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QNL to mark new academic year with variety of workshops and events in September


Doha: Qatar National Library (QNL) is set to host an exciting lineup of events and workshops for members this September, focusing on heritage and research as well as health, education and learning to support children, parents and teachers for the new academic year. The Library will also hold a lecture on sports event management in Qatar and accessibility features for spectators with disabilities in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

On 3 September, researchers are invited to attend a one-day event dedicated to strengthening their skills through three technical workshops that give oversight of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

On 3, 10, 17, and 24 September, the Library will host its second “Young Adults Coding Camp,” in collaboration with AdStep, an EdTech start-up led by a group of engineers from Qatar University. The sessions aim to equip young adults with technical skills related to coding, robotics, gaming and design.

On 6 September, the Library will host “The Creative Writing Circle for Adults” which provides an opportunity for creative writers to come together and share their work. The group provides inspiration, feedback and encouragement in a supportive environment.

With the beginning of another academic year, children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) need specific strategies and a special classroom environment that supports their learning. Teachers are invited to join this lecture on “Regulating Behavior in a Classroom Environment for Students with ADHD” on 10 September, to learn about some of these strategies and ways to put them into practice.

The Library will host a series of seminars on 11 and 17 September, where parents are invited to learn skills, tips, tricks, and habits to support children to get to the next level in their academic lives. The seminars will cover topics ranging from human psychology, neurolinguistic programming and physiology to smart ways to study, how to construct an essay and how to improve your memory.

On 14 September, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will be back at the Library to perform Schuberts Octet in F Major. This beloved titan of the chamber music repertoire comprises six movements and effuses a tender warmth of expression and lyrical beauty from first note to last.

On 15 September, the Library will host “FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Accessibility for Spectators with Disabilities,” a practical discussion guide to raise awareness about the accessibility features of FIFA 2022 to ensure that the unique atmosphere, matchday services and passion for the event can be shared and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical ability. The program will be presented by representatives from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind.

On 15 September, the Library invites teachers and parents to a workshop that discusses how to nurture and guide gifted and creative children to help them get the most out of their talents.

Then, on 18 September and with the FIFA World Cup rapidly approaching, the Library will host a lecture that will cover the historical aspects of managing and hosting large sporting events as well as the current and future implications for Qatar. Guest speakers for this event will be Dr. Danyel Reiche and Dr. Matthias Krug. Dr. Danyel Reiche is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) and an Associate Professor at Georgetown University in Qatar where he leads a research initiative on the FIFA World Cup 2022. With Paul Brannagan, he published the book Qatar and the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Politics, Controversy, Change (Palgrave Macmillan 2022), and edited the volume Handbook of Sport in the Middle East (Routledge 2022). Dr. Krug is an academic and author of Journeys on the Football Carpet, the first book published about Qatars incredible football journey.

Finally, the Library, the regional IFLA Center for Preservation and Conservation in the Arab Region and the Middle East, will host a webinar on 27 September to highlight the efforts of the National Center for Manuscripts in the Adrar region of Algeria, known for its many family-held collections, which contain a vast number of manuscripts. The lecture will be presented by Belfakir Ahmed, a specialist in the preservation and conservation of manuscripts. 

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Variety of events to mark 75th anniversary of Independence

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The government has rolled out several programmes to mark the culmination of year-long celebrations of the 75th Independence anniversary.

A 100-ft national flag, the “Wall of Sacrifice” (memorial for freedom fighters) on the Goubert Ave beachfront and mass distribution of national flags for the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign are among the government-led programmes.

The Tourism Department is also hosting several events running up to Independence Day.

The Azadi Flea Market near the Le Cafe joint on the beach is one such initiative that will be on till August 16 to showcase products of local bakers and vendors.

The department has also devised long-weekend tour packages to destinations such as Neyveli and Chettinadu, a ‘navagraha tour’ of temples and a ‘hills tour’ that extends to Coimbatore.

The Central Prison joined the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav mood by initiating art and rehabilitation projects for the inmates led by Inspector General of Prisons, Ravideep Singh Chahar, and Superintendent of Prisons V.Baskaran.

As part of a collaboration with Sri Aurobindo Society and NGO Sharana, city artist Christina Joseph undertook a prison beautification drive.

“As part of the outreach, we also trained some of them in various painting methods,” she said.

Four prisoners, including under-trials and convicts, worked on wall murals inspired by the Gond tribal, spanning over 200 feet of the prison walls.

