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The Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District is excited to welcome the Downtown Auburn Saturday Market at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 26. The market will feature live music, farmers, artisans, food trucks, children’s activities and much more.

Market vendors will be: Zera Farm, Dick and Maddie’s Just Desserts, Boo Radley’s Garden, Finger Lakes Kombucha Co., Moonflower Macarons, the Taste of Honey (specializing in Caribbean, Spanish and soul food), Oma Nonna Heirloom Cookies, Em’s Rolls, What the Wick Candles, Everything Greener Home and Health Solutions, Octane Social House and Flags R' Us.

Activities include yoga on the lawn with Christine Bartolotta of Sky Yoga and Wellness from 10 to 11 a.m. All ages are welcome, no experience or yoga mat required, and it's free.

Join us on June 15 for Auburn’s Juneteenth celebration!

An African drumming circle led by Quadir Muntaqim will kick off the event from 11 a.m. to noon. Members of the public are invited to bring their own drums and participate. At noon, Auburn Mayor Michael Quill will issue a proclamation declaring June 15, 2019, as Juneteenth in Auburn, and the Juneteenth flag will be raised. This will be followed by remarks from the Rev. Paul G. Carter of the Harriet Tubman Home about the history of Juneteenth, and comments from the Rev. Patrick Heery and Deacon Shavonn Lynch of Westminster Presbyterian Church about the importance of all Americans remembering this holiday and continuing to work for social justice. Rounding out the hour will be entertainment by the Auburn Community Choir and Flock of Free Range Children. At 1 p.m., SingTrece and Kenneth McLaurin of Ithaca will perform music that will include an original piece about Juneteenth combining spoken word and song. The event will wrap up with the Unity Street Band from 1:45 to 2 p.m. Traditional Juneteenth treats, strawberry soda and red velvet cupcakes from Eat More Sweets in Marcellus, will be provided by Celebrate! Diverse Auburn. Children’s activities will be found on the heritage center’s back lawn. In case of rain, this event will be held inside the center.

On June 22, the city of Auburn’s fourth annual Sizzlin' Summer Kickoff will begin with the “Lets Chalk About it Again!” sidewalk art competition happening on the sidewalks around the Equal Rights Heritage Center grounds. The musical lineup for the event includes Honky Tonk Hindooz performing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the center.

An LGBTQ+ Pride Rainbow Rally will take place on June 29 with the Downtown Auburn Saturday Market and Stonewall 50 LGBTQ+ Pride Rally at the heritage center with a live painting by artist Blake Chamberlain. At 3 p.m. there will be a free forum on parents supporting LGBTQ+ children, "Following Our Rainbow," at the Cayuga Museum Carriage House Theater. And at 8 p.m. there will be an Auburn Pride 2019 Drag Show and DJ Dance Party at Auburn Public Theater, which will cost $8 at the door.

The heritage center also welcomes artist-in-residence Blake Chamberlain on display there and various historic and cultural sites in downtown Auburn through June 30.

It is an exciting and fun time of year in downtown Auburn, so join us — I guarantee a great time will be had by all. Until next time, have a terrific and productive month. Shop and dine locally, as your support will ensure success for all.

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Stephanie DeVito is the executive director of the Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). For more information, call (315) 252-7874, visit auburndowntown.org or visit the office, 128 Genesee St., Auburn.

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