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National Night Out Celebrated in Lorton Park

Lorton Community Action Center partners with Lorton Library and South County Cares to host family celebration.

Police officers from the Franconia District Station and firefighters from the Lorton Fire Station gave children the chance to sit in a police cruiser and ride in a fire truck, and McGruff, the crime-fighting canine, even made a special appearance.

Police officers from the Franconia District Station and firefighters from the Lorton Fire Station gave children the chance to sit in a police cruiser and ride in a fire truck, and McGruff, the crime-fighting canine, even made a special appearance. Contributed

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More than 300 people and dozens of families enjoyed the second National Night Out Celebration at Lorton Park on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Hundreds of families gathered in Lorton Park last week for a night of music, games, picnics and more in recognition of the 30th annual National Night Out celebration.

“The overcast skies did not deter the enthusiasm of children and adults who created pipe cleaner critters, played games, enjoyed free hot dogs and snow cones, shared their artistic talent through sidewalk chalk, and enjoyed a live music performance by the Amazing Gospel Souls,” said Linda Patterson, executive director of the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), which co-hosted the 2nd NNO celebration at Lorton Park along with the Lorton Library, Friends of the Lorton Library and South County Cares.

At least 300 people came out to enjoy the festivities. Many folks brought chairs or blankets and settled in on the grass to relax and enjoy the festivities.

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The Amazing Gospel Souls provided live music.

Police officers from the Franconia District Station and firefighters from the Lorton Fire Station chatted with the public and gave children the chance to sit in a police cruiser and ride in a fire truck.

McGruff, the crime-fighting canine, even made a visit to greet the crowd and pose for pictures with children.

The goals of National Night Out are to strengthen community connections within neighborhoods and to heighten awareness of crime prevention issues. According to local police, the best defense against crime in a community is a good neighbor, and noticing and reporting suspicious activity immediately helps keep criminal activity low.

The NNO celebration is just one of LCAC’s programs. The award winning nonprofit has been serving families in need in southern Fairfax County for more than 35 years. The Lorton Community Action Center provides a range of social services that include a food pantry, a thrift store, financial assistance and referral programs. For more information about LCAC, go to LortonAction.org.

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The overcast skies did not deter children and adults from enthusiastic participation in the National Night Out Celebration.

“Adopt” a Child for Back-2-School

Dozens of children still need to be “adopted” for the Lorton Community Action Center’s 2013 Back-2-School Outreach program. Donation drop off is this Friday, Aug. 16, at the Moose Family Center, 9612 Fernedge Lane, Lorton (just off of Rte. 1) between 10 a.m. and noon. To learn how to “adopt” a child and ensure that they have all the tools they need for school, visit LortonAction.org and click on “Special Events” under “News and Events.” If you would like to contribute, but can’t drop off supplies on Friday, call 703-339-5161 for more information. In addition to backpacks, the following supplies are needed:5-subject college ruled notebooks, red pens, colored pencils

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Area residents shared their artistic talent through sidewalk chalk.