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Poway Gives Back: Chelsea's Run, Lacrosse & the Flu

Find out how to sign to Finish Chelsea's Run or help the Poway Lacrosse Foundation.

FINISH CHELSEA'S RUN

Save the date! The third annual Finish Chelsea's Run event will take place on Saturday, March 2, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in Balboa Park. The first run in 2010 was a grassroots coming together of over 3,500 friends and community members honoring the life of Poway High student Chelsea King, whose life was cut short by a heinous act while she was in the midst of her training run on the Lake Hodges trails. It caused her parents, Kelly and Brent King, to start the Chelsea's Light Foundation to make a positive change for children. The inaugural Finish Chelsea's Run 5K walk/run, sponsored by the foundation in 2011, drew over 5,400 participants. Since then, the foundation has provided college scholarships to 21 amazing kids.

You have the option of doing the 5K “just for fun” or “timed.” Become a team captain and encourage your friends, family and co-workers to join you. There are awards for the largest corporate, school, community, law enforcement and military teams. If you can't make the event you can be a “virtual runner” by creating an online fundraising page. Info on that, entrance fees, directions and more are on the website here.

READY TO FIND THEIR “A” STICK 

As the 2013 lacrosse season approaches, the Poway Lacrosse Foundation needs your support to continue to provide local student athletes with a great lacrosse program. Make a donation online. You can also get forms and sign up to attend a dinner and auction at the Rancho Bernardo Swim & Tennis Club on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6-9:30 p.m. Dinner, dessert and no-host bar. Auction items will include vacations, sporting events, local restaurants as well as lacrosse equipment. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. All the info is here.

GOT FLU?

I finally got my flu shot on Friday, in the lobby of Pomerado Hospital. It took five minutes and was painless. As Pink Floyd used to sing, “just a little pin prick”. Word is Poway is going to be hit hard with outbreak in the next two weeks, which is exactly how long it takes for the vaccine to be fully effective in your body. Some local pharmacies offering flu shots have been running out of vaccine lately. Palomar Health is confident in their supply and have been making it easy with walk-in clinics. The shot is $20 and they take Medicare if you qualify.

Get yours Monday night (Jan. 14), if you're over 18, at Palomar Health's downtown campus, 555 E. Valley Pkwy in Escondido between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., in the Pomerado Hospital lobby Thursday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., next Monday (Jan. 21) at the new Palomar Center, 2185 Citracado Pkwy., Escondido from 10 a.m. to noon and again at Palomar's downtown campus Friday (Jan. 25) from 10 a.m. to noon. Their website is palomarhealth.org/flu

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