Living up to our mission of “inspiring and educating area residents on all things Polish,” we are excited to announce enrollment is now being accepted for our fall classes!


The First Presbyterian Church on Wick Ave. on the edge of Downtown Youngstown continues to open their doors to our group. We are grateful that this centrally located church with already established classrooms, a stage and kitchen facilities has offered us such gracious hospitality. Dzięki!!


1.     All classes will take place at

First Presbyterian Church 201 Wick Avenue Youngstown, OH 44503-1001

2.     Adequate parking and security will be available. Preregistration is important.

3.     Prices vary and discounts for PolishYoungstown members apply.

4.     For more information on classes, call 330-333-9724 or click here to register.  


Tuesdays         Beginning September 23 - December 16, 2014  

Polish Language & Culture Classes

If you have always wanted to learn to speak Polish or maybe just learn a little more about your heritage and culture, our classes suit both of those needs! Click here to register.


·         Beginners Polish II  & Intermediate Polish       12 –  2:00 PM  

Prerequisite Beginners (Polish I or equivalent) focuses on building vocabulary in order to develop better comprehension and conversation skills. We will continue introducing grammatical concepts and structures. Students will begin developing basic writing skilIs.

Instructors: Stanley Gerchak and Bernadette Przybylski

Cost: FREE with optional textbook to purchase

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 421 Covington St., Youngstown, Ohio 44510


·         Introduction to All Things Polish                     6 – 7:30 PM  

This FUN, casual class is ideal for people who are interested in learning some basics that might be helpful for travel or informal conversation. This class is balanced between discussion of customs, culture and history while providing some basic speaking, reading and dialogue skills.

Instructor: Walter Bielski

Cost: $55 plus optional textbooks


·         Beginners Polish II                                          7:30 – 9:00 PM  

Prerequisite Beginners Polish I or equivalent. Class focuses on building vocabulary in order to develop better comprehension and conversation skills.  We will continue introducing grammatical concepts and structures. Students will begin developing basic writing skills.

Instructor: Stanley Gerchak

Cost: $55 plus textbooks


Wednesday/Sunday                 6 PM    Beginning date to be announced             

Polish History

The history of Poland is full of dramatic changes: splendid victories and tragic defeats. At its height, Poland's empire made it one of the largest and most powerful European states. In the depths of its national catastrophes, it lost its independence, suffered partition, and waged relentless, often bloody struggles with oppressors. The aim of this six-part lecture course is to explore some of the issues and controversies that are part of Poland's history.Click here to register.

Instructor: YSU Professors and guests

Cost: FREE

·         A Lineage of Kings: Polish nobility’s role in history and modern day

Presented by Dr. Ewelina Boczkowska*

·         The Long 19th Century (1790-1918): from Partition to Independence

Presented by Dr. Brian Bonhomme*

·         The Second Polish Republic

Presented by Dr. Sean Martin

·         World War II

Presented by Dr. Helene Sinnreich

·         John Paull II: Taking Poland from Behind the Iron Curtain through Solidarity

Presented by Fr. Joseph Rudjak*

·         From Solidarity to leading the European Union: Poland Today  

Presented by Dr. Edward Horowitz, Director, Polish Studies Initiative, Cleveland State*




Monthly Screening       beginning in October  

Polish Cinema

Filmmaking from Poland is known worldwide mostly due to a few names: Polanski, Wajda, and Kieslowski. But while these directors are mostly famous for their work outside of their homeland, there are many others who were toiling away creatively with little notice. Today Polish film festivals are becoming more frequent worldwide thanks to the spread of the Polish diaspora. We are planning to show a few of these recent and classic films this fall. More info to come!


Saturdays 1 PM            beginning October 4 

Polish Kids Corner

Built around a seasonal theme each month, klubowiczki ages 4-14 years old will enjoy learning about Polish traditions, language, and song and create a craft to take home. Parents can drop off their students with the qualified instructor and know they will spend the morning learning about their culture while having fun.  Click here to register.

Hosted by Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle

Cost: $5 per family per outing

October:    Dożynki, the Fall Harvest Celebration Countryside Pumpkin Farm

November: Holiday ornaments and traditions

December: Spreading holiday cheer with kolędy

January:     Exploring Our Family Tree

February:   Name Day Celebration

March:       Easter egg decorating and holiday traditions

April:         Dyngus Day & Spring traditions    

May:          Majowka Picnic 


Second Sundays          Noon                beginning October 12 

Polska Kuchnia Cooking Classes

This hands-on training removes the mystery from your Grandma’s favorite recipes. Students will work side-by-side with experienced Polish cooks and bakers allowing them to not only get a recipe but also absorb their knowledge and experience with all the tips and tricks that make a dish delicious. These classes sell out fast for topics, also for their reputation for fun and laughter. NEW ITEMS PLANNED! Click here to register.

Instructor: Chef Tad Siembida and guests

Cost: $25 per class or $175 for the year

October:      Pierogi - everyone's favorite dumpling

November:  Gołąbki/Stuffed cabbage – cold nights call for this comfort food

December:  Wigilia – make the important elements for the biggest dinner of the year

                       NOTE: This is a special, extended Saturday class

January:  Soups – the best remedy for cold weather

February: Pączki  – everyone's favorite Polish donut

March:     Paska/Babka – Easter bread is best when made by hand

April:        Kielbasa - A sausage of which we are very proud    

May:         Polish cuisine - to be announced 


Winter Family Research Workshop planned

If part of your fall studies include your family heritage, you will want to get familiar with the Polonica Americana Research Institute. PARI is a research facility dedicated to Polish family history and hosts lectures, workshops, and seminars, as well as serving as a repository for immigrant family files. PolishYoungstown has taken  weekend excursions to the bucolic campus of St. Mary’s of Orchard Lake to allow you to conduct your research and visit their Galeria, museums and the Polish shops in historic Hamtramck. We are also working with our fellow Slavs and local genealogy enthusiasts to host a workshop in January. Let us know if you are interested here.


Video of the Month

Polish Media Watch

Polish Words of the Month

·         Beach-plaża

·         Ice cream-lody

·         Sandals-sandały

·         Party-strona

·         Friends-przyjaciele

·         Fruit-owoc

·         Travel-podróżować

·         Ocean-morze