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September 11, 2006

'Summer Salsa Sizzle' held in Guilford

Dancers on stage
The Caifazes Capoeira Group preforms a traditional dance during the Summer Salsa Sizzle. (Photo courtesy of Karen Neill)

Guilford County held its first-ever cultural awareness event called the "Summer Salsa Sizzle" on Tuesday, August 26. The event helped create fun and provide educational opportunities to unite the culturally diverse communities, in this case the Latino community.

Developing a sense of friendship and trust is important to this audience before they will work with structured organizations, and this event went a long way towards this goal.

The Guilford County Cooperative Extension staff and colleagues from the Center for New North Carolinians at UNC-Greensboro hosted the event. With this partnership, these groups hope to continue reaching the diverse audience of Guilford County.

Tours of the Extension gardens, which were coordinated by the Guilford Master Gardeners, took place with an overview at the Latin vegetable demonstration and our tropical plants collection.

In the kitchen, a salsa cooking demonstration was held. Members of the community and the Extension advisory board helped to judge a homemade salsa contest.

Youth activities were also popular, with hands-on crafts and games created with help from the Americorps Volunteers and the Guilford 4-H staff. The Spanish 101 class was also popular.

A Spanish-language interpreter was provided for all activities. To top off the evening, local musical and dance groups performed while participants mingled, and vendors sold ethnic foods.

Mary Holderness emailed in, "What great fun! A wonderful blend of diversity of people and activities brought four friends to this Extension event, and they were amazed and delighted."

Posted by Natalie at September 11, 2006 03:04 PM