Get answers and assistance for a wide range of health and safety concerns when the city of Westlake and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center host a free Community Safety and Wellness Fair next weekend.

More than 70 organizations will offer information on topics ranging from diabetes, epilepsy, sexual assault, pain management, golf therapy, vision, digestion and childbirth. Free health screenings will be available for blood pressure, body mass index, bone density, cholesterol, grip strength, skin cancer and stroke assessment. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.

Parking will be at Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. Lolly the Trolley will provide free transportation to and from the rec center.

Demonstrations include a distracted-driver simulator, emergency 911 simulations and fire extinguisher usage.

Children can talk with Andy the Ambulance, give a checkup to Teddy at the teddy bear first-aid station or plant a vegetable seed while learning about vegetables. They can also ask questions of a giant inflatable heart and brain, dress up like a firefighter and get a hug from Cleveland Browns mascot Chomps.

Touch-a-Truck features Westlake police, fire and service vehicles, including an ambulance and the police department’s all-terrain vehicle, along with a bucket truck, a tow truck and a crane.

There will be a bounce house, photo opportunities with the police department’s safety pup and a chance to watch as the hospital’s helicopter lands.

Some special features include a blood drive and a non-perishable food collection to support the Westlake food pantry.

Westlake Recreation Director Bob DeMinico said he is pleased the fair has grown in visitors and vendors the past five years, with last year’s attendance reaching nearly 2,000. The fair is largely inside the rec center in case of inclement weather, with the exceptions of the Touch-a-Truck and a few vendors.

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