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Celebration!

Want to tour an art gallery, participate in artists’ workshops, bring the kids for face painting, do all your shopping and listen to live music all in one place? Then pay a visit to Westchester Square.

On Saturday, May 16, Bronx residents are invited to participate and take advantage of a full day of free events and exciting activities.

From noon to 4 p.m. guests will be able to take a walking business tour through Capital One, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Montefiore WIC, Records ‘N’ Stuff, Rite Check and Washington Mutual, which will be displaying the photo works of Susan Farley, Marisol Diaz, Daniel Del Valle, Ruth Marshall, Kay Reese, and Ron Terner.

“We have a lot of wonderful artists in the Bronx and we want the community to see their work,” said Ed Freidman, deputy director of the Bronx Council on the Arts. “People will be able to learn about their local artists and consider the resources available in their own community.”

Outside of the Huntington Free Library, located 9 Westchester Square, the Westchester Square-Zerega Improvement Organization will be conducting face painting and arts and crafts workshops for the children. The BCA will hold an exhibit of artisans’ crafts outdoors, while an Origami workshop is held in the library.

For the duration of events, music from indie rock and pop punk bands of The Bronx Underground, including Safe to Say and Drew Torres, will fill the Square from Owen Dolen Park Plaza.

An open reception, held from 4 to 6 p.m., in the library will end the day’s activities.

The celebration is possible through the collaborative efforts and sponsorship of the BCA, the Association of Merchants and Business Professionals of Westchester Square, the Bronx Business Alliance, WIZO, Huntington Free Library, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the Carnegie Corporations, the Scherman Foundation and Councilmember Jimmy Vacca.

“It’s a good day to bring the kids and family to come and experience the cultural side of the Bronx,” said John Bonizio, president of the Association of Merchants and Business Professionals of Westchester Square.

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