Oakland Hosts National Night Out Block Parties

By Aneesah Dryver

Residents gather for barbeque at the Vernon Street/Santa Rosa block party during National Night Out last year. Photo courtesy Liz McFarland.

Oakland is looking forward to involving over 30,000 participants and hosting nearly 600 block parties Tuesday Aug.7 at National Night Out, designed to increase awareness of drug and crime prevention, generate support and involvement in local anti-crime programs and strengthen the spirit of the neighborhood. “We’re trying to create rapport between neighborhoods and local government,” said Claudia Albano, Neighborhood Services manager for the city. Nationwide, the event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and is created. Now in its 29th year, it has grown to include over 15, 000 communities. The night offers participants a chance to meet people from their neighborhood, and talk about what residents can do to improve the area where they live.  Attending many of the parities are police officers, firefighters and other city employees who provide information and talk to community members about their concerns. Anyone can register on the website and receive an NNO Organizational Kit and “how-to” materials with promotional tools and tips on how to produce a successful block party. The deadline to register is 5 p.m., Tuesday July 31. To register online and receive more information on National Night Out, visit www.nationaltownwatch.org/nno/ or contact Brenda Ivey at the Oakland Police Department (510) 238-3091.
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