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October 16, 2011

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D6 Commonwealth Journal Neighbors Sunday, October 16, 2011 Somerset, Kentucky SCC International Festival will be held on Thursday, October 20 "Transforming by Embracing Diversity – It's Cultural," is the theme for the 2011 Somerset Community College International Festival. The festival, which will be held Thursday, October 20, will feature over 30 educational exhibits and events. The event is free and open to the public. The SCC International Festival prides itself on featuring discussions, exhibits and events that are led by those who are natives of the highlighted countries or have worked extensively in the regions. A full schedule of events can be found online at Some highlights from the event include: • Khurshid Khan, a native of Pakistan, discussing the Pushtoon culture of Pakistan, as well as sharing ideas on terrorism at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons. • Jim Embry, of the Sustainable Communities Network in Lexington, discussing his involvement with the Terra Madre gatherings in Italy. The mission of the Terra Madre network is to preserve, encourage and support sustainable food production methods around the globe. Present in 160 countries, the group is committed to defending local cultures and to promoting a food production process that honors the environment and the farmer's need for dignity and a fair return on labor. Known popularly as the "slow food movement," Embry's presence on SCC's campus will offer an opportunity to learn about this global agricultural initiative. Embry's discussion will take place in the Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. • Frank Appiah sharing his knowledge of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana, including the history of the tribe and its traditional dance from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Learning Commons located in the Strunk building. Other topics include: • Human trafficking • "The Streets of China" • Native Americans • Bavaria • Historical and cultural roots of tattoos and piercings • The war and Libya's future Elaine Wilson, Director of Cultural Diversity at Somerset Community College, said the festival has expanded its offerings in fine and culinary art this year. Music will include the Big Maracas Band, lessons in African drumming and Philippine dancers. Also returning this year is Celtic performer Robert Tincher, who will perform in the Harold Rogers Student Commons Grill between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. In addition, local artist David Cazalet will share his paintings, evoking a French sidewalk scene from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. For those who are interested in international food, Mete Sergin, coordinator of SCC's Culinary Arts program, will be giving a food demonstration; Ann Reilly will provide the details about baking cakes; Allison Sobieck and Eduardo Nazario of 2Chef's Catering will show festival attendees how to make authentic Puerto Rican food; and Dr. Zenab Abdel Alim of Egypt will be sharing baklava. The Pulaski County Homemakers will provide tea and cookies. The International Festival, now in its sixth year, is supported by: Pulaski County Public Safety Coordinator Tiger Robinson, Director of the Somerset-Pulaski Convention and Visitors Bureau Carolyn Mounce, Watershed Arts Alliance, Pulaski County Homemakers, Wayne County Homemakers, Kentucky International Program Homemakers from across the state, and several individuals who have supplied native clothing to be worn as moving displays throughout the day. Participants and exhibits are still being added to the festival agenda. If you are interested in sharing a perspective, displaying an exhibit or volunteering for the event, contact Wilson at (606) 451-6915. Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. The website is Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877- 629-9722. Library Notes By ANN HANEY Pulaski County Public Library Staff When thinking about your Pulaski County Public Library, we hope you think of it as a place where, family, community and technology converge. There are so many uses for your public library and so many activities occurring on a daily basis, the Library staff hopes that you come to see us and use us often. We have free access to public computers. That means one can look up or research virtually anything the mind can think of. Job opportunities abound on the Internet, e-mail can be checked, you can find out what happened on the day you or your children or grandchildren were born. Patrons often use our computers to download forms for federal financial aid or to download tax forms. Soon to be grandparents search the Internet to find that just right name for the new grandchild to use. Medical issues can be researched with access to up to date information. Recipes and knitting or crocheting patterns can be found. The possibilities of what a library patron can find via our computers are endless. Your Pulaski County Public Library offers something for anyone in the family. There are Story Time classes for babies, toddlers and wee ones. The are activities for elementary school age people after school such as the Lego Club, the Pride Club or the American Girl Program. Our Teens have their own department complete with computers, video games, how to make sessions and more! Our adult programs include workforce assistance, craft classes, book clubs, and more. We offer computer classes and even have a Facebook page. Friend us on Facebook and answer our survey questions. We have programs for the entire family to enjoy together too! The first Saturday of each month we have the SaturdayMatinee at 2pm, that's a freemovie, free bag of popcorn and a fun film suitable for the whole family. Your Library has three community rooms for civic clubs, educational groups, etc to use to hold meetings or trainings. There is no charge for the use of these rooms, but the rooms are in constant use, so advance reservations are a must. If you haven't been to our Library in a while, or if you have never been to our library, please join us Friday, Oct. 28 for a Library Celebration of our Library Patrons. Library tours will be given during the day and light refreshments will be served. Please come see us! And please come by the main floor now and see all of our decorated pumpkins. We have some very talented and creative pumpkin people in Pulaski County! Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian based organization that believes everyone deserves a decent place to live. To achieve this goal, Habitat works through local affiliates. A local affiliation called Habitat for Humanity Pulaski County Kentucky has been established. For a few years before this affiliate was estab- lished, several organizations have helped send the walls of seven houses to the Gulf Coast as a part of the recovery effort from Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. A big THANK YOU goes out to the following organizations: First Presbyterian Church Pisgah Presbyterian Church American Assoc. of Critical Care Nurses & Staff at LCRH Morning Rotary Club Random Kids Alton Blakely Family of Dealerships GatorMade Trailers Lowe's 84 Lumber Lumber King Since a Habitat for Humanity affiliate has been established in Pulaski County, we now plan on building in our hometown instead of on the Gulf Coast. We hope to build our first house in Spring 2012. In order to create decent housing we need help from the community. We need prayer support, monetary support and volunteers. For more information on how to volunteer or apply for a house, call 679-4160 or email President: Glenn Proudfoot · Vice President: Victor Demiduk · Secretary: Lindsey Guffey UPCOMING EVENTS: Women's Care of Somerset Run Home for Habitat 5K Run/Walk Saturday, October 29, 2011 Race Begins at 8:00 am Pisgah Presbyterian Church More Info: "Pulaski Co Habitat for Humanity" Facebook page Community Information Meeting Tuesday, November 15, 2011 First Presbyterian Church 6:00—8:00 pm The whole community is invited to attend! Habitat for Humanity Pulaski County Kentucky, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Charitable contributions are tax deductible. PO Box 1690 · Somerset, Kentucky 42502 · 606.679.4160 · · Treasurer: Sue Guffey Who We Are...

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