Preview: ‘Bridge to Empowerment Season’

Sue Dell, Chair of the Lancaster Human Relations Tapestry Commission.

Sue Dell, Chair of the Lancaster Human Relations Tapestry Commission.

LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster’s Human Relations Tapestry Commission has announced the beginning of its “Bridge to Empowerment Season.”

With a new theme each month through the end of the year, the goal of the season is to highlight local organizations, community activities, and resources that will bring community awareness to each theme.

This month, the Tapestry Commission is celebrating Cultural Diversity by recognizing the High Holy Days of the Jewish faith. The Heritage Festival and Tamale Festival round out the month, with the Heritage Festival taking place on September 14, and the Tamale Festival on September 14 – 15.

The commission will also be providing educational information and resource links for culturally diverse groups and services available in the Antelope Valley on their webpage,

Self-Esteem & Personal Security will be highlighted in October with events such as the Not in Our Town anti-bullying proclamation signing with the City Council and all four Lancaster School Districts. National Coming Out Day will be observed on October 11, and the Two Lifestyles Ladies Symposium is being held on October 26. October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on October 19, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” will raise funds for cancer research.

November’s theme will be Gratitude — for all we have, as well as for those who have sacrificed for us. On November 11, at Lancaster Cemetery, there will be a memorial ceremony paying tribute to veterans. In addition, the Tapestry Commission is calling on local organizations that plan to host community celebrations for Thanksgiving and winter faith holidays. Those organizations are invited to participate in both November’s Gratitude and December’s Faith & Celebration themes.

To present an event, local resource, or program to the Tapestry Commission, you may attend the next meeting on September 11, at 6 p.m., at Lancaster City Hall.

“We are happy to be able to publicize and co-sponsor so many activities in our Valley that reflect the broad range of our residents and their interests,” Sue Dell, Chair of the Tapestry Commission, said in a press release. “The Commissioners work hard to ensure that all can feel included and welcomed to participate in both civic life and celebrations.  We hope you will expose yourselves to new ideas and cultures by attending these events, particularly those of which you have not previously been aware,” Dell continued.

For more information on scheduled events and community resources, visit

(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)