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Vandenberg to host free Kids' Carnival event at Cocheo Park

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg is scheduled to host its first, free Kids' Carnival at Cocheo Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24.

The carnival is part of the Air Force's 2010 Year of the Air Force Family initiative - April is the Month of the Military Child.

The event will feature a number of different activities, giveaways and food items. All activities and food are free to the public. The carnival's giveaways include an iPod, Wii entertainment system, four bikes, basketball hoop set, toys and a $50 gift certificate. Food at the event will include hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, fresh fruit, chips and soda.

"This event is to show our children how much we appreciate them and care for them, and to thank them for all they do as military children," said Ms. Pauline Chui, a Vandenberg Family Advocacy outreach manager.

Many on and off base agencies have helped in the planning stages of the Kids' Carnival and have made contributions to make the event possible.

"What makes it unique is that we have all of Team Vandenberg participating in this event," said Ms. Chui. "Many squadrons, units, defense contractors and companies on base have a role in this event. We're hoping for good weather, a great turn out and lots of fun for everyone."

The role of Vandenberg's wing safety office in the upcoming Kids' Carnival is to promote safety for all children, said Mr. Mark Stortecky, a 30th Space Wing occupational safety and health specialist.

"A child seat inspection station will be available, provided by the California Highway Patrol and wing safety office, to inspect child restraint devices for proper installation and to provide information on this important issue," he said. "Attendees of the Kids' Carnival will learn how to properly install a child safety seat and restrain their children every time he or she is in a car to help prevent injuries in the event of a crash."

Provided by Vandenberg's wing safety office, a booth will be on display at the Kids' Carnival with free informative safety handouts for parents.

"These community events are not only fun, but educational and they help promote healthy families and communities," Ms. Chui said. "Healthy families and communities make for a healthy, mission ready Air Force."

For more information about the Kids' Carnival, call Ms. Chui at 606-8217 or Mr. Stortecky at 606-2300.