National Night Out activities in the Fox Valley area

Daily Herald report
Posted8/1/2018 10:54 AM
  • Kane County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Hoffman introduces his partner, Dakar, to Mackenzie Mazzacano, 4, and her mom Kristin of Geneva at last year's National Night Out activities at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles.

      Kane County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Hoffman introduces his partner, Dakar, to Mackenzie Mazzacano, 4, and her mom Kristin of Geneva at last year's National Night Out activities at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • McDonald's Hamburglar and Birdie meet Elgin Mayor David Kaptain during last year's National Night Out festivities.

    McDonald's Hamburglar and Birdie meet Elgin Mayor David Kaptain during last year's National Night Out festivities. Courtesy of Melissa Thorsen

Billed as "America's Night Out Against Crime," National Night Out encourages residents to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and spend the evening getting to know their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and other city officials.


The Algonquin Area Public Library and St. John's Lutheran Church are partnering with the police department for National Night Out from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 300 Jefferson St. There will be a "Cookies with a Cop Storytime," emergency vehicles display, children's games and free hot dogs.


Forty-two neighborhoods are planning activities.

• Ward 1: Church Road Park, 1700 block of Church Road, 6 to 8 p.m.; Lighthouse Worship Center, 111 E. Indian Trail, 6 to 8 p.m.; Pigeon Hill Neighbors, Garfield Park, 817 Forest Ave., 6 to 8 p.m.; Stonegate West Homeowners Association, 1704-1740 Briarheath Drive, 6 to 8 p.m.; and Savannah Crossing Homeowners Association, 2896 Church Road, 7 to 9 p.m.

• Ward 2: Copley Boxing & Training Center, 517 N. Union St., 4 to 8 p.m.; Iglesia San Pablo, 520 Second Ave., 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Luces de Sagrado Corazon, 771 Fulton St., 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Restore the Neighborhood, 100 Block of Root St., 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Vineyard Church, 505 E. Galena Blvd., 6 to 8 p.m.; and Water Street Mall, 44 E. Downer Place, 5 to 8 p.m.

• Ward 3: Hometown Center Park, 1721 Town Center St., 5 to 8 p.m.; LakeView Residences at Phillips Park, Parker Pavilion, 740 Parker Ave., 6 to 8 p.m.; and United Neighbors, 500 block of Fourth Avenue, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ward 4: A Community Affair, McCleery Park, 1002 W. Illinois Ave., St., 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Aurora Township Youth Services, 313 Gale St., 5 to 7 p.m.; Blackhawk Neighbors, Winona Avenue (between Seneca and Iroquois), 5 to 8 p.m.; Divine Providence Ministries Church, 402 Sherman Ave., 5 to 8 p.m.; Tomcat 4th Ward Neighbors, Lebanon St. between Marion and Evans Ave., 6 to 8 p.m.; and West Park Neighbors, Greenman Elementary School, 729 W. Galena Blvd., 5 to 7 p.m.

• Ward 5: Invested Neighbors, Freeman Elementary School, 153 S. Randall Road, 5 to 8 p.m.; Kensington Lakes subdivision, Randall and Colorado, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Washington Neighbors at Washington Park, 231 S. Constitution Drive, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Ward 6: Arrow Wood Park, 1040 N. Commonwealth Ave., 5 to 7:30 p.m. Randall West Condo Association, 1373 Monomoy St., 4 to 6 p.m.; Northwest Territories, 842 Foran Lane, 6 to 8 p.m.; Gayles Memorial Baptist Church, 730 Gillette Ave., 6 to 8 p.m.; St. Augustine College, 841 N. Lake St., 5 to 7 p.m.; and Plum Landing, 495 N. Lake St., 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• Ward 7: Eastwood Community Center, 1644 Grove St., 4 to 8 p.m.; Forest Ridge Community Center, 1217 Second Ave., 5 to 7 p.m.; Grand Blvd. Center, 1226 Grand Blvd., 6 to 8 p.m.; Main Baptist Church, 814 E. Galena Blvd., 5 to 7 p.m.; Nature's Meadows Park, 1861 W. Ridge Place, 5 to 8 p.m.; and Oak Park Elementary School, 1200 Front St., 5 to 7 p.m.