In addition, two Khadi handloom banners with motifs and collages painted by hand will feature on the entry facades.

“The inmates found this a great source of enjoyment, relief and a way to discover and hone skills that can hold them in good stead when they complete their terms and return to society”, Ms. Christina said.

Future plans include holding art therapy sessions, workshops and group activities for interested inmates.

Tagor Government Arts and Science College on Friday organised an awareness programme on the national flag that was led by Sasi Kanta Dash, principal.

Aurodhan, an art and culture centre, has also been hosting a series of events to celebrate the Sri Aurobindo sesquicentennial and the 75th Independence anniversary.

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Busy CPRA August Long Weekend Run Underway, Includes Variety Of Events – FloRodeo

Busy CPRA August Long Weekend Run Underway, Includes Variety Of Events

We’ve embarked on a busy Pro Rodeo Canada weekend that features five events. 

Headlining the run are two SMS Equipment Pro Tour rodeos: The Strathmore Stampede and the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede.

Since 1966, the community of Strathmore, Alberta, has presented an annual “Heritage Days Rodeo” on the August long weekend. 

In 1985, the event came under the approval of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. A few years later, World Pro Chuckwagon Racing was added to the weekend schedule. 

One of the larger Canadian Pro Rodeos (featuring athletes from across North America), the Strathmore Stampede (which runs July 29-Aug. 1) provides a family-oriented weekend with children’s entertainment, a trade show, parade, fireworks, local entertainers and a special attraction: Running With the Bulls.

More info is available here

Another longstanding and very popular stop is the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede. 

Set in the southeastern city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, in the midst of ranch country, this event enjoys much tradition and western heritage. 

The July 27-30 attraction includes the rodeo, grandstand night shows, midway, trade fair, horse competition and sale, kids’ day and visual arts show. 

For details, click here.

Additional weekend events include the Hardgrass Bronc Match in Pollockville, Alberta, on Saturday, the historic Bruce Stampede on Sunday and the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Flo Rodeo is livestreaming The Strathmore Stampede, Medicine Hat Stampede and Hardgrass Bronc Match.

So, if you can’t get there in person, head over to for information about how to sign up.

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CBS Marks National Garden Day With Variety of Events

CBS Marks National Garden Day With Variety of Events

The town of Conception Bay South is marking National Garden Day Saturday with a number of events for the community at large.

CBS town councillor Christine Butler says CBS is made up of a variety of farming communities and gardening remains an important part of the town’s identity.

Butler notes that CBS has always been a farming town with residents growing their own vegetables. She goes on to say that the pandemic and self-isolation have sparked interest back in gardening in CBS.

The CBS Country Garden Club gathers at the town hall at 10:00 a.m. to host some giveaways. At 11:00 a.m. a guided tour, hosted by the Kelligrews Ecological Enhancement Program is planned along Pond Road and the Kelligrews River. A presentation on the history of gardening starts at 1:00 p.m.

Between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., the Manuels River Garden is hosting an open garden along with craft projects for kids, and there will be live music and birdwatching activities on the Chamberlains Park boardwalk.

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Pembroke Pride Festival returns with a variety of community events

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Hundreds gathered in Pembroke on June 3 and 4 to kickoff Pride month with a number of activities.

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After two years of being unable to take part in in-person events because of the COVID pandemic, members of the community turned out in droves, many of whom were dressed to the nines in Pride apparel.

Activities got rolling Friday afternoon at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus when Pembroke Pride and the college’s Students’ Association came together to host Gaymes Day, featuring games, food and fun.

This was followed up in the evening with the Pride Parade through the streets of Pembroke. Participants gathered at the college where the parade began shortly after 6 p.m. Participants marched down Lake Street to Mackay, then up to Pembroke Street, past city hall, and back through the downtown core before heading to the amphitheatre for the Pembroke Pride outdoor dance party and drag show.

Participants head out onto Frank Nighbor Street as the Pembroke Pride Parade got underway on Friday evening, June 3. Anthony Dixon
Participants head out onto Frank Nighbor Street as the Pembroke Pride Parade got underway on Friday evening, June 3. Anthony Dixon Photo by Anthony Dixon /jpg, PM

The action shifted on Saturday, June 4 primarily to Prince Street downtown for the Pembroke Pride Festival held in partnership with the Pembroke Business Improvement Area. Prince Street was closed for the bulk of the day to allow for free, family-friendly entertainment and events. Many downtown businesses decorated in Pride colours and highlighted Pride-themed products with displays. Official events wrapped up with a drag show that evening at Janna and Kerry’s Over Easy Bar and Grill. Also on Saturday, the Pembroke Public Library hosted drag queen storytime.

