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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - January 2010
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Multicultural Celebration Planned
Polk County Enterprise - January 2010

LIVINGSTON — Organizers for the 10th annual Multicultural Festival honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have planned a full slate of entertaining and educational activities for participants — in addition to the free catfi sh dinner served each year. The festival begins at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at the Livingston High School Auditorium. Featured entertainment includes Glen Lenderman, Johnny and Nelda Flanagan, Cody Littlehawk, James Gomez, Alabama-Coushatta tribal dancers, Mecca Dancers, the Ayubu Kamau Sacred Afrikan Drum and Dance Society and Entertainment by representatives of all cultures. Students from Livingston and Corrigan-Camden school also are scheduled to perform. Health care professionals from Memorial Medical Center- Livingston will be on hand during the festival to conduct complete chemistry and PSAs from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A four-hour fast is required to ensure valid test results. There is no charge for services provided during the health fair. The Texas Workforce Commission will offer a complete overview of all programs and job fair from noon to 4 p.m. in the Livingston High School cafeteria. Staff members from the Burke Center will also be available to answer questions about mental health services. Area law enforcement agencies, fire departments and the Polk County Red Cross will present a drug awareness and safety fair. Displays and demonstrations will focus on drug awareness, fire and home safety. The booth is sponsored by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Livingston, Corrigan and Onalaska police departments. The Polk County Tax Assessor- Collector’s Office will offer voter registration materials and assistance. The Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) will have a booth with information on several programs offered through the agency. Information about the Disaster Case Management program, Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP), food stamp enrollment, the Area Agency on Aging, Services to at-risk youth (STAR), and Mentoring of Prisoners Program will be distributed. “Shine with pride,” said event organizer Col. Howard Daniel. “Help us add zesto to the occasion by wearing your native clothing, if you wish. All families are invited to the catfish dinner with all the trimmings.”

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