Health festival comes to Strand Theatre on Saturday

The Uphams Corner Health Center Health Festival will be held at the Strand Theatre on Columbia Road in Dorchester on Saturday. A staple of the community, the festival this year celebrates 25 years of putting on the fair at no cost to community members. 

The event will feature live music by Gerason Band, a popular community Cape Verde musical act, festivities like face-painting and clown performances, as well as health screenings and a flu clinic.

Inside the Strand Theatre’s Hall of Mirrors, there will be community groups in addition to the health center departments, offering information, giveaways, and raffles. Previous years have seen over five hundred people in attendance, and this year the fair is hoping to reach even more members of the community.

“The health festival is always a big community draw,” said Uphams Corner Health Center CEO, Edward Grimes. “We try to reach residents who may be new to the area and searching for health care services right in their neighborhood.”

The event will have donations and raffles from companies and organizations across the Boston area. A long time donor, Ben and Jerry’s, will be present to scoop up creamy goodness to attendees. Other donors include the Boston Red Sox, ImprovBoston, and Boston By Foot. The event is sponsored by Uphams Corner Health Center, Boston Medical Center, and Stop ‘n Shop.