Local activities – Caribbean Cowboy RV Resort http://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 10:18:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-89.png Local activities – Caribbean Cowboy RV Resort http://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/ 32 32 Man arrested after allegedly planning to use Benadryl to entice boy into sexual activity – NBC New York https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/man-arrested-after-allegedly-planning-to-use-benadryl-to-entice-boy-into-sexual-activity-nbc-new-york/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 05:59:48 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/man-arrested-after-allegedly-planning-to-use-benadryl-to-entice-boy-into-sexual-activity-nbc-new-york/ A New York man has been arrested after he allegedly tried to entice a young boy into sexual activity because law enforcement said he intended to drug the child while doing so. Richard Nguyen was arrested Thursday after being caught up in an undercover FBI operation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of […]]]>

A New York man has been arrested after he allegedly tried to entice a young boy into sexual activity because law enforcement said he intended to drug the child while doing so.

Richard Nguyen was arrested Thursday after being caught up in an undercover FBI operation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a news release.

The criminal complaint said the 29-year-old Manhattan resident initiated a series of conversations on messaging platforms with an FBI agent who posed as the father of an 8-year-old boy and a boy 5 years old. During those conversations, which began in October 2020, Nguyen reportedly expressed his desire to engage in sexual activity with either child.

Nguyen and the undercover officer arranged to meet at a cafe in Manhattan on January 20, with the understanding that they would then go to the undercover apartment so that Nguyen could sexually assault the child, the report says. criminal complaint. As the couple left the cafe, law enforcement arrested Nguyen.

Among other things, Nguyen was found in possession of children’s Benadryl and a contraceptive, according to the complaint.

“It is unfathomable to believe that anyone would view a 5-year-old boy as a sexual being,” FBI Deputy Director Michael J. Driscoll said. “Most despicable in this investigation, we allege the subject brought in Benadryl to drug the child. The job these officers do is really difficult, but so important in protecting children from predators.”

US Attorney Damian Williams called the allegations “as chilling and disturbing as one can imagine”.

Nguyen was charged with one count of attempting to induce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. If convicted, the charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, or even life in prison.

Information about Nguyen’s attorney was not immediately available.

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Marana Unified Changing Policies to Keep More Kids in School https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/marana-unified-changing-policies-to-keep-more-kids-in-school/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 03:50:00 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/marana-unified-changing-policies-to-keep-more-kids-in-school/ TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – On a weekday afternoon in Marana, children are hard at work inside Estes Elementary School. “Since we came back from winter break, like other schools in the Tucson area, we’ve been dealing with the coronavirus. Obviously we’re seeing an increase here,” said Alli Benjamin, director of public relations for the school […]]]>

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – On a weekday afternoon in Marana, children are hard at work inside Estes Elementary School.

“Since we came back from winter break, like other schools in the Tucson area, we’ve been dealing with the coronavirus. Obviously we’re seeing an increase here,” said Alli Benjamin, director of public relations for the school district. Unified Marana.

On Tuesday, the Marana Unified School District reported 73 active cases of COVID. Prior to 2022, anyone coming into contact with a positive case had to be quarantined. Now everything is changing.

“If a student or staff member is exposed, we give them two options. They can either self-quarantine for five days and then test themselves, or participate in the ‘Test to Stay’ program,” Benjamin said.

The “Test to Stay” policy encourages students and staff members to test themselves after being exposed to COVID. If they test negative, they can stay in school and avoid a multi-day quarantine at home.

“It gives families and staff an option, if they are feeling well, if they test negative, to be able to return to school, continue to participate in school and classroom activities and stay involved as long as they show up healthy,” Benjamin said.

The policy was developed by the Pima County Health Department and the CDC. The district thinks this will have big benefits.

“Students and staff want to get back to in-person activities and learning because that’s something you can’t always replicate at home. There has been a loss of learning,” Benjamin said.

The district has a limited number of on-the-go COVID tests to distribute. Benjamin said they will try to support as many families as possible.

