National Night Out

August 3, 2010 Updated Aug 3, 2010 at 8:59 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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August 3, 2010 Updated Aug 3, 2010 at 8:59 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The 27th Annual National Night Out (NNO) takes place Tuesday night, and events are scheduled all across Western New York.

Various events throughout area communities will feature fun and interactive activities while focusing on crime and drug prevention in neighborhoods.

National Night Out started in 1984, and last year involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 36 million people participated in NNO 2009.

The program is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention and awareness, while generating support for, and participation in local anti-crime programs. Organizers also hope to send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

NNO events happening in WNY are listed below:

Amherst

Willow Ridge Elementary School - 6pm to 9pm
Ransom Oaks - 5:30pm to 9pm
Eggertsville Fire Hall - 5pm to 9pm

Buffalo

Marine Drive - 4pm to 8pm

Cheektowaga

Cedargrove Park - 5pm to 9pm
Cheektowaga Town Park - 6pm to 8pm
Garden Village - 4pm to 8:45pm
Griffith Park - 6pm to 8:50pm
Pleasant/Meadowbrook - 6pm to 9pm
Pine Hill Fire Station - 6pm to 9pm

East Aurora

Police Station (571 Main St.) - 6pm to 9pm

Elma

Elma Village Green Park - Starts at 5pm

Evans/Angola

William G. Houston Memorial Park - 7pm to 9pm

Hamburg

Town Hall - 6pm to 8:30pm

Lackawanna

Veterans Stadium - 6pm to 9:30pm

North Tonawanda

Middle School (Vanderbilt Ave.) - 6pm to 9pm

Town of Tonawanda

Lincoln Park Arena - 6pm to 9pm

West Seneca

Southgate Plaza - 4:30pm to 9:30pm

For more information, visit the official site for National Night Out here.