jam session). new and returning musicians are all welcome to participate!
Every first Monday of the month we will forego the dance class and have a Grand Seisiún with a music jam session starting at 7:00 pm and going on 'til closing at 11:00 pm.
Please take into account that LA County has updated its COVID response, so we are doing everything possible to obey
You can support the programs and the mission of The Celtic Arts Center through your donations by joining or renewing your membership today.
A Claidheamh Soluis / The Celtic Arts Center is a federally-recognized 501.c3 cultural arts organization, so all donations are tax-deductible.
Our mailing address is An Claidheamh Soluis - The Celtic Arts Center 5062 Lankershim Blvd. #3003 North Hollywood, CA 91601
Thank you for your support and see you Monday at The Mayflower Club N.Hollywood. 11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Call for Directions and Info at 818-769-9805


20th July 7:00 pm
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! THE next DSCA meeting is The DixoScottish club's Robert Burns Supper on the first Saturday in February at the Davis Masonic Lodge Hall, 1655 Da Vinci Court, Davis, CA. For details,  visit or E-mail


24th July 7:30 pm

LA Traditional Music Society

Dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Folk Music, dance, and related folk arts.
Group meets fourth Sunday of every month at  Encino Park

16953 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
Phone: (818) 817-7756

24th July 1:00 to 5:00 pm
The 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 each month (except December).at the Los Angeles Family History, Library, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90025.  More information  or contact

26th July 7:00 pm
Saint Andrews Society of Modesto

Saint Andrews Society of Modesto holds its meetings on the Fourth Tuesday of each month except December.
You don't have to be a Scotsman, Irishman, or Welshman to participate, and your interest is in the "swing of the kilt," the drone of the bagpipe or the eating of scones, shortbread, bangers, or soda bread, you'll find it encouraged by this Society. The only requirement is an interest in this colorful and unique bit of living history. We would be glad to see you at our gatherings and will welcome you as a member. Come early if you wish to join us for dinner before the meeting.
At Denny's restaurant (Between Granger and Coolidge)
1525 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA, 95350
Please call: For more information (209) 529-9430 ~ (209) 526-8812 ~ (209) 622-0740
If you would like to join the Saint Andrew's Society, please visit
for a Membership Application.
Hope to see you there!
St. Andrews Society of Modesto. P. O. Box 578653. Modesto, CA 95357-8653

26th July 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 muscle 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.

28th July 11:30 am-2:00 pm

The Britannia Connection

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 interest in British culture living in Southern California. For information, contact President: Vanessa A. Caldwell, Telephone: 760-598-2602 or 208-871-9644. E-Mail: Treasurer: Susannah Levicki. Telephone: 951-691-2048. E-Mail: Where: Golf Club of California.  3742 Flowerwood Lane. Fallbrook, CA 92028

31st July 1970
Black Tot Day

Death of a Royal Navy Tradition
For more than 300 years, from the earliest days of wooden ships and iron men, sailors of Great Britain's Royal Navy were issued a daily ration–or "tot"–of rum by the ship's "Purser" corrupted by sailors to Pusser's. Prior to 1740, sailors' daily tot of Rum was a pint a day, which they drank neat, that is without water! Before the battle, they were issued a double 'tot', and always after victory, for a job well done! As they fought drunk (it’s merely a flesh wound) or sober around the globe to keep the British Empire's sea lanes open. It was not until July 31st, 1970 that the Admiralty Board abolished the daily issue of Rum.
No longer will  boatswain’s mate piped the tune “Up Spirits”, or the officers’ toasts  (to the King or Queen) followed by a different toast for each day of the week:
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Monday, “Our ships at sea”
Tuesday, “Our men”
Wednesday, “Ourselves”
Thursday, “A bloody war, and quick promotion”
Friday, “A willing soul and sea room”
Saturday, “Sweethearts and wives, may they never meet”
Sunday, “Absent Friends, and those at sea.

1st August
House of England

Members of the House of England will hold their monthly meetings on the 1st Saturday. 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.
Balboa Park. 2301 Pan American Rd West
San Diego CA. Phone: +1 619-234-073

2nd August 9:00 am

The Friends of Ireland of Southern California

This great bunch of people meet for breakfast on the first Tuesday of every month.
If you would like to join them from 9.00 am to 11.00 am at Kenos Restaurant
2661 W La Palma Ave
Anaheim, Ca,
Info Pete at
  Tel 714-739-4195 Cel 714-200-7365.
RSVP  Pete
See you there.

3rd August 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Belmont Shore British Car Night

Pre-1980 British car meets the 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: www. Austin-Healey. For other event details please go to the Healey website calendar.

4th August 5:00 to 7:00 pm

 BABC OC First Thursday

Join the BABC-OC for the first in a new series of monthly business networking events.

