June 5, 2014
A panoramic view of Aleppo's Armenian neighborhood of Nor Kyugh after a recent bombing.
The continued rocket fire by rebel forces in the direction of the mostly-Armenian populated Nor Kyugh neighborhood of Aleppo has forced officials to declare the area a disaster zone, and threatens the survival of the city’s Armenian community.
The Aleppo News Agency reported that incessant rocket fire from rebel forces, a significant number of which are reportedly Turks or radical Islamists, continued in Nor Kyugh, endangering civilians and causing massive destruction. Residential buildings have been destroyed or partially demolished, while Armenian community centers and local businesses have been damaged as a result of the continued shelling.
Residents are fleeing the neighborhood, some heading toward the seaside city of Latakia, which is already overflowing with Armenian refugees from the insurgence of Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups in Kessab earlier this spring. Others are seeking refuge in other parts of Aleppo, as well as the basement of the St. Gregory Church, which was damaged earlier this week as a result of the rebel attacks.
Armenian community institutions have sustained heavy damage, including the Karen Jeppe Jemaran, the Zavarian and Sahakian schools, the Armenian Catholic Holy Trinity and Zvartnots School, the Arevelki print shop, the Armenian Relief Society’s clinic and social service center, and residential buildings that are owned by the Prelacy of Aleppo. Armenian-owned businesses and shops, as well as residences are either in complete or partial destruction.
(Reporting by Aleppo News Agency and Asbarez)
A street with Armenian businesses and homes destroyed after a recent bombing in Aleppo.
The play yard of the Sahagian School in Aleppo.
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Accompanied by high-ranking delegation of prelates, community leaders, and benefactors from various communities, His Holiness Aram I began his official four-day visit to the Vatican and Pope Francis on Tuesday, June 3. The Catholicos is receiving regular updates of the situation in Aleppo, and no doubt the Middle East in general and the situation in Aleppo in particular will be a topic that will be discussed during the meeting with the Pope.
Yesterday the Catholicos addressed the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, emphasizing the growing importance of bilateral theological dialogues as being the credible and efficient way of leading the churches towards visible unity. “The ecumenical movement is not an option but an imperative for staying together and being church.”
His Holiness spoke about the current ecumenical landscape and noted that the ecumenical movement has become restless, in search of a new self-understanding, new self-articulation, and a new vision. The ecumenical agenda is steadily shifting from visible unity to issues pertaining to church and society, from church-centered ecumenism to inter-religious dialogue, as a result of globalization and radical changes taking place in the life of churches and societies at large, the Catholicos said.
Click above for a video about the Catholicos' visit to the Vatican in Armenian.

A musical tribute in memory of the accomplished and internationally recognized pianist Lucy Ishkanian took place last Sunday at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City. The tribute, which took place following the Divine Liturgy and the 40-day requiem service for Ms. Ishkanian, was organized by the Cathedral in cooperation with “Direct Help for Armenian People.”
The memorial program began with welcoming remarks by Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of the Cathedral. The keynote speaker was Dr. Vartan Matiossian, executive director of the Prelacy’s Armenian National Education Council (ANEC). A group of young, talented musicians performed a variety of musical works in remembrance of Ms. Ishkanian who served as mentor and advocate for many young musicians. Dr. Svetlana Amirkhanian, founder and president of “Direct Help for Armenian People” introduced the musicians.
A musical tribute in memory of Lucy Ishkanian took place at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral last Sunday. From left to right: Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Mr. Hagop Tankian, Dr. Svetlana Amirkhanian, Bishop Anoushavan, Dr. Vartan Matiossian, and V. Rev. Fr. Zareh Sarkissian with the concert participants.
The 5th annual camp for orphans will take place in Dzaghgatzor, Armenia, July 7 to 16. Under the sponsorship of the Eastern Prelacy, each year more than fifty orphans enrolled in the Prelacy’s  Orphan Sponsorship Program (ages 13 to 16) attend the camp where they learn about the Armenian Church, attend worship services, share in Christian fellowship, and enjoy recreational activities and field trips. The camp is under the directorship of Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian, chairman of the Prelacy’s Religious Council, and pastor of St. Asdvadzadzin Church in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, with the valuable assistance of qualified teachers and counselors and with the logistical help of the Prelacy’s office in Armenia, the St. Nerses the Great Charitable Organization.
