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Diversity Month

Throughout the month of August, the Elk Grove Diversity and Inclusion Commission and the City of Elk Grove will offer virtual opportunities to explore the many cultures that make up our community.  Learn self-defense with a free martial arts lesson, join a live cooking tutorial, see a fashion show, open your horizons to a new faith, listen to a local teen that has mastered almost 100 different instruments and more as your cultural immersion is just a click away!

Join us every week to learn something new, plus check out these unique experiences:

  • Drive-thru Diversity Day Give-away for Kids – August 13th   
  • Tour the vibrant art showcased inside Todo Un Poco – August 25th
  • Live online performance from renowned artist David Garibaldi – August 30th

See below for a full calendar of events, registration links for free online events and additional information on a wide array of topics celebrating our multicultural world!

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Diversity Month Calendar of Events

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Faith

Learn about the rich and the diverse faith communities of Elk Grove, their varied theological and spiritual traditions and their wisdoms. Please take an opportunity to appreciate the unity in the diversity of faith groups and learn of their collective goal to build a just and a more caring society.

Birds

Live Virtual Event

Saturday, August 29 at 3:00pm

Baha’i Let your vision be world embracing: The Baha’i Faith and Its World View - Meeting ID: 817 5447 5727
Join Live on Zoom

Explore Other Faiths

Dance

An opportunity to learn how Elk Grove’s diverse ethnic communities express their respective cultural values and traditions through dance forms. Enjoy the richness of the music, the exotic rhythmic body movements and the brilliance of costumes as they all combine to communicate their heritage.

garba raas

Live Virtual Events

  • Sunday, August 9, 2020 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Garba-Raas- Traditional Indian folk dance from Rangeela Raass Rock Studio. Garba-Raas comes from Gujarat state from India which is a traditional dance form dedicated to Goddess Durga (also called Goddess Amba). It is performed in a group or a couple on the typical Gujarati music, and the clapping or sticks are used to perform this art form.

    Rangeela Raas Rock Studio specializes in Gujarati Folk, Rajasthan Folk, and BollyFolk dance form. We are based in California (bay area). We are conducting regular Virtual Classes every Saturday from morning to evening. Recently we have done many Free workshops which really went successful because there is good involvement of all members participating. Please check our website for more information.  "We Believe Dance is an art of expression and not just influence." We are looking forward to seeing you with full energy and spirit of dance.
    Join Live on Zoom
  • Sunday, August 23 at 6 pm

    Dance And Hula/Tahitian- Performance and Dance Instruction from the Polynesian Islands of Hawai’i and Tahiti,Demonstration by Makamae Melia O Polynesia
    Join Live on Zoom
    Meeting ID: 905 754 4061 Passcode: tamure20

Additional Cultural Dance Performances

Cooking

Culinary delights, taste and flavors in food vary from one country to another, from one region to another, from one ethnic group to another and often varies within an ethnic group. Learn the art and the craft of cooking from chefs who have delighted the taste-buds of people from all around the world.

Spices

Live Virtual Event

Saturday, August 1 at 2:00pm

Healthy Indian Cooking From Tumeric Kitchen With Poonam Suri- living in California from last 25 years. I was born and raised in Delhi, India. I run a start up facebook blog called Turmeric Kitchen, the purpose is to spread the joy of simple Indian food, and teach.

Join Live on Zoom
Meeting ID: 699 109 8173 / Passcode: Suri

Learn to Cook Other Dishes

Self Discipline

Inner peace appears to be a rare commodity these days. Cultural groups from around the world, from the onset of their histories, have offered solutions to finding inner peace whether through practicing yoga, meditation or through mastering one’s self control through martial arts. Observe and learn from the ancient traditions on techniques of achieving inner peace.

Martial Arts

Live Virtual Events

  • Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:00am

    Chinese Martial Arts - Free self defense class for youth and adults-Powered by Zoe Martial Arts
    Join Live on Zoom
    Meeting ID: 756 3907 8246 Passcode: Diversity

  • Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 10:00am

    Yoga and Meditation- "Breath and Meditation" - Amit Verma Instructor
    Join Live on Zoom

  • Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00pm

    Brahma Kumaris-Mastering Our Feelings and Emotions - A conversation with Shvetank Agarwal, MD.
    Join Live on Facebook Join Live on YouTube

Other Ways to Self-Reflect

  • Filipino Martial Arts (Eskrima) Learn and master a unique art form from the Philippines. You'll develop self-confidence, self-control, awareness, character development, fitness and self-defense skills. Eskrima is a complete Martial Art and is known for lightning-fast movements utilizing weapons, empty hand trapping, strikes, kicking techniques, as well as takedowns and locks.
  • Tai Chi
  • Take a walk for peace at the Morse Park Labyrinth
    Unlike a maze with alternative pathways, a labyrinth has a single pathway to reach destinations and do some reflection on the things that bring us together. The walk, which can be taken anytime in this public setting, presents a way for community members to gain a better understanding of this amenity, and walk with specific intentions.
    Morse Park
    5540 Bellaterra Drive, Elk Grove
    More information on how to enjoy a labyrinth
Art

Arts and crafts are a universal language that connects us all. Through unique representations of our respective cultural symbols, we come to share our common humanity.

Garibaldi

Live Virtual Event

Sunday, August 30th at 7:00pm

World Renowned Artist David Garibaldi Performs live! Link coming soon

More Arts & Crafts

Music

Music is a universal language that represents the rich cultural traditions from all around the world. Its beginnings can be traced to religious rituals and celebrations and now, it has evolved into a billion dollar entertainment industry. The variations in tonality, compositional structures and instrumentation are deeply rooted in the unique cultural expressions of its people. Learn and enjoy music from around the world.

Drums

Worldly Sounds

Tutorials

Learn the diverse lifestyles from around the world, including cultural wardrobes and language traditions.

How to tie a turban

Live Virtual Event

Saturday, August 22 at 11 am

Virtual Turban Tying Live. The turban is a distinct aspect of Sikh identity, part of Sikhism's traditional attire and martial history. Please join us to lean turban tying and to embrace Punjabi Heritage
Join Live on Zoom  

Meeting ID: 746 1207 4992 Passcode: X1j3UQ

Learn About Other Cultural Traditions

Kids

Children around the world may have different skin colors, speak different language, may be separated by high mountain and wide oceans, but there is so much they share. Through songs, music, play and stories, children learn that it is ok to be different and be the same.

Drive thru giveaway

Live Event

Thursday, August 13th 5:00pm to 7:00pm  
City Hall (8410 Laguna Palms Way)

Drive-thru Diversity Day Give-away for Kids!  Head over to City Hall on Thursday, August 13th for your free goodies!  Things you'll find inside include fun activities and craft projects, and other goodies engaging kids to better understand and appreciate multiculturalism. As parents help their children work on these projects, they are presented with teachable moments and opportunities to learn about diversity and inclusion.  Limit one per child, while supplies last.

Other Fun Things for Kids to Explore

Resources

The Sacramento Public Library and other community organizations offer resources for all age groups on understanding diversity, inclusion, and ways we may work together to creating a just, caring, equitable and a more humane society.

Books

Live Virtual Event

Thursday, August 27th at 6:30pm

The Pandemic: Virus and Racism. Presented by the Sacramento Buddhist Church: Dr. Satsuki Ina, Psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus, CSUS, will present a free talk on the topic of "The Pandemic: Virus and Racism" via Zoom. Sign up for the link. Register by sending an email to Betsuinprograms@gmail.com via zoom

Resources

  

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