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World of Montgomery Features an International Village, Mosaic Community, and Service Learning Activities

World of Montgomery Festival

October 20, 2013; 12 5 p.m.; Rain or Shine

Wheaton Plaza parking lot between Metro and JCPenney, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton-Glenmont

Admission: Free

Contact for the Public:   Phone: 301.660.7418

The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates the diverse cultural heritages that play an active role in the lives of area residents. The festival showcases this rich diversity through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families. The exhibits include culturally authentic arts demonstrations and activities aimed at promoting international and multi-cultural awareness.

Explore the World in your Backyard - This year’s festival focuses on the “Essentials of Life” focusing on food, ater, culture and community service – the essential resources and common bonds we share across communities globally. Montgomery County is a modern-day global village, with one third of the population born outside of the United States. The diversity of the DC area enriches the lives of our children and helps them to become a successful 21st global citizen. The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates this stunning diversity and invites you and your family to learn more about the many wonderful cultures that surround us every day.

International Village, Mosaic Community, and Community Service Area:

• An international village featuring the four countries of India, El Salvador, China, and Ethiopia. The activities and exhibits range from authentic childhood games to traditional arts that take years to master.

o A small sampling of the interactive activities at each tent include body henna art, playing traditional musical instruments, trying on a saree or a turban at the India Tent or watching traditional cloth woven at the Ethiopian tent. Other elements include watching a traditional coffee ceremony, painting traditional El Salvadoran art boards, or learning to write Chinese characters.

• The Our Mosaic Community section of the festival gives attendees the opportunity to share a little about themselves while learning about their neighbors and their heritages.

o Activities include a make and take postcard exchange, an art mosaic by Arts On the Block, and a map-marking project to visually represent our heritages.

• Unique to the festival is the Community Service Area, which is a hands on participatory area that allows children and adults to pass on their caring about their family and neighbors to the broader community through service. Various community service organizations will have on-site projects and learning opportunities for the attendees to recognize that each person has a role in supporting the people and communities globally.

Parking and Metro Access: Free parking is available nearby. Participants may also take the Metro to the Wheaton station, which is located two blocks away from the festival grounds.

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Sponsors: The event sponsors include Fund for Montgomery, Montgomery County, Westfield Wheaton, WSSC, Safeway, Southern Management Corporation, Washington Property Company, The Bozzutto Group, StonebridgeCarras, ABC7, News Channel 8, WTOP, The Washington Post, Fenton Street Market, The Gazette, Comcast, Wheaton Urban District, Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, Montgomery College, Choice Hotels International, and Washington Property Company. The organizers are Fund for Montgomery and KID Museum.

Fund for Montgomery sponsors include: Adventist HealthCare, Ana G. Mendez University, Barwood Transportation, BioHealth Innovations, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Choice Hotels, Comcast, Corporate Volunteer Council, County Executive Ike Leggett, Covanta Energy, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Johns Hopkins University, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd, Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, RAFFA, P.C., Safeway, SG Enterprise/Sol Graham, Soltesz Associates, Southern Management Corporation, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, The Gazette, The Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation, Universities at Shady Grove, Verizon, and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

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Media Contact: Keith Haller at 301.656.6217,  
Cara Lesser at KID Museum at 301.346.8779,  

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