Sites throughout the city of Akron are joining communities across America today hosting the 36th annual National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, that promotes police-community relations and neighborhood unity.

The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen participation in local programs that prevent and deter crime, in an effort to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

"As public officials, one of the most important ways we can combat violence and drug addiction is to remind each citizen how much we genuinely care about them, their family, and their neighborhood,” Mayor Dan Horrigan saidin a news release. "So much of what we see in the media and popular culture encourages us to fear or distrust one another. But when we take the time to get to know our neighbors, we learn how much we truly share in common. Every year I look forward to seeing police officers, fire fighters, community leaders, and citizens of all ages and backgrounds share information and ideas. I always leave the night with a renewed sense of hope for the future, and faith in the ability of engaged citizens to transform their neighborhoods for the better.”

The NNO program has deep roots in Akron, where the first NNO event took place in 1984 in East Akron. Akron has the most coordinated NNO events of any city in Ohio. In all, more than 38 million people are expected to participate in NNO in more than 16,000 communities across all 50 states and beyond.

All Akron sites will provide information on safety, health and other issues of concern, and most sites will also feature music, games, and free food and refreshments. Here are the locations and times:

Cascade Village: Elizabeth Parkway / Lods Street/ 4:30 p.m. to 7  p.m.

Delia/Storer area: Westside Coney Island, 406 Storer Ave., 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

E. South/Brown Street area: Akron Bible Church, 783 Brown St., 6 to 8 p.m.

Ed Davis Community Center: 730 Perkins Woods Drive, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ellet Branch Library: 2470 E. Market St., 5 to 7:00 p.m.

Firestone Park Community Center: 1480 Girard Street, 5:30-8:00pm (Concert in the Park).

Goodyear Heights: 835 Hillside Terrace (at Reservoir Park), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Joy Park Community Center: 825 James Ingram Way, 5 to 7 p.m.

Middlebury/East Akron: Intersection of S. Arlington St. / E. Exchange St., 6 to 8 p.m.

North Hill area: N. Howard & Tallmadge Ave., 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Northwest Family Recreation Center: 1730 Shatto Ave., 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Southwest Akron/Edgewood Village: 491 Vernon Odom Blvd., 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Summit Lake Community Center: 380 W. Crosier Street, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Ward 9/Kenmore: Chestnut Ridge Park, East Ave. & Chestnut Ridge, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

West Akron/Copley Road: Mountain of the Lord Fellowship, 1477 Copley Road, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

West Hill Area: Church of Our Savior/West Hill Neighborhood Organization, Crosby Street between Balch & Oakdale, 6:00 - 7:30pm