Bulgarian-Macedonian Assn. - Podkrepa Portland (PDX)

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  • Adult beginning and intermediate Bulgarian language classes with Daniela Ivonova-Nyberg have also resumed for 2014/2015. Please see our Arts & Education section if interested in joining ASAP.
  • Next members meeting is Saturday Nov 15, 2014 at 4 pm, with potluck to follow. Thanks to all who came to our October 18th meeting. We will be ordering t-shirts after the November meeting, so please let us know how many you would like and what sizes.
  • There will be no members meeting in December, but we will enjoy a potluck Christmas Party at 4:00 Saturday December 20, 2014 instead, everyone welcome. (You do not need to be a member!) Santa will arrive at 5:30 pm. If you have something you wish Santa to present to your child, please have it wrapped with the child's name on it and bring it to the storeroom earlier on the day of the party. Please limit to only one small gift per child as Santa will have many gifts to present, thank you.
  • Our Bulgarche (Българче) Language and Culture classes have resumed for the season as of September 14, 2014. See Arts & Education for more details.
  • Thanks to Bulgarika for a fantastic fall dance party Sunday Oct 12! We had a great time! See the photo gallery for some video from the party.
  • Get your next Balkan dance fix with Rosna Kitka dancing 7-9pm Fri Nov 7, 2014
  • We are trying out some new artistic metal fencing in front to help spruce up the grounds and better secure the property during off hours. This will replace the metal cabling we currently use if members approve. Thanks to Dave who is lending his industry and artistic touch to this.
  •  "Rosna Kitka" 2014 every other Friday folk dance sessions schedule has ended for the 2013-2014  season. Fall 2014 schedule still being determined, stay tuned.
  • Keep your eye out for our new logo under development now in May 2014. We will share it as soon as we can!


2116 N Killingsworth st.
Portland, OR 97217
Podkrepa is a social organization founded in 1939 to help inroduce Bulgarians and Macedonians in Portland, Oregon to their new country - USA. In more recent years, our organization adjusted to unite Bulgarians, Macedonians, American Macedonians and American Bulgarians and to promote Bulgarian and Macedonian educational and cultural activities.
Podkrepa is a charitable organization - indeed, our charter and bylaws forbid any political or religious endorsements or discussions.
Any adult of good character, who was born or lived in Bulgaria or Macedonia, is a descendant of a Bulgarian or Macedonian, or is interested in supporting the promotion of Bularian or Macedonian culture is invited to join Podkrepa.



Bulgarika playing Sun Oct 12 6:30 pm!

posted Sep 29, 2014, 7:57 PM by Jan Groh

Dust off your Balkan dancing shoes, we are pleased to be able to host the talented group Bulgarika here at Podkrepa on Sunday October 12th at 6:30 pm. We will open the doors early for a potluck at 5:30, then get the party started at 6:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Please come and bring your friends!

Bulgarika includes gadulka virtuoso Nikolay Kolev, internationally renowned singer Donka Koleva, gaida player extraordinaire Vassil Bebelekov, and Dragni Dragnev, on tupan, kaval, and gaida. They will provide an evening of high-energy, musical acrobatics that will have you dancing! It’s a party, so bring food and beverage of your choice to share.  See the flyer below and tell your friends! All welcome, dancing or not! See you there!

Bulgarian Independence Day September 22

posted Sep 22, 2014, 2:41 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 4:47 PM ]

Prince Ferdinand declared Bulgaria's independence from the Ottoman Empire by a manifesto in Veliko Tarnovo on September 22, 1908. Bulgaria was then recognized as a separate state ruled under crown King Ferdinand (who went by the title of tsar) by both Turkey and the world's great powers at the time as surrounding countries fought for other scraps of the former Ottoman Empire. The day was declared a National Public Holiday by a resolution of the National Assembly on September 10th, 1998. Bulgarians everywhere celebrate the day with pride. We hope you will join us in recognizing this special day. Happy Bulgarian Independence Day! Честит Ден на Независимостта!

