We have a couple of great events going on this weekend. First is the 24th annual Idyllwild Earth Fair. Normally, the Pine Cove Water District would have a presence at the fair, but due to another event, which is also scheduled for this weekend, we had to bow out this year. But we will be there next year to help them celebrate 25 years of earth fairs.
The fair will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2014, and runs from 11 am until 5 pm. As always, admission is free. So stop on by and support everyone who is participating and who give up their time to organize and run the fair. For more information, you can go to their website at earthfair.com.
The other event that is happening actually starts on Friday evening. Riverside County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services is sponsoring CERT training and the Idyllwild Nature Center is hosting the event. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team and is all about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Participants will be taught how to react after an emergency and through CERT training, they will learn to manage utilities, put out small fires, treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating for shock, provide basic medical aid, search for and rescue victims safely and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
There is no cost for this training and if you would like to sign up, please go to www.rivcocert.org to register. You can also register by calling 951-955-4700. Class size is limited to 40 people and those who successfully complete the practical exercise with hands-on instruction in fire suppression, search and rescue, cribbing and medical will receive a certificate of completion and a free CERT kit. The class schedule is:
Friday, May 16, 2014 from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm
Classes will be held at the Idyllwild Nature Center located at 54000 County Park Road, Idyllwild CA 92549. Register today because you can never be too prepared!