RED RIBBON WEEK KICKS OFF WITH BOWLING EVENT FOR AREA KIDS

RED RIBBON WEEK KICKS OFF WITH BOWLING EVENT FOR AREA KIDS

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Community Policing Division will team up with Sun Lanes Saturday, Oct.23, from noon – 2:30 p.m., to offer youths aged 6 to 16 an opportunity for free bowling and entertainment in a tobacco- and alcohol-free environment. Parents from all over Doña Ana County are encouraged to bring their children to the event.

Local dignitaries will be on hand for the event, including Sheriff Juan Hernandez, District Attorney Susana Martinez and McGruff the Crime Dog. Also featured will be Kasey the Literacy Dog. Kasey is a golden retriever who travels the area’s schools to help promote literacy as part of a nationwide program. Kasey is a friendly dog, whose handler will be available to discuss the literacy program and give parents information about how their children can participate.

Doña Ana County Deputy Sheriff Ronnie Granados said he and Sun Lanes owner Phil Kinzer decided to collaborate again after a successful children’s event in August. Granados said the Oct. 23 event will feature plenty of free prizes for those in attendance. The message of the event, he said, will be one of promoting the national Red Ribbon campaign to reduce alcohol and drug use by young people. In addition, he said, the event will be designed to educate parents and children about a wide variety of services and programs offered through the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department.

In addition to free bowling and free rental shoes during the morning hours, Sun Lanes will offer a reduced-price kids’ menu. Uniformed deputies will be on hand to interact with parents and children.

“We’re aiming this event at kids 6-16,” Kinzer said. “There’s no reason we can’t do similar programs in the future for this age group, as well as younger kids and older teens. We already offer free bowling to seniors every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. We are actively looking for ways to contribute to this community, and I’m delighted to work with Sheriff Hernandez, Undersheriff Ruiz, Deputy Granados and the entire Community Policing Division to begin a sustainable youth program.”

Kinzer said alcohol and tobacco sales will be suspended in the bowling center, Q-Time Billiards Hall and the Open Patio Bar areas until the Saturday event is concluded. Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department patrol cars will be parked near the entrances of the building to attract people to the event.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229 or Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Community Police Coordinator Ronnie Granados at (505) 647-7762 or Sun Lanes at (505) 526-8855.