На 22 септември 1908 г. във Велико Търново, с манифест, княз Фердинанд обявява независимостта на България. С този акт на практика се отхвърлят последните васални връзки с Османската империя. Княжество България става независима държава начело с коронования цар Фердинанд. Високата порта (Турция), а след това и Великите сили признават официално българската независимост. Обявен за официален празник с решение на Народното събрание от 10 септември 1998 г. Дълго време значимостта на това събитие от новата история не се оценява, но на тази дата през 1908 г. България - една от най-старите държави в Европа, отново се появява на световната карта след петвековно османско владичество.


Bulgarche (Българче) Classes start Sunday Sept 14, 2014 12:30 pm

posted Sep 12, 2014, 3:18 PM by Jan Groh

Greetings parents and children. We hope everyone had a great summer break, and look forward to hearing about your vacations. We are restarting the 2014-2015 season of Bulgarian Language and Culture classes here at Podkrepa THIS Sunday September 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm. New & returning students can enroll at this time.  We will start off by greeting our new students and families in the Bulgarian tradition of sharing bread and honey. Then we will share the new books we will use this year, and discuss this year's learning goals and answer any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!
Скъпи родители, ученици и гости,
За четвърти път ще отворим вратите за посрещане на нашите ученици на 14 септември от 12:30 часа в сградата на " Подкрепа". Готови сме да запишем и нови ученици.
След посрещането на децата по стар български обичай с питка и мед ще разгледаме новите учебници, ще поговорим за програмата на обучение и целите, които сме си поставили, ще отговорим на въпроси, които ви вълнуват, ще споделим кой къде и как е прекарал ваканцията и ще се почерпим за добре дошли :)

Trying out some new fencing summer 2014

posted Jul 8, 2014, 12:33 AM by Jan Groh   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 12:34 AM ]

We invite Podkrepa members to give us your feedback on the new artistic metal fencing that Dave has been trying out on the front of the property. This will help spruce up the property and better secure it during off hours. You will see various pieces appear and disappear as he keeps tweaking it to get it to fit well, be safe, and look good. (It has gotten rave reviews so far, but we will vote as a group to ultimately keep it or not.)  There will be lockable gates for the driveways. See the early sample panel picture attached below (FenceTrial1.jpg), and come see it for yourself at our next members meeting Saturday July 19th, 2014.

Great Българче Year End Presentation May 31, 2014

posted Jun 5, 2014, 2:39 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 2:47 PM ]

The end-of-the-year celebration for the children's Българче (Bulgarche) language and dance program was held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a potluck luncheon enjoyed by friends and family. The 50 minute program allowed the 14 children in this year's class to showcase what they had learned during the year. The five girls and nine boys wore ethnic costumes and each read a passage in Bulgarian.

Some recited Bulgarian poetry from memory and two short plays were presented also in Bulgarian. The children also sang three songs and performed five different dances, including one interactive dance with the audience. One girl interviewed different audience members all in Bulgarian. It was a very enjoyable and impressive display of progress the children made during their classes this year.
You can see photos of this wondeful presentation in our Picture Gallery.
Podkrepa's Bulgarian language and dance classes are now finished for the summer and will begin again in September 2014. Registration is open for those who wish to participate. See our Arts & Education page for more information.

Благодаря на нашите прекрасни деца за чудесното представление! Честит 1 юни - ден на детето!Весела ваканция!

Thank you to our wonderful children for a wonderful show! Happy June 1st - Children's Day. Happy Summer Holiday!


Българче Educational Program Year End Celebration 5/31

posted May 25, 2014, 5:29 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated May 25, 2014, 5:31 PM ]

Please join us Saturday May 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Podkrepa Portland (2116 N Killingsworth in Portland) for our educational program 2014 year-end presentation by the children's classes. This will be followed by a potluck and socializing as we head into the summer break. (Bring food and friends to share with). Classes will resume again in the fall. The children have been working hard to prepare to share their language and dancing with us, please don't miss this wonderful event!

