GLENDALE, Ariz. – You’ll ‘bearly’ be able to stand all the joy you will get by attending the 15th annual Teddy Bear Day event on Saturday, Sept. 7 in downtown Glendale. This free, family event runs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Begin at the Arizona Information Center Event Booth located at Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures (5836 W. Palmaire Ave.) to pick up the event map and visit with Al the Bear. This loveable, huggable bear will delight the young and young-at-heart from 10 a.m. to noon. Be sure to bring a camera to get a picture with this beary special guest. Hop on the cool and comfortable event shuttle sponsored by Interstate Packaging Group, Inc., to travel throughout the downtown area, visiting boutique stores, specialty shops and downtown eateries for special offers, discounts and activities (some have a nominal fee) including decorating a chocolate bear at Cerreta Candy Company, frosty beverages at 4 Cousins Lemonade Stand, Arizona Search Dogs demonstrations at Bears & More and a bear-themed craft at Velma Teague Library. Additional activities include cookie decorating at Coyote Oatie, a face painter at Glendale Flowers and Gifts, and Kindness Rock Painting at Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures. In addition, Glendale Fire Department and Glendale Police Department vehicles will be on display. Many more activities will be featured. “You will get a warm and fuzzy feeling with friends, family and your favorite furry bears as you enjoy a fun-filled day of make-and-take arts and crafts and bear-themed activities and treats,” said Valerie Burner, owner of Bears & More and Teddy Bear Day event founder.
An important part of the event is the charity drive to benefit the Trauma Teddy Program. Bears & More, located at 7146 N. 58th Drive, will be selling safety-approved teddy bears for $10. These bears will be donated to the Glendale Fire Department, Glendale Police Department, local emergency rooms and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. These first responder organizations give the bears to children who are experiencing traumatic situations. The cuddly bears help comfort the child and assists the first responders in providing needed assistance and treatment to the child. Several businesses throughout the downtown including The Country Maiden and The Astrology Store will be accepting monetary donations to benefit the Trauma Teddy program. More than 8,000 bears have been provided to the Trauma Teddy Program since the beginning of Teddy Bear Day several years ago.
Don’t miss this beary special day in Historic Downtown Glendale. This event is sponsored by Bears & More, Aurora and the Historic Downtown Glendale Merchants Association in partnership with the Historic Downtown business community. For more information, visit www.visitdowntownglendale.com or call 623-299-2060.