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PUMPKIN CARVING TIPS HOW TO CARVE A PUMPKIN FOR A JACK-O'-LANTERN • Choose a large pumpkin. The larger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve. Avoid any pumpkins with bruises or moldy stems as they will spoil much faster. Pumpkins with a lighter color tend to be softer and easier to carve. • When cutting out the top, place the knife at a 45 degree angle so the lid will have a place to rest when you replace it. If you cut straight down, the lid will fall through. • When cleaning the pumpkin, save the seeds. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a healthy and tasty snack. Use a large, heavy metal serving spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape the insides. If you will be lighting the pumpkin, the back wall should be scraped as smooth as possible since this is where the light will be reflected. A 1-inch thickness of the pumpkin wall is optimum. • For longer life, soak the cleaned pumpkin a couple of hours in a bleach water solution of 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 gallon of water. Dry thoroughly, then rub inside and out, including all cut edges, with vegetable oil or petroleum jelly to prevent shriveling. If the pumpkin begins to shrivel, repeat the process. The soaking time will depend upon how dried out the pumpkin has become. • Beginners should select a simple, bold pattern. Once you master the simple patterns, you can move on to something more difficult. • Print out or draw the pattern on a piece of paper. Use small sharp scissors or a razor knife to cut out the areas you will be carving into the pumpkin. Tape the template onto the pumpkin and use a marker to trace the carving lines. Cutting slits in the paper will help it to conform to the round surface. • As an alternative, you can tape the outline to the pumpkin and use a nail or large pushpin to score the carving lines onto the pumpkin. Connect the dots as you carve. • A long serrated knife or a pumpkin-carving knife with teeth will be necessary to cut through the thick flesh. Use a sawing motion and take your time cutting along the outside edge of the marker lines so there is no marker residue. • Consider cutting off the bottom of the pumpkin, as well as the top. The pumpkin will be more stable and also easier to carve. If you plan on using a candle to light your Jack-o'-lantern, be sure the opening in the bottom is large enough to fit over the candle. Place the candle on a fireproof base large enough to accommodate the pumpkin. You can then easily lift off the jack-o'-lantern to light the candle. • If you will be lighting your jack-o'-lantern with a candle, be sure to leave the lid off to avoid any fire hazard. Use a votive candle in a glass holder or tea lights in a metal case. If you want to leave the lid on, carve a hole in the unseen back side of the pumpkin to act as a chimney. Never leave a candle-lit jack-o'-lantern unattended for any length of time. • A small battery-operated flameless candle is a safer choice than traditional candles for lighting your jack-o'-lantern. • Sprinkle the bottom side of the pumpkin lid with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves to let your jack-o'-lantern do double duty as an air freshener. • Place the jack-o'-lantern in a plastic bag and refrigerate when not in use.

Source: http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/pumpkincarving.htm The Bari News is a newsletter published every Thursday by the Community Liaison Office of the United States Embassy in Yerevan. The CLO publishes articles, announcements, and occasionally unpaid commercial offers judged of general interest to the Mission community. Contributions are welcome from all members of the community, but are subject to editing and approval by the CLO and the Management Officer. Neither the CLO nor the U.S. Embassy endorses or makes any representations about the private events, activities, or advertisements featured in the newsletter.


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GOLF TOURNAMENT AT ARARAT VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB, OCTOBER 27: The first ever Armenian Golf Tournament will take place at Ararat Valley Country Club on October 27. For reservations please call 010 394085 or email golf@avcc.am. For more details contact Karen Hovhannisyan at 055 050913. THE FIRST EVER WALKATHON TO TAKE PLACE IN YEREVAN, Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM: World Vision Armenia in partnership with the Embassy of German Federation in Armenia is organizing a 3.5 km Charity Walkathon in Yerevan. The first three winners will receive membership awards by Gold’s Gym Fitness Center. Ticket price is AMD 10,000. All proceeds will go towards building a football pitch for children in six rural communities in Armenia. For participation and tickets, please contact us at +374 96 749117/18, +374 10 749118 or email zara_amatuni@wvi.org. www.wvarmenia.am ROMEO AND JULIET, BALLET, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 7:00 PM: The Armenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet, a Ballet in 3 acts. Music by Sergei Prokofiev , choreography by Rudolf Kharatian, costumes and sets by Astghik Stepanyan. For tickets please call : 010 53 33 91, 010 58 63 11, 010 52 76 70, 010 52 57 72. Location: Sundukyan National Theatre.

