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Events below are presented for information only. We try to post all related community parent education, adoption, cultural events that our members might be interested in. Unless noted specifically as a FRUA INC event, FRUA INC does not endorse, nor have any connection with the event.

Events listed in red are FRUA INC events. Events listed in blue are support groups or educational events. Events listed in green are cultural events. Events listed in purple are adoption playgroups and childrens' activities.

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Board, President, Grow Bag, Lending Library:
Sharon Kiddle
Board, VP, Camp Director, Single Parents:
Debbie Erickson
Board, Sec-co-Treas, Newsletter, Website, Membersh:
Terry Mandeville
Board, Treasurer:
Shauna McGuinn

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One of the FRUA, INC kids, dressed in traditional
Kazakhstan costume, welcomes guests to Winterfest
with traditional bread and salt



Pre-Spring Celebrations (AKA Winterfest)

Every year, in late winter / early spring we gather to celebrate the foods, customs, & music of our combined cultures. This is usually one of our two biggest gatherings. The goal is to have lots of fun, to have an opportunity to socialize with other families who have adopted from Eastern European & Ex-Soviet countries, and to share in the wealth of culture of our children's heritages. We make food from the countries of our children's origins & there is usually plenty of ethnic music or folk dancing, crafts, country exhibits, party favors, folk characters & merriment. Often there is a fund raiser to benefit orphans, orphanages, &/or children’s homes. Watch for announcements on the E-Group, in the Newsletter, & on the Website.


Snow Maiden


Sometimes we try our hands at making ethnic foods. For weeks before the event recipes are flying on the internet. We have sampled Borsht, Pelmeni, Bulgarian Shopska Salata, Ukraine Tvorog Galushki, Georgian Kaurma, Kazakh Pilaf... and much more. Other times guests have brought traditional pancake fillings as volunteers sling flapjacks and Blinchiki for a Russian Maslenitsa celebration.



Baba Marta and the Snow Maiden welcome guests to the Pre-Spring Festivals



Summer Gathering

The picnic is usually held in early September. On years when we hold the Heritage Camp in August that may substitute for the annual picnic. Our Summer Gathering is our other biggest event of the year. Rain or shine, we gather in a picnic area or at camp to meet new friends and connect with old ones, to watch our kids play, to eat ethnic foods and learn about our children's heritage, to raise funds for orphanage / orphan support, & to just generally have fun. It's a wonderful occasion to meet other families & have a relaxing time. It is also a good opportunity for those interested in adopting to come & meet others who have been through it. Watch for announcements on the E-Group, Website, & in the Newsletter.


sandcastle building at the Annual Picnic


At the picnic we always have fun and games - like scavenger hunts, wading or swimming, playground play, sandcastle building contests, icebreaker games, prizes, covered play area activities, crafts, air pump rockets... and more! Sometimes there is ethnic music/dance, or a special guest from one of our children's homelands.


fun learning new dances


The picnic is also a time that we usually eat various foods from our children's heritages. It is usually a "bring your own ethnic barbeque" type of thing - with a little Shashlyk, Georgian Basturma, Bulgarian Kepapche, and such. As well as potluck ethnic sidedishes and desserts.


look for the flags!


 
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