Sacto 9-1-1
September 24, 2009
Safety Center seeks help celebrating 75th anniversary

From Bill Lindelof:

What began in 1934 as a local civic effort to educate drivers marks its 75th anniversary on Saturday when the Safety Center invites Sacramento area residents to a free celebration with refreshments, tours, prizes and entertainment.

The event takes place from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

The most recognizable feature of the nonprofit Safety Center is Safetyville, U.S.A., the miniature community designed to teach elementary school children how to live safely in daily situations. The complex is visible to motorists when they drive by the organization's headquarters at 3090 Bradshaw Road.

The community could be Anytown. It originally was designed with a church, school, fire station, railroad station, telephone company, shopping mall and gas station. Participants Saturday can roam through Safetyville, which also features a replica of California's Capitol.

Visitors can pick up a "Passport to Safety" that lets them explore the centers' six major safety programs. Participants who get their passports stamped will be eligible to enter a drawing for a $500 travel voucher and other prizes; children who complete the task might win a birthday party at Safetyville.

Alcohol and drug remediation programs are the largest part of the Safety Center's business, but the organization also provides occupational safety training and motorcycle skills classes.

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