Archbishop Oshagan has sent a directive to all parishes to show their solidarity and support through a special plate offering this Sunday, June 8, during the Divine Liturgy specifically for the summer camp for orphans.
Parishes who wish to have more information about the camp should contact Archpriest Aram by email (aram2@charter.net) or by telephone (508-865-2454).

Dr. Vartan Matiossian, executive director of the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC), visited the Nareg Armenian School of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 31. During the visit, Dr. Matiossian attended and participated in the classrooms of grades 3, 5, 6, and 7. He shared his observations and suggestions with the administration, and also offered his assistance to improve didactic materials used in the school.
The Executive Director of ANEC visited the classrooms of various grades during his visit to the Nareg Armenian School in New Jersey.
St. Gregory of Datev Institute will hold its 28th annual summer program for youth ages 13-18 at St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from June 29 to July 6, 2014. The program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC).
For information and registration, please visit the Prelacy website (armenianprelacy.org/arec/datev).

Archpriest Fr. Gomidas Baghsarian with the 2014 graduates of the Sunday School of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, with their teacher Sandra Bogosian and Sunday School director Mary Fermanian.
The final Bible Study before the summer break took place last Monday at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, along with an enjoyable Pot-Luck dinner.
Bible readings for Sunday, June 8, Pentecost, (Eve of the Fast of Elijah) are: Acts 2:1-21; John 14:25-31.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deed of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
But, Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” (Acts 2:1-21)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
FEAST OF PENTECOST: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
This Sunday, June 8, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost (Hokekaloust), the descent of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, and the birth of the church. Jesus had commanded his apostles to “Go therefore to all nations and make them my disciples,” (Matthew 28:19). Recognizing the difficulty of this great responsibility, Christ had advised his disciples not to begin their teaching mission until after the “descent of the Holy Spirit.”
In the Acts of the Apostles, we read that on the day of Pentecost the apostles gathered in one place, and suddenly a strong wind seemed to fill the house in which they were assembled, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit (see reading above). It was the Jewish feast of Pentecost (Shabuoth) commemorating the giving of the law on Mount Sinai and many people from different lands had come to Jerusalem. They marveled that they could understand the Apostles’ words. This day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles marked the beginning of the mission of the Church to spread the Good News throughout the world.
In a sense Pentecost is the opposite of what occurred in the Old Testament story of the Tower of Babel when God disapproved of the building of a tower to reach the heavens and he created confusion by having the workers suddenly speak in different tongues, and unable to understand each other. At Pentecost he gave the disciples the ability to speak other tongues and thus be able to be understood by everyone everywhere.
Life-creating God, Spirit and lover of mankind, with tongues of fire you enlightened those united with one accord in love; therefore we also celebrate today your holy descent.
Filled with joy by your coming the holy apostles began in different-sounding tongues to call into unity them that had been divided from each other; therefore we also celebrate today your holy descent.
By spiritual and holy baptism through them you have adorned the universe in a new and radiant garment; therefore we also celebrate your holy descent.
(From the Canon for the First Day of Pentecost according to the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church)
After a private meeting with Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians and Catholicos Aram of Cilicia, the President of Armenia, Serge Sarkissian, invited the two catholicoi to attend the fourth session of Armenia’s committee for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide.
In his message, Catholicos Aram said that during the first session of the committee he had proposed that three concepts—Remember, Remind, and Demand—provide the framework for its work. He said that he was gratified that the participants had adopted a motto of the planning process that incorporated two of these concepts, “Remember and Demand.”  At the end of the meeting the two Catholicoi attended a luncheon hosted by the President.

Catholicos Karekin II and Aram I, presided over the Liturgy commemorating the martyrs of the Battle of Sardarabad. The service took place on May 28, at the Cathedral in Etchmiadzin, with President Serge Sarkissian attending. Following the requiem service, the two Catholicoi addressed the faithful and encouraged all Armenians to focus on strengthening the Second Republic.

His Holiness Aram I, accompanied by Bishop Shahe Panossian, Prelate of Lebanon, and Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate of Peria (Syria), attended the installation ceremony of Mor Ignatius Aphrem II as Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. The ceremony took place at Mar Aphrem Church in Beirut, last Sunday, June 1.
During the service, Catholicos Aram addressed the faithful and spoke of the urgency for the two churches to deepen their unity in faith and strengthen their cooperation in view of the issues both churches are confronting. He then spoke of the new Patriarch and said that he has known him for many years and wished him well in his new ministry.
