By Rikki King Herald Writer
LYNNWOOD — Now’s the time to start planning block parties for National Night Out.
The annual event is all about police and neighbors working together to get to know each other better and prevent crime.
National Night Out is planned for Aug. 7 this year.
Some cities, including Lynnwood, encourage individual neighborhood parties rather than scheduling a central event. The parties generally include food and safety-related chit-chat, with visits from local police officers and firefighters.
If people who live in Lynnwood city limits are interested in planning a neighborhood National Night Out party, they’re asked to contact Shannon Sessions at 425-670-5635.
The parties can be as simple as making hot dogs and banana splits with neighbors, Sessions said. “By involving several households in each neighborhood, it becomes a real community building effort and everyone shares in the expense and fun of putting on a block party,” she said.
In Lynnwood, National Night Out is coordinated by police, the fire department, the local Target store and the Family Center of South Snohomish County. Details of other National Night Out events in the area still are being worked out.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; email@example.com.