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Turkey’s Leader Counters French Law With Accusations of Colonial-Era Genocide

French Parliament Passes Bill Criminalizing Armenian Genocide Denial (Update)

U.S. HOUSE PASSES H.RES.306:

Landmark U.S. House Resolution Presses Turkey to Return Stolen Christian Churches

-- Majority Leader Eric Cantor Brought Key Religious Freedom Measure to a Floor Vote

-- Reps. Ed Royce and Howard Berman Led Bipartisan Drive for Adoption of H.Res.306

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)The U.S. House of Representatives today adopted a landmark religious freedom measure, H.Res.306, calling upon Turkey to return the Christian church properties it stole through genocide, and to end its repression of the surviving members of the vast Christian civilizations that once represented a majority in the territory of the present-day Republic of Turkey, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The measure, spearheaded by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Howard Berman (D-CA) was scheduled for House consideration by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, with the support of Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ranking Member Berman, of the Foreign Affairs Committee. House Members speaking in support of the measure included Representatives Royce, Berman, Congressional Armenian Genocide Resolution lead cosponsor Adam Schiff (D-CA), Congressional Armenian Caucus CoChair Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY). Congressional Turkey Caucus Co-Chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) was alone in speaking out against the resolution. The measure was adopted by voice vote.

“Despite Prime Minister Erdogan's recent claims of progress on religious freedom, Turkey's Christian communities continue to face severe discrimination,” explained Congressman Royce. “Today, the U.S. House of Representatives considered and adopted my legislation, which calls upon the government of Turkey to end religious discrimination, allow religious prayer and education, and return stolen church property. The United States has a strong interest in promoting religious freedom abroad.”

Rep. Berman concurred, noting that, “This important resolution calls attention to Turkey's disturbing, persistent failure to respect the ancient Christian heritage of Anatolia and to treat its Christian communities as free and equal citizens. Turkey should take immediate steps to restore all confiscated church property and allow full freedom of worship and religious education for all Christian communities."

In July, Reps. Royce and Berman were joined by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) in spearheading House Foreign Affairs Committee consideration of the “Return of Churches” amendment to the State Department Authorization Bill. Their amendment was overwhelmingly adopted by a vote of 43 to 1.

"The passage of House Resolution 306 is a great victory for religious freedom around the world, and is a turning point in the Armenian people’s fight for religious freedom. Respect for the full exercise of our civil rights is really central to who we are as Americans and central to the values and ideals that we promote all over the world. My home state of Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams on the principles of religious liberty and freedom and I am proud to co-sponsor the Resolution in that spirit,” said Congressman David Cicilline.

The text of H.Res. 306 adopted today is the same as the abridged version adopted at the committee level.

“Today's vote - over opposition from Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and, sadly, even our own American President's Administration, - represents a powerful victory for religious freedom, and also reflects the growing American and international consensus that Turkey must - starting with the return of thousands of stolen Christian churches properties and holy sites - accept its responsibilities for the full moral and material implications of a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide," said ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian.

Armenian Americans across the U.S. were joined by religious freedom advocates and their counterparts in the Greek, Assyrian, and Syriac communities in making thousands of phone calls to their Representatives in support of H.Res.306, following action alerts issued by the Armenian National Committee of America, American Hellenic Institute, and American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association and the American Hellenic Council.

With hours left to the scheduled vote on H.Res.306, Turkish American groups mounted a campaign to block the measure but were ultimately unsuccessful.

The ANCA will be posting full video coverage of U.S. consideration of H.Res.306 on its website at http://www.anca.org/return

You can read the complete text of the H.Res.306 as adopted by the House here:
http://rules.house.gov/Media/file/PDF_112_1/Suspension%20bills/HRes3061209.pdf


Youth Leaders Discover the Holy Land

taken from the Diocesan Email Newsletter

From June 1-10, a group of 34 youth leaders from parishes throughout the Eastern Diocese made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Led by Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, the group traced the footsteps of Jesus Christ through Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, and Jerusalem.
 
Under the theme “Leadership in the Light of Our Lord,” participants experienced the great sites of biblical history, learned about the Armenian presence in the Holy Land, and explored ways to strengthen their leadership roles at the parish and Diocesan levels.

