International Tea House finale goes tonight

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Micheal Pendergast

P.E.I. International Friendship Association organizing event tonight, 7-9 p.m., at Jack Blanchard Family Centre

The P.E.I. International Friendship Association is organizing the International Tea House season finale Saturday, March 5, 7-9 p.m., at the Jack Blanchard Family Centre, Pond Street, Charlottetown.

The program will be showcasing a diverse range of presentations and performances. Emceed by Isabelle Dasylva-Gill, the program will begin with a step dance by Samantha MacKinnon. A popular Lebanese belly dance group will present traditional Lebanese dances, Kaitlin Gallant will entertain the audience with local tunes and Pilipino singers Ivanna Verador, Lily Rashed an Ava Rashed will present Pilipino traditional music. Well known- local artist Micheal Pendergast will also perform local music and East European flute player Katrina Jaha will present cultural music. Pilipino Flower Dance group and Sri Lankan singers will also add the multicultural flavours into the Saturday tea house lineup.

Pilipino food will be provided by Leti LaRosa, and traditional arts and crafts will be displayed by Community members from India, China and the Philippines.

Admission is free, and the venue is wheelchair accessible. All are welcome to enjoy this family event.

The programs greatly benefit first-generation Canadians in their efforts to become more involved with the community and better integrated into Island social life, introducing newcomers to Islanders and offering newcomers an opportunity to make and maintain key interpersonal relationships. Tea House events are of equal value to Islanders as they promote greater understanding, tolerance and appreciation of the diverse cultural, religious and social backgrounds of all people living on the Island.

This year, the Tea House celebrated its 23rd anniversary. For more information, call Ratna Rajapaksa at 902-314-5772.

Organizations: International Tea House, P.E.I. International Friendship Association, Jack Blanchard Family Centre

Geographic location: Pond Street, India, China Philippines Iceland

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