Date set for 2013 Kids Care Fest in La Mesa; free health care screenings for 1,000 children under age 12

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The Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa have jointly announced that Saturday, Sept. 21 will be the date for the 2013 Kids Care Fest at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Kids Care Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a free, family-oriented event open to the public featuring free health care screenings. It will be the 12th annual Kids Care Fest event.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 children under age 12 will receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including 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 from the La Mesa Police Department and La Mesa Rotary Club.

Additional free, hand-on activities will include water safety, inflatables and pony rides, along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials.

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