Taylor Rotary’s 13th annual Turn off the Violence event is September 20

The 13th annual Turn Off the Violence Family Picnic, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taylor, is set for 4 to 7 p.m. September 20 at Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road, between Northline and Goddard roads.

The free event is a fun afternoon for Taylor children and parents. There will be free hot dogs, Penguin Juice drinks and chips, plus demonstrations of soccer, lacrosse, bowling and fishing. Also scheduled are presentations by the Taylor Animal Shelter, youth golf lessons, clowns, face painting, crafts, magic, puppets, ventriloquism, the Taylor police canine unit, the Fire Department aerial truck, fire safety information, support group information, the Taylor Garden Club and much more.

The Turn off the Violence event is a free and positive event to raise awareness about the welfare of children who are exposed to violence on an almost daily basis through news reports, music, movies and even at home.

Taylor Rotarians said they want to show parents, children and the community the alternatives to the violence that often is part of today’s society. They said the event is a positive step to break the link in the chain of violence that can destroy children, adding that violence is a learned behavior that can be unlearned.

Sponsors of the food and drinks include G&J Cartage, Total Community Credit Union, Penguin Juice, Rays Prime Foods and Taylor Rotary.

The West Middle School choir and band, featuring several hundred students, will provide entertainment at 4 p.m. to kick off the event outside the Heritage Park Activity Building.

For sponsorship or participation questions, please contact chairman Jerry Ziemba at mziemba427@comcast.net or (734) 287-8832.

If you live or work Downriver and are interested in becoming a Taylor Rotarian, please contact Jim Nadeau at jimnadeau@hotmail.com or (734) 657-1046.