National Night Out block parties planned

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Courtesy of Sunnyside Police Department

The Shades will provide live entertainment at Central Park during National Night Out.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, neighborhoods throughout Sunnyside are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 35th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Sunnyside Police Department the first Tuesday of every August, will involve more than 16,500 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, more than 38.5 million people are expected to participate in America’s Night Out Against Crime.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Residents in neighborhoods throughout Sunnyside and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police on the evening of this special event.

National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community relationships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.

Neighborhoods nationwide are invited to join in giving crime and drugs a going away party,” he said.

The Sunnyside Police Department is hosting National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., at Central Park, 559 S. Fourth St.

Community members are urged to bring folding chairs, picnic blankets and beach towels to celebrate the evening with police officers and firefighters.

The following activities and entertainment are free to the community:

• Food - Hot dogs, chips, watermelon and frozen fruit bars

• Live music by “The Shades,” live classic rock and pop

• Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 21-Gun Salute and Taps

• Free swim sponsored by Sunnyside Parks and Recreation on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 100 people per session. Swim sessions are 6-7:15 p.m. and 7:45-9 p.m. One person per swim session. For more information contact Parks and Recreation at the Sunnyside Community Center, 509-837-8660.

• Slip ‘n Slide with the Sunnyside Fire Department

• Bouncers and obstacle course by Yakima Inflatables

• Face painting, Slime, Snow Cones, and more sponsored by Cornerstone Church

• Balloon Animals and Art by Job Wise

• Child ID kits sponsored by Farmers Insurance Perla Zepeda

• Raffle prizes from local businesses. Must be present to win.

• Emergency vehicle displays and Airlift Northwest helicopter landing (helicopter arrival and/or early departure barring emergency call-out)

• NNO finale fireworks display by Alpha Pyrotechnics

In conjunction with Sunnyside’s National Night Out:

• Soroptimist of the Lower Yakima Valley is sponsoring a human trafficking awareness event — “The Sold Experience”, at Navarro’s Community Center, 544 S. Sixth St., 5 - 9 p.m., free admission; suggested ages 13 and over.

For more information visit soldexp.org.

• The Sunnyside Historical Museum, 704 S. Fourth St., will be open during the NNO event; free admission.

Sunnyside Block Parties:

• Grace Brethren Church and Iglesia de Santidad Pentecostes at South Eighth Street and Franklin Avenue from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring free food, music and games.



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