By NR Staff • 

Carlton hosting National Night Out

National Night Out, launched 31 years ago, is an effort to deter crime by raising community awareness. This year's theme is "Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going-Away Party."

The Carlton Police Department sponsors the local event with assistance from the Yamhill Police Department and local agencies, organizations and businesses. Many of the sponsoring groups will have informational booths, including one offering free child identification kits.

The event will include an array of free family activities, including horse rides, face painting, rocket building, rocket launching, wall climbing, halo jumping and basketball. It will also include free hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and cotton candy.

The "Carlton Blues Band," featuring members of the Carlton police, will join other musicians in entertaining.

Carlton's National Night Out event usually draws more than 600 people, Police Chief Kevin Martinez said. "It's a great night of community members and emergency service personnel and other resources coming together in a combined effort to enhance overall safety and livability in our great community," he said.

Carlton Police won a national award in 2012 for its National Night Out efforts. Over the years, the department has received funds from Walk in the Park and the Carlton Community Foundation to help stage the event.

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