CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Cities and towns across the area are inviting you to a National Night Out.
Law enforcement in Chapel Hill will host four different block parties for the event.
The national event is widely celebrated the first Tuesday of August each year.
In the past, families tell us it's a great chance to get to know your neighborhood officer by name and truly feel safe knowing they are working to protect them.
In Chapel Hill people have 4 places to choose from. Hargraves Center, Bright Sun Place, Oakwood neighborhood and the Ridgefield neighborhood.
There are also events happening throughout Fayetteville.
For specific locations, checkout the interactive map on the police department's website.
And there are several events in Raleigh, details on those locations are on the city's website.
Raleigh police are also asking you to keep your porch light on tonight between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. in observance of National Night Out.
A Durham man says National Night Out and affordable housing go hand in hand.
Larry Coleman is a leader with the local VFW and is giving residents a chance to look at new plans for housing at their NNO event tonight.
"If you really talk to folks housing is one of the issues that leads to the other issues that are occurring with the crime in Bragtown so you can't, you hear the mayor say, you hear other council members say we gotta get housing for folks," he said.
The event starts tonight at the VFW at 6 p.m. Coleman says he will bring the plans to city council within the next month.