The group also had the opportunity to meet with Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, who spoke about the importance of remaining involved in the life of the Armenian Church.
 
The pilgrimage was made possible through the generosity of Mr. Aso Tavitian, who joined the group for part of the program. Also accompanying the pilgrims was the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean of New York’s St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral; Oscar Tatosian, chair of the Diocesan Council; and Dr. Nicole Vartanian, senior advisor for policy and program development at Hunter College.

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St. Stephen's Armenian Elementary SchoolPreschool Summer Program 2014

For children 2 years 9 months to 5 years 9 months

July 7 - August 8, 2014

Pizza lunch is served on Fridays with no extra charge

St. Stephen's Armenian Preschool, 46 Elton Ave., Watertown, MA 02472

To register call 617-923-0501 or Email morchanian@ssaes.org , www.ssaes.org

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Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 7:30 PM

NAASR Lecture: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Armenian Communities Dept- plan for 2014-2018

By Dr. Razmik Panossian, Director of the above mentioned Department

Belmont, MA 

NAASR Center - 395 Concord Ave - 617-489-1610 - hq@naasr.org

Co-sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and NAASR

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Friday, February 14, 2014 from 1:15 to 2:15PM

"Romance"- Leader Bank Neighborhood Concert Series

Featuring Powers faculty members: cellist Jing Li and pianist Levon Hovsepian

Program: works by L. Beethoven, F. Chopin, G. Faure, C. Saint-Saens, A. Piazzolla

Belmont, MA

Beech Street Center- 266 Beech Street

Admission: Free

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7 PM

Valentine’s Day Party

To benefit Hamazkayin’s Erebouni Dance School and Ensemble

Featuring Abarantsi Davo

Davit Zaqaryan ~ direct from Armenia

Watertown, MA

ACEC-- 47 Nichols Ave

$60 ~ Tickets itsmyseat.com or 671-331-0426

Cash Bar ~ Free Hot and Cold Mezza plus Sweets   

Generously Sponsored by Steven Sahag Vosbikian, Esq.

VOSBIKIAN & VOSBIKIAN, L.L.C. - Immigration Attorneys -

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 2 PM to 4 PM

Exhibition Opening - Orphan Rugs:  Handworks of Armenian Orphans & Widows 1896-1930

Speaker: Dr. H. Martin Deranian, author of ‘The Coolidge Orphan Rug’ who will present a talk on the production of orphan rugs, the most famous of which is the Coolidge Rug at the White House, which was originally donated to President Coolidge in 1925.

The exhibition which runs through May 25, 2014 features rugs, laces and other objects that spotlight the plight of Armenian refugees.

Watertown, MA

The Armenian Museum of America - 65 Main Street

Free Admission

Donations are appreciated

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7 PM

Sts. Vartanantz Church of Chelmsford Men's Club Dinner –Meeting

Guest Speaker: Joe Almasian - member 1994 Armenian Olympic Bobsled Team

Chelmsford, MA

Sts. Vartanantz Church-- 180 Old Westford Rd

$10- For reservations, please call Ara, 617-803-2612, or email, ara.a.jeknavorian@gmail.com

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:30PM

Armenian Sisters Academy Valentine’s Dance

Bedford, MA

Doubletree Bedford Glen-- 44 Middlesex Turnpike

Tickets are $95 each and $125 for VIP

For tickets please contact 781-861-8303 or email

Michelle Minasian at Michelle@mccnetworks.com

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

First Time Home Buyer Seminar and Networking Event presented by AGBU YP Boston

Join local real estate and mortgage professionals for a comprehensive presentation for first time home buyers and receive a special AGBU YP Benefits Package!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about the current Boston real estate market and meet local Armenian real estate professionals:

- Karina Demurchyan Realtor, ABR, CLHMS RE/MAX Unlimited

- Mathew Arakelian Esq. Gill Devine, P.C.

- Shant Banosian Branch Manager, Guaranteed Rate Inc.

