Bulgarian-Macedonian Assn. - Podkrepa Portland (PDX)

  • Консулски услуги:
    За всички, които се нуждаят от подновяване на българска лична карта, български задграничен паспорт, както и всякакви нотариални документи.
    Има предложение- споразумение за изнесена консулска среща в Portland, OR с Българското Консулство в Los Angeles за месец април, 2016 год.
    Моля всички заинтересувани български сънародници да известят свои близки, познати, приятели от щатовете Oregon, Washington и Idaho, и се регистрират като оставят съобщение на г-н Константин Янакиев на тел. 503-954 9281 или на e-mail dr.ambassador@hotmail.com
           Консулски услуги в Сиатъл: http://www.dirbg.us/events/?mc_id=2621
  • Balkan Bash Benefit Dance Party with Kafana Klub and Slavej                      Podkrepa Hall,  Saturday February 20th, 2016  7pm-10:30pm
          Please come and support Rachel, who makes so much of the Balkan events possible! 
          Kafana Klub plays a spirited blend of dance music from the                 Balkans and beyond. Sublime vocals and sizzling instrumentals           stir the feet as well as the soul. http://kafanaklub.com
          Slavej performs dance music from Bulgaria, Macedonia,                       Kosovo, Bosnia and Serbia and the music of Balkan Roma.                   Members are: Mark Levy, clarinet and gajda; Michael Lawson,             accordion and vocals; Cody Simmons, trumpet, Caroл                           Ivermaн, vocals; and David Bilides, tapan.
          Carol Silverman 3150 Portland St. Eugene OR 97405 
          541-344-4519   csilverm@uoregon.edu 
  • Трифон Зарезан & Valentine's Day Celebration 


  •       Saturday, February 13, 6:00PM

       Вино и любов 
       Заедно ръка за ръка!
  •        Potluck, $ 5 suggested donation

       Everybody is welcome!

  • Get to know each other" is an event in honor of our children.

    The kids we brought to this new life in America are young adults and many of them are in relationships with someone they've met here. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they reunited with old friends and had an opportunity to make new ones?
    Friday January 29th, 2016 at 7pm 
  • Rosna Kitka dancing will be this Friday December 18th 7 -10 pm at Podkrepa Hall 2116 N Killingsworth. We will have a preview of everything we've learned so far, including many beloved Bulgarian and Macedonian folk dances. $5 suggested donation, bring a potluck dish to share and a friend! 
  • Thanks so much to all who joined us for our annual Christmas Celebration last Sunday December 12th, 2015 beginning with a performance by the children in our Bulgarche classes at 4 pm followed by a visit from Santa at 5 pm and potluck after.  We had a wonderful time watching the children perform and visiting with our Bulgarian families and friends! See photos on our facebook page.
  • There will be no members meeting in December as we're enjoying each other's company at the Christmas party on Saturday the 12th instead. Meetings are usually the 3rd Saturday of the month at 4:00 pm with potluck dinner to follow. Membership is just $60 annually per adult over 18, and we enjoy many benefits including great Bulgarian camaraderie and culture, and an invitation to some members only functions. 
  • Children's Bulgarian language and culture classes resumed this fall on Sundays at 12:30pm. Our current enrollment forms are on our education page.
  • You can follow us for more information and photos on our Facebook Page too, including the image of our new logo! You will see it in more places soon, but right now, you can get it on a white t-shirt in exchange for a tax-deductible $20 donation to Podkrepa. 


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.



Macedonia Teaching Experience Summer 2016

posted Oct 22, 2015, 11:19 PM by Jan Groh

In the summer of 2016, the Macedonia School Project will begin its third year of coordinating interested American volunteers in providing conversational English to Macedonian students.  The program’s goal is twofold: to provide volunteers with a meaningful, quality experience in Macedonia while supporting aspiring Macedonian students in improving their English language skills.  See attached flyer for printing out this information.

Qualifications: Experienced or retired teachers or college level students interested in teaching and gaining a cross-cultural experience.   Others comfortable in school classrooms are welcome to apply.

