Area police departments and other agencies will be marking National Night Out with events Tuesday.
National Night Out is a program designed to get neighborhoods involved in a “stand against crime in their community.”
It is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday of August.
“America’s Night Against Crime” began in 1984 and is celebrated in all 50 states.
Here is a list of some area departments participating and what they have planned for residents:
• CARY: An event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Jaycee Park. At the event, residents can meet village police officers and officials, grab some popcorn and a sno-cone, see a Cary Police squad car and a state trooper cruiser, and play some games.
For information, call Officer Kathy Eiring at 847-639-2341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• CRYSTAL LAKE: An event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Three Oaks Recreational Area, 5517 Northwest Highway.
Admission is free for city residents. Planned activities include face painting, police and fire-rescue vehicles on display, a police canine demonstration, a Crystal Lake Police Department Emergency Services Team display, an Illinois/Wisconsin Search and Rescue canine demonstration, and children’s games. Onsite vendor Culver’s will offer a special meal deal of a hamburger or cheeseburger with fries, drink and a cup of custard for $2.50.
For information, call 815-356-3620.
• HARVARD: The city’s free events will run from 7:15 to 10 p.m. at Harvard Aquatic Center, 808 E. Brown St.
The Aquatic Center’s zero-depth pool with slides, diving board, basketball hoops, sand play area and volleyball court will be open to the public.
Arts and crafts will be available at the library. Police will perform a K-9 demonstration, and the fire department will simulate a water rescue.
The movie “Journey 2: Mysterious Island” also will be shown.
For information, call the police department at 815-943-4431.
• HUNTLEY: As part of the National Night Out campaign, the Huntley Police Department encourages residents to turn on outside lights Tuesday and asks them to go outside
and meet their neighbors.
Officers will be driving through the subdivisions to meet with residents who are outside and will be attending neighborhood parties.
• LAKE IN THE HILLS: Block parties will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. A Community Cook Out will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Safety Education Center, 1109 Crystal Lake Road.
There will be displays and demonstrations, station tours, a K-9 demonstration, a chance to participate in the Fatal Vision Golf Cart Course, and a booth with nonlethal ammunition, known as simunitions.
For information, call the Community Relations Division at 847-658-5676.
• McHENRY COUNTY: The McHenry County Conservation District, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Wonder Lake Fire Department will host an event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison Benwell Conservation Area, 7055 McCullom Lake Road, Wonder Lake.
All residents of McHenry County are invited to stop by for complimentary food, beverages and activities.
Booths will include information about child passenger safety and Project S.W.E.E.P.
Special demonstrations are scheduled: extrication at 5:30 and 6:50 p.m. by the Wonder Lake Fire Department; precision riding motorcycle demos at 5:50 and 7:10 p.m. by the McHenry County Conservation District Police; and a police K-9 demonstration at 6:10 p.m. by McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.
For information, check for event updates at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or the conservation district’s website, www.mccdistrict.org, or by calling 815-338-2144.