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Up with People coming to Lacey

Up with People 2019 In partnership with North Thurston Kiwanis, a cast of 100 young adult performers is coming to our community March 25-April 1 and needs host families! This international group representing more than will commit to more than 1,000 hours of community service with our middle school students prior to their big show at the Washington Center March 29/30. Seats start at $22. Proceeds will help benefit Day of Champions, an annual track meet that hosts nearly 1,000 special needs athletes from across Thurston county. Book your spot on the Center’s website or by calling the box office from noon until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 360-753-8586.

Read an article in Thurston Talk about the tour, and the North Thurston Kiwanis Club.

Up with People started in 1965. Founder J. Blanton Belk is credited as wanting “to harness the energy of the youth movement and turn the negativism of the era into a chance for young people to have a voice in creating positive change.” Nearly 55 years later, the international troupe of young adults still perform globally with a “unique blend of music and social action [that] creates the chance for youth to develop a new understanding of the world, recognize the responsibility they have to others, and become global citizens by acting as positive agents of change.”

Host families are still needed for members of the touring cast. Read more and apply if this seems like a good fit and you have a bedroom or guest room to spare.

Can’t attend the concert but want to help? Donations are gladly accepted via the North Thurston Kiwanis Club Foundation. Simply mail them to PO Box 5607, Lacey, WA 98509. Questions can be directed to Kiwanis Up with People Committee Chair Lynn Neeley at 360-819-8040. Forward the customized local tour video to family, friends, and neighbors to get everyone involved.

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