Established in 1995 and 1996, respectively, we are a local 501C-3, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization .
Our mission is to integrate and empower the Iranian-American community by promoting arts and culture in the Bay Area. We bring educational services, scholarships and various cultural activities to the community.
We are so happy that you joined us for our Shab E Yalda 2016 celebration!
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the evening. There will be nationally-acclaimed Persian musicians and artistic performers.The Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC)/Payvand are, with support from the City of Cupertino, is proud to present the Longest night (Winter Solstice) and the”Shab e Yalda” on Wednesday December 21, 2016 at Cupertino Community Hall, from
This event, commonly referred to as “Yalda,” or “Shab-e Yalda,” or “Zayeshmehr,” or “Shab-e Chelleh” is the Persian Winter Solstice celebration, which has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years. Yalda is celebrated on the Northern Hemispheres longest night of the year, which is the eve of Winter Solstice. Depending on the shift of the calendar, Yalda is celebrated on or around December 20thor 21st each year. Yalda is the night of the birth of Mithra, a Persian angel of light and truth. Subject to seasonal drift, this day may sometimes fall on a day before or a day after the actual Winter Solstice. The festival of “YALDA” is celebrated by many groups of people in the Middle East, and Central and South Asia, but particularly by Persians or various Iranian peoples.
YALDA Table Setting & Flowers:Lili Ghazian
Community Photographer: Andy Nguyen
Santana Row, in partnership with the Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC)/Payvand, will proudly celebrate the arrival of fall (Fall Equinox) and the 2016 Persian Fall (Mehregan) on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Park Valencia, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening. There will be nationally-acclaimed Persian musicians and artistic performers free to the public. This event, commonly referred to as “MEHREGAN ,” is a fall festival of Persian origin, which has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years. It marks the first day of Fall. The festival of Mehregan is celebrated by many groups of people in the Middle East, and Central and South Asia, but particularly by Persians or various Iranian peoples.
Mehregan Table Setting: Afsaneh Naderi
Flowers: Lili Ghazian
Persian Food: Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant
Special Persian Drinks and Pomegranate Cocktail: Roots and Rye
Fall Season_Iran by Hossein Abdollahzadeh: Tabriz-Rasht-Tehran-Isfahan
The Rotary Club of Cupertino, in partnership with the Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC), will celebrate the arrival of fall with Mehregan, the Persian Fall Festival, on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Memorial Park, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is free to the public with live Persian music, activities for the kids, Persian arts and cultural displays and food. Mehregan, an ancient festival of Persian origin, has been celebrated since 6th century BC to welcome the first day of fall.
We invite you for a wonderful day of history, food, entertainment and honored guests.
Enjoy free live music with featured performances by so many talented artists from Many countries.
Persian musician, Fared Shafinury will be appearing to help celebrate Mehregan. A critically acclaimed and award winning musician, Fared Shafinury studied under master musicians in Iran and incorporates the classical and folk sounds of Iran to the music of the world. Fared will be performing from 4:30 pm till 6:00 pm.
Visit the Persian Cultural booth to learn and enjoy and gain new insights into the Persian culture, arts, music and food. This year, the IFWC takes pride to announce that the wonderful Farrah Yassini, the fabulous Wedding and Event Designer of Sofreh aghd Sofreh Aghd Flowers Farzaneh will be designing the Persian Cultural Booth.
Baba Kabob (Persian food truck) will be at the festival from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm.
Santana Row, in partnership with the Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC), will proudly celebrate the arrival of spring and the 2015 Persian New Year 1394 (Nowruz) on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Park Valencia, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening. There will be nationally-acclaimed Persian musicians and artistic performers free to the public. The Persian New Year, commonly referred to as “Nowruz,” is a spring festival of Persian origin, which has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years. It marks the first day of spring. The festival of Nowruz is celebrated by many groups of people in the Middle East, and Central and South Asia, but particularly by Persians or various Iranian peoples.
