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Pasadena ANC Discusses Community Issues With Local Councilman

Leaders of the Pasadena Armenian National Committee met with the newest member of the Pasadena City Council on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at the new Armenian Center on Foothill Boulevard to discuss a broad array of community concerns. Councilman Terry Tornek was elected in April of 2009 to replace retiring Councilman Sid Tyler. Tornek, with strong Armenian American support, defeated Margaret York in a run off election: 1,087 to 937 votes.

Kurdish Activist to Keynote Evening of Tribute to Turkey’s Heroes of Conscience

The United Human Rights Council (UHRC) will hold a “Moment of Noise” this Friday, January 15, to pay tribute to the activists of Turkey who have been targeted, harassed and even murdered for their efforts to advance Kurdish human rights, Armenian Genocide recognition, and freedom of speech and equality. The event, titled “The Opposite of Silence”, will feature a blend of art, music, video and speeches.

Arshile Gorky Exhibition on Display at the Tate Modern

In February 1948, the American magazine Life ran a photospread on the Glass House, a modernist farmhouse conversion in rural Connecticut. Sitting hunched by one of the wide windows is a male figure, his dark hair rather long for the period, face averted — referred to in the caption simply as the house’s tenant, “Arshile Gorky, an artist”. To anyone even slightly acquainted with American art, that figure will be of infinitely greater interest than the house.

Las Vegas Church and Cultural Center Becoming a Reality

The weekend of December 17th, 2009, was a momentous one for the Western Prelacy as the parish community of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Las Vegas celebrated a milestone, the purchase of a property that will house the future church and cultural center. This historic step was achieved through the diligent efforts of the parish council and a generous donation.

St. James Armenian Church Marked 68th Name Day Anniversary

The 68th Annual Name Day celebration of the St. James Armenian Apostolic Church of Los Angeles was held on Sunday, December 13. It was sponsored by the pastor and parish council of the church and was headed by Western Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. It was an exciting day bringing families, friends and parishioners together to enjoy the celebration of Divine Liturgy with the blessings and consecration of the khachkars (stone crosses) were later followed by a gala lunch and cultural program in the church’s Gogian Hall. The day’s observance began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and deliverance of a bilingual sermon by Archbishop Derderian. The Primate also remembered the deceased members of the church with a requiem service.

AEF Awards Tufenkian Scholarships

The Armenian Educational Foundation announced the disbursement of $16,500 in Richard R. Tufenkian Scholarships to deserving students attending universities in the United States, Armenia and Artsakh. The scholarship fund was established in 1990 by Ralph and Savey Tufenkian in memory of their son. Since 1991, the AEF has awarded $244,000 in Tufenkian Scholarships to hundreds of students.