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Learn how to fight crime at National Night Out Aug. 5
COUNTY - The communities of Snohomish and Monroe plan to take a stand against crime on Tuesday, Aug. 5 by participating in this year’s 31st annual National Night Out. Each city has different events planned that night, but the goal is the same: To encourage locals to learn about crime prevention with a good dose of family fun.
Many neighborhoods are hosting National Night Out events in conjunction with the Snohomish Police Department and the city’s public safety commission.
There will be National Night Out block parties in Snohomish from 6 to 9 p.m. in:
· The 200 block of Avenue A,
· The 300 block of Avenue A, and
· in the Morgantown neighborhood at Mill Avenue and Eighth Street.
 There also will be a National Night Out event at Willis Tucker Community Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The event at Willis Tucker Park will have a demonstration by the Search and Rescue Helicopter Rescue Team, and there will be kids’ games and activities, live music, snow cones, and booths with safety tips and local law enforcement.
The Willis Tucker Park event will be accepting unused and unwanted prescription medication as part of the Medication Take Back Program.
“National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” Snohomish Police Chief John Flood said in a statement.
Lake Tye Park is the place to be this Tuesday, Aug. 5 for the sixth annual National Night Out in Monroe from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Monroe Rotary is leading the organizational work along with partnerships with the Monroe Police Department, Monroe Fire District and the city. 
Sally Petty, a Rotary Club member, is anticipating 2,000 to 4,000 people at the event.
“I think it’s one night a year that allows our community at large to meet our local heroes,” Petty said. “To walk alongside them, as a community, we stand up against crime, violent acts, and drugs and we stand together as a community.”
The structured events are: Two different K9 presentations, an ambulance demo and a demonstration fire safety house to crawl through a simulated smoky fire are part of the events. 
The Police Department’s SWAT team will do a  demo where they bring in a fake doorway and break through it; there will also be a  mascot dance-off from schools and local businesses. 
Free hot dogs and water will be provided by Tammy Neuman, who runs the kitchens at Lake Tye Park and Sky River Park. She will be donating staff time and the majority of the food expenses. There also will be a bouncy house, face painting and a kids’ scavenger hunt, Petty said.
Call Petty at 360-794-5404 with any questions.


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