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Cedar Rapids Public Library hosts community cultural expo


Community Cultural Celebration and Expo

Cedar Rapids Public Library — Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library joins forces with the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission to present a free day of cultural exploration at the library on Saturday, March 18.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Speakers, performances, workshops and even food trucks will be there in abundance to celebrate the diverse cultures that Cedar Rapids has to offer.

Food truck vendors the Grateful Crepe, Caribbean Kitchen, O’s Grill and the Hungry Rooster Catering Company will provide a wide array of international foods over the course of the event. Among the performances will be Czech fairy tales at 10 a.m. in Whipple Auditorium; Indonesian songs from Adi Candra at 11:45 a.m. in the Commons; a Guatemalan cultural group that will process from the Commons to Whipple Auditorium at 12:50 p.m. for 1 p.m. dances; and talespinner Darrin Crow providing shadow puppet storytelling and craft throughout.

The library’s new Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Timeline exhibit will be featured at the event with an 11 a.m. unveiling. LaSheila Yates of the Civil Rights Commission will speak at the unveiling, followed by Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett at 11:10 a.m. Other featured speakers include Amit Suri of the Friends of India Association, with a talk titled “An Immigrant’s Experience Coming to the U.S.” (12 p.m., Conference Room) and Satish Jayaraj on “The Value of Diversity Within Pop Culture” (11 a.m., Conference Room).

Ongoing during the event will be the Z102.9/KZIA Beat Wagon from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., the German Iowa and the Global Midwest exhibit and, on loop from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Children’s Room, ‘Lost Nation: The Ioway.’

A full listing of all performers and speakers, as well as an extensive list of the organizations who will have interactive information tables at the event, is available at the Facebook page for the expo.


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