Neighbors preparing for a big ‘Night Out'

Residents around the region today will get together for National Night Out, a voluntary nationwide celebration that promotes better communication between neighbors and police officers.

Matt Peskin of Pennsylvania started the event 25 years ago as a simple way for residents to promote public safety. Here are some local Night Out events:

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will join the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Arbor Glen Outreach Center, 1520 Clanton Road.

The free event will include food, music, a dance contest and prizes. For more information on participating neighborhoods, visit www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/_News/Jul/.

The Meadowbrook Neighborhood Watch Association will have a block party from 6 to 9 p.m. at 6149 Donna Drive. The hosts will also be sponsoring a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank and ask that attendees bring canned goods.

For more information, call 704-713-4680.

The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association will begin its celebration at Kilgo Methodist Church at 6 p.m. There will be a picnic, door prizes, and visits from police and the fire department.

The town of Wingate will meet at Wingate Community Park, located at 315 West Elm St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be music, free food, inflatables and pony rides for participants. The Wingate Police Department will also make an appearance.

Stallings will have its town celebration in the Spring Hill subdivision. The event, which will run from 7 to 8 p.m. will take place in the Hillwood Court cul-de-sac and will include free hotdogs and prizes for children. The police department, including Chief Larke Plyler, will pay a visit.

Monroe, which was named first in the state for similar size cities participating in National Night Out last year, has 31 different communities celebrating throughout the day. Call Sgt. Gail Hicks at 704-282-4749 for more information.

The Winterfield and Eastway-Sheffield neighbors will meet with the Eastway Division officers over free hot dogs, burgers, refreshments and music. The event will be held at Sheffield Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Tega Cay Police Department will hold its celebration at the Tega Cay Beach & Swim Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Detective Harry “Buddy” Spence, who organized the event, will be there to meet with residents. Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided.