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Communities across Carroll County will gather Tuesday, Aug. 5, to celebrate unity through National Night Out Against Crime.

Nationally, the event marks its 25th anniversary. National Night Out serves to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs and send a message to criminals that the community is organized in a policing partnership against crime.

The following communities in the county will participate Tuesday in the event:

* New Windsor will host events beginning at 7 p.m. at New Windsor Fire Co. Carnival Grounds, 101 High St. Activities include refreshments, live music, moon bounce, K-9 demonstrations and displays by the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies will provide DNA Child Identification kits. For more details, contact New Windsor Community Deputy Mark Tausen at 410-386-2900, or mtausen@ccg.carr.org.

* Sykesville begins at 6 p.m. at Millard Cooper Park, Cooper Drive. Free parking is at Sykesville Middle School, 7301 Springfield Ave. The band Kaos will perform at 6 p.m. and "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" will show at 8:30 p.m. on an outdoor movie screen. Participants may bring blankets and chairs. Families can either bring their own food or buy from the Snack Shack. For more info, contact Police Chief John Williams Jr. at 410-795-0757.

* Union Bridge will host activities from 7 to 9 p.m. at Union Bridge Town Square, Main Street and East and West Broadway. Neighbors are asked to turn on porch lights. Activities include refreshments, live music, moon bounce, K-9 demonstrations and displays by the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies will provide DNA Child Identification kits. Snacks, drinks, giveaways and gifts will be on hand. For more info, contact Union Bridge Community Deputy Vince Pacelli at 410-386-2900, or vpacelli@ccg.carr.org.

Several Westminster neighborhoods will also celebrate at the following locations:

* Westminster Church of God, 27 N. Center St. Activities will be held 6 to 8 p.m. in the lot beside the church. Call Pastor Raymond Duvall Jr. at 410-848-7131.

* Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Circle, in the Garden of Memories, St. Matthew Court. Activities will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call Pat Davis, 410-848-0090.

* Eagleview Homeowners Association, Firestone and Tahoma Farm roads, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call Mike Redden at 410-848-2372.

* PNC Bank, 132 W. Main St. Activities will be in the bank parking lot, 6 to 8 p.m. Call Doreen Capece, 410-848-7351.

For more details on Westminster's Night Outs, call Sgt. Keith Benfer of the Westminster Police Department at 410-848-4646.


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