By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: August 6, 2018 | 12:30 p.m.
Over 30 block parties planned as part of ‘night out’ across America
PRINCE GEORGE – One of Prince George County’s newest traditions is returning for another year as dozens of neighborhoods, churches, and community organization are in the midst of preparing for the county’s annual National Night Out celebration slated for this coming Tuesday.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. This event enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It also provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances, which is not always the case.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities each year on the first Tuesday in August. (Texas observes National Night Out on the first Tuesday of October.) This includes all fifty states, U.S. territories, and military bases around the world. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits, and much more!
Prince George Sheriff H.E. “Bucky” Allin speaks with residents at one of several block parties in the county during last’s year’s National Night Out.
This year, on the 35th anniversary of National Night Out, Prince George will be celebrating next Tuesday, August 7. You will want to make plans for your family to come out and be a part of these fun, free, and family-friendly events that will be taking place all over the county. So, at least one or more of these events will be held near you. Not only will it give people an opportunity to become acquainted with Prince George Law Enforcement and Emergency Service personnel, it also serves in helping neighbors becoming acquainted with neighbors, something that doesn’t always happen in today’s fast-paced world.
“We encourage neighbors to get to know one another, in addition to making connections with police, the fire department, and other city agencies, to help us in fighting crime,” Said Officer Alexis Grochmal, Public Information Officer. “A lot of people live by their neighbors and don’t know who they are. Get to know your neighbors, introduce yourself, and say hi!”
National Night Out 2018 will be the 16th Annual National Night Out celebration in Prince George County. In 2017, Prince George held 32 NNO block parties, involving approximately 2,250 participants. This year it is expected that Prince George will have 33 National Night Out block parties in neighborhoods and communities throughout the County! There will be food, family-friendly activities, games, exhibits, demonstrations, and so much more! You and your family will have many choices. Absolutely everything is free! Why not drop by the NNO event taking place in your neighborhood, or if one is not close-by, attend any of the 33 different celebrations being held all over the county!
- From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at AmeriGas, 6411 County Drive. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Appomattox Boat Harbor, 1604 Fine Street (Marina). From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., an event will be held at Baileys Ridge Apartments, 4750 Bailey’s Ridge Lane (Clubhouse).
- From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at the Baymont Inn. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Baxter Ridge Neighborhood Park. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Beechwood Manor (the park in Beechwood).
- From 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Bexley Motor Home Park, Community Park on Allstate Drive. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Birchett Estates, Cul-de-Sac of Manchester Drive. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Branchester Lakes, Branchester Lakes Park.
- From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., an event will be held at Burrowsville Community Center, 18701 James River Drive. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at the Carson Volunteer Fire Department #3, 20015 Halifax Road. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., an event will be held at Cedar Creek, 5709 Cedar Trails East.
- From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Cedar Creek West, 5480 Snow Creek Court. At 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., an event will be held at Country Aire Mobile Home Park, Behind 329 Mallard Street. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at First Baptist Church, 10209 County Drive.
- From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Fountain Ridge, Cul-de-Sac of Doe Run Road, at Doe Run Court. At 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Gary’s United Methodist Church, 12501 Sunnybrook Road. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Hidden Oaks Subdivision, Rolling Meadows, Gregory Memorial Church, 6300 Courthouse Road.
- From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., an event will be held at Independence Place Apartments, 5000 Owens Way (Clubhouse). From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., an event will be held at Jefferson Pointe Apartments, 4399 Jefferson Point Lane (Club House). From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Jordan on the James, Lot #41, located at the 1st entrance, by old propane field, across from condos.
- From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., an event will be held at Lakeshore Estates, 9500 Lakeshore Drive. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Manning Mobile Home Park. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Newville United Methodist Church, 9014 Hines Road.
- From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Oakland Baptist Church, 12601 Prince George Drive. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Pine Ridge Motor Home Park, Playground/Field, Cardinal Street. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Puddledock Place, 4270 Anne Terrace.
- From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Stratford Woods, 4000 Block of London Community Park. At 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at The Meadows at Prince George, Meadowview Boulevard. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., an event will be held at Tinsley Charter, 1000 Tinsley Boulevard (Club House).
- From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Union Branch Baptist Church, 3356 Union Branch Road. At 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., an event will be held at West Quaker Road, Neighborhood Watch, Scott Park. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event will be held at Unity Baptist Church, 4951 Mount Sinai Road.
National Night Out in Prince George is truly a community event as dozens of block parties like this pop up across the county, with area law enforcement stopping by to visit and spend time with residents
“The men and women who serve this county are proud of what National Night Out has turned into in our Community,” Said Captain Eric A. Young, Support Operations. “The community involvement that is shown on this night and throughout the year is why Prince George is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Come out and join us again this year to celebrate this event.”
You and your family will not want to miss this county-wide event. Pick the National Night Out going on in your neighborhood, or if there is not one close by, go to any taking place in 33 different areas all over Prince George. You may just forge lifetime relationships with neighbors you were not even aware that you had! Meet and greet law enforcement and first responders. Fun, food, and fellowship—sounds like an amazing event. Happy National Night Out Prince George!
For a complete list of block party locations in Prince George County, visit the county website at http://princegeorgeva.org.