This Tuesday, August 3, is the 27th National Night Out, a community safety event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). According to NATW's web site, "National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive, and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation." Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 36-million people participated in National Night Out 2009.
If your street or neighborhood participates in a Block Watch program then turn on your porch lights this Tuesday to show your support for the National Night Out (NNO). Also, consider going out and participating in these community events around Cincinnati:
- Cincinnati Police District 2 will be partnering with the community for the National Night Out at the Mt. Washington Recreation Center. Tuesday, August 3, from 6 -9 PM. "Join us for free food, drinks, and fun at National Night Out - a great way to meet your neighbors, local police, and community leaders. Kids will love meeting the horses of the mounted patrol, seeing police motorcycles up close, and learning more about how to stay safe at home and school."
- Cincinnati Police District 3 will be partnering with the Westwood Civic Association for NNO, this Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, in the parking lot of the Ferguson Road Kroger (2310 Ferguson Road). This event will feature free food and drinks, fun and games for kids, exhibits by the police and fire departments, information booths for local agencies and associations, door prizes, entertainment, and more.
- College Hill Presbyterian Church (5742 Hamilton Avenue) hosts four nights of events during their annual Block Party. The event starts Tuesday with National NIght Out from 5:30 -9:30 PM. Tuesday night includes free food, music, DIstrict 5 Police with mounted patrol and K-9 officers, the fire department, and community booths. Free food and events will continue, from 6:30 - 9 PM each night. Wednesday will feature Big Band music and an ice cream social. Thursday includes a talent show and 3-on-3 basketball tournament (pre-registration required), and music by Christian DJ Promote and rapper Propaganda. Friday will start with a Unity Walk, at 5:30 PM, and provide praise and worship music, as well as balloon and caricature artists. The Block Party concludes with a 10 AM worship service, under a tent, in the church's parking lot, on Sunday.
- Loveland Police will be on Park Avenue near Elm Street, this Tuesday, from 6 -8 PM. Loveland Police will be on hand to pass out free child ID kits as well as free ice cream (while supplies last) to Loveland residents. Also, Loveland police bike officers will be providing free bike safety items for the children. For more information, please contact 583-3000.
- Norwood Police will be at the Norwood Community Center (1810 Courtland Avenue) this Tuesday from 6 -9 PM. The police are trying to encourage any and all kids to attend. The kids will get to meet police/fire personnel, view equipment, food/drinks, games, and activities. Free bike helmets will be given away to kids that bring their bikes and participate in a safety course. Also, the Cincinnati Zoo will participate in National Night Out at the community center and have a presentation with animals at 6 PM.
- Over-the-Rhine National Night Out, sponsored by OTR Chamber of Commerce, United Dairy Farmers, Findlay Market and New Horizons Credit Union, Inc. is Tuesday, August 3rd, from 5 -6:30 PM. "Enjoy a night out with your law enforcement officers at Findlay Market near the Farmers Shed. Ice cream, live music, face painting, fun, games & prizes! With demonstrations of Cincinnati's emergency equipment. NNO is an annual, national event that involves all segments of the community in building a healthier, safer community; generating support for anti-crime programs and strengthening police-community relations."
- Wyoming Police Department will be at the Wyoming's Village Green Park, this Tuesday, from 7 -9 PM. Food, drinks, booths, kid's games and bounce house. Wyoming Police Association offering free sno-cones.
- In Northern Kentucky, The 27th Annual National Night Out, being held by the Highland Heights Southgate Police Authority, Central Campbell Fire Department and Southgate Volunteer Fire Department on August 3, 2010 at the City of Highland Heights new City Building (176 Johns Hill Road) from 6 -8:30 PM. Free food, drinks and prizes along with demonstrations from the police and fire departments such as K-9 and air care. Come out to meet your local police and fire departments and to have some fun!
For additional listings check cincinnati.com. If your community is hosting a NNO event in Cincinnati and is not listed above please leave information in the comment section.