By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010
National Night Out (this year August 3) is the time of year when people are encouraged to hold events and gatherings after dark in parks and other public places. The idea is that if enough of us Good Guys are there doing Good Things, the Bad Guys won’t use them to commit crimes, and people in general will feel safe outside after dark.
Several community groups will join the fun. The Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association will hold a potluck picnic in Wilshire Park starting at 6:30 p.m. The association will supply hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, but neighbors are encouraged to bring food to share. There will also be music, kids’ activities and a raffle. The Concordia Neighborhood Association will lead a children’s bike parade starting at 6 p.m. from Faubion School to Fernhill Park, where they will have a picnic and hear their final concert (see below). The Kerns Neighborhood Association, which usually has the largest gathering, will be back at Oregon Park with food, music and tables by businesses and public agencies. This year the Buckman Community Association will have an event at Colonel Summers Park. It will be 4 to 8 p.m. August 8, not the traditional date, but we’ll let them.
For more information about National Night Out activities in your area, consult your local neighborhood office. You also have the option of holding a block party or other gathering of your own; the neighborhood offices can help with advice and the use of their event insurance. If nothing else, leave your porch light burning to help passers-by get home safely.