The Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre connects families to services, programs and resources. With the generous sponsorships of Regional Councillor Jeff Knolls, Voortman and Panago, the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre hosted Kid-A-Palooza 2014 at the Halton Regional Centre on Bronte Road in Oakville. Kid-A-Palooza 2014’s purpose was to make the public aware of the opportunities, the services and the groups available; groups who are wanting to help the people in the Oakville community.
Kid-A-Palooza 2014 brought together a wide variety of Vendors who are relevant to young families throughout the Halton Region. In addition to the many Vendors, there was a full morning’s program that included children’s activities and performances and a YMCA exercise/dance class. Visitors had the opportunity to meet with several pre-schools and to learn where to go for learning resources, music, fitness, recreational activities, camps and arts programs. Jake was representing the Canadian Red Cross Emergency crew and felt that “Kid-A-Palooza 2014 is a great event. We are promoting emergency preparedness and are happy to be able to pass our safety message along to the Oakville community.”
The Kid’s Town cast was there to introduce themselves and to let visitors know how to watch them. Kid’s Town, produced by Jeff Knoll, is a new drama comedy, (a ‘dramedy’), a 12×12 minutes episodic series that is as much for adults as it is for kids. This exciting new show is available for viewing through the Kid’s Town web-site: www.kidstown.tv
The OPNC staff shared that, “The Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre began as a small group of 6 moms that started meeting in each other’s homes in November 1999 because they were feeling isolated and could not find any local programs.” Last year they supported 500 families and 700 children at the centre. They have an elected (October) board of directors that guide the programs based on community input. You will find their constitution and board descriptions here. “Some people think that because our name includes Oak Park that we only serve the Oak Park Community. The group began in Oak Park but today we serve families from all over Oakville.”
Did you know that….
• The Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre is a welcoming community of families supporting each other through diverse programs and resources, to build friendships, strengthen our children and create healthy neighbourhoods.
• The OPNC runs programs 5 days a week and provides affordable dance classes with free spaces for families in need?
• The OPNC provides free or affordable space to a number of local agencies and businesses to run family programming?
• The OPNC runs a Winter Warmth Program which covers the cost of utility bills for those under the threat of being cut off?
For more information about the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre Visit the OPNC at 2200 Sawgrass Drive, Oakville or call at 905-257-6029 or visit the web-site at www.opnc.ca
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