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July 30, 2002
DH 02 TK048
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

California State University, Dominguez Hills Joins the City of Carson
In a Grand Celebration of Unity Day 2002



Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), will join the City of Carson to kickoff the festivities for the Unity Day Celebration 2002 on Sunday, Aug. 4, between noon and 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the SouthBay Pavilion, located at Avalon Blvd. and Dominguez St.

Working under the theme, "Living Together in Harmony," the City of Carson expects thousands of citizens and well-wishers from throughout the greater South Bay area to savor a taste of Carson as they experience the music, crafts, food and ethnic dances that will be featured during this daylong celebration.

"Each year, citizens from all over the city of Carson come together to celebrate the broad diversity that makes this city such a special part of the South Bay," said James E. Lyons, Sr., president of California State University, Dominguez Hills. "Our university is proud to be a partner in this annual celebration that brings out the best in our community and demonstrates the true meaning of living together in harmony."

Unity Day Celebration 2002 participants will be able to enjoy the performances of area youth, assorted carnival games, special live-stage entertainment and more. There will be an area for face painting and storytelling especially designed for the children.

This is the third year for Carson Unity Day festivities. In 2000, this citywide event showcased various art pieces created by the greater Carson community. Last year, members of the city pulled their collective artistic skills together to complete a 24-by-8-foot mural. "This year, instead of creative pieces that symbolize unity, we decided to offer something different - we wanted to demonstrate unity through action," said Emily Bautista, who represents the Carson Youth Commission. That action has taken the form of a major pen-pal program, implemented through a partnership of Carson youth and children from foreign countries.

Unity Day is a celebration of Carson's unique diversity, a special event designed to bring together people of all ages, cultures, and interests from every corner of the community. More than 100 community volunteers and city staff have been working to make this year's celebration a success.

Please call (310) 847-3570 for more information about Unity Day Celebration 2002.

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