There are two important events in Chatham this Saturday:
Thomas Wortham Playlot Community Build Day
Friends and volunteers will complete the new playground in memory of Thomas Wortham IV, a police officer slain a year ago in Cole Park. Volunteers will be directed by a construction foreman throughout the community-build process. Work includes attaching slides and other equipment, hanging swings, mulching trees, and much more!
An art piece, designed by children in the community will be installed the following week. The playground will be officially named the Thomas Wortham IV Playground in honor of Tom who served our city as a Chicago Police officer, our country as a National Guard Reservist and his community as the president of the Cole Park Advisory Council.
Chatham Food Market Cookout and Blood Drive
Chatham Food Market will host their annual Labor Day BBQ on Saturday Sept 3, 2011 from 12pm-4pm. Also, come out and donate a pint of blood and receive a free pint of ice cream. Come out meet your neighbors and the staff of Chatham Foods.
327 East 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60619
Outside the community this weekend
African Festival of the Arts
September 2-5, 2011
Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive demonstrations, vibrant drumming, historical artifacts, colorful and rich fabrics, informative health and wellness workshops, as well fascinating entertainment.
This year headliners Mary Mary, India Arie and Bootsy Collins.
For more information http://africanfestivalchicago.com/
Soul Train Concert
September 5, 2011
Chicagoans and visitors alike will groove to the beat of Soul Train on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. with Chicago’s 40th Anniversary Soul Train Concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. This free concert is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Chicago-based, longest-running, nationally syndicated program in television history. The concert is made possible, in part, through Amtrak in commemoration of its 40th Anniversary.
The concert will pay tribute to Soul Train and its legendary founder and host, Southside native Don Cornelius, who will be on hand to participate in the program. “Like Soul Train, Amtrak is celebrating its 40th anniversary and we are excited to be a part of the event,” said Tracy Robinson, Marketing Director, East Region, Amtrak.
Artists scheduled to perform include Jerry Butler, the original lead singer of the vocal group, the Impressions and known as The Iceman in his solo career which includes hits like Only the Strong Survive, Make it Easy On Yourself and Moon River; The Impressions, known for their 1960s string of hits influenced by Gospel music that served as inspirational anthems for the Civil Rights movement; The Chi-Lites, the Chicago-based smooth soul vocal quartet from the 1970s with top songs including Have You Seen Her? and Oh Girl; The Emotions, Chicago’s all-female, R&B trio, best known for the song Best of My Love and Gene Chandler, the “Duke of Earl.” They will be backed by a full orchestra of veteran musicians who have played and/or recorded with the artists listed above and will be led by conductor/arranger Tom Tom Washington.
Chicago’s 40th Anniversary Soul Train Concert in Millennium Park caps a weekend of events in Chicago honoring the long-running television program, and includes the final weekend of the Soul Train Photo Exhibition at Expo 72, a live taping of Chic-a-Go-Go at Expo 72’s Friday Night Groove event and the documentary film screening, “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America,” followed by a question and answer session with Don Cornelius and Kenard Gibbs, CEO of Soul Train Holdings at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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