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Schedule for the 40TH Annual Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival


The theme for this year's festival is "Looking and Seeing Hope." With the theme in mind, here are the dates and times of the four-day festival's programs:

THURSDAY JULY 11,  2019
Kanisa House II, 400 Cleveland Street, Elyria, OH
9 am and 4 pm: Fellowshipping
2 pm: Skills training class
6 pm: Lucy Battle Dinner

FRIDAY JULY 12, 2019
Lorain County Community College, College Center, 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH
8 am-12 pm: Exhibits, Devotions, Readings
12 pm: Lunch
1 pm: Talent Show
2 pm: Skills training
6 pm: Elizabeth Coleman Dinner featuring the Hall of Fame and speaker the Honorable Malik Evans

SATURDAY,  JULY 13, 2019
Lorain County Community College
9 am-12 pm: Ewing Center for recreation and games
12 pm-9 pm at College Center
  • 12 pm: lunch
  • 12:30 pm; arts and crafts/games
  • 2 pm: Skills training
  • 6 pm: Martha Jordan Dinner featuring speaker Dr. Lawrance Lee Evans Jr.

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019 
Kanisa House II
8 am; Fellowship
10:30 am: Family Hour Worship Service featuring Outreach Minister Brenda Snow
12:30 pm: Skills training class
2 pm: Dred Scott Garden

For more information or to make a financial contribution call 440.366.3244.

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