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The largest, longest-running event in North Texas celebrating cultures around the world, the 15th annual Plano International Festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 12, at Haggard Park. The grassroots, all-volunteer event manifests a passion for diversity and inclusion features food, music, dance, displays and science activities that bring the community together to foster communication and understanding between cultural groups.

A Fitness and Wellness Fair is at the adjacent Courtyard Theater and Cox Playhouse from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with flu shots for adults and flu mist for kids, free screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, bone density, BMI, cholesterol, HIV and more. There will be dental and vision screenings for kids as young as 6 months old and pre-screening for qualified women to get free mammograms at a later date. Massages, CPR demos and lessons about healthy eating, poison prevention, breast feeding support, free home repairs, affordable health services for kids, stroke signs, cancer education and more are all part of the fair.

In addition to a comprehensive waste reduction program, the festival has green living exhibits, tips for how to live with zero waste and eco-friendly children’s crafts.

Admission and services are free. Location: 901 E. 15th St., Plano. For more information, visit


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