National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing a sense of community.
“This is really a unique event,” noted Christina Wainwright, PB Library branch manager. “All of the activities are meant to bring the neighborhood together, and give people an opportunity to meet and discuss things, from a crime-prevention standpoint."
“Last year, 48 million neighbors gathered throughout the nation for National Nite Out,” said event organizer Andie LaComb, who lives in the surrounding PB neighborhood. Pointing out the event will be activity-packed, LaComb added, “It's free. We also will have people there volunteering doing tai chi and yoga. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks.”
The event will be taking over the entire library grounds. Community groups will be at the front of the library on the Cass Street grass.
There will be a bike rodeo around the sidewalk on the Cass Street. side. Demonstrations to be given will include classes, games, a photo spot, a fire truck, amazing bubbles, and food trucks on the Dawes Street side.
Demonstrations and classes include:
5:30 – Red Dragon Stranger Danger class or Tai Chi;
6 - SDPD K9;
6:30 – Yoga or library’s pajama storytime for the kids;
7 – SDPD K9.
CouncilMember Lorie Zapf and State Assemblyman Todd Gloria plan to attend and speak.
Community groups involved will include:
Beautiful Mission Beach;
Discover PB Clean and Safe;
PB Garden Club;
PB Library and Friends of Library;
PB Planning Group;
PB Rec Center;
PB Street Guardians;
PB Town Council;
PB Women’s Club;
SDPD fingerprinting and kids identification;
SD Police Foundation;
Sen. Toni Atkins representative.
Food trucks will be donating a portion of their sales to the PB Clean and Safe program that hires homeless individuals to clean and maintain the streets in PB's business district, as well as hiring safety ambassadors to provide security and outreach.
The event would not be possible without the help, donations, and reduced fees from: Marcella Teran, Racheal Allen, Nicole Burgess, Yoga instructor Dee Anne York, Tai Chi instructor Kay Duran, Shigong Theodore Guerrero from Red Dragon Shou Shou, Elam’s Amazing Bubbles, PB Town Council, the PB library, and all of the volunteers.
More information is at natw.org.