School will be in session Saturday for those who enjoy arts and crafts, food and live entertainment.
The third annual Art & Craft Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Stewart Alternative Elementary School, 40 E. Stewart Ave.
The event is being presented by the Stewart Parent-Teacher Organization and Southside STAY, which is an acronym for Standing Together to Advance Youth.
It is free and open to the public.
"The purpose, first of all, it's just a fun community event for the South Side," said Mike Alcock, chairman of Southside STAY's board of directors.
More than 25 vendors will be selling a variety of goods, including custom-made jewelry, home accessories, soaps, dolls and purses.
The market will serve as a fundraiser for the Stewart PTO, which will sell doughnuts to help pay for classroom projects.
Food vendors include Willowbeez Soulveg, specializing in vegan soul food; Community Grounds, selling coffee and tea; and Bubbles Tea & Juice Co., offering teas, juices, bubble tea and smoothies.
Transit Arts, an outfit that provides youth arts programming, will perform from 10:30 to 11:15 p.m. The performance will include DJs, hip-hop dance groups and musicians.
There also will be inflatable amusements and some hands-on arts activities for kids and families, Alcock said.
Stewart Principal James Eslinger and several staff members will lead guided tours of the school.
Members of Southside STAY also will be available to talk to residents about proposed changes in enrollment, facilities and attendance boundaries in the South Side feeder system being considered by Columbus City Schools, said Ken Flower, a STAY board member.
"We're definitely going to use this event to make sure people know about it, that they're informed and if they have concerns, how to share those," Flower said.