ENGLEWOOD — The Resident Association of Greater Englewood returns with this year's installment of its 'So Fresh Saturday" series this week.
The peaceful event has grown since last year and will reach seven parks in the greater Englewood community, said RAGE president Aysha Butler. The festivities kick off Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lindblom Park, 6054 S. Damen Ave.
There will be free food, art, music and more.
“This is our fifth year,” Butler said. “We want to keep getting larger.”
The event is about “reclaiming” the residents’ public spaces, she said. “It’s fun, and safe, and we’re building communities.”
“Most residents express a fear of coming to the parks and we hope to shift this image with our program,” she continued. “Our program supports youth, teens and families in being a part of something larger than themselves."
Their methods to achieve those goals include engaging participants in "interactive forums" with intergenerational audiences. Everyone listens and respects one another and, in turn, learns from each other.
RAGE is still seeking performers. Rappers, poets, singers and dancers are encouraged to participate.
“We’re looking for anybody with a positive, uplifting message,” Butler said. “RAGE is excited about the summer, and we want to continue offering [a] safe space.”
Those interested in performing at So Fresh Saturday can send a sample of their music to firstname.lastname@example.org. So Fresh Saturday is part of the citywide Night Out in the Parks initiative. Download the MyChiPark App to see all of the events.