MOUNDRIDGE — People living in and around Moundridge are invited to a National Night Out event that will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 along the 200 Block of S. Christian Ave.

The evening will be hosted by the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce and the Moundridge Police Department.

Moundridge Chamber of Commerce Director Murray McGee said the National Night Out organization allowed the city to hold its gathering a little later than that of other cities this year in order to combine it with the Newcomers Welcome event scheduled for that day.

New residents in Moundridge coming to the event will receive free welcome packets.

"We have sent out invitations to as many of the new residents as we're aware of," McGee said. "It's a good opportunity for them to sit down and talk one-on-one with people."

Booths will be set up at the City Shop, next to the City Office Building, with representatives from several Moundridge businesses and organizations available to answer questions about schools, daycare, churches, medical services, recreation options or even how to pronounce street names.

Det. Scott Zimmerman of the Moundridge Police Department said getting residents information about what the city has to offer is important.

"We're always trying to get people to shop local and support our small businesses because that's how our small towns stay alive," Zimmerman said. "They can meet people who run the businesses and see the services they offer so they know what can be sourced locally."

Holding the National Night Out and Newcomers Welcome downtown will allow the public to take note of the location of the City Building and the Moundridge Public Library.

"Some of our city administration will be there, also, so people can meet them," Zimmerman added.

There will be giveaways for children at the event, and several vehicles on display for them to examine.

"The street and utility departments will have some of their big trucks out there for kids to play on," Zimmerman said. "...It gives the kids something to do while the parents are down here, meeting everybody."

Personnel from the Kansas Highway Patrol, McPherson County Sheriff's Office and the Moundridge Police Department will be present to interact with the public.

"Our main goal is to get citizens to come and see us not necessarily in a professional facet," Zimmerman said. "...I think community outreach is very important."

Other vehicles present will include an ambulance from Moundridge Emergency Medical Services and a fire truck from the Moundridge Fire Department.

"Those are two groups of very dedicated individuals and they're all volunteers," Zimmerman said. "It's nice for the community to see who their volunteers are, because if a medic call comes out and it's serious, it may be an EMT who shows up to your house, not necessarily in uniform, but in plain clothes, just because they happened to be right around the corner."

The vehicles on display will be parked along both sides of the 200 block of S. Christian Ave.

"It's really just an opportunity for existing citizens and new citizens to come meet the people who provide the services for them," Zimmerman said. "And it gives the kids cool stuff to look at and play with."

For more information about the National Night Out and to RSVP for the Newcomers Welcome Event in Moundridge, call the city's office at 620-345-8246.