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International Day of Peace Festival September 21

The community is invited to celebrate the International Day of Peace at Maharishi School on Tuesday, September 21 from 6:30pm-9:00pm. This festival will include a variety of fun cultural events, international food and crafts, parade of flags, entertainment, workshops and activities. Guest speakers include authors Heather Chase and Ken Beller, and visual artist, author and educator, Kemlyn Tan Bappe.

Heather Chase and her husband Ken Beller are the authors of Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World, and recipients of the 2007 International Peace Writing Award, and endorsements by 3 Presidents and 3 Nobel Peace Prize winners. See www.greatpeacemakers.com for more. Heather Chase, formerly of Fairfield and a Maharishi School alum, also wrote Beauty Without the Beasts: A Guide to Cruelty-Free Personal Care, and established Models with Conscience, an international group of models dedicated to promoting animal-friendly and environmentally conscious products and causes.

Kemlyn Tan Bappe is from Singapore and currently resides in Mount Pleasant with her husband and three children. She is creating a collaborative world peace art project from one thousand origami cranes, in the Japanese tradition initiated by Sadako Sasaki, a young girl whose life has inspired the world to consider the devastating effects of war and hatred. In 2009, Tan Bappe was one of five national recipients of the VSA Teaching Artist Fellowship. Her art can be found in collections nationally and internationally. Tan Bappe teaches workshops with CultureALL formerly World of Difference, a cultural organization that nurtures inter-cultural relations in youth. At the Peace Day celebration Tan Bappe will be folding 1000 origami cranes with festival participants and sharing the story of her second book, Folding One Thousand Cranes: A Reflective Journey, her memoir of finding personal peace and forgiveness.

During the day Maharishi School students will participate in multi-cultural and peace-building workshops and activities. They will also meet with Heather Chase and Ken Beller for a discussion about the inspiring true life stories of great peacemakers and insights into creating peace in their own lives.

The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. During the discussion of the United Nations Resolution that established the International Day of Peace, it was suggested that:

“Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."

Since its inception, Peace Day has marked our personal and planetary progress toward peace. It has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world, and each year events are organized to commemorate and celebrate this day. The impact of millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense. See www.internationaldayofpeace.org for more.

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