National Night Out event set in August
National Night Out returns this year and will be celebrated nationwide as gatherings take place in communities large and small — including gatherings in the north Marion County region.
Traditionally held on the first Tuesday of August, National Night Out gives neighbors an opportunity to set up block parties to meet, mingle and ultimately keep their neighborhoods and communities safer by strengthening familiarity.
Some smaller areas hold community-wide gatherings in lieu of the block parties. The overarching aim is always the same: "National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances," according to the NNO website.
A number of block parties will take place in Woodburn, and the city accepts applications for block parties up until Aug. 1. For information visit the city's NNO website — woodburn-or.gov/police/page/national-night-out-2021 — or contact Linda Hendricks at 503-982-2345.
Aurora does the NNO theme a bit differently since it holds the Aurora Community Celebration that same month.
"All efforts at outreach to our community from emergency preparedness, Marion County Sheriff, etc., will take place on that date," Aurora City Recorder Stuart Rodgers said.
Donald will hold an Aug. 3 NNO gathering in the Chantal/Rees Street Neighborhood.
"We are having a bike parade for kids," organizer Lauren Ostrander said. "Marion County Sheriff's Office, Aurora Fire, and members from the (Donald) city council will be thre. And we will have some food as well -- it should be fun"
Gervais NNO organizers invite the community to come out and get to know their neighbors at the Gervais Community Park off Black Walnut Street between 6 and 9 p.m.
The city-wide gathering will include raffles, music, family games, emergency preparedness demonstrations, hands-on fire hose and fire extinguisher stations, close-up looks at police vehicles and free dinner for ages 18 and younger. It is sponsored by Gervais School District, Gervais Police and Gervais CERT.
Hubbard has several neighborhoods signed up to host block parties, roughly between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Police Chief Dave Rash said the Hubbard Police Department will have officers out and about to visit those locations and mingle.
The Hubbard block parties will be on F Street between Fourth and Fifth streets; the 2300 block of Thomas Way or Thomas Court cul-de-sac; and Kari Park, 2335 Kari Lane, which will be a potluck event.
All three events are open to everyone in the community.
Mount Angel City Manager Kevin Cronin said the Marion County Housing Authority is taking the NNO lead this year with a stop in downtown.
The community wide event will take place at the intersection of East Charles Street and North Garfield Street.
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