THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, April 21, 2023 Page 11 Councillor Linehan, Girl Scouts host Fellsmere Park Cleanup on April 22 J oin Ward 3 Councillor Amanda Linehan and youngsters from Girl Scout Troop 71131 for a community park cleanup at Fellsmere Pond this Saturday morning, April 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will gather on the Savin Street side of the park near the picnic benches. Trash bags, trash pickers and work gloves will be provided. All are welcome! This event is eligible for community service hours. For more information, contact Councillor Linehan at 781-873-9224 or alinehan@cityofmalden.org. Earth Day Pond Cleanup The Return of The Malden Festivals May 20th and June 24th for artists, music, and fun! Special to Th e Advocate M ALDEN – The City of Malden is pleased to announce that the Malden Festivals will take place on May 20th and June 24th of this year. Both festivals are family-friendly events. There will be Cool Characters and activities for children, including face painting, balloon animals, jugglers and even a Kid Zone for small children. The festivals will feature musical performances, cultural performances, artists, vendors and so much more. The May-plewood Festival will be held on May 20th between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM, in Maplewood Square where Maplewood Street intersects with Salem Street. The live music will feature a variety of local musicians, including the soulful vocals of Alexus Lee, the jazz stylings of Malden’s Rusty Scott on his Hammond Organ and the youthful Latin sound of Linden’s own Carlos Parada and friends. In addition to a variety of entertainment, other local artists will be selling their work, as well as vintage will be available for purchase, as well. This is the second May-plewood Festival, the brainchild of Ward Six Councillor Stephen Winslow and the Maplewood Committee. For the downtown, this year’s Summer Festival will be held on June 24th between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM. As in year’s past, this festival will be on Pleasant and Exchange Streets and will be kicked off by the TPS Truck Pull Competition. This wildly entertaining competition serves as a test of strength for participants as well as a fundraiser for both Bread of Life and The Claddagh Fund. For those looking to dance, marching band Grooversity will bring their Brazilian drumming virtuosity and complement the cultural performances being presented on the main stage. With stilt walkers, jugglers, hula hoopers, magicians, unicyclists, Cool Characters, and more then eighty tables to peruse, the Summer Festival has something for everyone! Upcoming author event at Malden Public Library M onday, May 1 from 6-7 p.m., join us for an author talk with children’s author and Handi Capable Fitness founder James Norris. He is the author of the book “Feeling Left Out” – the fi rst book in a four-part series to help children deal with the challenges they face while growing up. In the book, Norris utilizes his challenges and his journey living with cerebral palsy to write this personal and deeply empathetic story for children and adults alike. Come by to learn about that journey and the ways his experience can provide resources and instruction on living a healthier and more resilient lifestyle. James is a fi tness advocate and mentor, an athlete, an author and a public speaker. He has shared his message of accessible fi tness and adaptive athletic technology to a number of platforms, including podcasts, social media and public speaking engageJames Norris Author ments. His advocacy and messages of inspiration encourage athletes to step outside of their comfort zone and face adversity with confi dence and resilience. His foundation, Handi Capable Fitness, provides scholarship funding. HCF is able to provide much-needed funding for fi tness memberships, athletic equipment and travel for its adaptive athletic community.

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