EASTON — Law enforcement agencies and communities across the Eastern Shore will come together on Tuesday, Aug. 6, to celebrate National Night Out.
The event is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police and community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer and more caring place to live.
Easton Police Department, along with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, will host its 13th annual National Night Out at Moton Park and George Murphy Pool from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. This is an opportunity for the entire community to come together as one voice against crime in the neighborhood.
The Bay Hundred community will celebrate its National Night Out on Tuesday as well at the Bay Hundred Community Pool next to St. Michaels Elementary School.
Free hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, beverages and cake will be available with free swimming, music by a local DJ, live choral group, safety demonstrations, resource tables, youth activities, prizes, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and more.
Food will be served at 5:30 p.m. Free swimming for all at the community pool is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Guest speakers including members of law enforcement and community leaders, and a special ceremony to honor hometown hero Harold Baines, new inductee to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, will start around 7 p.m., followed by a cake cutting.
At 8:15 p.m. participants will take a lighted walk through the streets of St. Michaels as a show of community. Residents are asked to turn on porch lights as a show of support. For more information, call 410-745-9535.
The Cambridge Police Department will join in on the celebration at the Dorchester County Pool at 105 Virginia Ave., Cambridge from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event will feature a free pool party, food, music and a great time to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
The Hurlock Police Department will join the fun as well from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hurlock Town Pavilion on Gay Street in Hurlock. Come out and meet your local police and volunteer fire company. The event will offer prizes, food and giveaways.
Centreville police will host National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on Lawyers Row in Centreville. There will be food, fun and games.
The Maryland State Police Easton Barrack will be present at 501 Port St., Easton as well as 105 Virginia Ave., Cambridge Tuesday. State troopers will join communities and other law enforcement agencies across the state in support of National Night Out.
Jill Garvey, a management assistant with EPD, said National Night Out is designed to let criminals know the neighborhood is taking a stand to fight back against crime.
Garvey said the EPD wants to work together with residents and “help make your community a better and safer place to live for you and your families.”
Easton’s National Night Out will feature Talbot Mentors Director Gerson Martinez as an inspirational speaker.
All throughout the country, neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.
Other activities for the Easton National Night Out include live music, magic, face painting, animals, vendors, food and more. Also, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration will host REAL ID informational tables at Moton Park from 6 to 9 p.m. MDOT MVA REAL ID Ambassadors will answer questions, provide insight and engage with the community.
With 14 months until the Oct. 1, 2020, deadline for federal REAL ID compliance, more than half of Maryland’s five million licensed drivers and ID card holders have provided the required REAL ID documents. Through education, outreach and operational initiatives such as increased staff, expanded hours and appointments, MDOT MVA continues to help customers navigate the REAL ID process. Since April, REAL ID ambassadors have visited more than 65 fairs, festivals, public meetings and other events and have educated thousands of citizens about REAL ID. More than 100 additional visits are scheduled through fall 2019.
For more information, visit www.natw.org.