DSC05668For more than 100 years, teddy bears have been beloved by generations of children and adults alike.

Teddy bear fans can head to Historic Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court on Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day.chocolate-teddy-bearHave fun with friends, family and your favorite furry bears as you enjoy a day of make-and-take arts and crafts and exclusive deals. Begin at the Glendale Visitor Center and pick up a map and West Valley Information pack (for the first 200 visitors) and take a special grab bag. Visit boutique stores, specialty shops, and downtown eateries for special offers and discounts. Ollie the Trolley will be cruising through downtown Glendale to offer free rides in the area, including stops at Cerreta Candy Company. DSC05724 Another highlight will be a special appearance by Al the Bear. This loveable, huggable bear will delight the young and young-at-heart!

Be sure to bring a camera to get a picture with this beary special guest!

bears-and-more-bears Additionally, the Visitor Center will be accepting new teddy bears (12-18” in size) to benefit the Glendale Fire Department Trauma Teddy Program, the Glendale Crisis Response Team and local children’s charities. Teddy bears will be available for purchase during the event at the Visitor Center for just $10, to be taken home and loved or donated to the teddy bear drive. This event is coordinated by the downtown business community and the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB.)

For additional information, call the Glendale CVB at 623-930-4500 or head  to www.visitglendale.com.