“We are constantly reminding staff and family members to please, please stay home when they are sick. We always recommend that people wear masks at school. We do also doing our best to prevent transmission of COVID in schools,” says Benjamin.
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Events Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 in the Chicago area – NBC Chicago https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/events-honor-martin-luther-king-jr-day-2022-in-the-chicago-area-nbc-chicago/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 17:38:53 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/events-honor-martin-luther-king-jr-day-2022-in-the-chicago-area-nbc-chicago/ Several events will take place in the Chicago area on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as many honor the holiday with acts of service. Here’s a look at what’s planned around Chicago: Cradles to Crayons Cradles to Crayons will collect donations of new or like-new children’s clothing, including coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, […]]]>

Several events will take place in the Chicago area on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as many honor the holiday with acts of service.

Here’s a look at what’s planned around Chicago:

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons will collect donations of new or like-new children’s clothing, including coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, pajamas, winter clothes and more. There will be 34 contactless drop-off sites that will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

The event would be the organization’s biggest day of volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic. Drop-off locations include:

• Acorn Library – 15624 Central Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452
• Alcott Center – 530 Bernard Dr, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
• Alternatives, Inc. – 4730 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640
• Aw Yeah Comics – 7925 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
• Bank of America – 1301 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563
• Bank of America – 1300 North Arlington Heights Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
• Buffalo Grove Park Community Arts Center – 225 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
• North Center Chicago Children’s Lighthouse – 2600 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618
• Cloud and Rabbit – 1600 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
• Creative Scholars Preschool – 1735 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
• East Shore Storage – 429 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654
• Edgewater Playhouse – 1048 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
• Flying High Sports and Recreation Center – 5400 East Ave, Countryside, IL 60525
• Fry Family YMCA – 2120 W, 2120 95th St, Naperville, IL 60564
• Highwood Public Library – 102 Highwood Ave, Highwood, IL 60040
• Indian Boundary YMCA – 711 59th St, Downers Grove, IL 60516
• Jewett Park Community Center – 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield, IL 60015
• Lake View YMCA – 3333 N Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
• Little Beans Café – 430 Asbury Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
• Ravenswood Mathnasium – 1754 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
• McGuane Park – 2901 S Poplar Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
• Moonwalker Café – 4101 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
• Quilter’s Trunk – 10352 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
• Reebie Storage and Moving Co – 2325 N Clark St #300, Chicago, IL 60614
• Soul 2 Sole Dance Inc. – 799 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035
• YMCA South Side – 6330 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
• StudioUs – 4806 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
• The Giving Factory – 4141 W. George St. Chicago, IL 60641
• Timeless Toys – 4749 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
• Tiny Tots Incorporated – 2603-2611 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
• Ultimate Ninjas Chicago – 2915 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
• Universal Wellness Source – 1902 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
• West Cook YMCA – 255 S Marion St, Oak Park, IL 60302
• Windy City Fieldhouse – 2367 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
• Kangaroo Kids – 4161 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

More information can be found here: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/chicago/mlk2022/

Cook County Forest Reserves

The Chairman of the Cook County Forest Reserve will host a day of service MLK: Giving Back to the Land in Honor of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteers will clean up litter and begin ecological restoration activities in several forest reserves in the region. Activities will also include things like the removal of invasive species.

“The lessons Dr. King left us on the need for fairness and the power of community are a transcendent gift for every American. Every day we can choose to make a difference,” Cook County Council Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement.

Forest reserves will provide bags and gloves for volunteers at the following locations:

Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473 (see Sand Ridge Nature Center web map)
708-868-0606
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Includes ecological restoration and invasive species removal and a self-guided walk on the Poetry Trail.

Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Road
Barrington Hills, IL 60010 (see Crabtree Nature Center web map)
847-381-6592
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480 (see Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center web map)
708-839-6897
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

River Trail Nature Center
3120 Milwaukee Ave
Northbrook, IL 60062 (see River Trail Nature Center web map)
847-824-8360
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street
Lemont, IL 60439 (see Sagawau Environmental Learning Center web map)
630-257-2045
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Trailside Natural History Museum
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305 (see Trailside Museum of Natural History web map)
708-366-6530
January 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center
S Western Ave and W 87th St
Chicago, IL 60620 (see Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center web map)
Jan. 17, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion. Includes a self-guided storytelling trail, treetop walk, and activity bags to learn at home.

