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A festival for kids and adults with disabilities is coming to the Tri-Counties

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Make 'm Smile SoCal is celebrating kids and adults with disabilities and will be hosted on Saturday, August 27th at America's Teaching Zoo in Moorpark, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The inaugural Make ‘m Smile festival aims to bring a day of celebration to an underserved community.

It’s billed as the biggest party and being hosted by Nathanial’s Hope — a non-profit which helps to bring a respite care program for kids in Ventura County with special needs and their siblings.

It’s the first time for the Make ‘m Smile Festival at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark.

"We are celebrating kids and adults with special needs in our community," Mara Rodriguez, the zoo’s development coordinator, told KCLU.

"We are proud to bring awareness to the many things this population deals with and at the same time bring them... entertaining them... and making them feel special," she said.

It takes place on Saturday August 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.