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Substance-Free Family Day Set for September 15th

New Britain’s 15th Annual Substance-Free Family Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 at Walnut Hill Park and this year promises to be filled with lots of food, fun and entertainment.

Mayor Timothy E. O’Brien who will be delivering a proclamation at the event, stated “New Britain’s Substance-Free Family Day is a great way for the whole family to have fun and enjoy the festivities in a safe and supportive environment. I encourage everyone to come to Walnut Hill Park on Saturday, September 15th to take advantage of all the activities we have planned. There will be plenty of food, fun, music and dancing all afternoon. Bring your children and come to New Britain’s 15th Annual Substance Free Family Day.”

“The community has come together to help make our Substance-Free Family Day a reality. We have been working since April to make sure that this is one of the best Family Day events we have ever had”, commented Christopher Montes, director of the City’s Community Services Department and head of Youth & Family Services for the City of New Britain. “We are deeply committed to celebrating the family in an atmosphere that promotes positive decision making regarding substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. Family Day will be hosted at Walnut Hill Park, which is the perfect setting for such an event,” he added.

Currently over 20 different service organizations are participating in presenting activities that include moon bounce, ‘kiddie’ trains, carnival games and craft activities for children and the entire family. In addition, there will be performances in the concert shell throughout the event that include the Yousef Tae Kwan Do School, clowns, and great music from the band “Two Piece Suit”. New Britain Fire Department is slated to bring trucks and conduct and fire safety demonstrations in their “smoke-house”; there will also be participation from New Britain’s Police Department, Health Department, State of Connecticut Department of Corrections, and State Police.

Stage entertainment at the event is free; though, to help cover expenses, inflatable activities will require purchase of an “all day – all activities” wristband pass for $3. The wristbands will be available for purchase at the event. Additionally, multiple lunch items will be available at the event for a very low cost, as the event is meant to be as little financial impact to families as possible. “We really want all of New Britain to be able to enjoy’substance-Free Family Day’, so we tried very hard to make the event affordable for everyone,” remarked Montes.

Funded in part by the Substance Abuse Action Council of Central Connecticut and Wheeler Clinic’s Promising Starts Project LAUNCH,’substance-Free Family Day’ will be held from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16. For information about the event contact New Britain Youth & Family Services at 860-826-3366.