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The Kenosha YMCA has announced a slate of special activities and events for the 24th Food Folks & Spokes on Thursday at Library Park in Kenosha.

Activities for all ages will begin at 11 a.m. The largest special event held by the non-profit helps fund community programs that are provided at no cost to the participants.

““It will be a fun, healthy day featuring cycling, entertainment, food, fun, education and more,” said Cindy Altergott, YMCA executive director, “In order to keep the event safe for riders and patrons, the course requires volunteers at the corners and cross walks.”

The YMCA is seeking volunteers to fill several two to three- hour shifts. Anyone interested should contact Christine VanDyke at info@kenoshaymca.org or visit the website.

Food Folks & Spokes is presented by First American Bank and bolstered by sponsorship from Snap-on, Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Finish and Plating Service and many local businesses.

Proceeds support the YMCA’s Miracle League, Frank Neighborhood Project with Achievement Gap, Safety Around Water (free swim lessons for kids in need), the John and Judy Wavro program and membership scholarship program, and the new Livestrong at the YMCA (a program for cancer survivors).

Kids Lap for Livestrong

Each year the host organization provides a local event prior to the men’s pro race. McDonald’s on 52nd Street is sponsoring a community kid’s race which will lead the inaugural Lap for Livestrong.

Livestrong at the YMCA, provided at no cost to participants, is a 12-week nationally recognized program that helps cancer survivors reclaim their health and their lives. The Y completes the circle of support uniting or reuniting family, friends, health professionals and the community.

Walk or Run to support cancer survivors

A fun Walk or Run around the Food Folks & Spokes track will be held to support cancer survivors. Registrants receive a T-shirt and the cost for individuals is $10 and for families $25. Register online through the Kenosha YMCA website or the day of the event at the YMCA tent.

There also will be community information tents, a family fun zone, festival of food vendors, and the Snap-on Entertainment stage with free entertainment.

The evening culminates with pro cycling races and a free concert featuring the local band, Weird Science, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Visit www.kenoshaymca.org or call the Kenosha YMCA at 262-954-9622 for Food Folks & Spokes updates.

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