Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Fall Events

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On Monday of last week I toured Arena Americas, formerly Karl’s Event Services, on S. 10th Street, just east of Rawson Avenue. The company is best known for its large tents and party rentals, including the largest clear span tents available in the industry, which are designed and manufactured in Oak Creek. Many of the biggest sporting events in the world have used their structures, including the Super Bowl, the summer and Winter Olympics, the Daytona 500, and New York Fashion Week.

John Lefebvre, General Manager at the Oak Creek facility, also showed me the company’s state-of-the-art tent-washing machine which allows them to clean the large panels of the tents in-house. After washing, the clean panels are suspended from the ceiling, with rigging resembling a large sailboat. Hanging on the wall of his office are certificates honoring Arenas on the setting of two Guinness World Records, for the largest temporary stage and marquee, the stage alone measuring over 275,000 sq. feet, set up in 2012 in Randall's Island, New York. Arenas/Karl’s has 120 employees at their Oak Creek location, and rent everything for an event from the tent, to the tables, chairs, linens, and place settings, accommodating parties of any size.

On Tuesday, October 15, we’ll award the Mayor’s Landscaping Awards for 2013. This year’s winners will be announced at the 7pm Common Council meeting. Thanks again to Tehan Brothers Nursery on Rawson Avenue for donating gift certificates for the Residential Landscape Award winners. We’ll also announce the Business Landscaping Award winners, which include two Howell Avenue businesses located just down the street from each other. We’ll post the winners on our City of Oak Creek Facebook page later this week. https://www.facebook.com/CityofOakCreek. Thanks to all the nominees for making our city greener, and better looking!

The Mayor’s Fitness Challenge rolls on with three events scheduled this week, including a “Sleep Well Tonight” workshop at the Library on Wednesday, an Impact Fitness Boot Camp at East Middle School on Thursday, and a social event at El Fogon on Saturday! With more than 700 participants registered, we continue to add Challenge events, with more than twenty scheduled thru January 2014. Participants who attend 10 or more events will receive a Mayor’s Fitness Challenge t-shirt, sponsored by our Challenge partners, Wheaton Franciscan Hospital on S. 27th. It’s not too late to sign up and participate, either. https://ocmayorschallenge.eventbrite.com.

The fantastic fall weather continues, get out there, exercise, and enjoy it!

Mayor Steve