police-light-bar1.jpgSan Francisco residents have a slew of parties to choose from to celebrate National Night Out.

The crime prevention event was started 28 years ago by the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch as a way to bring communities together and present a united front against criminals and drugs.

Last year, more than 37 million people participated in the event nationwide, and organizers are hoping to break that record this year.

The San Francisco Police Department is hosting parties throughout the city to strengthen ties between police and the community.

Mayor Ed Lee and police Chief Greg Suhr are expected to make appearances at the parties, and officers will be giving away food, T-shirts and toys, police said.

The stations participating are:

Park District: Boys & Girls Club, 1950 Page Street at Stanyan from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Tenderloin District: Tenderloin Children’s Playground, 570 Ellis Street from 5:00pm to

Richmond District: Richmond Police Station, 461 6th Avenue from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Bayview District: Bayview Opera House and Mendell Plaza, 3rd Street and Oakdale Streets from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Central District: Academy of Arts College, 655½ Sutter Street 5pm to 8pm

Northern District: Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAllister Street 5:30pm to

Ingleside District: Crocker Amazon Park, 799 Moscow Street 5pm to 8pm

Taraval District: Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center 650 Capital Avenue 5pm to 7pm
Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, 3925 Noriega Street 5pm to 9pm

Southern District: SOMA Rec Center, 270 6th Street 6pm to 8pm

Treasure Island, Gateview Avenue and Northpoint Drive 6pm to 8pm

Mission District: Mission Police Station, 630 Valencia Street 6pm to 8pm

Valencia Gardens, 15th Street and Valencia Street 6pm to 8pm

BART police will also be hosting an event tonight from 5-8pm at the 16th Street Station in the Mission.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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