South San Francisco, CA July 25, 2015
WHAT IS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT (NNO)?
It is time once again for our National Night Out and for our community to take advantage of the national promotion encouraging us all to meet up with our neighbors on our block on the evening of Tuesday August 4th. Neighbors celebrate in 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide, reports the official NNO website. This annual event brings the opportunity for neighbors to strengthen their City, block by block, reducing crime, and increasing neighborhood pride and safety and well being.
All that is required is for our neighbors to turn on their porch light, open the front door and come outside in the evening around 6pm and visit with other neighbors. As our City continues to grow and change this is one great way to keep our small town feeling by getting to know those who live on our block. And our small town feeling is one special bond we cannot allow to fall wayward, it is the heart of our community.
This weekend is a great time to start talking to your neighbors about August 4th and getting neighbors on board to meet up. NNO was started in 1981 with the purpose of creating stronger neighborhoods which in turn reduces crime. Which increases neighborhood safety. And increases property values. And increases happier neighbors!
WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT?
It’s a great time to catch up with neighbors about local happenings, discuss what changes might be coming to the neighborhood, or City, to get to know a bit more about those on our block. It also offers the perfect opportunity to talk with neighbors in a fun friendly manner which goes a long way when there are minor issues along the year: parking, noise, animals, landscape, etc.
Often we might have a certain mind set about a household yet after having this annual meet up we learn background information that brings a new understanding to situations. That extra car on the block might belong to a family member who needed to move back home to take care of a parent. The owners of the barking dog might not be aware of how loud or annoying the barking is to others until someone says something in an informal event such as NNO. Another neighbor might be admiring landscaping on the home down the street and now can get more details. All of these side conversations go a long way in strengthening our City, block by block.
WHAT IS NEEDED
Your event can be as easy and simple as you want or more extensive, according to your neighborhood’s desire. Some ideas include:
Turn on your porch light
• Sit outside in a lawn chair
• Introduce yourself to your next door neighbors
• Let your kids put out a lemonade stand
• Take a walk around the neighborhood
• Order a pizza & share with friends
• Get neighbors to host a Progressive Dinner Party
• Win a $50 Certificate for South City Grocery Outlet to use for your NNO event!
• Organize a few kid games
• Contact the City to invite SSF Police and/ or SSF Fire personnel to stop by your block
• Invite neighbors to potluck BBQ
Remember it is YOUR block and if you don’t it, who does?
NNO GAME ON
Everything South City will be holding a NNO (National Night Out) GAME ON with the winner receiving a $50 gift card, generously donated by Michelle and Dave Radcliffe, our neighbors who own the South City Grocery Outlet. The $50 South City Grocery Outlet card is perfect to pick up goodies to treat your neighbors on NNO.
To be eligible to play our NNO GAME ON you must follow these 2 simple instructions:
- Tell us which neighborhood your National Night Out will take place where you are either hosting or attending on August 4th
- Post your answer to this question in the comments below or on our FB “What makes your block so great” or “What changes would you like to see on your block”.
(Examples: Southwood will have a NNO and the best part of our neighborhood is being centrally located. Avalon will have a NNO and a concern is people speeding through the neighborhood, etc.)
The winner will be randomly selected and announced on August 1st. A minimum of 15 responses are needed for the game to play.
So be sure to start this conversation today and get your neighbors to meet up on Tuesday August 4th!