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August 14, 2000, Monday

The 16th annual Triangle Ethnic Fest, a celebration of diversity and culture,will take place Sunday, Aug. 20, in the city's Triangle neighborhood.

Entertainment will include Rodell Morgan, the Mark David Group, Judy McNeal, the Ed Anders Quartet, the Tony Castenada Latin Trio, and the Call for Peace Youth Ambassadors. In addition, there will be an appearance by the Hmong Dancers, Zhong Yee Kung Fu Lion Dancers, the Kojo Drill Team, Tiawanaku Dance, Italian Folk Dancers, Ballet Folklorico Mexico, and the Mesoghios Greek Dance Troupe.

Food vendors will serve up ethnic cuisine, featuring tastes from the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the United States.

The event will also feature a display celebrating the old Greenbush neighborhood, the Italian Women's Bakery and many other attractions.

Ethnic Fest will be held in the Triangle neighborhood along Braxton Place, just off South Park Street across from Meriter Hospital. Parking will be available for $ 3 at the corner of South Park Street and Braxton Place. Atwood Food Pantry needs donations

The Atwood Food Pantry is seeking food donations to help stock depleted shelves.

Items needed include Spam, pastas, tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, rice dinners, boxed dinners, macaroni and cheese, cereal, oatmeal, jelly, beans, diapers, toothpaste, hand soap, canned meats, potatoes, bottled juices, canned meals and soups.

Pantry employees attribute the current food shortage to a summer rise in the number of families with children using the pantry's services due to the lack of school breakfast and lunch programs and the depletion of holiday season donations.

Items can be dropped off at 2425 Atwood Ave., or arrangements can be made for pickup by calling 241-1574. Community Shares awards three grants

Community Shares of Wisconsin has awarded Liesl Blockstein Community Grants to three nonprofit organizations to provide innovative projects or services that advance social change and environmental and economic justice in south central Wisconsin.

The grant program is named in memory of Liesl Blockstein, a public official and community leader.

The Task Force on Money and Education was awarded $ 1,000 for organizing Wisconsin Prison Awareness Week; the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua was awarded $ 1,000 for organizing 16 Days of Activism; and NAMI Wisconsin was given $ 900 for organizing the I Vote, I Count campaign.