Details on nine local community gatherings on the evening of August 6 in local parks

Multiple events giving locals an opportunity to mix with cops and firefighters on National Night Out will be held in Southwest Portland from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

National Night Out (NNO) started almost four decades ago as the one night each year when people who had them were urged to turn on their porch lights at night and spend some time outside.

With the cooperation of public safety agencies, community groups and faith communities, NNO is observed in an estimated 16,000 communities across America. According to the National Association of Town Watch, which launched the idea, 38 million people will participate in some way. In Oregon, it's projected that NNO gatherings will occur in 74 cities.

In Southwest Portland, neighborhood associations have been the driving force behind efforts on the first Tuesday in August to bring citizens together in a non-crisis environment with men and women in law enforcement and public safety. Ice cream seems to be the one feature that most of these events have in common and many of the organizers are urging people to bring a dish for a neighborhood pot luck.

Here is a list of NNO events for Aug. 6. They generally begin at 6 p.m. and last until 8 p.m.

ARNOLD CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION — NNO will be held at Stephenson Elementary School, 2627 S.W. Stephenson St.

BRIDLEMILE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION — The "Beat Goes On" Band will be performing, practicing for their gig at the Multnomah Days Parade on Aug. 17. Hamilton Park at 4309 S.W. Hamilton St. This is usually one of the best-attended events in Southwest Portland.

CRESTWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIAITON — Dickinson Park at 10401 S.W. 55th Ave.

HAYHURST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION — A reliable supporter of NNO in the Hayhurst neighborhood has been the Cadonau family, which is making Alpenrose Dairy at 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road, available once again.


HOMESTEAD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIAITON — This event is being called the National Night Out Summer Picnic. Duniway Park Lilac Garden at Southwest Sixth Avenue.

SOUTH BURLINGAME NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION — South Burlingame Park at Southwest 12th Avenue and Southwest Falcon Street.

WEST PORTLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION — Capitol Hill Library at 10723 S.W. Capitol Highway.

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