GAME ON for National Night Out Tuesday August 4th

South San Francisco, CA   July 25, 2015    

NNO helps build stronger, safer neighborhoods block by block

NNO helps build stronger, safer neighborhoods,  block by block


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!



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.



Volunteer members of SSF CERT attend NNO in various neighborhoods Photo: Sonny Koya

Volunteer members of SSF CERT attend NNO in various neighborhoods
Photo: Sonny Koya

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?



Owners of South City Grocery Outlet, Michelle and David, have donated a $50 certificate to the winner of ESC NNO GAME ON

Owners of South City Grocery Outlet, Michelle and David, have donated a $50 certificate to the winner of ESC 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!

4 comments for “GAME ON for National Night Out Tuesday August 4th

  1. Steve Carey
    July 29, 2015 at 10:22 am


    We live in Avalon Park. We are involved in energizing the Avalon Park Brentwood Home Owners Association. You can visit our fb page to learn more about the progress that we have made in the last few months, ( We are hosting an NNO event in Avalon Park, on Dorado Way near the baseball field. We encourage all of our neighbors to attend and help make this outing fun. Please contact my email if you would like to help out with this project or future community outreach work that we are doing.

  2. July 29, 2015 at 10:38 am

    This is an APBHOA Flyer for our NNO event in Avalon Park on Dorado Way on August 4th, 2015 5:30 to 7:30pm.

  3. July 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for letting me promote our NNO event. I hope to see all of you there. Now, let me respond to the two questions:

    1. What makes Avalon Park / Brentwood Great?
    A: We are a quiet neighborhood. A drive through our neighborhoods will show you pleasant settings and scenic vistas. Our neighborhoods are well established. We are an important part of South San Francisco history. An important part of our neighborhood is the long held tradition of well kept homes and friendly neighbors. On my block, we are fortunate to enjoy wonderful neighbors who gather regularly for birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries. Home is also a place where some of the best of friends live, and this has been important to all of us.

    2. What changes would I like to see in our neighborhoods?
    A: I would like to see our Brentwood shopping area return to a few things that I remember. The Brentwood Lodge was a place we all enjoyed very much. To be fair, I have not been to the new restaurant so we need to give it a try. I would like to see maybe an ice cream or gelato shop, a coffee breakfast diner. I am hoping that Centennial Village brings a much better super market and maybe a night spot? We often visit the town areas in Half Moon Bay, San Carlos, and other locations in the bay area. I believe that our Brentwood area could compete with those areas if it is developed in a more modern way.

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