The Regional Director for the Azorean Communities, Paulo Teves, will be visiting California and Massachusetts, February 20-25, in representation of the Government of the Azores.
On the West Coast, February 21, Teves will meet with a group of students of Azorean descent in San Francisco to address the promoting the Azorean cultural heritage amongst the younger generations.
On February 22, Teves will meet in San Jose with representatives of the Association of Teachers of Portuguese in the United States and Canada (APPEUC) and will visit the Casa dos Açores of Hilmar for a meeting with representatives of the Portuguese American Citizenship Project.
On 22 February, the Regional Director of the Azorean Communities will preside, as guest of honor, to the centennial celebrations of the Holy Ghost Brotherhood of San Jose.
On the East Coast, on February 24, Teves will meet in Fall River, Massachusetts, with the organizing committee of the Great Feast of the Holy Ghost of New England and will visit the Casa dos Açores of New England.
On February 25, the representative of the Government of the Azores will visit the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers ( MAPS) in Somerville, Greater Boston.
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The Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal composed of nine islands. The archipelago discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal.