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October 20


8:00 am 



 Mission Viejo prepares to celebrate 

24th Annual Walk Against Drugs 

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 & 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo 

The success of Mission Viejo' signature event, the "WALK Against Drugs", can only be attributed to the solidarity of partnerships between all facets of the community. The City, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, both the Capistrano Unified School District and Saddleback Valley Unified School District, businesses, service groups, students and families continue in great partnership.  Together we are sending the message that we care about each other and share n the common goal of saying no to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.   

Westbound La Paz Rd, between Marguerite Parkway and Chrisanta Drive, will be
closed from  6:30 am til approximately 9:30 am to ensure the safety of City Staff and walkers.

Free Shuttles: will be available starting at Newhart Middle School at 7:00 am, to and from Mission High School, until 12:45 pm. 
Starting at 9:00 am the shuttles will pick up at
the Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center, 24932 Veteran's Way. 






 Continuing with tradition, the day will begin with an
8:00 am rally at Mission Viejo High School (25025 Chrisanta Dr).     

  After the rally, the crowd of more than 3,000 sporting red T-shirts will form a red ribbon as they walk down La Paz Road, through the Oso Creek Trail. The two-mile trek will be immediately followed by a Community Fair on the Village Green at Oso Viejo Park, 24932 Veterans Way 


"The ball is in your court...
Make life a DRUG FREE sport!"

                     The ball is in your court  WAD        




This year’s rally will feature keynote speaker
Peanut Louie Harper, former WTA professional tennis player
She  collaborated with legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden on the children's book "Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success".                                       
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Harper will join thousands in this event uniting the City, Sheriff’s Department, schools, bus/uploadedImages/Departments/Police_Services/Walk_Against_Drugs/Harper for Kids.PNGinesses and local groups with students and families to embrace a healthy lifestyle and say "no" to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use.  She is co-founder of Harper for Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based upon Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. Harper is committed to teaching children how to achieve their personal best in life. Their  mission is to provide children with educational and enrichment programs to cultivate, inspire and develop leadership skills and promote healthy character development. View video 

also featuring   
   2012 Mission Viejo's Got Talent Winner
Katherine Cotter




 "Celebration FAIR Event "

Saturday October 20th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Village Green at Oso Viejo Park
24932 Veterans Way 

Live Music:


Consensus Rock Band and Whiplash Kids Band

Free Mission Viejo Rotary Club Hot Dogs*Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets*Rubio's Chips & Salsa

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour ICE CREAM!

  • Mission Viejo schools, clubs and nonprofit youth groups will again host fun activity booths as fundraisers for their programs.   
  •   There will be fun activities catering to children with special needs  
  • Orange County Sheriff's Department will be present with several displays and staffing. 

    Inflatables * Games * Crafts * Obstacle Courses * Entertainment * and More! 

Mission Viejo Community of Character Committee* DRUG USE IS LIFE ABUSE
Harper for Kids* Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers* Us Too Center *Boy Scouts of America
*The Shops at Mission Viejo*   Mission Viejo Elk’s Bingo* 

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Mission Viejo schools and youth groups

are welcomed to host a FUNdraising booth at the fairsite. 
Activity booth proceeds go to the group while supporting drug free lifestyles in the Community.  
More information and application  



Free T-Shirt


Free T-shirts to the first 3500 Participants.  

Arrive Early and grab a seat in the Football Stadium! 


Keynote Speaker 

Peanut Harper 

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RRW throw game 

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 School Fundraising &
Volunteer Opportunities



Emergency Preparedness 


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  The City of Mission Viejo welcomes
County Supervisor Pat Bates' 5th Annual
South Orange County Disaster Preparedness Expo
"Get Prepared, Learn How!" 
in conjunction with the Walk Against Drugs fair site.    RRW Lift Truck


 This event provides fairgoers and South County residents of all ages
information about being prepared.  Participating agencies include
OCSD Emergency Management Bureau, Alert OC, American Red Cross,
Southern California Edison-San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
(SCE-SONGS).  An earthquake similator sponsored by the City and
the popular lift truck provided by OC Public Works will also be there
for the crowd to experience.        


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