Sears shoppers who headed over Saturday to Promenade Temecula for the latest deals on a new washer or refrigerator found a community event planned to ensure the safety of residents citywide.
“We wanted to provide an opportunity for guests to gain awareness of safety that will better the lives and the lives of others,” said Sears event organizer Travis Hobbs.
Hobbs said that the festivities, which featured nearly 40 local vendors, was in its third year and expected to draw thousands of residents on Saturday and at Sunday’s follow-up.
Participating vendors included law enforcement and Cal Fire officials, health experts from Fitness 19, ADT home protection representatives and youth development coordinators from Temecula’s Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Riverside — an organization that offers safe opportunities for local children to learn and engage in healthy after-school activities.
Other vendors included Temecula Recycling, one of the biggest in Temecula, that specializes in E-waste.
Wearing close-toed shoes and gloves when recycling is the message from Temecula Recycling public relations representative Jane Laskin.
“Recycling is very important, especially for our younger generations,” Laskin said.
Care Learning Center and Counseling Services — a non-profit organization devoted to providing low and no-cost counseling and life-coaching — also took part in the day.
“We’re out here today to find out the needs of the community to see how we can support them,” said Care Learning Center Vice President Jules Fairchild. “And for kids out there, our message is to stay safe and when you have an issue, speak up and tell someone.”
Local sports groups and emerging entrepreneurs jumped into the game to acquaint themselves with shoppers.
Looking for “greater community involvement,” Temecula Mountain Lion Rugby‘s Mike Gambino came out to introduce the sport to area residents, talking about programs designed for men, women, kids and even veterans.
Jay Zuppardo, owner of the new high-powered drink Manyk Energy, offered residents a taste of something new, and Terry McDowell with Rancho Ford in Temecula was in attendance to showcase the manufacturer’s new eco-friendly hybrid vehicles.
The event will continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Sears Automotive parking lot.
Promenade Temecula is located at 40820 Winchester Road, Suite 2000, Temecula.
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