Poway Days Parade, food event, health expo coming Saturday
By Steve Dreyer
There will be no shortage of family fun events this month as the 50th annual Poway Days kicks off Saturday with a big parade, community service project and health expo.
An estimated 100 entries, including all five local high school marching bands, will proceed down Poway Road starting at 9 a.m. The parade begins at Pomerado Road and will head east to its conclusion at Bowron Road. Included will be floats, youth and church groups, and equestrian units along with dignitaries, pageant queens and political candidates waving from passing cars.
The theme of this year’s parade, put on by the Poway Community Association, is “Always Positive in Poway.” The grand marshal is former San Diego Chargers place kicker John Carney. The honorary grand marshal is Phil Harris from Family & Friends Community Connection.
More than 120 volunteers will be on hand to help organize the parade and keep it running smoothly. It should conclude about 10:30 a.m.
A large food-packing event, conducted by Family & Friends Community Connection, will run from 11 a.m. to about 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Poway Walmart store on Community Road. Up to 1,200 volunteers are expected to pack 200,000 meals to feed the hungry both in San Diego County and in Africa. To sign up to participate in a one-hour shift, go to www.ffccsd.org. The hour between 2 and 3 p.m. is reserved for local high school students. Participants are asked to bring donations of over-the-counter medications for distribution in Haiti. (See the list on the F&FCC website.) Monetary contributions will also be accepted – each meal costs 25 cents.
This the 40th food-packing event sponsored by the locally based F&FCC. Volunteers have packed over 8 million meals in the past six years.
Also after the parade, in the front parking lot of Wal-Mart, will be the “Wellness Madness” health and wellness expo, sponsored by Poway Wal-Mart and Soroptimist International of Poway, in partnership with LifeStyles INFOCUS. Held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., the event is free and will include free food tastings, health screening and more.
Nearby, afternoon tours of the 125-year-old Community Church of Poway Chapel will be conducted by congregation members.
Poway Days fun continues on Wednesday with the annual Good Neighbor Day. The Crystal Gardens florist shop in the Creekside Plaza, 13565 Poway Road, will be giving out a half-dozen roses without charge to members of the public starting at 9 a.m. The idea, according to shop owner Jeannie Hume, is for recipients to keep one rose for themselves and distribute the other five to friends, neighbors and co-workers. The event will last until supplies are exhausted, usually by noon.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Poway Days events will include the three-day “Rendezvous in Poway,” in Old Poway Park, and the annual Poway Rodeo Trail Ride and Poway Days Festival on Sunday.
Enjoy family-friendly performances of the musical comedy “Cowgirls” at PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 30. The theater is upstairs at 13250 Poway Road. Visit www.powpac.org or call 858-679-8085 for ticket information. Seating is limited.
The fun continues at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 with a performance of “O Berkley, Where Hart Thou?” at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
Poway Days wraps up with the 40th annual Poway Rodeo on Sept. 28 and 29 and the 27th annual Tour de Poway Fun Bike Ride on Sept. 30.
See the special 50th Poway Days section and Rodeo Program in this week’s paper for more details on each Poway Days event.
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