On Sunday mornings, Rancho Bernardo Community Park offers a variety of free safety resources from community organizations, as well as kid-friendly activities.
The 11th annual Rancho Bernardo Safety Fair has a new component – the ability to purchase breakfast from 9:30 a.m. – during the free entry event. The RB Community Council organizes the security fair, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The park is located at 18448 W. Bernardo Drive.
The food truck Rush Coffee will sell coffee, frappes, smoothies and teas, while the food truck Belgium Waffles will have a variety of waffles ready.
“We’re excited to have a number of vendors and items that will interest kids,” said Council President Robin Kaufman, adding that these include appearances by Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog.
Additional offerings for kids include face painting, free games, and animals brought in by Poway 4-H Club and 4 Paws of Love (pet therapy) members. Vehicles open for exploration include a Poway Unified School Bus.
“This is a great opportunity for the young people as many of them have never ridden a bus and they will learn the safety procedures for driving a school bus,” said Kaufman.
Several security vehicles will also be on site. These include those used by the San Diego Police Department, San Diego Fire-Rescue, San Diego Lifeguards, and San Diego Project Heartbeat. Caltrans will also have some vehicles at the event.
Adults have more than 25 stalls to browse through. These include the American Lung Association, the American Red Cross, the Burn Institute, the County of San Diego Vector Control, ElderHelp, the Jewish Family Service, the office of the MCAS Miramar Provost Marshal, the NOAA National Weather Service, RB Auxiliary Communications Services, RB Neighborhood Watch, Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, San Diego Heart Beat, San Diego Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue, San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, San Diego County District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program, San Diego Humane Society, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center, Survival Mode, San Diego Trauma Intervention Program and United Police Holders.
“We also added Survival Mode this year, which will offer a variety of emergency kits and other items available for purchase,” said Kaufman. The RB Community Council will host several casual draws where tickets can be purchased with cash or Venmo.
Kaufman said free CPR training (not certifications) will be offered throughout the event. Scheduled dignitaries include San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and Councilor Marni von Wilpert.
“The entire event only runs from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, so we encourage people to get there early before the food and free giveaways run out from the vendors,” said Kaufman.