11 September 2012

Invitation to International Day of Peace

7th Annual
International Day of Peace
Sunday, September 16, 2012 
1-5 p.m.   
[ed: Bring The Kids!]
The West River Neighborhood Services Corporation (WRNSC) will host its Seventh Annual United Nations International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. It will be held by the United Nations/ New Haven International Peace Garden at West River, Ella T. Grasso Boulevard, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Legion Avenue.
This annual celebration will once again feature local talent, community agencies and people joining together in music, crafts, meditation, prayer and fellowship - all in a celebration of peace and the acceptance of our roles in promoting it.

The International Day of Peace observance will provide a festive public event that focuses on building and empowering the West River residential, inter-faith, and business community through fellowship. This annual project showcases WRNSC commitment as a green, caring community and a neighborhood that is a messenger for local and international peace. This event serves to educate, disseminate, and advocate local services, programs and organizations with the goal of building a strong sense of community.

There will be free food, children’s activities and information tables from local organizations. 
Performances include the reggae band I.N.I.T.Y., the blues/soul/funk of Boogie Chillun, Tai Chi and Kung-Fu demonstrations by Dr. Shiyuan Li, spoken word artists and meditation exercises led by The Art of Living. 
The City of New Haven Peace Commission will present the West River neighborhood with a Peace Tree and a plaque that commemorates West River as a neighborhood dedicated to peace.

Sponsoring this event are the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, New Haven Peace Commission, Start Bank, Stop & Shop and Yale-New Haven Hospital. The festival is made possible with the support of the City of New Haven Mayor’s Community Arts Grants Program. 

For information, please contact Stacy Spell at stacy.spell@gmail.com or call 203-777-2192.

The rain date for the event is Sunday, Sept. 23.

Photos from a previous celebration are on the Facebook link

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