Costs: Air-flight is approximately $1,800 to reach Ohrid, Macedonia (from Portland OR) which is the responsibility of the volunteer.  Program cost is $600 for a 2-week experience (mid-June/mid-July).  The program costs cover accommodations, Macedonian teacher and interpreter time and supplies.  No funds go to the Macedonia Schools Project. Since the MSP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization your costs may be tax deductible

Accommodations: Volunteer costs cover housing with a local Macedonian family within walking distance of the school and includes breakfast each day. 

Transportation: MSP hosts will meet you at the Ohrid airport or bus station and provide transportation to your housing.

Teaching environment: The MSP will provide students, classrooms and a qualified Macedonian teacher/translator to work with you to ensure the highest quality experience for you and the students.  They will also assist you in developing appropriate lesson plans to suit the program participants, students and teachers.   All students involved will have some knowledge of English but need practice in using their language skills with native English speakers.

The Macedonian classrooms have limited resources so volunteers are encouraged to bring educational materials.   In addition, volunteer teachers are encouraged to introduce other subjects such as art, science, music, biology or other topics you feel comfortable with.   They will be expected to teach about 1-2 hours a day 5 days each week.

Volunteer teachers are free to experience the many cultural and historical offerings available in the Ohrid area during the summer.

See the flyer below to contact Tom Lineham, Program Coordinator. The MSP website page includes additional photos and information about MSP projects at: www.makschools.info


posted Jun 4, 2015, 10:28 PM by Jan Groh

С цел улесняване на българските граждани и подобряване на тяхното консулско обслужване, през месец Септември  в гр. Портланд ще се проведе изнесено консулско обслужване, в рамките на което представители на Генералното Консулство на Република България в Лос Анжелис ще извършват нотариални удостоверения на документи ( пълномощни и декларации) и ще се приемат заявления за подновяване на български документи за самоличност.

Молим прочелите това съобщение да го споделят с техните приятели и познати живеещи в съседните на Орегон щати.

Адреса и датата ще бъдат обявени допълнително.

Молим да регистрирате желанието си за консулско обслужване на следния e-mail адрес: dr.ambassador@hotmail.com 
За повече информация молим обърнетв внимание на прикачените файлове. Също така cell phone (503) 954 - 9281 с оставяне на съобщение за Константин Янакиев.

REMOTE CONSULAR SERVICES Coming to Portland in September

In order to help Bulgarian citizens and improve their consular services in the City of Portland, in September representatives of the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Los Angeles will perform notary services for certified documents (powers of attorney, returns) and will accept renewal applications of Bulgarian identity documents in Portland.

Please share this message with Bulgarian friends and relatives living in the surrounding area and neighboring states to Oregon.

Address and date will be announced later.

Please express your interest in consular services to: dr. ambassador@hotmail.com

For more information please see the attached documents. Also, you can call 503-954-9281 to a leave a message for Konstantin Yanakiev.

Celebrate St George's Day Sat May 9, 2015 with us!

posted Mar 22, 2015, 2:27 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Mar 22, 2015, 9:49 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 9th, 2015 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! The park charges just $5 entry fee per car (кола), otherwise this event is free.

And, we still have some white t-shirts with our NEW LOGO (visible on our Facebook Page here) on them available in exchange for a $20 tax-deductible donation to Podkrepa, and we will have them with us at the picnic. So bring your cash or checks if interested in getting one!
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.

Save the date for a 3 in 1 celebration March 7th 2015!

posted Feb 23, 2015, 1:04 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 9:39 PM ]

We are co-celebrating THREE wonderful spring occasions in one day Saturday March 7th when we will combine the arrival of Baba Marta (March 1), Bulgarian Liberation Day (Ден на Освобождението на България (March 3) and  International Women's Day (March 8) into one great occasion with you all!

Join us for food, friendship and another great children's presentation with music and a potluck at Podkrepa Hall 2116 N Killingsworth in Portland.

