‘Night Out’ block parties more popular than ever

“We are going to try to get a deputy, reserve deputy or a volunteer to all of them,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. Interest in National Night Out has grown over the years across the county and the country.

It began in 1984 with 400 communities in 23 states. Today, it draws 37 million in more than 15,000 communities from each state. National Night Out is an effort to heighten awareness of crime, generate support for anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhoods, build relationships between police and communities, and send a message to crooks that neighbors are getting organized and looking out for one another. Some cities and towns have one large event. Others have block parties.

“We visit every single party,” city spokeswoman Julie Moore said. “It’s a great community night.” Visits can include police, firefighters, public works employees, city executives and others.

Many of the larger events include music, police dog demonstrations and free food.

Wyonne Perrault, director of North Counties Family Services, said the event is popular and well received.“ It creates a sense of community and tradition,” she said.

Here is a list of events, all set for Tuesday evening August 4th 2015.

Arlington: 5 to 8 p.m. neighborhood block parties, including one at Haller Park, 1100 West Ave.

Bothell: 5:30 p.m. neighborhood block parties.

Brier: 6 p.m. Brier Park, 2903 228th St. SW.

Darrington: 6 p.m. Old School Park, 1026 Alvord St.

Edmonds: Neighborhood block parties.

Everett: Neighborhood block parties. To learn more, go to http://bit.ly/1Slj6hE.

Gold Bar: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Gold Bar Elementary School, 419 Lewis Ave.

Granite Falls: 4 to 8 p.m. 100 block of N. Granite Avenue.

Lake Stevens: 5 to 8:30 p.m. across from Jay’s Market , downtown Main Street.

Lynnwood: More than 30 block parties. For learn more, call the police department’s crime prevention office at 425-670-5635.

Marysville: 6 to 8 p.m. Comeford Park, 514 Delta Ave.

Mill Creek: 5 to 8 p.m. Willis Tucker Community Park, with Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Monroe: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Tye Park. 14964 Fryelands Blvd.

Mountlake Terrace: 6 to 9 p.m. Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Ave. W.

Mukilteo: 4 to 7 p.m. Mukilteo Family YMCA parking lot, 10601 47th Pl. W.

Snohomish: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Neighborhood block parties. 360-568-0888

Stanwood: 6 to 9 p.m. Former Thrifty Foods parking lot, 27200 90th Ave. NW.

Sultan: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 701 First St.

Tulalip: 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tulalip Boys and Girls Club, 7707 36th Dr.

NW Snohomish County: 5 to 8 p.m. Willis Tucker Community Park, 6705 Puget Park Dr.

And the fun will be had by all — Make your plans to attend in your area.