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SEARHC hosts third annual sobriety picnic in Juneau

Posted: June 23, 2012 - 11:02pm

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Juneau Behavioral Health Clinic is hosting its third annual sobriety picnic on Tuesday afternoon, July 3, at Sandy Beach in Douglas.

There will be games, prizes and fun on the beach or at the softball fields during the afternoon, with the barbecue being fired up at 3 p.m. at the Sandy Beach picnic shelter (the shelter is reserved from noon to 8 p.m.). People can bring their favorite dishes to share, the more food the better. SEARHC Behavioral Health also will supply hot dogs, hamburgers and snacks, but people should bring side dishes, desserts and alcohol-free beverages.

“This event is going to be open to whomever is trying to stay sober on the holiday,” SEARHC Community Family Service Worker III Toni Weber said. “Knowing that this holiday is a difficult time for people not to drink, we want to provide a good place and people to be with to help them avoid drinking or using drugs.”

There will be lots of games for the kids, such as three-legged races, water balloon toss and other beach games. There will be sober fellowship for the adults, too. A Native drumming group also will be at the picnic. There will be a SEARHC banner hanging at the beach to help people find the group.

“Donations would be great, and the more community involvement the better,” Toni said. “We do plan on doing this for years to come. We had about 50 people the first year (2010), and last year the amount doubled to about 100 people, so we are anticipating a couple of hundred this year. Tlingít and Haida (the Central Council of Tlingít and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska) donated monies to help purchase gifts for the games for kids, and also for the countdown for multiple years of sobriety. We want to acknowledge them for their support in this event.”

For more information, contact Toni Weber at 463-6670 or by e-mail at toni.weber@searhc.org.

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