Landis, other communities participate in National Night Out
By Shavonne Potts
LANDIS ó In cities all over the United States, people will gather next Tuesday to eat, play and strengthen their neighborhoods by fighting back against crime through National Night Out.
The town of Landis is having its first event in conjunction with the China Grove Police and the Landis Fire departments.
The agencies will host a community block party Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in front of the Landis Police Department.
Landis Police Officer Don Silardi said the department is partnering with Kings Quick Mart to host the event. There will be free food, games for children, giveaways and other activities.
The event is designed to heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness, as well as generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts.
“It also sends a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” he said.
All together, 37 million people are expected to participate in neighborhood events during this year’s National Night Out. Target Inc. is the national corporate sponsor.
For more information about the Landis Night Out, contact Silardi at the Landis Police Department, 704-857-2129.
The following communities are also participating with local activities:
– Park Avenue Community Watch from 5:30-8 p.m. at Cannon Park.
There will be bingo and other games, music and food. McGruff the Crime Dog will also make an appearance.
– Laurel Pointe Community Watch from 6-9 p.m. at Laurel Pointe Apartments. This event is open to residents only. There will be food and games.
– The VA Community Watch. There will be food, a talent show, poetry and inflatable toys for children.
– Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 S. Church St. There will be a hot dog supper, games and face painting.
– The Fulton Heights Neighborhood at Centennial Park. There will be food and other activities.
The Salisbury Fire Department will provide its “smoke house,” which simulates a house fire.
– The city of Concord. For more information, contact Capt. Betty Crump, Concord Police, at 704-920-5010.
If your neighborhood is hosting a Night Out event, contact Shavonne Potts 704-797-4253 or spotts@salisburypost. com.