Peace celebrated this week |

Peace celebrated this week

Ruth Wallace

The South Lake Tahoe Committee for The Season for Peace and Nonviolence would like to extend its heartfelt invitation to the greater community in joining with us in a celebratory weekend series of Peace Workshops.

We are very excited to present an entire weekend devoted to the unfolding of peace through the practice of the principles of nonviolence. We are happy to welcome back Masankho Banda for the weekend of March 24-26. Banda is a native of Malawi, Africa, now residing in the San Francisco Bay area. He was awarded the Unsung Hero of Compassion Award by the Dalai Lama for his global peace and justice work. He uses his talents as a dancer, storyteller and healer to encourage cross cultural understanding.

Beginning Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., Banda will lead an interactive workshop titled “Peace Through Creativity,” which will include stories, African dance and Interplay. The suggested donation is $10 at the door, but no one will be turned away. This will take place at the El Dorado County Library meeting room, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., and promises to be a fun and enlightening evening.

Next, is a full day workshop Saturday, March 25, called “The Practice of Peace: Winning Strategies & Effective Tools”. This event is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is also held at the library. Banda and his co-presenter, Kimberly Weichel, have both done international peace building in Africa, Europe, the former Soviet Union, the United Nations and all over the U.S. She is the executive director of Pathways to Peace. The cost for the day is $45 and be sure to bring a sack lunch.

Banda will be the guest speaker and musician at Unity at the Lake at 10 a.m. March 26 at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

From 2 to 5 p.m. March 26 Banda will lead his popular African Dance for Peace and Healing at the senior center. The suggested donation is $10 (or more), but again, no one will be turned away. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience this wonderful time with him, come and have fun. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring some water.

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The community is also invited to the closing ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. April 1 at the Duke Theater on the Lake Tahoe Community College campus. Doors open for this community celebration at 6:30 p.m. with music by One Voice, chair massage, refreshments, making peace ties and many more exciting activities. Eve Wilson will be the guest speaker.

For more information call (530) 544-2266.