More than 5,000 people will take part in the 21st Annual Walk Against Drugs and 2nd Annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Walk Against Drugs, which is a partnership with the City of Mission Viejo, the Sheriff’s Department and local schools, has long played a leading role in bringing local businesses, schools, parents and students together with law enforcement to fight against drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse.
This is the kick-off event for National Red Ribbon Week for Orange County. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a rally at Mission Viejo High School Stadium, located at 25025 Chrisanta Drive in Mission Viejo.
The crowd, all wearing red, will then walk down La Paz Road, through the Oso Creek Trail. The one-mile walk will be immediately followed by a community fair and Emergency Preparedness Expo at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.
The fair along the Village Green will feature music, food, game booths, crafts, inflatables as well as vehicle displays by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange County Fire Authority.
The Expo, led by Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates, will feature emergency preparedness booths with informative, interactive displays to educate residents how to adequately prepare for a large-scale disaster and showcase the resources available during disaster responses.
A free shuttle bus at Newhart Middle School, 25001 Veterans Way, will take visitors to and from Mission Viejo High School. The shuttle runs from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.
For more information, visit the City’s Web site at http://cityofmissionviejo.org/walkagainstdrugs.