Sacramento’s new Summer Night Lights program serving the troubled Mack Road area will launch Saturday with its first community event.
Families from the area are invited to participate in the free event, which will run from 7 p.m. until midnight at the site of the new Mack Road Valley Hi Community Center, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 7839 Center Parkway.
The event will feature the theme “Silence D Violence” and will include food, family-friendly activities and a concert. Slamson, the Sacramento Kings mascot, and the team’s dancers will attend.
The event is the first of 14 scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the summer months. The program is based on a program of the same name that has successfully reduced crime in the Los Angeles neighborhoods served. The purpose is to drive down violence by encouraging community building and better relationships between residents and police officers.
Among the partners in the program are the Mack Road Partnership, Kaiser Permanente, the Health Education Council, the Sacramento Police Department, Elk Grove Unified School District and City Council members Bonnie Pannell and Darrell Fong.
Call The Bee’s Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Kim_Minugh.