Red Ribbon Week, the annual celebration encouraging young people to stay away from drugs and violence, will be held from Saturday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 27. A planning meeting will be held at 12 noon Aug. 28 at Players Ninth Street Youth Center, which is located next to Pop Harvey Park in Parker. The event is sponsored and coordinated by the Parker Area Alliance for Community Empowerment.
At the Aug. 13 PAACE coalition meeting, Outreach Coordinator Courtney Kom said the theme this year is “Make Drugs a Thing of the Past,” and features a dinosaur skeleton profile similar to the one used in the movie, “Jurassic Park.” Kom and PAACE Executive Director Randy Hartless said they like to have a theme that reflects something young people are interested in, and, this year, they picked dinosaurs.
Kom said they will have sponsorship and other forms available at the Aug. 28 meeting. These will include forms for t-shirts and wrist bands.
The local Red Ribbon Week celebration will start as it has for several years now, with a parade Saturday, Oct. 19, in Bouse. It will conclude with Family Fun Day, a big fair and exposition for local service agencies Sunday, Oct. 27, at Pop Harvey Park. This event will feature give-aways and free activities for young people.
Kom noted at the Aug. 13 meeting the national Red Ribbon Week celebration will be from Wednesday, Oct. 23 to Thursday, Oct. 31. She said PAACE decided to hold the local celebration on different days because they like to start and end on a weekend and they did not want to interfere with Halloween and the Town of Parker’s “Trunk or Treat” event, which will also be at Pop Harvey Park.
Red Ribbon Week was created in honor of US Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was tortured and murdered in 1985 in Mexico, allegedly by members of a drug cartel.
Sponsors are needed for Red Ribbon Week for the t-shirts and wristbands that will be given to youngsters, along with the events, contests and give-aways. Anyone interested in attending the Aug. 29 meeting is encouraged to attend. Please RSVP Courtney Kom at PAACE at 928-669-0175 or 669-5565.