Several Lake County communities will mark National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 6, with a variety of events designed to highlight the relationship between police and the community and raise awareness about crime.
National Night Out is a large scale event involving 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
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Local events range from flashlight walks to games and demonstrations. Many include food.
Antioch: 7 to 9 p.m. for the Antioch Police Department's 3rd annual National Night Out at the Antioch Band Shell, 901 Skidmore Drive in the downtown area. Highlights of the event will include a police K9 demonstration, crime prevention tips, informational handouts for all ages, police explorer recruitment, Neighborhood Watch information and recruitment, and hands-on police and fire vehicle displays. There will also be free hot dogs, popcorn, chips and drinks for all attendees.
Fox Lake: 7 p.m. for a walk with Fox Lake police officers and other village officials. The walk will begin at Matts Road and Eagle Point Road, and will include Arlington, Covington, Fairfax roads, along with Manor Avenue. For more information, contact the Fox Lake Police Department at (847) 587-3100.
Lake Zurich: 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street in the downtown area. P.J. Zizich and Fuzzy Dice Productions have agreed to have police present crime prevention and community relations information at the August Cruise Night. Police from patrol and investigations sections will be represented. Food from local restaurants, cool cars and music will be part of the evening with police. Free to attend. Visitors should enter from the east side of Main Street at Church Street.
Lincolnshire: 5 to 8 p.m. North Park, 1025 Riverwoods Road. Free activities include a chance to play the role of a police officer at a mock crime scene and experience other aspects of crime scene investigation. A crime prevention table, child identification cards and child DNA kits will be available. An Army sergeant will make personal dog tags for kids. K-9 Officers from the Bannockburn Police Department and Homeland Security are scheduled to put on live exhibitions. A Flight For Life medical helicopter is slated to land at 7 p.m. An interactive DUI course will be set up where persons of driving age can attempt to maneuver a go-cart around traffic cones while wearing "drunk goggles" that simulate the visual ability of an intoxicated driver. Urban BBQ will serve BBQ at half price. Call (847) 913-2345 for information.
Mundelein: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a Flashlight Walk at dusk, at Santa Maria del Popolo lot, corner of Seymour and Courtland. Mundelein Target, the Mundelein Fire Department and Mundelein Park District will assist the village with this event. Activities include an obstacle course slide, mini slide, face painter, inflatable games, clown, D.J., Dunk-a-Cop, Touch-A Truck, bingo, wellness exams provided by Chiro One, and more. Raging Kitchen, TonyDogs, and Frozen Yogurt Inspirations will be on-site to purchase food. Crave Art will provide art projects. Free snow cones and popcorn and cookies donated by Taste of Paris. Call (847) 968-3775 for information.
Round Lake: 5 to 7 p.m. at the police department, 741 W. Townline Road. There will be hot dogs, popcorn and other refreshments, plus a puppet show. Free. Contact Deputy Chief Francis Foy for more information, (847) 546-8112.
Round Lake Beach: 6 to 8 p.m. at the Round Lake Beach Lakefront Park, 1019 Lakeshore Drive. The event is free and there will be a variety of entertainment, including performances by the band Bar Stool Soldiers, demos of the police department's K-9 unit and Taser technology, face painting and a car show. The police department will provide around 1,500 hot dogs. There will be shuttles from the Cultural and Civic Center off Hook Drive in Round Lake Beach to help with parking. Contact officer Greg Vanco for more information at (847) 546-2127.
Round Lake Park: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the police department, 215 E. Main St. The free event features an antique car show, a police equipment demonstration, a K-9 unit demonstration, a live DJ, face paint and a clown. Food will include pizza, ice cream and hot dogs. For details, call (847) 546-7275.
Vernon Hills: 4 to 8 p.m. at Hartmann Park on Oakwood Road, just south of Route 45. Vernon Hills police will host the 18th annual event, which drew about 1,000 visitors last year. Free activities include sand volleyball, a moonwalk for kids, water cannon provided by the Countryside Fire Protection District, free food and drinks, live DJ, kids games and more. Also scheduled is the 9th annual volleyball tournament. Visitors can watch neighborhood teams square off against police or challenge them to a 6-on-6 match. Call (847) 247-4889.