The Kulapadma Dancers are among local talent that will entertain at Maine Township's National Night Out Against Crime, which is scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Designed to promote family fun and neighborhood unity, the evening will also include games, prizes, raffles and a poster contest with the theme "Be a Buddy not a Bully."
In addition to providing an opportunity for Maine Township residents to have fun together, the event also focuses on crime prevention and safety education through increased cooperation between the public and local law enforcement, according to organizer Susan Moylan Krey, who is also a trustee with Maine Township.
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Sponsored by Maine Township, Neighborhood Watch, Cook County Sheriff's Police, Golf Maine Park District, North Maine Fire District and other community businesses, the event will be held at Dee Park, 9229 Emerson, in unincorporated Maine Township.
Including demonstrations and information from Cook Country Sheriff's Police, North Maine Fire District, and Maine Township Office of Emergency Management, the night will conclude with the distribution of glow necklaces to show community support against crime.
The night ends with a "Lighting The Way Against Crime" observance which will prove popular with the whole family.
The public is invited to a Dedication Ceremony at the southwest corner of Dee Road and Emerson (Dee Park) at 6:15 p.m. The Maine Township Highway Department will be dedicating that corner to Kalpana Chawla, an astronaut who died in the space shuttle Columbia disaster on Feb. 3, 2003.
The ceremony is coordinated by Highway Commissioner Bob Provenzano.
Other Maine Township volunteers include Supervisor Carol Teschky, Commissioner Provenzano, Trustees Walter Kazmierczak, Laura J. Morask, Peter Gialamas and Collector Mary E. Rohde. Citizen volunteers include Lila Gardner, Louise Friedenson, Joy Levitt, David Cowin, Audrey Nankervis, Steve Meinecke, Eileen Gustafson, Doriene Prorak, Rebecca Tambowatzis, Rosalie Streng, Lynn Bingaman and Ysouri Daoud.
National Night Out is called America's Night Out Against Crime and has grown from 2.5 million participants in its first year to over 30 million in over 10,000 communities and in unincorporated areas such as Maine Township.
Local talent interested in performing at the event as well as residents and businesses who wish to volunteer or donate, should contact Trustee Susan Moylan Krey at (847) 297-2510.
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