Healthy Youth fair welcomes community

Island County young people and their supporters can learn how to stay healthy while having fun and doing interesting things Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Library.

The Island County Children’s Commission, the Sno-Isle Libraries and the Underage Drinking Action Committee of Island County Human Services invites community members of all ages to attend the second Island County Healthy Youth and Community Fair.

All workshops are free of charge, and delicious, healthy snacks will also be offered at no cost.

Following two successful yearly Town Hall community discussions of the problems associated with underage drinking in Island County, the Underage Drinking Action Committee decided to focus on solutions. Last May, the first Healthy Youth and Community Fair was implemented to explore choosing healthy lifestyles, as one solution to the underage drinking issue. It was held in Langley, and was intended to demonstrate to local youth that there are a multitude of things to do, and ways to live, in Island County that do not include use of alcohol. That event was quite successful, and the UDAC is teaming up with other sponsors to re-create it in other locations county-wide.

On Nov. 15 in Oak Harbor, Healthy Youth and Community Fair II will be held as a means to reach youth on the north end of Whidbey with the same message of choosing healthy lifestyles.

The fair will offer workshops in a wide variety of areas, including: Drumming, Yoga, Martial Arts, Water Color Painting Classes, Aikido, Storytelling, Sailing, playing and making the Australian Didgeridoo, and much more. There will also be booths representing local organizations.

For more information on the Healthy Youth and Community Fair, or to volunteer please contact Dan Bond 678-7884.

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