The Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon promotes the richness and beauty of Arab culture via community events, festivals and family entertainment throughout the calendar year. AACCO sponsors its own events, and also lends support when possible to existing Arab culture activities held in the Portland Metro Area and the Pacific Northwest region.
We are sad to announce that, because of the pandemic, this year’s Arab Festival has officially been cancelled. We are devastated but want nothing more than the safety and health of our community, and so we know that this is the right decision. As we mentioned last week, the AACCO Board of Directors continues to brainstorm creative ideas for a “virtual” festival replacement or other activities we might be able to safely host. We welcome your thoughts and ideas—if you have any, please reach out.
AACCO Community Relief Project
We’re thrilled to report that we were able to provide free community relief packages to many members of our community last Sunday! Thank you all for supporting us and for supporting each other. Each package contained plenty of dry goods (flour, lentils, rice), olive oil, and coupons for other necessities at local grocers. We are grateful to those of you who contacted us with support, donations, and energy to elevate the project and spread the word to those who needed it.
And we’re even more thrilled to announce that we’ll be doing this again—this time on Friday, May 22. We will be back at Sesame Donuts (address below) with another supply of free relief packages. Like last time, we have limited supply, so please drop by early. You do not need to come into the store. We encourage you to wear a mask if you drop by to pick up a package.
12 to 3 pm
1503 SW Park Ave., Ste. B
Portland, OR 97201