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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2000

Fair to highlight National Safe Kids WeekP>

To highlight National Safe Kids Week, the Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Coalition will host an interactive family safety fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Middle School.

Parents, caregivers, kids and coaches will learn about preventing sports-related injuries and other risks to children including car and bike crashes, drownings, poisonings, falls, scald burns and fires.

The safety fair will feature special guest athletes Paul Gebhardt, the second-place finisher in this year's Iditarod race, and Joan Smith Miller, an Olympic biathlete for 1992 and 1994. They will make presentations at 11:30 a.m. and noon. There also will be a bike rodeo, inline skating, water safety, horse safety and more.

Also available will be a guide for parents and coaches highlighting a sports safety checklist. Families also will have the chance to enter to win a sweepstakes to send their child and a friend to a sports camp of their choice.

"Each year, nearly 14 million children are injured seriously enough to require medical care. Nearly 1 million of these injuries are sports-related and include concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments, dislocated joints and lacerations. Sports injuries are the second-leading cause of emergency room injury-related visits," according to a press release from organizers of Saturday's event. The Safe Kids coalition hopes the fair will help educate parents about these potential risks to children.

Celebrity volleyball game set for Saturday

Peninsula Crime Stoppers will present its fourth annual Pro-Sports and Hollywood Celebrity All-Star Volleyball Game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Central High School gym.

Tickets costs $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2 to 12 and are available at the door. There will be an autograph session during the game.

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