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Hitting the Baha’i’ notes

Published on September 13, 2017 12:53PM

Music, dance and inspiring words will fill the Newport campus of Oregon Coast Community College on Friday, Sept. 15, as the annual Celebrating Unity event returns for another evening of multicultural entertainment.

Hosted by the Baha’i’ faith community of Lincoln County, this year’s event also commemorates the 200th birthday of Baha’i’ founder, Baha’u’llah, with a theme of “Hope, Peace, Love.”

Performers include Mary-Beth Nickel on sacred Native American flute, Rodney Turner on drums, singer-songwriter Rand Bishop and Native American storyteller Mark Pullam

Guests will also be treated to drumming, singing and a performance of the sacred Feather Dance by Rusty Butler of the Siletz Tribe as well as Afro-Brazilian dance by students of Rachel Barreras-Kleemann, aka: Sambamama.

Refreshments will be served and a raffle will offer the chance to win gift certificates to local businesses.

Suggested admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids aged six to 15.

Proceeds will be split between three organizations that echo the values of the Baha’i’ faith: Peace Village Newport, Partnership Against Alcohol & Drug Abuse and Lincoln Community Dispute Resolution.

Dr. Bob Riggs, a member of the Baha’i’ faith, will return as emcee for the evening.

“We are looking forward to this event that encourages Peace, Love, and Hope,” he said, “at a time in our history when these virtues are needed most.”

Celebrating Unity will run from 5 to 7 pm Community Room at the college, 400 SE College Way.

For more information, contact Riggs at 541-270-1343.

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