Members of six community associations in the Wilkens and Woodlawn Precincts of southwest Baltimore County are among those schedule to take part in National Night Out Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

The event, to prevent crime in communities across the nation by having community residents come out and get to know each other better, was first held Aug. 7, 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), according to the organization's website. That first year, 2.5 million in 400 communities across 23 states participated.

In the Catonsville and Arbutus areas that are part of the Wilkens Precinct, the following community groups are planning to host special events:

Halethorpe Civic League: From 6 to 8 p.m. a meet and greet will be held at the Halethorpe Civic League located at 1900 Northeast Avenue.

• Medwick Garth Community Association: A neighborhood walk will be held at 6 p.m. at Medwick Garth and Overbrook Road.

• Kensington Improvement Association: At 7 p.m. a parade will be held along with a meet and greet with Baltimore County and Baltimore City police.

• Concerned Citizens of Catonsville: A community walk will be held at 7 p.m. at the Banneker Center at 27 Main Avenue.

These groups that are part of the Woodlawn Precinct are also planning a special night of activity:

• West Edmondale Community Association: From 6:30 to 7:30 a cookout will be held at the flagpole at St. Agnes Lane and Addington Road.

• Edmondson Heights Civic Association: From 7 to 9 p.m. an event will be held in the Edmondson Heights Park at Granville Road and Harwall Road.