Mark your calendars for National Night Out

It's time to mark your calendars! Come out and celebrate the 30th Annual Night Out against crime and drugs August 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. National Night Out, which is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch, and Target.

This event is co-sponsored locally by the City of Opelika, Breaking the Cycle Inc., and Opelika Police Department.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention, awareness, and to provide an opportunity to promote and celebrate police-community partnerships in crime prevention efforts.

We ask that you lock your doors, turn your porch light on, and come and celebrate with us.

We will begin with a take our community back march starting at 5:30 p.m. from Antioch Baptist Church, located at 605 WE Morton Ave. We will march to Covington Recreation Center. All city council members will be marching and we ask that all clergy, black and white, along with citizens all over the city, to come stand with us.

If you are tired of losing our loved ones to crime, come march with us. Let us unite together and take our community back. If you participate in the march you will be eligible for a special prize of $50.

The program will feature numerous fun-filled activities. A number of community groups will be on hand to provide crime prevention, health information and safety information. This year's night out will feature area performers, children's activities, police demonstrations, and local talent.

There will be a memorial held for loved ones that have been lost to crime and lost to the penal system. Additionally, school supplies, free food, and an abundance of gift cards and giveaways will be given by your local merchants and the City of Opelika.