Rotary plans health-screening event

The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Henry-Vance A group of teenagers walk through downtown Elkins Monday. Elkins Main Street President Mike Bell spoke with the Rotary Club of Elkins about the upcoming The Arts of Elkins event during the group’s meeting Monday

ELKINS — The Rotary Club of Elkins met Monday and made plans for their Bi-Annual Blood and Health Screening, and heard details about an upcoming event, The Art of Elkins by Main Street.

The Rotary Club has worked alongside Davis Medical Center in providing discounted blood and health screenings for the public for years. Booths from youth heath organizations, chiropractors and dietitians, and information on healthy choices and well-being will be provided. A drawing for an Ipod Shuffle will be at the end of the day.

Rotary President Mike Ellis spoke of the importance of the Heath Screenings, stating, “It’s not just the Blood Screenings, there are other healthy choices and vendors provided.”

The Rotarians have planned the public blood and health screenings from 7-10 a.m. Feb. 25 at the First United Methodist Church of Elkins.


Also at Monday’s meeting, members heard more information about The Art of Elkins event.

The Rotary Club of Elkins attended the first presentation of The Art of Elkins proposal by Elkins Main Street Art, given by Elkins Main Street Board Member Mark Doak.

The idea of The Art of Elkins is to display Elkins’ vibrant downtown and economy, by showcasing stores, restaurants, businesses and the art and talent that Elkins has to offer.

The event is exclusive in that all of the performances and venues will be provided only by Elkins Main Street shops and arts, excluding anything not normally found on Main Street in Elkins. The hope is to showcase everything that the community of Elkins can offer the public.

Proposed ideas for the vendors and performances include train history, starting a quilt, drawing classes, insuring your future, feeding/grooming your pet, trail riding your bike, beer brewing, ramp cooking, cooking classes, dancers, bluegrass and jazz groups.

Elkins Main Street Board President Mike Bell said, “Main Street works to create that vibrant, liveable downtown experience; creating opportunities for people to visit a business they haven’t visited before, creating the habit of shopping local first. The idea is to create awareness, to create an enjoyable experience, so people think of downtown as a destination.”

Entry to the events, performances, seminars, classes and events provided by businesses can be accessed by purchasing a wristband. The proposed cost of a wristband is $1 for ages 4-17 and $5 for ages 18 and up. The Art of Elkins is set to be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 10.