Prom fair urges teens to stay sober prom night

NORWALK - The Norwalk Lions Club received permission this week to use the Civic Center lawn for a "safe and sober" prom event.About 300 high school juniors and seniors are expected to attend April 28 from 4-7 p.m., where they will be encouraged to stay sober on prom night. Farmers Insurance will have a 25-ft. trailer on-site to screen a safety video while a wrecked vehicle will remind students in vivid detail of the dangers of drinking and driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving also provided literature to be distributed to teens. Local vendors will take part in the event as well, with tuxedo shops, limousine services, florists, dress shops, hair salons and others promoting their services. A DJ will play music and about 16 teens are slated to participate in a fashion show. City Council members agreed Tuesday to waive a special event permit, saving the Lions Club nearly $150. The city also agreed to loan 10 pop-up canopies, one registration booth, 12 banquet tables and 70 chairs. Vendors still need to register for a business license at a cost of $32.25. The Lions Club is marketing the program to high school students in Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Downey and La Mirada. Admission is free.

********** Published: April 19, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 01