Ten Evanston community groups and other organizations are planning “National Night Out” events from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, to take a public stance against crime.
The sponsors and event times and locations include:
- Evanston Public Library, 6 p.m., 1703 Orrington Ave.
- 1500 Washington Neighbors, block Party BBQ, 6 p.m., 1500 block of Washington Street.
- Brummel Park Neighborhood Watch, neighborhood walk, 6:30 p.m., Brummel Park, Brummel Street and Elmwood Avenue.
- Evanston Animal Shelter Association, Community Party, 6:30 p.m., 2310 Oakton St.
- Evanston Community Development Corporation, block party and concert, 7 p.m., Church Street and Dodge Avenue.
- Starlight Movie in the Park, 7 p.m., Penny Park, Lake Street and Ashland Avenue.
- Hillside Neighborhood Watch, block party, 7 p.m., 2600 block of Princeton Avenue.
- Hidden Park Neighborhood Watch, neighborhood meet and greet, 7 p.m., Dobson/Brummel Park, Ashland Avenue between Dobson and Brummel streets.
- 1800 See-Ward Neighborhood Watch, community walk, 7 p.m., 1800 block of Seward Street.
- Smith Park Neighborhood Watch, block party, 7 p.m., Smith Park, Ashland Avenue and Lyons Street.
Residents are also asked to turn on their front porch lights that evening as a display of unity. Participants can find materials, such as banners, balloons, and t-shirts, online at natw.org.
National Night Out is a unique crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know the neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
For more information, Evanston residents can call their Problem Solving Team Beat Officer at 847-866-5019.