Tasty treats at cultural party

The Family Place is brimming with people from different cultures. Some are new to Chilliwack, others have family bonds in countries far away. Others still feel connected to their roots, even though they are generations removed.

And they’ll all be celebrated equally this Thursday, with songs, dance, crafts and food.

The Cultural Celebration is being hosted by The Family Place, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Chilliwack Central Park.

“We’re so diverse,” says Ashley Dedels, summer recreation leader for the centre. “I’m sitting here in the drop-in right now and there are two ladies here from Kosovo and one from Mexico.”

There are families in Chilliwack from Brazil, Israel, Romania, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland and so many more, she says. Countries like Canada and the United States won’t be forgotten, either.

Dedels says everyone is doing something for the event, whether it’s helping out with crafts and games, or providing a special cultural taste treat.

“One lady from Brazil is making Brazilian chocolate balls,” she says. All the food for the event will be made the night before in The Family Place’s food safe kitchen.

Planning has been underway for a while, she says. But anyone who would like to help man tables or can contribute a piece of their own culture can call Dedels, or Carol Dorn, at the Family Place, at 604-792-1631.

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