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The crowd attending the annual National Night Out in Courthouse Park bow their heads in prayer during the kickoff ceremony at Courthouse Park in 2016.
The Madera Police Department plans to host “the largest block party the city has ever seen” this summer, according to Sal Alhomedi, the city’s community outreach coordinator.
On Aug. 3, Madera police will host National Night Out Connect at the Madera District Fairgrounds from 4 to 9 p.m. Activities will include a barbecue, K-9 police dog demonstration, vehicle showcase, children’s games and more.
The free gathering will be the second of two meant to bring residents and city and county agencies together to celebrate the fifth annual National Night Out.
“One is going to be on Tuesday, August 1, which is a National Night Out celebration where Neighborhood Watch leaders and residents can organize block parties in their neighborhoods,” Alhomedi said, “and they’ll be visited by elected officials and community leaders, including law enforcement.”
That night will be kicked off at the Madera County historic courthouse at 4 p.m. and then followed by the neighborhood festivities from 5-9 p.m.
“Law enforcement, elected officials, and city staff will visit celebrating neighborhoods, starting at 5 p.m. In your neighborhood with your neighbors, you could organize a potluck, carnival, barbecue, ice cream social, kid’s games, and many more,” according to information from the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Department.
Anyone who wishes to organize a neighborhood party should register with the city at http://nno.madera.city
“The theme of National Night Out is Americans united against crime,” Alhomedi said. “It really is an opportunity to create community camaraderie … We look forward to seeing you there.”
For information or to register a party, visit http://nno.madera.city