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City to Celebrate “A SEASON OF DIVERSITY”

Program Will Feature Events To Promote Cultural Understanding
The month of September marks A Season of Diversity for the City of Santa Clarita. The City’s Human Relations Forum has scheduled a long list of events to support cultural diversity in the community by honoring the rich cultural tapestry of Santa Clarita, from September through January 2007.
 
“The City of Santa Clarita is a diverse growing community and it is important that we learn to understand and appreciate the cultures, traditions and beliefs of our next door neighbors” said Mayor Laurene Weste. Some of the events the program features are cultural art galleries, international music and dance, interfaith gatherings, and multi-cultural story times and craft for children. All events are free, with the exception of the September 29, Bayanihan Filipino Dance Performance, which will raise funds for the City’s Sister City mission to build a medical facility in Sariaya, Philippines.
 
A Season of Diversity began with the opening of the Cuba Oriente Contemporary Painting for Eastern Cuba Gallery. This exhibition highlights 60 rich and vibrant works from Cuba’s eastern region, often described as the heartland of Cuban Culture. The Cuba Oriente art will be displayed at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery now until October 14. The month of October will feature two groups of speakers. On October 18, World War II Veterans from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Tuskegee Airmen will speak a t the Valencia High School theatre. Many members of this group, comprised of Japanese Americans, were held in detention camps and later became one of the most highly decorated military units in U.S. history. On October 25, the Negro Baseball League will have a panel of speakers, also a t the Valencia High School theatre. The league will talk about its historical experiences. In the 1950’s, African Americans were barred from playing in the Major League. “The Negro Leagues” were formed and became the training ground for future hall of farmers like Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron. The program will conclude with a Martin Luther King celebration at Hart High School, presented by the Interfaith Council on Monday, January 15, 2007. For a full schedule of events, visit www.santa-clarita.com/hrforum.
 
For more information about A Season of Diversity or the Human Relations Forum, please contact Cynthia Llerenas, Community Services Supervisor for the City at (661) 255-4918.
 
About the Santa Clarita Human Relations Forum In May 1994, members of the community addressed the Santa Clarita City Council and requested the formation of a task force to promote understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity in City. Soon after, the Santa Clarita Valley Human Relations Forum was formed with the mission to encourage, assist, and empower the Santa Clarita community to eliminate all forms of discrimination and to promote understanding and appreciation of human differences. The Forum works to promote positive human relations and acceptance of all people in every aspect of community life. Its goal is to make Santa Clarita a place where all people can live and work peacefully with a better understanding of each other and the value of diversity.