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CALIFORNIA
MARCH 28 — Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Ft. Desoto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, St. Petersburg, “Stop Genocide” 5K Commemorative Walk/Run. All walkers and runners are invited to participate in Tampa’s first-ever 5K dedicated to the Armenian Genocide and towards raising awareness about all genocides. Interested participants can register on Active.com. Guests can also connect with other runners on the Stop Genocide 5K Facebook event page.
APRIL 9 — “Orphans of the Genocide” Screening & Director Q&A, Thursday, at 7 p.m., The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street South, St. Petersburg. Hear from South Florida film director Bared Maronian as he presents his documentary on the orphanages that housed the many orphans who lost parents and were separated from siblings during the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Genocide is the complete story of the first Genocide of the 20th century. It features interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power, and best-selling author Peter Balakian, and contains historical footage of the events. Film starts at 9:30 p.m. (60 minutes).
APRIL 23 — “Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy” Lecture and Student Panel Discussion Thursday, at 2 p.m., University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, Main Library, 4th Floor Grace Allen Room. The USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center host Armenian scholar Dr. Garabet Moumdjian for a presentation entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy – Armenia’s Triumph Over Its Genocide.” A panel discussion by USF students will follow the presentation.

FLORIDA
APRIL 24 — An Evening of Remembrance, Friday, 7 p.m., St. Hagop Armenian Church, 7020 90th Avenue, Pinellas Park, Armenian heritage comes to life in gifted performances of song and prayer to remember those lost in the Armenian Genocide and to celebrate their ongoing legacy.
APRIL 25 — “Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy” Lecture and Q&A, St. Hagop Armenian Church, 7020 90th Avenue, Pinellas Park. Dr. Garabet Moumdjian presents “Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy – Armenia’s Triumph Over Its Genocide,” followed by Q&A. For a full listing of Armenian Genocide commemorative events in Florida, visit:http://flarmenians.com/2015-2.
JANUARY 9-17, 2016 — Fort Lauderdale, Armenian Heritage Cruise XIX 2016, 8-night Caribbean Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator Of The Seas. Travelling to: Labadee-Private beach Island/Puerto Rico/St. Kitts/St. Maarten. Cabin Rates from $819 based on Double Occupancy, including Port Charges and ACAA registration fee. Government taxes of $107.40 are additional. Armenian Entertainment, Armenian Cultural Presentations, Armenian Festival Day, Tavlou & Belote Tournaments and much more. Call TRAVELGROUP INTERNATIONAL @1- 561-447-0750 or 1-866-447-0750 Ext. 108. Ask for Gail.

