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Stories Added - January 2011
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Multicultural Festival to include fun, food & info on health, jobs, training
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Organizers for the 11th annual Multicultural Festival honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have planned a full evening of entertainment by popular performers representing all cultures in Polk County on Monday, Jan. 17. Col. Howard Daniel said a number of informational booths will open at 4 p.m. at Livingston High School offering preventative health screenings, information on job opportunities and the area as well as community programs to assist those with mental health issues and drug abuse prevention and rehabilitation. Staff members from the Deep East Texas Council of Governments will distribute information on the Disaster Case Management program, Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP), Food Stamp enrollment, the Area Agency on Aging, Services to At-Risk Youth, and the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program. Health care professionals from Memorial Medical Center—Livingston will be on hand from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to draw samples for complete blood chemistry and PSA tests. A four-hour fast is required for valid results. Local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and the Polk County Red Cross will present displays and demonstrations on drug awareness, fire and fire and home safety. Workforce Solutions staff will present an overview of programs offered through the Workforce Center, including job information. Information on opportunities to continue education after high school will be offered at a booth sponsored by area public and private schools. The Burke Center will have staff available for question and answer sessions on intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Polk County Tax Assessor Collector will have voter registration cards available and will offer assistance to those who need to register or update their registration information at the festival. The event will once again include a free catfish dinner with all the trimmings. Diners can eat at the high school cafeteria or get a carryout dinner. The entertainment lineup for the first big event of 2011 includes the return of several local favorites such as Glenn Lenderman, Johnny and Nelda Flanagan, the Alabama- Coushatta tribal dancers, the A-C Woodland Singers and student performers from Livingston and Goodrich school districts. The Ayubu Kamau Sacred Afrikan Drum & Dance Society will return to the stage as well as the Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico dancers. James Gomez and Cody Littlehawk are also scheduled to perform.