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Community Multicultural Commission Hosts 10th Anniversary Event

Garland’s Community Multicultural Commission (CMC) is celebrating its 10th anniversary by hosting the “We The People, For The People” Conference Saturday, September 22 at the Curtis Culwell Conference Center. This event will feature a naturalization ceremony to welcome new United States citizens and several workshops and interactive learning opportunities for senior citizens and parents/guardians with children in the Garland public school system.

“The CMC was created in 2002 to make sure the widely diverse cultures represented in Garland have a seat at the local government table,” says CMC Chair Jennifer Nguyen. “The CMC is organizing this event in coordination with the Healthy Living Expo to help Garland citizens gain access to important services and information, as well as to broaden awareness of the intricate cultural tapestry that is Garland.”

All Conference activities are free and will take place in the Conference Center portion of the Curtis Culwell Center. The Conference will begin with an invitation-only Leadership Breakfast to engage and inspire community, neighborhood, nonprofit and business leaders. Following the breakfast, the U.S. Office of Immigration and Naturalization Services will swear-in 40 new citizens. This ceremony will take place in the Culwell Center Lecture Hall and is open to the public, although seating is limited.

Throughout the morning, the CMC will host informational workshops and booths focused on the needs of senior citizens and of parents and children in the Garland Independent School District. Sessions for senior citizens include benefits and services provided by the Social Security Administration, preventing fraud and identity theft, adult education opportunities, and much more. A workshop is being offered to provide a special focus for adults caring for aging parents. Meanwhile, Garland ISD will answer questions about standardized testing, college readiness, how parents can work with schools to benefit their students, and much more.

The day’s activities will culminate with the Mosaic Festival, which features local musical and dance performers representing an array of cultures including Latino, African, and Asian just to name a few. The Mosaic performers will appear on the Culwell Center Arena stage from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., entertaining those who are attending the Healthy Living Expo.

For more information about the CMC’s “We The People” Conference, please visit GarlandTx.gov and look for the link under the “Programs and Initiatives” tab, email WeThePeople@garlandtx.gov, or call 972-205-2676.

The first 300 patrons who visit the “We the People” Conference will receive a free, reusable shopping bag. Sponsors for the Conference include the City of Garland, Garland Independent School District, Cindi’s NY Delicatessen, the DFW Asian American Citizen Council, Garland Chamber of Commerce, Hiep Thai Foods, Hong Kong Market Place, Spirit in Motion, Trophy Dental of Plano, and the Waffle House.