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Annual 'Community Night Out' set for August 7

The annual Community Night Out will take place Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at Alexandria City Park. (Echo Press file photo)

The Alexandria Police Department, in collaboration with the City of Alexandria, is gearing up for another "Community Night Out" event.

The annual event, "Growing Stronger by Building Strong Community Partnerships," will take place Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at Alexandria's City Park, 118 City Park Road.

The police department and the city will join thousands of communities nationwide in a celebration against crimes and drugs called the "35th Annual National Night Out."

"It is our goal to show the community what services the City of Alexandria has to offer its citizens," Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said.

The event is free to attend and includes demonstrations, prizes, an inflatable "Fire Hopper," equipment on display, games, food and more.

The police department joins with the city's street department, parks department, fire department, municipal liquor stores, Runestone Community Center, Alexandria Light and Power, North Ambulance Service, LifeLink III and Someplace Safe, representing the many facets within Alexandria.

The event, according to Wyffels, is designed to build stronger community partnerships, and as a result, numerous organizations and businesses have come forward and contributed to it.

"We hope you can attend our Community Night Out celebration and help make our event a success," said Wyffels.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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