The goal of National Night Out is to encourage people to get out to meet their neighbors and to promote police-community partnerships.
A national initiative, NNO helps in creating safer communities as people become familiar with what’s going on in their neighborhood. In addition, it provides a relaxed atmosphere to interact with law enforcement personnel and other first responders.
While National Night Out is officially Aug. 6, Echo and Stanfield pushed their festivities back a week so it doesn’t conflict with the Umatilla County Fair. Both towns will host activities on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
In its 13th year of celebrating National Night Out, Echo’s event will run from 6-8 p.m. at George Park and the Echo Masonic Lodge.
A free barbecue includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks. Youths can participate in a bicycle rodeo. Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes and a helmet, and take a spin through the course for a chance to win prizes. Also, local businesses have donated items for door prizes and raffle drawings. In addition, people can play a few rounds of bingo and other games will provide fun for all ages.
Also, a resident will be recognized as the Neighbor of the Year (nominations are accepted through Aug. 10). For more information, call Echo City Hall at 541-376-8411 or Stanfield Police Chief Bryon Zumwalt at 541-449-3245.
After a 13-year hiatus, the Stanfield Police Department resumed National Night Out festivities three years ago. This year’s event is set for 6-9 p.m. at Bard Park.
Activities include a free barbecue dinner, a bike rodeo (prizes provided) and a raffle drawing. In addition, the evening concludes with Stanfield Public Library’s Movie in the Park. The free flick, which starts at dusk, is “Pokemon Detective Pikachu.” The 2019 action-adventure comedy is rated PG. Refreshments also are available.
Also, one special citizen will receive the Good Neighbor of the Year award. There’s still time to nominate a deserving citizen, as the deadline is Aug. 10. Nomination forms are available at city hall, the library and police department. For more information, visit www.cityofstanfield.com or call Zumwalt at 541-449-3245.
In its 36th year, National Night Out boasts connections in 16,000 communities — reaching out to 38 million neighbors. For more information and to shop for National Night Out swag, visit www.natw.org.