MASSACHUSETTS
MARCH 28 — “Orphans of the Genocide” film screening and discussion with director Bared Maronian. Co-Sponsored by the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) “Leola Sassouni” and “Shushi” Chapters. 2 p.m. (Doors Open at 1:30 p.m.). Chenery Middle School Auditorium, 95 Washington St., Belmont. Donation $20 (General Seating). All proceeds to benefit the upcoming documentary film “Women of 1915.” For more information, call Nartoohi Abrimian (781) 249-0069.
MARCH 28 — An Evening with Emmy Award-Winning Director Bared Maronian, Presented by the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) “Leola Sassouni” and “Shushi” Chapters. In support of his new documentary, “Women of 1915.” Performance by singer/songwriter Hooshere, Featuring John Berberian. Reception at 7 p.m. Hosted by Aurelian and Anahid Mardiros. Donation $100.
MARCH 29 — Zulal Armenian A Cappella Trio in Concert, presented by Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Cambridge “Shushi” Chapter. Women of 1915 film release celebration. 5:00 pm, at Chenery Middle School, 95 Washington St., Belmont, MA. Donation $25/$35 – www.itsmyseat.com/ARS_Zulal. For more info contact Heather Krafian at Hkrafian@yahoo.com, or Shakkay Minassian at 617-393-0135.
MARCH 30 — Monday, Framingham State University, “A Wound Too Deep to Heal? The Armenian Genocide at 100,” panel discussion jointly sponsored by the Committee of Arts and Ideas, the Global Studies Program, the Department of Sociology and The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Panel members will be Pamela Steiner, fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Gonca Sonmez-Poole, filmmaker/Founder of TAWA; Harry Parsekian, president, Friends of Hrant Dink and Paula Parnagian, president, World View Services. For more info, Dr. Kaan Agartan at kagartan@framingham.edu.
APRIL 1-30 — Photography exhibit by Tom Vartabedian commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide at Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., showing images of the country and its people, including scenes of the eternal flame in Armenia. Display is by the Children’s Room in the upstairs gallery.
APRIL 6 — Stephen Kurkjian, retired award-winning investigative journalist will speak about his new book, Master Thieves, at St. James’ Armenian Church Men’s Club. Social Hour starts at 6:15 p.m. followed by a complete kheyma and losh kebab dinner at 7 p.m. $14 per person. St. James Armenian Church, Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center, Keljik Hall, 465 Mount Auburn St., Watertown. Open to the public and ladies are welcome.
APRIL 9 — Lecture presentation, “Don’t Come, Doctor, There’s no Cure: Physicians, Nurses, and the Armenian Genocide.” Speaker: Khatchig Mouradian, coordinator, Armenian Genocide Program, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University. Organized by the Armenian American Medical Association (AAMA) of the Greater Boston Area and the Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures of Boston College in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. 7:30 p.m. Boston College /Stokes Hall S195 auditorium, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. This event is free and open to the public. Reception following the program. For questions, email aamaboston1@gmail.com
APRIL 12 – Program on “Near East Relief and Its Legacy: A Century of Service to Armenians and to Humanity” at 2 p.m. at the National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Road (intersection of Route 2A and Mass Ave), Lexington, MA. Presented by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and the Near East Foundation. Featuring Shant Mardirossian, Chairman of the Board of the Near East Foundation, Dr. Charlie Benjamin, President of the Near East Foundation, Molly Sullivan, Director and Curator of the Near East Relief Society, and historian and member of the NAASR Board of Directors, Dr. Suzanne Moranian. Also participating will be dignitaries including His Excellency Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations. The program is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. The event is made possible by a donation by Peter Palandjian.
APRIL 15- 29 — Three lifetime Learning Courses. “An overview of Armenian origins and history, and culture” speaker, Dr. Carolann Najarian. Snow Library, Marion Craine Room, 19 School Road, Orleans, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free admission. April 22, the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and talk about memoir —Avedis’ Story: an Armenian Boy’s Journey, and April 29 Geopolitical issues facing Armenia today and the Diaspora
APRIL 19 — Genocide Centennial Concert: “Lest We Forget.” Erevan Choral Society, sponsored by Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 2:30 p.m., Church Sanctuary, 145 Brattle St., Cambridge. The Concert is under the direction of Composer Konstantin Petrossian, music director and conductor, with guest soloist, David Gevorkian, duduk, and Nune Hakobyan on the organ and piano. The community is invited to join us as we commemorate through music this dark period in Armenian history. The concert is a gift to the community.
APRIL 19 — “Blood for Memory” Blood Drive in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide organized by Armenian American Medical Association (AAMA) of the Greater Boston Area in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and sponsorship of Armenian Cultural and Educational Center. Sunday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ACEC, 47 Nichols Ave, Watertown. To schedule appointment for the blood drive email aamaboston1@gmail.com, and give 2 preferred appointment times. Join this worldwide movement to save a life by donating blood in honor and remembrance of the victims of Genocide and crimes against humanity (www.bloodformemory.org)
APRIL 23 — As part of the centennial commemoration program of the Massachusetts community, several programs are planned. On Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston, will host a Memorial Service, presented by the Massachusetts Council of Churches in cooperation with the Armenian clergy of Massachusetts.
APRIL 24 — A series of events will take place to mark the Genocide centennial. A joint Divine Liturgy by all New England Armenian Churches will take place at 10 a.m., at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle St., Cambridge. Buses will take those interested to the State House, where a program will take place from 1:15 to 1:45. A procession will follow at 2 p.m. to the Armenian Heritage Park, where the commemorative program will take place from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Finally a vigil will take place in the park starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the Mass. Commemorative programs, email armenian100@conventures.com.
APRIL 25 — Armenian Genocide Centennial commemoration sponsored by the Armenian National Committee of Merrimack Valley, 10 a.m., at Lowell City Hall, following a procession from John Street a block away, led by the Armenian-American Veterans. Participants are asked to gather at 9:30. Luncheon buffet to follow with the showing of a film.
MAY 12 — Julia and the Zerounian Ensemble Spring Concert. Enjoy an evening of old-fashioned nightclub glamorous chanteuse singing in English, French Italian, Armenian, Russian, Persian and Yiddish. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $24 and $19 for students.
MAY 16 — Salsa Kef Night, hosted by the Holy Trinity ACYOA Seniors, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge. Join us for an evening of live Salsa and Armenian music for all ages. Featuring the Black Sea Salsa and Greg Krikorian and the All-Stars with Greg Krikorian, Leon Janikian, George Righellis, Bob Raphalian, Charles Dermenjian and Steve Surabian. Complimentary Salsa Demonstration and Lesson. Dance begins 7:30 p.m. Donation: $35; $25 for under 21 and students with current college ID. To purchase tickets, visit holytrinitysalsakef.eventbrite.com or call the church office, 617.354.0632.

