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Several central Illinois communities participating in National Night Out

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS - Several communities around central Illinois will participate in National Night Out, an event designed to improve relationships between local law enforcement and residents, on August 5.

National Night Out is a designated evening when communities across the county come together to take a stand against crime.  During the event, residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights, and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors.  The event is also designed to generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, and to strengthen neighborhood spirit.

We've included a list of communities participating in this event, and what activities are planned:

In Decatur, National Night Out will be sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, the Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations, Dove Community Services/Decatur Area Project, and the City of Decatur.  The city will have a caravan consisting of local government officials, citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, and businesses that will travel to parks to promote the event.  This year, the caravan will feature giveaways at each stop, and awards for individual Neighborhood Anti-Crime Ambassadors.  The schedule for these stops is listed below.

5:00 p.m.: Press conference at Decatur Civic Center
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: George Coates Park
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Fans Field Park
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Garfield Park

Springfield will have several events to promote National Night Out this year.  We've included a list of events below.  In neighborhoods where there are no formal events, residents are encouraged to turn on porch lights and interact with neighbors.

7:00 p.m.: Historic West Side Neighborhood Association is holding an event at the Douglas United Methodist Church.

6:00 p.m.: Hawthorne Place Neighborhood Association is hosting a block party at the 1400 and 1500 blocks of South Whittier Avenue.

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Trevi Gardens Neighborhood Association is hosting an event at the main entrance to the subdivision.

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Enos Park and Lincoln Park Neighborhood Associations will host an event at Enos Park.

Neighborhood groups in the city of Champaign were able to apply for grant funds to host their own celebration in their neighborhoods, and seven were granted funds for events this year.  To find a National Night Out event in your neighborhood, please check with your neighborhood watch group.  The public is also welcome to attend the Champaign Park District's Sounds at Sunset event in Douglass Park from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

For more information on National Night Out, visit www.nationalnightout.org/nno.

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