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Stomp the Yard Saturday

Houston Avery Park will come alive with the squeals and laughter of children on Saturday, November 4, when Destiny Worship Center presents its 11th Annual Stomp the Yard event. Or at least organizers of the event hope that’s what happens.

The event was originally scheduled for October 7, but the anticipated rain and wind from Hurricane Nate forced a last-minute cancellation. Billed as “a gathering of gifted youth,” the five-hour, free youth explosion will begin at noon and continue until 5 p.m.

“The storm stopped us,” said Felicia Bishop, co-pastor of the local church. “But we did not want to give up our commitment to the community’s young people. Everything is free for the kids; it’s just going to be a big fun day at the park for them.”

Bishop pointed out that all children are welcome, but that each must be accompanied by an adult if he or she wants to enjoy the free food, games — including basketball, softball, ping pong, relay races, tennis and a dance competition — and entertainment.

The afternoon of fun will also feature a more serious side.

“We will have a lot of educational seminars,” said Bishop. “The sheriff’s office will be there, and the state always furnishes an inmate who talks with them about making right and wrong choices. There will also be someone from the educational field to talk with them about the importance of education and staying on track.”

The local health department will also be on hand to offer free onsite HIV testing, with results available within about 15 minutes.

The entertainment will include Bishop and two other psalmists, Ruby Collins and Keyla Richardson, as well as various youth drama teams, youth praise dancers and more. Various elements of worship will also be presented.

“It’s a day to celebrate and encourage our children to know that someone still cares and is willing to invest in them,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

For more information on Saturday’s event or to volunteer to help, those interested may call Dr. Bernard Bishop at 251-577-1430.