Habitat for Humanity International is well-known worldwide for their commitment to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Habitat for Humanity Armenia that has been working in Armenia since the year 2000, seeks to serve low-income families to improve their living conditions. Habitat has been building homes primarily in the rural and border areas of Armenia. Each energy-efficient house costs about $2,500.
Habitat Armenia is looking for volunteers to work during the summer building homes. Volunteers must pay their own expenses, including travel, and are also obligated to pay a participation fee of $200.
Thus far Habitat Armenia has helped more than 2,500 families in Armenia and has hosted more than 800 volunteers that have worked with families and local communities. Volunteers are not needed to have construction experience.
Anyone interested in volunteering to work with Habitat Armenia should contact Bishop Anoushavan at the Prelacy by email (vicar@armenianprelacy.org); letter (138 E. 39th Street, New York, NY 10016); or telephone (212-689-7810).
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
Death of Vahan Cardashian (June 9, 1934)
An American-educated lawyer, Vahan Cardashian became the pioneer of the Armenian Cause lobby in the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Cardashian was born on December 1, 1883, in Caesarea (actual Kayseri). He lost his father at an early age, and, after elementary education at a local Armenian school, he attended the French lyceum and the Talas American College. In 1902 he immigrated to the United States and attended the law school at Yale University from 1904-1908. In 1907 he married Cornelia Alexander Holub, a women rights advocate. Meanwhile, he published several books, A Brief Commentary on the Eastern Question, The Ottoman Empire of the Twentieth Century, and Actual Life in Turkish Harem.
After graduation he went into private practice. Cardashian took a job as adviser of the Ottoman embassy in Washington D.C. in 1911 and general counselor of the consulate in New York. He was designated head of the Ottoman Chamber of Commerce and, in 1915, high commissioner of the Ottoman exhibition at the Panama-Pacific Universal Exposition in San Francisco. At the Exposition, he learned that his mother and sister had perished in the Armenian Genocide. He did not abandon his post, but started a secret campaign of letter-writing to inform American officials of the ongoing annihilation. He had already warned Secretary of War Lindsay Garrison in July 1914:
"I have information, bearing on the program of the Turkish Government, to be put into operation in the event of Turkey's being involved in the European War with reference to all the native and foreign Christians in Turkey . . . Unless some powerful restraining forces are brought into play from without, you can rest assured that the Turk, with the opportunity for untrammeled action, such as he now believes to enjoy, will perpetrate upon helpless humanity the most ghastly horrors of his entire loathsome career."
When the Ottoman embassy discovered Cardashian’s backdoor work, he was fired. In early 1916, he sued for divorce from his wife. At the end of the war, Cardashian relied on his diplomatic and high society contacts to spearhead a lobbying effort, to which he committed his own personal resources. To reach beyond the Armenian American community, he founded the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia (ACIA) in December 1918. He gathered there some of the most prominent names of the day in American politics: James W. Gerard, former ambassador to Germany, who was the driving force of the ACIA along with Cardashian and the chairman of its Executive Board; Charles Hughes, 1916 presidential candidate of the Republican party; William Jennings Bryan, former Secretary of State; senator Henry Cabot Lodge (Massachusetts); and many others.
Cardashian’s tireless efforts included tours, letter campaigns, a flood of editorials in various newspapers, memoranda to the highest rank of officials, and many books and pamphlets.  The ACIA advocated for American recognition of the Republic of Armenia and an American mandate. It had 23 branches in thirteen states.
In the end, the ACIA efforts were fruitless, as the isolationist majority in the Senate, ironically headed by Lodge himself, rejected the American mandate over Armenia in May 1920. A few months later, the independent republic collapsed, and the Armenian Cause took another direction. However, Cardashian did not calm down. In 1924 he created the American Committee Opposed to the Lausanne Treaty (ACOLT) and led a successful campaign to block the ratification of the Treaty of Lausanne by the U.S. Senate. The ratification was rejected by the Senate in January 1927, citing Turkish failure to execute the Arbitral Award of President Woodrow Wilson as the main cause.
Exhausted and penniless after a two-decade long crusade for Armenian rights, Vahan Cardashian passed away on June 9, 1934, at the age of fifty-one. He was buried in Cedar Grove cemetery in Long Island. The legacy of the lone crusader for the Armenian Cause is a remarkable example for future generations.