We'll gather at various locations throughout Orange County on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month.

This Month's sponsor is.
 See you for a little Beer, Business, and Banter.
No Host Bar.
British American Business Council Orange County
714-227-0317; on behalf of; British American Business Council.

7th August 1:00 pm
Irish Center's monthly get-together

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 songbook. 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.  the telephone is 818 845 0044

9th August 7:00 am

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 the 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 works, 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 goodwill. Guests welcome. Events are posted as they become available. Please wear your name badge.
More information at 916 539 8931 Sharon Young
There is parking on the street or in the back of the pub. Please join Callie and Shamrock clubs and guests for a jabberfest.
And maybe even some Scottish eggs

12th August
The Glorious Twelfth

The Glorious Twelfth falls on August 12 each year, marking the start of the shooting season. Grouse shooting began in the Victorian era as early as 1853 and has continued throughout the years. Hunters seek the red grouse (Lagopus scotia), and to a lesser extent the ptarmigan (Lagopus muta), which can be found only in Britain and Northern Ireland and are one of the most expensive game birds. The date itself is traditional; the current legislation enshrining it in the England Game Act of 1831 Since English law prohibits game bird shooting on a Sunday, the start date is postponed to 13 August on years when the 12th falls on a Sunday

12th August 7:00 am

Western Sierra Celtic Society


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 or e-mail

14th August 11:30 am
House of Scotland

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, a 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 ( Club President.

16th August.1888
Lawrence of Arabia

Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence was born at Tremadoc in North Wales.
He was the second of five sons of Sir Thomas Chapman and Sarah Junner. Popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia, Lawrence became famous for his exploits as British Military liaison to the Arab Revolt during the First World War. When war broke out with Germany in 1914, Lawrence spent a brief period in the Geographical Section of the General Staff in London and was then posted to the Military Intelligence Department in Cairo. In 1916, the Arabs rebelled against the Turkish empire. Lawrence was sent to Mecca on a fact-finding mission, ultimately becoming the British liaison officer to the Arabs. His account of the revolt is chronicled in his classic books, “Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph” and “Revolt in the Desert

19th August 6:00 pm

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, Due to the Altadena Town and Country Club being closed.
The British United Services Club does not have any imminent live meetings planned They hope to re-start their Mess Night- Dining in the Fall if pandemic conditions improve!
At the moment they are holding a monthly Zoom gathering with some 30-40 members joining in, usually on the traditional 3rd Friday of each month.
For attendance and membership questions, please go

5th September
Annual North American Festival of Wales

The North American Festival of Wales is held in a different location each year, in either the US or Canada on the shared Labor Day holiday weekend. Prepare yourself for days of song, merriment, and camaraderie with old and new friends, celebrating the life, heritage, and culture of Wales Day activities include presenters from Wales and North America on Welsh language, music, dance, films, customs, historic, an Eisteddfod competition, a children’s program, a silent auction, and a marketplace offering Welsh cakes, tea, books, and gifts. Every evening will close by singing old Welsh favorites. Sunday concludes with a bi-lingual service. We promise a Welsh experience that will not be forgotten. The North American Festival of Wales is sponsored by the Welsh North American Association.
For full details of the Festival visit

2nd-5th September


10th September 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The 13th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha

For British & Irish real beer drinkers + US friends.
 Off-Duty Firefighters will pour beer for you and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund.
* 175+ Craft & Import Beers from over 80 Top Breweries * Commemorative Festival Glass
* Ten 4 oz Tastes * Park Setting with Lots of Shaded Seating * Homebrew Exhibitors
Free soda and water * Exclusive VIP Session * Live Entertainment, lots of Food Trucks Will Be Selling Their Best!
 Admission 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $40 Includes: Commemorative Festival Glass and Tastes
VIP – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $55 Includes: Commemorative Festival Glass & Tastes + -One hour Early Entry, -
VIP Exclusive Beer Appreciation Seminar by renowned beer experts with specially selected beer designated driver– $15 – Must accompany a paid participant The event will be held at Oak Canyon Park near Irvine Lake is one of Orange County’s premier private event facilities. Centrally located at 5305 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA


15th September (1984)
Prince Harry (B/D)

Formally Prince Henry of Wales, 2nd son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and currently fifth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom Attended Eaton excelled in sports, particularly polo and rugby union, graduated from Sandhurst as a Cornet (second lieutenant) in the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry. Earned his wings as a pilot and flew Apache helicopters in Afghanistan. Harry enjoys many sporting activities, polo, skiing, and motocross, and is a supporter of Arsenal Football Club.
Polls in the United Kingdom showed Harry to be the third most popular member of the Royal Family, after William and the Queen.

15th September