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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 3, 2012

Mayor to visit Club KC tonight as program tops 5,000participants

Popular summer program to end withSly’s Rock the Block celebration Aug. 18

Club KC, part of Kansas City's Mayor's Nights youth activity program, is expected to surpass 5,000 participants in this, its seventh weekend. The program, created with the input of scores of Kansas City youth, has helped keep thousands safe and off the streets this summer.

“As it turns out, if you listen to young people and take their suggestions and then get out of the way, great things can happen,” said Mayor Sly James. “We have had a summer ofrelative calm and at the same time let kids be kids. Listening has paidoff. Our community centers are full late into the night and young people are having a great time. Hundreds are lining up each weekend at Club KC to dance, swim and play — safely.”

Club KC continues tonight and the Mayor will stop by the Brush Creek Community Center as the doors open at 7:30 p.m. Information on all of the Club KC sites and Mayor's Nights programs can be found online at www.kcmo.org/clubkc.

To celebrate the conclusion of a fun and safe summer, the City of Kansas City, Mo., invites the public to Sly’s Rock the Block on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 4 p.m. to midnight on the Troost Avenue Bridge, between 47th Terrace and Volker Boulevard.

Sly's Rock the Block is afree event featuring family-friendly attractions during the day, including face painting, inflatables and information booths. Food will be served from 5:30-7:30 p.m. “America’s Got Talent” finalists Maurice and Shanice Hayes will make a guest appearance, and the Hearts of Darkness Band will provide entertainment.

In the evening, the final Club KC of the summer will take place for youth in middle school and high school. Club KC will feature a live DJ and dancing on the bridge. Security will be provided.

Residents interested in volunteering at Sly’s Rock the Block may contact Darius Jackson at darius.jackson@kcmo.org.

For more information or media inquiries regarding Club KC or Sly’s Rock the Block, please contact Roosevelt Lyons, Special Assistant – Community Affairs in the Office of the Mayor, at 816-513-6576.

Club KC continues tonight and the Mayor will stop by the Brush Creek Community Center as the doors open at 7:30 p.m. Information on all the sites and Mayor's Nights programs can be found atwww.kcmo.org/clubkc.

Read Chief Forte’s comments on the program's success:http://kcpdchief.blogspot.com/2012/08/citys-youth-programming-brings-peace-to.html.

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