National Night Out is August 4th! Register your block or yard event online!
Dear Block Leader,
There is still plenty of time to host a National Night Out event on your block! And if your block qualifies you can even register a street permit for free!
Every first Tuesday in August law enforcement agencies throughout the country celebrate partnerships with the community–in a real sense NNO is our “holiday” to meet or reconnect with our dedicated community volunteers and leaders. This year NNO is on August 4th, and we encourage all blocks to party!
Your event can be as simple as a yard party with potluck. A quick doorknocking or flyering in advance of your event will help people “save the date” and commit to helping out with chairs, tables, grills etc. In case you’re looking for things to do for your event, I’ve added a list of actual NNO event activities from the many years Minneapolis has celebrated National Night Out following my signature block.
If your block is not on a bus route and does not have traffic lights at either end or both ends, you may qualify for a block permit! Register your event by July 21 and your permit is FREE. (After that there is a fee–so get cracking!)
Ready to register your event? Link directly to:
Be sure to check the box indicating this is an NNO registration, to assure your free permit. You can also register your yard event with no need for the permit through this link.
Questions? Most should be covered on our web link– MinneapolisMN.gov/NNO –but if you have more, feel free to reply to me or your Crime Prevention Specialists.
Luther Krueger, Crime Prevention Analyst
Minneapolis Police Dept., Strategic Information/Crime Analysis Division
350 S. 5th Street, Room 100 City Hall + Minneapolis MN 55415
612-673-5371 + Luther.Krueger@MinneapolisMN.gov
For your first contact regarding crime issues in your area contact your Crime Prevention Specialists
Sampler of NNO party activities!
These aren’t even the tip of the iceberg, they’re just a “penguin on
the tip of the iceberg” list of things you can do on National Night Out.
These are actual activities from nearly 30 years of NNO in Minneapolis:
water balloon volleyball
“Worst Joke Contest” we all LOL’d!
bean bag toss
bikes and scooters
croquet on a side lawn
book collection for “little library”
set up a skill-bartering contact list!
Our block created a “Museum” for residents–everyone could hang up a picture of themselves on a clothesline with their brief written story
We just sat around and yakked
family crest drawing contest!
made a bicycle “obstacle course” with street-chalk paint
neighbors brought out their collections … of butterflies, campaign buttons, squeaky toys 🙂
temporary tattoos for kids
Minneapolis trivia contest
hoola hoop game
white elephant gift exchange
Worm composting workshop!!
♠♣ speed solitaire contest! ♥♦
garden produce exchange 🙂
book swap for “little library”
Life-size Jenga game!
acoustic “hootenanny” ♫
bicycle maintenance workshop
toy swap/hand-me-downs & hoist ’em ups!
soul train line with the kids was a total laugh
learned about Somalia from our newest neighbor
face-painting (of course!) for kiddos
had every one to bring a dish and a story
“guess how many pennies are in this bag”
helium balloon barbershop quartet!
We stayed out until the mosquitoes chased us in 🙂