The local version of the nation’s largest annual crime prevention event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 in Central Park, between 21st and R streets.

The “27th Annual National Night Out Against Crime” will include music, entertainment, balloons, snacks and displays from the Bakersfield Police Department’s K-9 unit, SWAT team and bomb squad plus booths manned by other service agencies in town.

The event is designed to promote crime and drug prevention awareness; get people involved in local anti-crime efforts; and strengthen neighborhood and police partnerships, according to a BPD press release.

— Californian staff

Purple ribbons will be the symbol as the Kern County Network for Children promotes two public events in August designed to make the public more vigilant about the safety of children in and around cars.

Calling August “Purple Ribbon Month,” KCNC is encouraging individuals and organizations to wear purple lapel ribbons and to display ribbons on car antennas and trees throughout the county to spread awareness about leaving children unattended in cars and using children car seats,     

The public and media are invited to attend two events in August: 

• 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4: Mercy Child Development Center, 2301 Ashe Road, Bakersfield — Purple Ribbon press conference. Attendees will hear from local leaders about the dangers of leaving children unattended in a vehicle and how to prevent tragedies.

A car becomes an oven during hot summer months when lethal temperatures can be reached within minutes. A child’s body temperature increases three to five times faster than that of an adult and they can become dehydrated within minutes. “Kaitlyn’s Law” makes it a citable offense to leave a child 6 years of age or younger unattended in a motor vehicle without the supervision of someone at least 12 years of age.     

• 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 12: Kaiser Permanente’s Farmers’ Market, 8800 Ming Ave. Bakersfield — Car seat safety checks by the California Highway Patrol. Receive hands-on training from CHP-certified car seat technicians and gather information about keeping children safe in and around cars.     

— Kern County Network for Children news release