Southwest Portland neighbors celebrate National Night out with community outreach festivities

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - National Night Out brings together community members and local law enforcement to promote safety and communication.
Lets get outside, Southwest!

That's what a number of area neighborhood associations are saying in promoting their respective National Night Out events for August. Each year, neighborhood associations across the country host community events on the first Tuesday of the month to promote neighborhood involvement, encourage communication and interact with law enforcement.

The Connection has compiled a list of confirmed National Night Out festivities in Southwest. Check out the one closest to you:

Arnold Creek

Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m.

Stephenson Elementary School, 2627 S.W. Stephenson St.

Arnold Creek neighbors can enjoy a free ice cream cone and the music of steel drummer NW Pac Man. Kids can also get their faces painted and enjoy family-friendly games and Arnold Creek's "resident clown," Sam-E. Organizers have also invited police and fire crews, so you might have the chance to climb a firetruck or check out the inside of a police patrol car.


Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m.

Hamilton City Park, Southwest 47th Drive

Residents will hear tunes from The Beat Goes On marching band while enjoying free hot dogs and Dairy Hill ice cream at this year's Bridlemile night out. Members of the police and fire departments will also be in attendance.

Collins View

Aug. 6, 3-6 p.m.

Lewis & Clark College campus, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road

The Collins View Neighborhood Association will host a family-friendly afternoon picnic near the outdoor pool on the Lewis & Clark campus. In fact, because of the party's proximity to the pool and athletic facilities, there will be a lifeguard on duty and visitors can play tennis and cool off with a swim. Some food and beverages will be provided, but organizers ask you bring a side dish or dessert to share.

In case of rain, the gathering will move inside to the Templeton Campus Center. You can find more information online at


Aug. 1, 6-8:30 p.m.

Alpenrose Dairy, 6140 S.W. Shattuck Road

Hayhurst will celebrate National Night Out with free ice cream, entertainment and a friendly visit from local law enforcement on the grounds of Southwest Portland's Alpenrose Dairy. The main event will be a performance by Nikki Brown Clown. Neighbors should bring a potluck item and dessert to share. If you have questions about the event, call 503-244-7703.


Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m.

DeWitt Park, 1805 S.W. DeWitt St.

The Hillsdale neighborhood is hosting its National Night Out event across the street from the library; organizers note that parking is limited, so you should consider walking or biking. The gathering is a potluck, so participants should bring food and beverages. There will be live music and face painting, as well as a forum on information-sharing and community organizing.


Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.

Lilac Garden in Duniway Park, Southwest Sixth Avenue & Southwest Sheridan Street

The Homested Neighborhood Association will hold its annual picnic, an old-fashioned gathering of neighbors. Organizers will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, ice cream and potluck salads and desserts, and there will be some live music. Crowd-friendly dogs welcome. For more information, contact Susan Egnor at 503-939-3828.


July 30, 5-7 p.m.

April Hill Park, Southwest 58th Avenue & Southwest Miles Street

Maplewood's National Night Out takes the form of an Ice Cream Social and picnic. Those interested in attending should bring their own food options if they want something more than ice cream.


Aug. 6, 4 p.m. to dusk

Marigold HydroPark, Southwest 17th Avenue & Southwest Marigold Street

The Markham neighborhood will host its National Night Out until the sun goes down. Attendees should bring food to this potluck, where they can enjoy games and music. They will also be able to scope out police cruisers and firetrucks from local stations.

Marshall Park

Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m.

Marshall Park

Community members can connect with neighbors, rediscover the park and learn about the neighborhood they call home. The neighborhood association will be providing a complementary barbecue and ice cream for attendees.

West Portland Park

Aug. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Capitol Hill Library, 10723 S.W. Capitol Highway

All neighbors are welcome to West Portland Parks' NNO event. This will be a potluck, so people should bring a side dish or dessert, and the hosts will provide the entrees. Kids can enjoy sitting on a firetruck and talking to a firefighter, and adults can find information about earthquake preparedness, neighborhood emergency teams, Head Start programs and more. Bill Dant and Friends will play live music, and there will also be henna painting and chalk art for all to enjoy.

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