HOWARD LAKE, WINSTED, WAVERLY, NEW GERMANY, MN – Several local communities have planned events as part of National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 4.
According to www.nationalnightout.org, “National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.”
National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement, and provides an opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
On National Night Out, neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.
Following is a summary of some local NNO events set for Tuesday, Aug. 4:
There will be a big party at Memorial Park in Howard Lake from 6 to 8 p.m.
The theme is bike safety, and the event will include a bike rodeo.
There will be a free hot dog roast, as well as sno cones and popcorn provided by the Howard Lake Lions.
The Howard Lake Police Department and the Howard Lake Fire Department will have equipment on display for children to explore.
The event will also feature drawings for prizes provided by local businesses.
Also in Howard Lake there is a neighborhood party at 5361 Imhoff Ave., which is on the lake.
New Germany will celebrate NNO from 6 to 8 p.m.
LifeLink helicopter is scheduled to make a landing, and there will be a visit from the Carver County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.
There may be street walkers from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and there will be horse-drawn buggy rides.
The city will be providing popcorn and refreshments in front of city hall, where there will also be face painting.
Down South Bar & Grill, T-Road Tavern, and Heimey’s will also have food items available in front of their establishments.
The NNO event in Waverly is scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Waverly Village Hall.
There will be games for children organized by the Waverly Boosters, and face painting by Angie.
The Waverly Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck on display, and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will have a representative present.
Fat Matt’s will serve pizza, and The Waverly royalty will serve ice cream provided by Citizens Bank.
The Waverly Heart Healthy Communities Committee will be on hand to provide information about this new initiative.
Lester Prairie is not hosting a NNO event this year, but plans to do so again in 2016.
Mayer is not hosting a NNO event this year, but encourages residents to host their own neighborhood get-togethers.
Winsted does not have NNO events scheduled Aug. 4, but has its own Winsted Night Out event scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug 6 at Weinbeck Field.
Food and beverages will be provides, and prizes will be distributed.