Several cities in our area are celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday. The block parties are meant to promote positive police-community relationships and a message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting against crime.

Roanoke, Roanoke County, Danville and Martinsville all have events in honor of "America's Night Out Against Crime," which started in 1984.

Last year, more than 37 million people participated in NNO events nationwide.

Roanoke list of locations:

Afton Gardens Apartments
Community celebration
Main parking lot (at rental office)
703 Hunt Avenue
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
For more information, call 540-362-4827.

Airlee Court Neighborhood Watch
Light Up The Night
Coordinated effort for neighbors to "light the night" by turning on their porch lights.

Ashton Heights Apartments
Community celebration
Face painting, food, bouncy house and more
Main parking lot at 3530 Donna Drive NW
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
For more information, call 540-345-9325.

Fairland Civic Organization
Annual neighborhood fish fry and block party
Vacant lot at corner of Fairland and Kirkland Ave. NW
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For more information, call 540-362-5097.

Fleming Court Neighborhood Watch, Greater Huntington Neighborhood Watch,
Greater Grandview Area Neighborhood Neighborhood Watch Association,
Brentwood Neighborhood Watch, Target Roanoke

Neighborhood celebration
A community-wide event with food, beverages, and more.
Preston Oaks Baptist Church, 102 Preston Avenue NE
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For more information, call 540-362-4273.

Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Forum, Inc & Loudon Melrose Neighborhood
Organization, Inc.

Neighborhood block party
18th Street between Melrose Ave. and Orange Ave. NW
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
For more information, call 540-342-2763.

Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization, Inc. (NNEO)
Community party
Cookout and beverages, entertainment and more
802 Loudon Ave. NW at NNEO Community Center
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For more information, call 540-343-5674.

Old Southwest, Inc.
Annual NNO celebration
Complimentary hot dogs with all of the trimmings with cold beverages
Historic Alexander Gish House gazebo, 641 Walnut Ave. SW
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For more information, call 540-293-4075.

Riverdale-Grandview Heights Neighborhood Watch
3rd annual neighborhood celebration
Cookout and potluck; live music, kids activities and more
Golden Park, 1566 Carlisle Ave. SE
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
For more information, call 540-761-1957.

South East Action Forum, Inc.
Celebration
Hot dog cookout and potluck; entertainment and more. Bring your favorite dish or dessert along with your lawn chair or blanket.

Jackson Park, 923 Montrose Ave.
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For more information, call 540-266-8548.

Roanoke County

Celebration

Music, displays, free food, door prizes, an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog and more. You do not have to be a Roanoke County resident to attend.

Roanoke County Public Safety Building, 5925 Cove Road

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Martinsville

All events are from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Please bring a covered dish of your choice.

First Baptist Church of East Martinsville
1043 East Church Street

McCabe Memorial Baptist Church & Refuge Temple Ministries
107 Clearview Dr.

Agape Bible Christian Fellowship
240 East Market Street