RICHMOND -- A free event Saturday will spotlight literacy, family activities and healthy living. The fifth annual Richmond Tales Fest: An Afternoon of Family Literacy and Healthy Living, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza at 27th Street and Nevin Avenue, will have a full day of activities and entertainment, along with resources for healthy eating and living, family literacy and games.
The day's theme comes from "Richmond Tales: Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle," a youth novel by Summer Brenner based on local history.
The day will include free books for young people and entertainment that will and includes Vamos a Leer, Native American drumming, youth poetry, readings from Richmond Tales, Mien Legends, and dancers and a chorus from Richmond College Prep Schools.
The lineup of family activities includes literacy games facilitated by volunteers from BuildOn, gardening displays, and literacy workshops and resources for adults.
The event is also the kickoff of Richmond's Screen Free Week, part of a national effort emphasizing "healthy alternatives to televisions and video games."