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Asia Douglas, left, and her sister Angel, 16, sing during KrocFest 2014 at the Kroc Center in Suisun City, Saturday. KrocFest 2014 features a car show and a variety of fitness activities. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Kroc Center celebrates 2 years

By From page A5 | June 08, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Jamar Giddings’ girls left the Kroc Center with some works of art.

“I went to go paint,” said 7-year-old Kamani Giddings. “I made hearts, a sun and I painted my name.”

Kamani and her sister were among the many youngsters to take part in the variety of activities at the Kroc Center, Saturday.

The Salvation Army opened the 65,000-square-foot recreational facility two years ago and hosted its 2014 KrocFest to celebrate.

“It’s a celebration of our opening – our third-anniversary celebration,” said Capt. Vickie Harvey. “It’s to bring awareness to the center.”

KrocFest featured a Car and Motorcycle Show that included The Salvation Army’s own Volkswagen Beetle as well as vendors and live music. An Emergency Canteen, used to serve responders during disaster situations, offered free hot dogs and potato chips from its mobile kitchen.

“It was good. It had good stuff to eat,” said 7-year-old Tabatha Johnson, who is a member of The Salvation Army Sunbeam Troop and participates in the Kids Choir – part of the Kroc’s Music and Worship Arts Academy.

Her family had just spent some time in the gym, where Tabatha had her face painted and played a game of musical chairs.

“My brother was like, ‘time to go home,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not listening,’ ” she said.

More than 500,000 people have used the Kroc Center since it opened nearly two years ago, according to the Kroc Center’s website. The state-of-the art facility boasts an indoor pool complex and rock wall as well as a host of activities and classes for all ages.

“I like the community, I like the atmosphere,” said Jamar Giddings, of Suisun City. “There are a lot of great people teaching kids how to do things,” he said.

The Kroc Center is located at 586 E. Wigeon Way. Capt. Jonathan Harvey leads Worship at 10 a.m. Sundays.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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