Will you dance or will you run?

here are many events in our area worthy of your attention.

Many.

Two among them are this weekend: LH Jams Festival and The Rally for Recovery.

These are two pretty different events but both bring the same passion for life.

People will gather at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center at Lock Haven University tonight to celebrate the start of the 4th annual LH Jams Festival.

Cocktails, semi-formal dress. Heavy hor’dourves. Latin jazz. Awards and an art and jewelry silent auction.

Bravo to the festival organizers — the Clinton County Arts Council — and especially to festival founders Steve Getz, Carol Cillo, Rich Wykoff, Eddie Severn and CCAC board members who bring jazz music to the streets of Lock Haven each August!

Saturday will see two blocks of Main Street closed in the heart of downtown and non-stop music from 11:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. (and perhaps beyond). Among them:

– The Edgardo Cintron Latin Band.

– The West Coast Cool featuring Rich Hirsch.

– Eddie Severn Quintet with guest.

– Cafe y Petroleo.

– Inca Tribute Band to Santana.

Folks, we’re talking world class jazz music here. The festival puts these talented musicians into local businesses, too.

Also Saturday more than 100 people will participate in a “Rally for Recovery” organized by Advocates for a Drug-Free Tomorrow and West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.

It is a celebration of those people in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse while also promoting prevention and wellness. The event starts at the Castanea Picnic Grounds on the south side of William T. Piper Memorial Airport.

This Rally for Recovery isn’t just about a race.

Its purpose is three-fold.

– To celebrate those in recovery from the insidious disease of substance use disorders.

– To promote and support its prevention.

– To eliminate stigma by educating the community regarding this disease and resources for both prevention and recovery.

The planning committee has been busy getting posters and signs made and organizing special activities and engaging special speakers who will emphasize the need for identifying substance use disorders and recognizing the beauty of recovery.

“Substance use disorders are a community problem. They affect everyone — those suffering from the disease, friends, families and the people you pass on the street,” Clinton County Senior Probation Supervisor David Goodwin, a member of Advocates for a Drug Free Tomorrow and project coordinator for the Rally, said.

All of us must heal at one time or another from challenges in our lives.

It’s so much better to heal together.

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