The fifth annual Unity Resource Festival in Santa Monica will take place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave.
Unity Awards will be given to community organizations that have made a difference in the quality of life for Santa Monica residents. Award recipients include the Rosie’s Girls Program, UCLA Family Commons, Santa Monica College Emeritus College and the Pico Youth and Family Center.
This year’s festival theme is “Mind, Body, Spirit,” highlighting resources that strengthen the mind, body and spirit through family support networks including schools and colleges, employment, counseling, health services, after-school activities, art and local businesses.
The event, presented by the city of Santa Monica, Santa Monica College and Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council, will feature speakers such as Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould and Santa Monica College Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Tuitasi during the opening ceremonies.
Music and dance will be featured throughout the day, including the Luminaries, a seven-piece conscious hip hop band, OPA OPA, a Los Angeles-based 10-piece jazz, Latin and salsa band, Taiko drum performers from the award-winning Taiko Center of Los Angeles and local youths performing original music. The festival will also feature a special “Kids Zone” of information and games provided by many of Santa Monica’s youth service agencies including a silk screen T-shirt booth organized by Santa Monica teens.
Attendees can contribute to the CommUNITY Spirit Wall by bringing a photo, drawing or copy of something that reflects what spirit means to them.
This event is free to visitors of all ages. Vendors will bring a variety of meals and snacks.
Parking is limited so visitors are encouraged to walk, bike or take the Big Blue Bus event shuttle from Santa Monica College just blocks away.
Information, www.vapark.smgov.net, or (310) 458-8688.