CULTURAL EVENTS CALENDAR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 19:00 Bringing Sight to Children’s Eyes Charity Concert / Komitas Chamber Music Hall 19:00 Film - On The Path of Conductor, Violist Rudolf Barshai Henrik and Geronty Talalyan Viola & Cello Festival “Nota” / Naregatsi Art Institute 20:00 Crayfish Day / Tortuga Pub 21:00 Jazz Trio (Soloist Aghvan) / Malkhas Jazz Club 21:00 Alien time & Eva Sujyan / Stop Music Club FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 14:00 Strategies of (UN) Silencing / Multidisciplinary Conference AUA 18:00 Group Exhibition. Ceramics / Naregatsi Art Institute 18:00 International DJ Festival / Valencia Complex Armenia 20:00 Music Cascade: Armenian Jazz Band / Cafesjian Center for the Arts 21:00 Mane & Band / Stop Music Club

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 20:00 The Bambir- Back with a BAM! / Stop Music Club 21:00 Group Fiesta (Soloist Sona) / Malkhas Jazz Club 21:30 Mish Amiryan & Karen Mamikonyan Band / Mezzo Class House Club

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 21:00 Vahagn Hayrapetyan Jazz Trio / Malkhas Jazz Club 21:30 Impression Band / Mezzo Classic House Club MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 19:00 Reader’s Theater Series. Seda Stepanyan “The Caffe” / Naregatsi Art Institute 21:00 Group Remino and Forsh / Malkhas Jazz Club


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E VENTS & A NNOUNCEMENTS It’s time again for our semi‐annual 

GSO WAREHOUSE AUCTION   Let your friends know ‐ we will be selling lots of high quality household furniture,   computers, vehicles and more!   The auction will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012 on the lower compound of the  US Embassy, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm or until the last lot is sold. Items for sale can be  viewed, free of charge, at the sale site on Friday, October 26 from 10:00 am ‐ 7:00 pm   and Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am. The items will be sold on an “as is, where is, non‐returnable basis”.  The U.S. Embassy   cannot guarantee the quality of the merchandise.  All items must be paid for in cash   (US Dollars or Armenian Dram only) at the time of the auction. Individuals/Physical entities that are not entitled to receive duty‐free purchases will be   responsible for the payment of all taxes and customs fees to the   appropriate Armenian authorities.   Pursuant to U.S. Government regulations, 6 FAM 220, government employees who are directly involved in the  preparations or conduct of the sale –including the decision of items to be sold ‐ and their relatives or   representatives  may not participate in publicly advertised auctions.  For additional details, visit www.usa.am/cms/announcements.php 


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The Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In Armenia LFP is administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ ACCELS. American Councils Armenia invites eligible young legislative professionals to submit online applications by October 31, 2012 for the Legislative Fellows Program, a short-term professional development exchange in the United States. LFP affords promising young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. LFP will engage professionals who are actively involved in the legislative process and/or policy-making through their work in government, civic education organizations, citizen advocacy groups, political parties, or election monitoring organizations. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in American political processes will be expanded through short-term fellowships in state legislatures and city halls across the United States, as well as on Capitol Hill and in non-profit organizations that address policy issues. In addition, LFP enables Americans to travel on reciprocal visits. LFP goals are to: • strengthen understanding of the U.S. legislative process; • enhance appreciation of the role of civil society plays in shaping public policy and holding government accountable; • create partnerships between institutions in the U.S. and Armenia; and • establish a common language to develop practical solutions for shared problems and concerns. Each LFP fellow will spend a total of five to six weeks in the United States in Spring 2013. The LFP provides round-trip international and domestic transportation, visa fee and processing costs, health and accident insurance, and modest stipend. Housing and meals will be provided for program participants with U.S. host families. To be eligible for LFP, applicants must:

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be a citizen and resident of Armenia; be 25 to 35 years of age at the time of application; be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor's degree or higher); be proficient in English. If you are selected as a semi-finalist, we will give you an institutional TOEFL exam, unless you have a valid TOEFL score over 500 (paper test) or over 60 (IBT test) or its equivalent (for example, valid IELTS band 6 or higher); have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector and/or nonprofit sector in Armenia; and have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.

