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Hanover Park plays host to kids resource fair

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  • Alia Bongiorno gets her face painted by Ruth Flores during the Hanover Park Kids at Hope Community Resource Fair held two years ago. The event returns Saturday.

       Alia Bongiorno gets her face painted by Ruth Flores during the Hanover Park Kids at Hope Community Resource Fair held two years ago. The event returns Saturday.
    Daily Herald File photo by Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

Hanover Park moms and dads may not be familiar with all the activities available to their kids. But on Saturday, families will find a network of recreational, job and educational organizations in one place.

The annual Kids at Hope Community Resource Fair rund from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hanover Park Park District Community Center, 1919 Walnut Ave.

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Kids at Hope is a Phoenix-based nonprofit group modeled on a "belief system that all children are capable of success," Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said. The event is designed to give parents a one-stop-shop where they can browse programs and services that best suit their children's interests.

The setup is kid-friendly. Youngsters will be sent on a scavenger hunt to learn more about four specific areas: home and family, hobbies and recreation, community and service, and career and education.

"You don't have to sit at home bored," Craig said.

The event, he added, lets parents "know there's opportunities for their children in a caring environment."

Both public and private groups will participate, including police and fire departments, the park district, churches and businesses.

For more information on the free event, call (630) 736-3548 or visit Kidsathope.org.

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