In early August for the last 30 years, communities and neighborhoods have been getting together to meet, celebrate and have fun at National Night Out celebrations. These events were started to promote safe neighborhoods and crime prevention initiatives by solidifying partnerships between law enforcement and communities. National Night Out events are generally free and family-friendly.
The official date of National Night Out is the first Tuesday in August, but there are so many parties happening in Multnomah County, they can't all take place on the same day. The City of Portland compiles a list of parties submitted to them for publicizing. In Gresham, call 503.618.2567 to find out where there's a party near you, and in Troutdale call 503.665.6129. Learn more about Fairview's party on its National Night Out page.
Thinking of planning your own party? The Office of Neighborhood Involvement in Portland has a variety of National Night Out party planning resources to help you plan anything from a small potluck picnic with chalk out for the kids to a big bash with a live band that shuts down the street. There is also a brief National Night Out page for Gresham. The message from the experts is to start early — it's not too early to plan for next year!
A continuing feature of local celebrations is that groups can request to have police officers and firefighters show up at their party. And who knows, your neighborhood could throw a party and maybe even the mayor will show up!
To get you planning your party, meeting your neighbors and thinking about community, we've compiled a list of reading suggestions.
Below are the parties where you can connect with your neighborhood library this summer. We can't hit all the parties (we'd be so tired!), but where you see us, you can guarantee that we'll be talking about great books, services and resources. Come say hi!
Tuesday, August 1, Peninsula Park, 700 N Roda Parks Ave., Portland
Tuesday, August 1, Fairview Community Park, 21600 NE Park Lane, Fairview
Friday, July 21, Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 NE Arata Rd., Wood Village
Tuesday August 1, Mill Park, SE 117th St. and Stephens Ave., Portland
Tuesday, August 1, Kern Park, SE 67th Ave. and Center St., Portland
Tuesday, August 1, Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland
Tuesday, August 1, McCoy Park, N Trenton St. & Newman Ave., Portland
Friday, August 4, Portland State University Park Blocks, between SW Harrison St. and Montgomery St., Portland
Friday, August 4, The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St., Portland