West Center tries Multi-Cultural Intergeneration Day

       People of all ages and cultures are invited to the first Multi-Cultural Intergeneration Day Saturday, Oct. 6 in Bancroft Park from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
       Featuring various activities, entertainment and information booths, the free event is being organized by Carmen Vazquez-Guy of the West Center for Intergenerational Learning. The timing matches that of the worldwide Intergenera-tion Day (scheduled the first Sunday in October). “Were trying to tie it to that day they're celebrating,” Vazquez said. “ If it comes out pretty good, we hope to do it every year.”
       The entertainment will consist of line dancing, hip hop, Spanish dances and music by the West Middle School Band and possibly a high school band.
       Games will include those in which children and parents can both take part, such as sack races and three-legged races. Among other goings-ons will be arts and crafts, tables reflecting different ethnic cultures and a “jumpee” for younger kids.
       People are also welcome to bring picnics if they like.
       Asked about her inspiration for starting the event here, Vazquez said that on a recent visit to China, she noticed a phenomenon she has also seen in America, in which “the generations are being kind of separated. There aren't activities like these anymore, or picnics with the whole neighborhood.”
       The multicultural aspect of the event is in keeping with a city effort this year, Vazquez said.
       The center is funded year-round through the city and School District 11.
       Multi-Cultural Intergeneration Day is being sponsored by West Center, Colorado Springs Parks, the Grandparent Program; El Paso County Department of Human Services and the Intergeneration Foundation.

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