Now in its 30th year, National Night Out aims to raise awareness of community policing efforts and other anti-crime programs. The night, set for Tuesday, also offers plenty of free family fun.
While many of the celebrations are in individual neighborhoods, there are some larger community celebrations too. Many are sponsored, in part, by Target. Here's what's scheduled. If I hear about more, I'll add them (and feel free to add more information in the comments below).
- Wake Forest celebrates from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday at the Wake Forest SuperTarget parking lot, 12000 Retail Dr. You'll find fire, police and EMS vehicle displays, a fly in from the Duke Life Flight helicopter, concessions from the American Legion Wake Forest Post 187 and more. There will be child identification fingerprint kits, child safety seat technicians and more information about vehicle security, home security and personal safety. Click here for details.
- In Raleigh, Target will host an event at North Hills from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, on the commons next to Starbucks and Ben & Jerry's. Click here for more information.
- Clayton marks the night with a bouncy house, drawings, giveaways, Clayton police and fire displays and visits from Smoky the Bear, KungFu Panda, Lucky the Dog and Spark. There will be fire trucks and police vehicles on site. It's 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Town Square at the corner of Fayetteville Street and Main Street.
- Morrisville's is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday, at the Target at 3000 Market Center Dr. Details.
- Knightdale's is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Target, 1000 Shoppes at Midway Dr. Details.
- Many neighborhoods across Durham will mark the night on Tuesday. The official kickoff event is 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, in the Southside community, 201 W. Enterprise St. For the full list of all of the events, go to Durham Police's website and find it under "latest special events and features" toward the bottom of the page.
- Merchants at Pinecrest Pointe Shopping Center, 9101 Leesville Rd., Raleigh, will offer some special prizes and activities, including bounce houses, spin art, face painting and balloon animals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday.
Both Apex and Cary offer similar events. But after Cary's event was rescheduled last year because of inclement weather and held in May, the town has opted to continue holding it in May. Apex plans an event Oct. 1 to beat the heat. Garner also is looking at scheduling a big event in the fall, though the Target at White Oak Shopping Center will have an event Tuesday evening.