Naperville ready to party on National Night Out

Tuesday marks the 31st anniversary of National Night Out. The nationwide community event encourages citizens to lock doors, turn on outside lights, and get to know those living in the community to present a united effort against drugs, crime and violence.

Almost 38 million people representing more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases through the world participated last year in the event. The event started Aug. 7, 1984, and drew about 2.5 million people in 23 states.

Naperville and neighboring Lisle will offer a number of opportunities for residents to get involved.

A highlight will be a softball game featuring the Lisle and Benedictine University Police versus the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District at 8 p.m. at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sport Complex.

“This is a great chance for anyone to come and learn more about their local emergency service providers and what we do, in an open, fun and friendly setting,” said Michael Salatino, chief of the Benedictine University Police. “This is also a great time for us to address questions and get better acquainted with people who care deeply about the strength and vitality of their community.”

The night begins at 5 on the university’s main campus with a K-9 narcotics detection demonstration, games for children, free raffles, food, giveaways, appearances by the Chicago Red Stars professional women’s soccer team, and a live performance in tribute to fallen police officers and firefighters by the Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department.

This year, Naperville is adding a prescription drug take back initiative. Naperville police will provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Kensington School in South Naperville, 4512 Walton Heath Drive, along with the 95th Street Public Library and the Naperville Police Department, also will host a free literacy event from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The event will include, guest readers, including Mayor A. George Pradel, a visit from a costume character, refreshments and activities for families.

Neighborhoods throughout Naperville that have registered will host their own events, which will include a variety of activities from offering food and games to collecting cans for food drives or beautifying a local area. Members from the Naperville Police, Fire, Public Works, Animal Control, Electric and Water Utility departments will visit registered events.

Here are some major neighborhood events and activities scheduled:

Addison of Naperville — 1598 Fairway Drive, 7 to 9 p.m. movie in the park

Buttonwood — 600 Button Wood Circle, 6 to 9 p.m. potluck and kids bike races

Countrywood Apartments — 787 Inland Circle, 6 to 9 p.m. movie

Creekside Manor HOA — 947 Creekside Circle, 6 to 8:30 p.m. ice cream social

Fairways of Naperville — 970 Fairway Drive, 4 to 7 p.m. food and games, and blood drive

Knolls of Huntington — Knolls Common Area (just off Naper Blvd. on Turnbridge), 6:45 p.m. parade; 7 to 8:30 p.m. games and activities

Longwood — 30w240 Bruce Lane (Longwood Elementary), 7 to 9 p.m. pizza party and games

Timber Creek — 3323 Timber Creek Lane, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. face painting, bounce house

Railway Plaza — 507 Railway Drive, 5 to 8 p.m. focus on bike safety, bike parade

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