CEL-BEAR-ATION PARADE, AUCTION THIS WEEKEND

August 17, 2000 11:00 pm

By Jennifer Grimes

Triplicate staff writer

Unbearable numbers of bear-isms will be heard at the 17th Annual Cele-bear-ation this weekend in Crescent Citys Cultural Center and Beachfront Park.

Along with having a fun, family adventure, youll be supporting a very important community program, said Teri McCune Oostra, Director of Victims Services and Harrington House, the battered womens shelter which will benefit from the event.

It all begins on tonight at 6 p.m., with a community social and a no-host bar in the Cultural Center, hosted by the Soroptimists.

Then at 7 p.m., more than 90 items will be auctioned off with the help of the Rotary Club.

Trips to Reno and Las Vegas, an autographed Dallas Cowboys pennant and dump trucks of gravel are among the surprises at this unusual auction.

Its a true community project. Many different businesses and private individuals gave a lot to make this work, said McCune Oostra.

More than 50 individuals and businesses donated the wares for the benefit.

The Saturday fun begins at 10 a.m., with a parade marching down H Street and ending up in Beachfront Park where the arts and crafts booths, food booths, music and contests will keep the action going.

Margaret McLaughlin of KCRE radio, has been trying to put the parade together. So far we only have about a dozen entries of kids with their bears and bicycles, she said.

McLaughlin said she wants to encourage as many entries as possible and so will accept last minute entries. To be part of the parade, you should be at the Veterans center on H Street by 9:15 a.m., she said.

Cultural Center and Park activities start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

We have used our community resources from events like the Teddy Bear Weekend very well, said McCune Oostra.

Last year, Harrington House served more than 8,000 meals and provided 2,733 shelter nights to almost 200 women and their children, she said.

Del Norte County is one of the highest ranking counties in the state for domestic violence reports, according to McCune Oostra.

One of the ways we can change the level of family violence in our community is to support programs that are there to aid families attempting to leave the situation, she said.

Women in need can contact the Harrington House, 24 hours a day, by calling 465-3013.