Video Clips Produced, and Edited by John Asadi
Emcee : Kathy Homara
Dj of the program: Dj Teymour
Fusion style music: Amir Khostavan
Persian food by Rosie McCann’s Santana Row
Nowruz Persian Spring Festival display by Stilla Raissi
Video Photography by Jose Bucaro
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They will be featuring four documentary films free and open to public.1) Once Were Enemies (2013) follows parallel stories of former Japanese and American combatants as they meet for the first time since WWII when they travel to the South Pacific to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu. Show the clip and pix
2) Canyon War: The Untold Story (2009) exposes the tumultuous events of 1858 in British Columbia when an army of gold miners clashed with First Nations. show the clip
3, 4) Crystal Fear/Crystal Clear (2005) documents a year in the life of three families affected by crystal meth.
Show the clip or pix
We invite you for a wonderful evening of viewing and discussion with the producers of numerous award-winning documentaries, films, corporate productions and TV Series, Eva Wunderman.
Don’t forget this event is open to the public and free admission.
Please visit www.wundermanfilm.com for detailed information.
Thank you for your support!
DIVERSITY AND CHANGE IN THE FILMS OF EVA WUNDERMAN
April 22, 2015 De Anza College Theater
4:30 pm theater doors open. Refreshments for sale outside theater
5:10—6:05 5:10–6:05 Once Were Enemies (55 minutes)
6:05—6:20 Questions and Answers
6:20—7:05 Crystal Fear/Crystal Clear (45 minutes)
7:05—7:20 Questions and Answers
7:20—8:06 Canyon War (46 minutes)
8:06—8:21 Questions and Answers
8:21—9:00 General discussion with filmmaker
Note: If discussions finish before 8:15we can screen Aftermeth (45 minutes)
To empower the women in our community through, art, education, civic engagement and service, Persian culture, and cuisine.
The Payvand Cultural School (est. 1995) was founded on our belief that Iranian American youth need to participate in a healthy community that fosters Iranian traditions, heritage, and language, while still encouraging successful American cultural integration. PCS provides educational instruction and opportunities for social interaction in Persian (Farsi) and English, and also teaches traditional Iranian music and dance. PCS also teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults. Our school is run by experienced teachers and dedicated volunteers
The Iranian Federated Women’s Club is a member of the Loma Prieta District, California Federated Women’s Club and the General Federated Women’s Club. The Iranian Federated Women’s Club is the sole entity authorizing the withdrawal of money from the account to/for qualified individuals, contractors, teachers, and other organizations. Our grants and sponsors of events and projects do not promote any religious or political interest.
THE GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS (GFWC)
There are many benefits of belonging to a socially conscious network of active women with roots in local communities and branches around the world. Local clubs focus on meeting specific needs in their communities through volunteer service projects. GFWC program materials, publications, meetings, seminars, and conventions assist our members in designing and implementing effective programs and projects. Opportunities are available for local, state and national recognition through program awards. Federation is the mechanism through which information, ideas, insights and inspiration are promoted and shared.
GFWC~ It’s a VOLUNTEER Thing!
THE GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS (GFWC) is one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s volunteer service organizations. Working locally through thousands of clubs in the United States and globally in more than 20 countries, GFWC members support the arts, preserve natural resources, promote education, encourage healthy lifestyles, stress civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding. Clubs shape their local agendas to suit particular community needs. Each local chapter benefits from membership, service, material, and program support from state and national Federation levels. GFWC headquarters in Washington, DC, a National Historic Landmark, houses the Women’s History and Resource Center, a collection of books, periodicals and records devoted to women’s history and women in volunteer organizations.
The California Federation takes pride in its community service projects. We are especially proud of our efforts to enhance the leadership, tutoring and mentoring skills of our volunteers, members of the community and especially today’s youth. Through seminars, conferences, forums, and traveling leadership teams, we can make a difference in the way people cope in their day-to-day lives, in our ever-changing complex world.
The 3i-Program is a collaboration of the CPAA Culture & Arts Center and Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC)/Payvand, both of which are 501c-3 non-profit organizations. Each has a long history of promoting culture and arts in the community. The purpose of the 3i-Program is to bring members of the community together in a safe, inclusive, and culturally diverse environment where learning through the arts can thrive. The program offers services to those of all ages.
The 3i-Program is the first cross-cultural community service of this kind. The ultimate goal is to share our experiences learned at the San Jose location, in the heart of Silicon Valley, to establish similar services in other locations across California and beyond.