May 22, 2014
By order of the Prelate, Prelacy parishes will offer prayers of Thanksgiving for the Republic of Armenia and bless the Armenian tricolor flag on the occasion of the 96th anniversary of the first Armenian Republic (May 28), and the 23rd anniversary of the current Republic of Armenia (September 21), this Sunday, May 25. Requiem services will be offered for the souls of the fallen heroes of Sardarabad, Bashabaran, Gharakilise, and the martyrs in the struggle for Artsakh.

“Bless, O Lord, this tricolor flag. And just as after the flood you placed your rainbow on Mt. Ararat and established a covenant with mankind, now too after the flowing of so much holy and heroic blood, may this flag with its beautiful colors be sealed as a sign of our covenant with you.”
From “Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Republic of Armenia.”
Delegates to the 2014 National Representative Assembly hosted by Saint Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan. (photos by Tom Vartabedian)
The 2014 National Representative Assembly concluded last Saturday with the unanimous re-election by acclamation of the Prelate, His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, for his fifth term of office.
Serving as co-chairs of the Assembly were Jack Mardoian (All Saints Church, Chicago) and Artin Dermenjian (All Saints Church, Chicago). Secretaries were Suzan Chitjian Erickson (All Saints Church, Chicago) and Rev. Fr. Stephan Baljian (St. Gregory Church, North Andover).
The Prelate’s Keynote Address to the Assembly emphasized three major themes, namely: the importance of organized leadership, the continuing needs of the Armenian community in Syria, and next year’s 100th anniversary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
Speaking of the vital need for prepared leaders, His Eminence said, “Without healthy, ample, thoughtful leaders, who love to serve, it is not possible to expect positive results, because the first concern of clergy and lay leaders must be their mission and their duty that must be selfless and truly dedicated…. The best road is being well prepared and organized, that is to say, not leaving our ecclesiastical-national life to chance. This requires a complete virtuous program—deep understanding, patience, mutual understanding, love, sacrifice, dedication, and even strategy—so that we can stand before history’s judge with open heart, contentment, pride, and victory.”  Read the entire message in Armenian or English.
During Friday evening’s banquet a number of awards were conferred including the “Spirit of Armenia” award to Senator Carl Levin, a co-sponsor of every Armenian genocide resolution and a friend of the Armenian American community.
Recently retired Archpriest Fr. Vazken Bekiarian was proclaimed the “Man of the Year,” for his distinguished service throughout the decades. The "Eagle of the Prelacy" awards were presented to Onnig Hachigian and John Manoogian. Youth leadership awards went to: Karoun Cholakian, Vahan Cholakian, Sanan Malkedjian, Chris Kourtjian, and Araxie Tossounian. A Certificate of Merit was presented to Diana Changelian for her decades of dedicated service to various parishes including Granite City, Watertown, Providence, and Dearborn.
Concurrent with the Assembly the National Association of Ladies Guild’s annual conference took place.
Senator Carl Levin accepts the Prelacy’s “Spirit of Armenia” award, with Mrs. Levin and Archbishop Oshagan looking on.
The Prelate and Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian, pastor of the host parish, with the winners of the Youth Leadership awards.
The Prelate, Vicar, and Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian with the delegates to the National Association of Ladies Guilds conference.
To read a press release by Tom Vartabedian click here.
For more photographs by Tom Vartabedian click here.
Early this week, Armenia’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, visited the Prelacy where he was greeted by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan and His Grace Bishop Anoushavan.
The new Ambassador, who arrived in the United States last week, spoke with the Prelate and Vicar and said that he anticipates working closely with the Eastern Prelacy as his predecessor, Ambassador Garen Nazarian, had done. Archbishop Oshagan expressed his heartfelt best wishes for the Ambassador’s success in serving the Republic of Armenia in this important global position.
Mr. Mnatsakanyan has previously served as Armenia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nation’s office in Switzerland and to the Council of Europe, and as Armenia’s ambassador to Switzerland.
Archbishop Oshagan and Bishop Anoushavan with Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, the new Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Very Rev. Fr. Zareh Sarkissian, a graduate of the Theological Seminary of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, arrived in New York this week. Hayr Sourp, who was born in 1991 in Beirut, was ordained a celibate priest in 2012, after which he continued his theological studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Hayr Zareh will pursue graduate studies in the United States. During this time he will also serve the Eastern Prelacy as a visiting clergyman to various parishes.
We welcome Hayr Sourp and wish him success in his studies and service.

