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Friday, August 20, 2010

WORLD OF GOOD FESTIVAL OFFERS FAMILIES FUN, ART

The World of Good Festival, hosted by La Leche League of Southern Indiana, will be held on Sat., Aug. 21 from 10am to 2pm at the Green Tree Mall. The family festival will include free admission, giveaways, free children’s activities, a raffle, face painting, free chair massages and over thirty booths hosted by local businesses and community organizations. The highlight of the festival will be the debut of the traveling art exhibit, “The Womanly Art: Works of Art Inspired by Breastfeeding.” The Howards, an acoustic eclectic husband and wife team, will perform at 10:30am; magicians Tricky Ricky, Tommy Thomas, and The Action Bros. will perform at 11:45am; and Heidi Howe of Wee Rock! will lead families in a sing-along at 1pm. Children’s activities will be provided by the Carnegie Center for Art and History, the Speed Art Museum, and Jefferson Memorial Forest, while the massages are courtesy of Louisville School of Massage. The event is sponsored by Woman Care, David L. McCay, M.D., Fannies Diaper Service, Tim Corba, M.D. and Preston Arts Center.


The goal of the art exhibit is tri-fold: to promote breastfeeding among expectant and new moms, to normalize breastfeeding and the image of nursing moms among the general public and to raise funds for the La Leche League of Southern Indiana. “The festival is a way to bring families together to celebrate the fact that breastfeeding is family-friendly and should be seen as such,” said Amy Bammel, La Leche League Leader. The exhibit showcases 23 pieces from local artists and artists from as far away as Colorado and Canada. After the festival, the art exhibit will travel through November; exhibit venues include New Albany-Floyd County Library, Indiana University Southeast, Charlestown Pizza Company, WomanCare and Destinations Booksellers.

The La Leche League, a 501c 3 non-profit organization, helps mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. This is done through free monthly meetings and free telephone help. For more information about La Leche League, visit www.llli.org.

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