2013 Festival of Cultures rescheduled for this Friday

If you missed it, don’t worry: The annual heritage party that was snowed out on April 19 will be held Friday, May 17.

From 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Forest Lake Area High School, 6101 Scandia Trail, the Festival of Cultures will offer activities for all ages. These include games, art, storytelling, music, crafts, dance and food.

This free event is designed to celebrate the culture and heritage of all members of the district’s schools and communities.

Booths representing more than 20 countries will be set up, created by local residents, organizations and student clubs.

When you arrive at the festival, get a “passport” for each person in your group. Then, as you visit the booths, collect stamps documenting the countries you visit.

In addition to booths, there will be live performances throughout the evening highlighting Native American, Hmong, Chinese, and Latin cultures.

Organizers are expecting about 500 people to attend the event.

At 6 p.m., Spanish and Chinese Immersion Students from Lakes International Language Academy will present a traditional song and dance performance.

At 6:30 p.m., Concordia University’s Hmong Culture and Language Program will perform Hmong music and dance.

At 7 p.m., the Forest View Elementary second-grade Spanish immersion students will sing.

At 7:30 p.m., John Oakgrove and The Little Thunderbirds will offer a Native American drum and dance.