Celebrate National Night Out 2015 with free fun in Sarasota County

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Celebrate National Night Out 2015
with free fun in Sarasota County
SARASOTA COUNTY – Our community will join thousands of others nationwide in celebrating National Night Out 2015 with a local event aimed at crime prevention. The Sarasota County celebration will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Laurel Nokomis School, 1900 Laurel Road E., Nokomis.
Residents are invited to come out and enjoy free food, entertainment and activities for children. The event will also feature door prizes, interactive displays and visits from familiar children’s characters. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit will host demonstrations, and participants can check out a SWAT junior obstacle course and a Strider bike course. Parking is free.
National Night Out is co-sponsored by Sarasota County, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota County Schools and Target. Sarasota is a past national award winner for outstanding participation.
The national event organizer is the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch (NATW), with events in more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S, territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
The event is designed to:
  • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts;
  • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships;
  • send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are also invited to enter this year’s “Look for the Helpers” poster contest by illustrating one of the helpers in their neighborhood. One winner’s artwork will be selected and presented with a Target gift card at the Oct. 6 event. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Entry forms are available online at www.scgov.net/neighborhoodservices.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.
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