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September 18, 2013 (La Mesa) – The East County Magazine, distributed by the Heartland Coalition, has been named a media sponsor for the 12th annual Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented, community health fair event with free health care screenings for children. Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Briercrest Park, 90001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 children under age 12 will receive free, potentially life-saving hearing, vision and dental screenings from healthcare professionals. Also available at the event will be free medical information from pediatricians, dermatologists and pharmacists, along with free kids fingerprinting. Additional free activities for children will include pony rides, arts and crafts, face painting, jumping inflatables and water safety, as well as children’s reading books while supplies last.

Kids Care Fest, open to the public, is jointly presented by the Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa. Other sponsors include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, U-T San Diego, KUSI-NEWS, Radio Latina 104.5-FM and San Diego Family Magazine.

Briercrest Park is located at 9001 Wakarusa St., behind Grossmont Hospital. Kids Care Fest is a smoke-free event. Free parking will be available at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Brier Patch campus at 9000 Wakarusa St. For more information, phone (619) 825-5050 or visit www.KidsCareFest.org

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