7pm – networking (light refreshments will be served); 7:15pm - presentation

Watertown, MA

AGBU Center, 247 Mt. Auburn Street

RSVP today – ypboston@gmail.com

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Friday, February 28, 2014

St. Stephen's Armenian School Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Boston, MA

Waterworks Museum-- 2450 Beacon Street

$75 General Admission Doors Open at 7:00 PM

Buy your tickets online -- For tickets or more information please email to pto@ssaes.org

It's Oscar Weekend and a night of Hollywood Glamour awaits you at the

10th Annual St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School Wine Tasting Fundraiser.

There will be a variety of wines from all over the world and delicious local food.

New this year, we will also have a single malt scotch tasting!

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8 PM

An Evening of Armenian Folk Music

Zulal Armenian A Cappella Folk Trio and Aleksan Harutunyan with Members of Musaner

Arlington, MA

Armenian Cultural Foundation - 441 Mystic Street

Admission $20- online or call 617-775-4633

Presented by Hamazkayin-Boston

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Poon Paregentan Dinner-Dance at Sts.Vartanantz Church of Chelmsford

Chelmsford, MA

Kazanjian Ballroom-- 180 Old Westford Rd

Children's Activities, 5-6 p.m.

Dinner, 6 p.m.

Following dinner, non-stop Armenian and Middle East music will be provided by the fabulous Ani All-Stars featuring: Vocals and dumbeg, Jason Naroian; Joe Kouyoumjian, oud; Ara Jeknavorian, clarinet; and Kevin Magarian, guitar. Paid advance tickets (February 23) are $25 for adults, $10 for children (6-12), and 5 & under, free.  At-the-door, $35 for adults and $15 for children.  For reservations, please contact Patty- 978-937-9379 or email pkcookie@comcast.net

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March 5- March 29, 2014

Exhibition: Armen James: French Impressions - Part II - Color Photographs

Opening Reception March 8 from 5 to 7PM, please RSVP 978-897-9828

Maynard, MA

ARTSpace Gallery-- 63 Summer St.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-3pm

Further information, 978.897.9828

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Friday, March 7, 2014 (Lenten)

Hye Café with fellowship, fun and great food

Watertown, MA

St. James Armenian Church-- Charles Mosesian Cultural & Youth Center - Keljik Hall

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Dinner served starting at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations may be made for parties of 6 or more by calling the church office by Thursday, 617-923-8860

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 6:30PM

Celebrating the February 18th Revolt anniversary by Lowell "Aharonian" Gomideh

Lowell, MA

ARS Community Center, 142 Liberty St

Buffet dinner and program, "More Unknown Sites of Armenia" by Joe Dagdigian

Admission, $20 adults; $10 students

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 3 PM

Remembering an Armenian Heroine:  The Fate & Legacy of Aurora Mardiganian

An Illustrated Lecture and Presentation of Newly Discovered Documents

Speaker: Dr. Hayk Demoyan, Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute

Arlington, MA

Armenian Cultural Foundation, 441 Mystic Street (Rte. 3), - Tel: (781)-646-3090

Organized by the Armenian Cultural Foundation and co-sponsored by National Association for Armenian Studies and Research and Armenian International Women’s Association

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 2 PM to 4 PM

Armenian Sisters' Academy Open House for the academic year 2014-2015

Lexington, MA

School - 20 Pelham Rd

You may also call for an appointment to visit the school at your own convenience.

Tel: 781-861- 8303

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Preschool events at St. Stephen's Armenian Elementary School- Watertown, MA
~ March 10 "Mayrig and Me" program will start-A music and movement program for children 18 months to 2 yrs. 9 months.
~ March 12 Open House
~ March 14 "Manoug & Mayrig Playgroup" program will start - An informal playgroup for children 9 months to 17 months.
For more info or to register your child please call the Preschool office at 617-923-0501, write to us at
morchanian@ssaes.org or visit us at www.ssaes.org.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 8 to 11:59PM

Black Sea Salsa Led by Dan Teager (TerGhukahssian), and featuring John Baboian

Cambridge, MA

Ryles Jazz Club

$12-

This 15 piece band plays original tunes of Middle Eastern and Latin Jazz.  6 horns, 5 rhythm, and 4 vocalists create ONE BIG SOUND.  Dance the Armenian line dance, mambo, salsa, and the cha-cha-cha, or sit in your seat and tap your feet.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Lecture: “Lebanon, Christians and Armenian Identity in Turbulent Times”

