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Two events this weekend: Second Saturday Art Walk (Saturday), and Immigrants Day Festival (Sunday)!

The Second Saturday ART WALK gets rolling this weekend in Downtown Redwood City!

It’s a multicultural, socially responsible, and eco-friendly event that brings a fabulous array of art to the community. Fair trade crafts are being promoted at nine locations in Redwood City, compiling over 75 local artists bringing inspiration, culture, and entertainment this spring and summer to the entire Peninsula.

This great event – now in its 3rd remarkable season – takes place every second Saturday of the month from May through September, from 6 – 9 pm – the very first Art Walk of the year is this Saturday, May 14th!

Bring the family for an Art Walk – wander from gallery to gallery, take in the art and culture, and enjoy the new dining and entertainment options in beautiful Downtown Redwood City. The following nine galleries are participating in this year’s Art Walk:

Look for the free Art Walk Trolley to help you get around the galleries, or just wander and discover art in Redwood City:

 Angelica’s Bistro – 863 Main St.; Redwood City Art Center – 2625 Broadway; Café La Tartine – 830 Middlefield Rd.; Mayers Jewelers – 2323 Broadway;

San Mateo County History Museum – 2200 Broadway; The Living Room – 2048 Broadway; The Society of Western Artists Gallery – 2625 Broadway; Broadway Barista – 2088 Broadway; Jigsaw Java – 846 Main St.; The Main Gallery – 1018 Main St. Precise Moves – 838 Main St.

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 Immigrants Day Festival  – Honoring Our Heritage
Sunday May 15th, noon to 5 pm

Free Admission Day at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway

You’re invited to explore the history of San Mateo County with a visit inside the San Mateo County History Museum at its 6th Annual Immigrants Day Festival on Sunday, May 15th between noon and 5:00 pm.  Join us in celebrating living in a culturally diverse community! Families will enjoy:

The Immigrant Experience Exhibit 
Climb the stairs into the double doors to enter a world of the past where the whole family can explore the History Museum’s exhibit, Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County.  The exhibit tells the stories of the diverse people who came to this area by highlighting the experiences of the early immigrant groups of the late 1800s.  It also explores the recent immigrant experiences of other cultures. Add your own immigrant story to the exhibit at the Immigrant Stories video kiosk.         

Cultural Performing Groups
This year the Immigrants Day Festival features music and dance performers representing Japan, Portugal, Ireland, Philippines, Greece, Spain, Russia, China, Mexico and Pacific Islands. They will perform on the Courthouse Square Stage from noon until 5 pm.

Ethnic Food Tasting
The whole family can take a “taste” of ethnic food stations by purchasing a food tasting card for $5 per person.  Two distinct tasting times are offered 12 noon-2 pm and 2:30 – 4:30 pm.

Major sponsors for the annual Immigrants Day Festival are Redwood City and its Redevelopment Agency, Safeway Stores, and Pacific Gas & Electric. For more information call 650-299-0104 or visit  www.historysmc.org.

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