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Wood fired pizza, Yiddish & Balkan dance tunes, face painting, Clinic tours, and cake are just a few of the highlights when community residents join staff and volunteers at the Ithaca Health Alliance ‘s Free Clinic 10th Anniversary Celebration and Open House. The musical talents of Mel & Sol and Five2 will be featured, with sound equipment and engineering provided by Ithaca Underground. Other highlights are a History Tent, Children’s Tent, Volunteer’s Tent, and the ever-popular Meet Our Provider’s Tent.

The community is invited to attend the festivities on Wednesday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m. The Free Clinic is located at 521 West Seneca Street in Ithaca. Parking has been made available down the street at Planned Parenthood.

“The Clinic’s past and ongoing success is made possible by our dedicated volunteers and community support,” said Ithaca Health Alliance Executive Director Norb McCloskey. “Thousands of members of our community have found a pathway to health as a result of the services provided by the Free Clinic. There is much to celebrate and we hope you will come and join in the festivities.”

The repertoire of Mel & Sol (David Frumkin and Will Fudeman on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar) ranges from Yiddish and Balkan dance tunes to Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Lennon/McCartney, and the tango. Five2 is a striking female vocal trio with the lush, three-part harmonies of Uniit Carruyo, Charisse Lucente, and Yvette Lucente. Ithaca Underground is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose goal is to nurture a sustainable, all-ages (especially youth) supportive environment where music and art outside the mainstream are encouraged and able to flourish. Wood fired pizza, cooked on-site, provided by the world famous Rusty Oven! 

The Ithaca Health Alliance, founded in 1997, facilitates access to health care for all, with a focus on the needs of the uninsured. The agency operates three programs: the Ithaca Free Clinic, the Ithaca Health Fund, and Community Health Education.