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Residents to Celebrate Annual National Night Out Against Crime Aug. 2nd

Ribs, chicken, hot dogs, popcorn and a free screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens may not appear like traditional crime fighting but that's exactly what Duarte residents will be doing when they gather at Encanto Park on August 2, 2016 to celebrate the City’s Annual National Night Out Against Crime. Duarte Dance will kick off the event with a performance that you will not want to miss!

            Neighborhood Watch block captains, with the support of Duarte Public Safety and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, are inviting all Duarte residents to this free event. Non-profit, Marvell West will provide free hot dogs, hot links, ribs, chicken, and side green salad at 6:00 p.m. to the first 500 attendees. Fresh popcorn will also be available courtesy of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation. The movie will show at dusk and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

      Over 20 local businesses and non-profits will be present and invite attendees to visit their respective tables for valuable information and fun giveaways! Attendees are also invited to participate in a family Star Wars costume contest, sponsored by Foothill Family. Each participating family must consist of at least 2 family members, with at least one individual over 18 years old. The eligible family, which has the most creative, combined Star Wars themed costumes will win the following: 1st place $150; 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $50. Additionally, the Duarte Museum, dedicated to preserving the City of Duarte’s history, will host an Open House and encourage attendees to drop in.  

            "Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear because it fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve," said Duarte Public Safety Director, Brian Villalobos.

            Hundreds of Duarte residents are expected to participate in the annual citywide "going away party" for crime. As a National Night Out participant, Duarte residents join citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 10,000 communities across the nation in the fight against crime. The crime, drug and violence prevention program, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch is designed to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized against crime and fighting back.    

      Encanto Park is located at 751 Encanto parkway, Duarte, CA 91010. Don’t miss this opportunity to go outdoors, mingle with neighbors, deputies, firefighters and local organizations and enjoy a free dinner and a movie. For more information, contact the Duarte Public Safety Department, call Aida Torres at Duarte Public Safety (626) 359-5671, ext. 316, or