September 13, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa are jointly presenting the ninth annual Kids Care Fest, a free event featuring free health care screenings as well as children's activities, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The public is invited to attend.
Organizers expect more than 1,000 children under age 12, including many from low-income and under-insured families, will receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing and vision screenings, from healthcare professionals at the event. Additional free health screenings will include dental, podiatrist and chiropractic, as well as scoliosis spinal exams. Free medical information at more than 50 exhibit booths will include advice from pediatricians, dermatologists and pharmacists.
Additional free, hand-on activities will include arts and crafts, sports activities, bungee and astro jumps and pony rides, along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials. Free new reading books, along with coloring books and crayons, will be available for children to take home and keep. A free lunch will be served to children while supplies last.
Other sponsors include La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, KUSI-NEWS, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Family Magazine and Golden Acorn Casino. The City of La Mesa is coordinating exhibit booths and law enforcement displays.
The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, is overseeing event details, including exhibit booths and sports activities. The free lunch and arts and crafts activities will be provided by volunteers with the La Mesa United Methodist Church, Friends of East County Arts, La Mesa Rotary and Major League Baseball player Troy Glaus and La Mesa Arts Alliance.
Kids Care Fest is a smoke free event. Free parking is available at Sharp Grossmont Hospital's Brier Patch campus at 9000 Wakarusa St. and Grossmont Medical Arts Building at 8851 Center Dr. For more information, phone (619) 825 5050 or visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.