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Gresham neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out with delicious food, games and live music

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - At Kirk Park, 1087 N.E. 188th Ave., neighbors enjoyed a tasty meal courtesy of Albertsons, during the National Night Out celebration. Neighborhoods across East Multnomah County joined millions of people nationwide Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, for an annual community-building event.

National Night Out is a way to strengthen relationships between neighbors and law enforcement, while bringing back a true sense of community. Many local groups hosted parties with cookouts, games, music and more.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Oregon Health and Science University nurses shared wellness tips with the children enjoying National Night Out. At Vance Park, community members jammed to live music and celebrated the release of a new cookbook dedicated to the dishes and culture found within Rockwood. The North Gresham Neighborhood Association served delicious food, with visits from superheroes and Oregon Health and Science University nurses, while at Red Sunset Park, North Central Neighborhood Association shared catered food from Don Ladis Taco Shop. Many other celebrations were hosted without the support of neighborhood associations all across the community.

Gresham police officers, firefighters and city staff made the rounds, with a focus on bringing fun and games to the children enjoying a summer evening.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Queen Elsa, the popular character from Frozen, painted faces for National Night Out.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Spiderman gathered the kids for a superhero training course during National Night Out Tuesday evening, Aug. 7.

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