Wheaton World Tour: Celebrate Our Diversity
Get ready to use all of your senses during a world tour that will introduce you to sights, sounds and tastes from around the globe – all without leaving Memorial Park. Wheaton’s Community Relations Commission encourages you to take part in Wheaton World Tour: Celebrate Our Diversity, a night celebrating diversity and culture within our community. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Memorial Park, followed by the Wheaton Municipal Band concert at 8 p.m.
Start your evening with international flavor, as food vendors will feature ethnic foods from around the world. Vendors will include Genghis Grill, Pad Thai, GiaVia Sweets Food Truck, Bombay Wraps and Two Italians.
Then, watch performances by Real Women Belly Dance and Burundi and Rwanda Performers in native dress. Listen as international performer, educator and composer Yin Han plays the Er Hu, a two-stringed violin, joined by her daughter, who will sing in three languages.
Also at this event, Women’s Wisdom Artisans, a social enterprise program of the People’s Resource Center, www.peoplesrc.org, will be displaying and selling their multicultural handcrafted creations at the Wheaton World Tour. The program assists low-income women in working toward starting their own businesses. Last year, the People’s Resource Center worked with residents hailing from 76 countries, speaking 46 different languages.
World Relief will also be participating in this event. The organization's artisans will sell handmade items during the Wheaton World Tour.
Re:new (www.renewproject.org), a nonprofit organization that helps refugee women financially, physically and emotionally by teaching them to sew, also will be participating in the event. Different artisans from the organization will be selling their wares. Re:new was founded four years ago and is located in the western Chicago suburbs.
Keeping with the theme, Joy Wilcox of the Wheaton Public Library will present a 30-minute story-telling program called “Tales from Around the World.” This program coincides with the library’s summer reading program, “Have Book – Will Travel,” which will include a range of free activities for children, teens and adults, plus prizes for participants who reach their reading goals. For more information, visit www.wheatonlibrary.org.
This event will include a number of kids cultural activities, too. Children will travel to different tables playing games, doing crafts and learning what makes our community diverse as they have their “passports” stamped.
Finally, listen to the sounds of the Wheaton Municipal Band, www.wheatonmunicipalband.org, which will take the band shell stage at 8 p.m. The band performs a mix of popular and classical music designed to provide summer outdoor music that is enjoyable for all ages. For this evening, plan to enjoy a selection of music from around the world.
Wheaton’s Community Relations Commission is responsible for promoting community involvement and volunteering. Since its formation in 1965, the Commission has worked to foster understanding and promote cultural diversity among citizens and groups within the city. For more information about the commission, see this section on the City's website.