Arbor World Fair

Virtual Activities

This year, Arbor held its first Virtual World Fair! The schedule of virtual events included cooking demonstrations, art and music presentations, and opportunities to learn more about the culture that is weaved into the fabric of our Arbor community. Many of the events have been recorded for families to enjoy for months to come. Take a moment to watch a video, participate in a scavenger hunt, listen to a book read by an Arbor teacher, or peruse a few of Arbor’s favorite recipes. We hope you enjoy this global, virtual experience sponsored by Arbor’s Diversity Committee. 

Recorded Presentations

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Delicious Croatian PalacinkasMadeira and Matthew Yuricich Knowles make Croatian Palacinkas with a recipe that came with Matthew’s great grandma when she emigrated from Croatia in 1921. This crepe-like dish was made at every Yuricich family gathering for three generations, and now for Madeira’s generation.
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Let’s Make Cajun GumboAlie and Ted Frank demonstrate how they cook their Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.
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Louisiana, USAWatch Video
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Chinese Lion DanceTraditionally performed at Chinese New Year, religious, and cultural festivals, the lion dance is performed to bring good luck and fortune. We hope you learn a little about the lion and enjoy this recorded performance from Arbor’s 2019 world fair! Thank you! Aimee and Shu Chen.
Taiwan and ChinaWatch Video
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Sri Lankan Cooking ClassSanuja Bopitiya , Dasheema, and Santhushi Dharmawardana lead a cooking session on two Sri Lankan Classic dishes: Sweet coconut stuffed milk rice and Sri Lankan Pancakes.
Download the Sweet Coconut Stuffed Milk Rice recipe
Download the Sri Lankan Pancakes recipe
Sri LankaWatch Video
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Italian Cooking SessionArbor teacher, Anna Discenzo, demonstrates how to prepare a dish was handed down by her great-grandmother, Anna Condemi Pulitano.  It is a meal typical of immigrants from the Mezzogiorno (the area of Italy south of Rome where most of the late 19th and early 20th century immigrants came from):  inexpensive and delicious.
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Learn to make vegan Argentinian EmpanadasArbor teacher, Cecilia Fernandez, and Arbor student, Daniel Botello, demonstrate how to make Empanadas. Empanadas are very popular throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. This (vegan) Argentinian empanadas recipe is a family favorite made for special occasions such as birthdays and family gatherings. 
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ArgentinaWatch Video
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Navari Aali Indian DanceEnjoy this Navari Aali Indian dance performance by Anushka Rao, Nayna Rao, Sonali Rao, Vishal Rao, Javier Valanju, Viviana Valanju, Graciela Valanju, and Mayur Valanju. Navari Aali is a traditional song that is performed during Indian weddings, most commonly among people from the state of Maharashtra. In Indian weddings, is it customary to perform songs like Navari Aali (and several others including big Bollywood movie hits!) as a way to show appreciation & love for the family & friends attending the wedding. 
Maharashtra, IndiaWatch Video
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Let’s Make Cacio e PepeMax Rochas and Katie Jane LaBauve prepare Cacio e Pepe- an Italian version of macaroni and cheese.  This is a typical dish from Rome and is very kid friendly and easy to pull together quickly. Pairs wonderfully with roasted greens such as brussel sprouts or asparagus…and a glass of wine! 
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Learn to make StreuselkuchenJudith Knaub demonstrates how to make Streuselkuchen- a popular crumb cake that is believed to have originated in eastern Germany. It is served with tea or coffee. It has been noted that Streuselkuchen was eaten as early as the 16th century.! 
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Read Aloud: Priya Dreams of Marigold & Masala When we think about India, we may think about the vibrant colors in the food and clothing. Indian culture is full of rich traditions. Let’s follow Priya’s journey of learning about some traditions and favorites from her grandmother. Listen to Priya Dreams of Marigold and Masala read beautifully by Nisha and Nitya Mehta.
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DIY Peacock Craft Peacocks are beautiful birds that can be found in India. Today, Nisha and Nitya Mehta will share how to create a peacock from some things they have around the house.

World Fair Activities for Home

The Diversity Committee and Arbor Families, Teachers, and Staff have curated a collection of World Fair activities for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Arbor Explorers

Learn more about the home countries of Arbor families

Click on each continent to reveal the countries represented in our Arbor community. Follow the links next to each country’s flag to learn more about its people, food, music, architecture, and culture.

Scavenger Hunt

Have fun participating in the World Fair Scavenger Hunt

Are you ready to put your detective skills to work? Learn more about the countries of the World as you enjoy Scavenger Hunts created by Arbor’s Upper Elementary students.

Spring Book Fair

Support the Spring Diversity Book Fair

Browse book selections curated specifically for the Arbor Community. You can purchase books from teacher Wish Lists or listen to teachers reach books aloud.

Family Recipes

Explore delicious recipes shared by Arbor families

Are you excited to put your culinary skills to good use? Take a moment to try out family-favorite recipes submitted by Arbor families. They are guaranteed to bring you a taste of home.