Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kulku tuntemattomaan - Walking into the Unknown



Arne Vainio, a medical doctor of Finnish-American/Native American descent will be in Jyväskylä on the 24th of August to present his Emmy-nominated documentary Walking into the Unknown.

The film traces the intimate journey of a middle aged American Indian male through the health care system as he gains a deeper understanding of himself and the health risks he faces. Dr. Arne Vainio is an Ojibwe physician who works on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota. Frustrated by middle-aged Native men not coming in for health screenings, he came to the realization that he was also avoiding the necessary screenings. The program is based on Dr. Arne Vainio’s 49th and 50th years of life, a critical turning point in the lives of many American Indian males when it is important to become earnestly involved in finding out more about the ways in which their health and well being are at risk and developing ways to practice healthier choices.

The movie will be shown in Minnansali at the Jyväskylä City Library on the 24th of August at 4 pm. Free admission. The film is in English without Finnish text.

For more information about the film: www.walkingintotheunknown.com



Amerikansuomalaisen intiaanilääkärin Arne Vainion elokuva Kulku tuntemattomaan (Walking into the Unknown) esitetään Minnansalissa tiistaina 24.8.2010 klo 16. Vapaa pääsy. Esitys on englanninkieli-nen. Arne Vainio on paikalla esityksen aikana ja vastaa kysymyksiin sen jälkeen.

Vuoden 2009 Emmy-ehdokkaana ollut dokumentti Walking into the Unknown on tarina keski-ikäisestä intiaanimiehestä, joka päättää ottaa selvää omasta terveydentilastaan ja mahdollisista terveys-riskeistään ollakseen parempi esimerkki omille keski-ikäisille potilailleen.

Arne Vainio on lääketieteen tohtori, joka työskentelee Fond du Lac -intiaanireservaatissa Pohjois-Minnesotassa. Hän on äitinsä puolelta Ojibwe-intiaani ja isänsä puolelta suomalainen. Työssään Vainio turhautui siihen, etteivät keski-ikäiset intiaanimiehet tulleet terveystarkastuksiinsa, mutta huomasi yllä-tyksekseen myös itse käyttäytyvänsä samalla tavalla. Tässä hyvin henkilökohtaisessa ja intiimissä do-kumentissa seurataan Vainion elämää kahden vuoden ajan hänen täyttäessään 50 vuotta. Vainion mu-kaan viimeistään tuossa kriittisessä iässä niin Ojibwe-intiaanien kuin kenen tahansa olisi syytä kiinnostua omasta terveydentilastaan ja ryhtyä tekemään terveellisempiä valintoja. Dokumentissa Vainio muuttuu lääkäristä potilaaksi ja käy läpi lääkärintarkastuksia, joista selviää, että hänellä – kuten niin monella muulla keski-ikäisellä miehellä – on korkea riski sairastua diabetekseen, sydän- ja verisuonitauteihin ja syöpään. Oman terveydentilansa selvittäminen on Vainiolle suuri käännekohta, joka johtaa täydelliseen elämäntaparemonttiin ja parempaan tulevaisuuteen.

Lisätietoja dokumentista: www.walkingintotheunknown.com

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Punaisen Tuvan Viinitila - The Red Cottage Wine Estate

Finland is perhaps better known for its production of grain alcohol than it is for its wine, but there are a few Finnish wines worth taking a look at.

You will find the Punaisen Tuvan Viinitila just a few kilometers from downtown Alajärvi.

Punaisen Tuvan Viinitila specializes in berry wine, mainly made from currants, red, white, and black. One of their most distinct wines is Kohina - made with blueberries, aronia, black currant, and birch sap.



The Red Cottage Wine Estate (Punaisen Tuvan Viinitila) as seen from the road.




The wines for sale on the premises this summer.

Punaisen Tuvan Viinitila also produces berry liqueurs, but thanks to Finnish alcohol laws, they are unable to sell them by the bottle from their estate. You can find these products for sale at the State alcohol monopoly Alko.

How to find Punaisen Tuvan Viinitila:


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Saturday, July 3, 2010

The market square in Jyväskylä

This is the time of year when the Jyväskylä marketplace (kauppatori)is at its finest. Head downtown in the morning, stop at one of the market cafes, have a cup of coffee at one of the market cafes, then buy your days supply of fresh Finnish fruits, berries, and vegetables. Need a basket to carry things home in? You'll find a stall specializing in baskets! The spring rolls that the Thai ladies sell are top notch and you can find fresh fish and bread too. The market is open from 7 a.m. til 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. til 2 p.m. on Saturdays. I suggest you get there early.

Here is a post I made last year concerning the marketplace:

Where to find the market in Jyväskylä:


Näytä Kauppatori - Marketplace, Jyväskylä suuremmalla kartalla

The Jyväskylä marketplace is better this summer than it has been for years - perhaps because it is no longer an isolated island in a sea of construction areas. The new apartment buildings in the area may also have something to do with the renewed popularity of the market. It is easy to get to, there are plenty of vendors, and 3 different market cafes to choose from.








Summer is here and the Jyväskylä marketplace (kauppatori) is operating at full swing. This is the best time of year to head to the market, get your morning cup of coffee, and then buy your produce. Get there


The marketplace is a great resource for city residents to get fresh local produce in the summertime and way more fun than shopping at a mega-super-hypermart.



Today's grocery purchases - all fresh, all local. Blueberries for the freezer, vegetables for kesäkeitto (summer soup) - photos and recipe to follow shortly. The potatoes are of the siikli variety. (Sieglinde, a hybrid from the 30's) The bread, a smokey rye.