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 (

Last Sunday, an event took place at St. Illuminator Cathedral’s John Pashalian Hall to raise funds for the Cathedral’s sister community in Armenia. The speakers shared valuable information with the parishioners, who were given a virtual tour to Armenia with an impressive documentary about the sister community of Lchkadzor (Tavush region).
In his opening remarks, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian announced that St. Illuminator’s Cathedral will have a sister parish in Armenia hereafter, through partnership with the Armenian office of OXFAM and the Eastern Prelacy-sponsored Saint Nerses the Great Charitable Organization. This initiative has also been endorsed and supported by the Armenian Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Der Hayr stressed the fact that this is not just a charitable event, but rather the beginning of a long-term partnership with the homeland for the benefit of the Lchkadzor community. St. Illuminator’s Cathedral will support Lchkadzor, hand-in-hand with OXFAM and Saint Nerses the Great Charitable Organization, to ease poverty and reduce labor migration from Armenia.
The special guest of the event was Mr. Sahak Sarkissian from the Armenian Mission to the United Nations, who welcomed the initiative, as had the outgoing Ambassador Garen Nazarian. Mr. Sarkissian expressed the commitment of the Mission for ongoing support. He expressed his high regard of the role of OXFAM as a leading civil society organization in Armenia, with particular expertise in poverty eradication, women empowerment, and rural development sectors.
In his presentation, the coordinator of this partnership, Dr. Artur Martirosyan, stated that although the idea of sister communities as a vibrant chain of Armenia-Diaspora partnerships is not a new one, this initiative by St. Illuminator’s Cathedral is special because it has a development partner in Armenia, OXFAM, who will match the funds raised by the Cathedral and facilitate mobilization processes by assessing and prioritizing the needs of the community. In this case, he added, “we do not have the classic donor-client relation, but rather an equal partnership.”
Dr. Artur Martirosyan, coordinator of the Cathedral’s sister partnership, explains the program.
St. Gregory Church of North Andover, Massachusetts, conducted its annual Sunday School/Armenian School Hantes last Sunday. Students offered a program that included musical performances and recitations. Photos by Tom Vartabedian.
Der Stephan Baljian, pastor, with students and teachers.
High school graduates Matthew Kochakian and Nairi Hovsepian with Der Stephan and Sossy Jeknavorian, school director.
Note: Until Pentecost (June 8), each day four Gospels are read in the following order: (1) Morning—Luke; (2) Midday—John; (3) Evening—Matthew; (4) Evening dismissal—Mark.
Bible readings for Sunday, May 25, Fifth Sunday after Easter are: 1) Luke 14:25-15:32;  2) Acts 20:17-38; 1 John 3:2-6; John 9:39-10:10;  3) Matthew 16:13-17:13;  4) Mark 8:27-9:13.
Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.
Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 9:39-10:10)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
The annual meeting of the Board of the ARMENOFAS Foundation took place in Greece, May 9 to 11. The Foundation is the continuation of the humanitarian work of the Swiss people that began with the Armenian Genocide. The Federation of Protestant Churches in Switzerland (FEPS) and the Catholicosate of Cilicia currently sponsor the Foundation. Board members are: Francois Payot (Vice President) and Rev. Rudolf Renfer (Treasurer), appointed by FEPS; Archbishop Khoren Doghramadjian, Mrs. Haigouhi Yaghdjian (Greece); Mr. Dikran Jinbashian (Lebanon); and Mr. Alexan Keucheyan (Switzerland), appointed by His Holiness Aram I.
During the three-day meeting the Board members discussed the financial allocations for 2014 and events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Genocide. During the current year the Foundation will support the elderly, provide scholarships to students in the Armenian Schools in Greece, and provide humanitarian assistance to the community in Syria through the Catholicosate of Cilicia.
Next year the Foundation will organize special activities under the patronage of the Federation of Protestant Churches and His Holiness Aram to thank the Swiss people for their assistance during the Genocide and their advocacy on behalf of the Armenian cause.

