LIVINGSTON – Area residents are invited to come out in their culture's "native dress" when the 15th Annual Multicultural Festival will get underway at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Livingston Junior High School.
A free fish fry, musical entertainment and a variety of other events will be featured during the event.
The fish fry will include a catfish dinner with all the trimmings during the event designed to honor the memory of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The festival is held each year on the Martin Luther King Day holiday.
Open free of charge to the public, musical entertainment planned for the festival features representatives of all cultures and a "host of local talent."
While the main festival will get underway at 5 p.m., there will be some activities that begin earlier.
From 4-6:30 p.m. there will be a health fair and job fair underway.
The free health fair is sponsored by Memorial Medical Center-Livingston and health care professionals will be on hand to conduct complete chemistry and PSA tests. A four-hour fast prior to taking the tests is required in order to obtain valid test results.
The job fair will include a complete overview of all Workforce Center Programs, including job information.
Among the booths that will be set up to distribute information during the event include:
-- Education, with information on continuing education programs available. It is sponsored by the Livingston, Big Sandy, Goodrich, Onalaska, Corrigan-Camden, Leggett and private schools.
-- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, with personnel available to answer questions. It is sponsored by Burke.
-- Drug Awareness and Safety Fair, with displays and demonstrations designed to increase drug awareness as well as fire and home safety. Sponsors include the Polk County Sheriff's Department, Livingston Police Department, Alabama Coushatta Tribes of Texas Police, local volunteer fire departments and the Polk County Red Cross.
-- Voter Registration, with registration cards and assistance available. It is sponsored by the Polk County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office.
-- Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which will be accepting donations of canned goods to distribute to food banks throughout Polk County.
-- DETCOG Programs and Services, which will provide information on disaster case management, Children's Health Insurance (CHiP), food stamp enrollment, Area Agency on Aging, Services to at-Risk Youth (STAR) and the Mentoring of Children of Prisoners Program. The booth is sponsored by the Deep East Texas Council of Governments.