If you were planning on spending Saturday afternoon (Sept. 12) at the Sankofa Marketplace in the Lower 9th Ward, you’ll have to take a rain check — but only for a week. The Marketplace (5500 St. Claude Ave.) at the Corner of Caffin and St. Claude avenues has postponed its monthly farmers market and a special school-supplies giveaway until next Saturday (Sept. 19) because of forecasts of inclement weather.

The marketplace will be open next Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with fresh produce, Louisiana shrimp, crafts, artist demonstrations and music from DJ Ro of radio station Q93 (WQUE-FM).

Children can pick up a book bag and notebooks, journals, paper, folders, erasers, rulers and other school supplies, then enjoy activities including print-making, face painting, coloring, playing with hula hoops and other games.

The school-supply giveaway was made possible by local businesses including Mickie Bee’s Lounge, H&R Block, House of Dance & Feathers and dentist Dr. Kendall P. Parker; the All Souls Episcopal Church & Community Center; and community groups such as the Healthy Heart Prevention Project, Big 9 Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Lower 9th Ward Lady Divas, Lower 9th Ward Steppers and the Original Lower 9th Ward Ladies.

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