His Holiness Aram I headed the delegation from the Catholicosate of Cilicia at the International Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations and Cultures that took place in Bahrain, May 4 to 7.
Mrs. Teny Pirri-Simonian, Vice President of the Ecumenical Relations Committee of the Catholicosate of Cilicia and a lecturer in Religion and Ethics at Webster University (Geneva), presented a paper at an International Conference that took place in Bahrain. Ms. Piri-Simonian’s presentation was on “Religious Education and its Role in Promoting Co-existence Among all People.” She was also a member of the committee that drafted the final declaration of the conference. Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian participated in the final press conference where he spoke about the urgency for “peace building.”
The crises in Syria, including the recent upheaval in Kessab, require our financial assistance.
Please keep this community in your prayers, your hearts, and your pocketbooks.
Armenian Prelacy
138 E. 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
Checks payable to: Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief
Thank you for your help
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
Death of Teotig (May 24, 1928)
Almanacs were very fashionable in the Western world at the beginning of the twentieth century, when a real fever of publication started in the Armenian realm. Almanacs (daretsuyts) of very different size, quality, and duration—sometimes confused with yearbooks (darekirk)—would be published until the 1970s. In the history of Armenian almanacs, Teotig and his almanac would become synonyms and models.
Teotoros Lapjinjian was born in 1873 in Scutari (Üsküdar), a suburb of Constantinople on the Asiatic side of the Bosphorus, in a modest family that migrated from Erzinga. He would later adopt his childhood nickname Teotig as a literary pseudonym.
After primary studies at the local school, he first attended the Berberian College, but could not graduate due to financial problems. For a while, he attended the American-financed Robert College (now Bogazici University), which he could not finish either. In 1889, at the age of 16 he went to work as a bookkeeper in a store.
However, his avid interest in books and reading led him to self-teaching. He was just past his teens when he started to contribute literary pieces and essays to various newspapers. Meanwhile, he became a “bibliomaniac,” as he called himself: “I have not eaten, drunk, or bought clothes, and have allocated all my earnings to books,” he confessed once.
In 1902 he married Arshaguhi Jizvejian (1875-1922), a young woman educated in Paris and London. Three years later, he won the prestigious Izmirlian Literary Prize for a voluminous work on the Armenian dialect of Constantinople, which remained unpublished until the present.
1907 would become a crucial date in Teotig’s life. With the crucial assistance of his wife, he started the publication of his lifelong project, Amenun daretsutyse (Ամէնուն տարեցոյցը “Everyone’s Almanac”). For the next twenty-two years, the nineteen volumes, with a total of 8,500 pages, would offer the reader the most complete information about every aspect of Armenian life. The most important writers of the time would contribute literary pieces and articles on the most various topics. The almanac became a sort of illustrated encyclopedia of Armenian life during the first quarter of the twentieth century, with much information and photographs of unique nature in its pages.
In 1912 Teotig produced a book called Dib oo Dar (Typeface and Letter), on the 1500th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian alphabet (which at the time was commemorated in 1913) and the 400th anniversary of Armenian printing. In the same year, he published a collection of short stories, The New Year.
Teotig became one of the targets of the Turkish secret police at the beginning of World War I. In March 1915, right after the publication of the 1915 issue of the almanac, he was arrested and on the grounds of trumped-up charges, a war tribunal sentenced him to one year in the central prison of Constantinople. In March 1916, just out of prison, he was arrested in the street and sent to Anatolia with a caravan of deportees. He reached Bozanti, in Cilicia, where a group of Armenian young people was able to rescue him and hide him in a workplace of the Constantinople-Baghdad railway. He remained there, with a false identity, until the armistice of Mudros in November 1918, when he returned to Constantinople.
He resumed the publication of his beloved almanac. In the meantime, in 1919 he published Memorial to April 11 (April 24 in the old Ottoman calendar), on the first commemoration of the arrests of April 24, with 761 biographies of intellectuals. He also published a booklet, The Catastrophe and Our Orphans, in 1920, and wrote a lengthy study on the Armenian clergy victims of the genocide, commissioned by the Armenian Patriarchate, which was posthumously published in 1985.
His wife Arshaguhi, a writer and educator, died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Switzerland in 1922, and Teotig was left with their only son, Vahakn. In the same year, the triumph of Kemalism in Turkey prompted him to leave his birthplace and become an exile. He would live in precarious conditions in Corfu, Cyprus, and finally Paris, continuing the publication of his almanac in Vienna, Venice, and Paris. He passed away in Paris on May 24, 1928, when the publication of the 1929 issue was halfway. His son had come to the United States, where he would die in the 1960s.
In 2006, the Cilicia Publishing House of Aleppo, with the sponsorship of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, started to reprint Teotig’s almanac in a photographic edition introduced and indexed by Aleppine intellectual Levon Sharoyan. Unfortunately, only 13 volumes had been published until 2011, when the catastrophic Syrian civil war disrupted the project, as well as the entire life of the Syrian Armenian community.
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (
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 Knock at the Door:
A Journey through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide

