Fun The Armenian Way: 5th Annual ARS Armenian Festival

GELNDALE–The fifth annual Armenian Relief Society of Western USA (ARS-WR) Armenian Cultural and Food Festival will be held this year on Saturday–May 6 and Sunday–May 7 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

The festival will feature traditional Armenian dancing–music–and exhibits of local and Armenian products such as books–arts and crafts–drinks–and food. There will be an Armenian costume show–with the opportunity to be photographed in traditional Armenian costumes. A workshop will teach participants how to make traditional "lavash" bread and string cheese. The festival also features a special kids’ zone–featuring music and storytelling.

The festival is an ideal place to bring three generations of families together–where Armenian music–art–dance–history–culinary heritage–and children’s games can be enjoyed under one roof. Much of the interesting programming enjoyed in previous years–by Armenia’s and non-Armenia’s alike–will return along with expansion of activities and games for young children.

"This year promises to be another colorful event celebrating our 96th birthday and enjoying all the various aspects of our culture. Our youth are our future and we want them to have fun while enjoying all the sights and sounds of our traditions and culture," said Angela Savoian–Chair of the ARS-WR–Regional Executive Board.

The Glendale Civic Auditorium is located at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale (the cross street is East Mountain Street). Admission will be $5 for the public (young children are admitted free of charge). The festival will begin on Saturday–May 6 at 1:00 PM–with official opening ceremonies at 2:00 PM. The entertainment will continue until midnight. On Sunday–May 7–the festival will resume at 11:00 AM and end at 7:00 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 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). The region has grown to include 26 chapters–5 Social Service offices–Child–Youth and Family Counseling–Saturday Schools. Orphan food and school renovation programs are an important focus of the ARS-WR. The ARS-WR headquarters is located at 517 W. Glenoaks Blvd.–Glendale–CA 91202-2812.

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