Caldwell Wood
W Devon Avenue and N Nagle Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646 (see Caldwell Woods web map)
January 17, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Miller Meadow South
1st Ave, south of Roosevelt Rd
Cook County, IL 60130 (see Miller Meadow-South web map)
(near the forest park)
January 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Go to Grove #6.

Sauk Trail Woods North
W 26th St, west of Euclid Ave
South Chicago Heights, IL 60411 (see Sauk Trail Woods-North web map)
January 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

City Year Chicago

City Year Chicago comes together to spruce up a school.

This year, AmeriCorps members and a small number of volunteers will travel to Kellman Corporate Community School in North Lawndale.

“For 28 years we have come together to serve in honor of the legacy of Dr. King and in these turbulent times, serving a cause and mission greater than oneself is more important than ever,” said the vice-president. Executive Chairman and Director of City Year Chicago. director Myetie Hamilton said in a statement.

Groups of voting rights

A Chicago coalition of suffrage and civil rights groups are holding a rally followed by a car caravan to pressure lawmakers to honor King’s legacy by immediately passing legislation on the right to vote.

Groups included in the rally and caravan include: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Black Lives Matter – Chicago, SEIU Healthcare IL IN, Southsiders Organizing for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), NAACP, Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Chicago South Side, Rainbow Push Coalition, Justice for Nick, Make Noize for Change, Arab American Action Network, US Palestinian Community Network, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns.

ChiGiveBack

ChiGivesBack will host an MLK Jr. Day of Service supporting a local Chicago Public School. Volunteers, we will organize rooms, repaint walls and paint murals throughout Tanner Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side.

“This program was launched in 2019 as part of our #Teach2Give initiative to support CPS teachers, professors and students,” the group said.

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum will commemorate MLK Day with a free family event.

The event will focus on the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr., particularly in Chicago, including the Chicago Freedom Movement. It will include special activities and shows for families, including poetry workshops for young people, musical performances and more.

“We strive to make Dr. King’s accomplishments known to all members of the community in and around Chicago,” the museum said in a statement.

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The Odd Fellows: ‘The original social network’ | Local News https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/the-odd-fellows-the-original-social-network-local-news/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 00:31:02 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/the-odd-fellows-the-original-social-network-local-news/ Quiet, but not sad, is how Meg Meltz describes the place. It’s the Independent Order of Odd Fellows’ nondescript 2,800 square foot hall on Cerrillos Road, which has recently been devoid of the usual cavorting, clapping, laughing and swaying – as in swing dancing – due to the growing pandemic. . The nearly 70-year-old building, […]]]>

Quiet, but not sad, is how Meg Meltz describes the place.

It’s the Independent Order of Odd Fellows’ nondescript 2,800 square foot hall on Cerrillos Road, which has recently been devoid of the usual cavorting, clapping, laughing and swaying – as in swing dancing – due to the growing pandemic. .

The nearly 70-year-old building, owned by the Santa Fe chapter of the Odd Fellows, has long been known as a social dance hall as well as a meeting place for lodge members.

Meltz, the lodge’s president, said the dancers would return, possibly as early as next week. If not, then certainly when the worst of the pandemic is over.

But the big question remains unanswered: How can the longtime fraternal organization, which has only about 25 active members, attract more people?

“We’ve lost a lot of members over the last few years – by dying or by leaving,” Meltz said last week.

In this way, Odd Fellows is not much different from other fraternal organizations across the country. Many face shrinking workforces eroded by age and mortality as younger generations become more accustomed to integrating into an online society. The Odd Fellows of Santa Fe bet their ability to organize grassroots activities while creating a niche for community service will keep them relevant. But they recognize that it will not be an easy path to follow.

A 2018 study from the University of San Diego notes the steady decline of fraternal organizations. From Elks and Lions Clubs to Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, the postwar social staples that helped shape America have mutated and, in some cases, receded. Using the Masons as a textbook case, the report says the group’s membership peaked near the 4 million mark in the mid-1950s and fell to just 1.2 million around 60 years later. .

Citing what has become known as the ‘bowling alone’ syndrome, the study attributes the decline to “a social and cultural shift in America” ​​that has led to fewer “habits of social participation”.

The problem can be observed locally: in recent years, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Santa Fe have reported declining membership and have worked to attract younger members as veterans old people die.

