LINCOLN COUNTY — An annual law enforcement tradition returns this Tuesday: National Night Out. With events held across the country, National Night Out is a chance to build community awareness and a partnership between local law enforcement and the residents they serve in a fun, casual atmosphere. In Lincoln County alone, there are five events set for the evening of Aug. 6.
At the north end of the county, the Lincoln City Police Department is teaming up with the parks and recreation department to bring the community a night of free food, games, prizes and live music — all while giving residents the chance to mix and mingle with the officers who protect their neighborhoods. Members of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue will also be around to talk with locals and share emergency preparedness information. The fun runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kirtsis Park on NE 22nd Street.
In Newport, it’s bound to be a big crowd with the number of agencies attending, including the Newport Police Department, the National Guard, Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, Oregon State Police, the Newport Fire Department and many more. Residents will be treated to free barbecue and beverages, as well as a Safety Town, a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog and much more. The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the National Guard Armory: 541 SW Coast Highway.
Toledo’s National Night Out promises a grand time with city departments and local businesses teaming up to throw a huge block party for the whole town. In addition to safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits, the organizers aim to help build more community through the event. As if that’s not enough of a reason to go, there will also be a cookout for all to enjoy. The night kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. at Memorial Field.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting two events on Aug. 6. At each event, the Sheriff is partnering with local EMS and fire agencies to bring a night of fun and education to these communities. While building a stronger partnership with county law enforcement, residents and their kids will also have the opportunity to participate in games, grab some grub and explore emergency vehicles such as fire trucks. In Siletz, the event will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. behind Dee-Ne’s at the intersection of Logsden Road and Gaither Street. In Waldport, it will take place at the Waldport Ballfield and Greenspace from 5 to 8 p.m.