Cultural diversity celebrated at event

The First Nations Friendship Centre, the Metis Community Services Society and the Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living host block party.

Get ready to be dazzled and enlightened as three local spiritual and cultural organizations hold a block party in downtown Vernon Saturday.

The First Nations Friendship Centre, the Metis Community Services Society and the Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living are collaborating to stage the all-day event, which will feature live entertainment and more.

There will be ongoing music and entertainment with a lineup of local and professional musicians performing on an outdoor stage, said Rev. Dale Jukes, with the Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living.

“The three societies are dedicated to outreach, to supporting people, and to improve and empower themselves,” he said. “Sometimes it is good to discover the riches of our own community before we travel far looking for the perfect holiday. Our forward thinking societies are inviting you to come and check us out for the day.”

Besides the live entertainment, the event will feature a number of booths providing information and displays on everything from environmentally friendly gardening and landscaping techniques to information on the many ways each society serves the community.

An outdoor café serving tea and goodies will be open for the day as well as opportunities to experience Metis and First Nations hospitality and culture.

Saturday’s event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 2900 block of 29th Avenue, downtown. For more information contact the Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living at 250-549-4399.