PCAT hosts inaugural Family Fall Festival this weekend in West Oak Lane

The Philadelphia Center for the Arts and Technology (PCAT) will host its first annual Family Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event for PCAT, an Foundations Inc. entity working with an estimated 360 students at five Northwest Philadelphia schools, will block off the 2100 block of Eastburn Ave. in West Oak Lane.

“I think it’s great to bring the community around something positive and for important community members to interact in a positive space and get to know each other,” said Kristyn Stewart, PCAT’s director, who noted that the event also offers an opportunity for parents to meet staff members.

What will be going on?

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The carnival-styled event will feature face painting, arts and crafts, line dancing, karate, a cake walk and a forensic-science demonstration. AmeriCorps volunteers with Playworks will also lead a double-dutch contest and bean-bag toss. The Dollar Boys, a youth-led mentoring movement, will provide music.

There will also be seasonal treats such as caramel apples, cotton candy, pies, popcorn, hot chocolate and apple cider.

Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation, Northwest Community Coalition for Youth, PA Pathways, Education Works, Mom Mobile, PECO and the Food Trust will also set up informational tables.

“We do these events so that PCAT can do some outreach to the community and try to bring some resources to the community that community members may not know are available to them,” said Stewart.

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