ARS Western Region to Celebrate 95th at Annual Festival

GLENDALE–The Armenian Relief Society of Western US (ARS-WR) will celebrate its 95th anniversary as it hosts the annual Armenian Cultural and Food Festival–May 14-15–at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

The festival–now in its fourth year–provides a family atmosphere–where Armenian music–art–dance–history–culinary heritage–and children’s games can be enjoyed under one roof. Among the many activities planned this year are an Armenian costume show–popular Armenian singers and traditional folk dancing–lessons on traditional "lavash" bread and string cheese making–lively children’s music and stories–and booths that exhibit unique local Armenian products.

"I’m so proud to represent the ARS on its 95th anniversary–which we will celebrate together at our exciting festival the weekend of May 14th and 15th at the Glendale Civic Auditorium," said Angela Savoian–Chair of the ARS of Western US–Regional Executive Board. "Come celebrate with us."

The ARS-WR Regional Executive Board has been planning this event as a group celebration with local chapter participation. Members will travel from as far away as Fresno–San Francisco–and San Diego to attend the 2-day Armenian Festival to volunteer at various booths.

The Glendale Civic Auditorium is located at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale (the cross street is East Mountain Street). Admission will be $4 for the public (very young children are admitted free of charge). The non-stop entertainment will begin on Saturday–May 14–at 1 pm–with the official opening ceremony at 2 pm. The entertainment will continue until midnight. The festival will continue on Sunday–May 15–at 11 am until 7 pm.

Advertisers and sponsors are welcome. For more information–contact the ARS-WR Regional Executive headquarters at (818) 500-1343 (phone)–(818) 242-3732 (fax) or office@arswestusa.org (www.arswestusa.org). The ARS-WR headquarters is located at 517 W. Glenoaks Blvd.–Glendale–CA 91202-2812.

The ARS was founded in New York City in 1910; the establishment of the first two ARS-WR chapters west of the Mississippi followed in Fresno (1915) and Hollywood (1918).

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