PVCC To Host Literacy Event Providing Thousands of Free Children’s Books

Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) and Southwest Human Development will again partner in hosting the Spring Festival of Tales, a free community literacy event offering storytelling and cultural activities for children and families from 9am to 2pm Saturday, April 27, at Paradise Valley Community College.

The bi-annual festival brings reading to life through the “Art of Storytelling” and provides free books to children who participate in the day’s activities, which include demonstrations, vendors, arts and crafts, games, face painting, live music, food trucks and much more.

“Events like Festival of Tales are important for everyone who participates because it helps develop an awareness, understanding and respect for other cultures and new ideas through the art of storytelling,” says PVCC education faculty and event organizer, Meggin Kirk. “Not only does this event enhance literacy skills and spark the imaginations of children, but it also ignites the passion in PVCC students by giving them opportunities to interact with community member and apply their learning in an authentic setting.”

Since its inception in 2009, Festival of Tales has attracted more than 17,000 people from Maricopa County and more than 25,000 books have been given away to children from low-income families. In 2019, Festival of Tales was recognized with two distinguished awards from the Maricopa County Community College District, including the Diversity Advisory Council award and the Paul M. Pair Innovation of the Year award.

Paradise Valley Community College is located at 18401 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. Event activities will take place in and around the Kranitz Student Center (KSC). Free parking is available. Festival of Tales is free and open to the public.

For more information, including registration and performance times, visit festivaloftales.com or call 602.787.6562.

Walk With Me Event To Support Easter Seals Program

On Saturday, February 25, Southwest Human Development will host the ninth annual Walk With Me family fun walk and block party presented by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation and HumanaVitality at Scottsdale Civic Center Park to benefit the nonprofit’s Easter Seals services for young children with disabilities.

The event will feature a 1.25-mile family fun walk, inflatables, interactive kid’s zone, entertainment, food, a community resource fair and more.
Event check-in begins at 7am, the walk starts at 8am, and the block party kicks off at 7am, ending at 10:30am.
This year’s walk is $20 for adults, $10 for children (12 and under) to participate, and all funds go toward supporting children with disabilities.
The event will be held at Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. To register, form a walk team or donate, visit www.swhd.org/walk. Registration ends February 19.

For questions about the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact Devan Vollmert at 602.918.5911 or dvollmert@swhd.org. Learn more about Southwest Human Development at www.swhd.org.


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readingPVCC to host Festival of Tales

Valley families will enjoy a fun day of reading, literacy and cultural activities for children that includes storytelling, arts and crafts, games, face painting, live music, food trucks and more, as Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) hosts Festival of Tales. The seventh annual event will bring books to life through the art of storytelling and provide thousands of free books to children who participate. Presented by students, staff and volunteers from PVCC and Southwest Human Development, the free Festival of Tales event will be held Saturday, December 3, from 9:30am-2pm, in the Kranitz Student Center at PVCC (18401 North 32nd Street, Phoenix).

For additional information, call 602.787.7862 or visit www.paradisevalley.edu.

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