The annual National Night Out in Oak Ridge next week will feature crime and drug prevention programs, an anti-bullying seminar for children, and an adult self-defense class.
It also features free food, drinks, and music.
It starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at A.K. Bissell Park and Oak Ridge Civic Center.
It’s organized by the City of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Neighborhood Watch Program, a city press release said. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is also participating.
Besides the events listed above, other activities include:
- a bounce house and slide for children
- K-9 demonstrations by the Oak Ridge Police Department and Anderson County Sheriffâ€™s Department
- bucket rides in an Oak Ridge Electric Department truck
- information on car seat safety and computer, home, and business security
- laser tag
- an East Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force trailer
- Senior Citizen safety booths
- the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter
- Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency safety simulators for boating under the influence and firearms safety
The anti-bullying seminar, for children ages 4 years old and older, starts at 4:30 p.m. It’s taught by the Progressive Martial Arts Academy.
Parents must stay with their children during the seminar, the press release said.
The basic adult self-defense class starts at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Oak Ridge Police Officer Jeremy Upham at (865) 556-6696 or e-mail him at [email protected].
The press release said National Night Out is a celebration of crime-fighting organizations, such as Neighborhood Watch. It is designed to help prevent crime and drug abuse, raise support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and “send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”