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National Night Out Combats Crime With Ice Cream, Petting Zoo

By Patty Wetli | August 5, 2013 8:50am
 Albany Park District Police invite residents to attend National Night Out on Aug. 6.
Albany Park District Police invite residents to attend National Night Out on Aug. 6.
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National Night Out

ALBANY PARK — During the annual National Night Out on Aug. 6, Albany Park residents will show they're tough on crime ... by throwing an ice cream social.

Bring a blanket or chairs to Global Garden, 2954 W. Lawrence Ave., where the Peterson Garden Project is opening its gates to the entire neighborhood. The event, set for 7 p.m., includes ice cream and a reading of the children's book "The Curious Garden."

Or join the party at the Albany Park District police station. Activities include games, food, entertainment and a petting zoo for the little ones.

The Night Out event will take place 5-7 p.m. at 4651 N. Pulaski Road in the east parking lot.

Local businesses, community organizations and representatives from various city service departments will be on hand to share information. Target, a sponsor of National Night Out, will also have a few surprises for guests.

Now in its 30th year, National Night Out promotes neighborhood camaraderie and community organization as tools to discourage criminal activity. More than 37 million people participate across the U.S. and Canada.

Peterson Garden Project's ice cream social will take place simultaneously at all of the organization's gardens. All are welcome to attend: Land on Lincoln, Lincoln and Sacramento avenues; Montrose Green, 1819 W. Montrose Ave.; Vedgewater, 6300 N. Broadway; Ashlandia, 5652 N. Ashland Ave.