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Akron PeaceMakers Teen Expo set for tonight

8/1/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The city’s youth volunteer group, the Akron PeaceMakers, will host its Fifth Annual Teen Expo tonight, Aug. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lock 3 Park.

Exhibitors will provide area youth with information on education, teen health, safety and volunteer opportunities in the Greater Akron area.

The event is free to middle- and high-school students and is open to all teens in Northeast Ohio. Along with music and prizes, there will be various sports activities and interactive game trucks (Diamond Heist Laser Maze and the Mobile Video Truck). In addition, teens can experience the Iron Man Obstacle Course, the Basketball Switch Game, volleyball, cornhole and various carnival games.

During the evening, local teens and teen-oriented music bands will provide entertainment. One of the performers is Libby Etherton, a 14-year-old pop/country singer from Hartville. Etherton sings and plays piano, guitar and ukulele.

Closing the evening will be Akron inspirational/hip hop artist Emmanuel. He will deliver his positive message to teens in attendance. Fellow Akronite Jovan, a neo soul singer, will perform solo and with Emmanuel.

“I hope our young citizens take advantage of this great opportunity to come downtown, hang out with friends, learn some things and see what the Akron PeaceMakers are all about,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic. “Our PeaceMakers have done a terrific job of successfully promoting peace in our city, and they have actively made Akron a stronger, safer community.”

The Akron PeaceMakers is seeking new members. Applications for the Aug. 6 PeaceMakers Orientation also will be available at the Expo.

The PeaceMakers’ program has grown to 85 active members. In 2012, members of the PeaceMakers volunteered and participated in more 54 different community projects and provided 3,800 volunteer hours.

Sponsors of this year’s event include the city of Akron, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and Dominion East Ohio Gas. The game trucks and teen inflatable games are provided through a gift from the Akron Community Foundation.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with festivities starting at 6 p.m. All activities are free, and food will be available at affordable prices, according to city officials. For more information, go to www.AkronPeaceMakers.org or call 330-365-2660 or 330-375-2712.

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