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Peace and Global Citizenship Fair part of a 'progressive' day

From dancing to drumming to exotic foods, a kaleidoscope of international cultures will be on display Saturday at the Peace and Global Citizenship Fair.

"This festival gives voice to diversity and recognizes how we're all interconnected," said Howard Myers, a member of the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, one of the sponsors of the event.

The fair is just one of a variety of "progressive happenings" Saturday throughout the community that the council is supporting, including a spring plant exchange at The Arboretum and a 150th birthday party for renowned jockey Isaac Murphy.

The cultural medley of the citizenship fair will come together on the Cooper Drive campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College, an appropriate location to see the diversity of people who now live in Lexington, said English professor Joe Anthony. "We're a very diverse school. We bring lots of students together and lots of different ideas together," he said.

Anthony will coordinate a class in peace studies that several professors at BCTC will teach in fall. He said a goal was "to make peace central to our thinking, not war." The class will not be about the absence of war, he said, "but pursuing peace as an active force."

Activities start at noon with music, ethnic dances and a puppet show of Once Upon a Dragon. More than 60 organizations will have exhibits. Craftspeople will do demonstrations. Among them will be potter Chris Strecker, who will have a booth where children can create small clay pots to take home.

Three films will be shown throughout the afternoon in BCTC's Oswald Auditorium: Every War Has Two Losers, The Economics of Happiness and The End of Poverty.