Odd Fellows understand the problem. Richard Gunn, 87, a longtime member of the Santa Fe Odd Fellows, recalls a time when the Santa Fe lodge had about 100 members. Also a member of one of two Odd Fellows organizations in Albuquerque, Gunn said it’s been a challenge to bring new members to clubs that have their roots in an era of volunteerism, camaraderie and doing good. for the community.

And the Odd Fellows, which has some 100,000 members nationwide, are all about that traditional view of service, said Barbara Corfield, secretary of state for New Mexico lodges. She said there are only seven Odd Fellows branches still active in the state, with about 200 members in total. Only three, including Santa Fe, own their building, which is key to survival, she said.

When lodges sell their properties, meetings tend to drop out and members tend to withdraw, she added.

“I remember when there were up to 40 or 50 lodges in New Mexico at a time,” said Corfield, who grew up in the Odd Fellows fraternal society in Albuquerque in the 1950s. These groups had organizations youth workers, who are almost unheard of in most lodges today, and have played a supporting role in funding and supporting community initiatives, non-profit organizations and events. The Odd Fellows, who only allowed men in lodges until about 20 years ago, have proposed a women-only offshoot known as Rebekahs, which still exists in some places.

“Years ago when I was growing up, my family was active in our church, active in the [Odd Fellows] housed and active in our school,” she said. “But we didn’t have as many social activities to get involved in.

The rapid growth of technology, social media and the internet “has a lot to do with it”, she added.

But the aura of secrecy and hidden activities behind the lodge’s doors plays a part, said Ainslie Heilich, webmaster of the national Sovereign Grand Lodge, the headquarters of the Odd Fellows.

“We killed each other in the secret society over the last century,” Heilich said.

One way out of this, he said, is to make sure your local Odd Fellows lodge offers something people want.

What’s strange about them?

What is an Odd Fellow? According to the Sovereign Grand Lodge website, there is evidence to show that Odd Fellow groups originated in England in the 1700s, taking their name from the concept that laborers coming together on a social basis were, well, strange. The first official presence of the United States began in Baltimore in 1819. Membership was restricted to men until about 20 years ago and focused on merchants who could, among other benefits, participate in social activities, find jobs and even get health insurance.

“It was the original social network,” Heilich said. “It was how people made friends, got jobs. If you moved to a new city [with a lodge], you had a built-in social network and community. If you needed a job, accommodation, they would help you.”

Additionally, like many fraternal entities, the Odd Fellows have established their own rituals and traditions for holding meetings, which still exist today. Will McDonald, a member of the Santa Fe Odd Fellows, said those customs include the placement of chairs for members and group readings involving all attendees. Beyond that, members tend to business and activities, approving minutes and the budget — which is “in the thousands” for the Santa Fe lodge, Meltz said.

The lodges’ community missions focus on helping orphans and widows and burying the dead, and many lodges are attached to a cemetery, including the Santa Fe facility. This cemetery, used for the first times in the 1880s and last used in the mid-1980s, has largely fallen fallow as there is less need at present to provide a site for those who could not be buried elsewhere in because of their faith or lack of finances, McDonald said.

Meltz said her lodge maintains the cemetery and she recently discovered that a man she didn’t even know was intentionally mowing the lawn in the spring and summer. Homeless people sometimes lay down for the night at the back of the cemetery, Meltz said.

“I don’t mind,” she said. “They have to stay somewhere.”

Heilich said Odd Fellows had to “do things” to stay relevant. It means focusing on a plan to benefit the community. Heilich, a tattoo artist who moved his business and living space to an abandoned Odd Fellows facility in Tuscola, Illinois and then relaunched the lodge there, said that could include arts pursuits, like does so at his lodge, while managing a food pantry or operating a senior center.

“If your lodge is going to do the kind of activities to help people join, to keep that vibe going, that’s what you need to do,” he said.

The Santa Fe lodge has developed and maintained a musical theme for decades, with members supporting public school music programs through fundraising efforts to purchase instruments and provide teachers. Now that Santa Fe Public Schools has taken over the effort, Meltz wrote in an email that the lodge had “discussed taking on a new cause, and I believe it would attract some energetic new members. I don’t know if we’ll actually do it then.”

