The 11th annual Plano International Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 17, in Haggard Park, near Highway 75 and 15th Street, in Plano. Visitors can “tour the world” enjoying cultural displays, a naturalization ceremony, parade of flags, an international art exhibit, multicultural music and dance performances, children’s educational activities, international fashion show and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the ethnic food court.
The Fitness and Wellness attraction located within the festival will offer free fitness information and health screenings for adults and children, including exercise demonstrations, nutrition information, free flu shots for adults and children, eyeglasses for children, hearing testing, glaucoma testing, blood pressure screening, HIV testing, dental screenings and education and fire safety information in the Courtyard Theater from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The award-winning Plano International Festival event draws more than 18,000 attendees and accolades include the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 city of Plano Environmental Star of Excellence. Other highlights include Reading Around the World, presented by the Plano Public Library System, live art demonstrations; and ikebana demonstrations by the Sogetsu Ikebana Society.
The nonprofit event relies heavily on volunteers, and community service hours are available. Participation is welcome at all levels, from joining a committee to being a green ambassador or serving a two-hour shift at the event. Those interested in volunteering may visit the website for more information.
Admission is free. Location: Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. For more information, visit PlanoInternationalFestival.org. See ad, back cover.