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June 10, 2009 > LOV's circus returns to Newark

LOV's circus returns to Newark

By Meenu Gupta

It might be a difficult economic period but the Tri-Cities League of Volunteers (LOV) is coming to the rescue with fun-filled afternoons and evenings. Clowns, jugglers, high wire acrobatics, trapeze artists and the motorcycle globe of death are just a few of the attractions of this star-studded circus.

Newark City Council members voted unanimously to grant a conditional use permit and a planned unit development to host the American Crown Circus and waive the application fee. The circus will be at Newark Junior High School from June 19 through June 22.

American Crown Circus is "a one-ring circus - no animals are involved - with spectacular acts, lighting, and music," said Shirley Sisk, founder of the non-profit LOV.

The applicant requested nine 75-minute shows beginning Friday, June 19 and ending Monday, June 22. According to City staff, the big top will be located at the southern end of the field so that it is 290 ft away from Madeline Drive residences on the northern edge of the school property. Nearby residents were notified but neither the Planning Commission nor LOV received any objections.

All loud speakers must be placed inside the tent. An outdoor midway is not permitted which means everything to be sold, including food, will be found inside the tent. Finally circus personnel are required to ensure patrons use the school parking lot and assist in directing traffic in and out of the lot.

LOV will use the funds raised from the circus for their Summer Recreation in the Parks program that provides games, crafts, and special guest days for children 5-12 years old. The proposed project involves minor temporary use of land with negligible or no permanent effects on the environment.

"This tent seats 700. It's small but the acts are terrific, lots of funs and very affordable for families," Sisk told the Council.

American Crown Circus
Friday, June 19 - Monday, June 22
Friday, Saturday, Monday: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 4 pm, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Newark Jr. High School
6201 Lafayette Avenue, Newark
(510) 793-5683

Adults: $15 for adults (13 and above)
Advance ticket reservations qualify for a $3 discount.

Every adult ticket includes entrance for two children under 12 years. Tickets are good for any performance.

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