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Kroc Center mixes friends, family for Framily day

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Elisha Salandanan paints the face of William Mapas during the Framily Fun Expo held at the Kroc Center in Suisun City, Saturday. Various vendors were on hand at the expo as well as live music, arts and crafts activities and bounce houses. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | March 30, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — Despite a full – and soaked – parking lot, hundreds of family members and friends made their way to the Kroc Center for its first-ever Framily Fun Expo.

Suisun City’s state-of-the-art community center greeted children with a pair of bounce houses and activities, while adults found vendors distributing Tupperware, Mary Kay makeup and It Works body wraps. The house band Blood and Fire played reggae in the lounge, where TV sets showed college basketball highlights and the cafe sold healthy wraps and shakes.

“It’s been busy . . . , ” said customer service representative Amanda Garcia, who also teaches ballet at the center. “There’s no parking.”

Children had their run of the basketball gym, where a particularly long line of boys and girls formed for face-painting. Crafts such as glittery masks, crepe paper jelly fish and beaded lanyards tempted the inner artist.

A face-painted Kaitlin Isom was having “a lot of fun.” The girl was celebrating her sixth birthday at the expo.

“I went in these two jumpy houses,” she said.

Her mom, Lisa Hansen, said the Suisun City family regularly visits the Kroc Center for its indoor swimming and Child Watch programs. She brought six of her seven children to Saturday’s expo so they could do what they want: Have fun.

“The kids got to do a lot of stuff,” she said.

Salvation Army Captain Jonathan Harvey estimated 500 to 1,000 people attended the expo in the gym, while about 200 participated in the final workshop of a four-week Mini-Medical School series in the auditorium.

“We’ve had an amazing turnout today,” he said. “It’s been really fantastic.”

Harvey said the “kids were having a great time” and the adults were taking advantage of the shopping.

“It’s all about providing some activities for the family to come and just enjoy being a family,” he said. “I don’t think we do that nearly enough.”

Upcoming at the Kroc Center

Open Mic, 6-8 p.m. April 17. Guitar players, keyboardists, folk singers, rockers, poets and musicians of all skill levels can showcase their talent on the soundstage. Info: diana.holokahi@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Easter Egg Hunt, 12:30 p.m. April 20, at Hall Park behind Kroc Center. Candy and 100 prize eggs, free community barbecue and bounce houses.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or aharris@dailyrepublic.net. 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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