Glendale Health Fair

Star Kids Dental's Brittany Acebal, center, offers stickers to children at the Glendale Health Festival at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

( Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / November 2, 2013 )

Star Kids Dental's Brittany Acebal, center, offers stickers to children at the Glendale Health Festival at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

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