YALDA NIGHT CELEBRATION
IPAA organized its second Yalda Night gathering at Villa Riviera Historic Landmark in Long Beach on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Program included an enlightening speech by Mr. Kambiz Zandnia, live entertainment, dancing and more. Friends and family of Long Beach and greater community gathered to celebrate the longest night of the year.
This international public event began with an Art Exhibition with participation of several prominent local artists and calligraphers. Program included:
Thought Provoking Presentations by:
Jackson Katz, Ph.D. (Renowned Ted Speaker, Educator, Author, Filmmaker and Cultural theorist) - “Role of Men in Pursue of Gender Equality”
Nasim Pedrad (Iranian-American Actress and Comedian, former SNL crew) - "Her journey, Experiences and Challenges"
Sara Amir (1998 Green Party Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California)
Linda Zamora (2016 Candidate for Garden Grove Council Member)
Manijeh Badiee, Ph.D.(Assistant Professor of Psychology, CSUSB)- A Conversation on “Women and Election”
ADAAWE (All Female Percussion Vocal Group)
Special Appearance by Mamak Khadem (Transglobal World Music Top 20 Chart Listed Artist)
Grupo Bella (All Female Mariachi Band)
Location: The Grand Long Beach Event Center 4101 E Willow St, Long Beach, California 90815
Time and Date: Sunday March 6th, 2016 - Art Gallery 12 pm – 4 pm - Program 1 pm - 3:30 pm
CEDAW Resolution was passed in the City of Long Beach thanks to Councilwoman Suzie Price at Long Beach City Council.
CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. This Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979 and has been approved by 187 nations. The United States is 1 of 7 nations that has not yet taken action.
MEHREGAN CELEBRATION POTLUCK PICNIC
Sunday October 18th, 2015, 11am to 3pm
Marine Stadium Park, Long Beach
March 15, 2016
March 6, 2016
12 PM - 4 PM
March 1, 2016
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATION
Oct. 18, 2015
Aug. 15, 2015
SOCIAL GATHERING - On August 15, 2015, IPAA held its first Social Event! The kick-off was organized at Marina Pacifica Clubhouse. More than seventy people attended this event for a night of dancing, live music, Persian food, and fun.
Dec. 19, 2015
YALDA NIGHT CELEBRATION
The Iranian-Persian American Association of Greater Long Beach (IPAA) celebrated Shabe-e Yalda or Shab-e Chella, the ancient Iranian Festival, on December 19th. This event was hosted at Peris Restaurant in Hawaiian Gardens. Friends and family of Long Beach and greater community gathered for merriment as they commemorated the longest night of the year.
Minoo Maasomi, IPAA President, offered a brief overview of the Association’s mission and goals. Minoo reiterated that we are a not for profit, volunteer group, designed to promote the appreciation and understanding of the rich Iranian-Persian culture.
Kambiz Zandnia was the featured speaker, intriguing the guests with fascinating historical information on Yalda and reciting beautiful poetry. Mr. Zandia is passionate about the mysticism and philosophy in the Persian literature and holds weekly classes on the subject. Mr. Zandnia has accepted IPAA’s invitation and will also be holding classes in Long Beach starting January 6, 2016.
Bijan Konjkav offered his talent and extraordinary voice to provide entertainment throughout the night. Bijan is a masterful singer and guitarist, who graciously volunteered to participate in IPAA’s Yalda Night event,
Councilwoman Suzie Price also spoke and thanked everyone for coming together. She stressed the importance of the the Iranian community coming together at a time like this in our history. She urged all of the attendees to serve as ambassadors of our culture and history by educating the people and communities around us about our rich traditions and dedication to peace.
Sheyda Massoudi of Sheyda Event and Interior Design used her keen eye for design to provide a masterfully displayed Sofreh-e Yalda (Yalda Display). Her beautiful dining table settings produced a charming and ruminating ambiance, perfect for a night of poetry and music. Ms. Massoudi generously volunteered her services and tirelessly prepared for the event to make the Yalda Night a success. Yalda event pictures shown here are courtesy of Kevin Massoudi who took professional photographs throughout the night.
IPAA Board of Directors would like to thank all who joined us for our Yalda celebration and give special thanks to those who helped make this night a success.
Sofreh-e Yalda by Sheyda Event & Interior Design
Kambiz Zandnia, featured speaker
Councilwoman Suzie Price
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Chaharshanbeh Suri Celebration at El Dorado Regional Park, Long Beach -
Many gathered at the El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach to celebrate Chaharshanbeh Suri on Tuesday March 15, 2016. The celebration started with servings of Ashe Reshteh and sandwiches as participants listened to joyous Norooz music. Afterwards, bonfires were made and the jumping over the fire practice started as people chanted the traditional “zardi ye man az to, sorkhi to az man”. This poetic quote asks the fire to take ones sickness and problems and replaced them with warmth and energy. Chaharshanbeh Suri’s exhilarating event was the perfect purification rite, before the arrival of Spring. Iranian-Persian American Association of Greater Long Beach is proud to have taken part in organizing this event.
Long Beach City Hall
March 22, 2016
September 10, 2016
December 17, 2016
The City of Long Beach Celebrates Norooz
On March 22nd 2016, Mayor Robert Garcia and City Council joined Councilwoman Suzi Price in celebrating Persian New Year, Norooz. There was a formal presentation on Norooz at the beginning of the City Council meeting. Iranian-Persian American Association of Long Beach helped with Beautiful floral arrangements, haft-sin table, tea and pastries for all visitors to enjoy.
SOCIAL GATHERING at Villa Riviera Historic Landmark.
SEPTEMBER 10th, 2016
We are pleased to report to you that Iranian-Persian American Association of Greater Long Beach (IPAA) organized a very successful summer gathering gathering at Villa Riviera Historic Landmark in Long Beach on September 10th, 2016.
Councilwoman Suzie Price and Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees member, Sunny Zia, were also present at the event. Councilwoman Price who is a great supporter of IPAA, was the keynote speaker, emphasized the importance of the Iranian community coming together. Newly elected IPAA president, Mr. Morteza Mostafavi, spoke regarding the goals and future plans of the organization. Everyone enjoyed spending quality time with friends and getting to know new ones while enjoying the delicious Hors d'oeuvres and beautiful scenery. Our Silent Auction was a success .We greatly appreciate everyone's help and participation in this event, especially Ms. Ziba Amini for graciously arranging the venue at the Villa Riviera and Mr. Pooya Faridzad (https://www.instagram.com/__pooya__/) for utilizing his expertise and taking pictures at this event. We would also like to thank the Utopia Restaurant, Cafe Piccolo, and Peris Restaurant for their generous contributions. We thank all of our supporters who responded to our invitation and made it a joyful gathering.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 23th, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: District 3 Field Office located at 340 Nieto Avenue, Long Beach