28th National Night Out parties Tuesday

VERDE VALLEY -- National Night Out brings fun and educational to town parties throughout the Verde Valley Tuesday evening.

Originally, residents were urged to turn on their light during National Night Out to show that the community is unified against crime. Since its origin in 1984, the events have grown into festivals to showcase police and fire and emergency service presence and to heighten community awareness of programs initiated by those agencies and community's nation wide. 15,000 communities now participate with a total of 37 million people. Join one of these events locally:

• Cottonwood Kid's Park,

12th and Cherry St,

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

MATForce and local agencies will be collecting unwanted or unused prescription drugs the Cottonwood National Night Out. Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions.   One out of every four 12th grade students in Yavapai County has used prescription pain medication.  Each year the number of young adults dying in our county from prescription drug abuse is increasing.  

This year, the City of Cottonwood PD and the NNO Committee has put together an event for the whole family. Children can play including children's bounce houses, large 25' slides, a 53-foot mega-obstacle course. Everyone can grab free hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, soda and water. There is plenty of entertainment.

Over 25 business and organizations from Cottonwood and Yavapai County have displays and give out free information promoting NNO and public safety. There will also be the exciting Cottonwood Police and SWAT displays and demonstrations.

This is a night for America and residents of Cottonwood to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. On NNO we invite everyone in Cottonwood and surrounding areas to join us in Giving Crime and Drugs a Going away Party.

Contact James Iacovacci, NNO Coordinator at 928.202.8120 or Chief Jody Fanning at 928.634.4246.

• CLARKDALE-Clarkdale Town Square Park, 6-9 p.m.

National Night Out in Clarkdale returns to the Clarkdale Town Park with fun activities for the entire family.

Everyone can line up for free hamburgers and hot dogs, Pepsi and ice cream, but kids will especially enjoy the bounce house and fire truck rides.

Agencies will have displays and demonstration in the park. And there will be raffles.

A 50/50 drawing will benefit the program to provide local officers with bulletproof vests.

A drawing will be held for an Apple iPad as part of National Night Out. The Jump In-Open the Pool benefit has been selling chances with the proceeds benefiting the 2012 Clarkdale Pool Fund. $1 raffle tickets are available in the Library, Town Hall administration and Utilities department.

• CAMP VERDE-Town soccer field and ramada, 75 E. Hollamon St 6-9 p.m.

The Camp Verde Marshals Office will be partnering with the Bread of Life Mission and Kiwanis to host its 7th annual National Night Out.  Free hamburgers and hot dogs and drinks will be available to those that attend.

MATForce is launching a Prescription Drug Abuse awareness campaign called 'Who's Counting.'  MATForce hopes that Verde Valley residents can be counted upon to properly dispose of unwanted medication and to monitor medications in their home, thereby keeping them out of the hands of those who may abuse them. Dump the Drugs collecting will take place in Camp Verde and Cottonwood events.

 As in past years, Public Safety agencies and vendors will be present to show their equipment give crime prevention tips.  These businesses or organizations will be present with information or displays.

Camp Verde Ace Hardware, DPS, Yavapai County Attorney/Victim Witness, MATFORCE, Camp Verde Fire Department, Arizona Department of Liquor, US Forest Service, Yavapai Apache Nation Police Department, Yavapai County Sheriff, US Marshals Office, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, American Red Cross and KC Family Tae Kwon Do and others. KVRD Radio will also be doing a live broadcast.

• SEDONA-Sedona Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road, 6-8 p.m.

Sedona residents and visitors are invited to join thousands of other communities nationwide in celebrating the 28th Annual National Night Out with safety presentations and a free community picnic designed to increase community involvement and strengthen partnerships between the community and local public safety agencies.

Free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and water donated by local merchants will be served throughout the evening along with live demonstrations, live music and a wide range of information on public safety topics.

Those attending can have children fingerprinted for free, see the latest in law enforcement, fire fighting, safety and rescue equipment, learn ways to make their homes and streets safer as well as meet community public safety officials.

Sedona's celebration is hosted by the Sedona Police Department with participation from numerous other public service agencies and private organizations including DPS, Friends of the Forest, Sedona Fire, Arizona Rangers, ADOT, Arizona Attorney General's Office and Sedona Food Bank.

The Sedona Police Department officers, Animal Control Officer and others will be doing demonstrations. The Sedona Community Police Alliance (CPA), the Police Department's citizen volunteer group, organizes.

This year's celebration. CPA volunteers will also be assisting Sedona Police Department officers with a number of the demonstration and informational sites and explaining police volunteer service opportunities.

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