By Margaret Ajemian Ahnert
In this riveting book, Margaret Ajemian Ahnert relates her mother Ester’s terrifying experiences as a young woman during the Armenian Genocide. Ahnert’s compelling portrait of her mother’s suffering is framed by an intimate portrait of their relationship.
$25.00 (hardcover) plus shipping & handling
Ամբողջական երկեր
Անթիլիաս, տպարան Կիլիկիոյ Կաթողիկոսութեան, 1989
Այս հրատարակութիւնը կ՚ընդգրկէ Սիամանթոյի վեց հատորներուն բովանդակութիւնը, ինչպէս եւ գիրքերէ դուրս մնացած քանի մը բանաստեղծութիւններ։ Յառաջաբանը գրած է բանաստեղծ Աբրահամ Ալիքեանը։ Հրատարակութիւնը օժտուած է նաեւ Սիամանթոյի կեանքին ու գործին նուիրուած ժամանակագրութեամբ։
Գին՝ 12 տոլար (լաթակազմ)։

My Soul in Exile and Other Writings
By Zabel Yessayan
Translated into English for the first time, My Soul in Exile and Other Writings includes Zabel Yessayan’s early works and essays. Her topics include women teachers, women as part of the Armenian Cause, and Armenian women after the restoration of the 1908 Ottoman Constitution. The book begins with a brief biography of the writer and concludes with photos of her life as well as an essay about her influence and impact.
$20.00, 118 pages, softcover
The Gardens of Silihdar: A Memoir
By Zabel Yessayan
Written in the 1930s, Zabel Yessayan remembers in detail the elements of her childhood in Constantinople, including home, school, and relatives. Her aim was to make The Gardens of Silihdar one of a series but this dream ended when she was arrested by the Stalinist forces in Soviet Armenia. This translation includes a brief biography of her life as well as end notes and a glossary.
$20.00, 163 pages, softcover

