The African Gala is set for Guild Hall, part of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on 307 Congress Street in Portland, on Saturday, September 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The colorful event will feature cultural presentations, a fashion show, a variety of music and dancing, and traditional foods from many African countries, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Cameroon, Sudan, and Angola. The suggested donations to attend are $20 for adults and $8 for children under 12. The proceeds will benefit the benevolent efforts of Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, which provides countless community programs, social justice presentations, and workshops for residents. In addition, the parish’s food pantry distributes close to 3,000 pounds of food each week, and when in need, hundreds in the neighborhood turn to the parish for clothes and household items. For more information about the African Gala, contact Nono Mukwayanzo at (207) 253-9625 or Ray Rier at (207) 767-1241.
September 23, 2017