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Area cities take part in National Night Out

Several area cities are participating in the National Night Out observance next week, a crime and drug prevention event that occurs in communities throughout the nation and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

More than 37 million people in more than 16,000 communities are expected to join forces Aug. 2 to celebrate National Night Out’s 33rd annual event.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation from residents in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

Most of the community events include displays of police and fire-fighting equipment, entertainment, activities for children and free food and beverages for those attending.

Most area cities are conducting their National Night Out activities Aug. 2. Norwalk and Whittier are holding their activities Aug. 3 and 4, respectively, as part of their summer concert in the park programs.

A list of local activities, with times and places, follows”

Bellflower: Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m. at Thompson Park, 14001 Bellflower Blvd.

Downey: Aug. 2, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Downey Civic Center, 11111 Brookshire Ave.

Lynwood: Aug. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Yvonne Burke and John Ham Park, 11832 Atlantic Ave.

Monterey Park: Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. on the front lawn of City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Ave.

Norwalk: Aug. 3, 7-9 p.m. on the Civic Center lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Concert in the park is part of the program.

Pico Rivera: Aug. 2, 6 p.m. at the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station, 6631 Passons Blvd.

South Gate: Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. at the South Gate Police Department, 8620 California Ave.

Whittier: Aug. 4, 5-8 p.m. at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. Concert in the park will follow the program.