AGBU’s Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park, CA, just posted a video of this year’s Halloween festivities at the school. It looks like the ghouls and goblins were out in full force for the colorful celebration.

Click here [no longer works] or the image below to watch the 8-minute online video.

NOTE: UNFORTUNATELY THE VIDEO HAS SINCE DISAPPEARED OFF THE INTERNET.

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The Armenian Festival of Orange County was featured in the recent newsletter of the Orange County Great Park Multicultural Center (published Oct. 21, 2007).

The Great Park is an ambitious project headed by the City of Irvine (California) to convert the former El Toro Marine Base to, among other things, a large park nearly twice the size of New York’s Central Park. A Multicultural Center is planned as part of the Great Park and it will showcase the many cultures that coexist in the Orange Country region.

The Executive Committee of the Armenian Festival of Orange County is working to ensure that Armenian American culture will be represented in the project.

AGBU Orange County takes part every year in the Armenian Festival of Orange County.

Click here to see an excerpt of the Great Park Multicultural Center newsletter (which includes all the Armenian-related articles) in PDF format for your convenience.

Click here to see an article which appeared in the Orange County Register newspaper about the 2006 Armenian Festival.

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On Sunday, September 16, over 20 members of the Young Professionals of Greater New York (YPGNY) brought smiles and cheer to the residents of the New York Armenian Home in Queens.

This “YPs Give Back” event gave volunteers the chance to spend quality time talking, playing board games, and Armenian dancing with nursing home residents. One of the residents even gave back to the YPs with a piano recital of his own!

In addition to spending time with the residents, several YPs also raked leaves, trimmed trees, and collected garbage to beautify the outdoor areas around the Home. Overall, the experience was not only a worthwhile humanitarian effort, but also facilitated networking amongst the Armenian young professionals community. - AH

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From September 27 – 30, 2007, AGBU hosted a successful exhibition entitled, “Nine Contemporary Artists from Armenia,” which attracted close to 900 people. The newly renovated Boyajian Hall at Pasadena’s AGBU Alex Manoogian Center was transformed into a glittering gallery of art which displayed works by nine artists originally from Armenia: Gagik Ghazanchyan, Mayis Mkhitaryan, Garegin Davtyan, Marine Dilanyan, Lilit Soghomonyan, Ashot Avagyan, Albert Hakobian, Khachik Abrahamyan, and Hermine Demirtshyan (who currently resides in Mexico City)–click here for participating artist biographies.

The event was organized by Kevork Zakoyan from Armenia and Haig Messerlian of the AGBU Southern California District Committee (SCDC). An impressive art catalog, designed by Haig Messerlian, illustrated the works and included detailed artist biographies.

Over 50 artwork were sold at the event.

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Mariam Marukyan, Age 13, from the AGBU Nork Children’s Center in Armenia has become one of six children to win the International Children’s Art Competition organized by the United Nations (UN).

The International Children’s Art Competition was organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with the Department of Public Information and the United Nations Postal Administration to commemorate the INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY and the first UNITED NATIONS DECADE FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY. The children were to design a United Nations stamp on the theme “WE CAN END POVERTY.”

Over 12,000 children from around the world participated in the competition and 10 entries were from Armenia (to see all Armenian entries, click here).

In addition to Mariam’s great achievement, it is worth noting that two other Armenian artists, Anahit Martirosian, age 11, and Lusine Nersisyan, age 14, were each awarded one of 20 Merit Certificates for their work, and Ellada Khachatryan, age 11, was awarded one of 24 Certificates of Recognition.

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Mariam Marukyan explains the meaning of her winning design (pictured at top):

“To my mind, work will help people live fairly. That is why in my picture I depict people working in the garden. They have worked hard and their harvest is rich.”