KIDS CARE FEST TO OFFER FAMILY-FUN ACTIVITIES AND FREE HEALTHCARE SCREENINGS SATURDAY IN LA MESA

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Over 1,000 children anticipated to attend with their families

Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa will present Kids Care Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa.

Kids Care Fest is a free, family-oriented event featuring free health care screenings open to the public. Over 1,000 children under age 12 are expected to receive free, potentially life-saving health care screenings including hearing, vision and dental from healthcare professionals at 50 exhibit booths. Free medical information from pediatricians, dermatologists and pharmacists will also be available, as well as flu shots.

More free hands-on activities will include arts and crafts, water safety, astro jumps and pony rides, demonstrations and displays from police and fire officials--plus giveaways and more.

Free new reading books will be available for children to take home and keep. A free lunch will be served to children by volunteers with the La Mesa United Methodist Church. Also, arts and crafts activities will be provided by church members. Food, books, and crafts will be available while supply lasts.

Additional sponsors include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, KUSI-NEWS, Radio Latina XLTN 104.5-FM, U-T San Diego, San Diego Family Magazine, Ralphs Grocery Co., Sparkletts Water Co. and La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation. It will be the 11th annual Kids Care Fest event.

Kids Care Fest will be a smoke‑free event. Free parking will be available at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Brier Patch campus at 9000 Wakarusa Street. For more information, phone (619) 825‑5050 or visit www.KidsCareFest.org.