Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, is National Night Out, and there are a variety of events scheduled in a number of suburbs. National Night Out, sometimes called “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” is an annual event meant to strengthen neighborhood spirit and promote police and community partnership, heighten drug prevention and crime awareness and generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can enjoy free pool admission at both Mill Creek and Sunset Pools. For more information, visit genevaparks.org
The city of Aurora will be celebrating with block parties throughout the city, with 32 events in different neighborhoods featuring family entertainment, free food and activities. For a full list of participating neighborhoods, visit the National Night Out 2016 Facebook event.
Elgin will be celebrating with a citywide block party from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. There will be a showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in the park at dusk and several children’s activities, including inflatables and splash pads. For a full list of activities and more information, visit the City of Elgin Facebook page.
The Village of North Aurora is encouraging their residents to spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement. There aren’t any official village gatherings, but if neighborhoods are planning their own, the North Aurora Police Department will have extra officers and McGruff the Crime Dog on patrol stopping by citizen gatherings. They’ll share crime prevention information, show off their squad cars, and give away sticker badges to the kids. If you are hosting an event, please register to ensure you receive a police visit. Register by contacting Crime Prevention Officer Robyn Stecklein at (630) 906-8146 or email@example.com.
The city of Naperville will be celebrating National Night Out with multiple events starting with a kick-off celebration at Centennial Beach on Monday, Aug. 1. A donated canned or non-perishable food item for the Little Friends organization will get you in for free starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy water demonstrations and entertainment. A limited amount of free food and beverages will be provided at Centennial Beach on Aug. 1. Meanwhile, 35 Naperville neighborhoods have registered to host National Night Out events between 6 and 9 p.m. on August 2 with plans to enjoy bounce houses, ice cream socials, live music, cookouts, kids’ parades and more. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the City of Naperville website.
The Montgomery Police Department along with the Montgomery, Aurora Township, Oswego, Sugar Grove, and Bristol-Kendall Fire Departments will be visiting neighborhoods throughout the area. For a full list of neighborhoods and times, visit Montgomery’s website.