Community Action Day offering variety

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2005

Saturday's Community Action Day will mark the 40th anniversary for the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization.

Though it has grown to include four sites and a variety of offerings, it started as something much smaller, said Executive Director D.R. Gossett.

"Our original intention was to hold an event that promoted our housing management program and inform the community about available housing for the low-income in the area," Gossett said.

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"We decided to recognize our 40th anniversary on the same day in conjunction with National Community Action Month. Our Head Start program is also celebrating its 40th year of operation, so it was natural to highlight that group as well."

The CAO will provide information about each of its thirteen programs, Gossett said.

"Additionally, we will be providing entertainment, tours, and free food at several different sites. We have tried to have something for everyone. We believe it is useful for the community to see what our Community Action is all about."

Activites will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The four locations will be:

The Ironton Hills Shopping Center: Events include petting zoo, live entertainment, photos with Head Start mascot, information tables and a "cruise-in."

Storms Creek Apartments open house: Attractions include a remote radio broadcast, a fire truck, soccer/basketball camps, cook out, a clown, face-painting, tattoos and more.

The CAO main office: The former home of Ironton founder John Campbell will feature historical tours and characters, barbershop quartet, an ice-cream social.

Park Avenue Apartments: The home of the Ironton Senior Center. Events will include an open house, historical tours, refreshments, live entertainment, health screenings, patient education and more.