Monday, April 21, 2008

Ethio-American Kids Community Happenings

The newsletter (see information at the bottom to receive this newsletter) was chock full of exciting activities for families with Ethiopian-American children in and around the Chicagoland area. Here are a few of the standouts:

Culture Camp Registration Now Open!

Mark your calendars for the Ethio-American Culture Camp this summer, August 1-3, 2008 at Wesley Woods Camp in southern Wisconsin. Join us for this exciting cultural celebration, filled with activities to enrich Ethio-American children and their siblings on their rich Ethiopian heritage!

Register today to save your spot at The early registration program fee (through 6/15) for Culture Camp is $40 to provide activities throughout the weekend, and families can also make lodging and camp meal arrangements online.

*Culture Camp volunteers are needed to help manage information/registration, activity planning, and the Saturday Evening Ethiopian Banquet. Email Bridget for more information.

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Planning Meeting -- Thursday, May 15th, 6:30-8 p.m.

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, located at 5631 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago.

Please confirm your attendance to Carol by Tuesday, May 13th.

Second-Annual Summer Picnic -- Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Burnham Shores in Evanston. Sign up will be available on the website beginning in May.

And Finally…Housekeeping:

· We need family photos for our Web site! Email photos to Katie Brabson at

· We want to hear from you! We’re trying to collect stories about adopting from Ethiopia. This is a great way to help pre-adoptive families learn from those who have already brought their children home. If you’d like to share your family’s story, email Dan Rafter at

· Join in the conversation: Sign up for the EAKC Yahoo Group at The forum is designed to facilitate social and cultural activities for families, as well as to discuss issues and share resources related to adopting from Ethiopia.

· Building a Membership Directory – Our group has many familiar faces and we’ve got new families joining everyday! We’re looking for a volunteer to develop and manage a membership directory of EAKC for 2008. Email Carol for more information.

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