By Jean Ross

ATLANTA — Family and community are the focus of the first Celebrate Chamblee, a community festival set to become an annual premier family event for the city. Celebrate Chamblee, which will showcase diversity through cultural activities and offerings, is set for Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food vendors and a host of entertainers will line the streets near Chamblee City Hall at 5468 Peachtree Road. “Celebrate Chamblee has something for all ages — music, arts and crafts, food, a kids’ play area and much more,” says City Manager and CEO Niles Ford, who has led the efforts for Celebrate Chamblee. “Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family for a full day of fun and celebration.”  

Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in festivities such as salsa lessons and line dancing, and enjoy mariachi band performances, Asian drumming and traditional Chinese and Taiwanese dancing, along with great music —pop, R&B and more — provided by area groups. Young festival goers may enjoy a kids’ play area that features moon walks, clowns, an art studio and face painting, among other activities. The event is free and open to the public with food — both local and international dishes — beverages and desserts available for purchase from participating vendors from Chamblee and surrounding areas. Chamblee City Hall area, 5468 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA 30341<>; 770-986-5010


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