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West Allis' Night Out adds cave to safety-oriented event

July 16, 2013

West Allis — To its successful lineup of fun activities at its West Allis National Night Out, the Police Department will add a cave for adults and children to crawl through.

The department is hosting the city's annual National Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the West Allis Farmer's Market, 66th Street and National Avenue. Once again, Aurora West Allis Medical Center is the major sponsor.

The Spelco Cave has been at a couple of other West Allis events and seems to be a hit, said Police Lt. Chad Evenson of the Crime Prevention Bureau.

"Kids and adults will crawl, bend and contort their bodies as they make their way through," he said.

Another popular attraction that will be back for those age 8 and younger is a water game run by the Fire Department. Kids will have the opportunity to hit a target with the water stream from a real fire hose, Evenson said.

There also will be face painting, several large inflatable attractions for children and teens, a rock-climbing wall, challenging children's games and a train ride for small children.

Bicycle helmets will be given to the first 120 people to register their bicycle.

There also will be lots of things to look at.

Children's gymnastics demonstrations will be given several times that night, and the State Fair police will be on hand with their all-terrain vehicles.

The West Allis Police Department will show its Harley-Davidson motorcycles and other police vehicles.

Several city departments will have informational booths featuring literature on services, displays and interactive demonstrations.

A wellness fair with 30 participants from a variety of health-care professions will be held so that people can speak with professionals at no cost.

Raffles also will be held with tickets ($2 each or three for $5) for the grand prize, still to be announced as of press time. The regular raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

"We have a ton of raffle prizes this year," Evenson said.

Tickets are available in advance at the Police Station, 11301 W. Lincoln Ave., and will be sold at several locations at the National Night Out. Proceeds will go to the crime prevention fund used for the Neighborhood Block Watch program and other related programs.

A variety of low cost refreshments will be offered, including corn on the cob, chicken on a stick, hot dogs, pizza, snow cones, popcorn, nachos and cheese, soda, and bottled water. Each will cost $1 or less.

Once again, the West Allis Police Reserve Unit will offer its chicken barbecue for $8.50, and the traditional drive-thru service will be available.

Finally, the neighborhood block parties will be held on Tuesday. Uniformed police officers — along with members of the police motorcycle unit, McGruff (the crime dog) and West Allis Fire Department personnel — will visit more than 60 block parties between 6 and 9 p.m.

— Jane Ford-Stewart

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