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Multicultural festival set for January 20


LIVINGSTON – A free fi sh fry, musical entertainment and a variety of other events will be featured during the 14th Annual Multicultural Festival planned for 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at the Livingston Junior High School. Those attending are invited to help "add zesto" to the occasion by wearing their culture's native clothing. The fi sh fry will include a catfi sh dinner with all the trimmings and families are encouraged to turn out for the event. The annual festival honors the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The famed civil rights leader from the 1960s would have celebrated his 85th birthday on Jan. 15, 2014. Open free of charge to the public, musical entertainment planned for the festival features representatives of all cultures and a "host of local talent." Among those scheduled to perform are Glen Lenderman, the Livingston Community Band, Johnny and Nelda Flanagan, Cody Littlehawk and James Gomez. In addition, there will be performances from both the Livingston and Goodrich school systems, the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas, the Mexico 2000 Dancers and the Ayubu Kamau Sacred Afrikan Drum and Dance Society. While the main festival will get underway at 5 p.m., there will be some activities that begin earlier. From 4-6:30 p.m. there will be a health fair and job fair underway. The free health fair is sponsored by Memorial Medical Center-Livingston and health care professionals will be on hand to conduct complete chemistry and PSA tests. A four-hour fast prior to taking the tests is required in order to obtain valid test results. The job fair will be include a complete overview of all Workforce Center Programs, including job information. Among the booths that will be set up to distribute information during the event include: • Education, with information on continuing education programs available. It is sponsored by the Livingston, Big Sandy, Goodrich, Onalaska, Corrigan- Camden, Leggett and private schools. • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, with personnel available to answer questions. It is sponsored by the Burke Center. • Drug Awareness and Safety Fair, with displays and demonstrations designed to increase drug awareness as well as fi re and home safety. Sponsors include the Polk County Sheriff's Department, Livingston Police Department, Alabama Coushatta Tribes of Texas Police, local volunteer fi re departments and the Polk County Red Cross. • Voter Registration, with registration cards and assistance available. It is sponsored by the Polk County Tax Assessor-Collector's Offi ce. • Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which will be accepting donations of canned goods to distribute to food banks throughout Polk County. • DETCOG Programs and Services, which will provide information on disaster case management, Children's Health Insurance (CHiP), food stamp enrollment, Area Agency on Aging, Services to at-Risk Youth (STAR) and the Mentoring of Children of Prisoners Program. The booth is sponsored by the Deep East Texas Council of Governments


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