Bentley to retire after long storied career at MVMC

(The Times-Independent)- After more than decade of leadership at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC), founder Leticia Bentley is ready for new adventures, retiring from her position as outreach coordinator at the center on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Bentley’s dream of a multicultural social services and education center began in late 1999 when she was a […]

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Multicultural center founder retires

(Moab Sun News)- After more than 10 years working at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, founder Leticia Bentley is ready for new adventures. Bentley’s dream of a multicultural social services and education center began in late 1999, when she was a teacher with the Grand County School District. It became clear that there were immense needs […]

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MVMC to host Day of the Dead

(Moab Times-Independent)- The Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) courtyard will soon overflow with hundreds of paper flowers, candles and several other types of traditional folk art inspired by departed loved ones at the 7th annual Day of the Dead Festival, set for Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to the annual […]

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A day to remember loved ones

By Lara Gale (Moab Sun News)- As fall turns to winter, communities worldwide are preparing to celebrate the memories of deceased loved ones in annual traditional festivals for the dead. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one such tradition, bringing together music, dancing and delicious home-prepared food in gatherings that allow […]

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MVMC, Medina steps up assistance to DACA ‘Dreamers’ in the region Despite Trump order, city council passes DACA resolution

By Rose Egelhoff (Moab Times-Independent)- Moab City Council passed a resolution supporting the extension of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The action was one part of a wider community response to President Trump’s announcement that Congress would put the program on hold for review. “I […]

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Multicultural center offers Spanish lessons to all

By Greg Knight (The Moab Times-Independent)- It’s no great secret that Spanish speakers are the single largest minority group in the United States — and that means those of us who speak English as a first language might be greatly served by learning to effectively communicate in the Lingua Espanola so many of our friends and […]

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Stars come out on Sept. 15

By Sharon Sullivan (Moab Sun News)- Twice a week for the past couple of months, Moab “star” Aaron Aboites and dance “instructor” Cali Bulmash have been practicing their steps together at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center. They’re one of nine pairs competing in “Dancing with the Moab Stars,” a Moab Valley Multicultural Center fundraiser based […]

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Giving back WabiSabi partners benefit from banner spring at non profit

by Molly Marcello (Moab Times-Independent)- WabiSabi’s eleven nonprofit partners recently received a total of $10,000 from the community thrift store’s spring proceeds. According to their nonprofit partners, WabiSabi’s support allows local organizations to focus on their missions, which range from afterschool programs to community health care and multicultural outreach. Moab Solutions — an environmental stewardship and homeless assistance […]

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One big check

(Moab Sun News)- WabiSabi recently gave out a total of $10,000 in proceeds from the first half of 2017 to its partner organizations: Arches Education Center, Beacon Afterschool Program, Community Rebuilds, Grand Area Mentoring, the Grand County Family Support Center, KZMU Community Radio, Moab Free Health Clinic, Moab Solutions, Moab Valley Multicultural Center/Centro Multicultural, Moab […]

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Dancing with the Moab Stars promises night of dazzling local talent

By Rose Egelhoff (The Moab Times-Independent)- It’s another year, another round of Dancing with the Moab Stars. This year, the Moab Valley Multicultural Center will host the fourth edition of the annual dance competition, where seven of Moab’s most famous residents will pair with seven dancers to create dance routines for a night of entertainment. The […]

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BEACON after-school programs ready to enroll K-8 students for fall

By Jeff Richards (The Times-Independent)- Now in its 12th year of serving Grand County schools, Moab’s BEACON Afterschool Program is ready to start enrolling students in its fall programs. BEACON offers a blend of free academic assistance and enrichment programs at three schools within Moab: Helen M. Knight Elementary School, Grand County Middle School and the […]

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Moab Multicultural Center adds interactive features to outdoor mural

(Moab Times Independent)- The Moab Valley Multicultural Center has announced new additions to the facility’s outdoor multicultural mural and invites the public to stop by the center at 156 North 100 West to visit the mural and learn about the historic figures whose images are featured. The mural displays the faces of nine peaceful change leaders […]

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Celebrate the heat of summer with Moab Taiko Dan

By Sharon Sullivan (Moab Sun News)- Moab Taiko Dan, a group that practices the Japanese art of Taiko drumming, is presenting Moab Natsu Matsuri – Japanese for “summer festival” on Saturday, July 22, at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center. “We’re celebrating the peak heat of summer with music, food and community,” Taiko drummer Karen Garthwait said. […]

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Unsung Heroes Zaida Agreda-Winn

By Rose Egelhoff (The Times-Independent)- Zaida Agreda-Winn was surprised when she got the front desk job at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center. In Bolivia, Agreda-Winn was an award-winning journalist with 10 years of experience, but in Moab in 2008, answering the phone in English was a challenge. Over the years, she became fluent in English and became more […]

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Unsung Heroes Paige Stuart

(The Times-Independent)- Paige Stuart came to Moab for outdoor adventure but it’s the community that kept her here, she said — a community to which she has given back generously. Stuart started a tool lending library and a bicycle cooperative. She also volunteers and helps organize the Moab Pride Festival. The Moab Tool Shed is […]

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Multicultural Center launches 10th anniversary celebration on April 28

