In the Mental Health Supports session at the Community Mixer on Aug. 20, at the Lorraine Morton Civic Center, Dr. Melissa Blount discusses resources for people who have experienced trauma.Photo by Heidi Randhava

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While hundreds of residents played and dined at the CommUNITY Picnic behind the Morton Civic Center, some Fifth Ward residents participated in a community mixer, hearing advice from experts on how to develop entrepreneurial skills, use soft skills in the workplace, manage the purchase of a home, and nourish the body and soul.

Organized by the Fifth Ward Planning Committee – composed of local residents, non-profits, businesses, and City employees – the afternoon’s presentations were the result of neighborhood inquiry and feedback.