Tuesday, June 03, 2014

June 7 | Opening Day Ceremony & Community Wellness Fair

Media Contact: Jasmine Taylor
Tel: (202) 889-5901 ext. 106
Email: jtaylor@thearcdc.org 

Washington, D.C. - May 19, 2014 – In celebration of the opening day of the Ward 8 Farmers Market (W8FM), THEARC will host special ceremony free and open to the public. Patrons and community residents will be able to join in free Zumba & Tai Chi lessons, participate in free cooking demonstrations hosted by Whole Foods, tour THEARC’s Organic Teaching Garden and enjoy music and festivities while shopping for fresh, local produce and quality meats. Children will have access to face painting, a moon bounce and free books. Health screenings and HIV testing will be provided on-site as a part of THEARC’s Community Wellness Fair; an effort  supported by WC Smith, The Samueli Institute and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC.) 

The Ward 8 Farmers Market Opening Celebration will take place in conjunction with THEARC’s Community Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 7th from 9AM-2PM in the parking lot of THEARC.
This annual event was designed to re-introduce residents of Ward 8 and beyond to organic fresh fruit & vegetable offerings.

According to the DC Department of Health, only 32% of Ward 8 residents consume fresh fruits and vegetables, due to accessibility and cost. In order to meet the needs of our community and patrons, vendors of the W8FM accept WIC, SNAP & senior vouchers. THEARC is located on four different public transportation bus routes and are near two major rail stations. This year, the goal is to introduce a regular calendar of activities throughout the summer and fall months which will not only provide free, healthful activities for youth & adults, but entice new customers. In addition to the market offerings, community members will have access to free yoga, cooking demonstrations, youth art activities and performances at the W8FM from June 7 - November 22.

For more information, please visit http://www.thearcdc.org/events/ward-8-farmers-market-opening-community-wellness-fair.

Twitter: THEARC – @THEARC_DC Ward 8 Farmers Market – @W8FarmMkt

Officially opened in October 2005, The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) is a $27 million, 110,000 square-foot campus located east of the Anacostia
River in Washington, DC's Ward 8. THEARC is a home away from home for the many underserved children and adults of East of the River, enabling them to participate in dance
classes, music instruction, fine arts, academics, continuing education, mentoring, tutoring, recreation, medical and dental care, and other services at a substantially reduced cost or
no cost at all.

THEARC Partner Organizations
Building Bridges Across the River / Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington / Children's Health Project of DC / The Corcoran Gallery of Art / Covenant House Washington /
Levine School of Music / Parklands Community Center / Trinity Washington University / The Washington Ballet / Washington Middle School for Girls

About Ward 8 Farmers Market
The mission of the Ward 8 Farmer’s Market is to provide and improve healthy food options for Ward 8 residents and nearby communities. An important component of achieving
this goal involves providing foods grown geographically closer to where the foods are eaten.
For more information, visit

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