MICHIGAN
APRIL 19 — Robert Fisk, prominent journalist and Middle East correspondent of the Independent of London, and a staunch supporter of the Armenian cause, will speak at the Detroit United Committee commemoration event on Sunday, 4 p.m. Also speaking will be Raffi Bedrosyan on “Hidden Islamicized Armenians.“ He will present data found from his most recent trip to Turkey. AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian School, 22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield.

NEW YORK
APRIL 2 — James Russell, the Mashdots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University, will be delivering a unique and fascinating lecture on Yeghishe Charents at the Manhattan LGBT Center, 8-10 p.m. sponsored by Armenian Gay and Lesbian Alliance, New York, 208 West 13th Street, New York, Room 310
APRIL 21 — Holy Cross Church of Armenia and the Armenian Poetry Project Present Commemorating the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide: A reading in remembrance, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Holy Cross Church of Armenia, 580 West 187th Street, New York. Admission is free.

NEW JERSEY
MARCH 29 — St. Thomas Armenian Church, Palm Sunday, 50th Anniversary Banquet held immediately following church services. This event is dedicated to the Armenian Martyrs on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and preside over the banquet. Dinner includes program highlighted by performance – soprano Anoosh Barkley. Donation is $50 pp. for adults $20 for children 4-11 and children under 3 are free. For questions or reservations contact:
Sylva Torosian: 201-755-5699 or 201-894-0143 or email:st8756@aol.com; Nadya Garipian mobile: 201-370-0358, home: 201-871-9269 ∙ e-mail:ngaripian@yahoo.com; Talar Sarafian mobile: 201-240-8541 or 201-444-2478 ∙ e-mail: Talar@Sarafian1.com.
APRIL 12 — “A Tribute to Survival,” program dedicated to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Participating will be The Armenian Chorale of Rhode Island, with the full complement of orchestra, special guests from Rhode Island and New York, directed by conductor and comnposer Konstantin Petrossian. Also Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston, directed by Apo Ashjian. Master of ceremonies will be Peter J. Koutoujian, sheriff of Middlesex Country, Mass. Program sponsored by the Armenian Martyrs Memorial Committee of Rhode Island, 3 p.m., Park Theatre, 848 Park Ave., Cranston. Admission is free and there is free parking on site. For more information go to www.ammri.org or email Joyce Yeremian at yoycey41@cox.net.
APRIL 20 — Documentary Films Opening Night at SENE Festival. Documentary Films: “Smyrna,1922,” “40 Days of Musa Dagh” and “Memories of Marash” followed by a discussion with film director Roger Hagopian. Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence, $ 10.

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WASHINGTON, DC
National Commemoration of the Armenian
Genocide Centennial
For more information go to: www.armeniangenocidecentennial.org

MAY 4 — Monday, 7 p.m., Dr. Carolann Najarian will lecture about Armenia and the Armenian Genocide , West End Library at Watergate Office Building, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Entrance free. http://dclibrary.org/westend
MAY 7 — Ecumenical service at the National Cathedral 7 p.m. led by Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians and Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia, many dignitaries and diplomats will attend. Renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Hover Chamber Choir from Armenia will perform. 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Entrance by invitation.
MAY 8 — Concert at the Music Center at Strathmore. “A Journey Through 100 Years” of Armenian Music, will highlight the ongoing vitality of Armenian music and artists, including sopranos Hasmik Papian and Isabel Bayrakdarian, violinists Ida Kavafian and Levon Chilingirian, cellist Alexander Chaushian, clarinetist Narek Arutyunian and Hover Chamber Choir from Armenia. Ninety-member Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Edward Topchian will perform. 10701 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD 20852. For tickets: www.strathmore.org
MAY 9 — Divine Liturgy at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 10:00 am on the Catholic University Campus, led by the two Catholicoi and featuring Armenian choirs from across the country. 400 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC.
MAY 9 — Reception and Banquet at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 6 p.m. will feature Dr. Vartan Gregorian with Mark Geragos as emcee. Institutions and individuals who helped Armenians will be honored, and special attention will be paid to all those suffering genocide and human rights abuses around the world, remembering especially those who are still in danger today. Zulal A Cappella Trio will perform. Tickets to the Reception and Banquet are $100 per person. Checks should be made out to: Armenian Commemoration Centennial, and mailed to: NCAGC 4125 Fessenden St., Northwest, Washington, DC 20016

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