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May 2021

Czech Soups III: Broccoli and Potato Soup

May 19 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This class is a continuation of the two previous Czech soup classes. This time we are going to learn how to prepare delicious creamy broccoli soup and earthy potato soup with sautéed mushrooms. Note: Suitable for vegetarians. Substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth. Gluten free class.Our popular virtual cooking classes continue! Cook and eat an authentic Czech and Slovak dish from the comfort of your home. Join us on Zoom and learn from Czech-born Chef Tom Slepicka in these hands-on,…

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Drive-up Traditional Czech Meal

May 21 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Pork-loin-with-gravy-sauerkraut-dumplings

Each boxed meal includes: Pork loin (Vepřové Maso) Dumplings with gravy (Knedlíky) Sauerkraut (Zelí) One (1) Koláče Select Czech beer and additional kolaches will be available for purchase at time of pickup. Supplies are limited.Orders must be placed by May 17, 2021

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Linden tree planting followed by coffee & kolaches

May 22 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Czech National Cemetery, 2200 C St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Join the NCSML President and CEO Dr. Cecilia Rokusek, Czech Heritage Foundation President Jim Gruntorad, Slovak Ambassador to the U.S. Radovan Javorcik, and Director of the Czech Center in New York Miroslav Konvalina and Deputy Director Jan Zahour at the Czech National Cemetery at 10 a.m. to dedicate the planting of new Linden trees, donated by Trees Forever. Many cultures consider the Linden tree, with its heart-shaped leaf, a sacred symbol representing peace, love, prosperity, friendship, and good luck. The…

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Cooking Demonstration by Slovak Ambassador Radovan Javorcik

May 22 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Join Slovak Ambassador Radovan Javorcik for an entertaining preparation of Laugaricio Tartiflette. Laugaricio Tartiflette – Zemiaky z Laugarícia While the name is not historically correct, Slovaks are ingenious in inventing names for dishes that make no sense, e.g. Spanish birds or Russian Eggs. The idea of blending the acidic taste of kraut with the sweetness of wine and mellow texture of the base is well known in Noricum region of the Limes Romanus. With Laugaricio being one of the most northern…

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Czech & Slovak Wine Tasting with Sommelier Dr. Steven Greif

May 22 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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As part of our May Hody celebration, join NCSML for a unique opportunity to sample wines from the Slovak winery Mrva Stanko. Curated by sommelier Steven Greif, this winery has received international awards for its contemporary take on traditional central European wine. Wines will be served with traditional tasting hors d’oeuvres. Don’t miss this chance to experience Slovak winemaking at its best!Cost: $60 RSVP is recommended as seating for this in-person event is limited.

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Jozef Ivaška Jr. Concert

May 23 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Jozef-Ivaska

Join us for an in-person concert with Slovakian Operatic Tenor, Jozef Ivaška Jr., as part of our Hody 2021 celebration. Jozef graduated from the State Conservatory of Music (Voice) in Bratislava and completed his education as an opera singer in the Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica. Following his university he attended the Academy of Young Singers at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia. His first major role was Vasek in Smetana's Bartered Bride in the State Opera in Banska…

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Member Master Class: History of Czech Communities in the USA

May 26 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A Virtual Lecture Series with Dr. Martin NekolaThousands of people dreamed of leaving impoverished Bohemian lands, crossing the ocean and entering the country of endless hope. Around 1506, the first news about America in the Czech language had spread across Bohemia and was received with great interest. In 1585, the alchemist and metallurgist Joachim Gans from Prague, arrived as part of an English expedition on the shores of today´s North Carolina, and was probably the first Czech who ever set…

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Traditional Czech Beef Goulash Served with Dumplings

May 26 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

There are a lot of versions of goulash, even within the United States. But just because it's called goulash, doesn’t mean that all goulashes are the same. In this class we are going to prepare a decadent Czech and Slovak version that will be totally different from your American version. And forget pasta, let’s prepare side dumplings like a real Czech! Note: Not suitable for vegetarians.Our popular virtual cooking classes continue! Cook and eat an authentic Czech and Slovak dish…

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June 2021

The European Union and the Rise of Populism

June 1 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The current political situation in the Czech Republic–a small country in the very heart of Europe historically considered the crossroads between the West and the East–is the reflection of the latest developments in the entire European Union currently facing a serious crisis caused by Brexit, a refugee crisis, and the rise of populist tendencies. The lecture will address all these issues, with further focus on the Czech Republic and other countries of Central Europe.Dr. Martin Nekola, Ph.D. received his doctorate…

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Czech Street Food – Langoš: Fried Bread with a savory or sweet topping

June 2 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Langoš is a delicious fried bread that originated in Hungary, but is very typical for the Czech Republic, too. In fact, most Czechs believe that it originated in the Czech Republic. It is considered a filling street food snack that can be served plain with just salt and pepper, but is most often served brushed with a garlic mixture, sprinkled with cheese, and drizzled with ketchup and/or tartar sauce. You can also prepare a sweet version of this food with…

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