Baldwin Park will be the hub of mental health awareness on Saturday, May 7 during the 2nd annual Mental Health Awareness Walk, Fair and Car Show.
The City of Baldwin Park invites people to walk, bike, skate, run and roll on a car-free, one-mile route in the heart of Baldwin Park from 11 a.m. to noon to raise awareness about the importance of mental health this Mental Health Awareness Month.
“Mental health matters. Our annual mental health awareness event provides a space for residents to find resources and reminds us all that self-care is important now more than ever,” said Baldwin Park Mayor Emmanuel J. Estrada. “I am proud to announce that this year’s event will benefit our local marching bands. Music and the arts offer our youth the amazing benefit of development and opportunities for self-expression.”
Proceeds from the fair and car show – which starts at noon and ends at 4 p.m. at Morgan Park – will be donated to the marching bands of Baldwin Park High School and Sierra Vista High School to support the purchase of trailers for moving their equipment.
The walk will kick off in front of Baldwin Park City Hall after city officials and event partners welcome the community at 10:30 a.m.
The walk is free and participants will receive a participation medal at the end of the one-mile route, which starts at Baldwin Park City Hall, travels north on Maine Avenue, then west on Clark Street before heading south on Baldwin Park Boulevard on the way to Morgan Park. The city will close Maine Avenue from Ramona Boulevard to Clark Street, Clark Street from Maine Avenue to Baldwin Park Boulevard, and Baldwin Park Boulevard at Clark Street and at Ramona Boulevard for approximately two hours between 10 a.m. and noon.
At noon, Morgan Park’s Cesar E. Chavez Amphitheater will host hours of entertainment, including “the Godfather of Brown-Eyed Soul” Little Willie G., Rocky Padilla, Son de Kalavera, and folklorico dancers. Attendees will enjoy great live entertainment while also admiring more than 150 cars and bikes displayed by True Pride Car Club. CSC Health will be providing COVID-19 vaccination and at-home test kits during the fair.
The community will also be able to enjoy food, a beer garden and booths from several vendors selling products intended to support mental health. They can also get free haircuts and groceries from Project Hope, who along with Looms for Lupus are first-time partners of this Baldwin Park event.
Project Hope and Looms for Lupus join Oath to Country Foundation, Baldwin Park Unified School District and True Pride Car Club in supporting this event. The inaugural Mental Health Awareness Walk, Fair and Car Show last August brought together 750 people.
Individuals interested in becoming a vendor at the fair or submitting a car or bike for the car show should contain Maria Moreno at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 813-5245, ext. 317.