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Pennington Street Block Party Puts Youth Center Stage on April 11

Block Party City High School invites the Tucson community to the 6th annual Pennington Street Block Party on Friday, April 11 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Join us as we launch Global Youth Service Day in Southern Arizona with a lively downtown street party!

Pennington Street will be closed from Stone to Scott to create a festive and family-friendly environment. Enjoy live music, dramatic performances, art installations, food trucks, games and jumping castle, and dozens of interactive booths with activities and exhibits for all ages. Join in the fun as young people engage and entertain the crowds with their skills, knowledge, and talent.

In addition to City High School students and staff, exhibitors and performers include youth and adults from 40 different arts, fitness, and education organizations. For a complete list of participants, visit

This year we welcome Mayor Jonathan Rothschild who will present the Ray Davies Student Service Award to kick off the event at 4:00 p.m. We will also mark City High School’s 10th birthday with a cupcake celebration at 5:30 p.m.

Test-drive a robot … Record your family’s stories … Enjoy scenes from “Grease” … Build a boat … Play in the Gaga ball pit … Build a worm bin … Hang in a parklet … Conduct experiments … Get info on what to do with household hazardous waste … Ride a bike … Grab a bite … Sing happy birthday … Celebrate student service … Become a teen attorney … Make art … Buy art … Listen to live music … Check out solar energy in action … Watch karate and yoga demos … Learn more about the Sonoran Desert … Experience the border … See chemistry in motion … Meet a therapy dog … Make a book … Draw a self portrait … Get silly with skits … Play arcades … Commit to kindness … Find out about volunteer opportunities… Meet young people who want to share what they know and can do with you … Join us at the Block Party on April 11.

The Pennington Street Block Party is hosted by City High School, with generous support from our 2014 sponsors: Zócalo Magazine, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Madden Media, UA Downtown, Sustainable City Project, Paulo Freire Freedom School, Jewish Human Relations Council, Reilly’s Craft Pizza, KXCI Community Radio, the Drachman Institute and Tucson Service Learning Group.


 City High School is a small public charter school with a focus on civic engagement located in downtown Tucson since 2004. Learn more:

Global Youth Service Day is an international event established in 1988 that mobilizes millions of youth to positively impact their community. The Pennington Street Block Party is a signature event for GYSD in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Learn more:

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Event & Press Release Contact: Carrie Brennan, City High School Principal/Executive Director,, office 623-7223 x203, cell 250-5201

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