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Mind, Body & Soul expo coming to Penn Park
April Collier wants you to relax. Seriously, she says: Chill out, York City.
That's one of the main points of her upcoming two-day weekend event, the Mind, Body & Soul Fitness & Education Expo, which will take place 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, in Penn Park in York City.
"Hopefully, what people get out of it is rest," said Collier, who is one of the main organizers of the event.
Rest, and good feeling. The idea, she said, is for the city and its residents to "hit the reset button" — settle themselves, look around and then start again from a more peaceful place.
She compared it to a big family reunion with music, food and games. Following with that metaphor, family is something she said York City needs. She said many children in the city who don't get enough support or familial contact from home end up seeking it somewhere else.
"They have to find that type of contact on the street," said Collier, who mentors kids at the Voni Grimes Gym.
So this event is for the whole family, but it's in large part aimed at getting people together to help children. She and Erika Garcia, who helped organize the event, ask that people bring donations of clothing and nonperishable food for kids.
The expo is free to attend, and various Yorkers have volunteered to teach classes about topics they're passionate about. For example, Collier said, local yoga teacher Jackie Dahlheimer will be giving a yoga class for anyone who brings a yoga mat.
"We teach kids what we love, hoping to give them something they love," said Collier, who used to run the G's Jook Joint restaurant on East Princess Street. For $10, she'll be providing brunch.
The activities and entertainment schedules for both 10-hour days are pretty full. Performing on stage will be musical acts in genres such as R&B, indie and gospel, and the activities slate features basketball, chess and art. The activities are split into three sections: mind, body and soul, as the expo's name goes. Collier said people need to be healthy and active in all three areas.
Garcia said the organizers aim to keep having this event in future years. They're hoping to get a good turnout this time, in both number of people and engagement.
"Come meet somebody you haven't met," Collier said.