and the was the sight of Community Services Day Saturday afternoon in Deerfield. The event is a sort of communal open house bringing together a number of groups and providing free fun for local families. This was the seventh year for the gathering.
"We decided to combine efforts of all the community entities to get everybody together. It not only saves us money but also makes for a bigger event," stated Linda Anderson, co-chair for Community Services Day.
Put on by the , the Deerfield-Bannockburn Police and Fire Departments, and the Deerfield Park District, the event featured inflattable games, costumed characters, a helicopter landing and take off, fire demonstrations, and more.
The event is entirely paid for with contributions from corporate sponsors, among them Parkway North, John Buck Company, , , ADT, the Park Foundation, and .
"Everybody got together and got on the same page and we use all the resources as a way of promoting all our services that we offer to the community," stated Fire Marshall Chris Johnson, who also serves on the event's 12-member board.