• Ward 8: GRENO, Georgetown School, 995 Long Grove Drive, 6 to 8 p.m.; and McCarty Park/School Area, Village Green Drive, 5 to 8 p.m.

• Ward 9: Washington Square Plaza on Federal Drive, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Ward 10: Butterfield Park, 2550 White Barn Road, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; The Willows of Fox Valley & Aurora, 193 N. Gregory St., 7 to 9 p.m.; Village Baptist Church, 515 S. Frontenac St., 5:30 to 8 p.m.; and the Carillon at Stonegate, corner of Mansfield Drive and Barkston Lane, 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact Cheryl Maraffio in the Neighborhood Groups Support Office at (630) 256-3327 or go

Campton Hills

The annual event is 6 to 8 p.m. on School Street, between Route 64 and La Fox Road. It promotes police and community partnerships and resident camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer. More than 30 organizations and local businesses will provide safety, health, environmental and community education. Simulated firefighting, facing painting, contests and demonstrations are available. For information, call Chief Steve Millar at (630) 584-4242 or email smillar@villageof


Village festivities are 5 to 8 p.m. at the police department, 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive. Neighborhoods host block parties, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits. Visit

Cary and Fox River Grove

The villages' events are 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Cary on Main Street. Meet police officers and check out their vehicles. Visit

East and West Dundee

Public safety personnel are on hand 4 to 7 p.m. at the West Dundee Public Safety Center No. 1, 555 S. Eighth St. (Route 31). The event features a cookout, music, games, raffles and safety demonstrations. Call Karen Naumiec at (847) 551-3810.


The citywide block party is 6 to 8 p.m. at Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave. The police department SWAT team will be on hand, plus a police dog demonstration at 7 p.m. There will be crime prevention, safety, health and other resource information. There will be plenty of children's activities, the fire safety smoke house, inflatables and splash pad. At dusk, the movie "Dolphin Tale" will be shown.


Residents can celebrate with free pool admission at both Mill Creek and Sunset pools from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunset Pool is at 710 Western Ave., and Mill Creek Pool is at 39W125 S. Mill Creek Drive. Call (630) 232-4542 or visit


People can stop by the police department, 10911 Main St., from 6 to 8 p.m. to meet police officers and neighbors, check out some first responder equipment, and tour the police facilities. Offices will drive through subdivisions to meet with residents who are outside, and will be attending neighborhood parties. Visit

Kane County

The Kane County sheriff's office invites residents from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to stop at the judicial center campus at Route 38 and Peck Road, St. Charles. There will be activities for kids and a Flight for Life helicopter. Visit

Lake in the Hills

The police department hosts a free community cookout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at the safety education center, 1109 Crystal Lake Road, just south of the police department. There will be a police dog demonstration, Flight for Life helicopter and various exhibits. Call (847) 658-5676.

McHenry County

McHenry County Conservation District, the sheriff's office, McHenry Police Department and the fire protection districts of McHenry and Wonder Lake host residents from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Petersen Park, 4300 Peterson Park Road. There will be activities and police and fire equipment and demonstrations. Visit or call (815) 338-2144.

North Aurora

Block parties and cookouts are 5 to 9 p.m. There will be visits from police, including McGruff the Crime Dog, and the fire department. Contact Crime Prevention Officer Robyn Stecklein at (630) 906-8146 or if hosting an event and your group wants to be added to the visit list.

South Elgin

Events are 6 to 9 p.m. and include a tribute display of American flags by the True Patriots Care Foundation. Weather and time permitting, a Flight for Life helicopter will make a landing. Plenty of exhibits will be set up, a traveling zoo, benefit for Special Olympics, a water fight competition and more. Go to Jim Hansen Park, east of McLean Boulevard and west of Route 31 (La Fox Street), at the corner of Concord and Valley Forge avenues. Call community relations Officer Jim Creighton at (847) 741-2151, ext. 5342, or visit

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