Today offers a day of family-friendly entertainment. For a couple hours in the morning, on the Shawnee High School Campus, the Blue Zones Project will provide activities and information about its program. After it wraps up, the Shawnee Police Department will have Woodland Veterans Park decked out for its annual Cops N Kids event.

Today offers a day of family-friendly entertainment. For a couple hours in the morning, on the Shawnee High School Campus, the Blue Zones Project will provide activities and information about its program. After it wraps up, the Shawnee Police Department will have Woodland Veterans Park decked out for its annual Cops N Kids event.

Blue Zones Project kickoff

This morning's event represents the culmination of countless man-hours and efforts spent by many community leaders, movers and shakers to promote a more healthful lifestyle to the area.

From 10 a.m. to noon at Shawnee High School's Performing Arts and Athletic Center (PAAC), at 1001 N. Kennedy, the free, family-friendly Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County Kickoff Celebration initiates the beginning of an active, concerted effort to improve the community's — and county's — overall wellbeing.

The Avedis Foundation President Michelle Briggs said the nonprofit is excited about the Blue Zones kickoff.

Avedis was the driving force that brought the Blue Zones initiative here.

“We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to making the healthy choice the easy choice from everyone involved so far,” she said. “We look forward on Saturday to introducing the healthy concepts to our entire community.”

The kickoff serves as an introduction to the community, explaining how the program began, what it does and how it hopes to encourage wellbeing by locally integrating more healthful options in all areas of life.

During the event there will be chances to win Yeti coolers, Fitbits, bicycles, gift cards and much more.

The first 500 people who enter to win also will receive a free Blue Zones Project fruit-infused water bottle.

Cops N Kids

The fun is far from over, as the SPD — along with tribal, county and state emergency responders and agencies — join together to spend the day with the community, offering Cops N Kids activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Woodland Veterans Park at 101 E. Highland.

Drivers should note that the block along Broadway between 10th Street and Highland will be closed off to traffic during the event.

SPD Officer Vivian Lozano-Stafford said children should check in upon arrival to receive a raffle ticket, because there will be bicycle giveaways at the event. Lozano-Stafford said Shawnee Downtown Pentecostal Holiness Church and Shawnee Fire Fighters I.A.F.F. Local 206 are each donating two bicycles toward the raffle.

“KIRC radio station also will raffle a bicycle, naming its winner on Sunday or Monday,” Lozano-Stafford said.

Also, the first 500 to check in will receive a goody bag with a T-shirt inside.

Free hot dogs, chips and cookies will be available for attendees, and Kona Ice will provide snow cones.

Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles so they can participate in the bike rodeo. There also will be a booth available offering general maintenance on the bikes.

Activities include games, a dunk tank, face painting, inflatables, finger printing, a petting zoo, prizes and giveaways sack races and three-legged races, clowns, as well as a helicopter or two and a disc jockey, she said.

Police car rides will be set up at the horseshoe entrance on 10th Street near the Municipal Auditorium.

Car seat checks will be stationed at the southwest corner of Broadway and Highland.

Handicap parking will be available just south of the courthouse, entering by way of 10th Street.