NEW PORT RICHEY — A group of some 33 volunteers at the Landings of St. Andrew wanted to share their spirit and camaraderie with the public, so they organized last weekend’s Health and Safety Fair.
The outdoor festival wound up moving indoors at the senior community because of the inclement weather, Kathryn Long, project administrative assistant at the Landings.
Weather inhibited the turnout somewhat, Long observed, yet 35 of 49 vendors still appeared for the event. The vendors lined the lobbies of three floors of the condos on Sea Forest Drive.
“Our residents said it was by far the best health fair we have ever had,” Long wrote in a summary after the health fair.
“Most of the vendors were happy and said they had plenty of leads and people who stopped to talk with them and that they appreciated the opportunity to do some networking,” Long added.
Jennifer Mosberg, a YMCA fitness instructor, led several Zumba demonstrations. Exercisers included Cat Tucker, Barbara Pelcher and Joy Garofalo.
Boy Scout Kaleb Cochran, 11, came to volunteer toward earning a health merit badge. He is with Troop 399 and attends Crews Lake Middle School. He helped mom Claire as they assisted Robert Wierman of Alzheimer’s Association in the Memory Mobile.
Christine Lopez, a YMCA active older adult coordinator, explained the many options of off-site senior programs that she supervises at the Landings and several other Silver Sneakers locations.
Sharon Owen, program director for Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Medical Center of Trinity, spoke with numerous attendees of the health fair.
Jaclyn Shedden, a family nurse practitioner, explained some options available at Advanced Healthcare Alternatives Inc. in downtown New Port Richey.
David Fishel, a Citizens Service Unit deputy, helped explain many volunteer programs at Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Coast Guard auxiliary members from Hudson showed the life jacket that many rescuers wear during missions, along with a slew of safety tips on the water.
Long enjoyed showing off granddaughter Adalyn Friedman, 5.
“She loves the events at the Landings,” Long said about Adalyn. “She calls them all parties.” Last year a disc jockey asked Adalyn to draw from raffle tickets to determine prize winners. She ended up drawing her own ticket for one of the prizes. “She was so proud of that gift basket. Ever since, she has been crazy about coming here to our events.”
Among volunteers was Irmgard Schmidt, Long pointed out. “She is from Germany originally but is now a real Floridian. She never says no to anything we ask her to do. What a great volunteer that makes her.”