Gary, EC host National Night Out events

2013-08-04T00:00:00Z Gary, EC host National Night Out eventsBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
August 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The cities of Gary and East Chicago will both be hosting outdoor parties to mark National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday.

The Gary Police Department and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will host a National Night Out Against Crime event from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at two locations, Pittman Square Park, 51st and Pennsylvania Street, and the Horace Mann track, Fifth Avenue and Garfield Street.

This free program offers "an opportunity for the community to come together with a message of anti-violence and drug prevention," according to information provided by the city.

At both locations, there will be games, music, giveaways, food, vendors movies, K-9 demonstrations, child identification fingerprinting, safety tips and voter registration. Citizens are welcome to bring barbecue grills.

Churches and community organizations are encouraged to host their own outdoor events Tuesday.

For more information and to get involved, call (219) 881-1302 or (219) 613-1724, vist www.gary.in.us or follow the city on Facebook.

The East Chicago Parks and Recreation Department, Mayor Anthony Copeland and the East Chicago Police Department have announced their 30th annual National Night Out Against Crime for 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Washington Park Pool, corner of Grand Boulevard and 144th Street.

This year’s celebration will feature raffles, refreshments, games, DJ music, and more as East Chicago looks to heighten crime awareness and enhance the safety of the city. The city, police department and Arcelor Mittal are sponsoring the event.

According to the National Association of Town Watch , the introduction of America’s Night Out Against Crime began in 1984 and culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August. The anti-crime program sends a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

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