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Block parties planned for National Night Out

National Night Out will be observed in Sunnyside on Tuesday, Aug. 6, with 12 block parties planned, according to the Sunnyside Police Department. National Night Out festivities are designed to bring together residents of local neighborhoods in an attempt to curb criminal activity. Most of the events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., and will include free hot dogs and other foods, including a cake for each neighborhood. Many parties will feature games for children with prizes. Many local businesses have donated small gifts or gift certificates to be given to adults. Officers plan to visit most events and firefighters hope to "wet down some children" at the larger events, according to Officer Sam Ramos of the Sunnyside Police Department. The block parties scheduled to date will be held at the Grace Brethren Church at Franklin Avenue and South Eighth Street, the Church of the Brethren in Outlook, the United Methodist Church at 906 E. Edison Ave., Kiwanis Park on Doolittle Avenue and the Inspire Development Center, formerly the Washington Migrant Council, at 1751 Washington Court. Neighborhood block parties will also be held in the 1300 block of West Grandview Avenue, the 1300 block of Upland Drive, the 3600 block of Sheller Road, the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Federal Way, the 500 block of Terry Street and the 500 block of Thompson Drive. For more information, call the Sunnyside Police Department at 509-836-6211.

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