Celebrate your neighborhood at a ‘National Night Out’ party in August

Not all of the “National Night out against Crime” parties are on August 4 – take a look and find one put on by YOUR neighborhood …

East Portland Crime Prevention Coordinator, Rosanne Lee, reminds neighbors it’s National Night Out time again.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
“America’s Night Out Against Crime” will be celebrated locally at several events in outer East Portland as they celebrate the 26th Annual “National Night Out” (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention program on Tuesday, August 4.

“We have many events going on this year,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Rosanne Lee, who works with the East Portland Neighborhood Organization.

“These neighborhood parties were created to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and to generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs,” Lee explained. The events tend to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, she added; “They send a message to criminals – letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.”

Please note that events are held both before and after the “official” date!


In Glenfair, neighbors serve up a pizza feast. East PDX News archive photo

August 1

Powellhurst-Gilberts Neighborhood Association
Getting a head start on the season, this Saturday afternoon neighborhood party kicks off at 5:00 p.m. Neighbors are invited to enjoy free hotdogs, hamburgers, sodas, chips and snacks – cooked and served by American Legion Post #1.

In addition to visits from police, firefighters and crime prevention experts, the event will also feature fun, family activities including performances of the 2009 PDX Teen Idol finalists, a rock climbing wall, a live band, and much more – thanks to the sponsorship of Midway area businesses.

At dusk, sit back as Portland Parks & Recreation’s “Big Screen on the Green”, sponsored by Homerun Graphics, screens “Shrek” – along with free popcorn. For more information contact Tom Barns at Omdy12@MSN.com


At National Night Out events, kids (and their parents) meet public safety personnel and see their equipment up close. East PDX News archive photo

August 4 events

Argay Neighborhood Association
If you live in this outer Northeast Portland neighborhood, you’re invited to come enjoy a BURGERVILLE hamburger, chips, drink & ice cream for only $3.00. But wait, there’s much more! There’ll be music by the KoolTones, East Portland’s favorite Classic Rock Band; games run by Shaver Elementary School principal & teachers; and, Face painting and a clown. The Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct will attend, as will the FBI with armored carrier. Portland Fire & Rescue will also be on hand with a fire engine. They’ll have information booths staffed by nine community service organizations! Bring your dollar bills (for food), a sun hat, something to sit on, and enjoy an evening of entertainment and “picnicking” with friends, family and neighbors!

Centennial Community Association
From 6 pm until 8 pm you are invited to join your friends and neighbors and meet local firemen, neighborhood police, emergency team members, community and leaders. They’re supplying soft drinks; you’re invited to bring a picnic dinner – along with questions and ideas to share during am evening of lively conversation and fun for the whole family. It takes place at Parklane Park, SE 155th & Main St.

GlenFair Neighborhood Association
Come by Glenfair Park, starting at 6 pm for a grand event. They’ve partnered with Portland Parks & Recreation and will provide live music, a petting zoo – and later – showing the movie Charlotte’s Web. And yes, they’re providing free popcorn to go with the movie! This event is at the south end of Glenfair Park, along NE Couch Court, just north of E. Burnside St., between NE 151st and 157th Avenue.

Lents Neighborhood at Lents Park
The nice folks in Lents are continuing their tradition of providing an “Old Time Ice Cream Social” for neighbors in their area. It runs from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. You’re invited to bring your entire family (kids like ice cream, too!) and your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a fun opportunity to get to know your neighbors. In addition to the free ice-cream (first come, first served until its gone), you’ll also be able to get neighborhood and community information and visit visits with neighborhood police officers, crime prevention and more! Call for more Information, Judy Welch at 503-771-4667.

Mill Park Neighborhood Association
It’s Block Party time again in Mill Park! The association is providing food and refreshments, thanks to the effort of neighbors Todd and Angelica Baker. Meet your neighbors, Portland Police officers, firefighters and crime prevention specialists. Come by from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. – and bring a chair or blanket if you wish. Visitors are reminded this is a neighborhood block party which meets there are no public restrooms at their location: SE Yamhill Street, between SE 113th & 114th Avenue.

Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors
Not one, but two great bands – playing play everything from blues to rock – highlight this terrific event, starting at 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy music by The Insomniacs and the Eric Christopher Band. And, bring the kids! They’re hosting face painting, children’s karaoke, and games. Even more they’re serving a hot dog plate and refreshments. It’s all taking place at Knott Park, located at NE 117th Avenue and & NE Knott Street.


Neighbors come out to enjoy fun and music in Mill Park. East PDX News archive photo


At these events, police K-9 units often come by to make new friends with neighborhood kids. East PDX News archive photo

August 8

Parkrose Neighborhood Association
Their celebration is on Saturday, August 8. Come meet representatives from the public safety bureaus, and enjoy family fun and hospitality with an afternoon at in the park. Food will be available from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. They invite non-profit organizations and businesses to join in the celebration – and are still looking for a couple of entertainers. Please e-mail parkrosephoenix@gmail.com for more information. Their National Night Out celebration is at Senn’s Dairy Park, located at the corner of NE 112th Ave. and Prescott Street.

August 15

Gateway Area Fun-O-Rama and Cruise-in
This year, the Gateway Area Business Association, Oregon Baptist Retirement Homes, now called Parkview Christian Retirement Community are teaming up to present their 6th Annual Cruise-in and Fun-O-Rama.

This all-day event runs from 10 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and features classic and special interest vehicles, two live bands, fun activities for guests, non-profit organization and business representatives and a low-cost hamburger lunch with all the trimmings. To enter the cruise-in, or for more information, contact Lou Fontana at (503) 309-1444.

Makeup done by a clown! Sure — it’s all in fun at a National Night Out celebration! East PDX News archive photo

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