Celebrate St. George's Day with us!

posted Apr 26, 2014, 1:11 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Apr 27, 2014, 1:44 PM ]

We will be celebrating the very popular Bulgarian holiday of St. George's Day (May 6th), also known as Гергьовден (Gergyovden) with a potluck picnic at 1 pm on Saturday May 10th, 2014 at Rooster Rock State Park Picnic Site A on the Columbia River so lots of you may join us! (It's about 21 miles east of Portland on I-84. Directions from Podkrepa). Bring food to share with friends and family and plan for a fun day with Portland area Bulgarian and Macedonian families. (Feel free to arrive early to enjoy more of the park and surrounding sites ahead of the potluck). All welcome!
St. George's Day is known as one of the biggest name days celebrated in Bulgaria. (Name days are very popular in Bulgaria and many are celebrated in the spring). It is a major feast day with a lot of Slavic history and tradition behind it, usually involving roasting a whole lamb. May 6 was made an official public holiday in 1880 by Alexander of Battenburg. The holiday was declared to celebrate the Bulgarian army’s victories in the Liberation War against the Ottoman Turks.

Cultural and Educational Program at Podkrepa opened doors for a third year on Sept. 8, 2013

posted Sep 15, 2013, 12:38 PM by Tanya K   [ updated May 22, 2014, 10:03 PM by Vania Karachobanova Portland, Oregon ]

Културно-образователната програма "Българче" в Портланд за трети път отваря широко врати за всички деца, които желаят да разширят и обогатят знанията си по български език и литература, география и история на България. Децата ни ще имат възможност да се запознаят с традиции и обичаи наследени от дедите ни, ще се научат да пеят и танцуват по български.
Мисията ни е да изградим образователна среда, която да подкрепя децата в техния стремеж към творчество и развитие.

Имаме готовност за откриване на нова паралелка за деца, които не могат да четат и пишат. В зависимост от възрастта и степента на владеене на нашия език, желаещите деца могат да се присъединят директно към вече съществуващите второ и трето ниво на обучение .

Разпределение на часовете :

Всяка неделя без празниците от 12:30 до 15:00 ч.
Подготвителна група/първо ниво с г-жа Кармен Козарева
Български език и литература, география и история на България с г-жа Ваня Карачованова
Всяка последна неделя - Български фолклор от 15:00 до 16:00 ч. с г-жа Даниела Иванова

Заповядайте на 8 септември от 13:30ч. в сградата на "Подкрепа"! Всеки език е нов, пъстър свят, родният език е богатство. Да го подарим на децата!


За повече информация: bgschoolportland@gmail.com

2013 Spring Dance Festival at Podkrepa, Saturday March 9th

posted Feb 3, 2013, 8:52 PM by Tanya K

Dance and sing with Daniela Ivanova!

Have great fun with our faithful, fantastic band Kafana Klub from Portland!

njoy the most delicious ethnic Bulgarian food in Oregon State!

4:00 – 5:30 Dance workshop

5:30 – 6:15 Favorite Bulgarian and Macedonian party songs

6:15 – 7:00 Potluck dinner

7:00 – 10:00 Dance party with Kafana Klub

$10 for the dance workshop

$ 8 for the singing class

$ 10 for the dance party

Spring Festival Package (dance workshop, singing class and dance party) - $ 20

Children under 13 free

Payable at the door

Kafana Klub features: Dennis Godfrey, Brent Geary, Kathy Fors, Maria Noel, Jill Poris, Cameron Edens

Overlook Village Street Fair

posted Aug 12, 2012, 8:13 PM by Tanya K

Thank you to all who helped make Podkrepa’s portion of the Killingsworth Street Fair such a success!  A special thank you to Alex and Vesko and their helpers who sold out in three hours!  Even the restaurant workers across the street wanted the Gyros they barbecued.  Another special thank you to Luba who organized the dancers.  They were so colorful and professional-looking.  It was so nice to see so many inside Podkrepa and having a good time.  One visitor said “everyone looks so happy inside there.”  Podkrepa is no longer quietly in the neighborhood and the neighborhood seems to be excited to know we are there.  It would not have so successful without the willing participation of many of you.  Thank you so very much.

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