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Unity in the Community Event Set

MARCH 31, 2006--Unity in the Community is a day filled with fun events that are designed to be a learning experience of other ethnicities and cultures. The event is April 26 on the Hagestad Student Center Mall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (indoors if it rains). Tye-dying, henna tattooing, and the traditional Hmong Sport of Kato will be taking place throughout the entire day. A Tibetan Monk will also be creating a colorful Mandala with sand. All events are open to the public, and most of the events are free.

The day will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the Chalmer Davee Library in the Multicultural Services Office to kick off the day's events.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Our Family will be exhibiting portraits of all kinds of families in the Harriet Barry Gallery, in the Chalmer Davee Library. The traveling exhibit, sponsored by Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Mass., celebrates family life and diversity in 21st century dances. This event is also free.

The Universal Dance Destiny features West African dancers with drumming solos and a Cultural Grand March. Fest-goers can learn some of these traditional dances for free. The dancing will take place from 10 to11 a.m.

The UW-RF Dance Theatre, African-American Alliance, and the International Student Association will be performing group dances from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The UW-RF Dance Theatre will showcase hula dances learned on a study trip to Hawaii. This event is also free.

There will be a lunch break from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A lunch is available for purchase for $6.20. Or picnickers are also welcome to bring a bag lunch while enjoying the surrounding festivities.
From 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. a St. Paul group El Arco Iris will be performing various dances originating in Puerto Rico including "La Bomba" and "La Plena." Through dance, music and words, the history and culture of Puerto Rico will come alive with exhibitions of various dances and the traditions associated with them.

A Hmong student group as well as other student groups on campus will be performing music, dance and theatrical acts from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

To end the day there will be a performance and Pow Wow by Oh Day Aki from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Students from the Oh Day Aki (Heart of the Earth) Charter School Center for American Indian Education in Minneapolis perform native dances and music.

Unity in the Community is sponsored by the UW-RF Diversity Awareness Committee; for more information contact Miriam Huffman, UW-RF involvement at UW-RF, at 715-425-4911.

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