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Modesto, county celebrate diversity with downtown music and more

Offering a mustache on a stick is Evelyne Konedeng as she works at the booth representing France, one of a dozen booths representing different cultures at the “Celebrating Cultural Diversity” event Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Tenth Street Plaza in Modesto.
Offering a mustache on a stick is Evelyne Konedeng as she works at the booth representing France, one of a dozen booths representing different cultures at the “Celebrating Cultural Diversity” event Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Tenth Street Plaza in Modesto. dnoda@modbee.com

Modesto and Stanislaus County held an event called “Celebrating Cultural Diversity: Love From Tenth Street Place …” downtown on Wednesday. The free event was part of the city and county’s annual cultural diversity week and included musicians and dancers, information booths, food trucks, prize drawings and more.

Another celebration of diversity, the 22nd annual International Heritage Festival, will be held Saturday on the Modesto Junior College East Campus, 435 College Ave. The free event will begin at 11 a.m. with presentations by Modesto Poet Laureate Gillian Wegner, YES Company soloist Angel Hermosillo, and a parade of flags with participants sporting traditional international costumes.

The daylong event will offer music, dance and food. Children can enjoy crafts and collect stamps and stickers while learning about cultures, history, geography and art. Among countries set to be represented are Italy, China, El Salvador, Scotland, Guatemala, France, Ireland, Egypt, Norway, India, Vietnam and Liberia, as well as the Assyrian culture and others.

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