Friday, September 22, 2006
PASCO - Mission Possible is hosting "Hands Around the World," a regional multi-cultural event aimed at educating, sharing and celebrating the cultural diversity of our communities and our world. This year's annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9a.m. to 9p.m. at the TRAC in Pasco.
"Hands Around the World has been specifically designed to not only celebrate people of all cultural backgrounds, but to do it in a way that the whole family can enjoy and learn," stated Jennifer Martinez, President of Mission Possible.
The event will include traditional dancers, cultural musicians and artistic performances, a cultural fashion show, sports and other cultural workshops, speakers, food, various products, informational, educational, and outreach opportunities, and a child's fun zone.
The event will help bridge gaps of understanding, bring people together, provide an avenue for cultural expression, increase the appreciation of culture and heritage, and connect people with multi-cultural resources and opportunities.
Culture is everything that people use to express who they are, from their clothing and language, to their artistic expressions and architecture, food, governing structures, rituals and celebrations, and how they understand who they are and their place in the world.
"Each person and culture have value and uniquely contribute to what it means for all of us together to be human. So by learning about each other, we can all be changed for the better," said Martinez.
To further promote cultural awareness, several raffles will be held at the event, including a trip to Taiwan, Disneyland tickets, airline vouchers and other cultural gifts. There will also be coupons for free meals donated from McDonalds and Pizza Hut given to the first 600 children who show up.
Tickets for the event are $7 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students, and free for children under age five.