By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

Friends and neighbors across Central Texas will go outside this evening, turn on their porch lights and get together for block parties as part of National Night Out.

Barbecue pits and grills will be lit up in Killeen and Copperas Cove from 7 until 10 p.m., with at least 27 addresses hosting parties in Killeen and almost a dozen in Cove.

In addition, all 13 family areas at Fort Hood will have activities.

Held each year on the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out is a crime prevention program that encourages neighbors to lock their doors, turn on their lights and get outside and meet one another, said Tammy Moseley, the Crime Prevention coordinator for the Killeen Police Department.

"The National Night Out program is an outstanding campaign to help build neighborhood unity and strengthen police-community partnerships," Moseley said.

Anyone with questions, should contact Moseley at 501-8805.

In Copperas Cove, anyone with questions should contact CCPD Lt. Danny Austin at 547-4274, ext. 541.

All 13 family housing areas at Fort Hood will conduct special activities as part of the National Night Out program today.

The Community Life buildings in Comanche I, II, III and IV, Liberty, Kouma, Montague, Venable and Walker housing areas will each be the center of activity from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Pershing Park residents will meet at their Community Life Building from 6 to 9 p.m.

Patton Park, Wainwright, Chaffee and McNair village residents will celebrate at the Bronco Youth Center on Tank Destroyer Avenue from 2 to 9 p.m.

All housing area villages will have free hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and soft drinks for starters. Giant inflatable rides and dunking booths will also be available.

Volunteers and youth officers will also be on hand to treat the kids to face and hand painting and to take their fingerprints and photos for Kid Care ID Kits.

Children will be able to participate in demonstrations by Emergency Services, mounted and canine MP units, and the Fire-House.

Residents also may be entertained by local youth and adult dancers, by McGruff, the Crime Dog, and with all kinds of music.

In addition, Montague Village will provide pony rides for the kiddies, while Comanche III will be having a basketball tournament starting at 6:30 p.m. Patton, Wainwright, McNair and Chaffee villages will join to host a fun train for children to ride in.

Venable Village will have pony rides and a three-on-three basketball tournament, and Pershing Village will feature a three-point shootout and a football toss.

Several block parties are scheduled in Harker Heights, but the names and addresses of those participating were not provided to the Herald.

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