“Pride is a time to celebrate how far the queer community has come in terms of equality and inclusion, and a reminder that we can’t take those rights for granted,” says Jamie Hawes, coordinator of Pembroke Pride. “It’s also a time to show people they’re not alone. You can be yourself here, have fun and see that you’re part of a big rainbow family.”

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This year’s Pride Festival was made possible through the generous support of Platinum sponsors: Renfrew County Teachers’ Local, USW Locals 1568 and 4096 at Chalk River, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 28, and Meridian Credit Union; Gold sponsors: Renfrew and District Labour Council, Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County, Collective Growers, HeLa medical aesthetics, and Planet Fitness; Silver sponsors: Laurentian Brew Kombucha, rECo Refillery, and Ottawa Valley Apparel; Bronze sponsors: With Chela, Speedpro, Nan and Pop’s Craft Shoppe, and Pure Canadian Candle Company.

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Variety of events in store for Seniors Week

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Airdrie seniors can look forward to a variety of activities to take part in around town during Seniors Week from June 5 to 12. 

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Departing from the traditional luncheon for the time being, a variety of activities are scheduled instead during every day of Seniors Week in different locations around town, offering Airdrie elders some entertainment and social opportunities. 

Rhonda Auclair, Airdrie 1st Club president, said the smaller, more focused Seniors Week events will offer plenty of opportunities for Airdrie seniors to get out and do the things they enjoy. 

“We’re going to be doing events every day of the week, and different kinds of events. There’s lots of different things for people to do,” said Auclair. 

“We thought of what we could do for seniors that is fun and engaging to them in many different ways,” she said.  

“Not everyone wants to sit down and have a luncheon, so this has really broadened the scope of what we can involve seniors in.” 

Events such as music bingo, local brewery tasting, paint night and a crib tournament are scheduled all throughout the week for prices varying from $0 to $20. 

Seniors fitness classes are also scheduled each day at Genesis Place, being offered free of charge. 

Friday, June 10 will feature a barbecue lunch and car show at The Hamlets at Cedarwood Station for $5. 

Seniors Week took on a different format to accommodate those still wary of large gatherings, but Auclair said it offers folks a lot more to do throughout the whole week. 

“Feeling that people are still a little sensitive about having too big of groups, this year we’re trying to do a more spread out and varied kind of event,” said Auclair. 

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“I see this really being a positive thing going forward, and maybe there will be even more next year,” she said. 

“It allows seniors to have those opportunities, and maybe there’s something new that they want to try.” 

She said the main goal is to show appreciation and give Seniors a chance to connect with one another through a variety of activities. 

“Seniors Week is a celebration of all the people in our communities who have provided so much to the community, and us trying to give back to them,” said Auclair. 

“It’s to socialize, especially after covid—to get back out into the community and to know it’s safe.”

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Summer Guide: Enjoy the variety at weekly food truck events

Summer Guide: Enjoy the variety at weekly food truck events

Food trucks can be found at almost every festival, event and concert throughout the summer. Even better are the weekly series you can count on where food trucks are the star, not a supporting player. These events have an array of anywhere from five to 24 trucks or so a week, making them a great way to explore new food and beverages. Here are four ongoing food truck events that have been announced so far for the summer.

Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square. 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 30 at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). About 24 food trucks from the Buffalo area and Rochester will participate from a rotating cast of 40 businesses. (Check the website each week to see which food trucks are participating.) Each truck will have at least one healthy option, as certified by the Independent Health Foundation. There’s live music, too. Larkin Square has tables and chairs, but you can bring your own seating. There will be more food trucks at nearby Flying Bison Brewery. Patrons are also encouraged to visit the Hydraulic Hearth Beer Garden and Magic Bear Beer Cellar. Food trucks also make an appearance at another of Larkin Square’s weekly events, “Live at Larkin” held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 8.

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Food Truck Wednesdays. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 15 to Aug. 31 (except July 6) in the Garden at Samuel’s Grande Manor (8750 Main St., Clarence). Admission is $5 and includes one alcoholic beverage or unlimited pop for adults or pop for ages 13 to 20. Ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Live music is from 6 to 8 p.m. Socially distant garden seating is available as are indoor bathrooms. Pets are welcome; outside coolers and drinks are not. Park for free in the main lot, then look for the tent to check in. Event is cash only, excluding payment preferences from the food trucks.

