DOG DAY: Locals grab free hot dogs during the Santa Monica Police Department's National Night Out community event last year. (Brandon Wise

The Santa Monica Police Department is hosting National Night Out tonight, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. throughout the city. All events have free food, snacks and drinks while supplies last. Events are scheduled at four locations citywide and organizers are encouraging participants from all four locations to gather at Clover Park at 8:15 p.m. for a free showing of “Kung Fu Panda” to cap the evening.

Tongva Park (1615 Ocean Ave.) in Beat 1 will host a welcome from Neighborhood Resource Officer Marilyn Amiache. Entertainment includes music from the 80’s Centerfold band, Orange Theory Fitness teaching getting fit with hits from the 80’s and a raffle. Additional on-site activities include: Bubblemania, Games in the Kid Zone and a Scavenger Hunt.

Beat 2 at Clover Park (2600 Ocean Park Blvd.) will start with a welcome from Neighborhood Resource Officer Erik Milosevich. Entertainment will be provided by the Westside 6 Band and the Chinese Dragons Dance Team. on-site activities include: raffles, a scavenger hunt, karate demo and obstacle course. Clover Park will host a showing of “Kung Fu Panda” at 8:20 p.m.

In Beat 3 at Virginia Avenue Park (2200 Virginia Ave.) there will be a welcome from Neighborhood Resource Officer Richard Verbeck. Entertainment will feature the Blackburn Country Band and DJ Bender. on-site activities include: a raffle, inflatable slide, jumper – horse and carnival games.

Beat 4 will be hosted in Douglas Park (2439 Wilshire Blvd.) Neighborhood Resource Officer Capri Redondo will provide the welcome. Entertainment will include a strolling magician and magic show at about 7:15 p.m. on-site activities include a kids dance contest, raffle, police officer photo scavenger hunt, face painting, kids crafts and photo booth.

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...