What: National Night Out in Placerville
Who: Placerville Police Department
Where: Neighborhoods in Placerville
When: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free
Information: Call the Placerville Police Department at 530-642-5272
Placerville is celebrating National Night Out for the 15th year. Many neighborhoods and businesses are joining the nation-wide fight against crime on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The Placerville Police Department is the major sponsor of the night.
The El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, is one of the community sites. The popular bike rodeo is one of the featured events.
Children are encouraged to bring their bikes and take part in the rodeo and get a bike tune-up. They could also go home with a new bike.
The 29th annual National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention event, is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch. The annual summer event is held the first Tuesday of every August.
“We encourage kids to bring their bikes,” said Barbara Garcia, circulation supervisor for the El Dorado County Library, El Dorado Hills branch. She is the coordinator for the National Night Out party at the Placerville branch.
The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m.
The children can enter their names into a drawing to win a boys or girls bike. Thrivent Financial in Placerville and Target are giving away a bicycle each.
Children who bring their bicycles are highly encouraged to have Golden Spoke Bike Shop in Placerville check out the children’s bicycles at no charge.
Target employees will be on hand to conduct ducky races and children will also get a chance to play with a parachute on the library’s lawn.
Singing 4 Supper, a local band that plays a variety of music from new material to old school, will perform as part of the National Night Out celebration.
Garcia said school themed prizes will be available for children to win like school supplies and lunch boxes. A spinning wheel will be featured that will have other prizes. Face painting will also be provided and a balloon artist.
Save Mart Super Markets is donating the hot dogs, chips and water. Cookies from a supporter of the library will complete the meal. People are encouraged to bring their blankets or something to sit on and “let the kids have fun,” Garcia said.
The library will be open for those who want to check out books or use the computers, Garcia said.
For more information about the National Night Out activities at the library call Garcia at the El Dorado Hills branch at 916-358-3500, or Suzanne Ball of the Placerville Police Department at 530-642-5272.
The Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises (MORE) will hold the opening ceremonies of National Night Out at its facility at 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville starting at 5 p.m.
MORE works with individuals with disabilities to enhance their quality of life.
Susie Davies, the executive director for MORE, said Placerville Police Chief George Nielson will lead the welcome with a speech. The hot dogs, chips, water and sodas will be provided by Save Mart Super Markets.
A prize walk, which is similar to a cake walk, is scheduled to take place. Walkers can win T-shirts, Frisbees and other fun items, Davies said. Norm Hammond will be DJing during the early evening.
For the children, a fire truck from the El Dorado County Fire District and a horse from the El Dorado County Search and Rescue team are scheduled to be on hand.
“We’re happy to be taking part in this event and happy to take part in the opening ceremonies,” Davies said.
For more information about MORE’s activities call its office at 530-622-4848, or Ball at the police department at 530-642-5272.
There are many other neighborhood parties planned for Placerville residents.
Point View Drive and Ronald Loop, 6 to 8 p.m.; Aquatic Center on Benham Street, 6 to 9 p.m.; Barrett Drive, 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Benson and Azalea; Chamberlain, 6 to 8 p.m.; Cottonwood Park Apartments, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Eskaton lobby and parking lot, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Excelsior and Coon Hollow, 6 to 8 p.m.; Mountain Democrat parking lot, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Northridge end of cul-de-sac; Oak Crest Circle, 5 to 9 p.m.; Orchard Hill Park, 6 p.m.; Pheasant Run, 6 to 9 p.m.; Spanish Ravine; Stonecrest, 6 to 8 p.m.; Sunrise Gardens, 6 to 8 p.m.; and Woodridge East Apartments playground, 6 to 9 p.m.
Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.