Over 20 communities to host National Night Out

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 31, 2016

SALISBURY — This year, 22 communities will host National Night Out events Tuesday with free food, music, children’s games and other outdoor activities. Salisbury Police officers will also drop in at various events.

National Night Out, which typically occurs the first Tuesday in August throughout the country, was founded in 1984, and promotes police-community partnerships and builds neighborhood camaraderie.

The nighttime event also increases awareness of law enforcement programs such as neighborhood watch and other anti-crime initiatives. This year the Salisbury City Council meeting will be held on the same date. Council members have expressed they will visit communities after the meeting.

“National Night Out is an opportunity where officers and citizens take a moment to formally acknowledge our partnership,” said Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes.

“Preventing crime and disorder is not just a policing issue — it is a neighborhood and community-wide effort facilitated by communication and dialog between the Salisbury community and its police department. The Salisbury Police Department’s vision for the future is to build on occasions like National Night Out to connect with residents and find more opportunities for these valuable conversations,” Stokes said.

Salisbury neighborhoods, in conjunction with the city Parks and Recreation and Salisbury Police, are expected to welcome residents at various apartment complexes, the Fred Evans pool, churches, the Women’s Club, City Park and the Salvation Army.

National Night Out participants attending evening activities are encouraged to post photographs on social media platforms using the hashtag #SalisburyNightOut.

The following communities are hosting National Night Out events:

Parks & Recreation  

Contact: Teri Shaw, 704-638-2114

Location: 110 Old Concord Rd.

Time: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Activities: Free Swimming

Clancy Hills Apartments

Contact: Vicky Phillips or Shelby Marlin, 704-636-6408

Location: 100 Clancy St.

Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Food: Ice cream

Activities: Bounce house, water slide, DJ, kids’ games, Smart Start Rowan

The Gables

Contact: Dale Denny

Location: The Gables (Faith Rd.) at the Club House

Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Activities: Officer Basinger safety presentation, fire and EMS setup

Celebration Drive

Contact: Barbara Davis, 704-232-5334

Location: 900 Block Celebration Dr.

Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Activities: Bounce House

Food: Hot dogs, hamburgers and cake

Whispering Oaks

Contact: Susann Willis 704-797-0314

Location: 805 Newsome Rd.

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Food: Sloppy Joes, cake, drinks

Salisbury Village-Castlewood

Contact: Roneisha Smith or Becki Robinson, 704-642-1824

Location: 200 Castlewood Dr.

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Food: Ice cream social near the pool

Activities: Swimming

Hidden Creek

Contact: Carolyn Barker, 704-640-8259

Location: 816 Court Side Dr. (The club house/pool)

Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

VA Community

Contact: Dr. Trueblood, 704-267-9400

Location: 1237 Old West Innes St. (Women’s Club)

Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food: Fish Fry

Moore’s Chapel

Contact: Karen Dunlap, 704-819-6300

Location: 500 Partee St.

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Activities: Back to School

Salvation Army

Contact: Captain Bobby Carr, 704-636-6491

Location: 620 Bringle Ferry Road

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food: Hot dogs, chips, drinks

Activities: Movie in the Chapel

Holly Leaf Apartments

Contact: Tina, 704-637-5588

Location: 2205 Woodleaf Road (by the pool)

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food: Pizza, popsicles

Rolling Hills

Contact: Blair Morgan, 704-637-6207

Location: 315 Ashbrook Road (by the pool)

Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Food: Pizza, drinks

At the Cross Ministries

Contact: Pastor Dee Ellison, 704-433-6662

Location: 1915-1917 W. Innes St. (At the Cross Ministries parking lot)

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food: Hot dogs, chips, drinks

Activities: Summer B-ball activity, teams of three shooting to twenty-one (ages 10-16)

Brooklyn South

Contact: Lorraine Reidda, 704-636-8548

Location: Corner of E. Bank, S. Shaver streets

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food: Popcorn, drinks

The Father’s House of Prayer

Contact: Pat Smyre, 704-902-7890

Location: 2218 Statesville Blvd.

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food: Ice cream

Activities: An Appreciation for Law Enforcement

Westridge Village/Westridge Place

Contact: Ms. Atwater, 704-762-9648

Location: 201 Admiral Dr.

Time: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Food: Cotton candy, bottled water, drinks

Activities: Movie Night, music, cornhole, volleyball, dancing

Chestnut Hill

Contact: Donna Prunkl, 704-267-7897 or Elysia

Location: Corner of S. Jackson, W. Harrison streets (Chestnut Hill Neighborhood Park)

Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Activities: Dedication of Free Lending Library, Official Ribbon Cutting for the park at 7 p.m.

Rowan Terrance

Contact: Diana Mograhi, 704-267-5982

Location: 215 Skyline Circle

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ardis Chapel

Contact: Eugenia Caldwell, 704-488-2945

Location: 1940 Old Mocksville Road

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fulton Heights

Contact: Geoffrey Hoy, 704-603-8029

Location: Centennial Park, 608 Wiley Ave.

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food: Ice Cream Social

Rachel Lane

Contact: Helen Smith, 704-798-2132 or Tina, 704-642-0535

Location: 1071 Rachel Lane (Empty lot across from this address)

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food: Doughnuts, drinks

City Park

Contact: Doug Robinson, 704-785-5425

Location: City Park Rec — Lake Drive

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.