So the lodge relies on dancing to boost membership. McDonald said the activity led him to join in the early 1990s. He said his research indicated that the hall was equipped with a dance floor for training the drill team in the 1950s. Over the years, it has developed a reputation for swing dancing, counter dancing, square dancing and folk dancing, with classes often held before actual dancing hours. No alcohol is allowed or served at the Odd Fellows lodge in Santa Fe.

And with several once-popular dance nightclubs having closed or discontinued offering live music for dancers – even before the pandemic – the lodge seems the logical place for people to congregate. It’s a draw that may in turn encourage some of these people to pay the $30 annual fee. The lodge raises funds through membership fees, room rentals and admission to dance events.

The dance is on hold now, but McDonald’s is confident it will resume and bring new life to the venue. As a musician who has performed and called dances at the hall for years, he said he had a sense of the “silence anticipating the evening” of the energy of dance.

“In this calm, the room seems a little old and welcoming,” he wrote in an email. “But there is also a dignity of a place that has hosted many diverse events. Then there are sound checks for the group when the dancers arrive. Teaching nervous beginners before the dance, assuring them that we We’re here to have fun. Then with the music and the dancing, the energy builds with the chatter and the laughter.”

“This familiar shared experience of dance has been a casualty of the pandemic.”

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Fort Knox Escape Room Offers Unique Training Experience | Local News https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/fort-knox-escape-room-offers-unique-training-experience-local-news/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/fort-knox-escape-room-offers-unique-training-experience-local-news/ Soldiers and civilians working at Fort Knox now have an unconventional and interactive training tool aimed at eliminating instances of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Ella Foley has developed an escape room dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP) army. “The Garrison SHARP Escape […]]]>

Soldiers and civilians working at Fort Knox now have an unconventional and interactive training tool aimed at eliminating instances of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Ella Foley has developed an escape room dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP) army.

“The Garrison SHARP Escape Room Challenge is an interactive and innovative training that builds essential SHARP knowledge and skills,” Foley said. “It encourages people to have open and healthy dialogues, as well as the ability to connect and work together as a team for a common cause.”

Each year, Fort Knox soldiers and civilian employees undergo training on the importance of SHARP and how to prevent and report sexual harassment and assault. Foley said this year she wanted to do things differently.

“This isn’t your usual slideshow presentation,” she said. “In this type of training, it is the facilitators who talk the most. With this, everyone works as a team to complete the activities.

“It creates unity,” she added.

Garrison Commander Col. Lance O’Bryan and Command Sgt. Major William Fogle attended the inauguration of the escape room on Monday. Fogle said he thought the design had a lot of impact.

“It’s very creative; very outside the box,” Fogle said. “I like the activities. I think it will be educational. »

O’Bryan and Fogle, along with several other facility officials, visited the escape room and participated in the activities, which included a word search, crossword puzzles and other puzzles. Fogle said having the training interactive this year has the potential for greater success.

“Together, we can set the conditions to address or eliminate the destructive behaviors that lead to sexual harassment and sexual assault,” Fogle said. “It makes me extremely happy because it takes everyone across this entire facility to eliminate this issue from our footprint.”

Foley said the idea for the escape room grew out of some of his previous work.

“I did the same kind of concept, but on a very small scale,” she said. “I didn’t have all the resources that I have today.”

According to Foley, the layout was specifically constructed to have the most effect.

“The nice thing is that it’s experiential training, which means you experience something, you’ll remember it,” she said. “That’s why I wanted to have this type of training this year.”

Over the next few weeks, at least 10 garrison teams will pass through the escape room. Foley said she hopes it not only teaches attendees about all aspects of SHARP, but also provides something even more important.

“If I’m someone who had a problem, after going through the escape room with my team, I might have the courage to talk to my supervisor about what’s going on,” she said. “It empowers everyone and helps them feel supported.”

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Chandler 2022 Multicultural Festival and Celebration of Unity https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/chandler-2022-multicultural-festival-and-celebration-of-unity/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 13:02:08 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/chandler-2022-multicultural-festival-and-celebration-of-unity/ Laura Latzko | Special for the Republic An upcoming festival in Chandler showcases the many cultural groups that have contributed to the city’s history. The 27th annual Chandler Multicultural Festival will take place on Saturday January 15th. There will be shows, activities, and food and merchandise vendors. The event is in person this year after […]]]>

An upcoming festival in Chandler showcases the many cultural groups that have contributed to the city’s history.

