Vends + Vibes

Featured Activities

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Free Weekend Activities

Fun for everyone!

Participate in creative activities for kids and adults at each of our four locations: 

  • BING Reading Room: 307 E Garfield Blvd
  • Currency Exchange Café: 305 E Garfield Blvd
  • Arts Incubator: 301 E Garfield Blvd
  • KLEO Community Family Life Center: 119 E Garfield Blvd

All programs are free and open to the public.


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Brother Nick Photobooth

BING READING ROOM
307 E Garfield Blvd

SATURDAY, December 9 from 12:00–4:00pm

Don't forget to get your photo taken with Santa’s little brother, Brother Nick!


Healthy Holiday Food Demonstrations

KLEO COMMUNITY AND FAMILY LIFE CENTER:
119 E Garfield Blvd

SATURDAY, December 9 at 2:30 pm
SUNDAY, December 10 at 2:30 pm

Chef Justin Behlke of Pilot Light showcases his Healthy Holiday Salad recipe with roasted sweet potatoes, collard greens, pomegranate seeds, and bacon. Food samples and printed recipes will be available.


2017-18 Artists-in-Residence: Victoria Martinez, Arif Smith, Brittney Leeanne Williams

2017-18 Artists-in-Residence: Victoria Martinez, Arif Smith, Brittney Leeanne Williams

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE OPEN STUDIOS

ARTS INCUBATOR
301 E Garfield Blvd

SATURDAY, December 9 from 12:00-5:00pm
SUNDAY, December 10 from 12:00-5:00pm

Stop by and see what our new Arts + Public Life / Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture Artists-in-Residence, Victoria Martinez, Arif Smith, and Brittney Leeanne Williams are up to!


Cocktail Demonstrations

BING READING ROOM
307 E Garfield Blvd

SATURDAY, December 9 from 12:00-5:00pm
SUNDAY, December 10 from 12:00-5:00pm

Resident Café bartender, Syd, demonstrates cocktail recipes, balancing simple syrups and bitters together into soda punch cocktails. SO YUMMMMMM!


Gift Wrapping by A Social Life

BING Reading Room
307 E Garfield Blvd

SATURDAY, December 9 from 12:00-5:00pm
SUNDAY, December 10 from 12:00-5:00pm

As an event designer, I want to bring back the art of gift wrapping. I think it's a wonderful way to display your love and the intention of your gift. Beautiful wrapping is a thoughtful way to add the finishing touch.
—Erika Jones,CEO|Lead Designer, A Social Life

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DJS Spinning Saturday 12/9:
Selah Say 
Duane Powell
Jo de Presser
+ Crissy collins

DJS Spinning Sunday 12/10:
Selah Say 
Duane Powell
+ AfroBang
+ Crissy collins

Shop to the beat! Event soundtrack provided by talented local DJs.


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Screening: Holiday Home Movies from the Jean Patton Collection

ARTS INCUBATOR: Gallery
301 E Garfield Blvd

SATURDAY, December 9 from 12:00-5:00pm
SUNDAY, December 10 from 12:00-5:00pm

The South Side Home Movie Project is pleased to present holiday home movies from the Jean Patton Collection. Jean Patton was a teacher and librarian at James E. McDade for over fifteen years. She and her husband, Robert, traveled the globe and documented their vacations and family life for nearly thirty years.


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Hot Cocoa + Marshmallow Roasting Station

BELIEVE LOT
265 E Garfield Blvd

Huddle 'round the fire pit for a special warm-up!


CURRENCY EXCHANGE CAFE
305 E Garfield Blvd.

Take a break from your shopping and warm up with seasonal menu items from the Currency Exchange Café next door. The Café is a neighborhood eatery featuring cuisine that embodies a modern mix of Mexican spice, American nostalgia, and Southern soul.