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Communities host National Night Out events

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Local residents attend Anderson's kick-off event for National Night Out at the local civic center. (Aug. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) Local residents attend Anderson's kick-off event for National Night Out at the local civic center. (Aug. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

In an effort to raise awareness about crime prevention and strengthen community involvement, towns across the western Carolinas will step outside Tuesday for National Night Out.

National Night Out is held annually across the country to promote neighborhood spirit and police partnerships. Most of the events will feature food, games and law enforcement displays and simulators.

On Monday, Anderson held their own kick-off event at the Anderson Civic Center.

In Asheville, the Asheville Police Department and Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, with the sponsorship support of Target, Inc., will host the event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center at 285 Livingston St.

In Greenville County, the sheriff's office is hosting events from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. within the Freetown Community at Fleetwood Manor, Spring Grove and Gateway Village. They will also host a night at Crestwood Forrest on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday at Highland Square from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

There will also be an event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church at 211 Staunton Bridge Rd. in Greenville, sponsored by Staunton Bridge Road Community.

In Newberry County, the event will begin at 5 p.m. at the sheriff's office located at 520 Wilson Rd. in Newberry, next to the Lynches Woods Park entrance.

In Pauline, there will be an ice cream social at Carolina Farm and Wildlife Supply at 2640 Highway 56 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In Spartanburg, several neighborhoods will host events beginning at 6 p.m. including at Camp Croft Apartments, Hillcrest Park, Converse Heights' Converse Alumnae House, the Archibald Rutledge Apartments, the JC Bull Apartments, the JC Anderson Townhomes, Summerhill Community Club, Forest Park Neighborhood Association, Cleveland Park/Northside Association at Chapel Street Park, Forest Hills Neighborhood Association, Kensington Drive Neighborhood Watch, Hampton Heights, Maxwell Hills and the Kensington Manor Apartments. Collins Park Community's event will begin at 5 p.m.

Officials in Fountain Inn have canceled their event because of rain.

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