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Farmers Market Serves Up Safety Fair
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Safety, health and fitness will take center stage at the Riverbank Farmers Market tonight, Wednesday, July 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Staged at the Riverbank Community Center Park, 3600 Santa Fe, this will be the fourth annual Kids Health & Safety Fair and is hosted each year in conjunction with the weekly farmers market. The fair is sponsored by the City of Riverbank and Karate for Kids.

Youngsters attending the event can enter a drawing to win a bicycle and other prizes and there will also be numerous displays in addition to the traditional farmers market fare of fresh fruit, produce and handmade goods.

Safety information to be provided includes: Neighborhood Watch information by Riverbank Police Services, Elder Abuse information, SEAPA/Catholic Charities; phone services for the hearing impaired, California Telephone Access Program; railroad crossing safety, Operation Life Saver; and a visit from the Stanislaus County sheriff's department K-9 unit.

The health information will feature blood pressure checks for all ages provided by the Riverbank Community Health Center, children's eye screening, Lions Eye Mobile; affordable health insurance information, Anthem Blue Cross; Riverbank Family Resource Center info, CASA Del Rio; blood donation information, Delta Blood Bank; Health & Nutrition information, Golden Valley Health Center; and information from the American Lung Association.

Fitness participants will include Riverbank Curves and Karate for Kids.

Spokesman Scott Pettit, who helps coordinate the farmers market and is the owner of Karate for Kids, said there will be something for everyone to enjoy, and kids can get an up close and personal look at a wide variety of police and rescue vehicles.

More information about the Health and Safety Fair is available by contacting Norma at city hall, 863-7153.