National Night Out came to Molalla and folks turned to out get information and have fun

There was quite a large crowd at the Aug. 6 National Night Out in Molalla. Sally Fox Park wasn't just crowded with people, but with booths, the majority of them letting people know what the city has available for safety and health, as well as others painting faces and the Veterans of Foreign Wars handing out school supplies, which were nearly gone in about an hour.

Fire trucks and ambulances entertained children. Some of the kids got to go inside the ambulances while others pushed the horn on the fire trucks. Sparky the dog hugged as many kids as possible as well as some of the adults, while Smoky the Bear and his firefighter friend talked about ensuring that forest fires don't start. CAROL ROSEN - There were safety tips, food vendors and even a free book table from the Friends of the Molalla Public Library during this year's National Night Out celebration.

The Molalla Kiwanis Club featured children and youth activities while youth groups and others, such as Molalla Striking Arts and Scouting for girls and boys of all ages talked about their activities. While the police sent kids on a driving course complete with stop signs.

It wasn't just for kids, but there were activities for adults too.

The City Council had several members, including the Mayor Keith Swigart and City Manager Dan Huff, talking about their activities and asking people to sign a petition to ODOT for a stoplight at Highway 211 and Leroy where the new Cascade Center will be built. Helen Clapp told people about LifeFlight and the Molalla Public Library offered books to kids and adults.

It was a fun evening, if quite warm evening, made even more fun for the kids at the Splash Pad and the adults seeking the misting area on the street.

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