The proposed Informational Meeting for Bellevue people took place as scheduled today the December 22, 2012 from 4:30 PM and continued until 7:00 PM at Tek Rimal’s residence and was attended by 21 people from Bellevue.

Ashok Gurung, Bala Gurung,Uma Gautam and KN Timsina spoke on many issues viz school kids,parents’ responsibilities, ESL and Civic Education,Youths,Health, Social and Cultural Norms,BCAP activities,etc.after Mr Rimal,the host of the meeting, briefed the gathering about what has been done so far and what is being done for the Bhutanese residents of Bellevue.

The meeting also nominated two other representatives to BCAP: Mr Kishan Gurung and Mr Gyan Bahadur Bista.The newest way of mass information being used by BCAP: Weekly Bulletin( a video news) was demonstrated to the people and all were provided with the website where they can go to watch the bulletin.

Bellevue people have requested BCAP for a volunteer to help them with Civic Education/ Citizenship Test Preparation classes.

December 16, 2012. Thanks Giving Party was organized for the particiapants and volunteers who put in their efforts to make the “Bhutanese Annual Musical and Cultural Event 2012” held on November 10, 2012. The program was planned during the first meeting og BCAP Cultural committee about the prigram.

The party was held at St. Annes Church, 400 Hoodridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. The Party was also attended by ESL students of Castle shannon and Americorps members.

There were about 20 different food items including both Bhutanese and American. BCAP thanks all those who volunteered to make such a wonderful food.

In addition to food, the party was a great fun with Music and dances.

The stills of the event can be found at our Facebook page. (Click Here to view it now). We will also upload the videos of the party at the later dates and post it to our Facebook wall.

General Meeting was held in Baldwin Whitehall Library today in two Phases. First Phases started at 10:30 am till 12:00 and second phase started 12:30 till 2:30 pm. About 50 peoples were present in the meeting. The meeting was very informative on many topics covering, School(Head start, Elementary, Middle School and High School), Integration to the mainstream society, Community Disciplines, Youths and Students, Housing, Updates about BCAP etc. Question answer session were done at the end of the meeting.

Everyone was exited to hear about a lot of useful information. Main focus of the meeting was to address our population to be friendy to the neighbor in response to possible disturbance to the neighbors unknowingly.

Same day another meeting of the current members was help in Mt.Oliver. The meeting was focussed in finding a date for mass meeting and build a new office bearers for BCAP. Everyone suggested a pocket meeting at all the 16 locations where our populations are settled.

Another purpose was to distribute the workloads to follow up with different Advisors.

The tentative dates and times for the different locations were set as follows. More details and any changes on the time and venue will be updated.

December 29, 2012(Carrick+Brentwood)-(12-2pm)=Oasis coffee center, 1912 Brownsville Road
December 29, 2012(Mt Oliver)-(9:30-11:30)=500 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210
December 22, 2012(Belleview)-4:30pm=Belleview
January 5, 2013(Greentree)=venue and time is not fixed yet
January 12, 2013(Leland Point)=venue and time is not fixed yet
January 20, 2013(Sewickley)=venue and time is not fixed yet
January 26, 2012(Sharpsburgh)=venue and time is not fixed yet
Castle Shannon-not fixed yet

Mass meeting will be fixed either for Feb 17 or Feb 24 as per the availability of the hall. It will be notified when fixed.

We have discussed about speding 2 hours a week for our community. It was a long discussion about what we have done so far, and our advisory members who have decided to help our community in different ways. Looking forward if anyone can come to voluteer to follow up with any of these advisory member as of your interes

Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh organized Cultural and Musical event 2012. We had artists from nine different cities.
1. Manchester, New Hampshire Dance Crew 25 in number.
2. Scranton, PA dance crew 8 dancers
3. Arjun Rasaily from Columbus, OH
4. Amber Subba from Akron, OH
5. Folk Singer Hari Poudel from Kentwood, Michigan
6. Gopi Rasaily from Riverdale, Maryland.
7. Ram Gurung and Birkha Guragain from Atlanta, GA
8. The locals and
9. the popular Napali Snger – Aim Baral
We nearly had 1000 audiences. The program started from 6.00 pm and lasted upto 10.30 pm. We found many smiling faces among the audiences that day and felt we did something great. Some of our audiences were a bit over excited and was little more emotional over times.
Singer Aim Baral was very charming and he was very happy to see our Bhutanese Artists performing so beautifully. Time and again he was asking audiences to accompany the local artists saying the real hidden artists were within themselves. He said, “This is the largest number of audiences I ever have performed in front in America”
As said, we Bhutanese Community of Pittsburgh planned to present pure Bhutanese Artists however to make more inclusive we planned to bring renowned Nepali Artists, Aim Baral. Remarkably, Aim Baral was very cooperative, friendly and our children benefitted a lot from him since they were taught the singing techniques by him for hours.
For more details you may visit at www.bhutanesecap.org and our face book page http://www.facebook.com/BhutaneseCAP
Our program was aimed at fund raising for BCAP, bringing Bhutanese artists together and to make our gloomy faces smile.
We had over 25 guests from Different aid agencies.
For Pictures visit: Facebook Album

On the occasion of Vijahya Dashami 2069, Durga Puja is being celebrated in 1551 Bevan Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. It just for one day hence all are requested to make it today it self.

Bhajan Kirtan will start at 6 pm

May the festival shower the blessing of peace, joy, and prosperity in your life in every way and fills your world of Happiness making your each day a wonderfully Exciting!

Sponsors:
Barsha Jewelers – $400.00
Taste of Nepal-$400.00
Mr. Hemraj Mishra $35
Mr.Kishor Pradhan $25
Mr.Narad Phuyel $10
Mr.Padam Mainali $10
Mr.Ashok Gurung and Family $ 21
Mr. R.N. Pokharel $2
Shyam Khanal $21.00
om Chuwan $10.00
Bhola Phuyel $5.00
Damber Timsina $8.00
Khada Koirala $10.00
Laxmi N Timsina $11.00
Narayan Phuyel $10.00
Bhakta M Dhital $$6.00
Bhagawati P Kafley $5.00
Dilli R Timsina $5.00
Yam Khitawada $5.00
Dambari Bista $10.00a
Dom N Dhital $5.00
Radhika Homagain $5.00
Jay Shah(Cricket Mobile) $51.00
T. B Gurung $20.00
Krishna Lal $5.00
Jay N Sharma $5.00
Indra Timsina $5.00
Krishna Bhattarai$6.00
Tulashi Rimal $11.00
Saraswoti Guragain $10.00
Raghunath Pyakurel $5.00
Dhan Chhetri $5.00
Kailash Chhetri $5.00
Krishna Phuyel $5.00
Uma Gautam $5.00
Indra Ghimere $10.00
Rekha Chuwan $5.00
Kul Phuyel $3
Sabitra Phuyel $5
Naina Phuyel $5
KN timsina $25
Dal Gurung $5
Sancha rai $15
Devi Katel $100

All the Veti Contribution for the Puja Ceremony have been included.

Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP) observed 199th Bhanu Jayanti on the July 14th with different nepali cultural items, poem competetion, free poem recitations and graduate student honoring program.
Many would be coughing with dry throat or fall dehydrated without the water provided by the Sahayogi Haatharu( Helping Hands) Group. Many would yawn continuously in the hall without the spicy musical performances by the United Youth Group, Pittsburgh. The serious and humorous verses recited as fillers appropriately filled the gaps .It wouldn’t be Bhanu Jayanti without the recitation of verses from the Ramayan by Mr. Hem Mishra and the story of pioneer poet Bhanu Bhakta Acharya by Mr.Shyam Khanal. The audiences enjoyed the Bhakti song with equal admiration. Students Group of Pittsburgh was a major attraction of the event. Their production is praiseworthy; trailer alone spoke volumes of their hard work and capabilities. The other side of the program: Monetary contributions from Himalaya Grocery, Nepali Bazaar and from the two individuals: Pankaj Lathia and Jaya Shah. BCAP appreciates for their philanthropic move. The MCs – Mr. Tara Phuyal and Ms. Uma Gautam kept the event going smoothly until the end.
Overall, the Bhanu Bhakta Jayanti celebration committee deserves all the credit on the successful completion of the event. None can dream of the success of the program without the sound system. Remarkably, after the program was concluded a group of Nepali laureates gathered for an organized literature activities in the forthcoming days mainly keeping the head office in Pennsylvania.
The program was chaired by Mr.K N Timsina and the Chief guest of the program was Mr.Bhakta Ghimire who hailed from Akron, OH.