By Alejandra Herrera
Residents filled the Municipal Courtyard between Town Hall and the Community Center on August 6 for the annual National Night Out safety event.
Co-sponsored by Town President Larry Dominick, the Department of Special Events and the Police Department, the program works to foster a healthy relationship between the community and the Fire and Police departments.
The annual event is hosted by more than 16,000 communities across the United States, parts of Canada, and American territories and military bases as a part of an effort to build cooperation inside the cities. Cicero families attending had the opportunity to spend the afternoon together, have fun with inflatables for children, visit information and game tents, listen to live music, and enjoy free food.
Also, the event featured a raffle for a bike, swag bags, school supplies and toys.
“We participated in all the raffles,” said Marta Clara, a Cicero resident, who came with her family. “The children are in the bouncy houses.”
The Happy Kids Chicago entertainment group stopped by with Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster. The Sesame Street stars delighted little kids who wanted a photo with their favorite characters.
“National Night Out is one of the many ways we work to ensure a safe Cicero,” Dominick said. “By keeping the line of communication open between police, the fire department and residents, we can maintain trust and cooperation to keep gang-bangers out of our neighborhoods and our kids safe.”
In the Municipal Courtyard, there was also a dunk tank, toss games with stuffed animal prizes for the winners and face painting. Cicero Police let kids explore one of their vehicles while a State Police K-9 unit demonstrated how officers examine unattended packages. Meanwhile, residents were able to go inside the Community Center to learn more about the programs available for residents, as well as enjoy a free haircut and manicure stations.