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NAVROZE CELEBRATION WITH FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT – Saturday March 20, 2021

Dear ZAGBA community,

Let’s celebrate Navroze together with some Food and Music!

ZAGBA has planned a virtual evening of ENTERTAINMENT by a professional musician on Saturday March 20, 2021 from 7:00pm – 900pm, followed by social hour and announcements via Zoom.

Now about FOOD! Here are the details:

Pick Up Point: Paradise Biryani Pointe, 1689 Middlesex St, Lowell, MA 01851

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021

Time: Between 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Options: Non-Vegetarian & Vegetarian

Cost: Member: $10 per person & Non-Member: $20 per person

Non-Vegetarian Option includes: Mutton (goat) biryani, Chicken tikka masala, 2 pieces of Naan, 2 Samosas, kachubar and 2 Ras Malais.

Vegetarian Option includes: Vegetable biryani, vegetable Manchurian, 2 pieces of Naan, 2 Samosas, Kachubar and Ras Malai.

NOTE: The food will be packaged per order and individuals/families will need to arrange to pick up the food from Paradise Biryani Pointe in Lowell.

An evite will be sent shortly to RSVP and send the payment no later than March 10, 2021 either by paypal.com or check to Pria Sarma.

Be safe and we look forward to seeing you all virtually.

Warm regards,

ZAGBA Board

ZAGBA Directory

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Calendar

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