Midtown: Community

Health fair offers resources for special needs kids

At first glance, the Brooks Avenue Church of Christ First Annual Health and Safety Fun Fair will look like any other church festival. There will be plenty of refreshments, a bounce house for the kids, and face painters. But while organizers hope families and children have plenty of fun, the main goal is to help connect families with special needs children to the many community resources in the area.

More than 40 vendors will be available, including North Carolina Assistive Technology and Simply Home, which helps families create accessible living spaces. Local agencies, including ARC and Family Support Network, will also be on hand with information and ideas.

“It’s a fun way to get really valuable information. We are trying to pull all of the amazing resources in this town,” said Melinda Oldham, coordinator for the special needs ministry at Brooks. “There are so many great resources, and sometimes the only way you find the resources is by stumbling upon them so we want to make it as easy as possible for families.”

The Health and Safety Fair is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the church, 700 Brooks Ave., Raleigh. The event is free, and donations will be accepted for the church’s annual special needs carnival.

Many different first responders will also be at the fair to show the kids their vehicles, including fire trucks, police cars and rescue vehicles. “It’s important for the kids to get to meet police officers and fire fighters. We want the kids to get used to going and talking with them so they are comfortable in case of emergency,” Oldham said.

Brooks Avenue Church of Christ has a very active special needs ministry, and church leaders saw the need for a Health and Safety Fun Fair after the success of their annual special needs carnival each spring. “We have made a lot of community contacts through the carnival and we want to invite all the families that have come from the carnival and share resources,” Oldham said.

For information, visit www.Brooks.org and or call 919-821-2400.

Coffeehouse for special needs adults

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is having its monthly coffeehouse for special needs adults from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. During the event, attendees will socialize and enjoy refreshments along with listening to the Christian band “When Forever Comes.” Coffeehouse is a joint effort with other local churches, and transportation is available. For information, call 919-848-1573 or cindybdavis@gmail.com.

High Holy Day worship

Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community is celebrating the High Holy Days beginning with a Selichot social, study and worship event at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh. Please RSVP to rsvp@yavneh-raleigh.org. Yavneh has a variety of events for the High Holy Days over the next few weeks; the schedule is posted at www.yavneh-raleigh.org.

Windborne UMC Stop Hunger Now

The community is invited to help Windborne United Methodist Church package food for Stop Hunger Now from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, at the church, 9121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The church hopes to package 10,000 meals for the international hunger relief organization and donations will be accepted for supplies. For more information call 919-386-0212 or visit www.windborneumc.org.

Community fun day

Swift Creek Baptist Church is having its annual Community Fun Day on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the church, 9300 Penny Road, Raleigh. The day includes free hot dogs, sodas, pop corn, snow cones, bounce houses, face painting, pony rides and balloon animals. For more information, call 919-851-0112

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