Around the world in a day

Ah, to be a world traveler and indulge in the sounds of exotic music, the chatter of foreign tongues and the heady aromas of foods from another land. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford to travel the globe, but that shouldn’t prevent us from learning about the many cultures that are represented in our own city. Truckee Meadows Community College will bring the world to Reno during its 19th annual Multicultural Festival this weekend. L.D. Lovett, assistant dean for multicultural diversity at TMCC, says the event aims to expose Reno residents to these cultures as well as to what TMCC has to offer to the community. Lovett says the event has grown in attendance since its inception in 1984, from about 300 in the first year to about 1,200 visitors each of the past few years. Some of the nations represented at this year’s event include the countries of North and South America, Japan, the Philippines, China, Bangladesh, Norway, Ireland, Scotland and several African countries. There will be food, dances, arts and crafts and a fashion show during the festival. The free event begins 10 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at TMCC’s Meadowood Center, 5270 Neil Road. Call 673-7105.