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Greek Festival > your next best thing October 15, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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Visitors enjoyed the swift strumming of bouzouki, a string instrument, and the Greek music

The 43-year-old St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church festival offers visitors a chance to experience many traditional sights and sounds of Greece.

A truckload of pastries was sold in the first two days and more than 2,500 Greek meals and gyro sandwiches had been served. Greek beer and wine was flowing and hundreds of bottles of Retsina, a traditional wine stored in pine barrels for flavoring, were sold.

Aside the church’s open tent, people feasted while watching the embroidery-embellished Hellenic Dancers’ “Vlahika” folk dance and the 10-step circle dance “Kalamatiano”, that demands “polish and sophistication”.  Members of the dance troupe performed daylong, on stage and snaking hand-in-hand through the entertainment and dining tent.

Where > St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church; 502 S. Chaparral St.
Time > Noon to 5 p.m. today (Sunday) Cost > free

Greek dinner >
Souvlaki > Skewered tenderloin cubes
Tiropitaki > Cheese-filled pastry
Dolmades > Ground meat and rice stuffed in grape leaves
Greek salad
Pita bread
Orzo > Greek pasta

Side Dishes >
Gyro > $5
Souvlaki > $6
Dolmades > 3 for $2
Tiropitaki > $2
Orzo > $2
Greek salad > $2

Pastries >
Baklava > $2
Kourambiedes > $1
Koulouria > $5/dozen
Amigdalota > $2

Source: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

First heroin press found in Greece October 15, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Police & Crime.
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A press for the preparation and packaging of heroin was found for the first time in Greece, the Attica Drugs Squad said at the weekend, according to the Athens News Agency report.

Complete with attachments, the machine with a capacity of handling 10 tonnes of heroin was found in a makeshift workshop for adulterating drugs in an apartment block located in the Athens suburb of Kesariani, police said in a statement. The find was made during a raid last week that unearthed major quantities of drugs.

Arrested on Thursday were three Albanian nationals in whose possession were found 29 kilos of unprocessed cannabis. A Greek was also detained, and a fourth Albanian is wanted.

In addition to the heroin press, confiscated were 14.5 kilos of heroin, eight kilos of an unidentified powder, and measuring scales, the statement said.

Sunday an elections day in Greece October 15, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Politics.
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There are no problems whatsoever during today’s elections day in Greece, the Greek radio Skai reports.

The citizens of the country are voting today at the local elections for self-rule. Over 18,000 police officers are providing for the security of almost 25,000 polling stations in the country. The elections day will end at 19:00 p.m. The first preliminary results will appear after that hour. The official results will be known and announced a little after midnight.
The Greek Conservative cabinet preserved its place during the local elections that took place today, winning majority of the votes in Athens and Thessaloniki, the preliminary results showed, DPA reports. The conservative nominee Nikitas Kaklamanis, ex Minister of Health, won great advance in the 4 million city of Athens in front of Socialists’ nominee Kostas Scandalidis.

The results in Thessaloniki also show advantage for the nominee of conservatives Vassilis Papageorgopoulos to his opponent Hrisa Arapoglou.