Eligible candidates must submit the online application by October 31, 2012 at https://ais.americancouncils.org LFP participants will be selected through a competitive application process. See the LFP website http://lfp.americancouncils.org/ for more details about LFP application and selection or contact LFP Armenia Coordinator Nane Abrahamian at the American Councils Armenia office at lfp@americancouncils.am.


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T HE C LASSIFIEDS : S HUKA

The Shuka section of Bari News is intended for the personal use of employees of the US Embassy Yerevan. Bari News carries no paid advertising but occasionally includes commercial or other special offers judged to be of interest to the Embassy community. The submission deadline is the Monday before publication. All late submissions will be published in the next issue. Please submit items as unformatted text by email to CLOYerevan@state.gov. You must include your name, telephone number and/or email address. Ads will run for two consecutive issues and may be resubmitted once after one month. HOUSEKEEPER/ NANNY HOUSEKEEPER: Susanna Margaryan is looking for additional work as a housekeeper. Susanna is honest, hardworking, extremely cheerful and friendly. No job is too large or too small for her. She is a wonderful housekeeper and good with children. She is patient and follows instructions well. Susanna is an excellent cook and very well in ironing. She worked with foreign families: If interested, please call Susanna on her cell phone 055 650623 or 095 650623. HOUSEKEEPER: Armanush is an excellent housekeeper. She has worked for our family for just over a year and with numerous Embassy families over the past several years. She is reliable, trustworthy, and hardworking. She is an excellent cook and baker. She especially enjoys making banana bread and chocolate chip cookies for our children. Armanush speaks Armenian and English and is available part time. Armanush can be reached at 094 33 48 69. For references please contact Jessica Wallace at 096 16 29 53. HOUSEKEEPER: Looking for a truly great housekeeper, look no further: Mrs Tiruhi Yeghoyan is a gem! She has worked with different American families for many years. She was busy with general cleaning, washing, ironing, sewing, hopping and preparing meals. Mrs Yeghoyan can be available for evening receptions and can coordinate and supervise outside catering and service personnel. She can be reached by phone 24-43 -67 or by cell phone 094-100844. Mrs Yeghoyan speaks Armenian, Russian and some English. HOUSEKEEPER: Excellent part time housekeeper Alvard Tsaturyan is an intelligent and hard working person. She has worked with American families fro many years. Her duties can include general cleaning, washing, ironing, sewing, shopping and cooking. Miss Tsaturyan can be available for evening receptions and can coordinate and supervise catering and service personnel. She can be reached by calling 243768 or 094 861083. Miss Tsaturyan speaks Armenian, Russian and some English. OTHER SERVICES English Speaking Piano Teacher: Pianist with postgraduate diploma in piano, with an experience in teaching piano in the USA (Seattle) , who currently works in the Aram Khachaturian Museum as a science worker ( Yerevan , Armenia), teaches QSI students, and also conservatory students, offers piano classes in English language for children and adults. For more information please contact: Cell phone: 055.29.40.97 Arpine. E -mail : apo_kons@yahoo.com FOR SALE FOR SALE: Halloween Costumes – Pumpkin (24 mos) AMD 3000, Witch (3T-4T) AMD 2000, Ninja Turtle (7-8) AMD 3000, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Child’s Large) AMD 2000 – or best offer. Contact Lisa at 091/406537 or MeyerYerevan@yahoo.com for pictures and more details. FOR SALE: Full Snowboard Package. Rossignol “Digger” Snowboard (116cm). Burton “Grom” Bindings Small (shoe size 2-6). LTD Boots (Size 6). The Snowboard is lightly used, no damage, base and deck surface scratch free. Bindings are 2 seasons old and in great shape. Boots are solid and lightly worn. This is my sons “starter” board, he has outgrown it but board has a lot of life left.. Asking $150. Call 098-474-227 FOR SALE: STROLLER. Stokke Xplory (black) stroller with accessories. www.stokkeusa.com for additional information. Please contact Nicole at OwensNI@state.gov or Ext 4599.

PETS Sherpa, peace loving teenage rabbit, seeking companionship. Fluent in both English and Armenian instruction and is litter box trained. Despite his assassin training he is a complete gentleman, always dining in white gloves. He is a vegetarian and an Aries. Please email isaacsonse@state.gov if interested.

Hi! I am an adorable nine-week-old puppy looking for a loving home. I am healthy, up-to-date on my puppy shots, and well on my way to being housebroken. If you are interested in taking me home, please contact Mike 091.41.84.73 or Kim 010.49.43.01.

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