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Scottish American Society

6th December 2019
Hi !
Tonight is our St. Andrews potluck, holiday party & Ceilidh. 6:30 pm - We need help with set-up, serving, and entertainment. If you can volunteer, contact Christie or me or just show up around 5:30. Address is Northwest Family Recreation Center - City of Akron, 1730 Shatto Ave, Akron, OH · (330) 375-2849

Highland Dance: If anyone is interested in signing up for classes, please contact Christie Urquhart Walsh: cwalsh345@yahoo.com.
Adults interested in Scottish Country Dancing? Christie is adding an Adult Scottish Country Dance Class
Questions? Contact Christie Urquhart Walsh at: cwalsh345@yahoo.com or akronscottishdancers@yahoo.com

Miscellaneous information. If you want information on Scottish Dancing, Refreshments at meetings, Programs, Membership, Gaelic classes, Radio broadcasts, or any other routine matters, they are elsewhere on our web site.

Our Celtic Eagle Pipe Band now has a Youth Piping Program. Bagpipe Lessons for Beginners ages 8-18. Classes are Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3407 Johnson Rd., Norton OH. For more information, please contact Tim Wiley: tim.j.wiley@gmail.com

SCAM ALERT - BEWARE OF SCAMS! There are a million scams right now. The USA is the 8th most scammed country world-wide. You aren't safe on line or on your phone. Never, ever reveal personal financial information if you are using electronic media in a public place. There seems to be little protection beyond your own common sense. The scammers/hackers use a certain degree of logic and you have to have your wits about you to fend them off. If you get an email from a familiar name but the return address seems odd, delete it immediately. I jettison anything I don't really know. I suppose I've lost a few addresses that way and it does make me a bit sad, but I've just had too many headaches despite having virus checkers and a fire wall. Luckily, I also have family members who can help me sort it all out.
I keep my contacts sacrosanct. Adamantly. Darned if I know how scammers get addresses, but it happens. Just don't give anyone any personal information. If you are asked to donate to a charity, insist they send you information via snail mail. If they won't do that, just hang up. If they seem to have some of your information, but not all, don't fill in the blanks. It's the wild,wild west. Protect yourself!

CALENDAR DATES - 2019
December 6th - 6:30 pm - St. Andrews Holiday party potluck and Ceilidh - Northwest Family Recreation Center - City of Akron, 1730 Shatto Ave, Akron, OH · (330) 375-2849
December 15th - 6:00-8:00 pm Clash of the Tartans: A Celtic Christmas
Sunday, December 15, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and the Massillon Museum present A Celtic Christmas on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 6 pm, featuring Clash of the Tartans, at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646. The concert is free.
[Thanks to John Whitacre for calling this to our attention.]
CALENDAR DATES - 2020
January 12th - meeting - Debbie Doty will discuss the Ohio Scottish Arts School
A Center of Excellence for tuition in traditional Scottish music and dance.

January 24th 2020 - Annual Burns Supper. SYB Hall, Stow, Alex Brown, Chairman. $35 per person, $30 SAS Members (If paid before December 15th)
$20 (12 & under) - $40 if paid at the door. We are accepting reservations now.

February 9th - meeting - Library Auditorium - Brian McElhinney on the bagpipes
March 8th - meeting
April 5th (2nd Sunday is Easter) Tartan Day celebration - Alex Murray, Chairman and emcee extraordinaire.
May 10th - meeting
June 14th - meeting
July 18th - Pirate Day - Portage Lakes State Park
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Scotland Tours
Scotland trips 2020 - there are a few spaces left in Ed Pearlman's tours. One across the south of Scotland from Dunbar to Ayr, with chances to take beautiful walks, visit the homes of John Muir, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Burns, and to hear Border pipes, fiddle, accordion, amazing singers, and listen to Burns's fiddle itself. There is also one space in his Highlands and Skye tour, and one space in our Orkney/Shetland/Aberdeenshire tour. More info at www.edpearlman.net/scotland .
Those who have taken Ed Pearlman's tours give them rave reviews, but they are limited. That's the beauty and the problem!
Slàinte!
Maggie
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