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Seniors enjoy 'A Taste of the Tropics'

By Elizabeth Shushkovsky

Published 10:39 PDT, Wed July 31, 2019

Richmond seniors got 'A Taste of the Tropics' while celebrating the rich culture of the Pacific islands Thursday.

Richmond seniors got 'A Taste of the Tropics' while celebrating the rich culture of the Pacific islands Thursday, July 25.

Embracing the reality of the community’s multiculturalism, Cambie Community Centre hosted an educational performance that showcased the vibrancy of the Polynesian people.

“Their dances, costumes, customs and narrative captivated everyone,” says Marie Murtagh, president of the East Richmond Community Association. “The grand finale was the opportunity to get up and have a hula dance lesson.”

Paul Latta and his Polynesian Dancers headlined the event and put on an amazing performance.

Those attending learned about the cultures and traditions of the many Polynesian Islands. This was done in an informal and humorous way.

“The show was entertaining and educational. It was fun. There was lots of humour and it was very welcoming.”

Murtagh says volunteers and staff  all came together to put on the best event possible.

This event aligns with the new event format of the board and program committee at East Richmond Community Centre. They have decided to focus their energies on three distinct events, each targeting a different demographic: youth, seniors and families. The new perspective came just over two years ago when the board decided they needed “new and fresh ideas.”

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