Several Reston communities will be holding special events to mark National Night Out, an annual campaign of solidarity against crime.
The nationwide, community-building campaign — which promotes policy-community relations and neighborhood camaraderie — is set for Tuesday August 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Activities include keeping the lights on all night outside to fun and games with local polie officers.
In particular, the Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition and Cornerstones are partnering up to host a kick off cook out at Hunters Woods Plaza from noon to 2 p.m.
The cook out is open to all and will take place on the plaza in front of the Reston Community Center.
More information about local events in the Reston area is expected to be released soon.
Neighborhoods interested in hosting an event are encouraged to register online.
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Fairfax County police will celebrate National Night Out by taking part in neighborhood visits in Reston from to 9 p.m. tonight (August 7).
The 35th annual event aims to strengthen the relationship between police and the communities they serve and demonstrate neighborhood commitments to fight crime.
Of the more than 100 events planned in Fairfax County, fourteen are in Reston. Complete listings including, the location and duration of the event, are available online.
Attendees are invited to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside.
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The goal of National Night Out is to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while celebrating a sense of community. Its intent is to provide an opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
At Lake Anne Plaza, beginning at 4 p.m., National Night Out events will include kids’ activities, dance crews, a DJ and live music, food specials, a moon bounce, hula demos and more.
Tomorrow will be a beautiful evening for our first ever National Night Out at Lake Anne. Come out and hang with your lakeside community friends and enjoy some fun activities on the Plaza.
For the third straight year, the Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition will sponsor a midday National Night Out event, beginning at noon. Several other National Night Out events will take place in Reston, including an evening program at the Southgate Community Center.
“This annual event is one of the highlights of year for the police department and another great opportunity to further enhance the our partnership with the community,” HPD says.
The Fairfax County Police Department will visit as many activities around the county as possible.
National Night Out was first observed in 1984. Thousands of communities across the United States, Canada and worldwide military bases participate in National Night Out each year.
National Night Out, the annual nationwide event where police and the community come together in the spirit of cooperation and friendship, kicked off in Reston mid-day on Tuesday.
The Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition and Reston Community Center Hunters Woods hosted Fairfax County Police officers, Fire and Rescue personnel, as well as neighborhood kids and residents of the Hunters Woods Fellowship House for a few hours of games, food and getting to know one another.
Later on Tuesday, police officers will visit Reston neighborhoods, where residents are encouraged to stay outside and get to know their neighbors.
“National Night Out send a message to criminals that crime is not welcome here,” said Reston District Station Crime Prevention Officer Katy Defoe.
Added Capt. Ron Manzo of the Reston District Station:
“National Night Out has special meaning. It gives us an opportunity to meet up, reach out and be engaged with the community. I have always been about community engagement.”
Tuesday, Aug. 2 is National Night Out, the annual neighborhood-based crime and drug prevention event.
It’s an opportunity to show neighborhood spirit and strengthen partnerships with local police.
Fairfax County Police will be out in Reston neighborhoods, meeting citizens as part of the effort. They encourage residents to turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside together to get to know one another and talk about common concerns between 6 and 9 p.m.
Reston Community Center will have a kickoff event from noon to 2 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Hunter Woods location.
Over in Herndon, Herndon Police have lots of activities planned too. There are gatherings planned in about 15 neighborhoods, as well as at Haley Smith Park. See this list on Herndon Police’s Facebook page.
National Night Out is an annual, nationwide community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.
Activities range from keeping the outside lights on all night in a show of solidarity to carnival fun with community police officers.
Here’s what’s happening in Fairfax County Police’s Reston District Station:
- Hunters Woods Coalition National Night Out Kickoff Fun — 12 to 1 p.m. RCC Hunters Woods
- Southgate Community Center — Games, Hot Dogs and Refreshments, 5 to 7 p.m.
- Rock Hill NW — Lights On Campaign, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
- Hunting Horn Lane — Lights On Campaign, Overnight
- Saddler Oaks — Ice Cream Social, 7 to 8 p.m.
- Monterey Estates — Gathering 8 to 8:30p.m.
- Great Falls Community Crossing — Pizza, Show and Tell Q&A, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- McNair Farms (Land Bay 2) — Ice Cream Social, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Reflections Homes — Small Food/Bounce House, 6 to 9 p.m.
- West Glade Aparments — Food and Games, 5 to 8 p.m.
Photo: National Night Out/Courtesy FCPD
National Night Out is an annual event that promotes community involvement in crime prevention activities, establishes partnerships between public safety agencies and the community, fosters neighborhood camaraderie and sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for diverse communities in our area to interact with sheriff’s deputies in friendly settings and get to know us better,” Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid said. “It is also a chance for us to listen to community concerns so that we may better serve the public.”
Sheriff’s deputies will visit Reston’s Southgate Community Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Officers from the Fairfax County Police’s Reston District Station will also sponsor a free cookout at Southgate from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Fairfax County Police Department is encouraging neighborhoods to turn their lights on and visit outside with their neighbors from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
Officers from the FCPD’ Reston District Station will also have planned activities. Some nearby:
- Police and fire display at Hunters Woods Village Center, 2 to 4 p.m.
- Ice Cream Social at Saddler’s Wells neighborhood (Gunsmith Square), 7 to 8 p.m.
- Ice Cream Social at Crescent Apartments, 6 to 9 p.m.
- Cookout and Pot Luck Dinner at West Glade Apartments, 5 to 8 p.m.
National Night Out began in 1984,when 2.5 million Americans across 400 communities in 23 states took part in the event, introduced by the National Association of Town Watch. Today, the event involves over 37.8 million people in 16,000 communities from all 50 states, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office says.
Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Police