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Valentine’s Day Social goes tropical

2/14/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp
GREEN — Adults and children were invited to a tropical island themed Valentine’s Day Social Feb. 9 at the Akron General Health and Wellness Center — Green. Presented by the city of Green Parks and Recreation Division, the 16th annual event offered participants an opportunity to “Cruise Away” for an evening of fun.

Parks Events Coordinator Kim Goodhart said between 120 and 130 people attended the event.

“It went well, and most people were happy with the new location,” said Goodhart.

Among those enjoying the evening was Olivia Sites, 5, who is pictured at right top, sharing a traditional Hawaiian lei with her grandmother, Connie Overholt.

The Calypso Gypsies provided steel drum melodies and toe-tapping rhythms from around the world to entertain the crowd, and the band also invited children to play along with some instruments.

Shown at right bottom is Nicholas Messina, 10, shaking maracas and dancing to the sounds of island music.

The event also included a pasta bar dinner, door prizes and other activities.

One of those activities included caricatures done by artist Scott Hall. Shown at left is Hailey Thornton, 8, in the background as Hall draws a sketch of her.

— By Maria Lindsay

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