Night to Unite registration deadline fast approaching

The 29th Annual Minnesota Night to Unite celebration (an alternative to National Night Out) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7.

As always, the Elk River Police and Fire Departments are encouraging participation in this community-wide event.

Elk River residents and their neighbors are invited to “Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party.”

Cheryll Edinger, a community service officer for the Elk River Police Department, is helping coordinate this year’s activities. As part of the fight for safer streets throughout the country, the department is aiming to:

•Promote community involvement in crime and drug prevention activities

•Strengthen police-community relations

•Encourage neighborhood camaraderie by getting to know your neighbors

There is is both a daytime event and evening gatherings.

The Elk River Senior Center, Senior Dining, and the Elk River Police Department co-sponsor the Noon to Unite.

There will be food, fun, and prizes at this event. The music starts at 11 a.m. at the Senior Center, 350 Evans. Lunch will be served by police department staff at noon Please pre-register at 763.635.4500. At 4 p.m., they will be serving pizza at the Activity Center, 413 Proctor Avenue. Please pre-register at 763.635.4500.

The most important aspect of Minnesota Night to Unite is getting neighbors together, Edinger said.

“Your event doesn’t have to be huge or elaborate; it can be as simple as lemonade and conversation in a neighbor’s yard,” the CSO said. “So talk with your neighbors and plan to get together.”

Questions? Contact Edinger at 763.635.1260.

Elk River’s Night to Unite will be Aug. 7.