On Tuesday, communities around the country will take part in the annual National Night Out. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, it consists of local events designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention and generate support for, and participation in, anti-crime programs. The evening is also aimed at strengthening neighborhood spirit and community relationships with police. Below is a list of local Night Out activities planned for some communities in Prince George's County.
ACCOKEEK -- a chance to meet local law enforcement representatives and neighborhood residents; includes door prizes, safety information and free food. Sponsored locally by the Greater Accokeek Civic Association, 6-8 p.m., Accokeek Neighborhood Park, 16100 Livingston Rd. Call 301-283-6838.
BERWYN HEIGHTS -- Police Department representatives plus crime prevention and safety displays, music, giveaways and free refreshments; 6-9 p.m., Berwyn Heights Town Hall, 5700 Berwyn Rd. Call 301-474-6554.
BLADENSBURG -- crime prevention and safety displays, neighborhood watch information, a disc jockey, games and free food; 6-8 p.m., Town Hall Green, 4910 Tilden Rd. Call 301-864-6080.
CHEVERLY -- disc jockey, moon bounce, prizes, games, free food, bicycle registration, and crime prevention and safety brochures; also, meet the new police chief, Buddy Robshaw. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Legion Park, Cheverly Avenue and Forest Road. Call 301-773-8362.
HYATTSVILLE -- a chance to meet Hyattsville police officers and see rescue and emergency vehicles; also includes children's games, moon bounce, bike rodeo with prizes at 7:30 p.m., crime prevention displays and literature, steering wheel lock devices for sale at reduced prices, and hot dogs and chips. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Magruder Park, 40th Avenue and Hamilton Street. Call 301-779-4700.
LARGO -- community walk, cookout, free refreshments. Bring lawn chairs and flashlights, meet local police and elected officials; 6 p.m.-dusk, Prince George's District II Community Service Area Office, in Largo Plaza-Kettering Shopping Center, 10470 Campus Way South. Call 301-218-0258.
MOUNT RAINIER -- community walk, volleyball game, performance by the musical group Uncut, face painting, bike rodeo and free food; 6-9 p.m., Kaywood Gardens Shopping Center parking lot, 2300 block of Varnum Street. Call 301-985-6566.
NEW CARROLLTON -- a chance to meet neighbors and officials at an event that includes a jazz band performance, food for sale, and children's games and activities. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Beckett Field, 8511 Legation Rd. Call 301-459-6100.
TEMPLE HILLS -- neighborhood watch information, animals from the Clearwater Nature Center, pony rides, a clown, face painting and free food. Sponsored locally by the Camp Springs Civic Association; 7-8:30 p.m., Thurgood Marshall Middle School, 4909 Brinkley Rd. Call 301-449-9479.
-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN