For the third time, Dedham will participate in a celebration dedicated to neighborhood watches and crime-prevention programs.
Events for National Night Out include movies, games, and workshops for all residents, especially youngsters.
National Night Out was founded in 1984 to promote involvement in police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie, and crime prevention, according to the event’s website. More than 15,000 communities participate.
Dedham Police Chief Michael d’Entremont said the highly publicized trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman, who was a member of a neighborhood watch in Florida, would not affect this year’s event.
Zimmerman drew outrage, particularly among minority groups, for his actions that resulted in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
“Neighborhood watch programs provide many benefits to communities,” d’Entremont wrote Friday. “The department has no comment related to specific issues in other states.”
Dedham has several neighborhood groups that keep an eye on crime, including the Manor Neighborhood Watch Group, the Oakdale Square Alliance, the Mother Brook Community Group, Dedham Square Circle, and a new group covering the neighborhood near Bussey Street and Liberty Lane.
Events will kick off Saturday with an art workshop at the Dedham Square Artist Guild at 553 High St. from noon to 4 p.m. Children of all ages are encouraged to draw their favorite superheroes, with the final products to be displayed at local businesses.
Most events will take place from Saturday, Aug. 3, to Tuesday, Aug. 6. During those days, families can drop of old mercury thermometers at Walgreens at 983 Providence Highway and the pharmacy will also give out free first-aid kits.
On Sunday, Aug. 4, Dedham Police will host a “Police Academy” obstacle course for children from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Endicott Estate.
Following the obstacle course, Dedham’s finest will face off against Dedham High students in a softball game at Condon Park at 7:30 p.m.
Dedham police will offer tours of the police station on Monday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Children’s story time will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Bunny at 577 High St. on Monday and Tuesday.
Tuesday night will have two events – a flashlight walk around the Manor neighborhood and a movie – "The Avengers" – at Condon Park. The walk begins at 7:30 and the movie will begin at 8.
For more information, visit www.dedham-ma.gov.