CommUNITY Unity Potluck slated for Sunday

Getting to know each other and sharing a meal together are both ways to create unity. The Immigrant Allies of Marshalltown’s CommUNITY Unity Potluck will focus on just that.

The event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Anson Park Shelter.

“We want to get to know each other and support each other like neighbors,” co-coordinator Joa Laville said. “Because we all are neighbors.”

Free and open to the public, attendees are asked to bring a dish to share with those in attendance.

“There will be something for everyone. The Times-Republican has donated free pizza and people also bring dishes unique to their cultures, so people can try new things,” LaVille said.

The Marshalltown Public Library is partnering with Immigrant Allies to bring a variety of children’s entertainers to the event, including Stanley the Therapy Dog with Pockets of Fun, professional face painters, balloon twisting, a magic show and stomp rockets.

Pockets of Fun and Stanley will put on a free show earlier that day, from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the library’s blue activity room.

Music will be provided by the Prairie Creek Strings Band.

The potluck coincides with National Welcoming Week, an event led by Welcoming America, which is a non-profit, non-partisan group that supports diversity in communities. The potluck will celebrate local immigrant heritage.

“Welcoming America talks about building a ‘nation of neighbors’ …. which is very in line with our goal for the potluck which is simple: we just want to provide an opportunity for people to share time with and connect with their neighbors,” LaVille said. “Even if people just drop by to say ‘hi’ it’s a good way to show support. We also want to reach out to people who are new in town.”

Table service (plates, silverware and napkins) will be provided.

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