In keeping with the theme - "Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party" - for this year's America's Night Out Against Crime, several communities across the state will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contest, youth activities and anticrime rallies Tuesday night.
Target, who is the national sponsor of the event, will connect the community of law enforcement with residents of North Hills in Raleigh.
The North Hills Commons will be filled with cars, cruisers, ambulances, horses, and food.
The Town of Cary is also joining communities nationwide to celebrate crime prevention and neighborhood safety.
Members of the Town's police department will be outside of Cary Towne Center's food court for an interactive and informative evening of awareness from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Parents can sign-up for a home safety inspection or obtain children identification kits, and emergency vehicles and fire trucks will be on display for kids to explore.
In addition to the safety event at Cary Towne Center and the opening of the police substation in western Cary at 10120 Green Level Church Road, Suite 208, officials will be visiting neighborhoods and meeting community watch groups and homeowner associations by request.
Chapel Hill police officers will also visit neighborhoods to promote awareness, safety and police-community partnerships on Tuesday night.
The Garner Police Department will be taking part in an event at the Target store on Timber Drive from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a variety of activities including the opportunity to meet with police officers and event sponsors.
In Fayetteville, the police department and community organizations will be celebrating the strength of police and community united against crime starting at 6 p.m.
Fayetteville residents will spend the evening outside visiting with neighbors and other activities, which include:
- Cliffdale West-8:30 PM- Block Party at Neighborhood Entrance
- Scotsdale-6 p.m. - Block Party- Media Drive
- Southgate-6 p.m. - Ice Cream Social- Southgate Rd (Water Lot)
- Surrey Meadows-6 p.m. - Block Party- Meadow Lane
- Westpoint-6 p.m. - Block Party - Jersey Drive
- Seabrook - 6 p.m. - Smith Rec Center, Slater Ave.
- Tera Gardens 5 p.m. - Law Rd.
- Fairfield Farms is having an event for their community from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the community to come out and meet their new Crime Prevention Specialist.
- Rayconda - Neighborhood activities- 6 p.m.
- Lafayette Village West - Cookout and Bouncey Houses for kids- 6 p.m.
- Lafayette Village-South Hills - Ice Cream Social- 6 p.m.
The Carrboro Police Department will also be participating in National Night Out Tuesday evening.
Officers will join residents at: Abbey Court Apartments, The Bridges at Chapel Hill, Carolina Apartments, Estes Park Apartments, Colonial Village at Highland Hills, Poplar Place Apartments, Royal Park Apartments, and the Villages Apartments.
Residents are invited to attend one of the events to enjoy an evening of community fellowship - food and beverages will be provided by some communities. The activities will run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Mount Olive citizens are also being encouraged to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the crime and drug prevention event.
The Town of Mount Olive will be hosting festivities at Nelson Street Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be games, music, prizes, a bounce zone, hot dogs, drinks and pickles free of charge for the community.
For more information on events in your area, visit www.nationalnightout.org