First are the free workshops beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. Activities will focus on improving job searches, a Mini-Health Fair, Relaxation Therapy, Community Safety, Education focus group, Teen focus group, Face-Painting and Children’s Art Show. Food will also be available throughout the day. All events are free and open to the public.
"More than a dozen groups and individuals will be presenting information on job training, education, and health issues, as well as focus group sessions for community,” workshop chair Karen Bentley said.
Participants include ARCS, Cincinnatus Association, Elemental OM, Empowering Connections, Empowering Education Consultation and Systems Support Services, Exceed with Purpose, Help Me Grow, H&R Block, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County, Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Community Services-Lebanon Food Pantry, New Housing Ohio, Stand for Peace, Sentry Insurance, Village Eye Care, Warren County Career Center, Warren County Educational Service Center, and Workforce One.
The day will culminate with an ecumenical service at 6 p.m. featuring a community choir directed by Steven Haines of Wilmington College and The Messengers of Hope Choir from Middletown A.M.E. Church.
Jay Mills, program coordinator, said, “We have always had choirs provide music for the MLK celebration, but this is our first community choir event, and we look forward to having many community members participate.”
Sponsors include Bethel AME Church, Bethany United Church of Christ, and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church as well as the Praise and Worship Center. Steering committee members are Karen Bentley, Jean Benning, Mayor Amy Brewer, Georgia Dunn, Wayne Dunn, Barb Hobe, Sam Ison, Jay Mills, Tracie Mills, Karen Schaeffer, Alyne Scott, and John Wright.
For more information about any of the events, call (513) 304-9932.