Service and celebration to hit U.S. city

By February 10, 2011

USA (MNN) — Service and the Gospel is heading to the state of Arizona to share love and hope to Americans in the southern state.

Luis Palau Festivals–the free, family-friendly celebrations which have drawn over 8 million people since 1999 from south Florida to South America–are bringing Arizona CityFest with Luis Palau to Tempe Town Lake on Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20. Activities are scheduled from 1:00PM to 10:00 PM, and admission is FREE.

Arizona CityFest will showcase an eclectic musical mix, from hip-hop to rock (TobyMac and Skillet), country to gospel (The Band Perry and Israel Houghton), and Latin pop to praise music (Marisol and Phil Wickham). Action sports demos will feature top pro/am athletes from the extreme sports of skateboarding, freestyle motocross, and BMX biking. Video superstars Bob & Larry from the VeggieTales video series will host a massive Family Fun Zone.

A multicultural stage will feature diverse entertainment representing the region's many cultures, and a special program in Spanish is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Also on Saturday, March 19, a Community Resource Fair will offer free services in the areas of health care, housing, jobs, and food/nutrition. The Fair is a partnership with CityFest, the Collaboration for a New Century, valley-area service agencies and churches, under the banner "Season of Service." By CityFest weekend, tens of thousands of volunteers are expected to have served in hundreds of Season of Service projects focused on homelessness, hunger, schools, neighborhood revitalization, and families in need.

Since 1999, Palau festival events have changed the face of contemporary faith celebrations around the world ( Recent festivals have attracted massive crowds, including 900,000 in Buenos Aires, 250,000 in Houston, and 300,000 in Fort Lauderdale. On September 11, 2010, more than 50,000 attended a one-day CityFest in San Diego.

The Oregon-based Luis Palau Association has brought a message of hope to more than a billion people through radio, television, the Internet, books and articles, including 25 million people face-to-face in 73 countries. Palau's daily radio broadcasts are heard by tens of millions of listeners on 3000+ stations in 48 countries. He is the author of close to 50 books, and his counsel on issues of faith has been shared with political leaders and heads of state around the world.


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