Hosts sought for National Night Out gatherings

MARQUETTE – National Night Out, an annual community celebration bringing neighbors together, takes place in early August and there is still time to register to become part of the event.

Community members are being sought to serve as party hosts, organizing and hosting neighborhood parties, between Aug. 1 and 15. Parties can take place in either the evening or as National Noon Out lunch-time events, and are alcohol-free and family-friendly.

The last day to register a party is Friday.

NNO parties can be hosted by anyone – last year 20 different parties throughout Marquette County were attended by more than 3,000 people.

The largest parties were hosted by area churches, while many were smaller neighborhood or block party events. Some were organized by simply handing out fliers to neighbors with an invitation to share in a potluck.

Others were more elaborate with a number of activities, food, music, demonstrations and games.

National Night Out is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime efforts and send a message to criminals to let them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency service workers also take an active role by visiting parties as they are available, and answering home security and general safety questions.

Those interested in hosting a party can call the TRIAD/RSVP office at 485-1782 to share their party details. Hosts are asked to register by Friday so details about their party can be shared with emergency services personnel.