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National Night Out events

Posted August 4, 2009 11:59 a.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2009 5:35 p.m. EDT

On Aug. 4, citizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses and local officials in more than 15,000 communities in all 50 states will join forces to mark the 26th annual National Night Out.

The celebration is designed to:

  • Heighten crime, drug and violence prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Local events

Click here to see a list of events.

Celebrations will be held at Cary Police Department, 120 Wilkinson Ave.; Harris Teeter Parking Lot, 2741 N.C. Highway 55; and Crossroads Shopping Center between Best Buy and Toys "R" Us, 237 Crossroads Blvd. An open house will also be held during the event at the Cary Police Department.

Pine Winds Apartments Clubhouse, 1301 Pinewinds Dr.
Target East, 1040 Timber Dr. East
Garner will have two locations participating in NNO 2009 from 6-8 p.m. Plans for each site vary but will likely include food, drinks, music, entertainment, and games for the kids. Police officers will be on site at each location, distributing crime prevention information, child identification kits, and answering any questions from participants. McGruff the crime dog will also make special appearances throughout the events.

Holly Springs
6-8 p.m. at Womble Park, 1201 Grigsby Ave.
Enjoy a night of music and free food, including hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn and ice cream. Activities will include a bike safety rodeo for kids 15 and under, taekwondo and dance demonstrations, a watermelon eating contest, inflatables and games for kids. Organizations including the Marine Corps, National Guard, N.C. Wildlife, Interact and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will have information booths.

Chapel Hill
7-10 p.m., in the neighborhoods throughout Chapel Hill
Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contest, youth activities and anti-crime rallies.

5 p.m., McDougal Terrace Housing Community
T.A. Grady Recreation Center, 531 Lakeland Ave.
Remarks by city and police officials, entertainment, giveaways. Sponsored by Durham Police Department, Durham Housing Authority, North Carolina Central Police Department, Durham Parks and Recreation, Community Development Weed & Seed Program.