BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
A full day of live music, food and fun is in store for the entire family at the “Community Unity Festival” on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.
The festival will give residents a family-friendly venue and age-appropriate activities to celebrate summer’s end in the heart of Daytona Beach.
Mayor Derrick Henry will complete the last leg of his three area stops at the festival where 3,000 backpacks will have been distributed as part of the Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon. The giveaway is now in its eighth year and is for children ages 5 to 18.
“I want our youth to have adequate school supplies. Having the right supplies could make the difference between a successful school year and a failure. I am honored to be able to continue this worthwhile tradition,” said Henry, a longtime educator.
Activities for youth, adults
There are three distinct times where age specific activities are planned for the festival including the backpack giveaway; a “Youth on the Move,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring exercise programs, entertainment, games and a DJ sponsored by the Second Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA).
Adults, 21 years of age and older, are welcome from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for live music by local favorites LA Robinson & Streetlife.
Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day courtesy of local Daytona Beach businesses.
Other giveaway dates
Backpacks from the mayor’s backpack giveaway also will be distributed at the following dates, times and locations in Daytona Beach:
Aug. 9, Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Community Center, 1000 Vine Street, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Aug. 11, Lenox Park, 825 S. Grandview Avenue 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Water and other beverages also will be served at the above locations. Children must be Daytona Beach residents to receive a backpack and parents’ identification indicating residency may be requested.