Looking Ahead to Homenetmen Navasartian Weekend

2009 Navasrtian Closing Ceremony

The community-wide event of the Navasartian Games and its accompanying celebrations, including the Victory Ball and championship tournaments will culminate with the four-day festival and closing and the closing ceremonies on the weekend of July 1 to 4 at Birmingham High School (17000 Haynes St., Van Nuys, CA 91406).

This occasion, which brings together thousands of Armenian athletes and community members from near and far, will certainly provide for yet another memorable experience.

Athletic Games
While the numerous tournaments that comprise the Navasartian Athletic Games began on May 8, they will soon conclude with the championship games scheduled during the weekend of July 1 to 4 at Birmingham High School.

Competitions for some sports, such as swimming and track and field, have already concluded; however, the final games for others, such as tennis and soccer, are still to be held at Birmingham High School.

In addition, since a large number of athletic teams constitute the basketball tournaments, these games will also be held at California State University, Northridge, as well as the gymnasiums of the Glendale “Ararat” Chapter and Pacific Community Center.

Volleyball games will take place at the “Rose and Alex Pilibos” Armenian School on Friday, July 2 starting at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 3 starting at 10 a.m. Championship games for this sport will be on Sunday, July 4th at Birmingham High School’s main gymnasium.

Table tennis tournaments, which also attract a large audience, will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of Birmingham High School from July 1 to 4. On a daily basis, each chapter’s athletic director will receive a list with tournament times and division schedules.

The chess tournament will take place on Saturday, July 3 at 9:30 a.m. in Birmingham High School Teacher’s Cafeteria. The tournament is separated into the following three divisions: Under 12; Under 17; and 18 & Over. The participation fee is $10.00 per person.

Navasartian’s Four-Day Festival
This year, the four-day festival celebrating the Navasartian Athletic Games will commence on Thursday, July 1 at Birmingham High School from 4 p.m. to midnight. The same hours will be observed on Friday, July 2. Extended hours for the festival are 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4.

Navasartian’s lively setting will enjoy renowned Armenian singers Karnig Sarkissian, performing on Thursday and Saturday evening, and Harout Pamboukjian, performing on Sunday. Fireworks shows will illuminate the skies on Thursday and Saturday evening as well.

Additional performances by well-known Armenian artists include singers Joseph Krikorian, Antoine Bezdjian, Koko Hayitian, Hoy Lari, Ara Shahbazian, Arno, Paul, Artin Bedrossian, Harout Hagopian, Robert Chilingiran, Sahag Sislian, Hratch Bogharian, Sash, and Viza. The Knar band will accompany all artists.

As always, a children’s section with arts and crafts will be in place assuring much entertainment and enjoyment. Furthermore, the various Homenetmen chapters will have their own booths for the sale of delectable Armenian food.

Admission
Admission to the Navasartian festival on Thursday, July 1, Friday, July 2 and Saturday July 3 is $6 for adults and $4 for children. On Sunday, July 4, adult ticket prices are $7 and children’s are $5.

Closing Ceremonies
The 35th Annual Navasartian Athletic Games will officially conclude with the closing ceremonies scheduled for Sunday, July 4 at 4 p.m. at Birmingham High School. with the Honorary Presidency of George Jamgochian, Homenetmen scouts and athletes will participate in the annual march, including presentation of trophies for winning athletic teams.

The Navasartian festivities will continue after the closing ceremonies with lively Armenian music and celebration.

For additional information regarding the Navasartian Games, please visit: navasartiangames.com. For questions, e-mail info@navasartiangames.com or contact Homenetmen’s Regional Headquarters at (323) 344-4300.

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