New Year Opportunities

Contributed by Brandi Fitch

At the start of the new year, everyone is driven to start fresh or embrace new opportunities. January offers many free events throughout Franklin County that can encourage you to try something new.

Below are several FREE events/classes taking place during the month of January:

GetFitNow Classes: WellSpan Health offers a five-week program to help individuals develop a healthier lifestyle by using a combination of FitBit technology and supportive group sessions. Learn tips on meal planning, grocery shopping, and how to maintain positive diet and lifestyle changes.  Find more information and register for classes in both Waynesboro and Chambersburg here.

Community Garden Workshop: Healthy Franklin County and Wilson College are hosting a Community Garden Workshop on permaculture through a guest speaker, a panel discussion on land restoration and breakout sessions. Topics include: Seasonal Planting/Winter Sowing; Composting - Scrap It, Plant It; and Pollinator Gardens. Lincoln Smith, Founder of Forested, Creative Ecology will be guest speaker at the workshop.

What is Permaculture? Permaculture is a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, buildings, people and community.

Please note that this FREE event will take place on Saturday, February 1st. Register here.

Martin Luther King Day of Service: The MLK Day of Service will take place on January 20th from 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in Chambersburg. This event is open to the community and will include a commemorative breakfast with keynote speakers, over 100 volunteer service slots with local non-profits (first come, first serve), educational workshops and roundtables, and a luncheon, which will feature keynote speaker Dr. Linda Thomas Worthy.

Be sure to register here by January 3rd for this event.

Strengthening Families: The FREE Strengthening Families seven-week Program in Greencastle will begin on Tuesday, January 14th at 5:30pm. Targeted towards parents and youth 10-14, this program focuses on strengthening parent/youth communication, increasing academic success in youth, and preventing violence and aggressive behavior at home and in school. Register here.

CFAR-Waynesboro Running Group: CFAR is open to all runners, regardless of age, ability, and experience. Anyone interested in participating is able to show up at locations for weekly events. A weekly run schedule, which includes information about the CRAW-Community Running and Walking Group, can be found here.

Additional free events can be found on the Healthy Franklin County Events Page. Happy New Year!