On a day when many will be overindulging in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Frank Kelly will be asking area children to declare that they don't need drugs or alcohol.


"We started this event in 2003," said Frank Kelly, the founder of No Drugs America Day, "to promote our awareness campaign of 'Say It Loud, I Need No Drugs.'"


One of the big lures to get kids in to hear the anti-drug message and to be introduced to all the alternative ways to spend their time on display at the event will be the free bicycles raffled off to families who stay until the end of the event. (Only a maximum of two tickets for the donated bicycles will be given out per family.) The first year, they gave away two bicycles and had a handful of attendees. Last year's event attracted more than 1,000.


"Our mission is to stop drug use before it starts," Kelly said. "We put parents and kids together, and talk about the dangers."


Service organizations from around the Victor Valley will be on hand. In addition to providing information about their organizations or signing up kids for their sports and clubs, each booth will have activities for children, including bounce houses or boxing exhibitions.


"Every kind of alternative (activity) imaginable" will be on hand, Kelly said.


For the first time, the event will be held exclusively in Hesperia, instead of in Victorville or in both cities simultaneously, and Kelly's No Drugs America organization is partnering with the Hesperia Recreation and Park District.


"We're happy to work with them on it," said Don Webb, a recreation supervisor at the district. The message of promoting healthy alternatives to drugs is a natural one for the district, he said: "We're inviting everybody we can get emails out to."


No Drugs America Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, 15833 Smoke Tree Street. For more information, visit NoDrugsAmerica.org or call (866) 495-4044.