Neighborhoods throughout both Palo Alto and East Palo Alto are preparing for National Night Out, an annual event to improve community relations between police departments and the communities they patrol this Tuesday.
Palo Alto residents are organizing nine gatherings, and East Palo Alto residents have organized 11. Police officers will visit each gathering in their respective towns to mingle with the residents and hand out toys and prizes.
The Palo Alto Police Department will be hosting its own party outside the police station from 5-8 p.m. In addition to officers from the department, a police canine, motorcycle, mobile command center and a fire truck will be on-site during the party, according to Public Affairs Manager Janine De la Vega. There will also be free food and giveaways supplied by the department.
National Night Out was held last year for the first time in a decade, and organizers are trying to re-establish the event as an annual community celebration.
Street closures in East Palo Alto will begin at 5 p.m. on Aug. 6 to prepare for the event. The festivities will start at 6 p.m., according to the East Palo Alto Police Department, and will wrap up at 8 p.m. The streets will reopen at 9 p.m.
National Night Out events will take place at the following locations:
• Outside Palo Alto police headquarters, 275 Forest Ave., Palo Alto
East Palo Alto:
• Bell Street Park, 550 Bell St. (Hosted by Eugene Jackson)
• Church of Christ, 1215 Laurel St. (Hosted by Bruce Nash)
• St. Samuel's Church, 1852 Bay Road (Hosted by Mother Champion)
• Newell Road, between W. Bayshore Road and Woodland Avenue (Hosted by East Palo Alto City Councilman Ruben Abrica)
• Illinois Street, between Bay Road and Michigan Avenue (Hosted by Opal Harper)
• Illinois Street, between Drew Court and Temple Court (Hosted by Sherry Flamer)
• Joel Davis Park, 1960 Tate St. (Hosted by Benita Bracksher)
• Euclid Avenue, between E. O'Keefe Street and O'Connor Street (Hosted by Patricia Garcia)
• Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 835 Runnymede St. (Hosted by Sonja Spencer)
• Azalia Drive, between O'Connor Street and Gaillardia Way (Hosted by Ruthe Smith Wilkes)
• Clarence Court, between Clarence Court and Kavanaugh Drive (Hosted by Luis Guzman and Romain Tanière)
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