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Four events will be held in western Washington County in Forest Grove, Cornelius, Banks, Gales Creek

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Children can try out police vehicles at National Night Out events, which are being held tonight in Forest Grove, Cornelius, Banks and Gales Creek.Next Tuesday evening, Aug. 1, is National Night Out Against Crime and western Washington County agencies are ready to go. All events are free.

In Cornelius, the event will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Harleman Park, 795 S. Heather St. It will feature a fly-in by a LifeFlight helicopter, police dogs and fire and police vehicles and apparatus, as well as a dunk tank and free food (hot dogs and drinks), with handouts from relevant vendors.

Forest Grove's police department and public safety advisory commission will host a celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Pacific University campus just off College Way. It will feature a climbing wall and games such as cornhole, a football toss (through rings), a sandbox with buried treats for children to dig up, as well as face painting, a poster-coloring contest (for children aged preschool through high school) and a photography contest looking for on-site photos of the event.

The city's Light & Power department will offer rides in its bucket truck and various public-safety vehicles will also be on display (police cars, fire trucks, motorcycles). The police department will offer free "ice cream with a cop" and will also hold a bicycle raffle, a backpack raffle and school-supply giveaways.

The Coin Club will provide live music and numerous booths will offer representatives for everything from the Red Cross, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Girl Scouts, to the city's library, aquatic center and school district.

Banks' event will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sunset Speedway, 12765 N.W. Main St. It will feature a LifeFlight helicopter, fire and sheriff's vehicles and a MetroWest ambulance. Face painting and a balloon artist will be free but food, drinks, snow cones and cotton candy will be available for purchase.

In Gales Creek, the the Gales Creek Neighborhood Watch will present National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gales Creek School with free burgers, hot dogs and drinks. Everything else (desserts and side dishes) will be potluck. No alcohol, smoking or pets are allowed at the event.

Community members can talk with representatives from fire and law enforcement agencies, as well as the Gales Creek Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Department of Forestry and Citizen Participation Organization #13.

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