Berea-based fitness rganization Body Recall and volunteers from around the area are joining to turn Grandparents Day 2011 into an event that will bring people of different generations together for a day of free fun, fitness and learning.

The Grandparents Day Intergenerational Celebration will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at Madison Southern High School.

It will honor grandparents, grandparents acting as parents, and promote old-time fun, new-time thinking and ageless connections. It is free and open to the public.

At the 1 p.m. opening ceremony, high school ROTC students will present the state and national colors and members of U.S. military and public safety agency will be recognized as the day coincides with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Madison Southern High School choir will sing the national anthem and “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Intergenerational Olympics — with events in archery, basketball, track, soccer and volleyball — begin at 1:30 p.m. The games will emphasize participation and movement over competition and winning.

Entertainment will include vocalist Kristi Miller, Shenandoah, a barbershop quartet and the Berea Festival Dancers.

Other activities include: an intergenerational memory mural, cornhole. bubbles, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, a cake auction and cupcake walk.

For the memory mural, bring a memento from your childhood that can be represented in a  mural created under the direction of Berea artist Alfredo Escobar.

Body Recall exercise classes and fall recovery techniques will be demonstrated.

Door prizes will be given away throughout the afternoon.

This is the celebration’s second year.

In 2010, Body Recall hosted the event at its Berea headquarters.

The 2011 celebration was moved to the high school — with Madison Southern principal David Gilliam, teachers, staff and students acting as hosts — so the event could be bigger and more accessible, said Jeff Rubin, Body Recall executive director.

Community volunteers and organizations also will be helping with the event, he said.



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