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Andisheh Center hosting 'Experience Iran' event at U&I Café in Tigard; focus is on Armenians in Iran.

Community members will have a chance to celebrate the culture and history of Iran this weekend.

Specifically, the "Experience Iran" event sponsored by the Andisheh Center at the U&I Café in Tigard Sunday, Aug. 29, will focus on the county's Armenian citizens. Attendees will hear a lecture on the topic before food is served, and the event will also include music and dancing.

The Andisheh Center is a Portland-based organization that honors Iranian heritage. According to Ano Youssefian, a Lake Oswego resident who has been a board member at the Andisheh Center for nearly 11 years, Sunday's event is part of a series of "Experience Iran" offerings from the center. Previous events have focused on Turkish and Khorasani cultures.

"Iranian Armenians were blessed that our ancestors chose Iran," Youssefian said. "Iran was an amazing home to all of us, and we were very proud to be part of that country. Armenian people had their schools, churches … we were celebrated in any and every way possible."

The event, which runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be held outdoors, and Youssefian said it was set up so that people will feel comfortable amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets are $25, and most were sold the first week they were available according to Youssefian — but spots remain available.

"If you can't get to Iran anytime soon, come 'tour' the country at the café," Youssefian said, adding that special thanks go to project manager Marzie Salarie.

Dinner and desserts are included with a ticket. If you're interested in attending, contact Salarie at 503-784-2305.

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