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Area cities plan Night Out events

Most area cities will observe National Night Out Against Crime next week with programs aimed at alerting residents about crime and how to prevent being a victim and to get neighbors to interact with each other and enhance police and community relations.

National Night Out is a nationwide campaign that involves residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities across the country.

It was started in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, the nation’s premiere nonprofit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation.

The national observance is Aug. 4, which is when most area cities are planning events. Norwalk will combine its program with a free concert at City Hall Aug. 5 and Whittier will conduct its program at a free concert at Parnell Park Aug. 6.

The Alhambra Police Department will conduct its event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in front of the Police Station, 211 S. First St., said Crime Prevention Officer Sharon Williams.

New York Life Insurance will explain identity theft protection to seniors and distribute Kid Print kits for parents to use should their child become lost or missing.

Free hot dogs will be available.

Information: Williams at (626) 570-5177.

The Bell Police Department will conduct its program from 6 to 9 p.m. in front of the Police Station, 6326 Pine Ave.

There will be demonstrations and exhibits including the K-9 unit, information on domestic violence and crime prevention, tours of the police station, a photo booth, a dunk tank and free hotdogs.

Information: Jennifer Robles, (323) 588-6211.

The Bellflower National Night Out this year takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Thompson Park, 14001 Bellflower Blvd.

It will include music, giveaways, games, emergency vehicles on display, an inflatable obstacle jumper, food trucks on site, and members of the Sheriff’s and Fire Departments meeting with the public, a city spokesperson said.

Bell Gardens’ event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Marlow Park, 6640 Marlow Ave.

It includes public safety displays, live music, games and jumpers for the children and a cookout with free hotdogs.

Information: (562) 806-7600.

The Downey Police Department conducts its third annual program from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Downey Civic Center, 11111 Brookshire Ave.

It will feature free food, drinks, children’s activities, community information booths and family fun, the spokesperson said.

The community emergency response team will provide information on emergency preparedness.

There will be a bicycle skills workshop  given by certified cycling instructors, the Downey Police Department’s Bicycle team and the Downey Kiwanis, aimed at teaching essential bicycle and pedestrian safety skills.

Children are asked to bring their bicycles and helmets.

Information: Jennifer Burkhardt at (562) 904-2374.

The Huntington Park Police Department and the Neighborhood Improvement Program will host the 18th annualNational Night Outcelebration from 5 to 9 p.m. at Robert Keller Park, 6550 Miles Ave., next to City Hall.

There will be presentations and displays from the police department, including its mounted unit, special emergency response team and K-9 demonstrations.

Also police car rides and tours of the adjoining police station will be offered.

A free outdoor movie starts at 8 p.m. Those attending should bring chairs or blankets.

There will be prizes, giveaways, free entertainment and food for purchase.

Information: (323) 584-6254.

Lynwood officials expect 35 vendors with display and information booths from organizations throughout the community, at its Night Out program from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Burke-Ham Park, 11832 Atlantic Ave., according to city spokesperson Debra Jackson.

There will be displays and demonstrations by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Fire Departments, which will recruit Explorers to serve their agencies; and student body representatives from Lynwood and Firebaugh high schools.

Other participants will include St. Francis Medical Center, the Lynwood Chamber of Commerce, Jamba Juice and Papa John’s Pizza giving out free samples, and free hotdogs from the city, Jackson said.

Information: Jackson at (310) 603-0220.

The Montebello Police Department conducts its Night Out program at 6 p.m. at Henry Acuna Park in the 1600 block of Victoria, behind the Police Station, reports Cpl. Brendon Contreras.

Attractions include tours of the police station, K-9 unit demonstrations, a bike rodeo and safety inspections, police motorcycle demonstrations, fire department equipment displays, music, free food and beverages, information on crime prevention and activities of community organizations.

A free movie, “Big Hero 6,” will be shown.

Information: Contreras at  (323) 887-1200, ext. 277.

Monterey Park conducts its National Night Out program beginning at 6 p.m. in front of City Hall, 320 W. Newmark St.

There will be demonstrations by the department’s special weapons assault team and its K-9 unit, a display by animal control officials, crime prevention information, drawings and free hotdogs, said Sgt. John Martindale.

Information: Martindale, (626) 307-1266.

In conjunction with its Summer Concert Series, Norwalk will host its annual National Night Out event on Aug. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Civic Center Lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Performing will be the Mariachi Divas, an all-women mariachi band.

Participating agencies include the County Fire Department, Southeast Area Animal Control Authority, Metropolitan State Hospital, Norwalk Sheriff’s Station, California Highway Patrol, Helpline Youth Counseling and the American Red Cross.

Food will be available for purchase.

Information: (562) 929-5732.

The Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station, 6631 Passons Blvd., will host activities with the city from 6 to 8 p.m.

There will be public safety displays, demonstrations and information handed out, along with entertainment and light refreshments, said Ben Cardenas, aide to City Manager Rene Bobadilla.

Information: Cardenas, (562) 942-2000.

The South Gate Police Department and Target stores will conduct a program from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Senior Center Building, 4855 Tweedy Blvd. in South Gate Park.

There will be refreshments, giveaways, educational information and an opportunity to meet South Gate city officials, a city spokesperson said.

Information: (323) 357-9697.

Whittier will conduct its program from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, featuring  Smooth, a Santana tribute band.

There will be displays and demonstrations, an earthquake simulation booth, drawings and vendors selling food, Officer Brad White said.

Information: Officer John Scoggins, (562) 567-9210.

Paramount has no program planned, but asks that residents turn on porch lights as a symbol and get acquainted with their neighbors, a public safety spokesperson said.

Santa Fe Springs also has no program. The city is patrolled by the Whittier Police Department.