Community International Potluck Dinner

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Falls Church Community Center

223 Little Falls Street

Falls Church, VA 22046

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Welcoming Falls Church is building a community of neighbors. Join a family-friendly dinner with a cultural exchange/Lunar New Year theme!

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Join us for an international-themed potluck dinner. Friends and families welcome. Meet others interested in Welcoming Falls Church. Learn about activities we are organizing, including opportunities to LEARN (our next recommended book and more), SERVE (and join us at the Community Service Fair at Falls Church Episcopal Church on Martin Luther King Day, the following Monday), and LIVE (community dinners like these as well as smaller dinners and intentional conversations about immigration, ethnicity, and race) together, as we build a community of neighbors.

We'll share a cultural exchange theme at this dinner - including some hands-on activities to roll dumplings and enjoy other Lunar New Year traditions (Lunar New Year is later in January). This is very family-friendly. Kids can learn how to make dumplings before dinner, then after dinner can play in the Community Cener Open Gym or Teen Center. After dinner, adults (and older kids who will like to stay) will recognize and explore some the history of residents of the area who came from Vietnam and how Eden Center became the East Coast's leading center for Vietnamese culture and commerce.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE'LL BE LIMITED BY THE CAPACITY OF THE SENIOR CENTER - ABOUT 80 PEOPLE - AND EXPECT A FULL ROOM, SO YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND, AND PLEASE UPDATE YOUR REGISTRATION IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE. IF YOU ATTEMPT TO REGISTER AND ARE TOLD THE EVENT IS "SOLD OUT", PLEASE EMAIL US AT welcomingfallschurch@gmail.com, LET US KNOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME, AND IF POSSIBLE WE WILL ADD YOU TO THE GROUP.

And then we will have intentional conversation in small groups about how to make Falls Church more welcoming for immigrants and refugees. Oh, and we'll probably have some good dinner options :-) This is a potluck - bring a dish sufficient for your group, but expect a fair number of Lunar New Year themed dishes.

Make this an easy evening out on the long holiday MLK weekend, and one when you'll hopefully see some people you know and also make new friends. Please RSVP through this invitation by January 16, 2020.

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Schedule for the Evening (Note: this is flexible and family-friendly, feel free to come late or leave as your schedule requires)

6:00pm - appetizers - come at 6pm for a hands-on Lunar New Year dumpling rolling and other activities, fun for kids!

6:30pm - dinner - great international food, including Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Lunar New Year dishes - and much more - please bring a dish to share, imagine you are feeding your group with a bit left over

After dinner, kids can play at the Community Center Open Gym (adult and GMHS student volunteers supervising!); and we'll have adult conversation at each table, faciltiated by a Welcoming Falls Church "table host"

8:00pm - event ends

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Falls Church Community Center

223 Little Falls Street

Falls Church, VA 22046

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