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District 5 hosts “Christmas in July” on Saturday, July 9th

Friday June 24, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Summer vacation is underway for thousands of students in Metro Louisville. While there may be a wide variety of things to do, District 5 and other community groups are offering a challenging way to break the monotony of summer with the “Christmas in July Youth Celebration.”

“It is great to have fun in the summer but that does not mean educational opportunities have to be put on hold,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5). “Several groups are offering a way to keep learning ongoing while having a good time.”

Christmas in July will get underway in Shawnee Park by the new sprayground near the Pavilion on Saturday. July 9th. Students of all ages, parents and family are welcome to attend. Even college-aged students visiting home for the summer can accept the challenge.

This event serves to be celebratory and educational for neighborhood youth to break from the norm of summer while challenging their minds and bodies and entertaining their souls.

A full schedule of events and programs will begin at 2:00pm until dusk and there will be a youth chess tournament for ages 12-17; a team building exercise entitled Visionary Paint; the Shawnee Neighborhood Association will present “My Normal," digital storytelling and photo voice showing of works by The Shawnee Student Advocates with the “Art for Activism” by Jessica Bellamy.

A Truck and Car Show will lead into the young adult activities including dance and step performances and Zumba exercises. Self-defense and meditation classes will be demonstrated by the Tai Chi and Karate groups through the Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center. Local Def Poets, drummers and local musician will also entertain. Educational and food vendors will be on hand.

“District 5 invites all youth, parents, and citizens of Metro Louisville to come out to support and celebrate our young people,” says Hamilton. “Our goal is to see students exchange the streets for the arts and something positive. We encourage everyone to come be a part of Christmas in July. “

For more information about Christmas in July, contact Jacie Rowe in Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-3905.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5