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The Wilsonville Wellness Fair will take place July 20 in Town Center Park and the City Hall parking lot

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Wilsonville Wellness Fair features a Bike Rodeo that emphasizes bike safety as well as live demonstrations and booths manned by representatives of local health-oriented businesses.

For those hoping to learn more about the many ways they can better take care of themselves, the City of Wilsonville's second annual Wilsonville Wellness Fair might be worth considering.

The event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Town Center Park in Wilsonville, will include booths manned by local health-focused businesses, live demonstrations, music, a Bike Rodeo and more.

"I think there's always something new to be learned. It's not just traditional medicine too. For a lot of people it's a balance of traditional medicine, oils, exercise. And you don't have to commit for the whole day. It's just something to get outside and check out with the family," City of Wilsonville Recreation Coordinator Erica Behler said.

Some activities Behler highlighted include a yoga class taught by Liz Brower, who teaches classes weekly at Murase Plaza, a PiYo (pilates and yoga) class, a musical performance by a local ukulele group and demonstrations by folklorico dancers and tai chi experts. She also said the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and Legacy Trauma Nurses are giving away bike helmets that can be decorated at the event.

Additionally, Behler said about half of the 40 vendors in attendance are Wilsonville businesses, some of which include the new EyeHealth Northwest, Essentially Healthy, Gates Family Dentistry and Heartwood Healing Center.

"I feel like we have so many health and wellness businesses in town so this is a big way for them to show what they do," Behler said.

Another central aspect of the fair will be the BikeRodeo, where South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) has set up an obstacle course through the Wilsonville City Hall parking lot and will provide biking information and safety tips. Behler said the event is popular among children but that the City hopes more adults participate this year.

"It's fun and bike safety is just as important for adults, if not more important because they tend to be riding alone. I think adults can take just as much from it. Kids like the fun aspect but there's also learning too," Behler said.

Proceeds for the event will go toward Wilsonville Community Seniors, which provides trips and activities for seniors in the community. Behler said last week the City had raised just over $1,000 for the organization through donations from vendors.

"They partner with SMART and get together so seniors have camaraderie and interaction, which is important at that age," she said.


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