Charlene Bielema

Charlene Bielema

Herald Editor

Looking for something to do this weekend? An activity or two that is family friendly? An event that is community oriented or helps others?

Have I got some ideas for you.

If you’ve been reading your Clinton Herald this week (and I hope you have), you probably know there are a lot of activities set for Clinton this weekend.

Among them is the annual Youth for a Safe Non-Violent Community’s annual back-to-school summer event.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Clinton Park, which is across the street from Central Fire Station. Free food, games and a three-on-three basketball challenge will be included in the event.

Besides offering fun to the children, free school supplies and backpacks will be given out while supplies last.

The event is headed up by the Vinson H. Jetter Community Center. The late Vince Jetter was known throughout this community for his work to make the city a better place and worked hard to do so by serving on numerous committees and boards.

The center that now bears his name provides various events for children throughout the year. The center provides tutoring events, peer coaching and mentoring, with the work focusing on helping youths get ready for adulthood. There also are other events. During Halloween, the center gives away pumpkins to children.

After that event, residents can head over to National Night Out, which is based on the nationwide initiative to promote safe communities. This year’s event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Clinton’s Riverview Park. There is no cost to attend the event.

Clinton police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other emergency workers will be on hand to interact with community members in the hope of building trust and rapport between officers and the community.

A K-9 unit will also be present, as will a Haz-Mat team from Davenport. Visitors will be able to mingle and play games with emergency personnel. This familiarity will hopefully result in a community more aware of how to keep crime at bay, organizers say. Kids train rides will be available, as will a petting zoo. The National Guard has also made a 20-foot climbing wall available. Free food and drink will be provided throughout the evening. Local community members, businesses and agencies will also participate in the event.

This year’s event also is special as it will honor Capt. Charles Witt, a longtime Clinton police officer who was instrumental in bringing the event to the area. Witt died earlier this year.

Another Clinton community event set for this weekend is the second annual Children’s Fun Day fundraiser. The gathering will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Legend’s Sports Bar, 2118 Harrison Drive in Clinton. Games for all ages will be available for 25 cents each and winners will receive prizes. The event will feature a dunk tank, manned by local police officers, and a cake walk. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.   

The event is organized to raise funds for the Vern Worley Helping Hand Foundation, which was started in November 2009 by 11 family members of Vern Worley after he was diagnosed with Mesothelioma.

The foundation was formed to help families with a child diagnosed with cancer and to provide a scholarship to a person looking to go to a trade school. Its mission has expanded to help people in the local community facing some kind of hardship.

As you can see, there are a lot of things to do this weekend that are designed for families and to bring the community together.

Any of them would be a great answer to the question “What is there to do?”

Charlene Bielema is the editor of the Clinton Herald.

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