5:00 pm Bulgarche Children's cultural presentation starts promptly (don't be late!)
6:00 pm Potluck, raffle and social time for everyone

We also still have some white T-shirts with our NEW LOGO (shown on our Facebook page) on them available in exchange for a $20 tax-deductible donation to Podkrepa, as well as a NEW 1 page 2015 calendar featuring our Bulgarche program kids, so bring some money and get one before they are gone! (All items are offered in exchange for fully tax-deductible donations to Podkrepa).

The three celebrations include:

Baba Marta (Grandma March) traditionally visits March 1, when everyone dons (puts on and wears) a red & white Martenitsa (plural: Martenichki or Мартенички)  signifying rebirth and good health (traditions and meaning vary a bit across regions). These handcrafted adornments are traditionally worn until the first sign of Spring comes in the form of either a blossoming tree, or the first sight of a swallow or stork when they are then placed on or tied to a blooming shrub or bush. Although spring seems to have come early to Portland this year, please don't let this stop you from sporting (wearing) a Martenitsa for a few days in early March with us anyway! (We have some мартенички available for sale you can come get early at our Rosna Kitka dance session Friday February 27th 7:00 pm also!)

Bulgarian Liberation Day (Ден на Освобождението на България  is a very significant Public Holiday for Bulgarians, signifying liberation from the Ottoman Empire, and is traditionally celebrated in the modern era on March 3rd. We are moving our celebration to the weekend to allow more to join us.

Lastly, we are also co-celebrating March 8th (Осеми Март) or International Women's Day one day early to also allow more to join us. The 8th of March is recognized with more significance in Bulgaria and other regions including Europe than in the United States. It is also known as Mother's Day in Bulgaria. This does not stop us from celebrating it here! We would not be here without women, after all. Join us!

Celebrate Трифон Зарезан И St. Valentine's Day Feb 14th

posted Jan 27, 2015, 11:24 PM by Jan Groh

Let's celebrate Трифон Зарезан & Valentine's Day!

Вино и любов - Заедно ръка за ръка!
Love and Wine - the Perfect Combination!

Bulgarians celebrate two holidays on February 14th, Saint Valentine’s and Saint Trifon!
On the day of St. Trifon “Zarezan”, the guardian of wine-growers, we celebrate our love of wine!
So, if your loved one is with you, celebrate Valentine’s Day,
if not, enjoy some good wine and forget about love!

Saturday, February 14
6:00PM Podkrepa Hall
2116 North Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217

Potluck, $ 5 suggested donation

Everybody is welcome!

Holiday happenings at Podkrepa 2014

posted Nov 5, 2014, 12:49 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 12:47 PM ]

We will forgo our usual monthly 3rd Saturday members business meeting in December in favor of our annual Podkrepa Christmas Party, open to all comers 4pm Saturday December 20th. We will begin with a performance by the children's Bulgarche language and dance program at 4 pm, followed by a visit from Santa and then a potluck meal with friends and family (bring a dish to share).
If you have something you wish Santa to present to your child, please have it wrapped with the child's name on it.  Bring it to the store room earlier on the day of the party  (or make arrangements with a member beforehand to get it there) so we have it ready, thanks. Santa has many gifts to present though, so please do not bring a large gift, or more than one per child. We look forward to sharing this holiday tradition with you!
Then, join us for our New Year's Eve Party hosted by Dora and Georgi Krastevi at Podkrepa on December 31, 2014 starting at 8:00 pm until ?? January 1, 2015! Dora is coordinating the potluck (so we are sure to have a good mix of all types of dishes, not just desserts, and enough for all) so please contact Dora to RSVP at krasteva64 [at] gmail[dot] com if you are planning to join us to help her plan. Just $15 per person (children are free), of which $10 is tax-deductible, and $5 will cover the costs of prizes, games, champagne and party hats, etc.) We hope you will join us! (Thank you Dora i Georgi!)

Bulgarika playing Sun Oct 12 6:30 pm!

posted Sep 29, 2014, 7:57 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Nov 7, 2014, 1:30 PM ]

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.

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