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Second Growth Hosts Festival Of Youth Art, Music, Poetry

White River Junction — Organizers are billing a free arts festival next weekend as “a substance-free celebration of young adult creativity.” The Spring Break Arts and Music Fest is set for Saturday from 4-10 p.m. at the Wilder Center, 2087 Hartford Ave. The date, April 20, is no accident.

The number 420 has become slang for smoking marijuana, and April 20 can be a tough day for young people trying to toe the line, organizers said in a news release last week. The sponsors “are providing a safe and healthy environment for young adults that want to stay clean and be productive on a day that is historically known as a day of heavy substance use.” The family friendly festival will feature the artwork, music and poetry of dozens of local residents ages 14-30.

It is sponsored by Second Growth, along with The Junction Teen Life Skills Center, Clara Martin Center, the Youth Managed Cafe and the Youth in Transition Grant.

For more information, go to www.secondgrowth.org.

— Staff report