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South Sounders prepare for National Night Out activities

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2010 at 9:32 am |
August 2, 2010 2:20 pm

Hundreds of South Sound residents will spend the evening outside Tuesday, chatting with neighbors and munching on goodies as part of National Night Out.

The 27th annual event is aimed at enhancing public awareness of crime and gives neighbors a chance to get to know one another. This year, nearly 110 neighborhoods and organizations in Pierce County have registered parties with Safe Streets.

Among them:

* The Pierce County Blue Light Coalition will sponsor an event at the Parkland coffee shop where four Lakewood police officers were killed Nov. 29. The activities begin at 5 p.m. at Forza, 11401 Steele St. The events include music, food, children’s games and giveaways.

“Events of the past year have once again made it very apparent that getting out of our houses and making connections with friends and neighbor is more important than ever,” said Mike Wilson, Safe Streets’ National Night Out organizer and a lead member of the coalition.

The coalition was formed after the deaths of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards.

* The Fircrest Police Department is hosting an event from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fircrest Community Center, 555 Contra Costa Ave. The activities will include “Dunk a Cop,” a sidewalk drawing contest, vehicle displays and a fireworks show. There will be appearances by Ted E. Bear of the Washington State Patrol, Ronald McDonald, McGruff the Crime Dog, Kawshun “D” Safety Clown and Freddy G. Travel Clown and Vince and Larry.

* The Hilltop Artists in Residence program will sponsor an event from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N. Sprague Ave.

* Edison Elementary School, 5830 S. Pine St., will host a community fair from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event will include informational booths.

For a complete list of registered party, visit the Safe Streets website here.

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