National Night Out events start today

MARQUETTE – National Night Out events are planned starting today and continuing through Aug. 16 at various locations in Marquette County.

NNO parties can be hosted by anyone – organizers said in a news release that last year, 20 different parties throughout Marquette County were attended by more than 3,000 people.

The largest parties were hosted by area churches, while many were smaller neighborhood or block party events. Some were organized by simply handing out fliers to neighbors with an invitation to share in a potluck. Others were more elaborate with a number of activities, food, music, demonstrations and games.

National Night Out is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for local anticrime efforts; and send a message to criminals to let them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency service workers also take an active role by visiting parties as they are available, and answering home security and general safety questions.

Here is the list of registered Marquette County events:

– Today, 5 to 8 p.m., Mission Covenant Church, Ishpeming

– Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., Ishpeming Township Fire Department

– Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Marquette City Police Department; 6 p.m., 300 block East Prospect, Marquette; 6-8 p.m. Republic EMS; 6 to 9 p.m. 100 block West Kaye Avenue, Marquette; and 6:30 p.m. Windcrest-Harlow Farms neighborhood

– Wednesday, Aug. 6, 4 to 6 p.m. Negaunee Senior Center; and 5-8:30 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marquette.

– Thursday, Aug. 7, 4-7 p.m. Gwinn Clubhouse; 6-8 p.m. Negaunee Township Fire Department; and 6-8 p.m. 100 block West Crescent, Marquette.

– Friday, Aug. 8, noon Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, Marquette.

– Tuesday, Aug. 12, noon Norlite Nursing Center, Marquette.

– Saturday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Silver Creek Church, Harvey.