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org)
The Prelacy’s Bookstore has an extensive collection of books (in Armenian and English) about the Genocide including histories, historical novels, memoirs, eye witness testimonies, essays, and poetry. From now through next April we will feature one or two books each week from the Bookstore’s collection.
The Armenian Question and International Law
By Shavarsh Toriguian
This is the revised edition (1988) of the book that was first published in 1974. It remains a classic on the subject. It analyzes the premeditation of the Armenian Genocide, its relation to the convention of 1948, the non-applicability of statutory limitations to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the legal basis of Armenian claims and the illegality of Turkish claims to provinces of Eastern Turkey, the responsibility of the European powers and the United States, the continuity of Turkey as successor state of the Ottoman Empire, and the subject of the Armenian Genocide.
Price: $20.00 (hardcover) plus shipping & handling
Վկաները ոտքի ելան խօսելու
«Գիրքին հերոսները մեզի հետ ապրած ու անհետացած իրական մարդեր են։ Երեւակայածին տիպարներ չկան այս գործին մէջ։ Անոնց անունները գրեթէ իրենց աւազանի անուններն են, քիչերը՝ նոր անունով մկրտուած», կը գրէ հեղինակը, որ այս գիրքը կը նկատէ միջոց մը՝ «տառապած սերունդին փորձառութեան տեղեակ պահելու գոնէ Պուրճ Համուտ ծնած սերունդները եւ մանաւանդ՝ հայաքաղաքէն հեռացողները»։
Գին՝ 7 տոլար (թղթակազմ)։

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(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
Don’t Crush the Computer!
When you are on a ship or sit on a chair, we all agree that you have something under your feet. The Armenian language agrees too. That’s why it is accurate to say «Ես նստած եմ աթոռի մը վրայ» (Yes nusdadz em atoree muh vra “I’m sitting on a chair”) or «Ես նաւուն վրան եմ» (Yes navoon vran em “I’m on the ship”).(*)
However, what happens when you are on the computer, you are on a committee, or the light is on? None of those phrases is related to something physical. The logic of grammar is stretched in these colloquial expressions. If you applied actual logic, a) you would crush the computer by being on it; b) you would be sitting on the heads of the committee members; and c) the light would be placed on something and not turned on.
Every language has its own way of thinking. You cannot translate literally from English into Armenian or vice versa. That’s why you can only use վրայ (vra) when you are literally or metaphorically on or over something physical. Otherwise, you come up with ridiculous results:
  1. Wrong: «Ես համակարգիչին վրայ էի» (Yes hamagarkeecheen vra eyi), “I was on the computer.
    Right: «Ես համակարգիչին առջեւը նստեցայ» (Yes hamagarkeecheen archevuh nusdetsa), namely, “I sat before the computer”.
  2. Wrong: «Լոյսը վրան է» (Looysuh vran eh), “The light is on.”
    Right: «Լոյսը վառած է» (Looysuh varadz eh), namely, “The light is turned on.
  3. Wrong: «Ես յանձնախումբին վրան եմ (Yes hantznakhoompeen vran em), “I am on the committee.”
    Right: «Ես յանձնախումբին անդամ եմ» (Yes hantznakhoompeen antam mun em), namely, “I am a member of the committee.”
The most comic and interesting example is the mix of French, English, and Armenian in the following phrase, common among Armenians from the Middle East: «Ֆիշը վրան է» (Fishe vran eh). This is the equivalent of English “The plug is in.”
Here we have:
  1. The French word fiche (English plug, Armenian խցակ/khutsag);
  2. A contamination of the English concept of something on, replacing “in”;
  3. The Armenian verb “to be” in the form eh.
Now, if you want us to believe that you are speaking proper Armenian, then you should say «Խցակը դրուած է» (Khutsagu turvadz eh) or «Խցակը միացած է» (Khutsagu miatsadz eh). It sounds more idiomatic for one simple reason: it is thought in Armenian, not in English. That is the first rule to follow when you speak any given language: to think in that language.
(*) Vra is used when the following word starts with a consonant; it becomes vran when the following word is a vowel.
Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org)
The American Cemetery in Normandy where thousands of U.S. servicemen who died in the invasion are buried.
Tomorrow, Friday, June 6, 2014, is the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, known as D-Day, that led to the liberation of France and the end of World War II. An invading army had not crossed the unpredictable and dangerous English Channel since 1688, until this massive effort that included a 5,000-vessel armada that transported more than 150,000 American, British, and Canadian servicemen and 30,000 vehicles across the channel to the French beaches. In addition, six parachute regiments—more than 13,000 men—were flown from nine British airfields in more than 800 planes.
