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Weekend celebrates peace

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Masankho Banda will lead an interactive workshop at the Season of Peace and Nonviolence celebration.

The South Lake Tahoe Committee for The Season for Peace and Nonviolence extends an invitation to the community to join in a celebratory weekend series of peace workshops.

The entire weekend of March 24 to 26 will be devoted to the unfolding of peace through practice of the principles of nonviolence. Guest speaker will be Masankho Banda, a native of Malawi, Africa, who now lives 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.

On Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 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.

Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., also at the library, a full-day workshop called “The Practice of Peace: Winning Strategies & Effective Tools” is planned. 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. Weichel is the executive director of Pathways to Peace. The cost for the day is $45 and participants should bring a sack lunch.

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

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Also Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., Banda will lead his 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. Everyone should wear comfortable clothing and bring water.

The community is also invited to a closing ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. April 1 in the Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theater. Doors open 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.