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Have lunch against the backdrop of City Hall during Food Truck Thursdays in Niagara Square.

Niagara Square. The City of Buffalo hosts this lunchtime weekly event running from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays through October. Twenty food trucks will participate on a rotating basis including Anderson’s, Coyote Café, Fat Bob’s, Green Acres Ice Cream, K Café, KT Caribbean Cuisine, Maria’s Bene Cibo, Mineo & Sapio Street Eats, Pizza Amore, Polish Villa, Street Café, Sun Roll, Sweet Lisa, The Blend, The Cereal Spot, The Cheesy Chick, The Great Aussie Bite and Tomaso’s.

Gateway Food Truck Thursdays. 5 to 8 p.m. June 9 to Sept. 1 at Gateway Harbor Park, North Tonawanda. Up to 12 trucks will be on hand each week along with live music, a balloon artist and other entertainment.

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Barryton Lilac Festival will feature variety of community events

Barryton Lilac Festival will feature variety of community events

Barryton Lilac Festival will feature a wide variety of events, activities, and entertainment in downtown Barryton.

The Barryton Lilac Festival is an annual event that occurs during the first weekend of June. This year the festival will be going on from Friday June 3 to Sunday, June 5.

As a part of the Lilac Festival in downtown Baryton, two churches will be sponsoring the ‘2 Nights of Spiritual Revival and 1 Morning of Community Worship’ event which will feature local music and speakers.

The events of June 3, sponsored by Chippewa Lake Community Church, will begin around 6 p.m. and showcase Pastor Roger and Donna Bennett with the Chippewa Lake Music Team.

On June 4 and 5, Barryton Church of God will sponsor the event. For June 4, events will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature Pastor Mark Robb and the band Alanna Story.

Events for June 5, will start at 10:30 a.m. and showcase Pastor Gerald and Veronica Roesly with the Church of God Choir.

In terms of other events for the rest of the Lilac Festival, the schedule follows as:

Friday, June 3-

  • Area wide yard sales
  • Museum visits
  • Chain Saw Carving Demos
  • Clark the Juggler
  • The marketplace/vendors opens from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • A library book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Carnival (Native Amusements) Pony Rides/Petting Farm from 4 p.m. to dark
  • A Prince & Princess Contest at the Front Pavilion at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 4-

  • Area wide yard sales
  • Chain Saw Carving Demos
  • Clark the Juggler
  • The marketplace/vendors opens from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • A library book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion
  • Carnival and Pony Rides from 10 a.m. to dark
  • The parade line-up at the Elementary School at 10 a.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and a Jr. Firefighters Obstacle Course will occur after the parade.
  • Chicken BBQ prepared by the Crusin’ Chef at the Farmers Market Pavilion at 11 a.m.
  • Horseshoe Pitching Contest at 11 a.m. Sign up begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • A Car & Bike Show at Northern Avenue from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sign up for the show begins at 1 p.m. and judging will begin at 3 p.m.
  • Kids Games will be going on by the Farmers Market Pavilion at 2 p.m.
  • Talent Show at Farmers Market Pavilion at 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 5

  • Area wide yard sales
  • Chain Saw Carving Demos
  • Clark the Juggler
  • The marketplace/vendors opens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 5K Run begins at 9 a.m. with registration and packet pick up beginning at 8 a.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion.
  • Carnival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bed Race at noon with registration at 11 a.m., beginning at the the Farmers Market Pavilion.

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Make Music La Crosse to feature variety of free musical events on summer solstice

Make Music La Crosse to feature variety of free musical events on summer solstice

Make Music La Crosse to feature variety of free musical events on summer solstice

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A variety of upcoming local events to be held this month

A variety of upcoming local events to be held this month

Bidding is open for CCA Foundation’s online auction


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The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation online auction is now live at and features a wide range of products, services, gifts, and culinary delights for everyone (including moms). All auction items were donated by the local community to show their support of Canyon Crest Academy, the “#1 Best Public High School in San Diego” and the “#2 Best Public High School in California” (2022 Niche School Rankings).

