Join the party! Host National Night Out in your neighborhood

June 30, 2014 by

web-thumb-NNO2014There will be cookouts, potlucks and other kinds of parties going on across Concordia on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 5, as neighborhoods take part in National Night Out.

And organizers who “register” their activities will get free National Night Out yard signs and balloons to mark the spot. Concordia Police officers will also visit each registered party with glow-necklaces for the kids.

In 2011 — the first time Concordia took part in what’s called “America’s Night Out Against Crime” — more than 25 neighborhoods planned events, and a number of others held informal front-yard get-togethers. In both 2012 and 2013 neighborhoods across the city took part.

Organizers are still needed to spread this year’s party into other Concordia neighborhoods.

National Night Out is now in its 31st year, and more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide are expected to take part. In Concordia, the event is co-sponsored by the Concordia Police Department and the Concordia Year of Peace Committee.

The idea is for neighbors to come out to block parties, to get to know each other and strengthen neighborhood spirit. In Concordia, police officers will be visiting the parties to give out glow necklaces and bracelets to kids.

The goals of National Night Out are to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Last year’s events included barbecues, picnics, potlucks and at least one ice cream social. There were also gatherings just to sip lemonade and get to know the neighbors.

The job of neighborhood organizers is to decide what kind of gathering to have and the location, and then to invite neighbors to attend. Before Aug. 5, the sponsors publish a list of all the neighborhoods planning events.

To learn more or to sign up as a neighborhood organizer, contact Holly Brown at 243-2113, ext. 1221, or hbrown@csjkansas.org.

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