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The celebration includes virtual and in-person events that highlight various food, culture, and music.

Beaverton Oregon

Beaverton is set to celebrate the sixth year of Welcoming Week starting Saturday, Sept. 12.

In a press release on Tuesday, Sept. 8, Beaverton announced the event with a theme of "Creating Home Together." Welcoming Week is an annual series of events bringing together immigrants, refugees, and U.S. born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

"This year, (Beaverton) is proud to partner with eight community organizations through grants to support opportunities for cultural exchange," said the city government in a statement.

Events will include storytelling, music and cultural celebrations, dance, cooking workshops, and small business support.

The first event of the celebration, Dreams Deferred Part 1, is a musical performance called "The Immigrant Story," featuring Gerardo Calderón and his ensemble. They combine vocals, instrumentals, and rhythms of folk musical traditions of Mexico and Central America.

Despite most events happening virtually, a few in-person gatherings will occur outside with proper distancing and other safety protocols in place, said the announcement.

All events are free and open to the public. People are encouraged to share their experiences and pictures at the events with the hashtag #BeavertonWelcomes.

Beaverton's Welcoming Week runs through Sunday, Sept. 20.

For more information, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/WelcomingWeek.


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