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National Night Out activities throughout Lincoln

Children's activities at Peter Singer Park
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Know and Go:

What: National Night Out

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Orchard Creek Amphitheater and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Peter Singer Park.

Where: Orchard Creek Amphitheater, 965 Orchard Creek Lane and Peter Singer Park, 674 Groveland Lane

From neighborhood block parties to larger community get-togethers, the annual National Night Out event encouraging community and police partnerships will be celebrated Tuesday in Lincoln.

Two celebrations are open to the public. One is sponsored by Sun City Lincoln Hills at the Orchard Creek Lodge Amphitheater and the other sponsored by the city of Lincoln is at Peter Singer Park.

Stephanie Lombardi, a city of Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department recreation coordinator, said this will be the seventh National Night Out event she has helped coordinate and the setting will be a little different this year.

“We moved from the Target parking lot to Peter Singer Park to provide more space, get us off the pavement and give the kids more shade and grass to play on,” Lombardi said. “People can bring lawn chairs and it will be more of a family experience. We really want people to come hang out with their neighbors, friends and family.”

Several new activities are planned for National Night Out, according to Lombardi.

“Every half-hour, there will be a competition with the kids in the stage area like watermelon eating and bubble gum blowing,” Lombardi said. “There will be a deejay and a few more bounce houses than last year as well as a game truck, photo booth and face-painting, all free.

“We will also be giving out free snow cones to the first 200 people, courtesy of Snow King, and the Police Activity League will be giving out free water, Gatorade and popcorn.”

About 20 community information vendors, such as the Kiwanis Club, will set up and food trucks will sell food.

“The thing I love the most is that it (National Night Out) brings the community together and you don’t have to pull out your wallet and spend money because it’s free,” Lombardi said. “Also, the smiles on kids’ faces; that’s what keeps me coming back.”

Sun City Lincoln Hills marketing manager Jeff Caponera said that numerous parties are held at the community’s individual villages and there is the big event at Orchard Creek Lodge.

“There will be streaming music and food,” Caponera said. “Depending on the weather, we don’t know what kind of turnout we will get. It will be pretty much the same as last year. Nothing new has been added.”

The Orchard Creek National Night Out block party will be at the amphitheater. The Meridians restaurant at Orchard Creek, closed during the block party, will provide food booths and bars with a wide variety of food and drink. Starting at 10 a.m., Lincoln Hills residents can place folding chairs on the lawn and neighborhood groups can set tents at the back of the amphitheater. A prize will be awarded to the most spirited neighborhood.