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House of Lebanon Board Member Anise Garabet To Receive the 2014 Humanitarian Award

anise-garabetHouse of Lebanon Congratulates Board Member Anise Garabet who is being honored by California Ladies Organization-World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) on Friday,  December 5th, 2014 during the 2014 Humanitarian Award Gala Dinner at the Ritz Banquet  Hall. In addition, WLCU is proud to announce the unveiling of Gibran Khalil Gibran Statue by Artist Victor Issa. This exciting and long awaited event will be happening at the LA Central Library on Friday, Dec. 5, 3:30pm- 5:30pm, preceding the 2014 Humanitarian Award Gala Dinner honoring Anise Garabet.

7th Annual Golf Classic Rescheduled in Support of Good Cause: Saving Water

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SAVE THE DATE! House of Lebanon 7th Classic has been rescheduled. Monday, May 4, 2015 is the new date. Rescheduling the event supports a good cause: Saving water.

Scene 2The Wilshire Country Club is reducing its water consumption by working with the Los Angeles Metropolitan water district program. The program encourages home owners and businesses to reduce water consumption. The Wilshire Country Club will be able to save at least 20% of their annual water consumption. They are doing so by reducing their irrigation system and adding sandy playable areas and native grasses. All this work will be done on the perimeter of the Golf Course starting January 5, 2015 and ending by April 2015. The Wilshire Country Club are the forefront of Clubs taking advantage of this project which will saves water and money.

Lebanese Dabke Dance: Symbol of Common Heritage and Cultural Identity

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Dabke dance is charged with meaning. It symbolizes harmony, togetherness, and oneness. It generates a sense of belonging to a common heritage, culture, and identity. House of Lebanon offered a Middle Eastern Dance workshop on Saturday, November 15, 2014 presented by Dance Professor Maha Afra. The second half of the workshop was dedicated to Dabke dance.

Dabke is a folk dance performed in countries like Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. Each country has its unique Dabke that differs from the others. Performers form a line with hands in hands and shoulders to shoulders and they follow specific basic common steps. While the basic steps are the same, Dabke offers a room to perform your own unique dance. At a certain time during the dance and following the song and the music, performers, especially those dancing at the far left of the line, exhibit their individuality and skills through their own improvised steps that enliven the Dabke and makes it energetic and cheerful.

“Teaching Tabla is a Fun Creative Way to Build a Cultural Bridge”

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The heartbeat of Tabla responded lively to the instructions of Percussionist Marc El Khoury’s hands during the Tarab Music – Rhythm from The Middle East Workshop offered at House of Lebanon on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

While, traditionally, the Tabla musical instrument is known to be dominantly played by male percussionists, our participants who took the workshop were all females. “Tabla has always been an exciting musical instrument for me,” said one of the participants. “We are used to its rhythmic presence in Arabic music and we also grew up dancing to its beats.”