Newsletter July – August 2016: Community Events
March of Dimes March for Babies
Hundreds of San Diegans joined together on April 23, 2016 at Balboa Park to walk in the March of Dimes’ biggest fundraising event each year, March for Babies. First 5 San Diego sponsored the event and held a booth.
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Funds support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. Also, they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care. For more information, visit www.marchofdimes.org.
Day of the Child
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Chula Vista Community Collaborative, in collaboration with other community-based organizations and business sponsors, hosted the 16th Annual Day of the Child Community FUN Fair. The free family event provided resources to keep children safe, healthy and well informed of services in the community, and to keep children and families engaged in healthy and interactive activities. The event focused on providing a safer and healthier environment for young people by promoting family and community togetherness. There were fun activities such as entertainment, face painting, performers, dance contests, puppets, magic show, story time, and games. The fair had over 100 informational and interactive booths that served approximately 5,000 children and families. First 5 San Diego sponsored the event, along with other community organizations such as Family Health Centers of San Diego, UCSD Health System, SDG&E, Walmart, California Department of Public Health, and Health Net of California.
Miracle Babies 5K
On May 1, 2016, Miracle Babies Annual 5K Run/Walk brought together hundreds of families for a day of outdoor activity promoting healthy families and children. The mission of Miracle Babies is to provide support and financial assistance to families with critically-ill newborns in the neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and to enhance the well-being of women, children and their families through education, prevention and medical care. First 5 San Diego sponsored the event and held an informational booth.
Parenting Expo 2016
On May 7, 2016, the County of San Diego’s Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC) hosted their annual FREE Parenting Expo at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. The Parenting Expo provided parents and caregivers with tools and resources on cutting-edge parent education about healthy children and families. The event hosted two keynote speakers as well as a number of breakout sessions. CAPCC encourages and facilitates community support for child abuse and neglect, and family support programs.
First 5 San Diego joined Suzie’s Farm for an awesome Day at the Farm event on June 7, 2016, in a 70-acre organic farm located near the Tijuana Estuary, South of Downtown San Diego. Nearly 50 families and their children came to see where the vegetables were grown, pick their own bag of fresh vegetables, plant seeds and learn how to prepare simple, healthy recipes.
Day of Play
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center hosted a fun, family-friendly Day of the Play festival in National City. This free community event offered hands-on gardening, healthy foods and nutrition activities, physical fitness activities, take-home crafts and free tastings from a selection of Olivewood recipes for the whole family. First 5 San Diego sponsored the event, along with other community organizations such as Specialty Produce and UnitedHealthcare.
Upcoming Community Events
Live Well San Diego 5K
Date: July 30, 2016
Time: 7:30am – 11:30am
Location: Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Imperial Avenue Street Festival
Date: August 27, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Imperial Avenue (between 28th and 30th Streets)