Recovery is always something to celebrate.

And, as it happens, September has been named “National Recovery Month” designed as such “to spread the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works and treatment is effective.

“People can and do recover,” states a release from Jim Cox, program manager for the Veterans Assistance Program at Center for Life Resources.

For the first time in Brown County, the center is hosting a Wellness and Recovery Picnic in the Park. The picnic is Saturday, Sept. 8, and is being held at Coggin Park.

“We hope people from throughout the community will join us for a fun day at the park,” Cox said in the release.

Included among the day’s activities are a mile-and-a-half recovery walk; old-fashioned games such as sack races and/or relay races and a water balloon toss; a scavenger hunt; free hot dogs, drinks and popcorn; music; and a scavenger hunt. But also, there will be children’s art activities and a community art canvas; several information booths; and the sharing of inspirational stories of recovery.

Cox said those who want to participate in the recovery walk should meet at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at Pavilion 2 at Coggin Park. Otherwise the day is fairly loosely scheduled, and those who arrive at the park any time before 2 p.m. that Saturday will be able to participate in various activities.

Volunteers, who can help coordinate the activities on Saturday are needed, and also food and drink donations would be welcomed. To volunteer or get more information, contact Cox at the Center for Life Resources during regular work hours by phone, (325) 642-3150; by fax, (325) 646-7911; or by email,