International Festival Comes to Downtown Library


The color and excitement of an international event is coming to the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, when it hosts the International Festival on Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

“Our annual Asian Festival has been such a success,” said librarian Sheldon Beach, “we decided to try something even more expansive.  The International Festival will feature a wide variety of performances, demonstrations, arts, and crafts celebrating cultures from around the world.” Performances will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will feature classical dance of India, country and western music by Jim Garling and the Prairie Drifters, Mexica Explendor Aztec Dancers, mariachi music by Mariachi Ogullo de America, the Hawaiian music and dance of Ohana, and traditional blues music by Miss Blues. 

“In addition to the performances,” Beach added, “other activities will include Chinese calligraphy, Russian stacking dolls, Mexican flower making, Hawaiian flower hair clip making, Adindra Symbol making, Native American hand games, salsa dance, country and western dance lessons with Donny Ainsworth, Brazilian Circle dance demonstrations, and food samplings. If you’re not dazzled by everything we have lined up for this event, you must be sleepwalking.”    

The Downtown Library International Festival is free for all ages and open to the public.  Please call (405) 231-8650 for questions. For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System event, visit the MLS website,

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