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National Night Out Events Begin Friday in the Midlands

Every year, across the Midlands and across the country, millions of people join with their local law enforcement officers to celebrate National Night Out, promoting positive law enforcement and neighborhood relations and crime prevention.

This year’s festivities begin Friday in Columbia with a free National Night Out kickoff event from 6-8 p.m. at Drew Wellness Center (2101 Walker Solomon Way). The Columbia Police Department is co-hosting the event with the city of Columbia and other agencies. The night will include exhibitions, food, entertainment, door prizes, games and more, and is open to all ages.

The official date for National Night Out 2017 is Tuesday, and neighborhoods all over the Midlands have events planned. In Lexington, Police Chief Terrence Green is inviting the entire town to Lexington Square Park (205 E. Main St.) from 5-8 p.m. for a free family event. This event is free of charge and families who attend can enjoy a dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, and shaved ice along with the festivities and fun.

The Lexington Police Department has developed key partnerships to enhance and support the National Night Out event with Top Dogs, Lowes Foods, Kona Ice, King Hawaiian Rolls, Emerald Artistry Face Painting, Inflatables Zone, Target, Nintendo, Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Heroes In Blue, Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, Looney Ballooney, Call My DJ, Breezer Mobile Cooling, The Courage Center, Phoenix Adventures, Lexington County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and
others.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand for events all over the county (see graphic for details, events Tuesday unless otherwise indicated). Events are planned in many Columbia and Richland County neighborhoods as well. Contact local law enforcement or call 800.648.3688 for details on events in your area.

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