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7th International Day of Peace, Sunday, Sept. 16, 1-5 p.m.

by Stacy Spell, President, WRNSC

The West River Neighborhood Services Corporation  (WRNSC) will host its Seventh Annual United Nations International Day of Peace on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1-5 p.m. It will be held at the UN/NH International Peace Garden at West River, Ella T. Grasso Boulevard, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Legion Avenue.

As in past years, we are providing a limited number of tables and chairs so New Haven peace groups can display information, petitions, exhibits, etc. If your organization wants to have a table please call Stacy at (203) 777-2192 as soon as possible.

This annual celebration features 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 for 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, spoken word artists and meditation exercises.

The City of New Haven Peace Commission will present the West River Neighborhood with a Peace Tree and a plaque that commemorates West River neighborhood as one 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.  To see a preview of the event, go to http:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=L27VfxU9CG4.

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

In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday, Sept. 23.

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West River Neighborhood International Day Of Peace, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 18

– Yury Maciel-Andrews, WRNSC

The 6th annual West River Neighborhood Services Corporation International Day of Peace will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the United Nations/New Haven International Peace Garden located at the intersection of Ella T. Grasso Boulevard/Legion Avenue/MLK Boulevard (Frontage Road).

The International Day of Peace (‘Peace Day’) provides individuals, organizations and nations the opportunity to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. This resolution was established by the United Nations in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly, and the first ‘Peace Day’ was celebrated in September 1982. Auspiciously, New Haven was designated as a Peace Messenger City in 1985 and the Peace Garden at West River was established in 2000. This is one of very few places in the world where the United Nations emblem is displayed on land not owned and controlled by the UN.

This annual peace-building event is intended to promote respect and understanding among New Haven residents. It will once again feature local talent and community agencies to bring together New Haven neighborhoods in a celebration of peace and acceptance of our roles in promoting harmony in our neighborhoods and the world through music, crafts, meditation, prayer and fellowship. The objectives of this year’s event are to increase participation by including residents from across the city who are stewards in peace, and to remind the community that we reside in a Peace Messenger City.

Performances include reggae band I.N.I.T.Y., post-rock band From the Ashes, and spoken word artists Noble S. Spell and Monique Coward. There will be a Tai Chi demonstration by Dr. Shiyuan Li and meditation exercises led by The Art of Living.

Our sponsors are The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Promoting Enduring Peace, Urban League of Southern Connecticut, City of New Haven Peace Commission, Start Bank and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

A limited number of tables will be provided for peace groups to set up displays and distribute literature. The rain date for the event is Sunday, Sept. 25. For information please contact Stacy Spell at stacy.spell@gmail.com.

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5th Annual United Nations International Day Of Peace

by Kevin Ewing, WRNSC President

The West River Neighborhood Services Corporation (WRNSC) and the City of New Haven Peace Commission are co-sponsoring their Fifth Annual United Nations International Day of Peace event on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the UN-New Haven Peace Garden at West River on Ella Grasso Boulevard and Legion Avenue in New Haven from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is New Haven a Peace Messenger City: Standing Together for Peace.

New Haven was designated as a Peace Messenger City in 1985. The Peace Garden at West River was established in 2000, and is one of only a few places in the world where the United Nations emblem is displayed on land not owned and controlled by the UN. “We are joining millions of people around the world in coming together to call for worldwide peace. We are joining the thousands in our city and our region standing together for peace in our city, in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our lives,” declared Reverend Kevin Ewing, president of the West River organization.

The Sept. 19 event, which is free and open to the general public, will feature local talent including the Cooperative High School jazz band, Michael Mills and Drums No Guns, Jazz Folks, spoken word artists, gospel, R&B, yoga and meditation exercises, plus activities for children. Free parking will be available on site.

The West River neighborhood is a participant in The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Neighborhood of Choice initiative.

In case of rain, the event will be held the following Sunday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Peace Garden.

For more information, contact Stacy Spell, Event Coordinator at (203) 777-2192.

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