Special Invitation (St. Louis), Thursday, 11/13/08

November 10, 2008

Village of Many Colors Festival

Chinese-American dancers and bagpipers will be among the highlights of this year’s Village of Many Colors Festival Nov. 13. 

This is the 11th year of the festival, the largest multi-cultural event for older adults in the St. Louis metro area. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 7530 Natural Bridge Road, in Normandy. Admission is free, and senior citizens of all nationalities are especially welcome. Translators from various community organizations will be on hand to relay information about services and benefits for older adults in the metro area.

The Village of Many Colors features information booths, health screenings, entertainment from cultures around the world and games.

New at the Village this year will be a demonstration of the Wii video game system, which has become a sensation with older adults throughout the U.S. Festival participants will get a chance to try out video bowling at a special hands-on technology booth.

The games will include Multi-Cultural Bingo, which originated at the Village of Many Colors 11 years ago. Players try to match words and symbols from countries around the world instead of numbers in a twist on the always-popular game.

Everyone who attends the festival will get a free energy-efficient CFL light bulb, courtesy of AmerenUE.

Sponsors for the Village of Many Colors include the St. Louis County Older Resident Programs, the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis and Mid-East Area Agencies on Aging, Care Improvement Plus, Northeast Community Action Corporation, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, PACE, Kingdom House, Catholic Charities, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office.

For more information on the Village of Many Colors, contact MEAAA at 1-636-207-0847, 1-800-AGE-6060 or info@mid-eastaaa.org.

Mid-East Area Agency on Aging is a private, non-profit organization providing services and information to people 60 and older and their caregivers in the Missouri counties of St. Louis , St. Charles , Franklin and Jefferson.



Village of Many Colors
St. Ann Catholic Church/St. Jane Senior Center
November 13, 2008
Program Draft
Preliminary (MAC members/volunteers/Choices)
7:30 – 9:00      Decorations, booth set-up, registration meeting, signage placement
                        Assignments (If not done the previous day)
                        Refreshment – Coffee set-up
9:00 – 10:00    Logistics
                        Registration set-up completion/details
                        Receive lunches
Program (entertainment) – tentative – we can change as necessary
10:00 – 10:30  Bagpiper – Color Guard to open
10:30 – 10:45  Welcome and 1st skit
10:45 – 11:15  Spirit of Angela Dance Troop/Drums
11:15 – 11:30  Demonstrations and 2nd skit / Presentations
11:30 – 11:45  Sidney Schneider Award/ 10 year awards
11:45 – 12:30  Lunch with Thomas Bradford playing piano
12:30 – 1:00    Chinese American Seniors Dance
1:00 – 1:30      Ethnic Fashion Parade
1:30 – 2:00      Demonstrations/prizes


Chinese American Seniors perform Tai Qi at Village of Many Colors
Chinese American Seniors perform Tai Qi at Village of Many Colors

xiao_filial-pietyThe information above comes from the Mid-East Area Agencies on Aging, one of the event sponsors and an organizer each year. Rhe Chinese American Seniors in St. Louis are always a central part of the activities. The cultural concept of filial piety (Chinese: , pinyin: xiào) comes to mind when I think of this festival celebrating the diversity and cultural wisdom of our elder community in St. Louis. Xiào is an important cultural value in Confucian thinking and informs the behavior between the generations in traditional Chinese culture. Ideally, it is used in one’s dealings with all elders. It is practiced by Chinese around the world, centering on the relationship of love and respect between parent and children of love in the circle of life.   



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