ASFLA is for Scandinavians, Scandinavian Americans and Americans of any heritage. The organization serves a network of individuals involved in the arts and sciences, business, education and ethnic communities. Its programs and Web site benefit students, teachers and professionals of many fields -- as well as anyone who's interested in Scandinavian life and culture. The foundation operates on a volunteer basis and depends on financial support from members, as well as corporate and government grants. The smorgasbord of Scandinavian offerings brought to you by ASFLA includes:

Fund raising to endow a generous scholarship program that annually grants awards to upper-level and graduate students at LA-area colleges and universities who demonstrate a connection to, or scholarly interest in, Scandinavia.

Scandinavian of the Year award, which is presented each year in recognition of meritorious service toward American-Scandinavian relations.

Program series featuring myriad music, artistic, lecture and seminar events.

Fall Scandinavian Festival -- the annual October fundraiser, celebrating Scandinavian heritage and culture with ethnic arts and crafts exhibits, costumes, music, dance, food and merchandise all with a decidedly Scandinavian flair.

Holiday Ball that launches the December holiday season with a gala evening at the historic and beautiful Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles, complete with a traditional Lucia procession, cocktails, dinner, dancing, traditional carols and Scandinavian of the Year award presentation.

Scandinavian Film Festival at the Writers' Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, which each year pivots around screenings of the Scandinavian films submitted for Oscar´┐Ż consideration in the Academy's Best Foreign Film category, with additional screenings of shorts and documentaries. The festival provides film professionals, students and those who simply love film wonderful exposure to Nordic films and filmmakers, as well as a fertile ground for networking.

Scan Notes -- ASFLA's periodic publication, which features foundation news, as well as regional, national and international Scandinavian-related coverage.

Whether you're drawn by a cozy educational seminar at one of our members' homes, music, museum or arts event, the festive Holiday Ball, the popular film festival or the friendly Scandinavian Festival, it's time to join the feast and become a part of ASFLA. Membership categories and dues are:

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Or, you may wish to underwrite the foundation's scholarships and programs by making a charitable donation or by remembering ASFLA in your estate. Naturally, all gifts are tax deductible.

Membership in ASFLA is open to all people regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.

Please call (323) 661-4273 to express your interest. Mail your membership information to: ASFLA Membership; P.O. Box 292329; Los Angeles, CA 90029. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, email address, profession and business-contact information. Or email it to ASFLA Membership. Or fax to (323) 661-4273. If paying dues by credit card, please include your name as it appears on the card, credit-card type (Visa and MasterCard accepted), credit-card number and expiration date. Please itemize your request and include a check or charge authorization for the total amount.

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