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Dear friends:

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1st July
Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada)

Canada day is a federal holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, which united three colonies (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the United Province of Canada) into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day ( Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was enacted, resulting in the patriation of the Constitution of Canada. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada, as well as among Canadians internationally.

2nd July
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

3rd July 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



4th July
Happy Birthday Cousins
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Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. The formal end of the war did not occur until the Treaty of Paris (for the U.S.) and the Treaties of Versailles (for the other Allies) were signed on September 3rd, 1783. The last British troops left New York City on Nov 25th,1783, and the Congress of the Confederation ratified the Paris treaty on January 14th,1784.

4th 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


5th July 6:00 pm

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 the Katella Deli, 4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
RSVP  Pete  714-200-7365
See you there.

5th July 8:00 - 9:30 pm

Brits in LA Pub Quiz

This Pub Quiz is every Tuesday evening and hosted by Sandro Monetti at the Market Tavern. Come early and enjoy the great British food and a pint, then join a team at 7:30 pm - to have a chit-chat before the quiz starts promptly at 8:00 pm. Sandro will go over the rules at the start of the game. The winning team gets a certificate for a round of drinks for all team members. Although we are on the patio, please be respectful of the current COVID-19 protocols stated by the LA Health Dept. Please wear your mask when not eating or drinking or when moving around the restaurant. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently and be mindful of your distance from others who are not living in the same household, vaccinated or not! Good luck, have fun and remember the most important thing - enjoy yourself.
Please consider tipping our host on Venmo @sandro-monetti as he’s doing an awful lot of work.

6th July 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.


7th July 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.
Descanso Restaurant
1555 Adams Ave #103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
 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.

10th July 1940
Start of the Battle of Britain.

1940 Britain Battles for three and a half month’s to survive,
as the Nazi's air force attacked the country by air.

10th July
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Join the BABC LA, BritWeek and Brits in LA to Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee... at THE Festive Event of the Summer in Los Angeles...
•    Exclusive Opportunity to Win Upper Class Tickets to London on Virgin Atlantic Airways!
•    Surprise Musical Guests
•    Food & Drink
•    Kids 14 & Under Free (2 maximum)
BABC LA and Britweek present the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration at the Fairmont Hotel.
Santa Monica, BritWeek

10th July 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.

11th to 15th July
Swan Upping ceremony

The Ceremony will commence on Monday 11th July from Sunbury on the Thames, Middlesex, and will finish on Friday 16th 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).

12th July 7:00 am

Caledonian Club

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2nd Tuesday unch 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 July 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

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)


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.

12th August
The Glorious Twelfth