Carmel’s National Night Out aims to connect neighbors Aug. 6

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Carmel, in conjunction with other cities in the U.S., will participate National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Carmel Gazebo near City Hall, 1 Civic Square.

“This is a national program created to get community members out of their houses and to get to know each other,” said Lt. J.J. Semester, Carmel Police Dept. public information officer. “It’s one evening a year where everybody gets out and spends some time together.”

The family friendly event, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships, will include free food such as hot dogs, chips and water from Target. Pizza will be provided by Domino’s.

There will be a special guest for children that evening as well.

“Chase from Paw Patrol will be there for the kids to see,” Semester said.

The event will include activities and games such as basketball, miniature golf, corn hole and tic-tac-toe.

“We’ll have lots of activities for the kids to participate in,” Semester said. “It’s a really family friendly event.”

CPD will have vehicles on display.

“We will have bikes, motorcycles, fire trucks and police cars,” Semester said. “We’ll have our command vehicle out there, which is the bus that we use on the critical incidents. It’s a show-and-tell-type situation.”

The event aims to allow for open dialogue between members of the community.

“It’s a way for us to interact with the public on neutral ground and have them come ask us questions,” Semester said. “We can have a good conversation, have a little bit to eat and everybody can have a nice summer evening.”

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Carmel Fire Station No. 41 at 2 Civic Square.

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