The Venice Neighborhood Council is hosting its 8th annual Community Potluck Picnic and Barbeque from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Park, 767 California Ave., Venice.

Firefighters from Los Angeles Fire Dept. Station 63 in Venice are grilling chicken, hot dogs and pulled pork during the free event. Attendees are asked to bring side dishes, salad or dessert to share and be entered in a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses.

There will also be watermelon-eating and tug-of-war contests with the firefighters, kids games and live music by headliners Fly N Lion, Kathy Leonardo and the Venice Country Legends, Nehi Thompson, Christopher Hawley and DJ Loboman.

The event is intended to celebrate Venice’s uniqueness and diversity, said co-organizer Todd von Hoffman.

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