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Youth Arts Council Hosts Annual Art Hop May 5th

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The Banning Cultural Alliance Youth Arts Council has big plans for fun and entertainment at the Cinco de Mayo, Art Hop and Recycling Fair in downtown Banning from 10 am to 3 pm, including free performances by entertainer Jerome Robinson, Illusionist d.o.C and their own ‘Top Ten’ members. The Art Hop, considered the Alliance’s signature event, offers great vendor shopping, artwork, demonstrations, exhibits, contests and more.

Over the past four years the Alliance Youth Arts Council (YAC) has hosted a youth area complete with arts and crafts projects.

This year they will offer several fun projects for the young and young at heart to participate in including: whirly gigs, button jewelry, bead crafts, craft tile art, and projects for the Cinco De Mayo aspect of the celebration including sun masks, God’s eyes, a sombrero craft and tissue paper flowers.

Another type of flower fun will be provided this year as Krista’s Cake Art returns for youth to learn to make cake art flowers.

Along with the numerous crafts the Youth Arts Council will host their own stage where Alliance youth from Top Ten Junior and Top Ten-The Next Level will perform.  The YAC stage will also headline singer Jerome Robinson, of Second Generation Platters fame and Illusionist Christopher Abeyta Robinson has a repertoire that includes songs, from Sentimental Journey" to Credence Clearwater's "Proud Mary."

He is also beloved for his ability to lend his voice to impersonations of such greats as Billy Holiday, Lou Rawls, Nat King Cole, Louie Armstrong, Neil Diamond, Dean Martin and more.  Jerome has amazed local audiences in the Pass area for years now and was dubbed "The Voice of Banning" in 2008, by Mayor, Brenda Salas and the Banning, City Council.  He also performs to sold out crowds at Russo’s Italian Kitchen on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.

“I am glad to call him friend, and honored to have him perform on the youth stage,” said Cindy Watson youth program director for the Alliance.

”My favorite song that he performs is "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,"“ she added  Jerome’s favorite soundman Ralph McGuire of Sweetheart Karaoke/DJ will also provide the sound system for the YAC stage. Also, on the YAC stage, Christopher Abeyta, AKA: d.o.C the Illusionist, joined by wife LMA and son Punkie Pie.

Abeyta entertains audiences with pocket illusions and trickery.  While d.o.C the Illusionist performs around the entire event, his wife also entertains, creating animals and other items from balloons.

“Our main goal is to make them smile,” said Abeyta. The illusionist’s on stage performance during the Art Hop, is a 30 minute performance with audience participation and bigger stage illusions.

Although the stage details are still being worked, according to Watson, additional performances include Top Ten band “Let Um Shout,” “Carnival of the Massacred,” and  Other entertainment will come from alumni YAC member DJ “Projeckt Lost Noize,” who will perform at the beginning and end of the event, as well as during stage set ups. “I am so proud of Mickki and how much he has improved both as DJ and a person,” said Watson. “I am so glad that he can join us for our last event,” she added. “I hope that all of our youth that have been a part of the Alliance Youth Programs over the past four years, will come out to say goodbye,” said Watson, who added that due to lack of funding, the youth programs will end at the end of June.

“I have met and worked with thousands of youth over the past four years and sincerely hope that they can all come join us for this fun day of celebration,” said Watson. The YAC area is just a small part of all the vendor shopping, entertainment and exhibits that will be at the Art Hop on Saturday May 5th located at the intersection of San Gorgonio Avenue and Hays Street in the heart of downtown Banning.

For more information or to volunteer at the Art Hop contact

tel:951-922-4911"951-922-4911. Vendor Applications are available online by visiting BanningCulturalAlliance.org.

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