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On Saturday, March 18th from 1:00-8:00, the new "Small Town - Big World" cultural celebration will feature activities that represent our wonderfully diverse community in a number of establishments. We are currently lining up host venues and inviting the public to get involved by contributing elements of ethnic cuisine, traditional clothing, world music, dance performances, visual art, martial arts, sports, handicrafts and more.
 
Community members who would like to contribute an element of any size to the celebration are encouraged to contact Alton Main Street at (618) 463-1016 or info@altonmainstreet.org to discuss specifics. Performances and exhibits will be grouped in appropriate venues, and scheduled based on mutual availability.
 
Currently we have lined up representatives from Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, the Caribbean and many African nations - the more the merrier! A map with a schedule of events will direct participants on this self-guided experience.
 
Kicking off the festivities will be the fourth annual Nations of the World Dining Event — a luncheon at Deliverance Temple that will start at 1 p.m. that introduces youths and families to delicious cuisines from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, while simultaneously teaching about formal dining etiquette, higher educational opportunities, family activities and valuable community resources available in the Riverbend. This informative international dining event is open to the public, and anyone who is interested in contributing to or attending the meal may contact Allen Collins at (618) 540-2265 or aulevery1@yahoo.com for more information. Free admission to the speaker presentation and musical, tickets for the meal are $2 for youth and $15 per adult.