Updated: April 24, 2014 6:14AM
The 17th Annual Diversity Dinners will be held throughout the south suburbs on April 24.
Residents will open their homes to celebrate diversity in small gatherings by sharing a meal and lively discussion, according to a press release about the event.
The Diversity Dinners bring people of different races, religions, ethnicities, lifestyles and ages together to eat dinner, discuss their common goals, understand differences, address misconceptions and offer solutions to strengthen communities, the release said.
The event is funded by contributions from individuals, businesses and local organizations and is coordinated by the villages of Flossmoor, Park Forest, Homewood, Richton Park and Olympia Fields; Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233 and Rich Township High School District 227; U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-2nd; the League of Women Voters Homewood-Flossmoor Area; the League of Women Voters Park Forest Area; the Center for Multicultural Communities; and the National Coalition Building Institute.
The dinners are free for both the dinner hosts and guests. Guests and hosts must be 14 and older and must register to participate. Registration ends March 26.
To register or for more information, visit www.diversitydinners.com or contact Evelyn Sterling, of the village of Park Forest, at (708) 283-5621.