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Treasure hunt for healthy living wraps up on Saturday

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The Library Center is just one of 10 locations where you can pick up a passport to health and sign up for prizes and activities. Deadline for entering is Aug. 8.

The Library Center is just one of 10 locations where you can pick up a passport to health and sign up for prizes and activities. Deadline for entering is Aug. 8.

Did you go on a treasure hunt this summer with the Passport to Healthy Living? Celebrate with ice skating admission and door prizes at the Passport Party at Mediacom Ice Park, Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to noon.

Anyone who completed a Passport to Healthy Living is invited to attend. Each passport holder receives free ice park admission and a ticket for prize drawings that day, including a digital tablet – a Real Pad – provided by AARP of Springfield. The first 100 Passport holders to arrive also receive free skate rental that day.

Pre-register or bring your passport with you for admission. Pre-Register toll-free st 877-926-8300, or visit aarp.cvent.com/mopassport.

If you don’t have a Passport for Health Living, there is still time to pick one up and go on a community-wide treasure hunt before Saturday. All ages can participate in the Passport to Healthy Living. The clues on each page of the passport will lead you to a different, free activity or site in Springfield that promotes physical and mental health.

  • Get a passport at any of these locations:
  • The Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.
  • The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St.
  • The Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway
  • Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd.
  • Chesterfield Family Center, 2511 W. Republic Road
  • Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road
  • Doling Family Center, 310 E. Talmage St.
  • Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway
  • Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.
  • WIC Clinic, 440 E. Tampa St.

The Passport to Healthy Living is sponsored by AARP of Springfield, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield.

For more information, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-837-5724 or 417-224-5510, or email Jenny Edwards; or Kathleen O’Dell, Springfield-Greene County Library District, 417-616-0564, or 417-844-5872; or Diane Hall, AARP Missouri State Office, toll-free 866-389-5627.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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