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20th annual Jettie Rhodes Day celebrates community and student art

Urbana Park District welcomes the community for a celebration this Saturday, June 22, from Noon – 4 p.m., at King Park in Urbana.

It’s the 20th annual Jettie Rhodes Day, and this year, the community will also celebrate student art.

“Jettie Rhodes Day is about giving back to the community with fun, family, networking and a diverse atmosphere,” said Janet Soesbe, Community Program Manager.

The celebration is free. “We’ll have free food while supplies last, live entertainment, kids’ activities, raffle prizes and information from over 30 non-profit groups, plus a visit from Carle’s Pediatric Ambulance,” Soesbe added.

The day will also feature a ribbon cutting on a new art display. Soesbe explained, “Last year, local children painted 100 colorful tiles. Local artist Lisa Kesler added an illustration of Dr. King. We will cut the ribbon and unveil the piece with the UBA, the Urbana Arts and Culture Program, and several members of Jettie Rhodes’ family.”

The event goes on rain or shine.

“The late Jettie Rhodes was an advocate for creating community and drawing neighbors closer together. We honor her memory Saturday and we hope to see the many people show up for a great, family-friendly event,” Soesbe said.

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