To order any of these books contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email ( or by telephone (212-689-7810).
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
No Love Lost
In a previous entry (“Some Armenian Words That Sound (Almost) Like English... Or Not,” June 20, 2013), we spoke about some words, like English hair and Armenian her (հեր “hair”), which look very similar in their writing and synonymous in their meaning, but which actually have no direct relation.
Another interesting case is the couple formed by English hate and Armenian ad(el) (ատել “to hate,” from which adelootioon / ատելութիւն“hate, hatred”). It looks very enticing, especially when we recall that the letter տ sounded t in Classical Armenian (the same as in Eastern Armenian today).
Again, as the saying goes, one should not judge a book by its cover. Words most frequently change their appearance over time, even within the same language. They change even more when they pass from one language to another!
Thus, English hate comes from the reconstructed Proto-Germanic root *haton, from which cognates in various Germanic languages have derived. So far, everything is fine. But if you go further back, you will find that the initial h disappears when you find its ultimate origin:  another reconstructed root in the Proto-Indo-European language, *kad , which meant “sorrow, hatred” and originated similar words in several Indo-European historical languages, like Avestan (the language of the Iranian pre-Islamic sacred book), Greek, and Welsh.
Instead of a change in consonants, we find a change in vowels when we go to Armenian adel, whose present form in Classical Armenian was ateam (ատեամ “I hate”). It also has an Indo-European origin, but comes from another Proto-Indo-European root, *od, which meant “hate.”
In the end, then, both words have unrelated origins. But readers should be reminded that *od is actually the root of two English words: Old English atol (“dire, horrid”) and English odium (“hatred”). Granted, we do not use odium anymore, a word borrowed from Latin into English in the seventeenth century, but we still utilize odious (= Armenian adeli/ատելի), which had entered English from French a few centuries before.
As it should have been expected, there is no love lost between the odd couple hate and adel.
Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site (
The annual telethon of the Armenian National Committee of America will take place Sunday, June 1. The six-hour nationwide broadcast will benefit the ANCA Endowment Fund. Go to for information about the broadcast and to donate.

This Monday, May 26, is Memorial Day—a day of remembrance for those who died in service to the United States of America. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John A. Logan, national commander of the Grand Army, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. Originally known as Decoration Day it was for the soldiers who died during the Civil War. After World War I it became a holiday to honor all men and women who died in service. It is now a federal holiday in every state on the last Monday in May.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

From “For the Fallen,” by Laurence Binyon (September 1914)

Arlington National Cemetery, where the Tombs of the Unknown are guarded around the clock, is visited by thousands of tourists from around the world. The Cemetery is commemorating its 150th anniversary during May and June. The first military burial took place on May 13, 1864, for Union Pvt. William Henry Christman of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry. Arlington was officially designated as a military cemetery on June 15, 1864.
In April of 1985, for the 70th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a five-day gathering of survivors took place in Washington, DC, with a host of events, including congressional visits, exhibits, lectures, seminars, and concerts, under the general theme of “Remembrance and Hope.” The culminating event—and perhaps the most memorable of the five-day commemoration—took place in the Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery, under the auspices of Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, of blessed memory. More than 800 survivors from all over the world were among the thousands that attended. It was the largest official gathering of survivors to date, on a scale never again to be repeated.
The Ecumenical Service in the Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery on April 28, 1985, the final event in “Remembrance and Hope,” the five-day gathering of survivors on the 70th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
May 24—96th anniversary of Armenian independence sponsored by Lowell “Aharonian” ARF, 6 pm, St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Dinner, entertainment, and speaker, Baku pogrom survivor Anna Turcotte, author of “Nowhere, A story of Exile.” Admission: $20 adults; $10 students.
May 31—The Armenian Bar Association presents a panel discussion about “Ongoing Legal Efforts and Challenges to Preserve Armenian Antiquities and Cultural Property,” at Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, New York City (between 5th and 6th Avenues), 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Free admission. For information: Denise Darmanian or 917-848-0968.
May 31—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Ladies’ Guild Cooking Class, “Short Cuts to Armenian Cooking,” 11 am, Homemade Lahmajoon. $15 for each class; $40 for three classes.
June 1—Ladies Guild Annual Brunch, St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
June 1—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Sunday School trip to Boston.
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 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, 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
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, or Joyce Bagdasarian, 401-434-4467,
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.
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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