Celebrating with CFR

Sunday was a perfect day for yoga in the park.

Larger crowds than expected took advantage of the weather to come out and attend the Family Fun Festival at Oleson Park put on by Community Family Resources.

The day was to celebrate National Recovery and Wellness month, said Kara Thiele, human resource coordinator for CFR.

“It’s more of a fun event to create awareness in the community, that we do have fantastic services available right here in Fort Dodge for anyone who needs help or education regarding substance abuse or mental health,” Thiele said.

CFR provides both residential and outpatient treatment, substance abuse treatment, and offers mental health treatment at its Ames office. They have detox units, Thiele said, and also provide a lot of education for the community.

“Our agency is an alcohol, drug and gambling treatment center,” explained Pam Barkley, controller for the area.

It offers 24-hour care for youths and adults, and offers outpatient services in an eight-county area, she said.

CFR staff helped run the events, including face painting and spin art. There was also a bouncy house and a magician.

It served as an excellent party if Sunday happened to be your birthday.

“It was her birthday party today,” said Ashleigh Attig, who brought her 8-year-old daughter Sienna Attig to the fest. “I planned it before I knew this was going on.”

Sienna said she was having a great time, but couldn’t pick out her favorite part.

“The yoga,” she said. “No, not the yoga. The jumpy house. No, the magic show.”

Yoga demonstrations were given by Lori Lawman. Sienna Attig tumbled on her side a couple times as she tried to balance with both hands on the ground and one leg in the air.

Naomi Alexander, 8, thought the best part was the park itself.

“Looking at the animals,” she said, was her favorite.

CFR is located at 726 S. 17th St. Information can be found at www.cfrhelps.org, or by calling 576-7261 or (866) 801-0085.