Pelham Girl Scouts, businesses to offer wide array of programs during health, wellness and safety event Saturday


Cristina Stefanizzi

Girl Scouts sell cookies along Fifth Avenue.

The Pelham Girl Scouts will be holding a massive community-wide health, wellness, and safety day on Saturday, offering a wide range of programs at businesses and institutions around town.

The inspiration for the event stemmed from the Girl Scouts’ interest in planning a stress-relief day. Troop leader Liselle Sakhrani thought about how the pandemic has created pressure to make up for what was missed while moving forward at the same time.

I started to think of different ways we could approach the theme of health, wellness and safety and started asking our community establishments if they would host us and our activities, ranging from community arts to self-defense, to first aid, to gardening, culinary experiences and service opportunities,” said Sakrani. “It didn’t take much longer to get to thinking of opening it to the whole community. This has turned into a day for Pelham hosted by Pelham establishments, and I am in awe of the overwhelming support.”

“Our goal for this event is to bring an entire day of free, or very low cost, programming to the entire community from Girl Scouts,” said Pelham Girl Scout unit manager Stephanie Otero. “Pelham is a special place that always gives back, so this was a way troops, volunteers, our scouts and families can host events with community partners and businesses all under the wellness theme—and give back too.”

The Wellness Day activities are as follows:

Free trolley rides, which will start on Esplanade and Boston Post Road and then continue throughout different locations in Pelham from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

The Pelham Art Center will host a community art project and scavenger hunt from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum will be teaching about the different plant species that grew in the Bartow family garden in the 1800s at 10 a.m.

At 10 a.m., the Town of Pelham Public Library will have a “Home Alone Safety Program” for fifth to eighth graders that will present important information about becoming more independent, such as being without adult supervision and having the ability to answer the phone and door safely.

There will be self-defense programs at the Dranco Townhouse from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A therapeutic arts room will also be available until 2 p.m., sponsored by Pelham SEPTA.

Thrive Barre & Fitness will have free classes. From 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., there will be a fitness-dance party for teens 14 and older. There are 20 spots available. From 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., there will be adult yoga sessions, with 20 spots available. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., a parent and me yoga session will take place. Children must be 10 or older; there are 20 spots (10 parents, 10 children).

The Pelham Picture House will show the film “Inside Out for free from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm under the sponsorship of Sona Davidian of Compass real estate.

From 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Project Community will give an interactive presentation on the impact of perceptions, how to manage anxiety and awareness of binge drinking at the Manor Club.

A free concert featuring Kassandra Hazelhurts accompanied by Walker Gosrich on acoustic guitar will take place at the Daronco Townhouse at 4 p.m.

Service opportunities will be offered on Saturday. There will be collections for My Sister’s Place, Hope Community Services and the Pelham Girl Scouts at the Pelham Country Club. There will be a women’s toiletries drive, hosted by Troop 1661, which is asking for donations of feminine hygiene products and self-care items. Birthday-in-a-bag, hosted by Troops 2132 and 2371, is asking for a gift bag with items like candles, a cake mix, a banner and a small gift. Troop 1567  is asking for books for all ages, and Pelham Together will have a bracelet-making stand.