The 27th annual Chandler Multicultural Festival will take place on Saturday January 15th. There will be shows, activities, and food and merchandise vendors. The event is in person this year after going virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Resources Coordinator Rori Minor says the festival aims to bring together people from diverse cultural backgrounds to celebrate diversity in Chandler and the East Valley.

“This is the objective of the event, is to bring out different cultures and to make people feel concerned and excited about their culture being presented at the event”, a declared Minor.

Chandler showcases different cultures throughout the year with events such as the Asian Moon Festival in October and Contigo’s Hispanic Heritage Month events in September.

“We hope that in 2022 they will be even bigger and better by showcasing different aspects of our community and their cultural heritage,” Minor said.

Chandler’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion division works with local organizations to present the multicultural festival. Some of the groups will have booths at the event to share information about what they are doing.

“They are really the cornerstone of this event. They are the ones who put us in touch with the suppliers we need. They’re the ones who sit on committees to help plan things and make sure we’re culturally sensitive, ”Minor says.

What to expect at the Chandler Multicultural Festival

The popular Asian village returns, and Minor says more European cultures will be featured this year.

Festival-goers can enjoy performances such as Bollywood and traditional Indian music, Mexican folk, Japanese K-pop, Aztec, Korean traditional dance, and classical and modern Cambodian dance styles.

Participants of the Miss Indian Arizona pageant will perform Native American dances and educate visitors about their culture and badges.

New this year is a spoken word performance by local poet Afroetic.

Food trucks and vendors will offer Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Italian, Vietnamese, French, Mexican, American and Thai cuisine.

Merchandise vendors will sell items such as Turkish sweets, Greek pastries, Chinese herbal teas, cultural T-shirts, soaps and jewelry. Artist Diné Darrin Denny will be doing live demos and selling his work.

For the kids there will be inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, games, coloring and STEAM activities.

The winners of the Creative Expressions Competition will be announced during the festival. The competition, which features art and writing categories, allows Chandler’s students to showcase their talents and have a voice.

This year, students created art or wrote about “finding commonalities and connections in our diverse community”. The work of the winners and finalists will be exhibited at the festival. Minor won the essay competition as a high school freshman.

Chandler’s celebration of unity

The festival has a long history in Chandler. The Friends of Chandler Public Library started the event in 1995. It is part of a series of events in January called the Celebration of Unity, which takes place around Martin Luther King Jr. Day and features highlight the values ​​and ideals of the civil rights icon.

As part of the celebration of King’s Legacy this year, Arizona-based artist Tiesha Harrison will lead an interactive art game during the festival. Harrison is an abstract expressionist artist who often combines painting with immersive community experiences.

As part of the activity, participants will toss a Velcro ball at a board spelling out the word “community”. Depending on the letter they hit, they will answer questions from the community / unit or MLK or participate in activities such as drawing an MLK sketch or their interpretation of a community.

Participants’ responses, written or drawn on fabric or paper, will be added to a multimedia portrait collage of MLK created by Harrison prior to the event.

The activity aims to bring people together to learn more about MLK and to think more deeply about the ideals of community, impact, unity and love.

“We’re really trying to capture the essence of what Martin Luther King Jr. was trying to accomplish and why we’re celebrating this holiday weekend with this art exhibit,” Minor said.

“It helped us to feel connected”

Minor, originally from Chandler, grew up attending the festival. She says seeing the many cultures present at the festival has allowed her to communicate better with other people from different backgrounds.

“I might not know everything about someone’s culture, but at least I got to witness it. It has helped us feel connected and build community in our own way, ”Minor says. “I think this has been and continues to be one of those building blocks for the community to better understand and bond with one another.”

She has seen the festival expand to feature a wider variety of cultures.

“I think it’s improving year by year. The community has more cultures to include, and it is growing because more people attend and are in awe of it. They want to bring their family or participate as a business owner, ”says Minor.

Chandler Multicultural Festival

When: 11 am-6pm Saturday January 15th.

Or: Dr AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler.

Admission: To free.

Details: https://www.chandleraz.gov.

