Cruise Nite, Movie in the Park, Preparedness Fair make for a fun Friday

September 02, 2009
Santa Paula News

A fun Friday will kick off the Labor Day Holiday Weekend with a variety of activities, ranging from Cruise Nite and the 3rd Annual Ready Santa Paula Preparedness Fair to a fun family movie in Veterans Park.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesA fun Friday will kick off the Labor Day Holiday Weekend with a variety of activities, ranging from Cruise Nite and the 3rd Annual Ready Santa Paula Preparedness Fair to a fun family movie in Veterans Park.Cruise Nite and the Preparedness Fair, which focuses on being ready for emergency or disaster, will kick off at about 5:30 p.m. with East Main Street closed from 10th to 7th streets. Loved by the kids and adults alike, “Madagascar Escape 2 Africa” will be screened at Veterans Memorial Park starting at 7:30 p.m.Hundreds of pre-1975 cars will be lined up for viewing pleasure in the monthly First Friday event that draws vehicle lovers - both those who display their cars as well as automotive looky-loos - from throughout three counties. Cruise Nite also offers live entertainment, and several Main Street area restaurants offer specials.The 3rd Annual Ready Santa Paula Preparedness Fair, sponsored by Santa Paula Citizens Corps under the direction of Santa Paula Fire Department Captain Steve Lazenby, is a family friendly event that offers educational handouts and demonstrations. The fair, overseen by the Santa Paula Citizens Corps Council, will feature numerous organizations dedicated to educating the public about being prepared in case of disaster or emergency.
Ready Santa Paula displays will be featured on East Main Street from 8th to 7th streets, at the Cal West Real Estate parking lot, and in Ebell Park. Lazenby, the city’s emergency response coordinator, said the inclusion of displays by Cruise Nite organizers Dave Anderson and Henry Aguilar is highly appreciated by Citizens Corps, “and a real public service.”While striving not to distract from the hundreds of spectacular car displays, Lazenby noted, “We do want to provide visitors with some information and a desire to think about and improve their personal, family and work readiness” in case of a disaster or emergency. “Last year went really well and everyone enjoyed both Cruise Nite and the fair,” which featured dozens of displays and a SPFD extrication demonstration.As shown by the 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster, “A major disaster or an emergency can happen in our own backyard,” said Lazenby, and in the case of such large incidents people likely could be on their own for several days. “Being prepared is simple,” he noted, “and must be a priority. On Friday we’ll show you it’s easy... and vitally necessary.”Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy “Madagascar Escape 2 Africa,” an animated modern classic that will delight kids and adults at Veterans Memorial Park (between East Main and Ventura streets). Sponsored by the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the free screening will include popcorn for a night of outdoor movie viewing on an inflatable big screen.Also this weekend is Sunday’s Fandango, the Santa Paula Airport First Sunday Open House and Monday’s Labor Day Parade.



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