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian President of Haigazian University of Lebanon

Also featuring Hamazkayin Arekag Chorus - Mr. Vagharshag Ohanyan, Director

Paramus, NJ

Armenian Presbyterian Church - 140 Forest Avenue

Free Admission

Coffee/Tea and Dessert Reception to Follow

Organized by Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society of NJ

For more information please call (908) 866-6150 or (201) 265-8585

See flyer

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Recital at NEC: Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian, piano and Levon Chilingirian, violin

Performing works by Haydn, Schubert, Chopin and Babajanian

Boston, MA

New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) -- Williams Hall

Free and open to the public

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Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 7:30 PM

Musical Evening Featuring JANET KHALARIAN

Accompanied by Hamazkayin Erebuni Dance Ensemble

Watertown, MA

St. James Armenian Church, Mosesian Cultural Hall -- 465 Mt Auburn st.,

Donation: $20

For tickets please call (617) 926-6268 Or Meri Demirjian (781) 273-2770

Organized by ARMENIAN INDEPENDENT BROADCASTING OF BOSTON

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 4 PM

Zulal Armenian A Cappella Folk Trio

Worcester MA

Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church at the Church Sanctuary - 635 Grove Street

$25.00 by March 8 and $30.00 after buy online or Janis Arvanigian: sitto1031@yahoo.com or

Dusty Cotter: 508-852-3328 or Carol Halfmann: carolhalfmann@gmail.com

Reception to follow with refreshments at the Church hall

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April 1 through April 30, 2014

Nairi K. Havan of Nairi Art Studio in Lexington, MA is exhibiting her encaustic paintings at Seta's Cafe at 271 Belmont Street, Belmont MA-- 617-484-7823

The series includes facades of small homes, apples and one pomegranate from a larger collection of subject matter. The art work is painted by melting crayons and wax and then scratched away and finally covered with protective varnish

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April 4 to 12, 2014

Krunk Dance Ensemble from Yerevan

Named after great Armenian dancer and choreographer Azad Gharibian [1923-1988]

Gagik Avdalyan, Artistic Director | Nune Gregoryan, Assistant Director

Hamestuhi  Sargsyan, Kanon player | Naira Hakobyan, poetry recitation

5 Eastern US City Tour At the invitation of Amaras Art Alliance

 - Friday, April 4 in NY

 - Saturday April 5 in PA

 - Sunday, April 6 in Washington DC

 - Friday April 11 in Boston

 - Saturday April 12 in RI

More info at AmarasOnline.com

Details of all events to be followed

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Friday, April 4, 2014 (Lenten)

Hye Café with fellowship, fun and great food

Watertown, MA

St. James Armenian Church-- Charles Mosesian Cultural & Youth Center - Keljik Hall

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Dinner served starting at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations may be made for parties of 6 or more by calling the church office by Thursday, 617-923-8860

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston performance

Portland, Maine

Details to follow

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

“A PLACE FAR AWAY” - Book talk with author Vahan Zanoyan

Cambridge MA

Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston

Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall-- 145 Brattle Street,

A compelling book talk with Vahan Zanoyan on his new novel- A powerful portrayal of the heart-breaking realities of human trafficking in Armenia

Reception to follow and signed books will be available for purchase that evening. 

All proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to organizations devoted to protecting children and fighting human trafficking.

For further information, contact the Holy Trinity Church Office, 617.354.0632, or email office@htaac.org.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7 PM

Commemoration of the 99th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Memorial Concert, Requiem Service, and Blessing of Madagh

Providence RI                                                       

Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Church Sanctuary- 70 Jefferson St

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2pm

Soprano Noune Karapetian performing as soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony

Weston, MA

Regis College-- Fine Arts Center

Details to follow

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Hye Café with fellowship, fun and great food

Watertown, MA

St. James Armenian Church-- Charles Mosesian Cultural & Youth Center - Keljik Hall

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Dinner served starting at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations may be made for parties of 6 or more by calling the church office by Thursday, 617-923-8860

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30pm

Chefs Party for Our Park!

