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Dance away, at Diversity Day

Published on October 16, 2018 11:40AM

A dancer from Chayag

A dancer from Chayag

Music, song, dance and storytelling will share the spotlight this Sunday, Oct. 21, as the Baha’is of Newport host their annual Diversity Day, with everyone invited to join the fun.

Entertainment includes Chayag, authentic Ecuadorian music and dance from Alex Llumiquinga and his family; Native American storytelling from Siletz tribal member Mark Pullam; dancing from Sambamama Rachel Barreras-Kleemann and her young Afro-Brazilian dancers; and world beat percussion from Rodney Turner.

The event, which coincides with a Baha’i Holy Day, encourages participants to think of people from other countries as members of their extended family and to have faith in the human spirit.

“Baha’is worldwide will be celebrating the twin birthdays of the founders of the faith 200 years ago in the Middle East,” said organizer Dr. Bob Riggs. “We hope you will come and celebrate with us one of our most fundamental principles: the Oneness of Humanity and being in service to humanity is a form of worship.”

Diversity Day will run from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at Dance and All That Jazz Studio, 630 SW Hubert Street. All are welcome. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door — cash or check only — and any amount over that will be donated to this year’s non-profit beneficiaries, Peace Village Newport and the Lincoln City Warming Shelter.

Light refreshments will be provided and all guests will be entered into a drawing for door prizes, including a night’s stay for two with breakfast at Newport’s oceanfront Sylvia Beach Hotel.

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

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