Night to Unite ready for landing

by Jim Boyle

The Elk River community will play host Tuesday to 38 Night to Unite parties, including one big one at Lions Park that the whole community is invited to attend.

These neighborhood gathering are being held in communities across the state as part of Minnesota’s 29th Annual Night to Unite to give crime and drugs a going-away party.

The Lions Park gala will get going at 6 p.m. with a special arrival of a North Memorial helicopter at 6:30 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, chips and cookies too.

Early Childhood Family Education is hosting an event to promote their new Nature Explorer Center off of 4th Street.

A new Elk River country band called .340 Magnum, which is a spinoff from Wylee, will be playing from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at a party in the 10000 block of 178th Circle.

Elk River Police and Fire will make the rounds with various emergency vehicles and city crews.

The other parties will have everything from live music and children’s games to barbecues and prize giveaways.

Night to Unite (an alternative to National Night Out) is always scheduled for the first Tuesday in August.

As part of the fight for safer streets, Elk River plans to:

•Promote community involvement in crime and drug prevention activities

•Strengthen police-community relations

•Encourage neighborhood camaraderie by getting to know your neighbors

The Elk River Senior Center, Senior Dining, and the Elk River Police Department also co-sponsor the Noon to Unite. At 4 p.m., there will be pizza served at the Activity Center, 413 Proctor Avenue.