A community picnic is slated for October 9 (Saturday) to celebrate the revitalization of the former Calhoun County High School building and complex, hosted by the 1982 Foundation.

Crystal Laughlin Mersh says she hopes the event will energize the community about the project to build a community center.

600 people have indicated they plan to attend the event.

A free lunch will be served at 1 p.m. followed by guided tours of the top two floors of the old school.

Children will have their pick between four camps to participate in: goat yoga, pumpkin carving or science and oil and gas industry camps.

“We are modeling them after the day camps that we will have once the center is open,” Mersh said. “We really want the summer camps to open up the visibility to children of what their future could be.”

Members of the 1982 Foundation will speak to community members to share their mission for the school building, and they will open the 100-year-old time capsule-cornerstone which was sealed in 1921 by the Masonic Lodge.

Mersh says the contents will be placed with the Calhoun Historical Society for viewing, and then will likely be placed in a new cornerstone with 21st Century items.

A ceremonial brick breaking will take place to signify the renovations for the building and a flag pole and flag will be dedicated to the veterans of Calhoun County.

Renovations will begin soon at the old high school as architects have to complete another round of reviews before the work starts.

For more information or to register for the event, check out the 1982 Foundation “Calhoun County Community Center” Facebook page.