2012 Kids Care Fest offers free health care screenings for 1,000 children in La Mesa

The 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.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 children under age 12 who will receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing, vision and dental screenings, from healthcare professionals at approximately 50 exhibit booths. Also available at the event will be free medical information from pediatricians, dermatologists and pharmacists. Flu shot immunizations also will be available.

Additional free hands-on activities will include arts and crafts, water safety, 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 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 St. and Grossmont Medical Arts Building at 8851 Center Dr. For more information, phone (619) 825‑5050 or visit www.KidsCareFest.org.