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Neighborhoods, Communities To Gather For National Night Out

Durham Police Department

Nearly 150 communities across North Carolina will take part in the33rd annual National Night Out.

The annual celebration aims to build relationships between police and citizens through an evening of entertainment and conversation. Organizers estimate more than 37 million people will participate nationwide.

From block parties and picnics, to visits from police and firefighters, there are numerous events to celebrate National Night Out.

Here are some events scheduled around the Triangle and Triad tonight:

Chapel Hill
Many Chapel Hill neighborhoods will host block parties, cookouts, visits from police, flashlight walks, youth activities and anticrime rallies. 6 to 8 p.m.

Neighborhoods around Cary will host various events to designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in anti-crime efforts and strengthen police-community communications.

Residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement and public safety partners. Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis and City Manager Tom Bonfield will accompany the new City Hall On The Go vehicle at three National Night Out sites tonight. Stops include: McDougald Terrace, 1100 Sima Ave. (Burton Park), 5 p.m.; Franklin Village,  302 N. Blacknall St., Apt. 1, 5:45 p.m.; Oxford Manor, 3363 Keystone Place, 6:30 p.m.

City police and firefighters will host a National Night Out event featuring equipment displays and demonstrations, photo opportunities and access to police officers and firefighters. The first 100 people to visit the location will each get a free ticket to the Grasshoppers game that evening. 5 to 7 p.m., NewBridge Bank Park.

Midtown Events and Target will host Midtown's "National Night Out" featuring free family activities and the opportunity to meet members of our local law and safety enforcement, 6 to 8 p.m., North Hills, 4300 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609

The Winston-Salem Police Department will host a National Night Out Opening Ceremony with city officials, police officers and local residents. In other parts of the city, neighborhoods will have block parties, cook-outs, visit with police officers, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime rallies. 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 700 N. Highland Ave.

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