The Youth Advisory Council and adult advisers of the National Council of Negro Women, Rockford Section, will present the first Bethune Youth Performing Arts Festival. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, in and on the grounds of Memorial Hall (Jefferson and Wyman streets).
Activities will feature local youth bands, arts/crafts vendors, storytelling, dance, drama, etc., with featured guests, internationally known The Jesse White Tumblers of Chicago in the parking area. On stage from 6:30 to 9 p.m., local talents will be showcased with music, modeling, dance, drama, poetry, etc. Admission is $2 for children ages 6-12 and seniors; $3 for ages 13 through adult.
The 11th Black Family Reunion Cultural Celebration will be held at Levings Lake Park (Montague and Johnston) on Saturday, Aug. 21, beginning with a parade at 10 a.m. from Barbour School (Montague and Rose Avenue). It will feature youth drill teams, Boy and Girl scouts, local celebrities and many other community participants. The parade will be led by The Lil Stooges Brass Band of New Orleans, who will also perform from 5 to 6 p.m. for the closing ceremonies. Food, clothing, arts/crafts vendors, community service agencies, youth and adult entertainers will be there from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 968-4151.