Holistic Wellness Fair coming to the Libro Centre May 7



By Ron Giofu


Wellness will be promoted early next month thanks to a new event coming to Amherstburg.

The first-ever Holistic Wellness Fair will be held at the Libro Centre May 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with organizer Holly Harris saying it is geared to wellness, nutrition and relaxation.

Mini-massage will be performed by students from Canadian College with mini-manicures being performed by estheticians from St. Clair College. There will be also a number of demonstrations happening as well.

“I have over 40 vendors,” Harris added. “It’s a whole gamut of holistic and wellness. Three’s all kinds of different things.”

Wellness Fair

Harris said she is hopeful the Holistic Wellness Fair will draw upwards of 350 people or more. It will take place all over the main level of the Libro Centre.

If people aren’t spiritual, they can still come by and talk about wellness and view the demonstrations and vendors, she added.

Harris said she has been getting strong support and is looking forward to the event.

“I’m excited,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect.”

The event will feature Reiki, reflexologists, crystals and gemstones, essential oils, jewelry and gifts, body care and nutrition, astrology and giveaways. Admission to the Holistic Wellness Fair is $2.

For vendor information, e-mail Insightsbyholly@gmail.com.

For the general public, their website is insightsbyholly.weebly.com while their Facebook event page is www.facebook.com/events/1811474689073329.

Town council approves Sunday Market Wellness Stroll



By Ron Giofu


The Sunday Market Wellness Stroll has been given the go-ahead by town council.

The event, deferred from the March 21 agenda, received approval in a 5-2 vote by town council members. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale and councillors Jason Lavigne, Joan Courtney and Leo Meloche were in favour with councillors Diane Pouget and Rick Fryer voting in opposition.

The events are planned for June 26, July 31, Aug. 21 and Sept. 25 in King’s Navy Yard Park and will include such activities as zumba, yoga and meditation and a small farmer’s market near the clock in the parkette. It will run 8 a.m.-2 p.m. each of those Sundays.

Navy Yard Park

Courtney praised organizers for taking initiative and bringing the events to town, with Dorothy Kryworuchko and Gay-anne Ledingham in attendance. Courtney said the town has a focus on tourism and this is a step in the right direction.

“Will it be a success? I don’t know but it’s worth a try,” said Courtney.

Pouget said she couldn’t agree, citing a previous bylaw on the books that has Navy Yard Park designated as passive and doesn’t allow commercial activities.

“I can’t agree with this,” said Pouget. “It goes against the bylaw for being a passive park.”

CAO John Miceli explained there is no charge for any of the activities and that it is not a commercial activity. He believed parks are gathering places and while Navy Yard Park is a “crown jewel,” he said it is a gathering place as well.

“I believe it’s a place we need to focus in and hone in on,” said Miceli.

Fryer said he didn’t want to “open the floodgates” and see other events want to be held there but Lavigne disagreed, stating council is not giving “carte blanche” to allow all events in the park. He said he was in Toronto and visited a park where yoga was being held and saw on television where yoga was being held in Central Park in New York.

“I don’t have any issue with this,” he said. “I don’t see this as anyone trying to make a buck. It’s passive stuff that’s in line with walking through the park.”

“There has to come a time where we use our parks more,” added DiPasquale. “They’re not going to do anything that is going to damage (the park) or tilt the apple cart.”