Several Midlands neighborhoods and organizations Tuesday will be marking National Night Out, an annual event observed nationwide to raise awareness about crime and prevention. Here, a sampling of events:
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT COOKOUT: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gibson Pond Park, 241 Gibson Road, Lexington. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Lexington Police Department-sponsored event will feature hot dogs with all the extras and snow cones for dessert. Balloons, educational material for children and adults, child passenger safety seat checks and information on Community Action Team services. (803) 359-6260
CHAPIN AREA NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Chapin Furniture, 1150 Chapin Road (U.S. 76). Give neighborhood crime and drugs a going away party – meet your local public safety officials, local vendors and your neighbors; get information about neighborhood watch, fire safety and other local programs. Arts and crafts, door prizes, giveaways, food, music, Kids ID fingerprinting by the Chapin Police Department Explorer Post 170; S.C. Department of Natural Resources display; S.C.’s “most wanted” police car – you can bring your muscle, classic or antique auto to show off. Partyz Unlimited will offer open play with inflatables and a rock climbing wall. Presented by Chapin Police Department and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.
RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Lower Richland High School/Region 1 Headquarters. Helicopter display, K-9 unit, climbing walls, entertainment, Kids’ ID fingerprinting and more. Free.
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Leesville College Park, 423 College St. (at the end of Main Street). Live music by Steele Justice, free haircuts, child ID and car seat installation, refreshments, puppet show, bounce house, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post, McGruff the Crime Dog, fire equipment and National Guard displays.
WOODLAND NE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION NIGHT OUT: 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 100 Old Norse Drive. Parade starts at 6 p.m.; demonstrations, activities and food, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
CITY OF COLUMBIA NEIGHBORHOODS: Arsenal Hill (street party, 1700 Wayne St., 6-8:30 p.m.); Ashewood (ice cream social, 188 Gayle Pond Trace, 6:30-8 p.m.); - Belmont (1003 Colleton St., 6-8 p.m.); Brandon Acres / Cedar Terrace (barbecue/covered dish, Hampton Park, 117 Brandon Ave., 7 p.m.); Burton Heights / Standish Acres (refreshments and youth activities, Greens BBQ, 5310 Farrow Road, 6-9 p.m.); College Place (hot dogs, back to school supplies, College Place UMC, Colonial Drive, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.); Colonial Heights (3600 block of Water Street, 7-9 p.m.); Colonial Park (99 Grand Court, 7-9 p.m.); Colonial West (1900 of Hydrick Street, 5-8 p.m.); Cottontown (porch party refreshments, 2145 Marion St., 1324 Confederate Ave., 1405 Confederate Ave., 1400 Geiger Ave., 6-10 p.m.); Downtown (potluck dinner, 1520-1530 Main Street, 5:30 p.m.); Earlewood Community Citizens Organization (neighborhood dinner, children’s activities, Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Drive, 6-8 p.m.); East Lake (East Lake Trail Common area, 5:30-8:30 p.m.); Edgewood communities (food, music, games, Drew Park Playground, Walker Solomon Way, 5-8 p.m.); Edisto Court (food, games, Edisto Community Center, 1914 Wiley St., 1-6 p.m.); Elmwood Park (Logan Elementary, 7 p.m.); Forest Hills (ice cream social, Canterbury and Wellington, 7-8:30 p.m.); Gable Oaks (food and games, New Jerusalem Church, 6-9 p.m.); Golden Acres (4700 block of Jones Street, 6-8 p.m.); Harbison Gardens (food, games, live entertainment, 401 Columbiana Drive, 6-9 p.m.); Heathwood Park, Historic Heathwood, Heathwood West (refreshments, Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m.); Highland Park Civic Club (dinner, games 4205 Highland Park Drive, 6-8 p.m.); Hollywood Rose Hill (food, live music, 300 South Gregg St., 6-8 p.m.); Hyatt Park (Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave., 6:30-8 p.m.); Kilbourne Park (ice cream social, Whittaker Road, 5-6 p.m.); Knollwood (Devon Street, 6-8 p.m.); Lincoln Park (food, fire truck, 2200 Chappelle St., 6-8 p.m.); Lyon Street, ML King, Historic Waverly (food, activities, MLK Park, 2300 Greene St., 7-9 p.m.); Meadowfield (ice cream social, Woodland Park, 6500 Old Knight Parkway, 7 p.m.); North Columbia Civic Club, Easter Street, Fairwold Acres/Harlem Heights (picnic, entertainment, Greenview Park, 6700 David St., 6-8 p.m.); North Pointe Estates (formerly Bethel Bishop; 100 Ripplemeyer Ave.); Northwood Hills (Alcorn Middle School, 6-7:30 p.m.); Pinehurst (snacks, Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road, 6-8 p.m.); Riverside Apartments (3245 Lucius Road); Robert Mills (children’s activities, Seibels House, 1616 Blanding St., 5-7 p.m.); Seminary Ridge (hot dog and ice cream social, Ensor Keenan House, 801 Wildwood Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m.); Shandon (Sims Park, 3500 Duncan St., 6-8 p.m.); South Meadowfield (potluck, 6-9 p.m., Shelley and Byron roads); St. Marks Wood (ice cream social, 32 King Charles Road, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 10); Windemere Springs (food and games, 4500 block of Windemere, 6-9 p.m.); Yorkshire (watermelon feast, 6620 Brasington Lane, 6 p.m.)