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Continuous live music, picnic fare, a Moon Walk, face painting, free back-to-school supplies, health screenings and more are part of West End Market’s second-annual Celebration Day on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Church and Dodge.
Entertainment, which starts at 10:30 a.m., includes performances by Soul Creation, the Mt. Zion Sanctuary Choir, the North Shore Community Choir, the Davidic Praise praise dancers, the Bethel AME Youth Choir and members of the Mt. Pisgah Ministry, who will rap, do skits and sing.
Other attractions include a fire truck and D.A.R.E. car from the City of Evanston and a wellness van that will offer free health screenings.
A variety of vendors, including those selling fresh produce, will be there, as they are every Saturday at the Market from 8:30 to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31. Of the more than one dozen vendors are Kap Farms, Second Chance (fresh food and beverages), Queen Bee Baked Goods, Highrise Bakery, B & B Enterprises (grilled food), Boocoo Café (beverages), Sew Elegante (handcrafted goods), Yawa’s African Market and handmade reusable totes from Javier & Son.
The Market’s presence at Church and Dodge has significantly enlivened and transformed the West End community, says Second Ward Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste. It also has made buying fresh produce accessible to residents of the West End, says Fifth Ward Alderman Delores Holmes.
The West End Market is a project of the Evanston Community Development Corporation (ECDC), a community-based 501(c)(3) dedicated to the revitalization of Evanston’s West Side. Its programs and services are designed to help residents and businesses build personal assets, grow and expand.
For more information, please contact ECDC at 847-756-0159.