Champaign marking National Night Out on Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign residents are invited to take part in National Night Out on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Communities across the country take a stand against crime by locking doors, turning on porch lights and spending the evening outdoors with neighbors.
The city and the Champaign Park District have teamed up with neighborhood groups to host events throughout the community, including block parties, entertainment and Champaign Police Department demonstrations.
Seven neighborhood groups in Champaign received grant money from the city of up to $500 each to host their own events, according to police department spokeswoman Rene Dunn.
The idea behind National Night Out is to generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and improve relationships between police and local residents.
The park district will host a Sounds at Sunset event in Douglass Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
On Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m., several community pastors and activists will gather again in Douglass Park to take a stand against crime.
A flier for the event said former gang leaders and gang members are expected to talk.
For more information on the event, contact Pastor Willie Williams of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church at 217-344-0440.