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National Night Out events to take place Aug. 1

SALISBURY — Twenty observances of National Night Out on Tuesday will feature free music, food, children’s games and other outdoor activities, along with officers of the Salisbury Police Department.

National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. It was founded in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch.

The nighttime observances, typically held the first Tuesday in August, also increase awareness of local law enforcement programs such as neighborhood watch and anti-crime initiatives.

Salisbury neighborhoods, in conjunction with the city Parks and Recreation and Police departments, are expected to welcome residents at apartment complexes, Chestnut Hill, churches, the Fred Evans pool, Rowan Terrace and the Salvation Army.

This year, the Salisbury City Council meeting will be held on the same date. Council members will visit with communities after the meeting.

“National Night Out is another opportunity for the Police Department and other city departments to engage the citizens of Salisbury in conversations and build relationships through dialogue and getting to know one another,” said Police Chief Jerry Stokes.

“Over the past year we have worked hard toward building the community through crime prevention and reducing the fear of crime,” Stokes said. “This can only be achieved when the Police Department has a solid link to those we serve. These are opportunities that can facilitate those efforts, and we look forward to many more chances like this over time.”

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

Tuesday’s observances include:

• Parks and Recreation Department: 6-8 p.m., Evans Pool, 110 Old Concord Road. Free swimming.

• Clancy Hills Apartments: 3:30-6:30 p.m., 100 Clancy St. Popcorn, cotton candy, pirate house and bounce house.

• Chestnut Hill: 6-8 p.m., South Jackson and Harrison streets. Refreshments and games.

• Forest Creek-Celebration Drive: 4-6 p.m., 900 Block Celebration Drive. Hot dogs, hamburgers and cake.

• Salisbury Village-Castlewood: 5-7 p.m., 200 Castlewood Drive. Pizza.

• Hidden Creek: 5-8 p.m., 816 Courtside Drive (clubhouse/pool). Hamburgers and hot dogs.

• West Ridge Village: 5 p.m., 201 Admiral Drive. Pizza, ice cream and carnival games.

• Laurel Pointe: 6-8 p.m., 100 Laurel Pointe. Pizza or hot dogs, cornhole, volleyball and pool activities.

• West Square: 6-8 p.m., 112 S. Fulton St. Kabobs truck.

• Moore’s Chapel: 6-8 p.m., 500 Partee St. Back-to-school activities.

• At the Cross Ministries: 6-8 p.m., 1915-1917 W. Innes St.

• Brooklyn South: 6-8 p.m., South Shaver and East Bank streets. Watermelon and drinks.

• Salvation Army: 5-8 p.m., 620 Bringle Ferry Road. Tents, blow-ups, Bible bingo and prizes.

• Ardis Chapel: 6-8 p.m., 1940 Old Mocksville Road. Ellis Fire Department.

• Fulton Heights: 6-8 p.m. A child’s wagon will deliver ice cream in the neighborhood.

• Rowan Terrace: 6-8 p.m., 215 Skyline Circle. Ice cream and watermelon.

Outreach Christian Ministries: 6-8 p.m., 722 W. Horah St. Hot dogs, drinks, old-school outdoor games (balloon toss, three-legged races, sack races, a bubble station, hula hoop relay), music and other outdoor activities.

• Whispering Oaks: 6:30-8:30 p.m., 805 Newsome Road. Hot dogs, side dishes, cornhole and bingo.

• City Park: 6:30-8 p.m., 316 Lake Drive.

• Park Avenue: 7-8:30 p.m., 632 Park Ave. Snow cones, games and bounce house.

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