The Greater Mankato community continues to become home to more immigrants from Somalia, and VINE Faith in Action is offering two opportunities to learn more about their culture.

Friday at noon, the film, Midwest of Somali, will be shown at the VINE Adult Community Center (VACC) with a discussion to follow.  In this short film, several young Somali-Americans provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their everyday lives from career aspirations to the joys of the hijab and bigotry in shopping aisles.  After the film, a panel of local Somali-Americans, including participants in the film, will discuss their experiences and respond to audience questions. The film and discussion is free to VACC members and open to the public for $5 per person.

On February 15th, VINE is offering a bus trip to the Minnesota History Theatre for a showing of A Crack in the Sky – From Somalia to the U.S.A.  The play tells the story of a young shepherd boy leaving Somali to seek a better life in Minnesota.  The cost for the trip is $79 which includes transportation and lunch at Buca de Beppa.

Registration for both diversity opportunities ends this Thursday.