Living on Less returns


Forest Lake chiropractor Dr. Richard Ottomeyer will teach the bicycle safety class at the Living on Less resource fair.
 Dr. Richard Ottomeyer will teach the bicycle safety class at the Living on Less resource fair.


A resource fair for struggling families will be held again this year at Maranatha Assembly of God.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, all Forest Lake school district families with financial need are invited to visit Maranatha Assembly of God, 24799 Forest Blvd. in Wyoming.

There they will find healthy snacks and school supplies, blood pressure checks and body mass index screenings, a bike safety class and free bike helmets for kids (while supplies last).

At the many booths and tables, families can get information about community resources in health care, including mental health services. There will be job search assistance and credit counseling. Food shelves and thrift stores will also be on hand.

Although the economy is improving, many families are still seeking help to get through economic, mental, physical and emotional stress.

For the past several years, Forest Lake Area Partnership for Families (FLAPF) has responded to the needs of community members by hosting the Living on Less fair.

FLAPF is a group of organizations serving Forest Lake Area School District families in Columbus, East Bethel, Forest Lake, Ham Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Linwood, Marine, May, Scandia, Stacy and Wyoming.

Last year’s event had a festive atmosphere and was well attended.

State, county, private and non-profit social service agencies were out in full force to promote healthy eating, senior and caregiver support, mental health counseling, chemical dependency treatment, help for those with disabilities and chronic illnesses, free car repairs, affordable wardrobes, energy and housing assistance.

Service providers wishing to reserve a booth should contact co-chairs Laurie Drolson at 651-982-8334 or [email protected] and Carolyn Carr Latady at 651-982-8350 or [email protected]