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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday, Sept. 23.