Winery, fire department team-up to save safety village

The Penticton Safety Village needs $10,000 to continue its mission of teaching children how to be safe at home and on the road.
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PENTICTON - The Penticton Safety Village is in trouble and the Penticton Fire Department needs help to save it.

The village is a mock set of streets, buildings and road signs used to teach children rules of the road, bicycle safety, fire hazards and home fire escapes. Located on 490 Edmonton Ave., the village is run by a non-profit and students and, hopefully, with support from a Sept. 14 picnic benefit.

The department wants to raise $10,000 with its Roost on Fire event hosted at Red Rooster Winery at 891 Naramata Rd. Visitors can buy a picnic lunch prepared by a local chef, featuring pulled pork sandwiches, pasta salad and a sweet treat. Picnic-goers can lunch on the lawn around the vineyard, take part in outdoor games or visit Andy’s Animal Acres. Department staff will do demonstrations.

Tickets are $30 and can be pre-purchased by Sept. 10 with a $5 discount. Wine by the glass or bottle and sparkling fruit juice will be available.

Red Rooster will donate $2 for every wine bottle purchased by phone, website or in-store on Sept. 14 to the Penticton Safety Village. Roost on Fire will be held from noon to 5 p.m. For more details call 250-492-2424.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065, tweet @shannonquesnel1 or @InfoNewsPentict

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