Redlands Elks Lodge No. 583 is teaming up again with the Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals, but this time their pet adoption is going to be bigger -- it's going to be an Elkstravaganza, Oct. 29 from 9 to 1 at 663 New York St. in Redlands.
"We want to show the community the Elks are MUCH more than just a private club with cheap drinks," said John Fulton, Esteemed Leading Knight, by email.
"Elks Care, Elks Share' is more than just a bumper sticker slogan, and we have a great time doing it!"
The Elks are using an Elks National Foundation Grant to provide adoptions for $16 and offer free microchips (installed on site by shelter staff) for pets of Redlands residents. Proof of residency will be required.
"We want to increase traffic for pet adoption," said Fulton.
Alex's Lemonade Stand, a foundation for childhood cancer research that's endorsed by the Elks National Drug Awareness Program, will take part in the event.
The stand, which will include a drive-through option, will be run by lodge-sponsored Girl Scout Troop 454.
Elks National Drug Awareness Program speaker Ray Lozano will do a presentation at 11 a.m. During the event there will also be an East Valley Young Marines will have a drug awareness/Red Ribbon Week booth.
Elks Drug Awareness Program mascot Elroy T. Elk will be there.
The Elks Hoop Shoot program with have a booth and a portable basketball hoop to promote the annual Free Throw Contest (for youth ages 8-13) and will take sign-ups for the Redlands contest at the YMCA on Dec. 10
Join the Elks while you're there
There will be an Elks membership booth for recruitment.
There will also be information about how high school seniors can apply for Elks Scholarships.
The Antlers youth group (ages 12-20), and the free painting classes (for ages 7-12) at the Redlands Community Center are sponsored by the Redlands Elks.
"This is a great way to provide an opportunity for our lodge-sponsored youth groups to work alongside the Elks," Fulton said by email.
Local heroes in the house
Redlands Fire Department will be there with a vehicle.
Redlands Police Department will be there with the RPD K9 unit. There will also be RPOA merchandise for sale, and safety and volunteer information at their booth.
"Community events like these enhance our relationships with our local first responders and youth organizations," Fulton said by email.
Lunch will be available for purchase from noon to 2 p.m., prepared by QWorks.
As if puppies weren't enough...
There will be free face painting.
Party like you love your community
The Elks welcome the public to an after party at 2 p.m. for all ages.
Live music by Coleslaw will be on the patio from 2 to 4 p.m, and New Wave will play surf music from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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About Redlands Elks
Elks Lodges bring so much more to communities than just a facility.
They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.
Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
The specific purpose of this group is to save the lives of homeless pets in and around Redlands through coordination with local animal shelters, animal rescue groups, veterinarians, boarding facilities and trainers; community education and awareness campaigns supporting pet adoptions, pet fostering, education on the importance of spay/neuter and through volunteer assistance at off-site adoption events that benefit the Redlands Animal Shelter.
The RedFOSA Wish List
♥ Dry Cat & Kitten Food
♥ Water Bottles (for volunteers)
♥ Cat Toys (balls, etc.)
♥ Dog Toys (rope and pull toys)
♥ Regular laundry soap
♥ HE (high efficiency) Laundry Soap
♥ Scrubber Sponges
♥ Dawn dish soap