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If there were ever a week to celebrate the cultural gifts, cuisine and art that the world’s refugees bring to our country, this would be it. As the Trump administration grapples with fallout from the inhumane treatment of Latin American refugees at the border, you can familiarize yourself with the cultures of immigrants from other regions of the world today on Eastern Avenue.

The afternoon begins with two hours of workshops for kids and vendors, including some expected mouth-watering cuisine from Mera Kitchen Collective (Eritrean), Nepal House (Nepalese/Indian), Artesanas Mexicanas and Syran Café and Gallery (both in the name). Activities will include face painting, henna, kit-making and making of various crafts.

Afterward comes a series of performances, with traditional African dancing from SEED School graduate Jackie Ndayizeye, a survey of Asian dances from the Silk Road Dance Company, songs from Nepalese pop star (and Nepal House owner) Prem Raja Mahat and a show from Afropop-funk fusion group Mokoomba, out of Zimbabwe.

Refugee service providers, including the American Red Cross, House of Ruth and Catholic Relief Services, will also have booths set up for those who want to learn how to help those fleeing their home countries.

noon-3 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651,, free.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...