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Kenny’s chillin ‘in North Coast Harbor while previewing all the activities happening at this year’s Ice Festival – Fox 8 Cleveland WJW https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/kennys-chillin-in-north-coast-harbor-while-previewing-all-the-activities-happening-at-this-years-ice-festival-fox-8-cleveland-wjw/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 14:36:28 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/kennys-chillin-in-north-coast-harbor-while-previewing-all-the-activities-happening-at-this-years-ice-festival-fox-8-cleveland-wjw/ Court Anthony Butler Jr. News / 14 minutes ago Video Ice sculptures, science projects and live music await at the North Coast Harbor Ice Festival – and it’s FREE News / 34 minutes ago Video How you can honor the life of Betty White by helping a local animal shelter or rescue organization News / […]]]>

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Roosevelt High School in Portland switches to distance education for next week | Local news https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/roosevelt-high-school-in-portland-switches-to-distance-education-for-next-week-local-news/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 22:05:09 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/roosevelt-high-school-in-portland-switches-to-distance-education-for-next-week-local-news/ PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – A third high school in Portland will switch to distance education next week due to understaffing and COVID-19 absences, Portland Public Schools have announced. PPS has said Roosevelt High School will be closed Monday through Friday at least. Students will move on to distance education. The district said there was a […]]]>

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – A third high school in Portland will switch to distance education next week due to understaffing and COVID-19 absences, Portland Public Schools have announced.

PPS has said Roosevelt High School will be closed Monday through Friday at least. Students will move on to distance education. The district said there was a significant increase in student and staff absences from COVID-19.

Portland Public Schools announced Thursday night that two high schools will be closed on Friday and switch to distance education for a week due to COVID-19 and its impact on staff and student absences.



Roosevelt is joining Cleveland and McDaniel high schools as the ones with temporary distance education next week.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – Portland Public Schools announced Thursday night that two high schools will be closed on Friday and move to…

The district also said that during distance learning, all in-person extracurricular activities will be postponed, including athletics and the performing arts. This includes training, competitions, rehearsals and / or performances.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered for pickup. Meals will be available for pickup daily between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Roosevelt.

Parents who have questions can get help here.

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After wave of cancellations and postponements of high school events, WIAA to continue winter sports https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/after-wave-of-cancellations-and-postponements-of-high-school-events-wiaa-to-continue-winter-sports/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 00:40:15 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/after-wave-of-cancellations-and-postponements-of-high-school-events-wiaa-to-continue-winter-sports/ The recent increase in Washington of cases involving the omicron variant of COVID-19 has led to speculation on social media and elsewhere that high school winter sports season may be at risk. The Washington Interschool Association and the Washington State Department of Health said this week that such speculation was unfounded. “I think there are […]]]>

The recent increase in Washington of cases involving the omicron variant of COVID-19 has led to speculation on social media and elsewhere that high school winter sports season may be at risk.

The Washington Interschool Association and the Washington State Department of Health said this week that such speculation was unfounded.

“I think there are a lot of people who are guessing,” said WIAA executive director Mick Hoffman.

These assumptions have emerged amid a number of cancellations and postponements, especially over the past three weeks. The week before Christmas, a few teams scheduled to compete in the first Hardwood Invite basketball tournament, won by Garfield against host Auburn, were unable to participate due to positive COVID tests.

Also in December, the DOH investigated several epidemics linked to wrestling tournaments.

But the WIAA currently has no plans to change anything for the playoffs, which begin the first week of February with girls playing bowling and cheerleading and crossing boys swimming, wrestling, basketball and finally drill and dance the last week of March.

“Unless we get new guidelines that change things in the playoffs, we’re operating as usual,” said WIAA communications director Casey Johnson. “There aren’t enough cancellations or requests from (member schools) to change things. We operate with the guidelines that are in front of us.

Those guidelines were reaffirmed, Johnson said, during an organization’s standing meeting with the DOH on Thursday morning. Hoffman said one aspect of the guidelines was debated.

“Currently, the governor’s proclamation limiting attendance at indoor events has an exemption for K-12 events,” Ginny Streeter, DOH communications manager, said in an email. “Local public health officials have the power to implement more restrictive guidelines if they feel it is necessary in their jurisdiction. “

The exemption is the rule which requires proof of vaccination for crowds of more than 1,000 people. Thursday, the exemption was not canceled.

