GLENDALE, Ariz. – You’ll ‘bearly’ be able to stand all the joy you will get by attending the 17th annual Teddy Bear Day event on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in downtown Glendale. This free, family event runs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You will get a warm and fuzzy feeling with friends, family and your favorite furry bears as you enjoy a fun-filled day of make-and-take arts and crafts and bear-themed activities and treats.
Begin at the Arizona Information Center Booth located at Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures (5836 W. Palmaire Ave.) to pick up the event map and visit with Al the Bear. This loveable, huggable bear will delight the young and young-at-heart from 10 a.m. to noon. Be sure to bring a camera to get a picture with this beary special guest. Hop on the cool and comfortable event shuttle sponsored by Interstate Packaging Group, Inc., to travel throughout the downtown area, visiting boutique stores, specialty shops and downtown eateries for special offers, discounts, and activities (some have a nominal fee) including decorating a chocolate bear at Cerreta Candy Company and Arizona Search Dogs demonstrations at Bears & More. New this year, all shuttle riders will receive a free taffy pulling kit courtesy of Cerreta Candy Company.
In addition, Glendale Fire Department and Glendale Police Department vehicles will be on display in the Catlin Court retail district. “We realize the importance of this fateful date and have discussed with First Responders who provided us with the assurance that there is no better place to be than with the community on this date,” said Valerie Burner, owner of Bears & More and Teddy Bear Day event founder.
An important part of the event is the charity drive to benefit the Trauma Teddy Program. Bears & More, located at 7146 N. 58th Drive, will be selling safety-approved teddy bears for $10. These bears will be donated directly to the Glendale Fire Department, Glendale Police Department, local emergency rooms and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. These first responder organizations give the bears to children who are experiencing traumatic situations. The cuddly bears help comfort the child and assists the first responders in providing needed assistance and treatment to the child. More than 10,000 bears have been provided to the Trauma Teddy Program since the beginning of Teddy Bear Day.
Don’t miss this beary special day in Historic Downtown Glendale. This event is sponsored by Bears & More, Interstate Packaging Group, Inc., and the Historic Downtown Glendale Merchants Association in partnership with the Historic Downtown business community. For more information, visit www.visitdowntownglendale.com or call 623-299-2060.