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The Springfield Sister Cities Association and the Friends of the Garden open the new Peace Through People Pavilion with a free concert Saturday, Oct. 15, 4-6 p.m. at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield. Jalisco, Mexico-based singer-songwriter Sheila Rios, accompanied by Fernando Quintana, will perform in the inaugural event at the outdoor amphitheater. The event highlights several days of activity within the Springfield Sister Cities Association, which is hosting delegations from Sister Cities Tlaquapaque, Jalisco, Mexico, and Isesaki, Japan. The concert is free and open to the public. Concert goers are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. The Springfield Sister Cities Association, Friends of the Garden and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board partnered to build the Peace Through People Pavilion this summer, just east of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, in the Dogwood Garden. The pavilion includes a covered band shell powered for stage lighting and amplified sound, with the stage facing a landscaped open-air amphitheater. Capacity is about 500 patrons, using lawn chairs or blankets on grass. The pavilion is designed for special events hosted by Sister Cities and Friends of the Garden, as well as available for community reservations via the Park Board. The Peace Through People Pavilion’s name reflects the mission and goals of the Springfield Sister Cities Association: to advance awareness and understanding of many cultures, particularly through avenues such as performance, art and music. A formal dedication of the pavilion is planned for April 22, 2017. The pavilion project is funded entirely by private donations through the Springfield Sister Cities Association and Friends of the Garden, Conco Companies and a $5,000 grant administered by the Springfield Regional Arts Council on behalf of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. In addition, the Tom and Kay Finnie Endowment Fund has been established at the CFO for long-term maintenance of the project. The Springfield-Greene County Park Board is providing in-kind services. Springfield-based Butler, Rosenbury & Partners is the architect for the project. Frank Zanaboni of FrankZ Landscaping is the landscape architect working with Dennis McMan, senior parks planner for the Park Board. General Contractor is Nesbitt Construction. A rendering of the Peace Through People Pavilion is available at peacethroughpeople.org/pavilion For more information on the concert, call the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, at 417-891-1515 (press 0 for operator). For media inquiries, contact: Cindy Jobe, SSCA Executive Director, at 417-864-1341, or email Cindy Jobe; or Lisa Bakerink, Friends of the Garden Executive Director, at 417-763-0415; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (desk) or 417-224-5510 (mobile) or email Jenny Edwards. Photo: Contractors with Nesbitt Construction work to complete the new Peace Through People Pavilion at Springfield Botanical Gardens.