The is shutting down a portion of Olympic Dr. on Tuesday night amid the National Night Out festivities. Olympic will be closed between Main St. and Fourth St.
The SMPD will be staging the event from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of the Public Safety Facility building located at 333 Olympic Dr. The event is free, and free parking will be available in the parking lot. Also, there will be a free bike valet on Main St., near Olympic Dr.
The event will feature carnival games, prizes, a raffle, music, a dance performance by a local ballet folklórico group and a demonstration of mixed martial arts by kids who participate in the Police Activities League.
This year's theme is emergency preparedness. The and the are also participating in the event.
Last year, Santa Monica was recognized by the National Association of Town Watch, which organizes National Night Out, for its participation in the event. The city came in 18th on a list of award winners among cities with a population between 50,000 and 99,999 people.
NNO involves every state in the country, an estimated 15,000 communities and more than 37 million people. In Los Angeles County alone, 43 events are scheduled, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.