Benefit for Armenian Heritage Park's Ongoing Care

Cambridge, MA

Royal Sonesta Hotel

Details forthcoming

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Hye Café with fellowship, fun and great food

Watertown, MA

St. James Armenian Church-- Charles Mosesian Cultural & Youth Center - Keljik Hall

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Dinner served starting at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations may be made for parties of 6 or more by calling the church office by Thursday, 617-923-8860

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7 PM

The 19th Annual Children's Talent Show "Reflections  of  Armenian  Youth"

Providence RI                                                               

Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Church Sanctuary- Egavian Cultural Center-- 70 Jefferson St

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Sunday June 8, 2014 at 3 PM

Amaras Art Alliance presents the 6th Annual “Our Young Start” concert

Bringing together exceptional students ages 8 to 18

To motivate and inspire musically gifted children here at home

To providing financial assistance to music students in Armenia

Cambridge, MA

Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St,

Admission $20

The juried audition will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 12 to 3 PM

Please visit AmarasOnline.com for info and application

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Friday, June 13 trough Sunday June 15, 2014

Centennial Anniversary Celebration Weekend

Dedicated to 100th Anniversary of the Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Church of Providence

- Friday the 13th

Celebration Concert

Details to follow

- Saturday the 14th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Gala Centennial Banquet at Marriott Hotel, Providence, RI

- Sunday 15th at 10:00am

Divine Liturgy and Consecration of the Centennial Anniversary Khatchar Under the Auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian

Reception in the Egavian Hall- 70 Jefferson St, Providence, RI.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

An evening of Armenian Chamber music

Arlington, MA

Armenian Cultural Foundation

Co-sponsored by the Armenian Composers Union, Yerevan

Armenian Cultural Foundation

Amaras Art Alliance

Details to follow

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

An evening of Armenian Chamber music

Providence, RI

Sts. Sahag and Mesrop Armenian Church

Co-sponsored by the Armenian Composers Union, Yerevan

Cultural committee of the Sts. Sahag and Mesrop Armenian Church

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hamazkayin-Boston Erebouni Dance Ensemble 3rd Annual Performance

Location to be announced

Details will follow

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July 3 – 15, 2014

4th International Cruise of ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY, INC

Aboard the Celebrity Silhouette - a 12 night Adriatic Cruise

The Celebrity Cruise ship has reduced the price of Cat 2C to $1,999 of ARS 4th International Cruise.  This special is available until Wednesday, July 31, 2013. 

For information and reservations please contact TravelGroup International Toll Free USA only 866-447-0750, Ext. 102 or 108 • Worldwide Email: ARScruise@travelgroupint.com

See flyer for details

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July 7 - August 8, 2014

St. Stephen's Armenian Elementary School Preschool Summer Program 2014

For children 2 years 9 months to 5 years 9 months

Pizza lunch is served on Fridays with no extra charge

St. Stephen's Armenian Preschool, 46 Elton Ave., Watertown, MA 02472

To register call 617-923-0501 or Email morchanian@ssaes.org , www.ssaes.org

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston Event

Boston, MA

Details to follow

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Hye Café with fellowship, fun and great food

Watertown, MA

St. James Armenian Church-- Charles Mosesian Cultural & Youth Center - Keljik Hall

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Dinner served starting at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations may be made for parties of 6 or more by calling the church office by Thursday, 617-923-8860

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Saturday October 4, 2014

Armenian American Veterans Scholarship Dance

Chelmsford, MA

Saints Vartanantz Armenian Church-- 180 Old Westford Rd.

Tickets: General admission 35-- Students 25

For more information call Armen Jeknavorian at 978-256-2538

Sponsored by Armenian American Veterans of Lowell

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

A celebration of Armenia Tree Project’s 20th anniversary

Boston, MA

Details to follow

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Hye Café with fellowship, fun and great food

Watertown, MA

St. James Armenian Church-- Charles Mosesian Cultural & Youth Center - Keljik Hall

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Dinner served starting at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations may be made for parties of 6 or more by calling the church office by Thursday, 617-923-8860

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Sunday; November 16, 2014 at 4:00pm

"One Nation - One Culture"

Cultural Evening of Traditional and Modern Songs and Dances

Lodi, NJ

Felician college

Presented by the New Jersey Armenian Community Cultural Organizations