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El Portal on Saturday to hold its first village art fair

El Portal will get artistic, as the village hosts its inaugural Art Fair from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Residents and others are invited to the first El Portal Art Fair from noon to 6 p.m. April 18 on the parking lot of the old Radar Church, 205 NE 87th St.

The free event will be hosted by El Portal and the El Portal Mayor's Task Force, which consists of village residents. It is an opportunity to come together, El Portal Mayor Claudia Cubillos said.

“Everytime we have an event I meet new residents or I see a resident I haven’t seen in a long time or a resident I haven’t met,” said Cubillos, who started the Mayor’s Task Force a few weeks ago.

“These events are effective because they brings us close,” she said. “It brings a sense of comradery.”

For those interested in a good meal, food trucks including Organic Blends and Empanada Truck will be on board. Several local artists and exhibitors will be offering their work for purchase.

Event chair Vimari Roman says events like these inspire residents to be active in the community.

“I am also very passionate about the arts, food and music and being able to put together an event that has all three feels amazing,” she said. “This event has definitely inspired me to be more involved and do more and I certainly hope it does the same for many other residents.”

For entertainment, a local school band will get the crowd on their feet and dance. LiVE! Modern School of Music in North Miami will bring three of their performance groups to perform live.

Cubillos said about 20 exhibitors are particiating and that there are plans to hold the art fair every year. The fair should pay for itself, thanks to exhibitors and sponsors, she said.

“We actually encourage and would love to showcase and welcome people from all over South Florida to come and visit our beautiful village and meet our wonderful residents,” she said.

For more information, contact mtfelportal@gmail.com.

If you go

What: El Portal Art Fair

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18

Where: 205 NE 87th St., on the old Radar church parking lot

For more information: Contact mtfelportal@gmail.com.

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