Concordia neighbors plan National Night Out parties

July 30, 2015 by

web-2015-NNO-logoThere will be ice cream socials, potlucks and other kinds of parties across Concordia on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 4, as neighborhoods take part in National Night Out.

More than half a dozen neighborhoods have officially registered to be a part of what’s called “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” and sponsors believe many others are planning events or will hold informal front-yard get-togethers.

Concordia police officers will visit the registered parties to give out free glow necklaces to kids, and to answer questions about neighborhood safety.

And there’s still time to organize a get-together in your neighborhood. To register your gathering, call or email Amanda Jeardoe at 785/243-2113, ext. 1221, or

The neighborhoods listed so far are:

  • City Park — Neighborhoods around the park area; hot dog barbecue beginning at 6:30 p.m.; you may bring a side dish if you wish. Hosts are Jennifer and Patrick Sieben.
  • Hood Park — Residents in the neighborhood around the park. Begins at 7 p.m. Beverages and popsicles will be provided; bring a snack to share if you wish. Kids of all ages can enjoy a 75-foot water slide. Hosts are Holly and Kevin Brown and Amber and Chuck Lambertz.
  • At 528 W. 18th St. — Residents on Republican Street from Somerset Circle to 18th Street, plus all residents on Peck Avenue, Crestview Avenue and 18th Street from Crestview to Republican. Details are pending. Hosts are Marsha and Mike Wentz.
  • At 505 W. Sixth St. — Residents on Fifth and Sixth streets from Cedar to First Avenue. Barbecue potluck beginning at 6:30 p.m., with meat, drinks and table service provided; bring a side dish to share. Hosts are Janet and Larry Eubanks.
  • At 615 W. 10th St. — Residents in the 600 block of West 10th Syreet and the south side of the 600 block of West Ninth Street, plus neighbors on Willow Street and First Avenue from 10th to 11th Potluck supper beginning at 6 p.m. Host is Rita Collette.
  • 903 S. Westview Drive — Four houses on Westview, south to 3rd Avenue, and Sunset duplexes, Ice cream and dessert social starting at 6 p.m.; ice cream will be provided, others may bring a dessert to share. Hosts are Marilyn and Jim Douglass.
  • 329 W. 14th St, in the backyard — Residents in the 300 block of West 14th Event will begin at 7 p.m.; details are pending. Host is Alice Bouchek.

Each location will be marked with a National Night Out yard sign and red, white and blue balloons.

National Night Out is now in its 32nd 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. This is the fifth year Concordia has taken part in the event, which 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.





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