RUMFORD — The Rumford Eagles will host a Child Advocacy Day for area youth Saturday, May 12, at the Eagles lodge at 129 Rumford Ave. Admission is free.

From 9 a.m. to noon there will be presentations to benefit children and their parents from representatives from local police, medical and fire departments, groups from the Greater Rumford Community Center, Mexico Recreation Department, Rumford Hospital, RSU 10 wellness team and other youth groups.

Among the programs are:

* Eye retina scanning done by the Rumford Police Department. This is new technology for child identification that replaces fingerprinting.

* Rumford firefighters and a team from Rumford Hospital will have an interactive phone that demonstrates how to use the 911 system in emergencies.

* Norway firefighters will have their training structure.

* The Mexico Police Explorers will have a seat-belt crash demonstration.

The Mexico Fire Department will also have its fire dog, Sparky, available to meet children.

Other activities include a bicycle safety rodeo that will feature a display from Liberty Mutual called “Small Town,” a bounce tent, games, prizes and face painting.

Rumford firefighters will also host a barbecue, and Pizza Hut will have a tent.

In the afternoon, there will be various activities to entertain and informs.

From 8 p.m. to midnight, entertainment will be provided by Backlash. The dance will cost $5, although there is no charge for Eagle members with card.

The Child Advocacy Day is also a fundraiser for participating youth groups such as the Greater Rumford Community Center, Mexico Rec, RSU 10 wellness team, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorers, Girl Scouts and others.

Various fundraising activities throughout the day include donated raffle items, yard sale items, 50/50 raffle and admission for the evening entertainment.

All money raised will be divided evenly among all the participating youth groups.

For more information, visit the Eagles website at www.rumfordeagles.foe.comor, or call Richie Philbrick at 357-4996 or Fred Allen at 739-9798.

For anyone interested in learning what the Eagles are all about and possibly looking to join, members will be on hand to answer questions and give tours.

A yard sale will also be held to benefit local youth. If anyone has items they wish to donate, drop them off at the Eagles or call Allen or Philbrick.

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