The annual auction is held prior to the biggest fundraising event of the year, the spring gala. This year, the Boots and Bling Gala, will be held on May 7. The event will include a delicious BBQ dinner and line dancing (lessons included), so cowboy chic and dancing boots are the suggested attire. There will be a mechanical bull and a live auction featuring “Anna the Auctioneer”. This is sure to be a rousing celebration to support the students of CCA. Tickets are limited, so go to to get yours. Can’t attend the gala on May 7? Thanks to the generosity of Brilliant Diamonds at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, there will also be a drawing for a diamond necklace valued at $7,495. You do not have to be present at the event to win. Buy your opportunity at

All proceeds from this event will benefit all students at Canyon Crest Academy. Questions? Visit or email Nancy Coker at You can donate online at

Tuesday Night Comics at North Coast Rep returns May 10

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents its next Tuesday Night Comics show Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. The show is hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence, San Diego Critic’s Circle Outstanding Actor of the Year. The show is comprised of talent from all over the country with late-night television credits as well as credits from Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and more.

In addition to Lawrence, the show line-up includes: Headliner: Tony Calabrese, Featured Act: Robert Dubac, Opening Act: Chris Espinoza, Musical Act: Shawn Rohlf.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets are $39. Call 858-481-1055 or visit to purchase seats.

Miracle Babies 14th Annual Superhero 5K and Family Fair set for May 15

The 14th Annual Miracle Babies Superhero 5K will take place in person from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, at Liberty Station’s NTC Park in San Diego. All attendees are encouraged to grab their superhero cape and fly on over to run or walk 3.1 miles in support of families with hospitalized infants and perinatal mental health. The event includes a 5K run at 8 a.m., followed by a family-friendly 5K walk at 9 a.m., perfect for all skill levels. On-site 5K registration begins at 7 a.m. but participants are highly encouraged to pre-register online.

Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superheroes. In addition to the 5K course, the event includes a diaper and dog dash, merchant and resource fair, food trucks, games, crafts, exotic cars, superheroes, and more. NTC Park at Liberty Station is located at 2455 Cushing Road in San Diego.

Registration fees range from $15 for youth participants (6-10 years old) to $50 for adult runners. Four-legged furry friends are encouraged to participate as “Paw Walkers” and compete in a “Doggie Dash.” Along with this furry companion race, Miracle Babies will host a “Diaper Dash” for excited parents interested in a friendly baby crawling competition. For those unable to make the in-person event, participants may support from the comfort of their own home, virtually, now until May 31. To register for the in-person or virtual 5K, visit

All 5K participants are encouraged to raise awareness surrounding the overwhelming need of support for families with hospitalized infants and mothers battling with perinatal anxiety and depression. Supporters can also help this cause further by creating a team and a personalized fundraising page. To register and create a team, visit

Miracle Babies is dedicated to helping perinatal mothers and their families during their time of need by providing transportation, mental health assistance and supportive services. For more information, visit

DMCC panel to discuss ‘The Most Difficult Job in the World’ May 4

A variety of experts will come together in a remote meeting hosted by the Del Mar Community Connections Health and Wellness Premiere Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 4 at 3 p.m. to talk about “The Most Difficult Job in the World: caregiving for a loved one with cognitive decline.” Dr. Stephen Groban will moderate a panel consisting of Dr. Steven Huege, Sandy Braff, and Dr. Larry Gartner. Finding the support one needs while caring for loved ones with cognitive decline can be physically, mentally and financially draining; this panel discussion will feature experts in the field as well as caregivers with personal experience who will help provide healthy and practical ways to deal with these complicated issues. The final half hour of the program will be an open forum opportunity for audience member questions.

Groban is a retired psychiatrist. Huege is a psychiatric gerontologist and is the director of the UCSD Geriatric Fellowship Program. Braff is a licensed individual, marriage, and family therapist who has facilitated an Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ support group for over 30 years. Gartner is a retired pediatrician who will reflect on his own family experience with cognitive decline.

Del Mar Community Connections is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports and serves Del Mar seniors as they age independently at home, including providing engaging and informative programming.

Those interested in attending the panel discussion should visit to find the registration link. Registration is free and required; DMCC will email a joining link and reminder to all who register.

Family Cinco de Mayo Festival to be held in Carmel Valley

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the free Piazza Carmel event on Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mariachi La Perla will perform during the event at the open-air shopping center’s Food Court.

Piazza Carmel is located at 3810-3890 Valley Centre Drive in Carmel Valley, just east of I-5 and north of Ted Williams Parkway. Everyone in the family will enjoy the all-free Cinco de Mayo event including eating delicious churros, the kids craft activity, balloon twisters and face painters.

For more information about the Cinco de Mayo event on May 5 and other community activities at Piazza Carmel, visit and Facebook @piazzacarmel.