By Molly Marcello (Moab Times Independent)- The Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) has spent 10 years building bridges across language and culture through family support, community collaboration and education, and their staff says it’s about time to celebrate. A “pink themed” public party featuring music, yard games, and, of course, cake will ring in the multicultural […]

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City, county honor local AmeriCorps volunteers

by Molly Marcello (The Times-Independent)- National service volunteers working throughout the Moab community were honored April 4 with “National Service Recognition Day.” Elected officials in both Moab city and Grand County proclaimed the special holiday, acknowledging that the many volunteers serving locally — all associated with the federal AmeriCorps program — meet direct needs in the […]

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Local groups to participate in fundraising events March 30

(Moab Times Independent)- On Thursday, March 30, Moab residents will have the opportunity to again prove their record-breaking generosity by contributing to their favorite nonprofit organizations and schools during the annual Love Utah Give Utah event. This year, the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, the Moab Free Health Clinic, the Moab Music Festival, WabiSabi and Grand […]

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What is a “real American”?

By Heila Ershadi (Moab Sun News)- I am the daughter of immigrants, and I am an American. My late father was from Iran; my mother is from Norway. They met while working at a restaurant in Tennessee, the state where I was born. It’s a classic example of the American “melting pot.” But all my life, I […]

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Kids go back to school with BEACON

(Moab Sun News)- BEACON Afterschool Program opened its 12th year of programming on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for K-8 students at Helen M. Knight Elementary, Grand County Middle School and Moab Charter School. During the last school year, BEACON served 665 students at the three sites, and program officials are expecting similar or greater enrollment numbers […]

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Moab’s dancing stars take the stage for annual MVMC fundraiser

By Molly Marcello (The Moab Times Independent)- “Inspiring, beautiful, and fun” are words the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) uses to describe the third annual “Dancing with the Moab Stars” event, a fundraiser set for Friday Sept. 23. The event, which traditionally sells out, features nine competing pairs of “Moab stars” and their dance instructors, showcasing […]

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Ni hao Chinese visitors promote language culture with free classes

By Jeff Richards (Moab Times-Independent)- Three visitors from China conducted a free beginning Chinese class last Friday afternoon, July 29 at the Extension 4-H room at Utah State University–Moab. During the hour-long class, participants learned how to recognize several basic Chinese characters, along with their meanings. They then used these characters to create their own Chinese […]

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‘Multicultural Mural’ celebrates peaceful change

by Molly Marcello (The Moab Times Independent)- Community members and artists celebrated completion of phase two of the “Multicultural Mural” at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) on June 16, with a toast and a tour of the completed paintings. In the future, representatives say the mural project, which depicts nine peaceful change leaders, will include […]

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MVMC camp introduces kids to diverse cultures

By Emily Lawson (Moab Times Independent)- On Monday, June 20, a group of Moab children visited Afghanistan for a day, exploring the country through pictures, crafts, games and lessons at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC). Through the center’s “Multicultural Mondays” community outreach program, local kids (grades one through six) participate in a summer camp designed […]

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Donors show the love for Moab Valley Multicultural Center

Donors show the love for Moab Valley Multicultural Center (Moab Times-Independent)- When the staff and volunteers at the Moab Valley Multicultural Cener (MVMC) set goals for the annual “Love Utah Give Utah” fundraising event sponsored by the Community Foundation of Utah, they thought 250 individual donors to MVMC might be an ambitious but realistic target. […]

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GCHS Students of the Month for March 2016

Grand County High School’s students of the month for March 2016 are Lindsay Farnsworth and Christopher Marquez. Farnsworth is the daughter of Robert and Celeste Farnsworth. She says her favorite class at GCHS is drama. “I love drama because it throws me out of my comfort zone, and it’s the only place I can act […]

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Love Utah Give Utah fundraiser on March 31 benefits local, statewide NPOs

Giving event sustains nonprofits by Rudy Herndon (Moab Sun News)- For Moab’s nonprofit community, Thursday, March 31, is like Christmas all over again. The Community Foundation of Utah will be holding its online Love Utah Give Utah fundraiser for 24 hours that day, giving donors the chance to connect with their favorite nonprofits. Residents can […]

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Six GCHS students to vie for Sterling Scholar honors

(Moab Sun News)- Six Grand County High School seniors will vie for top honors and scholarship opportunities at the annual Sterling Scholars regional competition this week. The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 10, at the Utah State University Eastern campus and at Carbon High School in Price. Austin Aubry Austin Aubry, […]

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Do-Gooder of the Week

This Week: Canyonlands VISTA Volunteers By Lara Gale (Moab Sun News) — Peppered throughout Moab’s service-oriented community, 10 people from all across the country are making an extraordinary difference under extraordinary circumstances. They came to participate in the Canyonlands VISTA Project, the regional chapter of the national program. Placed with various service organizations throughout the […]

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Moab Arts Council grants $7,000 to local nonprofits

(The Times-Independent)- The Moab Arts Council (MAC) recently granted $7,000 to various local organizations and events to support the arts in Moab. Ten organizations and events were awarded funding for 2016 during a brief award ceremony at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center on Wednesday, Dec. 9, according to a news release from the MAC. […]

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