By the evening of June 6, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were dead or wounded. However, many thousands more made it ashore, securing French coastal villages. Within weeks, supplies were being unloaded at Utah and Omaha beachheads at the rate of 20,000 tons per day.
The operation was under the Supreme Allied Command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who later was elected president of the United States. It was pre-television and of course pre-internet, so the news came from the radio. Americans gathered around the family radio to receive the latest news.
Prior to the invasion General Eisenhower delivered this message to the allied forces:
“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
“Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.
“But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The united nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!
“I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!
“Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”-- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
June 5—Avak luncheon at noon, St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Speaker: U.S. Army Major Felix Gregorian, “To America With Love,” on his pending fifth deployment to the Middle East.
June 8—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Ladies’ Guild Hot Dog Social.
June 15—St. Gregory Church, annual Father’s Day Picnic, 12 noon to 5 pm on the church grounds at 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf. Baked goods available for purchase. Raffle, Armenian music and dancing, and activities for children. Admission and parking are free. For information, 413-543-4763.
June 16-17—St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Sunday School Teens Seminar at Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center, Clarkston, Michigan.
June 22—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Nareg Saturday School year-end Hantes, following the Divine Liturgy.
June 23—Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, 11th Annual Golf Outing, Sterling National Country Club, Sterling, Massachusetts. Tee off: 9 am, shotgun start, scramble format. $145 per person includes: Golf, cart, breakfast, dinner, prizes, raffles, and chance to win a two-year lease on a 2014 Land Rover with a hole in one. For information: Kap Kaprielian, kappyk@verizon.net or 508-872-9629.
June 24-26—Vacation Bible Camp for preschool (age 4) to 6th grade students at St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, from 10 am to 2 pm. Religious activities, lessons, crafts, and games. For information: 313-336-6200.
June 28—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Ladies Guild Cooking Class, “Short Cuts to Armenian Cooking,” 11 am, Mock Manti. $15 for each class; $40 for three classes.
June 29 – July 6, 2014: St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Program for youth ages 13-18 at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). For information, contact the AREC office at 212.689.7810 or at arec@armenianprelacy.org.
July 14—39th Annual St. Sarkis Golf & Tennis Classic, Meadowbrook Country Club, Northville, Michigan. $250 donation for golf breakfast, lunch, and banquet. $125 donation banquet only. Reservations: 313-336-6200.
July 19—“A Hye Summer A Night IX,” sponsored by the Ladies Guild of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, and Armenian Relief Society Ani Chapter, 7 pm to 12 midnight. Dinner Dance at Alpine Country Club, Pippen Orchard Drive, Cranston, Rhode Island, featuring Hachig Kazarian, John Berberian, Ken Kalajian, and Jason Naroian. Dinner-Dance, $50; dance only after 8:30 pm, $35 (with student ID $25). RSVP before June 30. Call Joyce Yeremian, 401-354-8770, joycey41@cox.net or Joyce Bagdasarian, 401-434-4467, sweetano6aol.com.
July 26—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Ladies Guild Cooking Class, “Short Cuts to Armenian Cooking,” 11 am, Boereg. $15 for each class; $40 for three classes.
August 17—St. Sarkis Church (Dearborn) Grape Blessing Family Fun Picnic at Kensington Park, Kensington, Michigan. Good food, music, biking, soccer, dancing, magician, swimming, playscape, kids games, door prizes, face painting, tavloo tournament and more.
August 17—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual Picnic and Blessing of the Grapes, 1-5 pm  at Saddle River County Park, Wild Duck Pond area. Music, delicious Armenian food and desserts, arts and crafts, and playground for children, cards, and tavloo, and more.
September 18—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, 12th Annual Golf Classic, River Vale Country Club, River Vale, New Jersey. Rain or Shine. 11 am registration and Grilled Lunch Buffet; 1 pm Tee Off. Format: Shotgun Scramble (All player levels welcome). Golf Outing Reservation: $195; limited to first 128 paid golf reservations. Reservation includes: Grilled lunch buffet, dinner banquet, golf, cart, and range balls. Contests and Prizes. Sponsorships available. For information: 201-943-2950.
October 3—St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Douglaston, New York, Saturday School Dinner Dance Gala.
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