“The DOH makes recommendations to the governor’s office, which makes the final decisions,” Hoffman said. “We are responsible for implementing these decisions. It has been a great working relationship.

The DOH agrees.

“The DOH has a good working relationship with the WIAA, which supports both the DOH and the governor’s demands and proclamations,” Streeter said in the email. “The ultimate goal for everyone involved is to ensure the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and spectators and we are working closely to eliminate as many risk factors as possible. “

These risk factors include bystanders who are reluctant or refuse to follow the rules.

“We begged people to wear masks,” Hoffman said. “Our sports directors and our staff are being yelled at, yelled at. It’s a small group that is going to screw it up for everyone. Unfortunately, people who follow the rules are also punished. If (omicron) is to be this contagious, we might just have to not let people in. But at least the kids can compete.

While the situation has not yet reached that level and the WIAA has no plans to change formats or cancel playoff events, Hoffman said they will consider moving events from large arenas to larger gyms. small if guidelines change and / or spectator participation needs to be shortened. Such contingency plans should not be used, he said.

These decisions relate to competition beyond the regular season. Until then, decisions rest with school districts and individual schools.

Seattle Public Schools released their revised “spectator policy” for the remainder of the winter regular season schedule late Wednesday.

The first phase runs until at least January 22 and limits spectators at SPS events to 0-25% of gymnasium capacity, but Seattle public schools plan to not allow any spectators. Non-SPS schools that host SPS teams (such as the private schools that also make up the Metro League) will determine their own gymnasium capacity.

Phase two, from January 24 to February 4, will allow 0 to 50% of the capacity. Phase Three simply says, “As we get closer to the playoffs, we will be evaluating fan policy and adjusting accordingly.”

Cheerleaders (maximum of 8) are not considered fans and are permitted to participate in contests.

“What we are seeing are schools evaluating their own spectator policies,” Hoffman said.

By the time the playoffs roll in, the WIAA will be hopeful that omicron’s push has reached its peak.

“It’s more that we’re fighting the unknown,” Hoffman said. “We’re trying to figure out, how do we live with this like we did with the flu? “

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North Mankato adds new department to oversee sports and events https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/north-mankato-adds-new-department-to-oversee-sports-and-events/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 00:45:00 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/north-mankato-adds-new-department-to-oversee-sports-and-events/ NORTH MANKATO, Minnesota (KEYC) – The City of North Mankato has added a new department to oversee sports and events. “This reflects the work the City has done over the past decade,” said Mayor Mark Dehen. North Mankato’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Quality of Life will manage aquatic programming, Caswell Park, youth sports and […]]]>

NORTH MANKATO, Minnesota (KEYC) – The City of North Mankato has added a new department to oversee sports and events.

“This reflects the work the City has done over the past decade,” said Mayor Mark Dehen.

North Mankato’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Quality of Life will manage aquatic programming, Caswell Park, youth sports and local events.

“These are all of these wonderful activities that we have organized over the past few years under one roof,” added Katie Heintz, Director of the North Mankato Taylor Library.

North Mankato City Council approved the new department on Monday with a 4-1 vote. Council member Billy Steiner voted against.

“I just don’t see the need to have another department to handle everything,” Steiner said.

Other members said it would make event planning easier and bring more activities to the region.

“Part of the goal is to make things easier, to plan things smoothly,” said Diane Norland, board member.

“He will be able to put everything in place so that you have a one-stop shop for all your needs,” added Sandra Oachs, member of the Board.

It is headed by Heintz, who will also determine his responsibilities.

“It’s so much fun to engage, to be with people, to serve people and to give them this programming that is so well received,” said Heintz. “From youth football to the pumpkin patch, to music in the park, it’s just fun to be a part of.”

North Mankato Youth Sports Director Neil Kaus and Caswell Sports Director Phil Tostenson will play roles.

“We’re just going to help each other. I did a lot of adult leagues [at Caswell], leisure tips for young people. Neil used to work with football, and now we can just coordinate together, ”Tostenson said.

Sandy Bromley, a new aquatic director, will also be on the team.

It is not known who else will be involved and what their tasks will be.

Heintz said the department will get to work immediately.

Copyright 2022 KEYC. All rights reserved.

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