Join the party! Neighbors plan Tuesday Night Out

July 12, 2016 by


Four Concordia neighborhoods will hold “official” National Night Out parties next Tuesday evening (Aug. 2), but other areas are encouraged to take part in what’s called “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

Concordia police officers will visit the registered parties to give out free glow necklaces to kids, and to answer questions about neighborhood safety. And the Concordia Year of Peace Committee will provide balloons and yard signs to mark the location of each party.

There’s still time to organize a get-together in your neighborhood. Just call or email Ambria Gilliland at 243-2113, ext. 1225, or

The neighborhoods listed so far are:

  • County Courthouse — National Night Out Primary-style — All are invited to gather at 7 p.m. in the main hallway for hot dogs, games, door prizes and socializing as everyone awaits election results from the  County Clerk. Bring a side dish to share. The hosts are the Cloud County Democrats and Republicans.
  • Hood Park — Residents in the neighborhood around the park. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Root beer floats will be provided; bring a snack to share if you wish. Kids of all ages can enjoy a 75-foot water slide. There will also be a school supply drive for teachers and students, plus a drawing for two backpacks full of school supplies. Hosts are the Hood Park Neighbors.
  • At 1117 Broadway — Neighbors from 11th and Broadway to 13th and over to Highway 81; a barbecue beginning at 6 p.m. The host is Kenny Allen.
  • At 702 W. 10th St. — Residents in the Elmhurst Addition; neighbors are asked to bring snacks to share. There will also be yard games and face-painting; from 7 to 9 p.m. Hosts are Eric and Ambria Gilliland.

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

National Night Out — always set for the first Tuesday in August — is now in its 33rd year, and more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide are expected to take part. This is the sixth 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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