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Netherlands American Society of Southern California

The aim and purpose of the Netherlands American Society of Southern California (NAS), a Dutch social club, is to provide a social environment for persons of Dutch descent or persons who have an
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active interest in the Netherlands, in order to communicate with one another on a regular basis about their common heritage and or interest. Read more about the Netherlands American Society.
  • NAS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Saturday, March 15, 2015
  • DUTCH KING'S DAY AT SANTA MONICA PIER Sunday, April 26, 2015
  • HOLLAND FESTIVAL IN LONG BEACH Sunday, May 24, 2015
See our EVENTS PAGE for more info.
DUTCH SCHOOL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
DUTCH LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR CHILDREN Dutch School of Southern California offers classes in Dutch Language and Culture, to children from 4-14 years old, absolute beginners or already fluent in Dutch. Find out more...
NAS Member Laura Ligthart is Director of Dutch School of Southern California.
CHALLENGES FOUNDATION
Challenges Foundation is a sailing program for veterans, the disabled and underprivileged. Donations are gratefully appreciated. Check out the full story...
NAS members Inge Hobo-Scheinfarb and David Scheinfarb are the Board of Directors.
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NAS VP RUNNING IN LA MARATHON FOR WORTHWHILE CAUSE
On Sunday, March 15th 2015, the Netherlands American Society's vice-president Justin Verduyn will be running the L.A. marathon from Dodger Stadium, along Hollywood Blvd., down Sunset Blvd., to the Santa Monica Pier. He will be running for a very good cause, namely The Dream Center, his church's hospital. Participants run to raise support for the Dream Center's human trafficking program, Project Hope.

Project Hope is a program dedicated to helping survivors of human trafficking to establish a new life. Through this program, the Dream Center helps rescue, rebuild and restore the lives of female survivors of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that has an estimated 27 million victims in the world today. The FBI has identified Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco as hotspots for domestic and international trafficking. It targets mostly children, little girls, average age 12-14.

We hear so much about this misery on TV, so please, if you would like to help this worthwhile cause, visit http://marathon.verduyn.com (link forwards to Justin's page at Qgiv's secure Hobnob fundraising site) and make a small donation.
- Posted 24 February 2015
DUTCH DIRECTOR TO BE FILMING IN LOS ANGELES
DesertedIn March, World Visuals Films with director Niels Bourgonje and screenwriter Paul Bontenbal will be making the exciting short film Deserted in the Los Angeles area. Deserted is about a man who is lost and exhausted in the desert. After finding a bottle of water, he fights the temptation to drink any. Throughout the film it is revealed how the man has been trapped in this situation and what the consequences are if he drinks the water.
A portion of the cost to create this film is carried by the makers themselves and the remainder they hope to pick up through crowdfunding. Supporters receive commensurate premiums. To support this project and for more information, please visit desertedshortfilm.com (Mostly Dutch language).
  - Posted 23 January 2015
 
DUTCH THRILLER PUBLISHED IN THE USA
Hidden Current Theo Akse announces the release of his book Hidden Current which is an exciting thriller set amidst the historical background of The Hague and provides a rare glimpse into the world of money laundering and underground bankers. The original Dutch novel by Theo Akse has been translated into English and is available at, among other booksellers, Amazon.com.
Hidden Current, Theo Akse.
  - Posted 30 August 2014
 
DUTCH EXCHANGE STUDENT NEEDS HOST FAMILY
International Student Exchange (ISE) is seeking an immediate voluntary host family in California for Dutch exchange student, Marieke, age 17. Marieke has been carefully screened, will attend a local high school, speaks English, will bring her own spending money, has full medical insurance coverage, will receive a pre-departure orientation from the Netherlands, will share cultures, ideas with host family.
For more info, contact Sandy Couch: 323-466-2672 or exchangestudents@pacbell.net.
Visit iseusa.com for additional information about ISE services.
- Posted 10 August 2014
SDI MEDIA SEEKING DUTCH SUBTITLE EDITOR
SDI Media is looking for Dutch Subtitle Editor candidates that are in the Los Angeles area. This position is On Call for $14/hr. Please email your resume to hr@sdimedia.com .
Job duties include:
  • Simulate, correlate, spot, proof, transcribe, and translate SDI Media products and services, including but not limited to subtitles, captions, games, etc.
  • Perform any necessary activities in the Production Department (i.e., simulate, correlate, spot, proof, transcribe, translate or perform any other tasks that are required for all SDI Media USA products and services)
Visit SDI Media Employment Opportunities for additional duties and qualifications.
- Posted 30 May 2014
NEW DUTCH PASSPORT – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Starting 9 March 2014 Dutch passports for adults will be issued with 10 year validity. For those younger than 18 years, the validity of the passport remains 5 years.
New chancellery fees will also be effective on 9 March 2014:
  • Regular or business passport (validity 10 years, adult) : €131.11
  • Regular or business passport (validity 5 years, minors) : €115.20
  • Emergency passport / Laissez Passer : €46.61
Double/multiple nationality?
You may lose your Dutch nationality (article 15.1.c RWN) if you let a passport with 10 year validity expire and the following is applicable:
  • at the time of issuing of this passport you are of age (18 years or older) and
  • besides the Dutch nationality you possess another nationality and
  • you are not living within the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten, nor in one of the countries of the European Union.
You may prevent this from happening by:
  • having a new passport issued before the expiry date of this passport or
  • obtaining a so-called ‘Statement of Possession of Dutch nationality’ before the expiry date of this passport or
  • living within the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten, or in one of the countries of the European Union for at least one (1) year before the expiry date of this passport.
For more information, please visit the Dutch Consular Services Validity of the new Dutch passport web page and Dutch passport renewal web page.
- Posted 9 February 2014
AMSTERDAM CALLING - YouTube WEB SERIES
Amsterdam Calling Molen Blauw Productions has released twenty weekly episodes of its web series “Amsterdam Calling”. Part travel doc and part real-life vlog, "Amsterdam Calling" takes viewers along with a group of Dutch female students as they visit cool and unusual places in Europe's most fun and charming city. You can experience Amsterdam shopping, bar-hopping, going to music festivals, museums and cultural events.
Meet the girls and watch all the episodes on YouTube...
- Text updated. Originally posted 17 January 2014
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