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Experience! Afrofest and Jamaicafest comes to Greenbelt

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  • Jamaican culture is big part of the Afrofest and Jamaicafest event to be held from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago.

      Jamaican culture is big part of the Afrofest and Jamaicafest event to be held from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago.
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Enjoy the dance, food, music and market of local and distant cultures and countries at the Greenbelt Cultural Center's "Experience! Afrofest and Jamaicafest" event on Saturday, Aug. 17.

It runs from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road in North Chicago. Admission is free.

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Two stages will keep the entertainment flowing with gospel, reggae, hip-hop, line dancing and more.

On the Jamaicafest stage, band headliner, the original high-energy Indika Reggae Band, performs from 4 to 6 p.m. Local talent on the Afrofest stage includes gospel performers Debra Larkins, Kenya Gray, Elizabeth Stewart, L.O.G.Y.C., as well as North Shore Line Dancers, and singers Sada, Sherri D, Tia P, and many more. The headlining performer for Afrofest is yet to be announced.

Ethnic foods such as jerk chicken and ribs will be available for purchase. The market will feature clothing, jewelry and other imported specialties. Bring the children to enjoy nature activities and educational experiences. A fashion show, limbo contests, zumba with Fun Fitness Concepts, and dancing will round out the day.

For your comfort, bring a blanket or lawn chair. Parking is free and available at the center.

"Experience! Afrofest and Jamaicafest" is part of Greenbelt Cultural Center's annual summer concert series. For more information on the concert series, call the center at (847) 968-3477.

For additional information on this or other events, call the Lake County Forest Preserves at (847) 367-6640 and request a free copy of the Horizons quarterly newsletter and event calendar, or sign up for a free subscription online.

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