Santa Monica’s Greens Festival Theme Focuses on Young, Gifted, and Black to Celebrate Black History Month

February 19, 2019

Santa Monica’s Greens Festival Theme Focuses on Young, Gifted, and Black to Celebrate Black History Month

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Join Virginia Avenue Park (VAP) and Parent Connection Group (PCG) as they celebrate Black History Month with the fourth annual Greens Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year's festival theme is Young, Gifted, and Black and will feature cooking demos with celebrity chefs, a Black History exhibit, musical performances, book reading, resource booths and more for the whole family. The day will start with a performance of Young, Gifted and Black by Santa Monica Youth Orchestra Singers Ensemble. The musical performances will culminate with a special performance by Senegalese musician Amadou Fall performing on the Kora, a 21 stringed instrument of fishing line, wood, Calabash (Gourd), and cow skin, that can best be described as the African Harp.

In between performances, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in live cooking demonstrations of favorite greens recipes using ingredients from Santa Monica Farmers Market, learn nutrition facts from St. John’s Community Health Program, pick up free seeds and seedlings from the Master Gardeners Program, meet Jimmy Williams from Logan’s Garden, and participate in a Greens Scavenger Hunt in the Farmers Market.

Pico Branch Library will host a reading by Calida Garcia Rawles, author of Same Difference, a book that addresses the sensitive and sometimes divisive issues of beauty and identity.  In the Annex, there will be a special exhibit of famous and talented African Americans from the past to the present day, and children can create their own self-portraits in a hands-on workshop.

This year’s event is presented in collaboration with the VAP, PCG, Pico Branch Library and the Santa Monica Farmers Market. For more information about the Greens Festival, call 310-458-8688 or visit www.smgov.net/vapark.

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