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Save the date: National Night Out is Aug. 1

By Evie Swanson – Heart of Hutch Connect Committee

During a recent trip to the grocery store, I ran into a neighbor and we had a brief, friendly chat. As I walked away at the conclusion of our visit, I couldn’t help but think that neighbor and I just spent more time visiting with each other at the store than we have for a number of months in our own neighborhood. What’s wrong with that picture?

Fortunately, we live in a community where at least once a year we have a great opportunity to reconnect with neighbors we may or may not visit with on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, our community has an exceptionally high rate of participation in National Night Out, which is every year on the first Tuesday in August. This year’s event will be Tuesday, Aug. 1.

National Night Out began throughout the United States and Canada in 1984. This event is not only a good opportunity to socialize and connect with those in our neighborhoods, but it is meant to increase awareness of police programs, fire protection and other emergency services. It helps build relationships among citizens and peace officers and others who are there to protect and serve.

Our local parties have been well-attended and supported in recent years. Twenty-five neighborhoods hosted parties last year and enjoyed getting together to eat, visit and enjoy various activities, including visits from emergency personnel who stopped by to explain their work.

Plan to attend and enjoy the party in your neighborhood this year!