Documenting immigrants’ lives

(Moab Sun News)- “Two Americans” co-director Valeria Fernández, left, talks about immigration and immigrants’ rights at a panel discussion with “The Vigil” director Jenny Alexander (on screen) during the Moab International Film Festival’s opening night on Friday, Nov. 20. Moab Valley Multicultural Center Outreach Director Leticia Bentley, right, facilitated the discussion along with Moab resident Jose […]

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Multicultural center celebrates the lives of loved ones

Dia de los Muertos remembers the dead By Sharon Sullivan (Moab Sun News)- In Mexico and Central America, mariachi bands typically perform in cemeteries to serenade the spirits during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. The holiday is observed on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, when people in Latin America commemorate and celebrate […]

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Unsung Heroes: Rhiana Medina

Unsung Heroes: Rhiana Medina (Moab Times-Independent)- When Rhiana Medina started volunteering for the Moab Valley Multicultural Center five years ago there were three people on staff, and they were all part-time employees. “The center wasn’t open all week long because they didn’t have the staffing,” said Medina, who is now the center’s executive director. “I’d tell […]

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Dancing with the Moab Stars benefits Moab Valley Multicultural Center

Dance “stars” take the stage By Rudy Herndon (Moab Sun News)- For an authority figure, the soft-spoken and cordial Moab City Police Chief Mike Navarre is not an imposing guy. Correction: He is not an imposing guy, unless your name is Lisa Albert, and you’ve just found out that your rival contestant and his partner […]

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23rd annual Moab Arts Festival returns this weekend

Filling the park with art by Sharon Sullivan (Moab Sun News)- A Navajo hoop dancer, a Salt Lake City Shakespearean theater troupe and Japanese-inspired Moab Taiko Dan drummers are among the unique acts performing this weekend during the 23rd annual Moab Arts Festival at Swanny City Park. Additionally, 100 artists from Utah, Montana, Nevada, New […]

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There are angels among us

(Diocesan Dialogue) — Dr. Ada van Vloten tell the parents of a young boy he is not deaf as the school thought. She describes in Spanish how his ears are full of infection and carefully details how they must give the medicine that will allow Carlos to hear again. She also smiles as Carlos mimics […]

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MVMC sponsors poster design contest

The Moab Valley Multicultural Center is looking for high school artists to design a marketing poster for the Festival of Cultures to be held May 2-4. The contest is open to high school students, grades nine-12. The winning designer will be awarded a $50 prize. The 2008 theme for the event will be, “A Celebration of […]

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Blackfire entertains crowd at Folk Festival assembly

By Alyssa Mulligan (The Devil’s Advocate) — On Nov. 2 Grand County High School hosted an assembly for the band Blackfire. This band is made up of the Jones Benally family, originally from the controversial area of Black Mesa, Ariz. They have played their music all around the world, from the Sahara Desert to Siberia. […]

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MVMC seeks volunteers for May “Festival of Cultures”

(Moab Times-Independent)- The Moab Valley Multicultural Center has announced it will hold the first-ever “Festival of Cultures” during the first weekend of May 2008. The event will celebrate the wide variety of cultures in the Four Corners region, and will seek to promote cultural sensitivity and appreciation of diverse cultural perspectives, organizers said. Activities will […]

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“Viva!”…

(Moab Times-Independent)- Dancers from the Moab Valley Multi-Cultural Center’s Baile Folklorico perform traditional Mexican folk dances before a crowd of more than 300 who attended the Mexican Independence Day celebration at Red Cliffs Lodge on Saturday. The event included a buffet of traditional Mexican food, games and activities for children, as well as music, singing and dancing. Local Mexican children read […]

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