The Tri-Cities Encounter event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 16 and from noon to 6 p.m. March 17 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
The event features daylong exhibitions and presentations that focus on all aspects of society and culture, music and art.
The two days will be packed with guest speakers, performers and cultural exhibits, all of which will address a theme that asks: "What makes us most fully human and what unites us as people," said Nina Powers, event coordinator.
Encounter is a nondenominational event that features speakers from New York and Mexico City, as well as from across the Northwest, who will explore a range of human interest topics as well as performances by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Mid-Columbia Musical Theater, Mid-Columbia Ballet, Academy of Children's Theatre and Celtic Spring.
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Guests include Monsignor Eduardo Chavez Sanchez from Mexico City; artists Danica Wixon from Washington State University and West Richland artist Davin Diaz; Claire Halpine, sister of Anna Halpine, who founded World Youth Alliance.
Sanchez is the leading authority on the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as well as the Mexican peasant Juan Diego, who said he saw the Virgin Mary in 1531, and she asked that a church be built at that site known as Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City.
A schedule of events is online at www.tcencounter.org or call Nina Powers at 509-547-8841, ext. 115. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
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